Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Wait and see (Score 1) 250

You in 1857: "The court clearly said Dred Scott isn't a person, so why are you still talking about his 'human rights'? Accept the verdict and quit persecuting those slaveowners!"

A criminal trial is a fallible process, even to the limited extent that its purpose is to actually discern the truth. This should be beyond obvious, but that goes double when a trial pits authoritarian systems of social control against the rights of historically disadvantaged and abused groups, including minorities, juveniles and alleged "delinquents". No one here, except perhaps you, is claiming that they "just know!" anything about this case. There is no reason free people cannot review the evidence and reach our own conclusions, regardless of what actions an imperfect and often biased judicial system took.

Comment Re:internet explorer (Score 1) 437

Actually, why hasn't someone done a benign version of that already? (Or have they?) A virus using whatever infection vectors true malware does, with no payload other than a message that informs the user exactly how they got infected -- "If this was a real virus, you could've lost your data when you opened that suspicious email attachment/allowed ActiveX from this sketchy website/failed to secure port XX with a firewall." White-hat involuntary pentesting but on the global scale of something like Conficker.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 864

If the 90/10 market share is true, then those systems should have 10% of the virus market by that logic.

That's not entirely true. The relatively high fixed costs of learning an OS's security model and writing a new virus to take advantage of that, compared to the relatively small cost of tweaking existing viruses written to exploit an OS you already understand well suggests malware authors would stick with Windows even as Linux desktop share grows to avoid duplication of costs and enjoy the advantages of economies of scale.

So "there's no viruses because it's not popular" is false, but virus targeting will not strictly follow market share for a variety of economic reasons, until Linux share passes a tipping point where the value that can be extracted from untapped targets exceeds the startup costs of writing viruses for a new security paradigm.

Slashdot Top Deals

I don't want to be young again, I just don't want to get any older.