* Posts by DougS

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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Re: Any device manufactured in California..

It doesn't say that the device has to be manufactured in California, only that the "manufacturer" has to be a California company. Apple contracts out the manufacturing of iPhones, so are they are exempt? They manufacture iMacs in Ireland, but probably via a subsidiary called "Apple Ireland" or whatever - so are iMacs exempt or not?

If Microsoft manufactured Surface devices themselves (I'm pretty sure they don't, but just as an example) are they not considered a California company since they are based in Seattle? Or does the fact that they have offices in California make them a California company?

Seems like there's a lot of uncertainty in who this would apply to - uncertainty that would be worked out in court so it would be years before it applied to anyone.

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What a stupid bill

So they randomly generate a password and print it on the back of the device - like they already do on many wifi routers for the default SSID/password. Meaning that if the label is damaged then you're screwed if you have to reset the device to default. You're also screwed if you don't have easy physical access to it or it is too small to have a "label" on which to print the password - which will be the case with many IoT devices.

What does it mean for phones, is Apple going to have to ship iPhones with a unique default password instead of like they do now where they are totally open when you unbox them? Is Apple supposed to print that default password on the back of the phone, or put it in the box? Good luck buying a used iPhone without the original box I guess! If it is on the back of the phone, better hope it isn't one of the newer ones with a glass back, and that the glass back didn't break and get replaced!

All they need to say is that you need to be forced to reset the password from the default in order to use the device. i.e. if you sell a wireless router with default admin/password login, until you actually login to the GUI and reset that password, it will only allow one device to connect to the router and it'll force it to a page where you have to change the password.

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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ME capability should be fused

They use fuses in the CPUs to disable capabilities - i.e. if they have one they sell as not having HT they'll blow a fuse during manufacturing/testing and then it can't access those features.

Sure would be nice if there was a way in the EFI to disable the ME and cause it to blow a fuse so it would be PERMANENTLY disabled. Being able to turn it off is great, but it leaves open the possibility that it can be turned on again. ME is such a security disaster I wouldn't feel truly safe unless there was a way to turn it off that is as secure as when Intel disables capabilities like HT and VT.

Jumpers aren't practical for laptops, and corporations aren't going to want to open up every PC they buy to flip a jumper so there's no way Intel is going to make the default state "off". That would be admitting they can't make it secure, which they will never admit. Hell, Adobe didn't ever admit Flash was a security disaster, despite El Reg writing an article every couple months for years about the 85 new security issues fixed in it :)

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Given that it is intended for post assembly testing, it will be used daily by many rather low paid Chinese employees assembling PCs for pretty much every manufacturer on the planet. It only takes one to take a copy out the door and put it on the web.

Hardly surprising that it is easy to find, especially since Intel probably didn't consider it much of a security risk previously (not that takedown requests would have prevented its spread in hacker circles, but it might have made it harder to find via Google)

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Re: Apple's bug description

Apple may not manufacture their own laptops, but they do write their own software - including parts of the EFI (not, unfortunately, the crap ME stuff Intel is responsible for) so it isn't clear how much blame goes to Apple and how much goes to Foxconn or Pegatron or whoever makes Macbooks and might have been responsible for turning off manufacturing mode after post assembly testing. The fact Apple was able to fix it in a patch shows that they could have / should have anticipated this as a possibility and had the software disable manufacturing mode by default (if it was already off, no harm done)

This is just another in the growing list of reasons that Apple might want to kick Intel to the curb and use their ARM cores in Macbooks. Not that Apple is immune to software bugs, but ME seems to be particularly crap software that has obviously been wide open for years relying on "security through obscurity" for the fact that attacks started becoming known only recently. It is reasonable to expect there are many more ME related attacks yet to be discovered as security researchers continue to poke and prod that software.

'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: Who?

North Korea HAS nukes and missiles capable of reaching just about anywhere on the planet, so it is debatable whether they need to continue spending money to further develop those capabilities. They've demonstrated them, the world knows they have them, what's the point of developing MIRVs or whatever would be next?

It is all the other stuff they need, and the fact they have little that anyone else wants (and that they have no land routes to countries other than China and Russia and a minimal shipping industry) One of their major exports is coal, but China has canceled a lot of new coal plants since wind and solar are becoming cheaper (and will continue to become cheaper, while coal won't) so North Korea may be having trouble selling that coal to China.

Still, it is in China's interest to do just enough trade with North Korea to prop up the dictatorship, because they don't want the government to collapse and have millions of starving people streaming across the border.

