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Comment Well, duh (Score 1) 99

A good rule of thumb is that if a large telco thinks a major business decision is good idea, it's probably bad for consumers.

There's obvious exceptions to this rule... building out and maintaining telco infrastructure is usually a good idea, but even there you have to scrutinize the fine print or you'll find your copper landlines left degrading while they roll out fibre and wireless.

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 3, Insightful) 325

... as of October 6th the number of endorsements for Donald Trump among major American newspapers sat at a big fat zero.

That's a bit of a no-brainer, really.

One thing Trump has said (and stuck with) is that he wants to open up libel laws. No news organization anywhere on the political spectrum wants their job to get harder or more expensive.

Comment Re:Is it really a war? (Score 1) 135

But it's a pretty minor league attack against the "internet". Twitter is down? The NYT?

I was just reading a Facebook comment from a friend about a hospital basically shutting down... presumably they had a dependency on something "in the cloud".

Now, I'll certainly grant that said hospital fucked up beyond belief by having that dependency, and I'd hope that heads will roll over it, but the impact seems to go beyond mere entertainment.

Comment Re:"there is NO EXCUSE to knowingly kill the kerne (Score 2) 294

Yeah, that's the quote everyone highlights, but he's a bit more nuanced about it when he's maybe a bit less pissed. Two e-mails in, you have

Killing machines because somebody made an assumption that was wrong is not ok.

Killing the machine is ok if we have a situation where there literally
is no other choice.

Comment Re:"there is NO EXCUSE to knowingly kill the kerne (Score 5, Informative) 294

If you actually read the thread, that's basically where he says it's appropriate, and only then.

The problem appears to be that people are using that feature in situations where recovery is feasible and desirable, or they're using it under the assumption that it only impacts people running special development kernels.

Comment Re:yes, no and kinda (Score 1) 79

My wife's Medtronic Insulin pump requires actually pushing an acknowledgment button before it will deliver insulin.

My wife just switched to an OmniPod, which doesn't have a UI of any sort on the pump unit itself. The controller commnunicates with the pump using what I believe is 433MHz FSK coding, and quite frankly I'm a terrified to start playing with a 433MHz capture board within range of her because I have a bad feeling about what I'll find...

That main thing that prevents a bolus overdose attack is that pumps make enough noise when they dispense a bolus that the wearer would notice it. However, if you increased the basal (especially overnight) it's quite possible they wouldn't catch that...

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