* Posts by Badger Murphy

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Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

Badger Murphy

Re: Diversity

"I don't want diversity."

Maybe not, but, and you may not realize this bit, you don't want a monoculture. You may only use one browser, and therefore feel that the other browser technologies are irrelevant to you. You are mistaken there, though. There are trade-offs in every situation, and this one is no different. With fewer rendering engines, it may be easier for developers to write pages that render well everywhere due to less testing surface, but it is at the cost of this necessary diversity. If we all use the same rendering engine, then there is more incentive to create exploits for that engine. Once an exploit is formed, it works on every single device running that browser (you know, the ONLY browser).

Reducing the web browsing options to an ever decreasing number of rendering engines is putting all of our eggs in an ever decreasing number of baskets.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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WTF?

Vanilla Android?

Someone help me out here; what do these phone manufacturers get out of spending time and money making modded OSs, particularly when a large portion of users either do not want these mods, or are too non-technical to know or care about the difference either way?

It seems to me, by no means a cell phone enthusiast, that these vendor-specific Android flavors are all downside for both the user and the vendor. Hopefully someone's got some insight; thanks!

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Linux

Linux products phoning home

I can't speak for systemd-saddled distros; I have no idea what's in that opaque monolith, but other Linux distros have no home to phone.

Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Someone's been in Silicon Valley too long

In some point in the distant future, this may be a concern. The thing is, though, that THE VAST MAJORITY of the planet cannot get anything resembling what many of us would call high speed Internet service. In these HUGE regions, technology is very limited, let alone technology that comes anywhere near direct integration with a human.

Add on to that the fact that there are scant quality controls in general use hardware and software development. This will have to undergo an Earth-shattering paradigm shift before anyone is going to trust putting new man-made computerized parts in their bodies, unless they are already in mortal peril anyway (such as a critical artificial organ transplant or something like it).

We're talking about ELECTIVE BRAIN SURGERY here, people. While I love this guy, I think he has been talking crazy lately.

Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

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FAIL

Doomed from the beginning

Now that you've all probably recovered from the complete and utter lack of shock at this revelation, I'd like to really stress the main points here that, in my opinion, are the reasons for the failure of this market.

1.) Wearables don't do anything that a significant subset of the market wants or cares about.

2.) They're decidedly nerdy. No matter how elegant they are made to look, they are, at their core, a reincarnation of the pocket protector. Even the Apple Watch suffers from this.

I don't consider myself to be a super cool guy or anything; I'm a network engineer and decidedly in the "computer geek" category, but even I find the very idea of these things to be LAAAA-AAAAME.

Mozilla axes IoT project, cuts staff, backs off from commercial stuff

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In a tailspin

I remember that Mozilla's Firefox browser was once the only mainstream one that was usable. Once they got to the top of the heap there, they systematically began taking a hatchet to that software, making it objectively worse with every release and update. They gave in to bloat for no reason, in the form of things like "Pocket" and "Hello", which made no sense to literally anyone outside the involved companies, since they already had a robust extensions architecture for such things, but felt the need to bake them into the core browser so everyone had to load them, rather than just those that wanted those things (i.e. nobody).

Unfortunately, they do not seem to show any signs of correcting course. I remember some rumblings about this new "Great or Dead" design philosophy, which they seem to be implementing on some of their projects, including Firefox to a small degree. Unless they SERIOUSLY prune the bloat and sources of instability (Australis UI overlay among others), the software simply is not stable enough to recommend or use.

We're now in a sad situation where all of the mainstream browsers are terrible in different ways, and nobody but small players are interested in making a program that is just a browser, and that's it. This would be fine normally, since we could just go to alternative browsers, as I have done. Unfortunately, that is complicated to a novice because doing so has been hamstrung by companies and people writing web pages to specific browsers, and use of onerous user agent sniffing behavio[u]r that requires me to lie and say I'm Firefox in order to get some pages to let me in.

