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Comment The white flag is up for OS-level security (Score 2) 35

So this is basically saying that we can no longer depend on the OS to protect us against privilege escalation attacks. The bad guys will have to concentrate on breaking out of VMs or, at least in this case, attacking through the access that the Edge VM has to system resources.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Nobody seems to be telling, which I think means there are way more 2K projectors out there than the industry would like you to know about. According to Wikipedia, all DLP projectors were 2K until early 2012 when 4K became available, and 2K projectors are still available. This graph of digital adoption in cinemas shows that almost half of the projectors were installed by the end of 2011 and so must have been only 2K (apart from Sony SXRD units). Maybe some have upgraded to 4K since then, but you can bet there are plenty of 2K venues out there today. I'd say that 99% of people are never going to notice the difference. As for those that say a 35mm print can beat 4K, yes that's true in the same way that vinyl can beat a CD.

Comment Re:Cut the bullshit, facebook. (Score 1) 196

Once you start acting like a monopoly, or at least the major stake holder for a necessary position for society, you stop being allowed to have authoritarian control, and need to be more civically minded.

"Need to" and "legally required to" are two different things, or is there some law you're aware of enforcing this principle? Any jurisdiction will do.

Comment Re: Nothing New ... (Score 1) 182

Because you'd be able to see that wildcard cert in the chain.

I don't think they are talking about issuing a certificate for *.com. What they are talking about is issuing a subordinate certificate authority that is signed by their root CA that is already trusted by modern browsers. That would mean that whoever has that certificate could do man-in-the-middle SSL decryption without people knowing it.

The details don't really matter that much. Eventually someone is going to notice that an inappropriate certificate chain is in use. You can't hide a step in the chain of signing. Once it's noticed it will be quite easy to work out the breadth of the betrayal of trust and the pressure to remove the top level cert from the default trusted list will be great.

Comment Re:In the U.S., why isn't this obsolete by now? (Score 1) 129

You're aware that the census is legally mandated in the Constitution, right?

Of all the unjustified responses that will compel me to slap someone upside the head repeatedly, "Because we've always done it this way" comes out on top every time.

The most powerful single-word question in the known universe is Why, which my example exemplifies.

There's a world of difference between "we've always done it this way" and "is legally mandated in the Constitution".

Comment Re:Sounds a lot like the "ACS"... (Score 1) 129

It looks like you guys can amend your constitution. Why not throw in a Bill of Rights?

It's too late now. Those in power can see how much trouble the US Bill of Rights causes for the US government. Why would they willingly give power back to the people? We have had various rights legislated but that's essentially worthless since the government is free to override it with subsequent legislation, e.g., the "Northern Territory National Emergency Response" was explicitly exempt from our "Racial Discrimination Act".

Comment Re: Nothing New ... (Score 1) 182

What makes you think verisign or one of the other CAs havent given them a universal wild card to do just that?

We're talking HTTPS here right? Because you'd be able to see that wildcard cert in the chain. It would only take one person to notice it and blow the whistle for Verisign to have some very tough explaining to do to avoid being booted from browsers' default trusted list.

Submission + - South Australia Refuses to Stop Using Unlicensed Medical Software (

jaa101 writes: The Australian state of South Australia is being sued for refusing to stop using CHIRON, MS-DOS-based software from the 90s that stores patient records. Their licence expired in March 2015 but they claim it would be risky to stop using it. The vendor, Working Systems, says SA Health has been the only user of CHIRON since 2008 when they declined to migrate to the successor product MasterCare ePAS.

Comment Not Health-Related (Score 1) 66

Samsung's project has nothing to do with health-related applications

What we really need is contact lenses or glasses that actively focus with the eye to restore range of focus for older people. Range of focus is an accurate indicator of how old you are, i.e., old people might be able to see up close or see the distance, but they can't do both. Glasses that could detect how the eye is focussing (probably with infra-red sensors) and then adapt to help would be a major advance.

Comment "10 nm Class" means 10nm to 19nm (Score 1) 43

Samsung say "10nm-class denotes a process technology node somewhere between 10 and 19 nanometers, while 20nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers." They are carefully not saying exactly what scale technology is actually being used for this product and it could easily be 14nm or more.

Comment Re:Arguably WORSE colors (Score 1) 157

So you're complaining that the colour saturation is too great? Really? This is a major feature of AMOLED displays. You should be able to turn the saturation down in software. If you're looking at TVs in a retailer, of course the saturation, contrast and brightness will all be set off the charts so the sets stand out from the competition. Almost always they have a much more natural picture mode you can choose via the setup menu to see realistic results.

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