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Comment: Re:The future is now. (Score 2) 51

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49377967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
And, unfortunately, ChromeOS is the comparatively softcore version of dystopian cryptographic lockdown. A ChromeOS device certainly works most smoothly if you leave it set to factory defaults, and generally play like a good little consumer; but, at least for now, there's a deliberate, documented, we-don't-assure-that-you'll-like-the-results-but-here's-how-to-do-it, switch for turning off the verification, becoming root, booting alternate payloads, and generally mucking around. My memory of the details is a little fuzzy; but I think that you can have your merry way with everything except some 'fallback' BIOS/bootloader that is hardware write-locked at the factory and isn't even modified by Google-provided updates; but instead intended to be just enough bootloader to un-brick basically anything you can do to the system in software. On some models, you can futz with that as well if you poke the right area of the board.

It's definitely a 'crypto lockdown to make security easier, and possibly even possible' device; and Google hardly encourages you to go forth and GNU; but they at least allow you to. That puts ChromeOS devices well above all iDevices, a fair percentage of Android hardware, and potentially above some 'trusted boot' UEFI systems(depending on whether you can re-key the system or not). It's certainly a good example; but it's far less of an anomaly than one would like.

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 2) 51

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49377813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
I'd be inclined to suggest that it will be worse than that:

Barring some sort of radical change in priorities that causes the market to accept zero new features for, oh, a (human) generation or more, while vendors put out bugfix releases, 'winning' certainly isn't going to happen by doing conventional stuff; but harder.

If 'winning' in fact occurs, odds are excellent that it will be on some wonderfully dystopian lockdown platform that shrinks the problem space considerably by forbidding basically everything that hasn't been cryptopgraphically blessed by the vendor, sandboxed to hell and back, or both. Naturally, the power afforded to the vendor in this scenario will never be abused.

Comment: Re:How did they get caught? (Score 1) 114

by Trepidity (#49376557) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

According to the indictment, part of how they were caught is that as part of laundering their proceeds, they tried to strongarm the payment processor Venmo, who had closed their accounts as part of automated fraud detection. Venmo was unhappy with being strongarmed, and sent a complaint to someone higher up at the agency. The agents then tried to suppress the complaint, and simultaneously retaliate against Venmo by trying to start an investigation. That attempted investigation pulled in the IRS, whose investigators thought a bunch of things looked suspicious, and dug up enough dirt to blow the whistle on the agents in this case.

So I guess in short, they pissed off both a payment company and the IRS.

Comment: Re:Just looked her up (Score 5, Informative) 397

by Trepidity (#49366473) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

The area of geography she studies is how communities/economies are impacted by and adapt to changes in prevailing climates, which seems pretty relevant, depending on what question you're asking. She would be a poor authority on questions like modeling the impact of CO2 on weather, but more within her area if asking questions like, "how easy/difficult would it be for Indonesians to adapt to a 2" ocean-level rise?".

In terms of the IPCC reports, the research/authorship is divided into three working groups: #1 studies the underlying science; #2 studies impacts & adaptation; #3 studies possible mitigation strategies. She's part of #2.

Comment: Re:I'd put a 'may' there (Score 1) 42

by Trepidity (#49362365) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

Yeah I think that's likely: if they become a large company with multiple large contracts, they'll end up spread over the US.

Heck they're already doing a little bit of spreading out. They have a significant test facility in Texas along with some engineering offices, and are building a new facility in Seattle to build satellites. I don't know if this is strategic/political or just happenstance at this point though. For example I believe a big motivation for the Texas site was that they were able to buy facilities off the defunct Beal Aerospace cheaply.

Comment: Re:One more view. (Score 1) 340

by elrous0 (#49360729) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

Ars Technica just lost my respect and readership. If they can be this biased toward their agenda even when the facts are obviously to the contrary, they can't be trusted to report on anything.

If you think Ars Technica is bad, you should have read Wired's coverage of the case. Davey Alba was all but wearing a cheerleading outfit for Pao.

Comment: Re:One more view. (Score 5, Insightful) 340

by elrous0 (#49360675) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

I've been here a while too. Long enough to remember when /. was so reflexively liberal and dogmatic that only one voice on any topic was ever heard. That wasn't such a great place for those of us whose views are more nuanced, who don't just parrot the party line. Here are some harsh truths that never got a voice in those days:

Not every allegation of sexism/racism/rape/etc. is true.

White, heterosexual, American males are not responsible for all evil in the world.

Sometimes conservatives are wrong, but sometimes they're right too.

It's not okay to support censorship when it comes to Islam unless you're also okay with supporting censorship when it comes to Christianity. Judaism, Hinduism, etc. too.

Bill Gates isn't a Borg and sometimes does some good in the world. Conversely, Steve Jobs isn't a flawless god, and did some bad things in his life.

I could go on, but you get the picture.

Comment: Re:Damage has been done (Score 5, Insightful) 340

by elrous0 (#49360607) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

The partner (?) who did not want to invite the women in the company to a getaway with Al Gore because it would "kill the buzz." The buzz would be killed because the excluded party were women, not because they were unpleasant people.

Maybe that was because the partner recognized that Pao was just the kind of sensitive narcissist who would do things like keep enemies lists and sue people who she perceived as wronging her. Yeah, having someone like that along would in fact be a pretty big "buzzkill" for any fun retreat.

Pao was stupid to sleep with the Indian sleazebag and that probably gave her a reputation in the office. But let us assume she's an utter whore and slut. Do the married men in the company have absolutely no control over themselves?

That argument, of course, cuts both ways. It could as easily be rephrased as "Do the women at KP have absolutely no control of themselves when it comes to married men?"

Comment: I'd put a 'may' there (Score 4, Insightful) 42

by Trepidity (#49360371) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

political pressure is now pushing them hard to open up bidding to multiple companies, which in turn will help lower cost and save the taxpayer money

That's certainly a possible outcome, and hopefully the one we will see, but I think it's a bit optimistic to say that it will do this. It may do that, but a new contract process may also be a total clusterfuck, depending on how it's structured and overseen. The Air Force might get twice as good things for half the price, or it might get something that doesn't work for half the price, or four things that sort of work for twice the price.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.