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Re: Who?

The black markets require money though, and that's what North Korea is extremely short on and need to steal to be able to buy off the black market. It isn't as though they're going to accept North Korean currency with Dear Leader's face plastered on it. They will want dollars, euros or yuan. Or maybe bitcoin.

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Re: Extortion

That may have been true in the early days of Android, but there's no way they are making more money from Android than Google does today. Think of the value of all the personal information they are extracting about every web site visited by Android users, their locations, what they search for, what they look for in maps, what apps they install and on and on.

That's got to be more than the few bucks Microsoft gets off each Android phone sold (if indeed they are still getting that, I haven't heard anything about that for years) because it continues every day you own that phone, instead of just once when the phone is purchased.

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Re: Point?

The enterprise phone market is large, they could do some brisk business if they could get a piece of that. Even if they don't make any money doing so it would be worth it to them to block Google from getting a foothold inside the enterprise.

If Microsoft makes some compelling integration they could make it so a business tells people "if you want to use your personal Android phone you must install x, otherwise we will supply you with a corporate approved phone". Most people would install x rather than carry two phones.

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Re: Now fix Windows!

Hey things could be worse than using a Windows Phone UI - they could rework it and release Windows 11 using the Android UI!

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Re: Microsoft Android ®

Does Android still use FAT? Surely all the phones that have dropped micro SD cards have no reason to support FAT. The ones that do should just refuse to support FAT formatted cards and reformat them with ext4 or whatever.

It isn't like anyone is still using that capability Android users were touting years ago as an advantage over iPhone of swapping micro SD cards from their camera to their phone to copy photos to their phone - since few of them own a separate camera these days. They are only used as a way to expand storage.

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Re: Re-use; buy; build

The difference is that when Apple introduces something new they introduce it as a polished end-to-end solution that will work on all devices running the latest iOS, which is a lot of devices considering even 2013's 5S runs iOS 12 (and runs it faster than it ran iOS 11) so they get an immediate audience of around a billion potential users.

It is a much more difficult process rolling stuff out to Android users because most of them will need a new phone to get the latest OS, and even then people in poorer countries buying lower spec devices might not be able to access it.

It is a lot easier promoting something "install the latest update and you can do x" versus "if you are lucky maybe you'll get this in a few months, or maybe you'll get it with your next phone, unless you spend less than $150 for it".

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Re: 3 Words

I guess there are still some suckers around who believe Google's "do no evil" pledge. Because Google open sources some stuff that isn't important to how they make money you think they are altruistic? Wow, you are certainly easy to buy off. Open sourcing stuff is easy for Google to do because they don't sell you software, they steal your personal information in exchange for "free stuff", which is apparently a trade you are all too happy to make.

At least with Microsoft you have a choice about whether you want to have a relationship with them. It might have been a pain at times when they tried to embrace and extend the web with IE6, but you still had the choice (like I did running Linux and Netscape then Mozilla then Firefox)

With Google they are almost impossible to avoid thanks to all the web trackers they put everywhere, the web sites / applications they've conned into using a google login to access them, people who send you links to Google Docs documents, and so on. At least when someone sent me a Word doc I could open it in Openoffice which was good enough for reading it.

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Re: Surprised they don't make their own Android phones

replace the Google stuff with their much more invasive, Microsoft Android platform

You really believe Microsoft can out-evil Google? They have been out-eviled and left in the dust, and will never catch up to Google in that department.

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Surprised they don't make their own Android phones

They are the only company that has all the pieces needed to completely replace Google's stuff like search, maps, app store, browser etc. The "MSAndroid" app store would be bare at first, but they have deep pockets and could provide incentives for developers who have Android apps on the Play Store to copy them to Microsoft's store.

Even if they didn't make any money off it, I'm sure they wouldn't mind taking all that user data from Google.

They could introduce some proprietary stuff that ties them into corporate Windows networks really well and not only take most of the corporate Android, but probably take a chunk of the corporate iPhone market away from Apple.

CEO pleads guilty of conspiring with drug cartels to sell them stealthy Blackberrys

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How do you guarantee nobody will be able to snoop? Even big companies often fail at this, and well-known 'privacy' apps like Telegram are leaking IPs. They're supposed to believe some random nobody because you sell the service for $1000/month?

How can a drug lord trust your guarantee that you don't have a backdoor, that you won't work with the feds when presented with a warrant, or work with a competing drug lord when offered a little cash? Or that you aren't a simply a CIA/DEA front from day one?