You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

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FAIL

These will work for 2 weeks

Most of the stores I go into can't even keep all of their point-of-sale systems and shopping carts in working order. These autonomous robots will be broken, crammed in a corner, and collecting dust in short order. This might happen even faster if they're vandalized regularly; I can't say I'm not tempted already!

Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

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Worse than diminishing returns

These devices offer the promise of a technology-aided utopia, in which life is made simpler by devices that predict what we want and do it, and where many trifling chores are simply done on our behalf.

The part that nobody in that industry wants to talk about is that these devices do something tiny and barely worth automating, and in exchange, demand constant updates, fiddling, troubleshooting, and often failure to even complete the task at all.

It is a problem in need of a solution masquerading as a solution in need of a problem.

Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

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FAIL

No privacy at any price

What I find the most baffling about these slurpy organizations is their seemingly willful failure to understand that some users are turned off by the lack of privacy, but do otherwise like their services, and would gladly pay for a private version.

For example, its hard to argue that Gmail is one of the better email server implementations, but I can not get a private account, even for $1,000,000/year. I can't see this as anything other than a failure to recognize a money making opportunity.

Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Re: Where's the Transparency???

You don't need to ask why. If it is done in secret and behind closed doors, with refusal to share the details, it is ALWAYS because the details are terrible.

Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches CCTV strategy for England and Wales

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Where's that horse?

This all seems a lot like someone just noticed that the barn door had been left open for years, and then decided he should probably go looking for where the horse went ASAP.

Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Go

Even dubious fact checking is a step up

Look at the situation in its current state.

1.) Some pundit or politician spouts some BS.

2.) Many start to believe said BS and internalize that "information" before any rebuttals are made.

3.) Fact checking may or may not be done on aforementioned BS.

4.) Only a minority of the initial audience goes to view the corrected record.

5.) BS largely stands, and gets repeated, further cementing the BS as fact among the audience.

If fact checking were done on the fly, before these bogus assertions can get repeated and re-tweeted a billion times, then there may at least be some pause. Even if the fact checker is not fully trustworthy by one or more sides of an argument, the fact that it was contested at all is better than it not having been.

Obviously, the trustworthiness of the fact checker is a concern, but certainly no more so that an unchecked BS artist running his/her mouth. We can worry about the trustworthiness of the fact checker once the fact checker exists.

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

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It's about trapping the customer

I think that you'll find that, even if an open standard can be used perfectly well for their use case, companies large enough to fund their own private alternative will always do so, because their customers become trapped.

There tons of examples of it throughout recent history, as some have mentioned already. I know many people that held onto bad ISP services for far too long because they couldn't bear the idea of changing their email address. We watched Google kill their standard messaging protocol and replace it with their own, while adding virtually zero functionality gains while simultaneously requiring a decidedly crappy application to use it. We saw Microsoft do something similar with Skype, locking out the possibility of 3rd-party compatibility. We witnessed the web slowly grow into an abominable, shambling horror made of Macromedia (Adobe) Flash, which persists to this day despite superior open standards in place that make Flash look like a cruel joke. Many, if not most, of these decisions had a lot more to do with locking the customer out of alternatives than it had to do with improving the user experience, functionality, or overhead.

I am sure that if I stopped to think about it for even 5 minutes, I could think of at least a dozen more clear examples of this same misguided (or possibly sinister) practice.

Fortunately, I think there is still reason to hold out hope. Even the current masters of the universe in the tech and communications worlds are still relatively new in the grand scheme of things, and we've seen similarly large titans (who also seemed unbreakable in their heyday) slowly kill themselves with bureaucracy and resting on their laurels. The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.

Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Re: Looked Inevitable?

> Did apple lose?

I contend that they did. Back in those days, Apple was a sliver of a sliver of the market. In fact, Microsoft kept them afloat in at least one instance, because they were a good hedge for them, and keeping them in business was part of a strategy to allow Microsoft to appear less monopolistic.

Regardless of the situation now, I think that the poster you're replying to was regarding THAT battle that Apple lost. Obviously they're doing okay today despite that.

Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

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Pirate

It makes perfect sense!

The company could totally get on the right track if it just gives away all its money! Of course!

