* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

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Re: A little clarification

And this is where the security guys really screwed up and screwed us. Even if they thought "it would take many years to crack this one prime" why the HELL did they use a single prime? Security isn't about doing 'just enough'...what happened to the idea of "defense in depth"?

Would it really have been that much harder to have it choose from a list of thousands of 1024 bit primes, that could be updated when the software was patched? It was sheer laziness, poor assumptions and stupidity on the part of the security community, along with not recognizing how difficult of a task it will be to update all this software when the time comes that caused this, not the NSA's evilness.

Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

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Re: cart before horse

And all the switch needs is a way to receive signals to tell it when to turn on/off, and send signals when it is manually turned on/off. A very rudimentary form of power line networking could accomplish that simple signaling at 110 baud (so it would only pennies to the cost of the switch, as opposed to the complicated and expensive chips needed to demodulate high order QAM in ethernet speed powerline networking)

The software to run all this can be in your PC, in your wireless router, in your game console, in your Roku or Apple TV...doesn't matter. All it has to do is be able to access that simple signaling from the switches and outlets, and it could do everything this system does and much more, with light bulbs that only cost a few bucks.

Light bulbs with microphones to listen for the doorbell....my god, did someone actually think that could ever possibly be useful? I wish I knew what venture capitalist funded this company, I could come up with an equally harebrained scheme on the back of napkin during breakfast and pay myself $500K for a few years as CEO until it goes belly up.

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OMG the $10 a month subscription service

Only clueless morons who believe the IoT hype and 'everything as a service' crap would think this is a good idea. It would be a good way to find the stupidest of the stupid, and then sell their names to other startups looking for a list of suckerspotential customers.

Apollo 15 commander's watch clocks up $1.6m at auction

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"Went under the hammer yesterday"

Seems a shame to destroy a watch that has been on the Moon, but I guess if he didn't need it anymore...

Snowden, Schrems, safe harbor ... it's time to rethink privacy policies, says FTC commish

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By 'improve' she means

Get Europe to weaken their laws to the same sorry state as those in the US, to keep our corporate masters happy.

Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

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Re: Closed that jailbreak hole pretty quick

Why should the apps be any worse than a browser? Apple provides APIs for SSL, and I assume Android does the same, so why should a banking app roll their own? I mean, they can, but so can browsers - and they do: Firefox uses NSS, Chrome used to use it and switched to OpenSSL, and then I believe Google forked that to "BoringSSL". Which API does Android use? Who knows. Is NSS more or less secure than the iOS APIs, and even if NSS is judged "more secure" today how about a month from now if some major exploit is discovered?

Worrying about the SSL a banking app is using is not high on my list...

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Closed that jailbreak hole pretty quick

Used to be a bit slower to close those up. The jailbreak people do them a service by finding holes for Apple to close - not that the tethered attacks are really worth much concern but the untethered jailbreaks are legitimate security bugs that get fixed thanks to the jailbreak folks.

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Training your replacements

So why not train them that once I'm gone you'll be the only one who has this valuable knowledge the company requires to keep running, so demand your salary be doubled or you'll walk. It isn't like it is hard for Indian IT workers to find another job, so there's little risk in this strategy.

As a parting shot, suggest to them that if they are put in a similar situation of having to train a replacement, to train him the way I trained you :)

Intel inks $5.5bn deal to move 3D NAND production into China

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Why should this upset the Micron partnership?

Micron has fabs they own making this stuff too. The joint venture is more about developing the technology together, not manufacturing it together.

WikiLeaks leaks CIA director's private emails – including his nat sec clearance dossier

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Except it turns out none of Clinton's emails (at least of those known so far) contained classified or even sensitive information. The redactions in the emails that were released were not made by the CIA, which stated they were all fine to be released, but by the republican chair of the committee investigating Benghazi! When asked about it he was forced to admit this.

As is typical in political witch hunts, they had a winning hand but overplayed it trying for a home run that would knock her out of the race. That's why Biden decided not to run and Sanders numbers are dropping - she will roll to a nomination and can run against the republicans during her primary campaign while they squabble with each other and tear down their eventual nominee.

