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Comment: (Score 1) 77

by mjwx (#48477541) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

That might be fine in theory, but who knows in what agreements in the future those governments will engage in? Perhaps it'll even be secret and you won't even know it. I think tor is a better choice. It's distributed and not bound to any particular company or country.

Except TOR is bad for torrents.

Besides this, the nebulous threat of some global co-operation over copyright enforcement is delusional to say the least.

If such a threat became credible, you'd just switch VPN providers to another country.

Comment: Re:Explanation of Uber permissions... (Score 1) 224

by mjwx (#48476423) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Location: Uber needs to know where you are so you can get picked up. Surprise!

Contacts: For splitting fares with friends, inviting friends to use Uber

Phone: To call your Uber driver or for them to call you

Camera/Microphone: Uber has a function that lets you take a photo of your credit card for scanning

Wi-Fi Connection: Checks if you have internet and attempts to use the WiFi name to help determine your location

Device ID and Call Information: Allows access to your phone number and a unique ID for your device

Identity: Allows Android users to sign in and pay with one tap (using the Google Sign-In and Google Wallet services)

Photos/Media/Files: Uber says this is to “save data and cache mapping vectors.”

Here's the list of permissions you didn't explain and makes for interesting reading.

- Identity:
Add and remove accounts.
- Photos/Media/Files:
Access to protected storage.
Modify or delete files.
- Other:
Receive data from Internet.
Use accounts on the device.
Read Google service configuration.
Modify system settings.
Full network access.

I've bolded the last three because there's no reason for them. Why does it need full network access and access to Google service configuration. "Receive data from the Internet" is sufficient to download data, full network access means they're uploading quite a bit, combine this with all the other information you're getting and it's extremely suspect.

Given that Uber has been found to be less than trustworthy before, why do you think they aren't abusing your trust (and personal data)?

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 113

by mjwx (#48476353) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

I don't have to buy that feature. Most cars in fact don't have a remote starter. Remote door locks are pretty common but the starter is unusual.

Like remote locks were in the early 90, remote start is uncommon now but it will become more common later. Its more common in Europe than the US because of the weather, most people would rather have breakfast than sit in their car waiting for it to warm up enough to drive.

Comment: Re:Room for further research.... (Score 5, Funny) 188

by mjwx (#48471177) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

If they can do this with SuperCop, just imagine what sort of efficencies they could get by using an AC/DC album! Also by using AC/DC as the base pattern it might allow them to create native AC and skip the use of a DC->AC power inverter.

AC/DC is bad, the last thing you want is for your solar panels to be... THUNDERSTRUCK.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 113

by mjwx (#48471097) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

If you want to stop hackers from getting into the system then the first thing you have to do is make it pretty much impossible for a hacker to physically access the system. As in steel. And beyond that, the wireless connections are a serious vulnerability. Scale them back or secure systems from the wireless radios.

If you want to stop 99% of malicious vehicle hacks you need to remove any wireless components from the system as well as physically securing it. This means not giving the infotainment system access to the CANBUS or anything else.

The answer to vehicle hacking is stupidly simple... but this means they cant sell the new Craptiva with remote start technology so guess which one they're going to do.

Comment: Re:Also ban cars (Score 3, Interesting) 178

by mjwx (#48463607) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

learn how to argue valid points

Given that Cameron is arguing that we should take another step down the slope, your claim that their claim of a slippery slope is invalid is invalid.

Here's why it's a fallacy.

Cameron is just trying to detract from his growing unpopularity with statements like this. Tony Abbott in Australia did the same thing, a huge police operation across 3 cities arresting 17 people made big headlines on the same day he released very unpopular policies... Obvious the policies were buried under the HUGE ANTI-TERROR ARRESTS on the front page.

Of the 17 people arrested in these raids, 16 were released without charge, the remaining person had a fine for a weapons misdemeanour (unsecured ammunition).

So people thinking this is a huge slippery slope are reading too far into it, it's just a politician trying some hand waiving to distract from growing voter dissatisfaction.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 430

by mjwx (#48463545) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't SSD's have a point where they put on too many write's per bit?

