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Comment Re:Not all that surprising... (Score 1) 131

Intel offered to replace any P5 with the FDIV bug upon request.

Fortunately most of the P5's were socketed with a trivial heatsink. People with i7 48xx and 49xx laptops are going to be caught up in this - those could have been a really nice portable KVM machine with TSX.

Then again, Intel chips are so expensive they must have the cost of a possible recall built into each one.

Comment Re:Defeated by Food Saver (Score 1) 158

Are vacuum packages that tight?

I would have always thought yes -- I have a Food Saver and it works miracles for food storage, especially meat in the freezer. But I could swear I've read that drug dogs smell right through them, even double-bagged, which seems to be kind of weird. I would assume that holding a decent vacuum would prevent anything from escaping.


Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors 141

itwbennett writes: The first large-scale analysis of firmware has revealed poor security practices that could present opportunities for hackers probing the Internet of Things. Researchers with Eurecom, a technology-focused graduate school in France, developed a web crawler that plucked more than 30,000 firmware images from the websites of manufacturers including Siemens, Xerox, Bosch, Philips, D-Link, Samsung, LG and Belkin. In one instance, the researchers found a Linux kernel that was 10 years out of date bundled in a recently released firmware image. They also uncovered 41 digital certificates in firmware that were self-signed and contained a private RSA encryption key and 326 instances of terms that could indicate the presence of a backdoor.

Comment Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 1) 541

Not at all, given the role sacrifice played out in Jewish theology and tradition.

But you've got the description wrong. Sin and Virtue are habits. If you have enough habits of Virtue to survive in Heaven, then you get to go there (eventually). If you don't, you get the booby prize of Hell, because you wouldn't be able to live in Heaven anyway.

Comment Re:Quit COMPLAINING about Comcast and buy them out (Score 1) 368

Natural monopolies should never be for profit.

Wireline services aren't natural monopolies. Anybody watching TV on FiOS or making a phone call on Cable can attest to that.

But ... they are very frequently granted cartel or hegemony status, benefit from all sorts of incumbent protection regulations, and almost certainly feature regulatory capture. These are features of fascism, not monopolies, which is arguably much worse.

Depending on geography, roads may be natural monopolies. Dams on rivers, extraction of resources on a given land, that sort of thing. Water, gas, and electric services are usually granted monopolies, but if they abuse prices enough there's nothing that explicitly prevents a competing water or gas line, other than government interference. In the presence of such regulations, you'll see rainwater collection, solar panels, propane tanks, etc.

There can also be a high barrier to entry that makes competition a poor finance decison. If your whole town is wired for cable it takes a lot of money to go after that market because you have a large investment with a slow initial pay-off. But again, FTTH has been done in competitive markets - there just needs to be billions to back it.

Comment Re:because they're invariably HTTPS, they'll time (Score 1) 278

is probably worth eliminating the huge numbers of terrible employees who can't work it out.

Maybe it's like making pre-meds take organic chem. It's not very useful to them as a physician (c.f. biochem), but if you can't make it through organic chem you're never going to make it through med school. It's a well-known 'weed class'.

If you combine this with the fact that most high-level employees don't come through the front door, it starts to make some sense.

And, yeah, Layer6/7 confusion isn't the best way to get a tech job.

Comment 22 (Score 2) 3

Ammo supplies dried up following the shootings at Sandy Hook. There was concern about all sorts of action, from outright banning to exorbitant taxes. People were buying everything they could get their hands on. NOTHING was available in certain areas for several months of 2013.

It's slowly getting back to normal. You can find just about everything except 22, but the prices and selection is not always like it was pre Sandy Hook.

There are a variety of excuses for why 22 remains so difficult to find. I think that following the scare last year, people are still hoarding it, seeing how quickly it disappeared last time. I know that if we every get back to 8-10 cents per round, I'd like to lay in about 10,000 rounds (or more). Just so that I don't have to deal with this again.

Comment Why isn't call recording a smartphone feature? (Score 4, Interesting) 368

Is it just because of "wiretap" laws? It seems like it would be a pretty trivial feature to add to smartphones. It's also easy to see how it could be very easily enhanced beyond simple audio files -- automated or selective recording of only some calls ("Answer and record", "record all calls" flag in contacts, speech-to-text, and so on).

Recording calls USED to be very easy -- $5 telephone pickup from Radio Shaft and a cassette recorder.

Comment Re:Is it about the CPU, or the OS ? (Score 2) 125

According to the paper, it looks like biggest novelty is... DRM. The optimizer code will be encrypted and will run in its own memory block, hidden from the OS.

DRM is already fully supported in ARM processors. See TrustZone, which provides a separate "secure virtual CPU" with on-chip RAM not accessible to the "normal" CPU and the ability to get the MMU to mark pages as "secure", which makes them inaccessible to the normal CPU. Peripherals can also have secure and non-secure modes, and their secure modes are accessible only to TrustZone. A separate OS and set of apps run in TrustZone. One DRM application of this is to have secure-mode code that decrypts encrypted video streams and writes them directly to a region of display memory which is marked as secure, so the normal OS can never see the decrypted data. Another common application is secure storage for cryptographic keys, ensuring that even if an attacker can acquire root on your device, he can't extract your authentication keys (though he can probably use them as long as he controls the device, since the non-secure OS is necessarily the gatekeeper).

Nearly all mainstream Android devices have TrustZone, and nearly all have video DRM implemented in it. A large subset also use it for protection of cryptographic keys (Go to Settings -> Security and scroll down to "Credential Storage -> Storage type". If it says "hardware-backed" your device has TrustZone software for key storage.

So, no, nVidia isn't doing this for DRM. That problem is already solved, though it's stupid because all of the content is on the Internet anyway.

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Journal Journal: AZ and back on Nvidia 3

Got my main machine running with the Nvidia card again. I crack myself up. It seems to be working o.k. so far. We'll see how long it lasts.

Being in Arizona this summer was nice. It was crazy hot of course. That's the norm. But it has been a while since I'd been able to really enjoy the desert. I did miss it. I love the big sky, the cactus, the beautiful sunsets and the smell. We had some storms and there is a very unique odor that is a wet Sonoran desert. I love it. It brought

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