Even if you originally have a perfectly secure product, you are selling them phones all the time, so you can compromise things even years after you start out. Drug lord wants the latest hardware (with gold plating and diamond encrusting, natch) so you have to modify/ship him new hardware, which you can compromise thanks to pressure from the feds or because his competition gave you a suitcase filled with $1 million in cash (or gave you an empty suitcase and said "if you don't, the remains of your daughter will be delivered to you in this suitcase")

That's why I think you'd have to be on the inside from the start, so they already trust you before you set up shop.

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The problem is getting a foot in the door

If you built a secure phone for $1000/month and drug dealers just found you and bought your phone/service, it would be difficult for the feds to get you. You might not even know they did it.

But that's obviously not what happens, they'd have to already know you to be willing to sign up for your service and feel confident it was as secure as you promise (i.e. they know where you live - where all your family lives) so the guys doing this are obviously already connected to the drug world before they enter this business.

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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there's plenty of information floating around any airport WiFi

Which is what WPA3 is intended to address.

Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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Re: Quite a bit of nuclear fallout

Isn't cost also the reason why big construction projects aren't dug with nukes? After all, really big conventional explosives can make pretty big holes, but when explosives are used they are typically used in measured quantities and only when you need to get through solid rock. No one is using explosives to make a hole in soil, they use good old fashioned backhoes and dump trucks. Presumably because it costs less (if not the initial cost, when you figure in all the safety issues etc.)

I don't know what it costs the US government to build a nuke, but you can probably rent a small army of construction equipment for a fraction of that.

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Re: There wouldn't be any fallout

Well sure but that's basically vaporing solid rock, whereas an explosion in space has nothing to contain it, not in atmosphere.

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Re: Don't tell AUstin Texas!

University towns like Austin that declare themselves nuclear free zones can't control what happens on property owned by the state government (i.e. University of Texas) or the federal government (military bases) Most of the people passing the laws knew this going in, and that it was only a symbolic gesture.

The state and feds are the only ones outside of utilities that do anything that would run afoul of such laws. It isn't like small businesses or individuals are allowed to have anything to do with nuclear technology, so a nuclear ban has as much impact on them as banning them from launching spacecraft within the city limits.

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There wouldn't be any fallout

At least I always presumed that the "exploding nukes to generate thrust" part only occurred in space, and that conventional rockets would loft it into space first (probably a bunch of them, to assemble a larger craft in space) I think the bigger concern for most would be the risk involved in launching rockets filled with nukes. Even though we can now make them safe so that an explosion or ground impact won't make them explode it isn't risk free. To say nothing of convincing the public that they won't explode - a public where a non trivial number believe the Moon landings were faked.

Though I think the biggest flaw with Orion is getting much thrust out of a nuke. They have a lot of power, but even if you could direct all the charge at the back of the spacecraft, what the hell are you going to build the back out of for the nuke to push against that won't be destroyed in the process? If you used something designed to ablate somewhat with each charge, then your starting mass will be much larger and first nukes less efficient.

Boffin: Dump hardware number generators for encryption and instead look within

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Re: Why would you avoid using the HWRNG?

Which is why you want as many different sources as possible. The odds that one may be compromised in some way are a lot higher than the odds that ALL are compromised.

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Why would you avoid using the HWRNG?

If you have something else you think will generate randomness using it AND the HWRNG. Even if the HWRNG is rigged if its output isn't directly used you can still get a few more bits of entropy by combining the two sources.

The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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Re: I don't see how the feds win this

It would be far from the first time the DOJ started a lawsuit knowing they had no chance to win. The administration in power at the time controls what the DOJ will challenge, and they are unlike a private citizen who wants to know he has a chance to win before spending a lot of money on lawyers.

The reason they will sue even knowing a loss is almost certain is because they will ask the court for a stay on the law while the case is being decided for those months if not years you're talking about. They will hope that prevents other states from following in California's footsteps, and perhaps gives them a chance to have congress act to prevent this (i.e. by passing a law withholding federal money from states that do this)

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Re: States' rights!

Just like they only care about the deficit when they are the opposition party.

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I don't see how the feds win this

California's law basically says "the state of California will only purchase services from ISPs that adhere to net neutrality for all customers residing in the state of the California". They aren't trying to force AT&T et al to have net neutrality in Texas and Alabama. For the feds to block this they basically have to get a court to agree that the federal government should control what states spend their own money on.