Clinton was still very stupid and naive using a private email account instead of a government one, but using AOL to discuss anything remotely related to your job as CIA Director is worse! It allows the possibility of social engineering on AOL employees as well as attacking the generally pitiful password reset methods (if people are dumb enough to answer the "security questions" truthfully, and you're a public figure for whom the high school you graduated from is probably published on wikipedia) I doubt Clinton's private server had a "reset password" link or an admin you could call pretending to be Hillary.

FBI, US g-men tried to snatch DNA results from blood-testing biz. What a time to be alive

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This is the sole reason I haven't had my DNA tested

I don't trust the security or ethics of some random company to have that sort of data on me, knowing that my government would probably like to collect it and file it away with all my text messages and phone calls. I don't know of any negative consequences that could have for me today (unless I murder someone) but what about 10 or 20 years from now?

Not to mention what might happen if they went bankrupt, and a health insurance provider acquired their assets. Even if they have some promises they won't ever pass on the data, I'm sure the lawyers at Wellmark or Cigna would be able to find a way around that. I imagine that if you look at enough genes, almost everyone has multiple risk factors for expensive diseases. Insurance providers would find a way to misuse that knowledge, if they had it!

Doesn't seem worth the risk, just to know what my ancestry is, especially since I have a pretty good idea what it is. I suppose if I really felt I had to know I could have my parents tested, since they are unlikely to live long enough to experience the negative outcomes of DNA data leakage I'm concerned about...

R&D money for science – from your taxes?

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Re: So... how DO we get more of public good things?

We got all that from WW II, but what did WW I get us? Mustard gas?

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Economics is a science in the same way that string theory is

It has some elements of science, but much of it can't be falsified since it relies on assumptions that can't be proven. Both are really more of a cross between science and philosophy.

Oracle plugs flaw used in attacks on NATO and the White House

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Re: "If Java was still in widespread use today"

Considering that every Android phone depends on what is essentially a clone of its VM, yeah I'd say it is pretty widespread.

German infosec bureaucrats want mail providers to encrypt

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Am I the only one

Getting sick and tired of all the hacked on DNS extensions to make SMTP function better for spam control, authentication, encryption, and so forth?

Can't someone PLEASE invent a 21st century mail protocol that isn't burdened by backwards compatibility to do all this stuff? We can support it in parallel with SMTP for a number of years, but at least we won't have to keep layering ugly hacks onto DNS to support SMTP's overly trusting 35+ year old design.

Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

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That's a huge rock for only spotting it 10 days ago

We obviously have a long way to go in recognizing space rocks traveling in our general direction. It is too bad it isn't going to clip the atmosphere and give us a hell of a light show. That might be enough to get governments to realize important it is to devote the necessary resources for this. No one's going to miss a few less F35s, but we'd sure miss the coastal cities destroyed by the tsunamis that would result if something that big plowed into the Atlantic at 35 kps!

'10-second' theoretical hack could jog Fitbits into malware-spreading mode

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Re: Bah!

How do they make you get out of the way? You have a right to 'around' half the path, just as a car on a road without a marked centerline. To be polite you should move over to the edge of the path but you should not feel as though you need to move off it. It is on them to adjust and move their group to the side enough to pass, or single file. They can't force you to move, your problem is that you're not asserting your equal rights to the path.

It sounds like your dislike of joggers is a projection of your subconscious recognition of your own weakness in not asserting yourself. They aren't making you move, you are letting them.

Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

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Expansion of SPACE is not the same thing as things moving further from us

He's talking about cosmic inflation, where things are moving away from us at faster than the speed of light due to the expansion of space itself. The light horizon shrinks over time, faster than one light year per year. Assuming that's what is really happening, and it continues happening, in the far future you won't even be able to see other galaxies at all. Those future people will see only the stars in their own galaxy, and have no way to infer anything about how that galaxy was created.

Of course, we're probably jumping the gun a bit to simply assume we know exactly what happened. Maybe if Earth was around earlier we could have seen something that is now beyond our light horizon that would change our theories on how the universe started.

As for me, I keep thinking about how everything in quantum mechanics such as the uncertainty principle, Planck length / Planck time, etc. are exactly the sort of choices you'd make in a computer simulation. If we're all bits and bytes in some unimaginably vast computer, it doesn't matter if we can or can't see how the programmers want us to believe our universe started!

Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

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Re: @DougS - How attitudes change

Assuming it clearly says that you will be charged after the trial period is over it is certainly standard industry practice. At least in the US, Europe seems to protect consumers a bit better and make companies jump through a few more hoops.

While that may somewhat anti-consumer behavior, it has nothing to do with the Microsoft / IE situation, which was what I took issue with in my reply.

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Re: How attitudes change

What's the problem? Apple is only giving three months for free, after that you have to pay. That's not the same situation as IE killing Netscape at all, where not only did the free IE kill Netscape's revenue (it used to be free for home use, but businesses had to pay) but Microsoft went out of their way to kill it in other ways - not just integrating it into the OS, but making it the default browser and making it impossible to change that, and corrupting the web with non-standard IE extensions so pages didn't look right on anything but IE. Oh yeah, Microsoft had over 95% of the desktop market, versus Apple having less than 20% of the smartphone market.

Wake me up when Apple makes Apple Music free forever and kills Spotify and Pandora on iOS (which wouldn't hurt them that bad, considering Android has like 80% of the market) and when they convince artists to make music that only sounds good when played on an iPhone. Only then will the situations be the same.

Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

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Re: Data centers can be run much warmer

A handful of legacy systems that need better cooling is an easy problem to solve in a greenfield datacenter design (or even a refit) Build a small room in the corner that is kept cold, and put stuff that needs to be cold there. The remaining 99% is free air cooled.

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Re: Data centers can be run much warmer

Yes, I was going to say much the same thing. I was surprised at the author thinking 23C was some sort of crazy inlet temperature. Is the UK behind the times in moving away from the "your datacenter must be so cold you wish you had a winter coat" mindset of the 90s?

Modern dense rack/blade systems pay very careful attention to airflow, and could probably do free air cooling in most of the world. The problem is that unless you know for sure all devices in your datacenter can handle that, it is better safe than sorry. This is where the converged systems guys could really help. They need to design for and advertise this capability, and hopefully that will push the rest of the industry in that direction.

It won't change things overnight, because a datacenter that is designed with HVAC isn't likely to switch to free air cooling, and would have legacy stuff whose ability to handle the heat is unknown. But you have to start somewhere, and getting new datacenters built for free air from day one. Obviously you still need condensers for humidity control, but aside from a small 'cool zone' for legacy equipment you could design/spec for free air cooling if it becomes standard for enterprise equipment to advertise their ability to handle it. C'mon Dell, you just swallowed EMC, how about being the first to do this and force the rest of the market to follow?

Zombie iOS APIs used to slurp private data

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How is it "shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted"

Once they fix iOS and these apps could no longer get that info, they lose that link between app user and device (via the battery ID) and Apple ID. At that point you're just another app user, and they can't tell you apart from anyone else.

It isn't like once they got that information they had a permanent link to you. It only lasted as long as they could keep using those private APIs.

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Re: Well done, Apple

They may not do a perfect job of it, but at least they have a policy in place that disallows collection of personally identifiable data and they fix it when they find out someone has found a way around it.

Meanwhile with Android it is Google itself that is the biggest offender as far as collecting your personal data and doing everything they can to link it to all the other data they collect on you from other sources. So obviously they not only don't care about apps doing stuff like this they make the APIs that allow gathering this info first class so everyone can share in the data grab on the poor Android users.

Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

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Re: What power does this have?

There's a get out clause that you don't have to support it if the device doesn't have hardware encryption. So Huawei can just use a SoC that doesn't have the hardware.

So Android is coming closer to catching up to where Apple was in 2009 in having mandatory encryption on every single device (just had to throw that in for all the Apple haters who like to claim that iPhones are so far behind Android in every way)

Let's talk about that NSA Diffie-Hellman crack

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Wouldn't it be hilarious/scary if bitcoin hardware was a NSA scam?

Nobody knows what that hardware is really doing, this isn't like an open source mining program you compile yourself where you (in theory) know exactly what it is doing.

For the small price of a few bitcoins, the NSA gets people all over the world to buy custom ASICs in a box that are connected to the internet. They might be cracking encryption or something, but certainly aren't mining new bitcoins. The NSA pays for that service in bitcoins (is there any way to tell if a bitcoin is 'new' or has been around for a while?) Best of all, they can pay less and less over time, since bitcoins are designed to be harder and harder to mine :)

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No, it WAS obvious

The idea that "lots of talented people ... believed that the choice of prime didn't advertise impact the security of the algorithm" is what makes me think they're not worthy of my trust.

