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Comment Re:This Story Supports the Prior Article (Score 1) 421

> No price is low enough to buy something you do not actually own .
I suppose you're a staunch homeowner, but a lot of people prefer renting a service, I don't see why appliances could be any different. I think the only problem is the product is misrepresented - when the device functions only in such a way it's a mechanism operated by somebody else (with pinkie pie promise made to act on your behalf, perhaps) - it's a service (despite lack of regular rent) - not a commodity.

A satellite dish isn't all there is to TV reception, right? But at least with that one, it's very clear to people what you're buying, and that the service isn't rendered just with the dish alone.

Comment Re:And this is why you don't buy cloud reliant tec (Score 1) 421

Agree. I'd up it a notch: Force vendors calling those things what they are - a botnet.

Your device is not under your control, but under somebody's elses. Somebody else re-interprets your instruction and hopefuly does the right thing with the device (either that, or your IoT operated microwave explodes).

I have a theory why people are ok with voluntary botnets - it is so much common in human society when you think about. Firefighters are a botnet. Portfolio management is a botnet, pretty much all of service industry is a botnet in computer terms. You're not in control, you delegate and hope for the best. As for why home appliances-as-a-service - I suppose there's this perverse satisfaction of having a tardy, 3rd party "house maid slave" just for yourself, even if you are perfectly able to open the fridge on your own (and more reliably).

It's just that us, old geeks, are not used to seeing this brought into computing - we used to be the ones fully in control. We're dinosaurs.

Comment Re:Contempt of the court... (Score 1) 522

I guess, police might accuse the owner of Destruction of Evidence [uslegal.com] — perhaps, even a conspiracy to do so, if he used somebody's help to implement it.

I see, for example if there would be conspiring human third party (in different country), with instructions to unlock the machine remotely only as long some canary signal didnt happen (box being offline suddenly and unexpectedly..).

The accusations should be easy to fight, because such security measures may have a number of perfectly valid and legal uses.

You're indeed right about legitimate uses - I'm asking about commercial system actually in use (heavy duty FIPS 140) - chassis intrusion, tripping it will nuke TPM state. Disarming it physically is very difficult (akin to disarming a sophisticated bomb).

As for destruction of evidence, I'm assuming the typical DC procedure where imaging/seizure attempt is made without prior notification to the owner (normally sensible thing, to prevent tipoffs). But if the owner is present during the raid, would he have to mention presence of the tripwire, or keeping the mouth shut is ok?

A particularly dirty prosecutor may resort to locking the accused up anyway and let it be known (unofficially), what the accusations are — counting on the rest of the prison population to "pressure" the innocent victim of his zeal.

Care to elaborate? You mean as means of torture to make sure there indeed are no backups somewhere (making a TPM key backups somewhere and simply omitting to mention it exists to anyone is indeed the sensible thing to do with canary/DMS setups).

Comment Re:Contempt of the court... (Score 1) 522

Compared to rest of neckbeard libertarian drivel in here, you seem to argue well the "common sense" side typically used by law (no mod points, bummers). So let me ask you something instead, any idea what would happen in case of a dead man switch?

Ie the moment somebody attempts to manipulate with the hardware without knowing a secret disengagement procedure, they would irrevocably destroy the data.
Obviously, there would be substantial proof that such a mechanism indeed existed (and it's not all made up), and that it indeed triggered.

Comment Re:Veteran technology columnist? (Score 1) 74

Rather than saying "things will be different" (duh), try to extrapolate how from past cycles. The wild west internet era is gone - as was the early 8bit PC era of the 80s, replaced by MS monopoly of the 90s, same happens with internet now. Open computing platforms progress towards closed gardens because consolidation is more efficient before it implodes into actual monopolies. The question is, what will surpass todays computing and internet to usher new wild west era, and open opportunities for the small guy yet again.

I'm personally extremely pessimistic - either large scale conflict, or drastically different technology from todays (quantum computing, down to networking level). Those won't happen for next 20 years at least. The opporunity window of silicon dawn is over for the moment.

Comment Re:So it has... (Score 4, Insightful) 89

Kyocera (I assume duraforce pro) is 3200mAh battery. Top of the line, CAT S60, is 3800mAh. These phones are *expensive* given their relatively shitty specs in other areas ($400 and $800 respectively). Many people don't care about phone durability, they just want their phone to last charged for more than a day on stand-by. If LG prices this phone in line with its other specs (~200$), it will blow duraphones out of the water on price alone.

