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Comment Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

I don't know how it works where you live, but here (in France) with public healthcare the government will have to pay your medical bills after you get an accident
Or maybe there should be an exception ? "if you crash without helmet, you won't have healthcare. Take your responsibility"

Same with cars : you are adult enough to decide if you want to buckle up, but the whole community will pay for your "adultness" once you end in a wheelchair...

Wasn't there a similar debate with football a few months ago ? players get more long term injuries because they have an armor and feel safer, dress them as rugby players and they will reach 70.

Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 508

Don't know for average Joes in US, but here in France the week after they put the "3 strikes and you're out" laws in place, everyone was subscribing to VPN or Usenet services.
They start monitoring: everyone goes deeper to avoid detection. They then lose all kind of control/visibility they might have had before.
A bit like what is described here :

Then you get to see fake VPN services, built by labels/movie studios. Not to mention those created by mafia groups to harvest private data...

So, SOPA (or whatever name your local government uses) might provide more control/visibility, but not for a long time.
What's next ? We'll be required to install a mandatory government spyware on our endpoints to be allowed access to the Internet ?


Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game 535

Hatta writes "Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand customer gets a second rate experience. If you buy this game used, you will be stuck with the previous owner's progress, unable to start the game fresh."

Comment PA Networks (Score 1) 414

Well, part of what you're describing can be bought today.
Appliances from Palo Alto Networks do just that : User awareness, L7 identification (even in SSL) so that allowing TCP 80 or 443 doesn't mean allowing everything, ...

They still lack many things from Checkpoint/Juniper/Cisco (PBR or IPSec aren't fully there yet IMHO) but they're quite impressive.
On some tests I did, it was able to see random encrypted UDP P2P packets as "Bittorrent". Not to mention that many webapps are seen as protocols (gmail, gmail chat,, yahoo finance, etc...)

Kinda weird to define security policies by user|group/application instead of IP/port. (you can still do that if it makes you feel more comfortable: use RFC ports or self-defined ports)

Sexy HW architecture with FPGAs and dedicated CPUs for each tasks, nice web interface with reporting: it's a real gap from a typical appliance firewall, but it costs an arm and a leg...

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