* Posts by Charles 9

4845 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: Allow me to further this analogy.

In case you haven't noticed, all those alternatives have strings attached: they're costly, don't scale well, AND involve lots of toxics themselves. AFAIK, there's no free lunch unless you can point us somewhere we haven't looked.

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IBM punts cryptotastic cloudy ID verification services

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Re: IBM and "The Man" do not need to be involved

Problem is, bureaus like DMV have been shown to either (1) leave your supposed-to-be-private info laying around for others to steal or (2) go well beyond their remit and (a) share their data with other bureaus who really shouldn't have it or (b) data mine it themselves to create profiles that leap to conclusions. You can claim it as a necessary evil, but there are those who are starting to think, "Is it?"

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Re: IBM and "The Man" do not need to be involved

A well-funded attacker can throw resources at ANY program, audited or not, simply because programs by necessity have a certain structure in order for the CPU to execute them. Plus the attacker will almost always have greater motivation than the original coder to find the exploits. That's why closed sources aren't a good defense and why defenses like ASLR and DEP can only go so far.

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Re: IBM and "The Man" do not need to be involved

"Of course Bob has to trust The Man and The Cashier."

And therein lies a big problem. How can one be sure The Man (1) really is the Man and (2) won't use whatever knowledge it's gleaning now against you. We're trying to introduce a system of trust in an increasingly paranoid world: one where the answer for whom to trust is increasingly, "No one, and certainly not The Man."

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Re: IBM and "The Man" do not need to be involved

We get that part. But who's going to vouch for it? IOW, who's going to be Trent? This is currently one of the biggest problems with identity and security on the Net today: the matter of trust and it being subverted. So far as we know, no one's been able to figure out how Alice and Bob can prove their identities without some sort of Trent to vouch for them. Trouble is, who vouches for Trent?

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Re: I like the concept

The trick will be the trusted authority. When Gene can subvert Trent, who can you trust anymore?

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: Breathtaking

Unfortunately, under the legal definition, it can't be a public utility until the government owns it.

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Re: Breathtaking

"Low Earth Orbiting satellites will put a huge dent in fixed line internet, perhaps not immediately, but the demise of digging up roads and laying cable is written."

I doubt it, given the sheer physical limitations on wireless spectrum no matter how much you stretch it. Like it or not, when higher than high speed is a must, you're just going to have to get dirty.

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"(can you suggest suitable kit for landline and mobile?)"

For landlines, your average answering machine should be able to perform a call record or digest of some sort. Just engage it while the call is in progress, and it will be treated like a standard message.

As for mobile, that depends. Some ROMs have the feature built-in, others can get an app to do the job. Based on your phone, YMMV.

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Re: It's all weasel words and marketing....

Well, to be frank, many times the bottleneck is outside the ISP's control, meaning they really have no way to reliably guarantee a transmission rate unless it's coming from within their network. I'd love to have the FCC enforce guaranteed minimum speeds, but there's no practical way to enforce it.

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Re: horse and cart

"Much like people didn't need to upgrade from horse and cart to the car."

If someone lacked access to petrol but had plenty of pasture, the horse would still be the practical option.

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Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data

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Re: and in the UK ?

It wasn't the speeds that were the issue but the hidden data caps, basically breaking the definition of "unlimited". I suspect people have started suing for false advertising, and the FCC would rather set a standard than have any allegations of collusion end up in the federal courts where they have less control.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Re: what about places that should have blocked signal?

If a theater wants to stop calls, all they have to do is invest in faraday-type shielding. Even if coverage isn't complete, it should be enough to drop the bars enough to make the call impractical.

Then again, moviegoers could respond by not coming. They can be pretty sensitive about their phones...

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Re: Hotels next step?

Or they could just start investing in shunting the outside signals instead (IOW, turn their buildings into Faraday cages). No rules against that, and some buildings tend to do that naturally due to their structural design (namely buildings with lots of metal in their construction).

PS. The only way Congress can pressure the FCC is with an Act. That means either convincing President Obama to sign it (fat chance) or getting enough votes to override his veto (again, fat chance).

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Re: require a whole new system

So you absolutely need a new system but trust no one to get it right, not even yourself...

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Re: Sometimes ...

Perhaps going even further back. Wasn't that at least one of Machiavelli's arguments in The Prince in favor of autocracy: that sometimes, you just have to take the direct approach?

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" If only it was modular..."

Oh, wait...

many modern PC kernels are modular (both the NT and Linux kernels are modular). Some things are shunted to user space for security while others (like graphics) are kept in kernel space for performance reasons. The complaint should be which parts should be where.

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Re: How bad is Torvalds?

"The vast majority of desktop pcs can boot to MS-DOS. Only yesterday I was reaching for a USB floppy drive"

But what are you going to do beyond that? Trust me; I've tried. Most hard drives aren't formatted FAT16 anymore (about the only format MS-DOS will be able to see). DOS TSR drivers to support other filesystems and bus architectures? Don't count on it. Just about everything these days depends on a flat memory model which isn't built into MS-DOS. And 64-bit computing on an OS that's 16-bit? (rolls eyes).

About the only way to run MS-DOS in any practical manner these days is by virtual machine.