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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Facepalm

SaaS - I do not think it means what you think it means

Good to see MS is offering stupidity as a service now. I used to have to pay full price for it up front!

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

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Thumb Up

Re: try pale moon

This can't be overstated! Anyone looking for a good Firefox fork, look no further!

I've been using Pale Moon almost exclusively for over a year on multiple computers, and it is leaps and bounds ahead of Firefox in terms of stability and responsiveness.

Also, it has stripped out so much nonsense that has been added by Mozilla over the years, such as 'Pocket', 'Hello', Australis UI, telemetry, and on and on.

Also, it comes in a 64-bit flavor for those of us that have a computer and OS from this millenium.

I've had great luck with compatibility with existing Firefox plugins, as well. Seriously, this Pale Moon thing is good stuff!

Yahoo! Answers used to cloak command and control networks

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Alert

Did you guys finally run out of exclamation points?

This article has by far the fewest exclamation points in it of any Yahoo!-related article I have ever seen on this site!

Be straight with us, is there a shortage?

Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

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Good luck and godspeed

I hope they have some success, but the odds are stacked heavily against them. They're fighting the good fight on this one, in my opinion.

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

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Mushroom

The shock! The horror!

Looks like the DDOSers are starting to take advantage ow the e-WMDs we've given them by failing to regulate security requirements onto IoT hardware. Stay tuned as their power grows year over year, as everything with an outlet slowly gets moved online.

Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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Why the double standard here?

Why is it that this sort of behavior is 'criminal activity' when an some folks do it, but an 'honest mistake' when companies do?

"Whoops! Sorry about that badly written backdoor, mates! Let's just put this whole thing behinds us. No harm done*!"

Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Mushroom

There is no fix for this

You can patch and patch and patch to your heart's content. The problem lies in the fact that the computer that interfaces with the remote connectivity is the same computer that controls the car. Until you decouple these two functions into two separate and air-gapped computers, this will never cease. The stakes are high enough here that state-sponsored hacking will ensure that any system with this sort of architecture will never fully be secure.

Sniffing your storage could lead to sensitive leaks, warn infosec bods

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Is not the complexity of the machine a major factor here?

It would seem to me that it would be less trivial to isolate and capture the desired electromagnetic signal on a very simple machine, such as a credit card chip or a discrete component, but surely an entire server humming along has numerous sources of electromagnetic fields in its housing, all of which transmit at varying, cumulative, and harmonic amplitudes and frequencies.

I am definitely not an expert on this subject, but this would definitely be non-trivial, as the article does state, and would require extensive knowledge of the specific machine being snooped.

While I don't want to dismiss these findings out of hand as alarmist nonsense, I also don't think we should all start running for the bomb shelters, either. Those old examples cited are of much older, simpler, and slower machines with far fewer parts (albeit much larger ones).

Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse

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Re: "the large geographic area of the United States aggravates the capex costs."

While that's true, the federal government, as I understand it, has limited ability to work that way. When they make laws and appropriate money, it is difficult to fashion a law such that only works for "most people" strictly based on where they choose to live. If the US did as you propose, you can bet that every municipality that is not part of this connectivity rollout will gripe to high heaven and tie up the courts with litigation, incurring additional costs.

Blizzard blighted by another DDoS storm

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Unhappy

Re: One weird trick to mitigate DDOS attacks!

Sure, games that exist wholly online can be an exception to the rule, but the engineer in me screams, MADNESS!", to the notion of adding unnecessary dependencies to things that are already plenty complex.

Sadly, paranoia surrounding piracy seems to have trumped sanity for the big game developers. It even seems to be seeping into business software at this point; sad.

Badger Murphy

One weird trick to mitigate DDOS attacks!

So, it turns out, if you host a game locally and give your IP/domain name out to your friends, you can all play a game without getting DDOSed, since none of the hacker groups know your IP address!

Pretty cool, right?

Oh...

Your game is published by some paranoid control freaks that require everything to be always online to a centralized service.

Well at least the servers and their connection are probably super robust to make sure there are no release day debacles or other problems!

