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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

grep -v '.*' * Re:Yay :D (312 comments)

are you trusting that "off" means off.

Well in California, Yes now means "Yes". I'm afraid that it's only "off" in some context you don't (aren't meant to) understand. But it's OK, it's Apple, after all --they're just backing up all of your keystrokes and swipes to the iCloud in case you forget them. After all: you might forgot how to reenable it and they only want to help.

OTOH, I've got a current Onkyo amp with a bright blue OFF light. It recently confused a friend of mine who was trying to turn off the stereo. She couldn't get both the light and the speakers off at the same time and complained that it was broken.

I agreed.

2 days ago

Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

grep -v '.*' * Re:I still don't see what's wrong with X (225 comments)

Seriously, what's so broken about X? Is it just a pain in the ass for developers to work with?

I thought I'd take a look at X. And suddenly it became easy to get the interface to behave *exactly* the way I wanted instead in somebody else's idea of what I should want.

And the documentation was complete, correct, and easy to follow.

Here's a transcript of a video call I recently had with a Lead Mir Developer(*): Ahhh! Geez, over here -- it's another luzer. Look, using this is just so obvious it's painful. We write wonderful, self-documenting code and haven't had a bug in months! And it's completely compatible with X -- here, let me show you.

See? It starts up and looks and responds completely like X, but it's got our better code and much better responsiveness. All you have to do it is read the simple documentation that Joe is writing by looking at his personal copy of the source code once he finishes up with his editor. The physical book will be placed on Amazon's self-publishing area shortly for a small pittance once we finally release the production code to the world. We'll be sure to keep releasing new books as the interface changes so you can expect an continual enjoyable reading experience.

Once you see what great things we've done for you you'll just wonder how you ever put up ... Hmm, what? Joe isn't here anymore? Did he quit? No, he died?? No problem, we'll get Indu to pick up right where Joe left off; he's almost done with that nightly beginning English class. We'll let him write the SystemD hooks too, it'll be good practice for him to actually write some code for once.

Well OK, so never mind all that, it'll be out shortly. Let me show you the software: I start my system and Mir wakes up and responds exactly like X does, and you can't even tell the ... WOULD YOU STOP LOOKING over my ...what do you mean I forgot to start the Mir daemon and this actually *IS* X? Oh well duh, you're right.

So, we restart our display server and ... what the HELL is THIS? What is that screen tearing bit and that looks like the top half of a line of text with the corrupted bottom half way over there. Who wrote this junk, it just looks horrible on ... What do you mean, this is our current production code?

Ummm, yeah, it'll all be great once we're completely finished, though, it's over 90% done -- you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Yeah, well, umm -- BRB, OK?


(*) and if you believe this, I've got an guaranteed Ebola cure to sell you. Only $19.95 -- order now and get the second days' dose for free!

4 days ago

The "Man In the Moon" Was Created By Mega Volcano

grep -v '.*' * Shouldn't that be the "Man ON the Moon?" (33 comments)

If he was IN the moon, he's either an Evil Genius in his hidden lair, or a guy struggling to breathe for a multitude of reasons.

Either way, I'd still want to know about him. ("One MILLION Dollars...")

about three weeks ago

Ebola Has Made It To the United States

grep -v '.*' * Re:Quarantine? (475 comments)

So if a TSA person frisks someone with Ebola, does he pass it on to all of their subsequent "customers?"

I think NOT, because it's the bodily fluids that pass it on, and they're groping but not kissing all the passengers -- at least usually. If the one who's going to scan me is doing that, I want a DIFFERENT agent just on general principals.

about three weeks ago

Ebola Has Made It To the United States

grep -v '.*' * Don't freak out. (475 comments)

You're NOT contagious until you're actively showing symptoms, and then you have to somehow get it on someone else. It's not going to chase down an uninfected person like a tiger on Nat Geo or magically float thru the walls like a ghost.


