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Submission + - Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

wjcofkc writes: It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel.

Comment False Premise (Score 1) 1

One doesn't "retrain" white collar workers. Tuition is generally reimbursed for a course or two per semester and then they adapt or you hire someone with the needed skill set. Usually a combination of both.

H1B has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:lawyer (Score 1) 653

if "safety yellow" were indeed "generic," it still wouldn't be registrable.

That's my point. The whoosh you heard may have been it sailing over your head. The color yellow on any kind of electrical equipment should not have been a registrable mark.

The PTO likely erred in granting registration. A decent lawyer can gently make that point to fluke's counsel while agreeing to change the colors on future product orders in exchange for fluke advising the govees that they've examined the situation and are satisfied that there is no infringement.

Which should promptly end the impound. For a lot less money than $30k.

Comment goal achieved (Score 2) 54

OLPC's goal was to induce the creation of computers affordable in the third-world and usable in an environment where basic utilities are not available. At the time, a bottom-end new computer cost around $500.

Today we have a tablet and netbook industry which churns out the cheap components that such computers need at a high economy of scale. Micro Center has a bottom-end android tablet on sale for $50.

Things may not have worked out as OLPC expected or in a way that left OLPC with any importance as an organization, but their goal was surely achieved.

Comment judicial activism (Score 1) 2

This judge picked a particularly sloppily written search warrant application and then *way overreached* in response.

When the cops get a search warrant for your house for a particular document, they're allowed to search your file cabinet for that document. This judge proposes that for email, they must hire a third party to search the email account for that document.

Comment satellite connect (Score 1) 1

You don't "connect" to the overwhelming majority of satellites. They're described as "bent pipes." They receive signals on one frequency on one antenna and transmit them on another frequency on another antenna. Most don't even convert to a digital signal; it's a pure analog copy. You "connect" to the ground station on the other side.

Comment Re:Feds... (Score 1) 342

My point was: I agree with your point.

Also: except for the brief brain-fart, the AC's comment about failing to understand the interstate commerce clause was correct. A company's headquarters location has no bearing on whether a particular transaction is interstate commerce and thus immune to state oversight. Moreover, similar topics come up in this forum often enough to justify a certain level of disgust with folks who still can't spot the difference. Applying the pejorative "moron" to mosb1000 was not entirely without foundation.

Comment Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

Well, no, it isn't. Iridium data channels don't have the capacity for that. RUDICS data streams take a long time to establish (on the order of a minute), move only a couple hundred bytes per second and drop frequently under good conditions. SBD shots are more likely to work, but you can only deliver a 2000 byte packet once every minute or two.

I don't know which one the advertiser's device uses but either way it's only enough for periodic snapshots of the data not a continuous send.

Comment no downloads (Score 1) 5

Now that the physical media is destroyed, does that mean I am legally within my rights to download a copy from some online source?

No. That downloaded copy would be somebody else's copy not yours. If you still had a copy of the rip you made from *your* CD, your ownership of a copy would still cover that.

Comment Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 2) 461

Yeah, it really costs $100k. Custom Iridium devices of this character aren't terribly expensive, on the order of $500k to $1M to design and $5k-$10k each to manufacture in small quantities. The rest is the cost of putting it on the plane, maintaining it and paying for satellite service.

Iridium is an LEO satellite constellation. You only send the radio signal a few hundred miles, you you can basically point an antenna generically at the sky and talk. It doesn't require the kind of complex engineering that talking to a geostationary satellite from a moving vehicle would.

The report didn't say, but a device of this nature is most likely what was on he air france flight, sending in the maintenance reports.

Nevertheless, $100k is a lot of money. Would the passengers have been willing to pay more for the tickets so that their loved ones would have a slightly better idea where they crashed? Probably not.

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