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Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 162

I don't even want to use USB. I want to be able to NFC with my phone, or my watch. If I have to use USB it should be to plug an NFC device into in order to enable this.

Plugging things in is annoying, just let me do a quick touch action for couple of seconds while it does whatever crypto it needs. Make it wireless powered too so I don't have to charge it.

Comment Netgear VPN still has non-resettable keys (Score 1) 26

I have found Netgear to be no worse than any other consumer router manufacturer, and better than several. Many manufacturers have had similar vulnerabilities in recent years, at least they have (finally) responded, albeit under the perception that it is perhaps due to the bad press.

That said, I'm posting here to call them out for STILL not having any means to generate fresh VPN keys on their routers. If your VPN profile security was every in question there is nothing you could do about it short of buying a new router. And frankly, since you have no idea about the state of the keys that came from the factory, it should be.

Netgear, pleas add a button to the web console to generate new VPN keys with a decent key size, and make sure the old ones are wiped/revoked.

Comment Re:Both valid arguments, but more nuance for Uber (Score 1) 357

Uber's position is that they are testing their driving software, but that there is a human driver with their hands on the wheel ready to take over immediately if they feel uncomfortable. Because of this, the Uber vehicles aren't really autonomous, but more like the adaptive driving of a Tesla, which does not require a special autonomous car permit from the state.

Tesla is the opposite: They ask that the driver be in control at all times and keep hands on the wheel.

Technically the self driving systems are only augmenting the driver and not replacing them at this point.

Sounds more like the driver is augmenting the self driving system to me.

Comment Re:Netgear (Score 1) 137

Most home routers have similar exploits (executing commands via a web interface while not authenticated), either currently or recently. While I can't defend Netgear in this instance, we also shouldn't falsely make people believe they are the worst of the bunch (IMO DLink is in the running for that honor).

For anyone affected, Netgear has a beta FW update on their support site today. You need to manually upload it to your router via the web console.

Comment Re: What's the deal with wireless charging.. (Score 3, Informative) 125

I used to be a fan of wireless charging, but when I last used it it out around 1A, which is a slow charge these days, and made my phones very hot, which is bad for battery life. USB-C ports seem to hold up better than older formats, so I'm less concerned about plugging in these days.

Comment Ummmm... (Score 5, Insightful) 147

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, voted 12-3 that the government can get the information under a decades-old legal theory that it had already been disclosed to a third party, in this case a telephone company

... with whom I have a contract that ought to contain privacy terms and a disclaimer than certain information may be provided to law enforcement only under due legal process, i.e. a warrant.

Comment Re:You what? (Score 1) 161

1/6 of the downstream traffic and 1/3 of the upstream traffic is impactful on an ISP network

Maybe I missed it, where are those numbers coming from?

Also, let's say it is 1/6th or even 1/3rd of the traffic, that doesn't say anything about the capacity.

because it consumes resources that would otherwise be available for other uses

Ignoring the distinction between traffic and capacity, your argument is "if the traffic wasn't being used for what the subscribers wanted to use it for, it could be used for..." what exactly?

and/or requires the ISP to invest in additional infrastructure to prevent that traffic impacting other uses.

Yes, ISPs need to invest in infrastructure to ensure the service level they sell meets the real world wants and needs of the customers they sell it to. And the problem here is? Seems like the fundamentals of running a business to me...

You appear to come from a world that has infinite speed zero latency networks. Welcome to Earth, where we have an internet that requires switches, routers, fibre optics and complex networking.

Ooohhh, it's "complex". Better stop applying independent thought processes and follow the narrative then, like you have.

Comment You what? (Score 1) 161

How exactly is torrent traffic impactful on an ISP network? they're just routing packets around (okay, maybe you need a larger routing table?), it's the nodes that have to do most of the work. Unless they're using carrier-grade NAT, in which case get IPv6 working you lazy b*s.

Also, looking forward to seeing http encapsulated VPNs!

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

T-Mobile Unlimited plans work like this:

* You can use as much data on your cellphone as you want
* However, there is a limit as to how much data you can use with tethered devices

To be fair to T-Mobile, they make this really clear in their plans. People then install software to bypass the tethering limit by manipulating the tether to look like data from the cell phone.

There is nothing sketchy about what T-Mobile is doing here.

Comment Re:Interesting, from someone other than Google. (Score 4, Insightful) 278

I had the same initial reaction, but realistically I spend so much time on Android/Chrome/Google Docs/GMail/etc. already that avoiding OnHub will do nothing to stop Google knowing far too much about me. In many ways my phone is more sensitive than my router.

My bigger worry is that Google will add whatever features it wants whenever it wants, and who knows how much control we'll have over any of it. Maybe they'll even start sharing your bandwidth to support things like Google Fi. What I've noticed through Android and all the supporting apps is Google just does whatever shit they want to. They don't even particularly seem to care if you like it, even if you're stuck with it for a long time, so long as it supports some long term goal they have, that they might not have even disclosed.

So, if you're willing to spend $200 - the price of a high-end consumer router - to get some nice tech but be at the whim of Google, then maybe this is for you.

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