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Comment Stringent SSL verification process ... yeah right! (Score 3, Insightful) 229

The idea behind the "Stringent SSL verification process" is that customers will pay a brand-name-trusted CA company to verify the SSL request is from who they claim to be.

Even at *TEN THOUSAND* USD/EUR/GBP/etc per fake certificate, the price is too good for countries like Iran, China, etc for engaging in MITM attacks.

The whole process is a scam outright....

Comment I hope they hire him for the right reasons ... (Score 3, Insightful) 177

.... and have him help them optimize their ROM images and the experience presented. Lets hope they don't hire him to help them lock down their ROMs, bootloaders, etc some more ....

Think about it, who else would be better at locking things down than the guy who defeats such locks all the time?

Comment Re:Microsoft using Linux? (Score 1) 188

"Researchers at Microsoft"..."have developed"..."running embedded Linux"

Um, was that a misprint or did hell just freeze over? Hasn't MS referred to Linux as a "virus", a "cancer", "un-American", a "patent violator", and "communistic"?

Microsoft Research helped create Xen virtualization for Linux ...

Hell they even *ported* Windows XP to Xen 1.0

Comment So whats new ? (Score -1, Troll) 314

Do any devices burst into flames ? You bet

Will crApple cover up anything and everything even if that means tampering with the law and/or (American) constitution ? You bet

Will crApple's fanboyz rush to its defense needlessly, dangerously, and even willing to give up personal freedoms for Steve Jobs ? You bet

The real issue is why a tax-payer funded gov't entitity can be meddled around with a company like crApple in the first place. Anyone who has ever read the Consumerist knows that the CPSC has no teeth nor balls, but this is unacceptable and ridiculous.

Comment Russia and the US have already done this before... (Score 4, Informative) 413

Its called Nunn-Lugar/CTR.

Basically the United States gave Russia a billion or so and tactical/technical/administrative support every year to reduce their weapons stock pile.

So even when Bush and Putin had their panties bunched up, great work was being done cooperatively by both sides. The program considered pretty successful by government standards.

I know, I know, the idea of good news from government is a scary one!

Comment In other words ... (Score 3, Insightful) 228

The military will spend a few hundred million with clearly efficient and excellent vendors like Lockheed Martin, and all of their spam problems will be fixed!!


Here goes another few hundred million .... *sigh*

If we really believe in taxation without representation then my unborn baby should be able to vote already ...

Comment Re:Channel 14 (Score 5, Informative) 348

Channel 14 is entirely illegal to use in the USA (and many many many other countries) because it exists outside of the 2.4Ghz spectrum that is allocated for consumers to go nuts on. So yes, you're Wifi will be awesome because nobody is using that spectrum .... but you'll really piss off the FCC, ask your local HAM why this is a bbbaaaddd idea.

That being said ...

Using channel 14 in the USA (and other non-channel 14 countries) can be done via a DD-WRT compatible router, and Wireless cards where you can change the CRDA to Japan (like Atheros cards that work with ath5k and ath9k on linux.)

The linux command to change your regulatory domain is:

bash# iw reg set JP

The issue with channel 14 is that it is reduced power, meaning in most cases you'll only get 802.11b speeds with it.

Now why something is critical as wifi has to exist with stupid consumer shit is the real crux of the issue ...

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.