Re: "collosal hospital hack"
Just be grateful it's not a hospital colostomy hack.
6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
The only way to 'get through' to marketing bods is with a baseball bat that has nails in the end. They measure 'success' by the number of eyeballs impinged upon.
(I had the same situation with Tesco Mobile when they sent me loads of text messages telling me how wonderful they are and that I should try them: after I'd signed up to a monthly paid contract for a year.)
"Software is legally of the same status as speech."
Has a law been passed or judicial decisions been made which actually state that is so? Or, is it some kind of intellectual inference that has been made for the puprpose of argument?
"Free speech protections in the US constitution mean the law can't compel you to say something you don't believe."
I thought the protection was that the law can't compel you to make any statement that incriminates yourself (the 5th ammendment). Is there some kind of 'Galileo clause' as well?
"One company agrees to pay another x amount of dollars to deliver their product. Currently this approach requires multiple layers of review and approval before payment is made."
That actually sounds like a good thing.
"The healthcare industry could share electronic medical records in fast and secure ways."
They could do that at the moment if they had any incentive and could agree between themselves and their professional bodies and their governments. Oh, .... right.
"... was labeled "P2 normal," suggesting it was not being treated as a super high priority. ..........
It appears Weimer and O’Donell – both glibc maintainers – were investigating the flaw in private, away from the public bug trackers, due to the sensitivity of the issue."
I wonder if there's a 'silent scream' process whereby something like this gets labelled "P2 normal" and the Special Ops team leap into action. It would make sense when your bug trackers are public. Then again, they were both glib maintainers so it may have been truly independent action by just them, initially.
I still use a couple of NSLU2 devices as NAS drives. Small, low power, no moving parts, fast enough to stream audio/video and my 2TB 'media' drive is plugged into the back of one of them. They also have a flexible backup utility and my 'data' folder on a usb stick plugged into one of them gets copied over to another usb stick plugged into the other one, at 3am every day. They also have an ftp server if you want a home based place to pull/push files when you're out and about.
From how I understand it, the US based detectors wouldn't detect a gravity wave approaching from directly above the United States because it would affect all four arms of the two detector equally; or at least with a much lesser difference than a gravity wave approaching from the horizontal direction.
About a quarter of the way around the Earth would be the ideal place to have another detector and India seems to fit the bill for that.
Some time ago in Germany (I forget when or where I read it), the police were very suspicious of a man they stopped because he didn't have a mobile phone. They said to him that this indicated he was probably involved in criminal activity and didn't want to be monitored or traced.
Suppose an ISP/telco had a background music streaming service hosted internally, containing a selection of old instrumental tracks for which they'd paid a one-off licensing fee for that purpose. They could offer that as a zero-rated data service. Many people enjoy background music at home and barely notice what they're hearing.
They could set up a simple weather forecast website (internally) for farmers etc. that was updated regularly and was zero-rated.
On simple consideration, these seem harmless and useful. But are they harmless? I'm not sure.
I think they mean that the NSA (and police, etc) hold a 'magic key' and can use that to decrypt any message they feel they ought to, for the detection of lawbreaking and safety of citizens of course.
Instead of calling on Silicon Valley to "do something", perhaps they should call on the NSA to "do something". After all, the NSA has experience in this area.
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