"The best means of prevention are similar to those you would practice to prevent the common cold or the flu, and it starts at your bathroom sink. Thoroughly washing your hands, and practicing good hygiene with soap and water, is a good first step to preventing infection."

The early signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus include:

  1. Fever
  2. Severe headache
  3. Joint and muscle aches
  4. Chills
  5. Weakness

Symptoms may become increasingly severe over time, the Mayo Clinic said, with additional symptoms present, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Red eyes
  • Raised rash
  • Chest pain and cough
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe weight loss
  • Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
  • Internal bleeding

Be careful, but not frightened.

about three weeks ago

NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

grep -v '.*' * Re:Protect us against cyber-threats? (103 comments)

Well then I guess I'm a racist cunt too, because I agree with him (amiga3D (567632)) and I think he's right on the money: friends, Mecca, NSA, Patriot Act and all.

We'll both go take our racism over there, out of your way. Have fun chatting with the highly enthusiastic Religion of Peace supporters -- but I'm afraid you'll need a piece handy if you'd like to continue the conversation for an extended period of time.

May I point you to this highly charged and offensive picture and article here. His point is that this picture is designed to offend nearly everyone, yet no one has died from it -- that's been reported. But add a picture of "Allah" in there and things might get interesting. But I'm sure all of those Muslims were all just innocently sitting in a circle singing Kumbaya because that's all they ever do, right?

ISIS would like me dead (not personally) because I'm an atheist. Yep, they're extremists. So is most everyone (I assume) at Westboro Baptist Church, but at least they haven't killed anyone.

Maybe cockroaches should inherit the Earth -- we don't seem to be doing too hot of a job lately.

Mr. Cuntness signing off.

about a month ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

grep -v '.*' * Re:Nobody took it far enough. (462 comments)

I'll be modded TROLL for this, but it IS 9/11.

Islam at the top religion in the US in 10 years is just silly talk. It would require MASS conversion.

Alternatively, just reduce the number of non-Muslims in the country. And 13 years ago they started the job, if you get my drift.

Oh, you didn't? The radicals (ultra-conservatives?) want to kill the infidels. ALL of them. (Us, presumably. Or if nothing else, ME -- I'm an atheist and won't convert. [Well, I'd hope.]) They don't want to meet and chat, not have an election, nor tweet about it. You'll either convert, or you'll die, and I'm sure they'll be watching the newly converted for a decade or two.

I'm not sure what the Islamic moderates actually think, but I'm fairly sure they're scared of the radicals too. But what matters is what they actually do. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke, maybe. It also applies to the Westboro Baptist Church.

WARNING! OFFENSIVE RELIGIOUS CARTOON PICTURE FOLLOWS! Don't click or view if you're under the age of majority in your location (usually 18-21, I think.) Gee, you're responsible for your own actions -- what a concept!

It's here.

"Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened ... Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day."

about a month ago

Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

grep -v '.*' * Mining Data With Forensic Tools (85 comments)

Once your data leaves your direct physical possession, it's no longer yours.

You either better hope that you're not interesting or any encryption lasts for the lifetime of the data, neither of which is forever.

What was the saying a decade or so ago? "Don't publish it if you don't want to see it on the front page of tomorrows' newspaper."

(For you youngsters: "Newspaper", noun: a massively printed and delivered blog written by multiple people that other people paid for.)

about a month and a half ago

Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

grep -v '.*' * Accused Ottawa Cyberbully with 181 Charges ... (140 comments)

"I'm sorry," and then under his breath "... that I got caught."

Louder: "There, I said it. They can just file a Google 'Forget about me' form and then it's all better. Can I go home now?"

about a month and a half ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

grep -v '.*' * Re:Apples and Oranges (buses are not cars) (491 comments)

I see a lot of cars driving around 80% empty.

Just wait until the self-driving cars get on the road in mass. They'll be 100% empty!

