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Comment Re:Emissions testing needs to be fool proof (Score 2) 65

Mod parent up.

Seems most automobile makers will now be subject to advanced testing methodologies. I'm not so sure that this incestuous bunch will emerge untarnished.

If this gets a lot of engineering departments back to the drawing boards, we'll know soon by delays in 2016 models. Then the excrement will hit their stocks as they lose sales. Sit still and watch.

Comment Re:The great nation ... (Score 5, Insightful) 109

There's Long Key, which is pretty good.

I otherwise am of the firm belief that so long as a machine is connected to the Internet, or we can hear the keyclicks nearby, that it's total folly to believe any data is safe, many air gaps included. There's a variant of Murphy's Law stated thusly: with a big enough hammer, you can break anything.

Perhaps your router was slipstreamed some code enroute to the data center. Maybe it was your little RAID 6 array. Perhaps the kernel has had a long dormant back door or nice stack overflow to hijack. Ever plugged in your smartphone to your machine to maybe, synch something?

My guess is that in one way or another, we're all already infected, it's just a matter of hassle to get what's needed by those desiring to smash you. You may believe this to be dystopian, but once you take a long look at the CVEs out there, multiply them by two for the probably-unknowns, and even machines living their life solely in Faraday cages become suspect.

Comment Re:I was waiting for this (Score 1) 145

Hmmm. Common Carrier, Commercial Livery, competition with the USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Add in liability insurance costs, possible theories about CDLs for certain products, and let's see how far this one gets. Novel idea.... but they battle titans and their supply chain.

Comment Re:Minority report. (Score 4, Insightful) 243

And none of the movies looks to underlying factors, like poverty, addiction, mental cases with weapons, peer pressures, gang influences, inability to buy legal help/get actual justice, etc.

The PreCrime motives are unconstitutional, although conspiracy is fair game.

Comment Re:Security is hard (Score 1) 57

Nobody knows WTF is inside of a container except the person that built it, and no one knows if they MD5'd the contents, used all of the appropriate checked libs, and made sure that processes/confs/symlinks that were unnecessary were removed from the container. The same needs to be done to hypervised VMs. You can MD5 the container once built, but then checking to see if something ugly's been added isn't simple.

Then there's the job of doing update/patch/fix, and ensuring that those payloads have a chain of course/authorities. Lacking that, downloading a container is a serious gamble, IMHO.

Comment Re:not really for repair (Score 1) 16

Damaging satellites then becomes the crux of military offense/defense, and humanity fights itself in the skies, via robots. New satellite defense mechanisms, being necessary to prevent becoming jacked, start to add to the costs of weight, payload, basic capex, and so forth. The space race becomes vastly more complex. Oh joy. Oh funding.

Comment Re:10 Mbits isn't enough (Score 1) 280

Never ascribe to the sins of MBAs what is just rotten network quality. Crappy cable, overused segments, ugly routing, aperiodic surges, home network congestion, ugly routers, all these things have a bearing on overall throughput. In DSL, the sins are only slightly different. Fiber means nothing if you're sharing the same backhaul with two dozen Netflix instances.

Don't take this to say I'm defending telcos and cable providers in any way. I'm saying that it's not necessarily the pencil pushers. They don't over-scrutinize bandwidth, rather, they don't like paying for huge amounts of infrastructure until they either get complaints, or get goaded by a public utilities authority to upgrade their stuff-- often due to rampant user complaints. It's not necessarily about shareholder revenue, although that's part of it. Instead, there are all sorts of realworld problems inherent in networks to deal with, too.

Comment Re:Same thing that happens to everything else Goog (Score 2) 70

Don't be silly. Google couldn't monetize it. Takes a lot of work, and produces no revenue. Android was designed to boost ad revenues, which is their core money maker. Google Play makes revenue, but does Google own music, media, and other intangible property for phones? No-- just the YouTube banner ads and the sponsored results of search.

Apple has a pretty fat wad of cash by understanding somewhat benign monetizing of services. Google is not so smart.... or honest, IMHO.

Services and products are whimsical, unsupported and have comparatively poor customer service. Now, even the Google driverless car initiative faces $60 kits that stop their cars cold because, yeah, they thought of *security first*.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 4, Insightful) 403

The dictators above are not our monkeys and not our circus, but by using the ostensible moral hand, US business profits by condemnation, isolation, and sanctions against these and others. They're the ones paying Washington the non-tax, campaign-funding and lobbying revenues.

Foreign policy is for no moral gain, rather, profit. Make no allusions to the contrary: this is not about morality or democracy, this is about control and manipulation. Hue and cry otherwise is to play to the flag-wavers, and low IQ.

Somehow, these agencies believe they've been given carte blanche, and they have not. They react to assertions that they don't have carte blanche in really rough and startling ways.

Comment Re: Unibody? (Score 1) 345

Held in escrow, it makes sense, but political decisions are whimsical at best these days. Poised towards a third party, the escrowed funds might also build against inflation, too. Cheaper's not necessarily better, when the post-acquisition costs are born by the public, rather than the purchaser and vendor.

Neutrinos are into physicists.