They're just assuming "even though we know this is a potential weakness, we think it is safe to ignore because we can't foresee a practical attack to take advantage of it" which is mind numbingly STUPID of them! Security isn't about taking shortcuts where you think it won't be a problem.

The fact that they feel the fix to this is rather trivial means they totally dropped the ball by not doing this trivial fix from day one. How many other avenues of exploit could they fix today but have chosen not to because they believe an attack that takes advantage of it is impractical? They should fix all of them! The "wasted" effort is small if they were right and an attack never was practical but the potential cost is huge when they're wrong.

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Hard coded primes?

Can anyone that understands this better elaborate? That seems like a monumentally stupid thing to do that was just asking for trouble! Was including a list of a few thousand 1024 bit primes to choose from now (maybe refreshed occasionally off the internet or via the regular software patches) deemed too wasteful of memory in a world where we have gigabytes of RAM even on a smartphone?

I can't believe that we'd leave such an obvious vulnerability in place. If we have, what other colossally stupid fails are present in encryption software?

If this is true, whatever belief I had that people working in encryption are at least smart and overly cautious so I should trust them is gone. They are clearly morons of the first degree if something like this has been present for years and years and this is apparently the first myself and a lot of others are hearing about it!

Facebook appoints self world police, promises state attack warnings

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Way to helpfully flag the dissidents, Facebook

I'm sure that repressive regimes won't be at all suspicious of their citizens who have turned on this login authentication feature that is (supposedly*) designed to keep your government out of your Facebook account.

* I agree with those who say this is merely a ploy for Facebook to get your phone number. A friend of mine got married recently and changed her name, which Facebook allowed no problem, but wanted the change the URL Facebook "helpfully" provides you with as well. Turns out you need to give your phone number to them to do this for some reason....she decided it didn't matter that her URL had her maiden name after all.

Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

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Connected kettle with an app is SO stupid

It shouldn't need an app, it should be smart enough to track your location via your phone and tell when you want a cup of tea.

But since you need to have known in advance you wanted tea, in order to fill it with water, couldn't you set a timer on it for when you wake up / return home from work and avoid the whole smart kettle business entirely? Thought so.

Samsung told to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

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It isn't China they need to beat

It is the new Chinas, like Vietnam, where labor costs are far cheaper (and Samsung makes a lot of stuff in Vietnam for that reason)

I've thought for a long time that if/when robotic assembly of stuff that is human assembled today (smartphones being a good example) becomes reasonably priced - similar to Chinese labor - that many US companies would use it to bring their manufacturing back to the US for PR reasons. Nevermind that it would create few jobs in the US once the factory was built and equipped, but they wouldn't be seen as "exploiting" foreign workers so it would be a win from that perspective.

I wonder if those who castigate companies today for low wages / long hours / etc. would castigate them for leaving foreign workers without a job? I doubt the do-gooders would appreciate the irony in getting what they want.

So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Zero / decimal places

I'd agree with the others who have argued 'writing' as one of the great inventions, as without it knowledge could only be transmitted orally, and a plague that kills enough of the wrong people means much of your knowledge is gone forever until it is rediscovered.

But before worrying about double entry bookkeeping, you had to have a concept of numbers better than counting on your fingers. The invention of the zero and a decimal place method of representing numbers is a lot more important than any of the things Tim has listed.

How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN

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Re: Too fast?

The question isn't how fast your storage is, it is how fast you actually need data. Except when you are transferring large files, which is something most people don't do that often and when they do don't care if it happens in 10 seconds rather than two minutes, it becomes a question of how fast you need real time data.

That's limited by your senses, and even a Blu Ray quality 4K stream is ~ 100 Mbps. If you have a half dozen people in your house watching at once, that's 600. There's not even really a case to be made that anyone needs gigabit broadband, let alone 10 gigabit. If you doubt that, provide the use case. I offer this challenge every time something like this comes up, no one can think of one that isn't "well what if we get holodeck technology someday" type of pie in the sky stuff that is far in the future.

No 4King way: Dolby snuggles its high-def TV tech into MStar SoCs

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Re: Everybody has already been watching 4K.....