Oh...

Well I'm sure they let you run it in an offline mode, in the event you want to continue to play the game after they turn their auth servers down in some years! I mean that would be....

Oh...

Well, good luck!

Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

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Paris Hilton

Surprised by apparent Chromebook adoption

I always suspected this crowd to be very privacy-conscious and averse to cloudy services like Google apps and anything that is generally not private. So, it surprises me quite a bit to see the number of comments voicing, not only ownership of these units, but endorsements of them in their vanilla state! Obviously, its a whole other discussion if using the hardware and booting to different OSs.

Is this a vocal minority, or would you say that Chromebooks are really gaining popularity with those in the industry?

Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

Badger Murphy
FAIL

"But they do it too!"

This is such a schoolyard retort! Anyone that defends someone like Microsoft's atrocious privacy invasion practices with the defense that Google/Android is "just as bad" is:

A.) Completely failing to address the point raised

B.) Presenting a false choice

People very concerned with privacy can leave that beaten path and install vanilla Android/ModOS/some clean ROM with little effort, or pay a techie to have it done. Nobody is making you install Google Play services. You can get apps from lots of places.

iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

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If you know something they don't, then capitalize on it

With regard to those that would stick up for a company when it gets a negative rating in some regard, you're going about it all wrong. What merit is there in trying to convince the world that your pet company is the beacon of corporate excellence, unable to suffer from slumping sales or a poor business decision? At best, you'll convince a few to no useful ends.

If you're so sure you're right and everyone's wrong, then that sounds like a stock opportunity for you! Betting against the mob will yield great returns if you're right. If you're not confident enough to put your money where your mouth is, then perhaps you may want to evaluate your predilections.

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

Badger Murphy

Re: Windows 10 with windows 7 shell and aero

Actually, the shell and the aero theme being absent are merely great annoyances that must be worked around. What *I* really want is for them to get their putrid hands off my data.

Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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Do not feed the trolls

This lesson mainly applies to the Internet, but there are plenty out there in the wild, too. Bad-mouthing Donald Trump or his policies, especially with ad-hominems, is high quality troll food.

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Badger Murphy

Re: Ransomware

Out of the frying pan, into the fire, eh?

Congrats, Linux users – you're finally officially alpha males... on Skype

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@Skype UI

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... oh, you're serious.

Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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FAIL

Re: America deserves Trump

That's awfully provincial of you. Any guesses as to what happens to the world economy if a major nation suffers socio-economic disaster?

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Facepalm

To Mrs. Clinton:

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." -- Unknown

Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CEO

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Pint

Good news for a change!

I am always very cautious about getting overly excited about bombshell events that are in favor of the little guy, as progress made in this direction is so often assaulted and gutted, but I think it might actually be time for a pint! Thanks to all of you over in the EU for fighting the good fight and holding your politicians' feet to the fire in a way we have failed to do over here in the USA!

Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

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Stop

Re: Yeah, I noticed The Register is in Apple Hate Mode

>favorite business

Anyone still making buying decisions based on brand loyalty, or in the more current nomenclature, fanboyism, these days is doing themselves a disservice. In this era, most corporations are run by boards of directors that have no vested interest in the quality of their product beyond direct impact on their bottom line. A sense of pride in one's work and one's company have taken a back seat to profit margins and 'efficiency' above all other pursuits.

Apple, for example, may be known for and widely regarded for the high build standard of their products, but it really pays to evaluate each product on its own merits, not on the track record of the company that produced it. If this product is of a high overall quality, like many of its predecessors, then great! If it isn't, though, apologizing for it because the company is known for making good stuff if harmful to yourself and those that value your opinion; it's not like they're paying you.

I, for one, welcome the critical eye that this publication takes to pretty much everything they look at. If nothing else, it encourages us to take a close look at the products in question and, like I said above, evaluate them more by their merits, and less by their logos.

