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Comment RIAA, something something glass houses (Score 1) 122

... a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services. ShareBeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace."

Look, I agree that ShareBeast (first I've heard of it, though, so how big was it exactly?) was screwing over the artists. But the RIAA has just as much contempt for the artists as anyone - even more than pirates, since the pirates at least appreciate their works - and there's no end to the stories of hardworking musicians who've been bankrupted by RIAA execs with lots of big promises and lots of fine print in the contracts.

Just sayin'... I expect a similar statement to be made about the RIAA and its members when they eventually crash and burn.

Comment Re:False Assumption (Score 1) 373

I'll just quote gstoddart from earlier in the comments:

The other way is if this stuff becomes easy enough to become a cheap device or an app for your smart phone ... then the bad guy presses a button which says "all cars which are ready to be hacked please honk your horn".

Just like script kiddies and other scams, if it's lucrative enough, and easy enough, it'll happen. You don't have to be a high value target. If someone knows they can pop the locks on every Escalade in the parking lot, they're going to do it. And someone might just say "oh, fuck it, let's make all the Corvettes disable their brakes because it will be funny".

If the last decade or so has taught us anything, it's that if it can be hacked, it will be ... and if it's worth doing, it will be done.

So you may be unimportant, and nobody is likely to *personally* hack your car... but nothing would prevent a motivated hacker from compiling several exploits for the most commonly driven cars into a single program that any script kiddie can use. And it really won't matter to you whether your car was singled out by a malicious entity, or merely one of thousands, if the brakes and steering are disabled at 60mph.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

That's nice to hear and all, but it doesn't fit the reality that I and the GP have experienced. A vanilla Windows install on most laptops is going to be a barely-functional pile of crap until you're able to download the dozens of special drivers required for that laptop's dodgy hardware. Just pray that your network card works out of the box.

Comment External PDF viewer? (Score 3, Interesting) 115

Since this exploit uses an interaction between javascript and Firefox's built-in PDF viewer, it sounds like this doesn't affect people running NoScript. But what about people who don't use the built-in PDF viewer? e.g., if clicking on a PDF file opens the usual "download/open file" dialog, will the exploit still work?

Comment How?! (Score 4, Insightful) 363

How were these clearly bogus laws voted in, in the first place? It seems pretty obvious that documenting health/safety violations would be protected from legal retaliation, much like how truth is an absolute defense against libel charges. Otherwise, there's no point to even having health or safety codes, if corporations can just say "yeah yeah, we're up to code, but no peeking!"

Comment Windows 8 vs 10? (Score 1) 485

In my one and only encounter with Windows 8, I discovered that it refuses to acknowledge that ad-hoc wireless networks exist. It won't list them, and you can't create them, without going into the godawful Windows command line! Meanwhile, my Ubuntu laptop can create one in three clicks, and it's only a little more annoying to do the same in Windows 7.

So my question to you Win10ers out there... have they corrected this glaring flaw*? Dropping down into the terminal to fix a network connection is something I haven't had to do in Linux for years, and Linux's terminal emulators are at least pretty good at what they do. Having to use the Windows command prompt to do something is absolutely agonizing, and the knowledge that it was completely unnecessary in previous versions of Windows is infuriating.

*which, by the way, I'm sure is rooted in the idea of "all our users are drooling idiots and all ad-hoc wireless networks are malicious"

Comment Re: Bad design (Score 3, Interesting) 69

I know that, eventually, I will accept systemd just as I did PulseAudio. However, I also still remember how awful and frustrating my PulseAudio experience was, back when Ubuntu jumped on the PulseAudio bandwagon way too early. So I'm going to wait things out for maybe a couple more years, and let some other suckers beta-test systemd for me. There's a difference between being afraid of something new, and knowing not to grab the cutting edge with both hands and squeeze.

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