Actually 4K resolution accounts for a minority of the digital theatres in the US, the majority are 2K!

That was true ~18 months ago, maybe enough film projectors have been replaced by now that 4K have finally become a majority.

UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US

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Re: Why the snark?

The issue some Americans have with parallel parking is because of the cars we drive. Take the average European who thinks they're hot shit in the parallel parking department and place them in an F150 or Land Cruiser and see how well they do trying to parallel park when there's less than a foot of room on either side and you don't really have a decent idea exactly where the ass end of your vehicle is.

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Suing gun manufacturers

That's not the same thing AT ALL, because today's gun isn't some futuristic sci-fi thing where you identify a target and after you fire it steers the bullet around a corner into it (or into a bystander if there's a bug in the gun's software) If the gun maker should be liable, then Ford should have been liable the first time a Model A ran down a pedestrian.

I agree the user has to bears a lot of the responsibility, but for something like this I'd argue (as would a lawyer and undoubtedly plenty of 'peers' who would sit on a jury in the US) Tesla 'should have known' would cause problems. The misuse doesn't even have to be deliberate - people sometimes fall asleep while driving today. How much easier will it be to nod off when you don't even need to keep your hands on the wheel?

That's my #1 dream about getting a self driving car - instead of getting up at 5am to catch an early flight and make a connection at a hub where I catch a second flight, reaching the destination that afternoon, I could simply have my car leave at bedtime. I'd fully recline and sleep, then surf the internet or watch movies after I wake up for the rest of the trip, and reach my destination earlier, more rested and more stress free!

This isn't a "creative idiot finding a way to misuse their products", but someone using it as intended but not following every recommendation. While the driver would undoubtedly be found to be at fault as he knew or should have known the car couldn't handle all situations and his attention may be required at any time, that won't stop Tesla from getting sued. Because they would bear part of the blame, and more importantly for the lawyers and their plaintiffs, they have much deeper pockets.

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This seems like a bad idea

A souped up cruise control option that you can enable and allows you to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road for long periods of time during boring interstate driving will cause drivers to do exactly that - despite any cautions from Tesla. Unless it actually enforces that behavior by pulling over if your hands are off the wheel for more than x seconds, salespeople are going to take advantage of the added "free time" to check emails on their laptop, people who have had a long day will fall asleep at the wheel, etc.

I await the first wrongful death lawsuit targeted at Tesla when a driver is otherwise occupied when the car wants to hand control back because it runs into a condition it can't handle and kills someone in another car. Do Tesla's lawyers really think that saying "drivers should keep their hands on the wheel at all times" is going to stop these lawsuits, if the car allows you to do otherwise?

The automated parallel parking is fine, that's something I should hope computers can do quicker and more smoothly than any human could. It is solving a problem that doesn't exist for a lot of people, but even though I can do it fine myself I suppose I'd have my car do it if it could.

You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

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Polarizing filters

Is it possible to design a paired polarizing filter for a screen and for glasses, so that only someone wearing the glasses can see the screen? That would be worthwhile for those who have truly confidential data, like a CEO who is forced to fly first class instead of private jet, and wants to open his laptop and get some work done.

Wouldn't want that Wall Street trader in the row behind him to see his email titled "final proposal for EMC buyout" (if I were him, I'd snap a picture of his screen if possible, so when the SEC asks why you bought a 50,000 call option contracts on EMC the day before the day was announced you can prove it was not insider trading but merely being in the right place at the right time)

Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

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It isn't a problem today

Because cheap consumer wireless routers aren't using software defined radio chips. Yet. They're becoming cheaper, and will be used pretty soon. The equivalent in 'receive' technology are already starting to be used in satellite and cable receivers (google 'full band capture')

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Re: How do you police this?

Same way they do today. They act on reports - so if you program your router to use channel 13, and some licensed user of that spectrum (I have no idea what it is used for in the US) detects interference they call the FCC. The FCC finds you and fines you heavily, and you decide that being clever and using channel 13 because "my neighbors won't be using it so I'll get better performance" wasn't worth it after all.

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They're worried about SDR

Today's routers are restricted to channels 1-11 + 12-13, plus whatever in the 5 GHz area. Tomorrow's routers will use software defined radio chips, when they become cheaper. You could trivially reprogram such a chip to broadcast on GPS frequencies instead of the 'correct' wifi range.

