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Comment: Some history (Score 0, Flamebait) 223

by koan (#48668293) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

To remind you how scummy Sony is.

The Sony BMG CD copy protection rootkit scandal of 2005–2007 concerns deceptive, illegal, and potentially harmful copy protection measures implemented by Sony BMG on about 22 million CDs. When inserted into a computer, the CDs installed one of two pieces of software which provided a form of digital rights management (DRM) by modifying the operating system to interfere with CD copying. Both programs could not be easily uninstalled, and they created vulnerabilities that were exploited by unrelated malware. Sony claims this was unintentional. One of the programs installed even if the user refused its EULA, and it "phoned home" with reports on the user's private listening habits; the other was not mentioned in the EULA at all, contained code from several pieces of open-source software in an apparent infringement of copyright, and configured the operating system to hide the software's existence, leading to both programs being classified as rootkits.

Sony BMG initially denied that the rootkits were harmful. It then released, for one of the programs, an "uninstaller" that only un-hid the program, installed additional software which could not be easily removed, collected an email address from the user, and introduced further security vulnerabilities.=====

Comment: I'll play the Grinch (Score 1) 57

by koan (#48667925) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

Lately I've been wondering why we lie to our children, why the "real life" magic of science and Nature isn't told to them instead, in fact I feel that telling them lies and fairytales from an early age softens their brains up for religion/propaganda later.

Though I can't prove that, the idea interest me, so anyone have a rational reason (encouraging imagination will not be accepted) to tell their children lies like Santa Claus and the rest of the standard fairytales?

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 112

by koan (#48664685) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

For trust to enter into your relationship with Apple shows how poorly you approach the relationship, that's why there are business contracts, that's why there are warranties, because "trust" should never be an issue that needs discussing, for the simple reason they can not be trusted without their having a sense of "loss of profit".
Your "dissatisfaction" wouldn't enter into it if they thought they could continue to make money.

You trust people you know face to face, you do not trust a corporation with a history of poor security, slave labor, financial fraud, tax evasion, personal data accumulation of customers for resell and customer manipulation, and interaction with governmental agencies that is ethically dubious at best.

Why would they ever have *your* best interest at heart? After everything I've mentioned above, that can easily be Googled and verified, it should be very clear they do not have your best interest at heart.

They have your money at heart.

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.