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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

Nicolas MONNET Two words for you (162 comments)

If you want to securely control your HVAC systems in your data centre, don't connect it to the Internet: Hire a person to operate it.

Social engineering.

about a month ago

Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

Nicolas MONNET ITT idiots who are not sysadmins (305 comments)

I'm a sysadmin with a background in security.

I don't want over the air firmware updates for my car. Scratch that, I don't want to drive a car with OTA updates. Actually, I don't want to be ANYWHERE near any car with OTA updates.

I update complex software for a living. Trust me, you don't want your car, any car to do that.

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Nicolas MONNET That's typical HP behaviour (385 comments)

They do the same shit for server remote admin cards. The hardware's in there, but you can't use it until you shell out the $. Premium plus deluxe HP resellers often have a tendency to forget about those, and you find out the hard way when you have to troubleshoot a server on a saturday and nobody's available with the god damn license key.

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Nicolas MONNET Dells does crap too, SuperMicro is where it's at (385 comments)

SuperMicro doesn't have platinum support contracts, but for the price difference, you can buy a lot of spares in case shit breaks down. Plus they don't charge you an arm for disk trays: if you buy a server with room for 24 host swap disks, you get 24 empty disk trays you can fill with whatever you want!

Additionally they have the cleanest remote management interface. No annoying pop ups, no artificial browser requirements, no frames, no mandatory Java applets.

about 2 months ago

The Nuclear Approach To Climate Change

Nicolas MONNET That is completely incorrect (432 comments)

Burning gas increases entropy. Burning coal decreases mass, very slightly. And it doesn't mean what you're appear to be thinking because earth is not a closed system.

about a year and a half ago

The Nuclear Approach To Climate Change

Nicolas MONNET Mining and processing is negligible (432 comments)

Saying that mining and enriching nuclear fuel produces greenhouse gases is a really pointless thing to focus on, considering that other fossil fuels also require mining and processing. Even if a given quantity of nuclear fuel required 100x the processing of oil, you'd still be ahead by several orders of magnitude because it contains so much more usable energy.

about a year and a half ago

12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

Nicolas MONNET So your point is (1706 comments)

that if something else had happen, people would have been saying something else?

Profound. Deep. Insightful indeed.

about a year and a half ago

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Ignore Any Rejection of ACTA

Nicolas MONNET The EU admin is not bloated (253 comments)

Contrary to the Murdoch toilet paper you're swallowing, the EU administration is not that bloated. Its budget is tiny considering the area it covers.

England should be thrown out of the EU. Yes I said England.

about 2 years ago

SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer

Nicolas MONNET No, that's not the difference (330 comments)

Malware sites have a technical effect that is unrelated to speech. Blocking them is as much censorship as is banning lead-based newspaper ink -- i.e. not at all.

about 2 years ago

SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer

Nicolas MONNET Illegal so it's not censorship? (330 comments)

> Neither of those is censorship - they're illegal

What a stupid thing to write. By your idiotic "logic," there's no censorship in China because the law says you can't criticize the Communist Party.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

Nicolas MONNET Paid-for certs are LESS secure (1027 comments)

They rely on the public SSL PKI. Any rogue SSL cert registrar can let someone generate a cert for any domain.

about 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Nicolas MONNET Not buying anything with DRM (1004 comments)

Ever. Besides I can't even watch anything with DRM, except on my iPad.

about 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Nicolas MONNET Oh yeah I can do this (1004 comments)

Why would I?

Just as not offend the copyright holder? I don't give a fuck about copyright holders. So why would I?

about 2 years ago

NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

Nicolas MONNET It's economically self-sustaining (461 comments)

I don't know where you get the idea that it's not. It pays for itself, and it translates into the lowest CO2 output in the EU.

The main drawback and the reason why it's being reconsidered is that it's dangerous.

about 2 years ago


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French 3-strike law censored by constitutional court

Nicolas MONNET Nicolas MONNET writes  |  more than 4 years ago

According to Le Monde, France's constitutional court has just stricken out much of the infamous "3 strike law" AKA Hadopi.

They have specifically rejected the disconnection penalty, rendering the whole thing completely impotent. Another law, DADVSI, suffered the same fate in 2006.


In a surprise upset, French parliament rejects 3 strikes law

Nicolas MONNET Nicolas MONNET writes  |  about 5 years ago

The lower chamber of the parliament just rejected the three strike law in a surprise upset. The opposition took advantage of the very low attendance by the majority party: a dozen opposition MPs showed up at the last minute, preventing the majority from gathering its troops. The vote failed 15 to 21 (there are 577 members in the lower chamber).
The law is not rejected for good, because the government can (and probably will) push for a second reading in both chambers, and it has a large enough majority to get it through. But this event is going to push the issue into the spotlight, and may also allow the European Parliament to once again vote its opposition to the principle (amendment 46 to the Telecom Package), while the opposition gains team.
Indeed, just a few days ago, a few prominent actors and directors such as Catherine Deneuve or Victoria Abril signed an open letter opposing the law, thereby disproving the main talking point of the proponents: not all artists are united behind Sarkozy-Universal.

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