Badger Murphy

I'll take the *2nd* thinnest phone in history, please

At this point, I think that smart phones are thin enough where ever fewer people really care anymore, yet the vendors are locked in an eternal struggle to make them ever thinner to claim bragging rights, kind of like, I believe it was, Sharp and Casio over pocket calculators back in the 80's. Eventually, it got to the point where users of said calculators, and now possibly also phones, liked the ergonomics *less* on the exceptionally thin models.

I don't think its fair to level this critique at Apple, specifically, but the mid-to-high-end phone market in general. I doubt I'm alone in saying that "quite thin" is thin enough for me. I'd rather have a bit more bulk and more battery life than the endless pursuit of thinness. Any vendors out there have anything, or am I just in too small a market segment to be bothered with?

Bueller?

Bueller?

Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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>sheeple

Please, guys, just stop using this word. You could make a Nobel Prize-worthy speech in your post, but if you use the word "sheeple", I simply cannot continue reading. You can just say something like "the general public", and we'll know what you mean without you having to discredit yourself.

Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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You'll never get the public to understand enough to care

The general public often doesn't even know who most of their heads of state are, and that has plenty to do with their life, future, and well-being. I think it is a bridge too far, even with some of the proposed educational models, to expect the general populace to be savvy enough in infosec to drive a demand for greater security.

This is the exact type of scenario where regulation must step in. Look at SOHO routers as a prime example. Most of them are totally ownable right out of the box, and manufacturers keep on making them, and we keep on buying them. The manufacturers don't fix it, because that costs money, and since the customer doesn't know enough to care, that situation continues in perpetuity.

I don't claim to have the magic bullet to kill this problem, but I do believe it starts by making it financially painful, via fines, to an organization for getting owned, provided that it can be demonstrated that their security is a joke.

This is where the devil in the details hides, though. We have to punish the negligent without blaming those that are genuinely victims. Only then will we see security treated with the importance it deserves.

Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: Too Funny.

>one of the worst POTUS in the history of this country. (If not the worst.)

I think you mean "the POTUS who I like the least in recent memory". Read your history; there are a number of instances in which the POTUS almost ended this nation in disaster. This current guy may have a lot of bogus policies, but he is one of a long line of crooks, many of whom were far more damaging to USA's overall health.

New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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USA - The best EVERYTHING money can buy

Over here in the USA, our financial system has become so hyper-capitalist (at the expense of virtually all else), that money can buy you anything! You can buy "happiness" (lots of cool stuff), "justice" (getting off scot free), quality health care (OK, that one's real), "free" speech (the more money you spend, the more you get), and any number of other things!

It's a hoot, come on over and buy some intangibles!

Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Re: So what will happen...

I see where you're going, but I just don't think that this is an apt comparison

Sure, driverless cars replacing paid livery services IS an apt comparison of two examples of technology displacing redundant workers, but that is not what is being discussed here.

This situation is simply this, as far as I understand it:

1.) Uber begins operating in France.

2.) France's livery workers are understandably upset that this new service is allowed to operate side by side with them, but is not subject to the same restrictions, training, and other prerequisites for being a livery operator in France.

3.) The French government responds by banning the Uberpop service outright.

4.) Apparently many Uber drivers continue to operate, now illegally, and little or nothing is being done by the authorities to stop this activity.

5.) The French livery operators, now having lost faith in the government helping them, in typical French fashion, start protesting and rioting to great effect, attacking the Uber drivers' vehicles.

Displacement of the workers by notional future technologies is another riot for another day, and has essentially nothing to do with this.

China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

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Fingers of blame can still point

I certainly am willing to concede that it is likely that their network security was lacking, since network security seems very rarely to be fully and well implemented. HOWEVER, poor security doesn't necessarily obfuscate who the attacker was any more than if there had been good security.

If I leave the doors to my house unlocked and then get robbed, a crime still took place, and the culprit is still the culprit. Poor security doesn't change the identity of or level of guilt of the attacker.

If the Chinese government was not to blame, so be it, but the level and quality of the security that was breached is tangential to the matter of assigning blame.

USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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Re: USB 3 is a disaster - WiFi and other wireless interference is awful

While concern over issues like this is healthy, I doubt that your fears are founded in this instance.

