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Comment Re:It's not that bad. (Score 1) 111

It's not a year-long suspension. It's a permanent suspension of trust in their current roots. They can, however, re-apply after one year - with extra auditing over what is normally required - and if and when they pass that they may be let in again. If they do nothing, they don't get back in for free after a year.

Comment Re:Fabrice Bellard is awesome. (Score 4, Informative) 92

Too bad this isn't his.

Fabian Hemmer (,

I have no idea where the submitter got Fabrice Bellard from. This is hosted on a completely different site and authored by a completely different person. Yes, more than one person is capable of implementing an x86 emulator in Javascript. Bellard wrote his and never released the (editable) source; this guy, OTOH, wrote a more compatible emulator of his own (runs more than Linux) and open sourced it.

This is also old news, I remember seeing it quite some time ago. The site has been up since 2014. Slow news day much?

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 3, Informative) 239

AFAIK the launch was insured. This does not include the static fire test.

A lot of satellites are not insured. Buying insurance means that you pay money to reduce financial risk. On average, you pay more than you would without insurance. That's how insurances make money. If you can afford the risk, you'll probably not want to pay for insurance.

Comment Let's cement Googles monopoly (Score 2) 172

They tried this before specifically with news snippets.

News publishers are struggling to make money on the internet, but they still have political influence. So the idea was to force Google to share some of its profits by forcing it to pay license fees for the snippets on Lobbyists claimed that this would only be used to target Google and smaller services needn't worry.

What happened of course, was that that Google discontinued the service in the relevant countries and the number of news readers plummeted. The publishers gave Google an exception to get their visitors back. Now the only result is that anyone from bloggers to other news aggregators is facing legal problems. They can contact the publishers, but are usually ignored.

As a result, the legislation only cemented Googles dominance.

Comment Re:WTF... (Score 1) 105

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Independent agencies
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

United States Department of Defense
- Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
- Twenty-Fifth Air Force (25 AF)
- Army Military Intelligence (MI)
- Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
- Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)

United States Department of Energy
- Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)

United States Department of Homeland Security
- Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
- Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)

United States Department of Justice
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)

United States Department of State
- Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)

United States Department of the Treasury
- Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)


Comment Not just PCs (Score 1) 729

Motherboard has an article in which it argues that car driving is still way too hard. The author of the article claims that for one to build a car, they need an "unreasonable" amount of disposable income, and also have an unreasonable amount of time to "research, shop around, and assemble parts" for their car. The author adds that a person looking into making one such gear also needs to always have to keep investing time and money in as long as they want to stay at the cutting edge or recommended specifications range for new racing tracks. The author has shared the experience he had building his own car. An excerpt from it:

The process of physically building a car is filled with little frustrations, and mistakes can be costly and time consuming. I have big, dumb, sausage fingers, so mounting the engine into the chassis, and screwing in nine (!) tiny screws to keep it in place in a cramped space, in weird angles, where dropping the screwdriver can easily break something expensive -- it's just not what I'd call "consumer-friendly." This is why people buy from Ford. It designs everything from the steering wheel to the door, which unfolds neatly to reveal everything you need. Ford reduces friction to the point where even my mom could upgrade the rims on her Transit, and it can do this because it controls everything that goes in that automobile.

Comment Re:The solution is horribly obvious (Score 1) 84

The problem is not "trusting" the proprietary crap, the problem is trusting it to improve security in any measurable way.

Android full disk encryption is just as secure as LUKS (in fact, under the hood it's dm-crypt just like LUKS, the key derivation is just different). This doesn't break the FDE. You still need the passphrase. What this does is break the "you need the hardware to access the FDE and we're going to impose additional non-provable restrictions such that you can keep using your 4-digit PIN and it'll be secure, promise" bunch of hot air that vendors like to sell you. Just like the FBI cracked that iPhone's FDE - by bruteforcing the passcode. This lets you bruteforce Android's FDE offline after a one-time attack on the hardware.

I use CyanogenMod on my phone. I have my FDE passphrase set to a long string, independent of my (shorter) unlock code. This attack doesn't affect me because my FDE passphrase is not bruteforceable in a reasonable amount of time. This only affects people who still think using a 4-digit PIN to secure FDE on their phone is a good idea because Apple and Qualcomm pinkie-promise that their secure tamperproof hardware can limit bruteforce attempts enough to make that a reality.

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