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Comment Cisco's opinion is worthless in this context (Score 1) 36

Cisco basically says you can use Open Source software on your device (the one you're manufacturing) as long as it's not something like GPL3-licensed. Because that would require you to make the software updatable for the user. Their opinion has no bearing on using the likes of OpenWRT or derived AP offerings. None at all.

Anyone who's actually taken a closer look at the relevant FCC regulation (or its equally restrictive ETSI counterpart) will struggle to come up with ways to fully comply with this regulation without locking down the firmware. If you have a WLAN chip that has efuses/internal EEPROM that contain country settings, and if the chip reads them instead of the driver, then all is good. In every other case, it's very difficult.

Of course, neither FCC nor ETSI care about that at all. And manufacturers will probably come up with intentionally lousy ways to lock down their firmware because they still want to sell their products and nobody really wants the default firmware :p

Comment Re:Bet Alsop isn't used to being fired (Score 1) 339

He should have been made to wait much longer. If you compare the size of a Tesla car with that of an iPhone and if you consider the lines of people forming in front of the Apple store and the waiting times involved every time a new model is released, well, he should've been made to wait in line a few weeks! Bad marketing! Baaaaaaaaaaad!

Comment Re:How to tell a regulation has failed utterly (Score 5, Informative) 147

If in reality car emissions are higher than overly ambitious standards, but still low enough that air quality is OK - should the cars be "fixed" (as in the pet related term, neutered) or instead should the regulations be brought to realistic levels based on what cars are actually emitting today?

Air quality is anything but okay. I can't speak for the US, but here in Europe, we have serious problems with it. In China it's so bad in some areas you can actually only register a new car if it's electric - that's actually an important reason why electric cars are getting more attention now.

Comment Re:Terrorist Negotiations are strong. (Score 4, Insightful) 563

I also love how this is treated as a new problem ("A new quality of terrorism", as an European politician put it a short while ago), as if there never was an Unabomber, an IRA, a RAF, an ETA or a "top terrorist" Carlos The Jackal. And the fact that a mass shooting totally changes everything because it was political, in contrast to the several hundred other shootings that weren't ;-)

Comment Re:Checkboxes, not Radio Buttons (Score 1) 392

The code was apparently put in by the ECU's supplier, Bosch. They're supplying a large quantity and variety of ECUs to many auto makers. That means that when a large corporation like the VW empire tells them to put in code like that, they'll do it because they're afraid of losing contracts. Apparently, Bosch were afraid of something like this PR fiasco happening and warned VW against actually using this 'test code', probably to shield themselves from any blame later being assigned to them. But it just goes to show just how many individuals, departments and companies knew of this....

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