They do, but it's high enough that your computer and hard drive will be obsolete and replaced well before the point you reach it. Even if you keep your computer for a decade. I'm more concerned that every SSD I've owned has had a serious bug discovered after I bought it.

Crucial M4 - the 5000 hour bug.
Samsung EVO - slowdown bug.

I like SSD's but I have to question the maturity of the technology.

Comment: Re:Inescapable fact of FPS games (Score 1) 219

by mjwx (#48463505) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

I do not understand why companies like EA, Valve, etc do not just subscribe to the hacks themselves and update the detection routines as soon as they come out. They have proven that they have technology that will catch the large majority of them.

Its not quite that easy.

Much like Valve, EA, et al.. the cheating software has it's own form of DRM to prevent reverse engineering. So it would be difficult to tell how the hack is affecting the game because they have little to no visibility on the hack.

Detecting cheaters server side is relatively easy in comparison. What I'd like to see is some software that would degrade the experience of cheaters, I.E. when a cheater is detected using an aimbot, decrease their accuracy or make 3 out of every 4 shots do nothing.

Comment: Re:As a side note, my own thoughts on future autos (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by mjwx (#48455547) Attached to: Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030
The car of the future will look and act much like the car of today. In the last 50 years the basic premise of the car hasn't changed, 4 wheels powered by an engine controlled by pedals and a wheel.

There hasn't been a radical design change to the car because there's no need for one. By 2030 we wont have fully autonomous cars either. So all cars will still have a steering wheel, pedals and a gear selector (even if it's just D P and R in EV's).

This company is trying to pass off a futuristic looking kitchen table as a "future vision" car whilst ignoring that their glass box as an office workspace has the following problems:
- Not aerodynamic.
- Top heavy.
- Glass has no protection from penetration.
- Cars wont be without manual controls in our lifetime (if nothing else, there will be people who like to drive).
- Has no space for energy storage or engines.
- Has no rear or forward visibility.
- Offers no privacy.
- Ugly as sin.

You can tell the company doesn't have a single engineer as they haven't even put in room for the basics like an engine and fuel tank/battery and dont seem to get that people aren't exhibitionists who like driving around in glass booths let alone considered the effects of inertia on items you place on the table.

Comment: Re:They can't even get the present right (Score 1) 144

by mjwx (#48455463) Attached to: Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

You'd think a 'future vision' company would know better than to provide some sort of brochure site that acts and works as poorly as this one does. Navigating through this was like trying to play a first person shooter using chopsticks to control the keyboard and mouse.

Hold on there.

These are "design and innovation professionals" not engineers. You cant expect them to have the web site working fluidly and intuitively. They've got to make sure the kerning is perfect and the corners are rounded just right.

It's not their fault you dont understand their future vision based communication sphere.

Comment: Re:people drop their phones :( (Score 1) 202

by mjwx (#48453669) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

then again I buy phones that are built properly

I can see you with a jewelers monocle going over the phone in the store. "This isn't going to do..." you declare as the Genius hands you another one to look at.

I am curious to how you determine a properly built phone.

First step is to leave the Apple store and go to a manufacturer that knows what "durable" is.

Seriously, I've had HTC, Samsung, Motorola and now an LG... All of them have been able to take a drop without cracking or warping.

BTW, I'm much more eloquent than that. I'd say "no, no, no good sir, this simply isn't going to suffice".

Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 1) 453

by mjwx (#48446743) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Cheap and ubiquitous Self Driving Cars means

This is actually an argument for private ownership.

If they're cheap and ubiquitous to have one for everyone who wants to go to work at 8:00 (and there will be a lot of people going to work at that time) then they'll be cheap enough that they will be kept in most garages.

The problem you have is that everyone wants to go to work at the same time, but in order for a taxi-like system to be efficient it needs not to have hundreds of vehicles idle for most of the day. Depreciation, insurance costs, maintenance, cleaning and other costs on a fleet will eventually make sure that in order to cope with peak demand, prices will rise and in so doing make private ownership more attractive.

Above this, humans generally dont like to share. So Martin the middle manager can afford his own car, he would rather pay the premium for it than risk getting the same car that Danny the drunkard was vomited in last night.

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