No? Right now I can email Pizza Hut and have them make me a pizza for pick-up. Automate the billing (I use a credit card to pay -- oh noes, how am I ever going to get that to them?) and have the (correct) pizza inserted in the car window, which then drives itself back home. Delivery? No thanks, I'll have my car do it. Hell, add a Coke (NOT Pepsi!) to that and I'll have the dual A/C cool it while keeping the pizza piping hot.

Upscaling that via Sams Club (Cosco), Staples, and others: right now you can place your order by internet and have it waiting on you for pickup. Now just pay a little extra for handling to have it placed in your car for you.

Why on Earth would I want to waste my time shopping (for standard items) when I can pay a small extra amount and not go at all?

Note: It'll be a cold day in hell before the self-driving car is accepted on the road for one simple reason: Liability Insurance. (Read: lawsuits and punitive damanges for the owner of the killer car, the mechanic who last worked on it, the car company that designed and built it, the programmers who worked on the software, and the sensor manufacturers. The parent/spouse of the first person hurt or killed by a self-driving car will win a large fraction of our national GDP. And if the lawyers are ambitious enough, it might even BE the GDP. My car bruised little Johnny inside who wasn't wearing a seat belt while doing an emergency stop? I don't care if the MS legal contracts say "Not for use in life-critical applications" -- you used it while building the car and software; you're libel as well.) That you might actually not be at fault has actually nothing to do with it.

And the other reason: TERRORISM! (They've won, by the way, if our government is so scared of them they're trying to control all of us.) Just think of all of the evil people who could pack the car full to the brim of explosives / radiation / anchovies and have it drive itself somewhere and explode? Think I'm joking?

Ummm: they can do that right now by adding a driver/drone who can also steer the car off-road while the car itself can't. They don't care at all about the driver; I don't think driver-LESS cars will make any difference. It'd be cheaper to buy a "normal" car and add a suicide driver than it would be to buy an "automatic" one.

Nice try, FBI and all -- but sorry, that's one's a miss. Keep trying; you can't guard against what you can't envision. Then again, remember: cost/benefit - don't guard against EVERYTHING, there is no 100.00000% safety. Ever. Anywhere. "We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." -- Some Ignorant, Worthless Dude who Obviously didn't know Anything about Important Things.

about a month and a half ago

3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

grep -v '.*' * 3 Short Walking Breaks Reverses Harm Sitting 3H (176 comments)

Cool! I'll get up right now, hop into my exoskeleton and walk around some. It's pimped out with camouflage paint, A/C, a radio, AND a leather seat -- no problems for me! (No in-dash GPS though; they're too darn expensive.)

And what's more, I generate much more energy that I use when running on a treadmill!

Now if I were to ACTUALLY take this seriously, I'd be up and walking for the rest of my life since I could never sit down AGAIN. Hell, I'd better order a stand-up coffin now and avoid the rush.

about a month and a half ago

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

grep -v '.*' * But won't someone consider the poor space pirates? (109 comments)

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Oh noes! All of the future Space Pirates are now in serious trouble!

Captain: Arrr, ye matys! Let's board that tiny hauler thair before they knows what hit them. Ther'll be treasure enough for us all!
Crewmember 1: Arrr, ey, capt'in!
(Captain runs to the gangway in order to board the other ship.) "Open port -- board and attaaaack!"
Crewmember 2: Ey ey, capt'in!
Crewmember 1: But Capt'in! Ey -- my ey! I can't see the controls to dock us! (Door slides open. Entire problem shortly solved.)

Thus, Global Warming continues unabated. The world is doomed. News at 11.
And now, a word from our sponsor: LensCrafters is now selling asbestos-tinted glasses with cutlass frames. Hurry before supplies run out!

about 2 months ago

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

grep -v '.*' * Re:Why not MP4? (126 comments)

She doesn't care about patent licensing, but just wants to watch a movie easily. ... My wife is fine with respecting copyright and paying for entertainment. She just expects that entertainment should not be the reward for solving a puzzle of compatibility.

