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Comment: Security concerns (Score 1) 327

by kiwix (#41235073) Attached to: Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy

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...

Comment: Re:What is the bug? (Score 2) 181

by kiwix (#40344815) Attached to: US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips

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.

Comment: Re:Speed versus complexity (Score 1) 406

by kiwix (#40334885) Attached to: Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

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.

Comment: Re:Forget computers, they're extraditing the perps (Score 1) 105

by kiwix (#39141023) Attached to: Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

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?

Comment: Linux Falsh support has allways been shitty (Score 1) 404

by kiwix (#39125121) Attached to: Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only
Flash support for Linux has always been pretty bad. Most people switched to a 64-bit distro years ago, but Adobe has only supported flash on 64-bits Linux for 6 months... Sure there was a beta version available some time before, but security holes where not fixed in a very timely manner for the beta, so it was mostly useless. In fact things are just going back to normal.

Comment: Re:the information has been PUBLICALLY presented.. (Score 1) 273

by kiwix (#38446952) Attached to: US Asks Scientists To Censor Reports To Prevent Terrorism

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.

Comment: Free software (Score 1) 386

by kiwix (#38064388) Attached to: Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

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.

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