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Comment: Re:that assumes that "security audits" are worthwh (Score 1) 63

by fred911 (#48901393) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

"Security audits are only worthwhile if the company being audited is actually serious about security in the first place".

  I guess what matters is who holds the 'purse strings". When I observe a non-compliant issue and report it to my client, most of the time my client calls for a secondary audit. It's rare to see the same issue on the secondary. The audits I've done where I observe the same non-compliance are rarely retained by my clients.

  My clients hold the "purse strings" and will accept an "anomaly", "error" or an explainable exception, but they won't deviate from agreed compliance with their clients.

Comment: Re:facepalm (Score 4, Informative) 63

by fred911 (#48901309) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

Why would you say something like that? Whereas, I don't have high confidence in any governmental organization to ratify legislation that works well with tech matters, California has lead the way for many in the past that are now national standards.

  Off the top of my head, there was a time where you could buy a new car without a catalytic converter, and without any emission standard requirements in every state besides California. Same thing can be said about safety equipment or specification (bumper heights, crash standards). Currently, all the requirements that had to be met for California are nationally required.

  I expect we will see the same adoption nationally for small motorized and two-stroke motors in the future. Also, the Junior College system that CA has had since (at least) 1978 (sans tuition for residents) recently had national mention.

  All in all, although many protest and resist change, it seems that California legislators are more intuitive than most and they seem to have lead the nation on many other models aside from the aforementioned.



US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes 100

Posted by timothy
from the special-exceptions dept.
jfruh (300774) writes Since 1998, U.S. law has forbidden states from taxing Internet access — but the law has an expiration date that's been extended five times now. The new Congress is attempting to make the ban permanent, but some members are objecting to the fact that the proposed bill leaves in place grandfather clauses for states like Texas and Ohio that already had taxes in place in 1998.
The Media

Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ 1350

Posted by Soulskill
from the rest-in-peace dept.
An anonymous reader writes: A pair of gunmen have stormed the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and wounding seven more. The magazine had recently published a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and witnesses say the gunmen shouted, "we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad," before leaving. "Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier were reported among those killed, as well as at least two police officers. Mr Charbonnier, 47, had received death threats in the past and was living under police protection." The attackers engaged police in a gunfire outside the building, then fled in a car. At the time of this writing, they are still at large. Currently, the BBC has the most information out of English news outlets. French speakers can consult the headline at Le Monde for more current news.

Comment: Re:Nitche Market (Score 1) 433

by fred911 (#48593989) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

"And why does everything need to have "growth"?"

Because without growth, there's no investment. Sometime look at the security pricing data after the most stable, profitable company reports flat earnings. Investors will keep a security of a company that reports huge losses but shows growth. Fear and greed drives the market.

Comment: Nitche Market (Score 2) 433

by fred911 (#48593775) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Someone still makes buggy whips. If an infrastructure and supply line is established to fill the current market demand, that's where it ends. There's no growth here..

  The fact is that given the same source content, high quality digital copies are by far higher quality, have better SN ratios and dynamic range than vinyl is capable of delivering, with a media that doesn't degrade the minute it's used.

  It's not realistic to compare a highly compressed MP3 to vinyl. Compare a lossless audio file to vinyl and you'll find it to be significantly higher quality. Even if you don't believe the math.


Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement 96

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-your-own-work dept.
alphadogg writes Cisco has filed two lawsuits against data center switch competitor Arista Networks for allegedly violating its intellectual property. One suit is for patent infringement, which charges Arista with violating 14 Cisco patents for 12 features in the Arista EOS operating system. The second suit is for extensive copying of Cisco's user manuals and command line structures, right down to the grammatical errors within them. "This is not an accident but a strategy," says a source familiar with the matter. "It was a deliberate, brazen and blatant intellectual property violation in order to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. Arista's shortcutting to get to market and win share."

Comment: Re:Early adopters (Score 1) 154

Who's "they"? Google? I'm going to have to call BS here. Please provide a reference. If your email is ever looked at by a human, it would never have any identifying information and the only reason a human would look at it is to assure the ads are relevant or results from an algorithm return are useful and of high quality. These uses are expressly disclosed in the TOS you agreed to when you opted to use their services.

  The times Google has screwed up (street view issues and WIFI mapping) they've admitted the error and provided their corrective actions transparently.

Comment: Depending on the plan... (Score 1) 175

by fred911 (#48013785) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

A perfect example of why connectivity should be controlled by the PUC (and considered a public utility). I don't want providers shoving locked, altered OS's with applications they deem necessary or recommended. I don't want to be told what type of device I can use to access bandwidth running RFC spec communication protocols. I don't want your DNS servers shoved down my throat, providing compensated landing pages in lieu of the address I requested. I don't want them believing they have a right to profit off of any data I care to view.

  Venturing even further, you can take your POTS system
separation from my bandwidth and the double income you have been earning for the past 15 years and put it where the sun doesn't shine.

I feel better now..

Comment: Re:What is it good for? (Score 1) 36

by fred911 (#47737595) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

Those communication lines weren't twisted pair to twisted pair. Termination, possibly. Guaranteed, those lines weren't passed over analogue copper. your response while valid, is equal to the FCC license requiring the ability to copy morse code without the requirement to have any knowledge of how analogue to digital conversion is accomplished, nor oscillated.

  The fact that IP based communication failed during the aforementioned emergency was only due to the carriers terminations services. It's a given the long haul was packetized.

Comment: Re:What is it good for? (Score 1) 36

by fred911 (#47737501) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

"I don't think this is going to be a popular platform with the carriers"

  Isn't it time for the POTS (and it's younger brother cellular) system to die? Stateside termination is more fragmented than Android. One of the largest stateside carries uses termination that's not compatible with the rest of the world, designed to control income and users, not to provide quality services to it's clients. Available termination devices are designed to increase income for providers, not to provide the cutting edge of technology.

  Project ARA is a big threat to the proprietary hold communication carriers have on the stateside voice communication market.

  Whereas Joe Sixpac doesn't know it, anyone with little
technical ability can have a dialup number without any service plan from ANY carrier.

  The separation between "data plans" and "phone plans" is ridiculous, but every carrier likes to make differentiations between the receiving device and the price they charge.

  At the very least, project ARA is being supported by a company that clearly discloses it's participation in the services it provides, provides clear notifications to it's users when it changes those terms, and is a strong enough player to take on the legislated inequities the current players in the communication market are benefiting from.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming