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Comment I'm already paying for this (Score 2) 257

Do the telecommunications companies need yet another reason to add a fee onto my bill? Doesn't my paying for this phone line and data plan already cover the insignificant (at scale) cost of testing and releasing the android system updates when they are published? Or maybe the phone company lied to me when I bought this phone, took my money, paid bonuses and provided raises to the already wealthy and overpaid execs? Bait and switch seems to be the business model for telecommunications companies in the US. We are always sold one thing, then when it isn't delivered it's not because they didn't get tax breaks or charge an exorbitant fee for the service, but they kept the profits and now need to raise prices to deliver half of what was originally promised.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 4, Interesting) 451

"One Google car, in a test in 2009,..."

One would think that in 6 years some improvements would have been made. Do we have a more current example?

It mentions further down in the article that that particular example has already been corrected.

... For instance, at four-way stops, the program lets the car inch forward, as the rest of us might, asserting its turn while looking for signs that it is being allowed to go.

Submission + - Samsung to Push Monthly Over-the-Air Security Updates for Android (

wiredmikey writes: Smartphone maker Samsung said on Wednesday that it soon will implement a new Android security update process that fast tracks mobile security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are uncovered. The South Korea-based maker of popular Android smartphones said that it recently fast tracked security updates to its Galaxy devices in response to the recent Android “Stagefright” vulnerabilities uncovered late last month by security firm Zimperium.

News of the initiative is great for Android users. For years, wireless carriers and phone manufacturers have been accused of putting profits over protection and dragging their feet on regular operating system updates, making Android users vulnerable to malware and other attacks.

Submission + - Upgrade to Windows 10 and your kids may no longer be safe (

Mark Wilson writes: Parents who are upgrading their computers to Windows 10 are warned that the move from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will obliterate the safety features used to protect children. You may have spent time putting restrictions in place in a bid to keep your offspring safe when using your computer, but Windows 10 will change these child-friendly accounts into standard accounts with no limitations whatsoever.

The upgrade process wipes out website restrictions, game and app age ratings, time limits, and other parental controls and monitoring options. Unless a parent goes to the trouble of reinstating each of these settings individuals, their children will have unfettered computer access. The discovery, revealed by The Register, will come as a surprise to many, but the worry is that many parents will simply be unaware that their children are not protected. And this is far from being the first time Windows 10 has been criticized.

Submission + - SDN switches not hard to compromise, researcher says (

alphadogg writes: Software-defined switches hold a lot of promise for network operators, but new research due to be presented at Black Hat will show that security measures haven't quite caught up yet. Gregory Pickett, founder of the Chicago-based security firm Hellfire Security, has developed several attacks against network switches that use Onie, the Linux-based Open Network Install Environment that competes with OpenDaylight. Being able to exploit the vulnerability to put malware on SDN switches would have full visibility into all of the traffic running through the switch, enabling large-scale spying.

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