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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

bouldin Re:First rule of computer security!!! (109 comments)

Product liability law says that manufacturers should be aware of the most current science related to manufacture of their product. They are on the hook for all manufacturing defects. Congress doesn't have to codify the state of the art.

The problem is that the law hasn't decided how software fits in to product liability law, so vendors can argue security defects are not manufacturing defects, but *design* flaws, and they have much less liability for design flaws.

Congress could fix this easily, but legislators are almost entirely hillbillies, low-tech businessmen, amd low-tech lawyers. This is why the USA has one foot firmly in the 20th century.

13 hours ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

bouldin Re:First rule of computer security!!! (109 comments)

Product liability for software is in a weird limbo where vendors effectively have no liability. So they don't have much reason to care, beyond damage to their brand.

If you read the EULA that comes with software you purchase, it disclaims ALL warranty, and the vendor is not guaranteeing the software will do anything, not even what it says on the box.

I wonder if automotive software might be on different legal ground, since nobody accepts a software license when they buy a car.

13 hours ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

Well then, sounds like I missed the point. Cheers

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

You sure seem to have missed the point. The AC poster (you?) already lost the argument, whether he responds or not.

I made my point with questions, and the point was that none of the Ubuntu security notices were anywhere near as serious as Microsoft's schannel or OLE vulns.

Unless I missed something in the Ubuntu bulletins, none of those vulns were even suspected of being remote code execution vulns. The AC poster was flat-out wrong in his assessment that the Ubuntu notice had more vulns, and especially wrong that it had more remotely exploitable vulns. I called him out on his bullshit, but at the same time threw him a softball so he could respond if he cared to actually read up and have a reasonable reply.

Sometimes there are people on Slashdot who do seek out intelligent discourse. I was leaving that possibility open, but certainly not holding my breath for it.

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

Thanks for the supportive comment, but you've missed the point.

2 days ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

bouldin Re:Delete Your Facebook Account Already (188 comments)

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

bouldin Re:Consciousness versus Intelligence (442 comments)

If I had points, I would mod this up. I'd also highly recommend Descartes' Error by Damasio.

He makes a strong case for his somatic marker hypothesis, which in a nutshell says the body participates in decision making, not just the brain.

Damasio should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand human intelligence.

2 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

You're implying you've read the Ubuntu vuln announcements for November. Why don't you explain to the class which of these are remote code execution vulns?

http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/

Maybe you can pick the worst one and explain why it's worse than Microsoft's schannel vuln.

3 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

bouldin Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

Maybe you missed all the critical remote code execution vulns Microsoft announced just this month.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms14-nov.aspx

Four of the bulletins above are listed as critical remote execution. Two of them (schannel and OLE vulns) are very bad. The IE bulletin says it resolves 17 privately identified bugs.

As the previous poster said, Microsoft has placed convenience over security for many years now. They have improved dev processes a lot, but as you can see, many security folks still view MS as a liability.

Not to stray too far from the point, but I hope Linux distros arent repeating Microsoft's mistakes with feature-laden packages like systemd and its ilk. Tons of new features in an inchoate software package with no security audits? That is how Microsoft got its reputation for insecurity.

3 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

bouldin Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Or is it fixing the hard to locate bug in deep in the back end that deletes all the users data on seemingly random occurrences (and can be brushed off in dev's opinion as merely an aberration)

I completely agree with your point, but would like to observe that senior or mid-level management always cares the LEAST about fixing old, broken stuff.

Every place I've worked has had serious ghosts in the closet, but projects to go clean up old messes never get approved. This has been true across business, IT, and development roles (in my experience).

After all, leadership doesn't get bonuses for reducing risk to the company, they get rewarded for the next feature/launch/whatever.

5 days ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

bouldin Re:Voice recognition - AI (62 comments)

Telling the difference between "eight" and "A" is much more involved than just context matching on a rough FFT of my voice.

To do it properly, we're really looking into problems that are the equivalent of the higher functions of AI.

Maybe the problem isn't with the AI techniques we're using, it's with the FFT.

FFT assumes a very periodic, stable signal. It doesn't handle transients well at all.

about a week ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

bouldin Re:Listening through noise or interference (62 comments)

The proposed task, where the interference is correlated with the original sound, seems like fertile ground for superhuman performance again. The original signal gets replicated and redundantly presented. Our brains are hard-wired to be confused by that, but it seems like a well-designed speech-recognition system could take advantage of it.

