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Comment Re:The implant requires physical access ... (Score 1) 91

I'm more concerned when the smartTV can be remotely turned into a listening device.

Since this trove was taken it's been shown that most of these devices phone home over plain HTTP, they don't authenticate TLS, or they don't validate payload signatures (and usually more than one of these). And the software that uses those resources doesn't do any error checking.

I'll gladly bet five bucks that simple interception, SSID spoofing, and in-line splicing are all being used for remote exploitation by now either with these or similar devices.

Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 5, Insightful) 78

If users have their devices bricked, they may simply buy another vulnerable IoT device to replace it, perhaps from the same manufacturer.

Are you suggesting there are people who will keep buying the same type of e.g. WiFi lightbulbs that work for a couple hours and then stop working, without returning them?

A return usually costs more than the profit on a device; it's an economically valid feedback mechanism assuming that kind of person isn't actually common. It seems unlikely to me that it is the typical behavior pattern.

Comment Re:If he gets busted... (Score 2) 78

It is unfortunate that retribution type attacks are not considered "appropriate".

Self-defense is not retribution. Third-party defense is always considered valid when a threat is imminent.

All the data we have shows that devices that are vulnerable to Mirai, et. al. will become Mirai bots in a short amount of time, and will begin attacking third-party Internet infrastructure.

If somebody can show the above claim to be false, please do so, showing reason and evidence.

Comment Re:So the maths (Score 0) 302

This, my friends, is a Democrat emergency.

Is that who's in charge now?

I vacationed on the Gulf Coast there and read the signs at the tourist rest area about this very issue. In April of 2000.

It's a manufactured and necessarily perpetual emergency, if it even qualifies as one. What good is a State of Emergency that never goes away? More syntactic destruction from an Executive Branch.

If the issue has merit, this is exactly the opposite of the way for it to garner respect.

Comment Re:No it isn't. (Score 1) 136

No, copyright is for promot[ing] the progress of science and the useful arts.

Copyright is a form of social engineering. Once you get away from protecting life, liberty, and [real] property, everything goes to hell where the government is concerned.

There are winners and there are losers. Almost always, due to concentrated benefits and diffuse costs the winners are small interests and the losers are the rest of the People. This subbing case is a clear example of that.

But until those People mature and realize that they can't get something for nothing, this kind of nonsense is guaranteed to continue. Even if they realize the problem in this case, they are unlikely to generalize the principle to broader contexts. It's special-pleading turtles all the way down.

Comment Re:Anybody have the exact quote? (Score 1) 356

How do you figure that? Sessions always struck me as a LAW IS THE LAW kind of guy. You may not like him, but if you're pattern matching him to Jean Valjean rather than Inspector Javert then I think your pattern matcher needs recalibration.

This is very true. He's a Reefer Madness kind of moron but he's even said that if Congress doesn't want him prosecuting potsmokers then it needs to change the law.

He seems to get off on being a conduit for power but his ethics seem to constrain him to channeling his power in a coherent way.

That he swears by the stars!

Comment Re:Please, Elon, find us a cure for Leftism! (Score 0) 61

the productivity of an individual is amplified so high that there is no need to hire 9 out of 10 people.

I remember the 1870's* when the Industrial Revolution was to mean "the end of employment" and the USPTO was thinking of shutting down because "everything had already been invented that needed to be". This will never be true until Man has no unfulfilled desires.

History doesn't repeat itself, but boy does it echo loudly.

* I don't remember it, but I read history so I don't have to be ignorant of it.

Comment Re:Please, Elon, find us a cure for Leftism! (Score 1) 61

That's when it's killbot time. The natural end-state of unrestrained capitalism is the killbot-powered genocide of at least 99% of the human population. It will make communism's death toll look like a rounding error. I, for one, would like to avoid this.

Capitalists don't kill off their customer base - at a minimum they would have no profits. Are you thinking of the Progressive movement and their eugenicists and "human cancer" types? Are they building AI's to grow their food? They tend not to understand economics or how anything works for that matter (except for their corrupt government systems) so it's possible that some of them think that way. Otherwise your post doesn't make any sense at all.

Comment Re:Please, Elon, find us a cure for Leftism! (Score 1) 61

The cure (drum beat) ... is an advanced form of ultraliberal socialism in a post-scarcity society.

'Ultraliberal socialism' is an oxymoron.

'Liberal' implies individual freedom. 'Socialism' implies subjugation of the individual to the collective. They're opposites.

From Venezuela to China, from the USSR to Burma, and even now in Cuba, societies advance towards post-scarcity when they're highly liberal (in the real sense of the word) and individuals can organically save for and invest in the capital goods that enable higher production. When they go in the direction of socialism (e.g. Venezuela) they lose the capacity to produce even the essential goods of life.

Have a look at the article linked on the other post today about neural lace for more on productivity or the recent Freakonomics episodes on Earth 2.0 for current thinking on such topics as production and organic growth.

The net is that to achieve post-scarcity you need a) high productivity and b) high-wealth, and capitalism (cf. crapitalism), as demonstrated empirically by every society that has tried either or both.

A post-scarcity society is a laudable goal, so don't shoot yourself in the foot on the path there.

Comment Re:If you're nice, it's consensual telepathy ... (Score 3, Insightful) 61

... but if you're not, they'll turn it into involuntary telepathy.

Elon has three main obstacles:
1) understand the brain
2) figure out how to engineer an enhancement system
3) perfect computer security

I don't know who else is more up to those challenges, but boy are they huge challenges (electric cars and rockets do seem like warm-up practice).

Without 3) I'm not interested. With 3) we advance as a society way more than just the neural lace will provide.

Regardless, the endeavor should yield significant progress in all three areas, so even if this Holy Grail isn't achieved, the effort will be worthwhile nonetheless.

Comment Did You Vote Yet? (Score 3, Insightful) 52

Now I'm wondering if Facebook's "Did you vote yet?" campaign last November was a last gasp of thinking that the system is actually democratic before just knuckling down and paying for favorable treatment or if by then they were already participating as part of the system that keeps the People cowed into thinking that their vote is a symbol of freedom rather than one of control.

Perhaps as these companies broaden out to be real multi-nationals and they gain experience with governments around the world, they're becoming astutely aware of how commonplace bribery and corruption is and that helps them lift the veil on the reality of DC politics.

We can not like it and not blame them for doing what it takes to survive at the same time. "Blame the system, not the player," as they say.

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