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Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited

__int64 Re:OS makers not helping much either (244 comments)

The problem with web browsers executing arbitrary code is really only "solved" with sand-boxing when you assume that your private personal data is stored on your hard disk. Unfortunately, since most personal data is now stored and accessed through a web browser, you have essentially allowed arbitrary code to operate on your personal data.

Emacs was compromised by a similar line of thinking, that:
Because the ability to execute code is sometimes useful when editing documents, everything should be implemented in Emacs.

Likewise, Javascript is sometimes useful for displaying information on webpages. However, this does not imply that web browsers should be an application platform.

Carrying these assumptions forward blindly gives rise to many of the current challenges of today.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited

__int64 Re:OS makers not helping much either (244 comments)

Sand-boxing is one approach, indeed their are many. However the first question which should perhaps be asked is, should any non-executable file be allowed to 'execute' in even the most broadest sense.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon To Pay $25M For Years of 'Mystery Fees'

__int64 Re:An insult of a fine (215 comments)

The TFA is an article which this comment was written about. Comments such as this are indeed typically written about a TFA.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

__int64 Re:How long does it last? (603 comments)

Indeed, recharger indeed. Inefficient or expensive we are not sure. It could be either.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Labs Add-On Provides Video and Audio Recording From the Browser

__int64 Re:One of the last reasons to have flash (132 comments)

Indeed, blah blah blah.

Security, 'upgrades', lock down, apps, value adding partners...And next time for bonus, be sure to include: a discussion of 'utility', mention something called "mobile equity", and try to work in a reference to capital markets, where relevant of course.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Pages Added To Australian Internet Blacklist

__int64 Re:It's all child pornography. (437 comments)

Because it's not actually about stopping childporn, it's about imposing censorship. Whether childporn is weeded out is irrelevant, and these filters don't actually have be effective at stopping childporn to be effective at making people complacent.

more than 5 years ago

Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?

__int64 Re:"Do it. Don't think about it, just do it." (386 comments)

He is referring to Tohoku University. It's the second highest ranked science school in Japan (behind Tokyo U.), most Americans don't know this, but it will really stand out on your resume if you decide to work somewhere in Asia.

There are 2 programs available, one for taking classes directly in Japanese, and a special English program for those without the language proficiency. Tohoku also has a great Language program, so if you are here for 1 year, you might be able to learn a little Japanese too. But that really depends on how much you study, and avoid the trap of making too many foreign friends and speaking too much English.

The classes available in English are limited, only an intro-CS class is available in English. However, research in a huge part of each semester, you'll join a research lab and spend 20+ hours each week working on your project. You should at least be able to get transfer credit for an independent research, and maybe even a publication if you write a good enough paper.

The Japanese govt in currently amidst a push to raise the number of foreign students to 300k, so if you GPA is good, you'll also probably get a full ride scholarship for 1 year. It's about 800USD per month.

Here's my lab.
Here's an article I wrote about life at Tohoku.

Good luck! Hopefully your school has an exchange agreement with Tohoku!

more than 6 years ago

NBC to Create Programs Centered on Sponsors

__int64 Re:Wrong way round (286 comments)

This has been going on already, corporate donated textbooks and televisions in Indiana schools. Everyday before school the kids have to watch a 10 minute program with corporate created content, that as I recall, also included explicit advertising. The schools accept the TV donations to improve their classroom's tech level and sign away the minds of the students to corporate influence. The content is largely repacked syndicated content and CNN stock footage as I recall, but I'm sure the contracts with the schools included verbiage to alter and include whatever embedded messages they saw fit.

The infrastructure to network a whole school and provide it with large screen TVs and DVD players isn't cheep, and shows the value of guaranteed access to young impressionable minds, even for only 10 minutes a day.

How much more would a full 8 hour days worth of access be worth? Enough for a corporation to establish a fully subsidized "private" school? One that payed and/or subsidized the parents normal public school taxes, essentially creating totally free schooling? The quality of education is obvious but to me this looks like the logical next step in corporate control.

more than 6 years ago


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