Mammalian auditory systems actually have a lot of wiring that seems dedicated to processing reverberation.

I'm not familiar with the IBM demo you mention, but the key there is the controlled vocabulary. It was probably also trained on the speaker's voice. Those are huge constraints.

about a week ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

bouldin Re:Eh arent they trying? (62 comments)

Haven't Microsoft, Apple and Google already spend billions of dollars on this?

All the speech recognition software I've used has relied on a controlled environment (e.g. yelling directly into your phone with almost no reverberation, no competing conversations, very little background noise).

Reverberation *should* be the easiest kind of noise to remove, because it has a simple mathematical model:

S(t) = signal(t) + f(signal(t - delay))

Where f() is a pretty simple function that may attenuate some frequencies more than others.

Modelling all the other kinds of background noise is much, much harder.

about a week ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

bouldin Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (372 comments)

I just wonder how long it will be until the virus "discovers" a carrier..
Someone who is immune enough to not show symptoms, but can still carry the virus enough to infect others.

See typhoid Mary.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

bouldin Re:what about being evil? (167 comments)

As long as we're being pedantic, the current chair was reappointed by Obama, after she was appointed by Bush. She donated to McCain, Romney, and the republican party. http://www.campaignmoney.com/p...

So let's just call it even.

CPB is required, by law, to be strictly objective, and has internal reviews to ensure objectivity. That is a better deal than you will get from Fox, MSNBC, WSJ, or NYT.

You are right that CPB != NPR, but they are tightly bound, and the exact relationship is complex. Regardless, there are plenty of conservatives in my city who listen to NPR and donate to local stations. The attempts to defund CPB and NPR have been defeated through bipartisan efforts.

I think if you actually listened to NPR, you would be surprised at how neutral and accurate the reporting is, and you would notice how the liberal slant of, say, salon.com is *not* present.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

bouldin Re:what about being evil? (167 comments)

You know the board of directors for the Corp for Public Broadcasting is, by law, an even split between Republicans and Democrats, right?

I think *your* bias is showing.

about a month ago
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Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

bouldin Re:Goodbye Oculus (38 comments)

I think it's hilarious that facebook paid 2 billion for Oculus, while Magic Leap has far superior tech and seems to value itself around 1.6 billion.

Here are two possible explanations:
1. Zuckerberg is an idiot CEO who overpays for things (he did pay 20 billion for whatsapp, after all).
2. Zucker knows his stock is way overpriced, so he is actually getting a better deal than it appears. Most of the Oculus acquisition is paid for with fb stock.

Either way, another very smart move by Google.

about a month ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

bouldin Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

Kurzweil and academics like Jordan seem to have very different ideas about when we will solve the problems of intelligence.

Kurzweil says things like the "design of the human brain, while not simple, is nonetheless a billion times simpler than it appears, due to massive redundancy". He has predicted (as I understand it) that by 2029, we will have completely reverse engineered the brain.

In the interview, Jordan said, "but it's true that with neuroscience, it's going to require decades or even hundreds of years to understand the deep principles." This is in line with what other academics like Pinker say.

I think Jordan would not take Kurzweil's timelines seriously.. I know Kurzweil had some early accomplishments, but many of his predictions just seem naive.

about a month ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

bouldin Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (287 comments)

The law still hasn't come to terms with product liability for software. That's a huge hurdle that will need to be crossed before we can trust software with life-or-death situations.

about a month ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

bouldin Re:Computer vision... (145 comments)

The google car doesn't posses the kind of general visual intelligence he was describing. It solves very specific problems (follow the road; if something is in the way, then stop; match speed with the vehicle ahead).

about a month ago

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Google settles Buzz privacy suit

bouldin bouldin writes  |  about 4 years ago

bouldin (828821) writes "This evening, Google e-mailed Gmail users who had been invited to Google Buzz to advise of settlement on a class-action privacy suit. The class action suit alleged privacy breaches due to the default privacy settings when Google rolled out the service. Terms of the settlement include $8 million to cover lawyer fees and fund privacy policy education on the Internet, but do not include cash payouts to Gmail users.

With several outstanding class action privacy suits against Facebook and Zynga, it is interesting to see Google set this precedent. How will Facebook and Zynga respond to their suits?"

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