OK, so seriously: since you ordered it from Amazon (but it wasn't in your physical possession yet), why not download it and watch from TPB in the meantime?

Or if that offends your sensibilities (since you didn't actually have the physical media and thus you haven't yet legally executed any shrink-wrap agreements), then put that copy up on the shelf and let someone else rip and encode it for you. THEY might not have a license to use or distribute, but YOU have a license to watch -- literally. Your wife wants convenience? That pirate copy will play on your Roku, Plex, HDMI, VGA, or even CGA. (You reallly want to look at that last link, it's funny.)

Going out on a limb here, you do need to purchase the show before watching it (which you've done.) But the actual device you watch the show on is immaterial, rather it be a 3" smart watch, a 11" tablet, or your brand new 19,720" TV

And if you feel you must watch your exact particular copy of bits, then visit: SlySoft which can generate a file that will (once again) play thru anything you have. Burning a new unprotected physical DVD and leaving the original untouched is what it's designed for, but I think more people (I know that *I* do) rip their copies and use the computer as a giant movie jukebox instead. The original DVDs stay in a box in the basement while the bits I actually use are getting dizzy spinning around on disks.

(And we won't even mention the evilness of this. It's a free NetFlix-like "publicly provided" movie source where the only thing missing (I think) is the legal license to distribute the source material to start with.)

about 2 months ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

grep -v '.*' * Re:IT departments, on the other hand... (232 comments)

Give me a Debian box over Ubuntu any day [for stability.]

But I want to stay employed! Give me a Windows box instead.

about 2 months ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

grep -v '.*' * Re:Stop being such a drama queen. (158 comments)

I'm not even 100% convinced that the ideal of universal access to information is an unalloyed good

That's actually an interesting question, I've always assumed that it is. That being said, I've always assumed the information is correct or can be verified correct, or can be eventually demonstrated as incorrect and then repaired.

Remember the pseudo-joke about how "unwritten laws are the worst to change, because they're not written down in any one place?" Rumors and hearsay are hard to correct, because maybe they're right, maybe they're only partially right, maybe they were right once but not now, maybe they'll be right AGAIN, and maybe "THEY" want to keep it secret from you. Oh, and it might just be someone's misunderstanding or compete total BS as well.

Now, it's impossible to ALWAYS check EVERYTHING out FULLY -- there's just not enough time. So you have to trust someone, and realize that THEY'RE trusting someone as well. Everyone ends up with information sources: some trustworthy, some not-so-much, and some completely worthless. And some actually less than worthless since they can cause confusion, angst, and dispute the common wisdom. (Anyone remember 'Question authority?') And it's also obvious that heavy things fall faster than light ones. And the Sun moves around the Earth, which is Flat -- all common wisdom at the time.)

Unless you're in math, I think it's a never-ending, never-settled topic. *I* think we landed on the moon; other people think we did not. We both have "truth" on our side, but seemingly I've got positive records (technology, written records, pictures, etc.) while other people have something similar, only I think pointing to a conspiracy.

So: did we go, or not? Make up your own mind. Or you can have your mind made up for you by a prominent scholar like this one: "there needed to be standards to prevent users from dangers such as 'immoral and inhumane' videos and photos, rumors, and espionage." This is coming from a man of high moral standards who have been vouched for by other people.

Oh, and the same leader says "mobile ... and broadband internet [are] morally wrong", too. I'm still confused if 300-baud is moral or not. After using it decades ago, I think I'd classify it as immoral -- but for a different reason.

Information is Power; that's why the powerful (Church, Governments, individuals, etc) want to control the flow (spin) if not the actual information itself.

about 2 months ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

grep -v '.*' * Re:Never gonna work ... (506 comments)

I will believe driverless cars are ready for prime time when I can stumble out of a pub, crawl into the back seat and tell the car to take me home. Anything less than that is a giant failure of automation waiting to happen

FIRST you want a bloomin' car that can actually drive itself, and THEN you want one that can not only understand speech, but SLURRED SPEECH from a drunk that may not make any sense at all?!?

