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Comment: Re:Best defense is not to care (Score 3, Interesting) 56

by arth1 (#49155391) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

If you can, have the "computer" that you use for such things not matter if it gets hacked. If your blue ray player has no writable storage or network access and you power it off after every use, there is no danger

I don't think there's a single BD player out there that doesn't allow for either software updates or updates to the BD codes that allow/disallow you to decode disks.

One I have requires a USB key to be present to cache validity information for disks you have already watched - without it, it still works, but requires contacting the mothership through Internet whenever re-inserting any disks newer than the latest firmware update.

BD disks these days even come with extras like links to youtube videos, that play on the BD player. That's an attack vector right there. Do they all use https and check the validity of the cert to avoid MITM attacks, using only name servers with signed entries? I highly doubt it.
If I wanted to hack it, I feel fairly confident that I could do so. I'd start by hooking up to the (convenient) JTAG interface, and learn as much as i could that way, before starting to probe from the outside, i.e. through discs, USB or TCP/IP. But it would be low on my list if things I own that I want to hack. My car is more interesting.

Comment: (Score 1) 127

by arth1 (#49154617) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

I think .dev should be like not able to register so DEVELOPERS (re: NOT GOOGLE) can use like, [mydomain].dev to develop, and not have to create wonky local host names.

But is not like that. It's an actual domain name that was reserved due to developer abuse, mostly out of ignorance that there's the dedicated .invalid TLD already (un)assigned for that use.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 214

by arth1 (#49152155) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

That's a shame, but I think there are plenty of precedents of male actors who have likewise done stupid shit because of the bottle, but have gotten help to get out of it, and given second and third chances.

Yeah, she still looks good.
There are many older actresses that still do look great, and who aren't used as much as I think they should be. Like Susan Sarandon, who I think looks so awesome precisely because she has aged naturally, and not been ruined by a plastic surgeon. Diane Keaton and Sally Fields too are easy on the eyes.

I think it's sad that Hollywood continues to make so many movies with elderly gents in the lead role, but never do you see an elderly woman in a lead role. Even the great looking ones.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by arth1 (#49147741) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Leon puts his hand in freezing liquid without a problem.

Pris puts her hand in boiling water without a problem.

I always thought those were more to show that the replicants had more control over their human++ bodies, being able to bypass feeling pain, or inflict it on themselves voluntarily, like Roy Batty did with the nail.

It would be interesting to see a Blade Runner 2 with Sean Young. What I don't want to see is yet another long overdue sequel where they have kept the male characters but replaced the female characters with younger eye candy. For some reason, women aging appears to be a taboo in Hollywood, and one I thinks needs to die.

Comment: Re:GNUradio? (Score 1) 131

Test equipment is allowed to transmit and receive on those frequencies. If it looks like a radio, it can't. I have a number of cellular testers hanging around here that can act like base stations, mostly because I buy them used as spectrum analyzers and never use the (obsolete) cellular facilities. Government has different rules regarding what it can and can't do in the name of law enforcement, although FCC has been very reluctant to allow them to use cellular jammers.

If you can afford it, something from Ettus would better suit your application.

Comment: Re:Well someone has to do it (Score 3, Informative) 339

by boristdog (#49142215) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

IF managers listened to the developers.

My last major project:
Manager: What resources do you need for this project (Replacing a huge, entirely file-based factory product manufacturing system)
ME: At minimum, I need two more people, plus someone to take over most of my smaller duties. And a couple new DB servers.
Manager: How long will this take?
ME: Two years minimum, since we are replacing an entrenched 15 year old system.

Manager's report to director: He can do it by himself in 6 months.

3 months later:
Manager: Why isn't this finished? You started over a year ago!
ME: I started three months ago, you gave me nothing I asked for and you've given me several other projects since then that you said were higher priority.
Manager: Well stop wasting time and get to work! I told the director it would be done by now!
ME: You gave me nothing. At least let me have a CS temp.
Manager: There's a woman in finance who has a sister that might want the job. She knows Excel really well, she can probably learn databases and programming.

Aaaand I think we've all been there.

Fortunately the sister didn't want the job and I got a great college grad as a temp. I would not have finished the project (in two years) without his help, we hired him after a year, too.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 508

by arth1 (#49141641) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Anyone can mine quotes, but unless you provide the context for each, you have no strength in your argument.

I did. I provided the book, chapter and verse for each, and you can read all the context you need. Or cherry pick the context and interpret it so it doesn't have to apply to you.

(And the fallacy you just fell for is known as the continuum fallacy - rejecting all of a claim because the part you saw is not as precise or extensive as desired.)

Comment: Re:"Proprietary So I Get Paid", from Bruce Perens? (Score 1) 131

Hi AC,

Matt Ettus has a story about a Chinese cloner of the USRP. The guy tells Chinese customers that it is illegal for them to buy from Ettus, they must buy from the cloner instead. Then, when they have problems and require serivce, he tells them to get it from Ettus. Who of course made nothing from their device sales and can not afford to service them.

This is not following the rules of Open anything. It's counterfeiting.

So, sometimes it is necessary to change the license a little so that you will not be a chump. I discussed the fact that the hardware is fully disclosed but not Open Hardware licensed with RMS, the software is 100% Free Software, and there is a regulatory chip you can't write. We can go for Respects Your Freedom certification that way..

I've paid my dues as far as "Open" is concerned, and Chris has too. This is all we can give you this time.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 4, Insightful) 508

by arth1 (#49140633) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I'm sorry you're wrong. Many (most are obsolete) medical advances came from cleric scientists.

What does that prove? That they would not have had the advances if it wasn't for religion? Why do you think so?

Mind that everything had to be done in the name of religion in past days. There was no way around it. You couldn't build a bridge without it being to the glory of fucking god. Any healing was attributed to the deity. Those who tried to practice outside the confines of the church, like wise women, were killed as heretics. The only safe way to practice was within the church.
And even today, religion holds medical science back. Stem cell research is a good example.

But all in all, most scientists today are, fortunately, atheists or agnostics, and manage to roll out miracle after miracle without the need to attribute it to a faith. The rapid increase in science coincides nicely with the loss of control of the religions.

Comment: Re:Why custom punched end panels ? (Score 1) 131

The case selection was so that we'd have at least one case that would work. We did not take much time on it. We'd be happy to have other people designing and selling cases.

The version after this one requires cases that look like real radios. That is going to be a bigger problem. We don't yet have a mold-design partner, etc.

According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.