First of all, the spec is broad ranging, covering everything from the connectors, to the voltages, to the cable composition, which doubtless includes appropriate shielding and grounding. In addition, regulatory bodies, such as the Federal Communications Commission, would seriously frown upon the widespread proliferation of RF jamming technology, even if the jamming was a side effect.

I feel like there may be some use for the inverse of the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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And feed MORE kit to these jackals?

...and that is why any viable IoT solution must NOT use an IP transport protocol. If manufacturers of home routers, the gate and gatekeeper of our home networks, can't be arsed to even pay lip service to network security, what do you think the chances are that manufacturs of, say, smart coffee makers will be any better? Soon, every piece of electronics in our whole homes can join in on the bot nets.

The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

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Re: Zigbee? Z-Wave?

Indeed, there is something wrong with router, switch, and 802.11 for this application. Devices that communicate over protocols and media like the Internet and networks can get owned like the Internet and networks do on a daily basis.

Imagine a world in which you have to make sure that your light bulbs have the latest firmware, lest they be vulnerable to a trojan that makes them a part of a botnet, or a point of ingress into your LAN, because they're on the same WiFi network as your laptop.

Imagine that this light bulb manufacturer doesn't give one crap about the security of the network protocol of their devices, because their average customer doesn't know better, and the problem is costly to correct.

Imagine that most IoT devices and manufacturers feel this same blasé attitude toward network security, creating a vast international blanket of easily ownable network appliances.

Then, stop imagining, because that is the world that we're actually in.

I believe that if we really stop and think about what these IoT devices are FOR and what they actually need to DO, we'll see that a simple protocol similar to TR-069, which is largely a named and numbered list of supported commands and features, would more than cover any use case for a potential IoT device, without exposing the IoT world to the ravages of the IP network world.

Of course, this would require the networks to be segregated, since they speak a different language at the hardware level (by design), and would require some sort of central "brain box" in the IoT home to act as an intermediary between the IP network and the IoT network, but what's wrong with that? They could iterate on the standard as much as is necessary, and only the main "brain box" would need any real security and firmware patching, since the light bulbs and coffee pots, etc, can't do anything but what it on the enumerated list of supported features in the protocol they use, and would therefore be mostly immune, by design, from hacking.

Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Why are TVs such lousy monitors?

I've had the same dream as many of you: use an HDTV as a large format monitor. This dream has seemed so close to reality, now that TVs have workable resolutions, but I have chronically encountered issues in which I don't get pixel-perfect 1:1 mappings between the 1920x1080 pixels that my graphics adapter is outputting, and the 1920x1080 pixels that my TVs claim to have.

I have seen this issue time and time again, on a variety of hardware, and would be very interested to hear of any similar stories, or proposed solutions. I've sometimes been able to fiddle with custom resolutions to get what at least APPEARS to be pixel perfect mapping (text clarity greatly improved), but then many applications balk at the irregular resolution; I can't win! I have NEVER had this issue with screens that are advertised and sold as monitors. I still do the "TV as monitor" thing on a couple of my boxes, but I have had to compromise and ratchet down the resolution to see the blurry text. I figured that I wasn't losing much by going non-native, since I've already payed that price in the form of this maddening lack of pixel perfection, anyway.

Anyone got anything? Even more to the point, will 4k TVs finally leave this "front porch "back porch" TV-specific silliness behind and eliminate this problem from the outset?

Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Regulations?

I know its not always a popular viewpoint, but I think this is a prime example of a situation that is best solved by government regulation.

The consumers are too ill-informed to make the right choice, and their making the wrong choice has a high societal cost in the form of DDoS and other distributed attack fodder.

The manufacturers can't be expected to cater to a virtually non-existent user base (I'm talking about us) instead of the whole rest of the market; their cheaper competitors will take those customers.

However, if they're legally obligated to make a secure product, all manufacturers will be compliant or eventually legislated out of existence. The problem will automatically be solved without the consumers having to automagically get educated. If we all have to pay twice as much, so be it. The cost of doing nothing is higher, just less obvious.

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