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Comment: Re:Broadcom don't deal with little guys (Score 1) 164

by jonwil (#47796635) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Not sure where I read it but I believe part of why Broadcom is so secretive when it comes to their SoCs and things is that a lot of their market is (or was) for SoCs used in things like cable TV set-top boxes. Keeping things secret from the public at large makes it harder for hackers to figure out how their chips work so they can hack the firmware of these cable TV boxes and things.

Comment: Re:Wreak havoc on corporate networks, SSL observat (Score 1) 88

by jonwil (#47789223) Attached to: Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

If you are the IT director of a big corporation, you have no option but to MITM SSL traffic. The alternative is providing a perfect way for malicious insiders to steal corporate secrets (like a whole pile of credit card numbers or the blueprints/source code for the companies latest products). And providing a vector for malware or attacks to bypass all the edge-level intrusion detection systems.

And providing a way for the people on the inside to access things that they shouldn't (whether its pornography, pirated content, or anything else). That last one is even more important in, say, a school or educational environment or library than in a corporate network.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 1) 144

by jonwil (#47728597) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

I recon if you were trying to convince someone to take security of critical infrastructure, one way to do it would be to show them Die Hard 4.0 (best example I know of when it comes to hackers breaking into infrastructure) and say "this may only be a Hollywood movie but do you want to be the one who said "no" to better security when that shit happens for real?"

Comment: Re:Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (Score 1) 112

by jonwil (#47693141) Attached to: Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

Considering that Citibank is part of the gang of big US banks directly responsible for the Global Financial Crisis through their dodgy practices and considering they are just as bad as the big 4 when it comes to doing evil crap, I wouldn't go with them either.

I used to be with the National once, then I switched to P&N Bank (formerly Police & Nurses credit society) who were really really good (and are the only WA based bank left). Then I moved to Queensland and wanted to switch banks to one that had branches here. After checking all my options (including a number of credit unions) I ended up with an account from the Bank of Queensland because they have both a GREAT zero-fee everyday bank account (with attached Visa Debit card) AND the best customer service I have ever gotten from ANY financial institution.

Comment: Another reason to boycott the big 4 banks (Score 2) 112

by jonwil (#47691105) Attached to: Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

Anyone in Australia who hasn't at least considered one of the many smaller (and better) financial institutions instead of the big 4 banks (or one of their subsidiaries) is stupid, the smaller guys are just as good (if not better) than the big 4 when it comes to service, products etc and they dont do a lot of the crap the big 4 do.

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