There are other ways around this, like requiring some sort of binary blob for the lowest level radio code to restrict this, or IMHO better, require a filter (which will likely be software, if so it would be in a part of the firmware that CAN'T be changed by end users) on the output that filters out frequencies other than the approved wifi range. Similar to how TV/radio broadcast towers and satellite transponders have analog filters at the output that insure their emissions are within the desired range only.

Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

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Why should IT *ever* be the most important part of a business?

If it is, you're doing it wrong. In any business the most important part is the part that makes the revenue, since that's what allows the business to continue to operate as a going concern. Unless you are an IT service provider, IT is a cost and generates no revenue itself. IT may make your business more efficient and you can now sell 10x as many widgets since you can sell them over the internet, but widgets are still the most important part of your business, not your webserver, despite what the IT department may wish to think.

Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Essentially water

Well some of it is chlorine. And with use, urea is often added.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

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Re: The VMWare portion ofDell/ EMC merger is a non-go for Microsoft.

I love how not agreeing with you makes me a Microsoft apologist in your mind. You need only look at my posting history to see that is definitely not the case (and I've run Linux on my desktop since the late 90s, even before the first time someone predicted it would be the "year of Linux on the desktop" :))

VMware is arguably the most valuable part of what Dell has acquired. Maybe they will spin it off as an independent company, which is something that many EMC investors have been clamoring for. What they won't do is sell it to Microsoft (would probably not be allowed due to antitrust anyway) and most certainly won't sell it for less than its worth to Microsoft so they can kill it. Companies may do dumb things when it comes to mergers, but simply shuttering a $30+ billion business is not something anyone is going to do.

Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Can't complain if this happens to you

Why would you pick up an unknown USB stick laying in the parking lot and plug it into your PC? YDI.

Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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This is not a patent on OoO execution, though it is used to further optimize things in OoO CPUs. Besides, Alpha was IN ORDER in the first two generations, it wasn't until the 21264 that they did the first OoO implementation.

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Re: ARM?

See my reply above. This is over a specific implementation feature so other users of ARM are only affected if the specific implementation uses the same optimization. Apple may have the only ARM CPUs using this. They can only avoid infringement by not using this optimization.

The patent is actually fairly simple, to put it in a more real-world example it would be like if I told a cook "assume all men order their burgers with bacon, and all women order their burgers without, so make them that way when you see them walk in to save time - but if you see a man order one without or a woman order one with, keep track of that person so you don't make the wrong burger if they come back and waste time having to remake it". It may not be rounded corners, but it isn't exactly some huge innovation worthy of $862 million. But then few things granted a patent really are much of an innovation.

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Re: Why not ARM?

The patent is for a specific feature that optimizes load/store behavior that was not included in ARM's licensed 32 bit designs. I don't know for sure it isn't included in their 64 bit designs like the A53/A57/A72, but I doubt it. Since Apple doesn't use those but designs its own cores, it could be liable for something that doesn't affect those using ARM designs. It could affect Qualcomm or Samsung's own designs though.

They already settled with Intel for an unspecified amount, since Core i CPUs use this optimization as well.

Devs ask Microsoft for real .NET universal apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

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Terrible idea

Then you end up with APIs that support the lowest common denominator of every OS, or support unique features poorly. If we had this in place a decade ago and the first iPhone and Android devices were expected to run the existing code, how well are their touch screens (in particular multitouch stuff like pinch to zoom) going to be supported? Not well at all, at best, or not at all, at worst. Sure, you can add support to the 'universal' API for this stuff, but how are you supposed to pinch to zoom with a mouse?

What's the incentive for Apple, or even Google, to get aboard something like this and support something that would undoubtedly be very Windows centric in 2005? With Unixes falling by the wayside and Linux being mostly a server only thing, Microsoft and their minions would have come to pretty much dominate whatever committee ratified these universal API standards by 2005. Good luck getting anything in that helps the competition, until Microsoft comes along and copies your unique functionality so they can then compete on "equal" footing.

I don't think you thought this through much, or you're just a lazy developer who was sold the "write once run anywhere" crap with Java 20 years ago and are upset you need to write a Windows app, an Android app, and an iOS app to hit today's market instead of just a Windows app like you could 10 years ago.

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