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Comment: Re:Fear of changing code.... (Score 5, Interesting) 225

by jonwil (#47925039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintanence.
Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.

Comment: Re:extremely limited. (Score 1) 63

by jonwil (#47876327) Attached to: The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

Hacker spaces have gotten all manner of expensive-when-new gear from all sorts of places (usually because the company that owns it has bought a new gadget and is tossing out the old one or someone has gone out of business and the liquidators are having a fire sale to sell everything off as fast as possible).
Electron microscopes. Mass spectrometers. Pick & Place machines. Robot arms. High-end electronic test gear. And more.

Its not unrealistic to think that a hacker space or individual could get their hands on used bio-science gear in much the same way.

Comment: Re:Replace their bios (Score 1) 294

by jonwil (#47804597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

That's assuming you can actually find a desktop board that supports the Haswel-E/Devils Canyon CPUs the OP wants AND is supported by Coreboot. A read of the Coreboot compatibility list shows not a single supported desktop board that can run anything Intel past a Pentium 3 (there are laptops/embedded/dev boards that can run something newer but no full-on desktop boards)

Comment: Re:Broadcom don't deal with little guys (Score 1) 165

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) 90

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?"

A modem is a baudy house.