The only way I see them doing that is not via the DOJ and courts, but via the 'power of the purse' similar to what they did back in the 80s to force states to have the 21 drinking age etc. - saying "if you don't do what we want, we will withhold federal money". In that case it was federal highway money, In this case presumably it would be something the FCC can control like universal service funds.

I'm not sure if the FCC disperses enough federal funds into California for them to care though, so the administration would have to threaten to withhold money that has nothing do with the issue at hand. i.e. threaten to withhold federal highway money, limit military spending to California based companies, or something like that. That would be some uncharted territory, indeed.

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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TR-069, the protocol which ISPs use to manage their routers, requires a webservice to be available from the Internet.

This attack isn't leveraging TR-069, which is possible to disable on most devices - either a way to truly turn it off, or configure your ISP supplied device as a bridge only which makes it impossible to access remotely.

Typically TR-069 uses port 30005, and is thus separate from the default remote management web server that allows stuff like changing DNS that lives on port 80. The problem here is that in 2018 we still have stupid router firmware that leaves remote WAN management enabled! ISPs should use TR069 and disable remote management on all routers, those people who want it enabled can re-enable it...

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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It has been common practice for at least the past few presidents to sometimes refer to them by their number. Not necessarily due to dislike - at least not STRONG dislike. People who truly dislike a president come up with far more colorful names.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Re: This fits in well...

Oh please, Trump is the biggest snowflake there is. He lashes out in anger at anyone who dares criticize him because he can dish it out but he sure can't take it!

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Re: It's just a figurehead

One could argue all the political appointees are figureheads, and ax his whole cabinet. If he's going to ax a useless "czar", why not ax the drug czar? Talk about useless, the "drug war" is stupid and can never be won, as can be demonstrated by the decades of fighting it with zero success (other than for the drug companies, who managed to steal much of the heroin revenue in the US by providing "legal" opiods in vast quantities and making our insurance pay for them - I'm sure they'd love to come up with a way to patent THC and take all the marijuana revenue next)

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Re: This fits in well...

Oh please, the "pee tapes" aren't the kompromat. When you have a man with no shame, but a very fragile ego that is dependent on an image of very rich and very successful the only kompromat you could possibly have on him is evidence that shows that his money and success came from illegal means. Real, indisputable evidence, with documents, tapes, etc. Which I'm sure Putin has had for many years and Mueller has been slowly assembling.

The biggest coup for Mueller's investigation wasn't Manafort or any of the other big fish who made the news, but the CFO of Trump's company since the 70s (back when his dad ran it) who recently agreed to cooperate. He's probably laid out the whole history of the dirty business, and now Mueller's team is busy chasing down documents, witness statements etc. to prove what he's told them.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Margin Calling..

What gets the shorts in the shorts (sorry...couldn't resist) is that the borrowing of shares typical comes with conditions. It is no different than buying stock on margin in that regard - if you buy stock on margin and the stock declines in value, the "loan to value" goes up and you get a margin call - you have to add additional cash to bring your margin up to requirements, selling stock in order to raise cash if necessary.

Works the same way with shorts, if the value of the stock goes up you may be required to put forth some cash to bring things into compliance - in the worst case you might be forced to buy Tesla stock at the current price at return it to the lender. Even though Tesla's price bump was short lived, it most likely hurt some of those shorting Tesla stock. Which was the sole reason why Musk tweeted that, and which is what makes it illegal for him to do as a company director even if he didn't personally profit from it. Deliberately manipulating stock prices, even if you don't personally profit, is a big no no.

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Charging based on mileage makes more sense

Then you can get charged by the state/country you are driving in for miles driven on their roads, to pay for the maintenance/upkeep of said roads. Seems fair to me.

Taxing electricity doesn't make much sense, because what if you charge your car using your own (i.e. solar electricity) What you using your car when plugged in as a "backup battery" for your house?

I think the way things are going the wide use of electric cars will coincide with the wide use of autonomous cars, so the per mile tax will be implemented as part of the laws that regulate autonomous vehicles. Non-autonomous electric vehicles may continue to be able to freeload if they aren't present in sufficient numbers to get legislators motivated to act to fix it.

