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Comment: Re:US Airlines (Score 1) 240

by romiz (#46220537) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage
Buying a flight (for example) from Paris to Tokyo is cheaper if changing planes in London, but it is also cheaper to fly from London to Tokyo through Paris, using exactly the same intercontinental flights.

The rationale is that by lowering the price of flights with two parts, you are poaching the clients of the local flag carrier, but with a substandard product due to the increased flight time and the inherent inconvenience. Conversely, incumbent flag carriers do not encounter a lot of concurrence on the direct routes, which means that the prices are geared towards what the customers can pay rather than what the flights cost.

Comment: Re:it's the price, stupid. (Score 1) 810

by romiz (#45499707) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?
For a reference point, the Bluecars used in a car-sharing service in Paris are for sale at about €12k, after a €7k subvention, but you need to pay an additional €80 a month for battery rental + battery exchange at 400,000 km. And it's a very spartan car, with 4 places but no trunk, clearly designed for city-only use.

Comment: Re:As someone who is taking OS course (Score 1) 332

by romiz (#45416863) Attached to: Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants
You should look at LWN. It's a news site maintained by Jonathan Corbet, who co-authored the popular 'Linux Device Drivers' books for 2.4 and 2.6 kernels, and maintains a weekly newsletter about what currently happens in the Linux community. It also maintains archives, which gives it an index covering the widest range of topics in the Linux kernel.

You can read the 2.6 driver book on LWN as a starter, as there is no radical departure between Linux 3.x and the 2.6.x series. You can even grab an older copy/branch of the kernel like 2.6.32 and run it in a VM, as then there will be no difference between the source you use and what the existing books contain.

Comment: Re:Pricing (Score 2) 189

by romiz (#44846923) Attached to: Nokia Had an Android Phone In Development
As Skype is a network, and does not offer interoperability, it benefits from a network effect: its usefulness compared to its concurrents is the square of the number of ts consumers. This usually leads to a natural monopoly, and Microsoft must have recognized it.

Nokia is now just a device manufacturer, it squandered its 'network' when it abandoned the Symbian users and developers.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 1233

by romiz (#44657291) Attached to: Don't Fly During Ramadan
You're hopelessly wrong about the origin of Copts. The term itself comes from the 'gpt' consonants in Egypt.

They were living in Egypt before Muslims ever existed, and they still live there because even int the 9th century, Muslim invaders understood that expelling the vast majority of its population is not the right way to do a conquest. They resisted islamic assimilation for 14 centuries, including periods when they were violently reprimed for this. Except for a short period during the Crusades, there has been no direct conflict between Western Christians and Copts, and there was never any significant movement of population from Europe to Egypt.

Comment: Re:How, exactly? (Score 1) 284

by romiz (#44494937) Attached to: Comcast Working On 'Helpful' Copyright Violation Pop-ups

I just want my packets to make it to their destination, uninspected and un-fucked with, and I want the same for the packets coming back to me.

Unfortunately, this means that all remote servers you interact with need to use HTTPS or the appropriate secure version of the protocol used - but is there an encrypted version of VoIP available ? Barring that, if you only mistrust your local network provider, you need a VPN. With some work, you could also rent a colocated box to install your own.

Comment: Re:Of course they are... (Score 4, Insightful) 417

by romiz (#44146095) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

Who thinks the EU doesn't spy on the US?

Just for measure, as you may not understand the EU institutions.The European Council is composed of the governments of the states of the EU. It usually works by organizing reunions of ministers for each political domain, as well as reunions of the heads of government, and that's currently the place where important decisions are taken. Given that there are 27 members, it is a piece of cake for the US to know what is said in there, and some countries' governments will gladly tell the US if they ask. Except that they may distort the message to fit their interests. Thus, it is interesting for US spys to get the information directly.
But on the political level, this spying is tantamount to bugging the White House's main conference room.

Comment: Re:The US is nobody's friend (Score 4, Insightful) 417

by romiz (#44146047) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators
We may make a difference between government and distinct individuals, but in the end, the only thing that can stop a government is its own people. As long as the citizens of the States of the Union continue to tolerate unlimited corruption in name of "campaign contributions", broken election methods for representatives, and as long as this corruption leads them to elect a leadership with the same behaviour, the rest of the world can only conclude that the people of the USA wants it.

Comment: Re:Physical Access (Score 1) 201

by romiz (#43898769) Attached to: Researchers Infect iOS Devices With Malware Via Malicious Charger

the confirmation dialog would have to present some identifying information about the device

It's not really possible with USB out of the box. In this case the charger is the host, and is at the origin of all transactions. You need to add another layer over the existing protocols to require the host to give some credentials, before changing the device profile and exporting the interesting interfaces. This means a new WHQL certification / kernel update for your drivers, and ensures that it will not happen immediately.

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