Comment Re:Shift from offering products to exploiting user (Score 1) 156

> Now tell me that ANY of this is driven by consumer demand.
Yes, it is. Users don't care about privacy, or, for that matter, any hidden consequences (which is why usury thrives). Breaking the spell of rent seeking behavior now corroding our society is a difficult one. Starts with basic education of the technicalities, as well as financial literacy (many of lessons there extend beyond that of financial field).

Paranoia as such is only overreaction to false dillema, often with detrimental consequences. Not only needs one to ask "cui bono" and merely be paranoid and patently avoid it - that's only half of the thruth. They need to ask if the hidden trade is worth it - usury can be still useful if the borrowed capital can be reinvested in profitable venture.

To give an example, stonewalling facebook and whatsapp - the trade is seemingly "give up your privacy, or you'll get socially isolated". But it is a false dillema. Purchase a burner phone number online (~$1), set up the account via Tor, it's a fair trade.

Comment Re:Smells fishy (Score 1) 64

> why not open it up for everyone?
Because it would be much worse than wifi then. LTE is fast because it is very, very coordinated, down to client station level. That can be accomplished only by strict regulation, basically government says that you can run only specific protocol on a given band.

The document linked brags about how LTE-U is better than wifi. Of course it is, because it uses separate (licensed) band for cooperative signalling, whereas WiFi (or LTE completely in unlicensed band as you say) is merely ad-hoc collision resolution, as full coordination is not feasible in unregulated band. They're comparing ethernet switch to ethernet hub, however only hubs are unlicensed.

The deleterious effect for WISPs is obvious - big mobile telcos with LTE main bands will leech off bandwidth from wisp market, further monopolizing the last mile. While the technogy [b]is superior[/b] compared to wifi technologically, the inherent concentration of it in hands of monopolies is not, market-wise.

Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 5, Interesting) 514

I'm using a 64GB sd card a bit differently. Forget copying things back and forth, that's too much hassle with plenty of room for mistakes.

Instead, get a phone with vendor supplied sdcard backdoor (there's plenty of those, just look for root tutorials of your favorite vendors). For example huawei ones look for dload/update.app, This is made of kernel and squashfs image. You can just rip those from internal ROM, except modify the sdcard version /system squashfs slightly so that fstab mounts sdcard partitions to /cache and /data (running whole system off sd is possible too, but a bit involved to bastardize the rom for it). Put the card in, start the phone and voila - entirely different world boots up, remove the card, and its back to original.

I did this mainly because the sdcard image is rooted and heavily customized, while the internal rom is the original vendors (to not void warranty). But as a side effect, this way you get perfect plausible deniability. Without the sdcard, the phone is pretty much stock, with no indication that entirely different world exist on some card that isn't there.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 723

Interesting graph. Yes productivity grows, for 200 years now. Now, can you produce one of median earner - the ones with torches and pitchforks, instead of aggregate economy output?

Indeed as you correctly argue, there was a huge dip and rebound in employment before in history - during the start of industrial revolution - all these people had a hard time for a while when they suddenly didn't have to spend all the time on a farm. Instead, they did the same in factories. I agree, it was a step up. But what's the next "factories" in the current event? Making youtube videos and serving lattes?

The current level of underemployment is unprecedented. There are other solutions than UBI. Shorten hours to 5 a day. Not enough? People born on odd days work only on odd days, people born on even days work only on even days. It could go on...

Also, back of envelope math says that robots need to do at least 90% of (tangible goods) output, as well their output be taxed by that much for UBI to be feasible. That's still quite a long way. As for service sector - that is completely market priced, and will always exist in separate universe (perhaps gravitating towards elite). It will be vastly disconnected from robot produced commodities market - want to watch kenye west live? You better pony up, kid, because there's no robot replacing him.

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 120

Fair point. With seat numbers you get something akin to bonds or options instrument market, not real commodity.

Maturity times are different for each piece of instrument, but it is lumped together with each being priced by the slight variation in demand for each variant. Because in general, the market does not care about the slight differences between variants. They're fine as long they get *some*.

What I'm trying to say is that auction technically is very limited form of market - where your bid is allocated to only one item. Which is simple to understand, but inefficient in market terms - on financial instrument markets, you put a bid for classes of parameters (seat range, if you buy two seats, ensure those are next to each other etc) - basically a set of seat numbers you're ok with, in given price range, and you get first ticket which will match. The whole point is to not limit your capital to one item, when near-identical seats around are potentially cheaper.

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