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Oh please

Don't compare the effect that someone like you or me tweeting something about a company has versus the company's FOUNDER AND CEO tweeting something about it. Even if I had a million twitter followers unless I was some sort of stock guru they aren't following me for stock tips, they would be following me because I was a star athlete or actor or whatever. Likewise they don't follow Musk for fashion tips or to know what fantasy football trades to make, but because of Tesla. The reason it bothers Musk is because he knows at least some of what they say is true. They WERE having severe production problems earlier this year, despite his denials, so the shorts were right!

All companies have shorts, his claims that Tesla is the "most shorted stock in history" are provably false. Either by percentage of short interest (exceeded by many companies even today) or the value of stock shorted (which last I checked was Apple, but you don't see Tim Cook tweeting lies to drive up the stock price and screw the shorts)

All shorts are doing is borrowing the stock and selling it, believing that by the time they have to replace the borrowed shares they will be able to acquire it at a lower price. If he wants to ban shorts, I wonder if he'd also like to ban buying Tesla stock on margin - I wonder how much the stock price would sink if there was a market-wide margin call on Tesla stock?

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Musk is entitled to produce proof

But the SEC claims he only talked to the Saudis once, and got no commitment and didn't even discuss price. Shortly after he made his "funding confirmed" tweet naming the $420 price. Unless he can produce proof showing otherwise, this is an open and shut case.

As for Musk being CTO, the meaning of "officer" in a corporate sense and a title saying you are an "officer" are two different things. They can give him a position where he's basically the 'inventor' or 'problem solver', but he won't be able to make decisions for or speak on behalf of the company.

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300 miles on a 5 minute recharge

Given that the efficiency of the motors or coefficient of drag can't improve much, there is simply no way we're going to have a standardized charging solution that puts out enough power to go 300 miles in only five minutes. So if you really want that, you'll need to have stations swap batteries instead of charging the battery installed in the car.

Perhaps that's practical, but what we really need to hope for are denser batteries so you could get at least 600 miles on a charge. Then it would be feasible to allow overnight charging. For the tiny segment of people who want to drive more than 600 miles in a day, they can buy/rent a vehicle with a larger battery.

Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

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The real reason they are running short on capacity

Has nothing to do with an "unexpected recovery" in the PC market. It is because they are making all the cellular chips for Apple's latest phones. When they made the agreement to do that, they believed they'd have 10nm working by now so devoting 14nm fab space to those cellular chips wouldn't be a problem.

Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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If they claim to be happy making a dollar a year

They should ask for a voluntary donation of $20 or whatever, and if 5% of users give that then they've got the same amount of funding.

Better yet, surely there are some corporations who want an alternative to Microsoft browsers but don't want Google to slurp their data and would choose this over Firefox for the privacy guarantee. A few large corporate subscriptions at a few bucks a head including priority support would go a long way toward insuring their future.

I've been wanting to drop Chrome as my "backup" browser for when Firefox (or more likely, my ad blocker) causes problems on a site. Maybe Vivaldi is just the ticket. Who knows, if I like it enough I might even switch eventually.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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I don't recall ever NOT seeing the pump trigger lock

Everywhere I've ever filled up in the US. I don't see how not having them is any advantage. Either you have no lock and are holding it down and the fuel flow stops when it detects the tank is full or the trigger is holding it down and the fuel flow stops when it detects the tank is full.

While I suppose the "tank is full" sensor can fail either way, the trigger is usually pretty much of a hair trigger which will let go at the slightest provocation. It would be more than a slight provocation if the fuel kept flowing and pushed the handle out of the car to the ground below. So I don't think you'd spill any more fuel with an manned trigger lock than you would with a manned handle. The difference is whether you get fuel all over you as well as the car and ground, or just on the car and ground - I know which I'd prefer!

Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Re: Hardware button?

Enterprise customers would never accept having to push a button to send out firmware updates, because that would require the IT staff to leave their dark basement and have human contact!

DEF CON hackers' dossier on US voting machine security is just as grim as feared

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Re: Centralized incompetence

I agree, the federal government should set standards like:

1) all votes for federal office (i.e. president, senate, congress) must leave a human readable paper trail

2) every state must conduct a hand recount of a statistically significant portion of precincts for votes for federal office, prior to final certification, and if sufficient statistical deviation is found must conduct a full state-wide hand recount of all votes for federal office that will be the final certified total

3) if states require state/federal issued ID to vote, the state must issue state approved voter IDs for free to any resident who doesn't already have another form of state approved ID (such as driver's license) and provide transportation to/from the site where this is available for any resident who lives more than 5 miles away, or is disabled (for those who wonder why, this is to discourage states making the locations inaccessible to make voting more difficult for the poor or minorities)

