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Comment Re:Not on the x86 Acer C7 Chromebook (Score 1) 232

Unless your Chromebook doesn't run Chrome OS, you don't have Silverlight. Silverlight only works on Windows and OS X. Moonlight IIRC got discontinued (which was basically Silverlight for Linux) but it never worked with Netflix because it lacked Silverlight's DRM. Plus, in the summary itself it even says "ARM Chromebooks", so I doubt your x86 Chromebook is using the HTML5 stuff. Apparently it uses some EME stuff that's not on the x86 Chromebooks yet. I believe that Google and Netflix partnered up to release a plugin just for Netflix on x86 Chromebooks, but that was quite some time ago.

Comment Re:Stick it online for four hours (Score 1) 178

First of all, I'm not sure exactly what you're saying. That being said, my point is that opening it up to the world (which is the most extreme option) wouldn't do anything, because there's no way for attackers to get in. The rules specifically allow the attackers to specify a website that will be navigated to. So leaving a Chrome OS laptop just sitting there won't do anything, because there's no way for attackers to get in; you're going to have to go to an attack page of some sort.

Comment Re:Stick it online for four hours (Score 2) 178

A router only to wifi to the Chrome OS and no active prevention measures (human intervention). If it's still standing securely after that time then I'll be impressed. Until then this is just great advertisement for the Chrome OS and nothing more.

To the best of my knowledge, Chrome OS doesn't listen on any ports out of the box. Even DMZing it would do nothing, because there's nothing for attackers to connect to. Perhaps you should learn more about Chrome OS before you come up with ideas like this.

Researchers is a broad term and the conditions kept many away.

Which explains why everything else there was broken, right? Nope, wait, also complete nonsense.

Comment Re:And STILL No 64 Bit (Score 1) 93

You are correct, Firefox is 32-bit on Windows. I believe Chrome may be more suitable for 64-bit on Windows than Firefox, as well (but I could be wrong here). Because of Chrome's multi-process model, compatibility with 32-bit plugins should be fairly trivial. The process running the plugin can be 32-bit (for plugins that are 32-bit only, such as Flash IIRC), but the rest of the browser's processes can be 64-bit. I know that Firefox does run plugins in a separate process (open Firefox, go to a site that uses some plugin, open Task Manager, and notice at least one "plugin-container.exe" process), but I don't know how easily plugin-container could be adapted to support 32-bit plugins on 64-bit Firefox.

Comment Re:We should not need a petition (Score 1) 317

The subsidized phone model doesn't work without the locked phone model.

Even if you unlock your phone, if you have a contract with a carrier you have two options: keep paying for the cell phone service to the end of your contract's term or pay the ETF laid out in your contract. Either way, the carrier gets money. There's no reason unlocking should be illegal. The only money that the carriers may lose is the insanely high overage charges we have here in the US, but that's no reason to forbid people from unlocking their phones. It's not the government's job to enforce business models.


Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android 263

Andy Prough writes "If you happen to be in Brazil and have 599 reals jingling in your pocket ($304 US dollars or £196), you can buy an iPhone — that runs Android. Gradiente Electronica, which registered the 'iPhone' name in Brazil in 2000, has won the right to sell its iPhone Neo One, an Android phone running version 2.3, Gingerbread. Gradiente won the ruling from the Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), despite Apple's argument that Gradiente should lose the right to 'iPhone' because it had not used the name between 2008-2012. Apple retains the right to appeal the case, and Gradiente now has the right to sue Apple for exclusivity in Brazil. If Gradiente wins, the only iPhones sold in Brazil would have a picture of a cute green robot on the box cover."

Comment Re:trivial, 99% effective fix (Score 3, Informative) 207

They can still track by IP address and you're browser fingerprint. Browser fingerprinting can be defeated though current browsers don't seem to want to help make it easier to do so.

AC is right. Deleting cookies at the end of each session may help a bit, but there are still plenty of ways to identify you especially if you include your IP address (but that's not always reliable).

I'm not sure what we'll do when IPv6 rolls around and every device has a unique address. Either you go back to NAT and share addresses, which is not completely effective due to fingerprinting, or you change your address every few hours or days. Either solution defeats the purpose of IPv6.

There's already a solution for that. Use the randomly-generated address for normal things, but use your static address for servers and the like. IPv6 privacy extensions are supported on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The Courts

Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report 419

An anonymous reader writes "Seed giant Monsanto has won more than $23 million from hundreds of small farmers accused of replanting the company's genetically engineered seeds. Now, another case is looming – and it could set a landmark precedent for the future of seed ownership. From the article: 'According to the report, Monsanto has alleged seed patent infringement in 144 lawsuits against 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 U.S. states as of January of 2013. Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta together hold 53 percent of the global commercial seed market, which the report says has led to price increases for seeds -- between 1995 and 2011, the average cost of planting one acre of soybeans rose 325 percent and corn seed prices went up 259 percent.'"

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