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This all networked car thing is a disaster waiting to happen. The basic idea that your car will make important decisions based on information sent by random strangers can only lead to a catastrophic failure.
What happens when someone sends a signal saying that there is a car stopped just in front of you in the highway? Your own car will stop suddenly, and you might get hurt in the process!
Of course, there will be some kind of authentication of the messages, but everycar has to be trusted by default for the system to be usefull. And we all know how easy it will be to extract the signing key from a given car and to spoof messages...
I don't think anyone got the OS/hypervisor part right except by accident.
Apparently, the same bug was in the Linux kernel and has been fixed in 2006, with CVE-2006-0744. So they intially got it wrong, but fixed it before most other OS/hypervisors. It also seems that OpenBSD is not affected.
You and the other poster seem to be forgetting ONE thing, which is nobody gives a shit how low the power draw is if it can't do what they want and what people WANT is MOAR, MOAR HD, MOAR games with MOAR graphics, MOAR MOAR MOAR.
As far as I'm concerned, I don't give a shit about how much I can do with my phone if it draws too much power. If the battery can not last at least ten hours on idle, a phone is just useless.
A kind of anonymous money could be useful, but I'd rather use one that doesn't double as a pyramid scam.
It's easy to make a bitcoin-clone without this property, you just need to adjust the mining rate so that the early adopters don't get half of the total wealth to ever be available.
So after they do their time in the US they're going to be judged in each country where a machine was infected? That's fucking scary!
And if I have a website explaining people how to use TOR, and it turns out that explaining this is illegal in China or in North Korea, will I be extradited to those countries?
Moreover, the virus does not seem like a very good weapon to me as it is simply impossible to control or contain its propagation once released. This is the reason why modern armies do not use gas for instance.
The threat we are currently worried about is not a modern army, it's a bunch of crazy terrorists. They don't need to control the propagation.
Note: I'm not saying that we should be worried about terrorists plots, I'm just saying that, as a society, we are.
So it's like an expensive netbook, but you can only run programs approved by Apple?
What's the point?
Dehydration is *defined* as a lack of water.
Poverty is defined as a lack of money. Can I claim that money solves poverty?
I think the main point of this is to show that using physical analogies for digital data does not make sense, and to mock the whole "copying is stealing" idea.
I also does a good job showing that the current copyright law are not ready for a digital age.
Google believes that Microsoft's and Apple's purchases of patents are anticompetitive, and that the mobile patents they own are bogus. To combat this, Google is going to acquire its own (bogus?) patents.
Well, yes. That's not the first time a company says the patent system is broken and they have to get bogus patents just to defend themselves.
Arguably, by "dumping" Android in the market at no cost, Google--which has unlimited cash and can afford to do such a thing--is behaving in an anticompetitive fashion. In fact, one could argue that Google is using its dominance in search advertising to unfairly gain entry into another market by giving that new product, Android, away for free.
How do you make a monopoly with Free Software? Google doesn't control Android, anybody can make their own version, and integrate it with their own services. If you're afraid they use Android to promote use of the other Google services, you can just make a version of Android that integrates with Microsoft's online offering.