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Comment Re:Is it really hard to figure out? (Score 1) 173

It wouldn't be exactly simple but it would be possible. The main issue would be that GPS transmitters near the Kremlin that were installed by anyone other than the Russian authorities would be very quickly noticed by them and would be relatively easily located. Since the anomalies appear to have been present for a long period of time it's a pretty safe bet that they're being caused by the Russian authorities.

Comment Re:Is it really hard to figure out? (Score 2) 173

GPS coverage can't be disabled or modified by the GPS satellites selectively over such a small area as the Kremlin. The satellites are essentially just sending the time and their location continuously and their antennas aren't very directional. Anything they did that affected accuracy at the Kremlin would have to affect a wide surrounding area as well. Any localised effect as described has to be local jamming which almost certainly means official Russian involvement.

Comment What's the Good of High-Frequency Trading? (Score 1) 209

He used their millisecond advantage against them.

What if all trades were batched up and handled on something like one-second boundaries, i.e., kill off high-frequency trading? What would be lost? As far as I can tell, almost all of its effect so far has been to advantage the high end traders who have the resources to compete. There would also seem to be substantial risks of instability. Since the traders are free to use any algorithm they like there's no way to guarantee the stability of the whole system.

Comment Re:Bases were actually in Denmark (Score 2) 208

Greenland wasn't independent at the time; it was a possession of Denmark

Greenland remains a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, albeit with substantial autonomy. Foreign affairs and security remain the responsibility of the Danish government. The situation hasn't changed drastically since 1397.

Comment Re:Change the name! (Score 2) 108

Oh wait you also don't know how simple autopilot is in real life and apply your own pre-conception to the term?

Aircraft autopilots are designed to allow pilots to take their hands off the controls. The Tesla "Autopilot" isn't. Game over. The Wikipedia article on Autopilots opens with the sentence "An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required."

Comment The white flag is up for OS-level security (Score 1, Interesting) 172

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.

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