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that. Besides, I have no idea what language you're even speaking, or if you're just burping in rhythm.

about 2 months ago

Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

grep -v '.*' * Re:We are surprised because... (58 comments)

most of the rest of us are offended when something is done in our names that we would never stand having done to us.

But I like being screwed!

about 2 months ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

grep -v '.*' * Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Score:1, Troll -- Really?

I assume you're upset over step 4. It's not like I didn't give them any leading or trailing warnings. If I was a troll, I would have inserted this in the middle of all of the registry edits and not said anything.

And if you're ignorant enough not to glace over small incoming scripts, then sooner or later you WILL learn something.

about 3 months ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

grep -v '.*' * Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

The only idiots who like using those "apps" are the ones ... for whom the actual power of a desktop is apparently wasted.

No, wait: I like Window 8. and I really, really like the interface formally known as Metro (ie, Metro.)

I like to see the visuals of virtual blood as it splashes across the screen as all of the Metro apps scream in digital silence and die. (ie, you can ignore the errors.) And then I install a real start menu and I'm good to go! Steps:

1: REMOVE Metro. (not disable, not hide; DIE.)

1: See here.

Run PowerShell as Administrator.

Show all
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers

Kill currently-installed Metro apps for your ID.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Kill Metro STAGED apps (Still gven to new users.)
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

The only thing left is the Microsoft store itself, and all of the apps are online, so you can reinstall any Metro apps you miss having.

2: REMOVE SilverLight from the WSUS update list (Ditto.)

See here Basically run:

reg delete HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Silverlight /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{283C8576-0726-4DBC-9609-3F855162009A} /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\install.exe /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl.5.1 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /f
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Silverlight"
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Silverlight"

3: Add a replacement start menu.

I like this one, but there are others that are free, and still others that are cheap.

4: And the final touch for those who just blindly follow along: Speed up your system by:

Starting a CMD as administrator and run:
rmdir /s /q %SystemDrive%\

...becuase if you're stupid enough to run random commands without knowing what they do, this will learn you better. ;-)

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

grep -v '.*' * Yes (190 comments)

Our small-ish municipality ... I have significant reservations about online voting ... Should I bother speaking up?

You should do the "right thing". Municipal elections (or at least local, to regional, to state, to federal) is how Bill Clinton got elected. If we (I'm in Arkansas) hadn't voted for him to start with to be the Guv, he never would have gotten his start. (Debateable, but go with me here.)

At best, you're informing them that the emperor has no clothes. They probably don't know; they believe all of the hype and wonderment of Web 3.0 and all. It's all glory and wonder, don't you know? Nothing bad ever happens here.

At best, you're dealing with caring people that don't know. At worst, you're dealing with caring people that do know. (Hopefully the latter isn't the case.) And really, on the surface it sounds wonderful: easy, fast, no hanging chads, etc. Also, a minor point: no real vote verification. (Now we can debate on what 'real' means; that's why I like actual, physical objects. And with arrows [see below], no hanging chads. Not quite connecting? They voted. Kid scribbled all over the page? Nope, they didn't. Connected the wrong ends? NOPE, they're stupid. (Dotted lines show how they connect. If YOU can't see the dotted lines then YOU should have gotten someone to help you.)

Try to inform them of all of the issues. And then let them inform you of their concerns and assumptions and issues Hell, maybe they're right! Maybe you (and I) are just paranoid. Lets all talk about it. That being said, nothing is perfect, so let's talk about all of the worries about ALL of the technology.

I personally like our old paper "connect the broken line with a pen" that is read, counted, and stored in a sealed box all at once. (Problems? It's rejected immediately while I'm right there, so I can redo. (I assume, it's never happened to me.)) So the computer counts the votes, and if there's any problem or just for random auditing purposes you open the sealed box with everyone around and verify the votes. As long as the machine matches the physical vote count, great. But the minute they don't, you start escalating the physical counts until you reach your "statistical insignificance" number. And if you don't, that's what the machines are for.