4) states that require state/federal issued ID to vote must accept social security cards, along with a signature attesting they are that person and whether they filed federal taxes last year and if so in what state and attest they have moved if not this state, as proof of identity to obtain a free stated issued voter ID. The forms filled out for all IDs issued in that manner will be forwarded to the federal government to be cross checked and confirm that a) that person is still alive, b) there are no duplicate voter IDs with that SSN issued elsewhere in the US, c) what they said about if/where they filed federal taxes matches IRS records

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Those calculations of Android profit

Are talking about profit from those selling the phones. Yes, pretty much no one but Samsung makes profit selling Android phones, and many lose money. Google however makes billions - it would be impossible for even them to calculate because most of what they make isn't by delivering ads to people while they are using Android, but by collecting all their personal information via having a billion plus people willingly carrying a Google branded GPS with them everywhere they go, and of course knowing what they do with that device and when pretty much 24x7.

Collecting personal information is useless without a way to monetize it, but luckily for Google they have this - all that additional information makes their targeting of ads all that much better, which allows them to charge more for them.

If there were viable alternatives to Android, Google would almost certainly pay OEMs to use it. Who knows, maybe they did for a time when it looked like Windows Phone might have a chance.

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Re: For once, Google won fair and square

If Google had discussions with Sun, and Sun decided not to take legal action, WTF would Google not get something in writing?

Something seems off about this account, because it doesn't add up. If Sun refused to give Google something in writing they were basically saying "we aren't going to take legal action NOW" but that's not the same as saying "what you are doing is fine with us". I'm pretty sure there's zero chance that if Sun was willing to provide something in writing, that Google didn't get it because they failed to ask...

Oh, and another thing, Qualcomm tells court: Apple handed Intel our chipping source code

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Re: Qualcomm is desperate

Oh really, are you going to tell me that Qualcomm is not using standard ARM cores? Like the A75 the 845 uses and the A76 the 855 uses?

An anonymous coward claims to know more? Do tell, since your name is protected from your employer if you work for Qualcomm and are defending their honor!

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Re: Qualcomm is desperate

Stating facts means I must work or have worked for Qualcomm's competition? Sorry, I've never even worked in that industry.

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Re: Qualcomm is desperate

Qualcomm is going to begin losing their Android customers to Samsung and HiSilicon once Verizon/Sprint flavor CDMA goes away (end of next year for Verizon, not sure about Sprint) which is the main thing that's kept a lot of Qualcomm SoCs shipping for phones sold in the US or sold as being able to roam in the US.

Qualcomm is using standard ARM cores, no different than HiSilicon, so the modem is the main difference. Qualcomm has already lost in their attempt to extract extra royalties out of Samsung for phones using Samsung's SoC so I expect Samsung will use it on all their phones very soon instead of the doing the split between Qualcomm & Samsung they have been. Not sure if they will sell them to others, but HiSilicon (for higher end) and Rockchip (for lower/mid end) also have SoCs using standard ARM cores. Maybe Qualcomm should have produced some custom cores that didn't suck, if they were able to beat the performance of standard ARM cores they would still have an advantage.

Qualcomm is desperate, because they know the gravy train is at an end. Sure, they will collect the back royalties from Apple, but they won't be able to force them to pay future royalties based on the cost of the device - that's not allowed for patents covered under FRAND, which is required of ALL patents that they submitted to become part of LTE or 5G standards.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Consumers can (mostly) fix this problem if the FCC won't



If it is a number you don't recognize, don't answer. If it is for you, they will leave a message and you can return the call.

Unless you are a salesperson or something where you will get many calls from numbers that you don't recognize that may cost you money if you don't answer right away and instead let it go to voicemail and call back two minutes later. For every person who simply can't call back two minutes there there are dozens who can.

What happens to the economics of robocalls if everyone stops answering them? They won't go away entirely, but they'll become uneconomic for most robocallers.

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You need a non-local number then

I have a cell number for a city in which I never lived, because the carrier I wanted way back when I got my first cell phone in 2000 didn't offer service where I did live. So I used an ex-girlfriend's address (with her permission, I used autopay so I told her to just throw out the bills)

So now I can safely ignore any calls from that prefix. A lot of people have non-local numbers if they've moved and kept the same number, but feel since they know some people in that area they can't just ignore the calls.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

DougS Silver badge

Re: Saturn 5 / Apollo

Because they were willing to accept that space flight is risky in the 60s.

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