And there's still the unanswered chicken-and-egg issue of consumer-oriented non-mobile-friendly software.

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Re: How bad is Torvalds?

"Although, I've personally never understood why some people were so bothered about Desktop dominance. As long as I can run what I choose, frankly you're free to run MSDOS if that's what you prefer."

Actually, IIRC, MS-DOS doesn't like modern hardware. And as for desktop dominance, consider the games market. Even with Valve's recent push, 8 or 9 out of every 10 games that comes out ignores Linux. About half are Windows-only. And then there are all those other pieces of productivity software the average person needs once in a while (like tax preparation software) but isn't available for Linux (sure there's the Web, but only if your tax situation is relatively simple). So the question of desktop dominance goes to the "chicken and egg" problem of desktop Linux. People won't go there if their software doesn't work on it, but software developers won't code for Linux without sufficient consumer market presence.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Re: "with your permission and all of that"

He's saying blocking Google at all prevents the sites from running at all. And if there are no alternative sites that aren't beholden to Google, you're just SOL. Your only choices then are to bend over or to get kicked out.

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Re: "...a highly personalised, highly interactive and very interesting world..."

"I forget the author who wrote the Sci Fi book on corporations becoming government, but this is another step to that happening."

Could be William Gibson. His Sprawl trilogy mentioned megacorps that were basically self-contained worlds unto themselves complete with born-and-raised yes-men. I also know Shadowrun runs on the same principle for its dystopic future.

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

There's also the matter of having to use Wi-Fi Direct mode, which isn't the norm (AP mode is the norm).

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: dot-inc

What about companies that match names AND are in the same country but are allowed by the USPTO because they're in different industries? For example, the name "Cracker Barrel" is trademarked TWICE in the US, but both are allowed, as one is a brand name of cheese and the other is a restaurant/novelty store chain; ergo, they don't overlap. It wouldn't apply in the strictest sense here, but I could envision two companies with the same name but in different industries claiming the same CompanyName.inc. What then?

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Long Live Win XP & Win 7!

Even if a big-time remote exploit appears for XP which, due to its EOL status, will never get fixed?

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Re: Only retail copies of Win7 and Win8 are eligible.

Well, given that Win7 was preselling at $49—for a retail box—there may be more eligible copies out there than you think.

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"Any of the intel i series chips are more or less the same speed clock for clock. There have been some improvements, but they are incremental. Computers are no longer getting faster. The clock rates have continued to go up, yes, but much of that is artificial."

And the bet is also that multicore computing will hit some kind of limit as well?

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Win7 was $49 pre-ordered about six months prior to release. And that was for a boxed retail version, not a hardware-locked OEM version.

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Re: This isn't hard. It's just unbelievable.

"That clearly means as long as machine is supported by the OEM who shipped it. "

And if your computer's homebuilt? Where does the line get drawn?

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Re: There is no such thing as "free"...

Pro and Ultimate versions are enterprise-oriented and are not the target of this upgrade program IIRC (since these are usually done via enterprise license agreements that typically involve a lot of negotiation and planning). I agree this plan is mainly targeting the consumer.

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"16EiB ought to be enough for anybody."

In terms of RAM, the limit is actually 8EiB. The top half of the address space is kernel space and typically reserved for memory mapping (GPU RAM, for example). In fact, no CPU on the market today is actually capable of 64 actual bits of memory addressing (the limit IIRC is 48 bits right now), but credit AMD for coming up with a way to keep things neat while still allowing room to grow into true 64-bit addressing.

That said, 8EiB is about a couple orders of magnitude or so higher than even today's high-end RAM usage. It may not be overkill in perpetuity, but the amount of time it should suffice should be longer than usual so that by the time it becomes an issue, the whole computing landscape would have changed radically along with it: to the point that bits don't really matter that much anymore.

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Swots explain how to swat CPU SNITCHES

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Re: Tin Foil is tha answer to the question @theodore

I recall that bit of regulation. Under FCC rules, a device cannot emit EM radiation such that it interferes with another device, nor can it reflect EM energy coming from outside (it must absorb or shunt the energy, to its detriment if need be; it's part of the same rule). Thing is, while metal shields were great for EM protection (both blocking internal radiation and shunting external radiation), it also attracted heat, another Bad Thing for electronics. IINM, the Commodore 128 suffered heat issues due to its EM shield.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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The Cuban Missile Crisis happened too quickly for the clock to be reset. It was basically over in a matter of days, and the rate of the clock's change spans years per shift.

The closest the clock's been is two 'til. That was in 1953 when both the US and USSR tested H-bombs.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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"Using the MVVM pattern, the front-end is entirely separate from the logic which is entirely separate from the data storage/online API/whatever."

The problem is that they can interrelate in fundamental ways. IOW, the front-end may force you to alter the logic. Same for the storage since an online app may have to cope with lack of online availability and so on.

IOW, the desktop and mobile ecosystems may not have as much in common as developers would like to believe, and the end result is that it may be better to think of them as separate worlds altogether.

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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Re: remote admin

Not if you use a drive-by attack to set up a proxy connection between you and the router from the inside. Also, many routers have demonstrated exploits that can expose the admin console to the WAN side.

