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Comment: Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (Score 4, Insightful) 134

Based on published information, we know that the NSA gets customer information by compelling companies to produce the records, or it taps the connections between their datacenters and it gets the data in transit). Apple didn't deny either -- neither one of those involve installing a backdoor or giving SERVER access.

I think you're on the right track. There really is nothing that Apple can say to convince foreign users that their data is safe.

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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks 127

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-many-eyes-all-maintainers-are-grumpy dept.
A new flaw has been discovered in the GnuTLS cryptographic library that ships with several popular Linux distributions and hundreds of software implementations. According to the bug report, "A malicious server could use this flaw to send an excessively long session id value and trigger a buffer overflow in a connecting TLS/SSL client using GnuTLS, causing it to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code." A patch is currently available, but it will take time for all of the software maintainers to implement it. A lengthy technical analysis is available. "There don't appear to be any obvious signs that an attack is under way, making it possible to exploit the vulnerability in surreptitious "drive-by" attacks. There are no reports that the vulnerability is actively being exploited in the wild."

Comment: Ouya just isn't compelling (Score 5, Insightful) 134

I was an original backer for the Ouya. The interface is a bit awkward, but worse, the software titles just aren't compelling. There doesn't seem to be a great reason to make an exclusive Ouya game, and anything you can find there you can get on your phone or another platform. Playing smartphone games on your TV just doesn't deliver any kind of wow factor. :(

+ - MS to Indie Devs: Ya' gotta have a publisher!->

Submitted by Loadmaster
Loadmaster (720754) writes "The new Oddworld game New 'n' Tasty is coming to every platform in the current generation and even the next generation but not the Xbox One. It's not that developer Oddworld Inhabitants isn't porting the game. It's not that they hate Microsoft or the Xbox One. No, it's that Microsoft has taken an anti-indie dev stance with the Xbox One. While the game industry is moving to Kickstarter and self-funded shops, Microsoft has decided all developers must have a publisher to grace their console.

It just gets worse for Microsoft's new console. They spy on you, control who you let borrow, restrict how you can sell the game, and now they are forcing indie developers to split profit with a partner in the form of an unnecessary publisher. The adage for Microsoft products is that they get it right on rev. 3, but here it seems they've bombed it. Big time."

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Comment: Re:"Liberty-Minded"? (Score 1) 701

by Bob_Robertson (#43968329) Attached to: The Free State Project, One Decade Later

"where segregated lunch counters don't exist"

Segregated by law. Look it up.

"than some kkk asshat being able to tell me to move to some other city where my "kind" is tolerated"

Like sheriffs and politicians do?

"to the days where I could be pushed out of a store with a shotgun just for being the wrong skin color."

You really, really need to read some history. You would learn that the bus companies did not want to discriminate, discrimination was the law. You would learn that the US was the only country in the world to eliminate chattel slavery through war, which left some bad feelings. You would learn that the poverty rate was dropping continuously until the Great Society enshrined poverty and ensured that there would always be poor to "care for".

Maybe, just maybe, you've been blaming the wrong people all your life. But don't let facts get in the way of a good "Oh Woe Is Me, Give Me More Money" sob story.

Comment: Re:"Liberty-Minded"? (Score 1) 701

by Bob_Robertson (#43968297) Attached to: The Free State Project, One Decade Later

For someone who then talks about enslaved Oompa Loompas, you seem to have a very insincere grasp of Liberty.

If the hippies want to set up a socialist utopia, they are welcome to do so, on their own time and land. Some have.

If the libertarians don't want to pay taxes, then again they are welcome to pay the FULL COSTS of their decisions, no externalizing costs through taxes and regulations.

After all, if the Oompa Loompas can be can be said to be enslaved, then taxation must be recognized as armed robbery.

Comment: Welcome to Google Island? (Score 1) 43

by AtariDatacenter (#43816295) Attached to: Google Plans Wireless Networks In Emerging Markets

So, Google wanted their place that was free of government regulation to experiment and try new things out. It sounds like, in many ways, they have found it. They can get their feet wet and learn the ropes of wireless networks. Maybe in time, they'll come back to the US and play against the big boys.

Comment: Re:You gotta love Larry's self-serving hypocrisy.. (Score 3, Interesting) 486

by AtariDatacenter (#43750213) Attached to: Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

“Computer science has a marketing problem." That's what Larry said. And his presentation was about marketing more than anything. He was trying to sell the world view that works great for his company, and he certainly put his sour grapes on the table.

He talks of "resistance to technological change", which is code for Google Glasses and the glasshole syndrome. He talks of how people should should be more relaxed with their medical records, which is code for Google Health. They had a clear plan how they were going to make money with Google Health (selling user data). The problem was that, on the user side, they had a solution that was in search of an actual need. But Google has made it clear that they're not going to learn that lesson.

You know, I kind of like his idea of a mirror universe where more avant-garde ideas can be tested out, in small scale, in the real-world. He wanted a Burning Man type of environment for new technology. Actually, Eureka (the town from the TV show of the same name) might have been a closer fit (although the reference would have been lesser-known, and is almost synonymous with disaster). Being able to try things out (on the small scale and a limited geography) and work out the problems there is great for allowing a company to iterate on a product without the marketing backlash for failures.

In theory, I'd love to live in that Eureka town. But only if it was about the product and about the science. The only thing Google Health did for me was to convince me that Google's products and services aren't about what they deliver (search, ubiquitous health records). They are about Google's real customers (advertisers, health care industry) and Google's real problem is finding a way to get everyone to jump on board so they can make money. That's what he is saying, in code, when he says "computer science has a marketing problem".

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