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Comment Understanding the risks does not make it safer (Score 2) 36

In other words, if you understand the risks, it should be a fairly safe.

No: if you understand the risks then you won't run anything mission critical on it, but it won't make it less prone to break. Breakage is unlikely to come because you stress it, more by exposure to some unusual edge case.

I suppose: if you do really understand it you might be in a better position to repair it and dig yourself out of a hole.

Comment Exxon did nothing wrong ... (Score 4, Interesting) 171

it could not, a company is not animate. People do things on behalf of the company. Thus it is people who misled investors, etc.

The difference is important because all too often they will let the company/corporation pick up the blame for what they did and pay any fines. Until executives start losing their homes and pensions their behaviour will not change, we will continue to see scandals such as this. I am not talking about making executives paying for mistakes, even bad ones, but for deliberate lies/... such as this.

Comment Was the USA cyber war sensible ? (Score 1) 233

Look at this from the position of Kim Jong Un, what will he think, how will he react ?

Will he not view this as more evidence of USA aggression ? Won't this just feed his paranoia ? I would have some sympathy with Kim Jong Un if he were to scream about provocation from the USA. It seems to me very much like prodding a hornets' nest with a stick. It would be foolish to think that any action like this would remain undiscovered forever.

I am not saying that I like North Korea having nukes, but neither do I like the USA, UK, Russia, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan having them but, somehow, those states having them is seen as not so bad - although some of their leaders are not the sort of character who I would like to have in charge of a nuclear button.

Comment Collision course with right to repair ... (Score 1) 65

All those tractor manufacturers are going to use this to stop farmers repairing their own machines and will jack up the prices for repair jobs. That will be the start, next: cars, mobile 'phones, washing machines, ... anything with a CPU in it that runs code that can be 'protected' by XORing bytes with 0xFF.

Comment Re:Admin? (Score 1) 238

Eh ? I don't understand. To install software (is that what you mean by ''load'') you generally need to become root for a short while since you typically need to create files in /usr/bin/ & similar. This is very different from the program needing superuser privileges in order to run -- only a very few do. Most packaged software needs to be installed with superuser privileges but if, however, you build it yourself you will run ./configure and can put the software almost anywhere - usually.

Comment Boggle! (Score 2, Insightful) 119

As a European I am astounded that companies don't already have a requirement to keep personal data safe. It is something that I just expect to happen. OK: I do realise that what the law says and what companies actually do can be very different, but still - companies do get fined over here for lax security. This must be why people tell me that the USA is not a safe country for personal data.

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