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Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

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Re: Header noise

I suspect Verizon is savvy enough to be able to authenticate its real token via phone-specific information and be able to easily scrub the false ones. The length of the key is indicative of a hash value which could be derived from your phone's identity plus a secret key of Verizon's. About the only way to avoid Verizon's tagging is to use a VPN or not use Verizon, which may not be an option for, say, businesses under contract and so on. And with a pro-business Congress in session, there will be no relief from the government on this.

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New York State plots broadband future

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Re: Words, words, words

"The reason hgih-speed broadband is so crappy in New York City - and especially Manhattan - is very simple: Time Warner Cable is a de facto monopoly for Broadband Internet. There is zero competition - unless you count Verizon's crappy FiOS which is even worse than TWC's Cable Broadband."

You just contradicted yourself. You mentioned Verizon (and I was expecting this since one-half of Verizon was GTE). FiOS is supposed to be Fiber To The Premises: just about as good as you can get in terms of consumer broadband. I have that available where I live, and the quality is excellent enough to make it a viable competitor to the cable company. Yet you denounce this supposedly top of the line as "crappy". That indicates something is interfering with the quality of FiOS where you live, and I have to suspect it's the infrastructure.

Which goes to my point about no implosion demolition. Manhattan has been dug up so many times there's no telling what's underneath you. Meaning disturbing the ground can result in unintended consequences, and this also goes to getting right of way and especially digging permissions. Meaning Verizon is probably having a hard time putting down all the fiber it needs for good FiOS service (my location, not nearly so built up, was much easier to transition).

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Re: Cuomo should encourage municipal broadband

But since both Comcast and Time-Warner Cable are multi-state companies with operations in many states, wouldn't this mean they're subject to the Commerce Clause, which automatically puts them under federal auspices, which in turn trump state matters due to the 14th Amendment?

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Re: Words, words, words

Compared to the rest of the US, New York is one of the oldest. Not to mention very fragmented and with a peculiar geography and geology to it. Not to mention it's run out of sprawl room so it basically grows vertically.

Here's a hint on how delicate things can get there. Implosion demolition is not allowed in Manhattan.

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Re: Words, words, words

The trouble with New York City is that it's an old city: full of existing built-up infrastructure above and especially below ground (and this ground is particularly hard at that). The first question you'd have to ask of anyone planning to put down high-speed internet in the heart of Manhattan is, "Where do you plan on laying it all down?"

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Re: Cuomo should encourage municipal broadband

How when the communities themselves lack the capital to make the 1:1 match matter? That's the big problem with municipal broadband: lack of capital, not just in the local network but in connecting this to the high-speed trunk lines.

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Re: Cuomo should encourage municipal broadband

How when the merger is under FEDERAL regulation? And if states try to ban the merged company, they can be hit back with anti-competition lawsuits, which federal law bans and trumps.

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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GPS accuracy drops when the sky's blocked, and the engine can be disengaged from the drivetrain (neutral/clutch up) which requires access to the tachometer to know. Also, what if the speedometer's not calibrated right?

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Re: So easy to fix...

Um...how can it query the bus to get the information it needs if it isn't able to transmit into it?

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: Let's make more fun of it, it's just our lives at stake

But a SMART unjust ruler remembers to keep nipping opposition in the bud. Sure, there can be a clash or two, but as long as they're too small to deal with, they're under control. Put it this way. They have the overwhelming force, you don't. And they're willing to send it your way and salt the earth if you blink the wrong way. Syria's still not overthrown, and no one's figured out how to deal with Boko Haram, who seems to not care what anyone else thinks; they'll just wipe you out if they don't like you, and they're savvy enough to keep themselves in places where overwhelming force leads to unacceptable collateral damage. I mean, how do you deal with an opposition with lots of force and no scruples?

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

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Re: The horse bolted the stable long ago!

How broad are these commercial codes in terns of vocabulary and the ability to convey diverse or voluminous information if necessary? How efficient are they as in how much cover material is needed to conceal the ciphertext without it being seen as suspicious?

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Re: The horse bolted the stable long ago!

Even stego has limits. Any method you can think of, there's probably some way to break it so that trying to pass all but the crudest messages (crude in terms of a particular picture meaning "Now!"). Text can be sanitized and respaced, images and sound can be manipulated, and so on.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: I dont believe the spam problem will ever be solved.

So if you get a legitimate but unannounced e-mail from someone, they're screwed since e-mail is the only way they can get the message through?

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Re: Confession as evidence

In many other places, the confession is admissible but only as circumstantial evidence: taken with a grain of salt. Barring it being part of a guilty plea, it's usually up to the prosecution to support the testimony with more reliable evidence.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Build the test track between Houston and Dallas

The gamble is that it will cost less than the existing technology whose price tags make many voters blanch. And just to prove himself, this test isn't supposed to be government supported, so it's being done at little to no taxpayer cost.

All I can say at this point is, "Good luck. I suspect you'll need it."

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Re: California, well known for its tectonic stability

Besides, doesn't Japan's Shinkansen have to be built to negotiate earthquakes since it's in the Ring of Fire?

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