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Comment Investigating IF this is a criminal act?? (Score 1) 260

At the very least it's criminal mischief -- denying someone the legal use of their property. You can add all sorts of cyber crimes to the pool as well -- like using zombie servers means accessing (hundreds of) thousands of people's computers without authorization or permission.

The next thing to look at is whether or not this is just a dress rehearsal for a real attack. My guess is that this is just a test... They want to know what it takes to shut down a chunk of the internet. Next time will be the real act of 'terrorism'.

Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (icann.org) 1

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 301

...and the "cloud" -- if it's in the "cloud", someone else owns it. Even when they tell you you own it.

It's not on your hardware, it's not on your software, it's not in your storage, it's not on your premises, and you have zero control over any of the actual foregoing locations / instances.

But hey, everyone, keep that cloud-ward stampede going. They love ya for it.

Comment Tesla has control (Score 1) 301

All they could do to stop you from doing is voiding your warranty.

Perhaps not. As I understand it, the car is connected in order to facilitate software upgrade / maintainance. So they could tell the car it couldn't drive the next time you parked it for ten minutes, for instance.

I imagine that would land them in court -- but technically speaking, they could do it.

Comment Re:Prediction (Score 2) 82

As a macbook pro user let me say that I will probably not like what Apple shows.
1. I want an m.2 slot for SSDs. They are getting bigger and cheaper and I want the option to upgrade my SSD as they improve.
2. I want memory slots just like my MacBook Pro has. I want the option of adding ram to my notebook like I did with with my MacBook Pro.
3. I want more than one USB ports. A Pro should also have Thunderbolt ports.
4. Keep the audio jack. You do not need to drop it.

Comment Re:Mobile phone access? (Score 1) 409

No, I don't - no international treaty affords sovereign territory status to a diplomatic mission. You made an unfounded assumption and was called on it.

And in case you want it said outright, no the UK doesn't afford diplomatic missions any additional considerations about sovereign territory rights either.

Comment Re:Mobile phone access? (Score 1) 409

You do realise that that document no where says that an embassy is considered a sovereign territory, right? Article 22 of that document does lay out the protections that the premises secured for the mission enjoys, including against search, entry etc but that document never assigns sovereign territory status to those premises.

So, the document you refer to does not back your claim - it is still a myth that embassies are sovereign territory.

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