My vote had better count, even though it's drowned out into insignificance. Otherwise, why even bother voting to start with? Just do it to me and let's get it over with.

about 3 months ago



A black hole laser. No, really.

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about two weeks ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "I've heard of everything now.

"A single phonon is too weak to observe, but the phonons inside the black hole bounce back and forth between the inner and outer horizons, triggering the creation of more Hawking phonons each time, much like a laser amplifies light. Physicists call this effect a black hole laser."


NOW I'm sure that "everything has been discovered""

Link to Original Source

Homeland ICE Mission Creep, anyone?

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about 3 months ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "Now that all of the terrorists have been caught, no kids are waiting near the border, and Ebola is fully contained, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is on the hunt for those notorious killers, destroyers, and child-rapists of IP who have released "The Expendables 3" early.

I'm so glad that everything else is completely under control in Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the other hand they just could be after Jet Li (Chinese) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian), so I guess that's OK after all. /sarcasm.

PS — don't tell me about Arnold's new citizenship — *I* know a foreigner when I see one. He talks funny, y'all."

Favorite unexpected comment/slang/denigration phrase?

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about 6 months ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "I just ran across a new turn-of-a-phrase: "kitten-chewing software vendor." (They were maligning a software vendor for an $8K per seat application upgrade charge from XP to W7.) Now that may or may not be justified — my point here is that the word imagery was more shocking than the upgrade charge. (Then again, maybe I'm just jaded.)

So, what's your favorite new or old phrase? Mine is still: "No good deed goes unpunished", although "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you" is looking better and better. (The "I'm from the government and here to help you" joke just seems to be a lost cause.)

Now: ID-10-T error is good too, although I've lately come to realize that there are some smart people who like things other than computers and just want their immediate problem solved so they can move on to their other fun, non-computer stuff. That's was a surprise — fine, but there also seem to be a lot of ID-#-T people too, where # seems to be their IQ, or at least their interest in anything that I can detect."

Link to Original Source

Crypto decoding software and keys moved to hardware

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  about a year ago

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "Beyond Broadband Technology will soon help deliver entertainment content and data securely to consumers.

“It provides a totally secure communications path” that uses a “downloadable conditional access system,” or DRM (digital rights management), with its hardware specifically designed so only a licensed user can access the content.

An outside expert given access to the BBT system says it appears to be a real innovation. “It is a fundamental step forward,” says Jim Turner, the former technical director of ATIS,

The BBT “core” patent is very broad. (Well, aren't they ALL now-a-days? And yes, it points to managing an on-line card game. I too don't yet know what they're extrapolating.)

“Were ready to prove what we’ve done is unique and nobody has done it before. It exists and it is in secure microchips and the implications are very interesting.”

So: anybody got a 16mm camera and an 8-track recorder they're not using?"

Link to Original Source

Open Source Assists Crime

grep -v '.*' * grep -v '.*' * writes  |  1 year,17 days

grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "("Source Code" and "Open Source" are equivalent ... right? :-) )

Just listen to this (senior security strategist) expert:

Concern is brewing that the bad guys [will] use knowledge of Acrobat source code to intensify already widespread attacks revolving around corrupted PDFs.

"Having the source code to an application is like having the blueprints to a product," says ... an IBM company, "having access to it expedites the vulnerability identification process — leading to more weaknesses being identified and used for cybercrime."

So: source code is bad, you should hide it at all costs, if not completely prevent it altogether. Gotcha.

Unfortunately I can't find the opposing text I read on crypto design long, long ago. Basically it argued that the best crypto design is completely published where everything is open and described, down to key generation and even possible starting encryption values. In addition, sample in-the-clear and coded messages and keys are given — Every Single Thing you need to encode and decode the given messages, as well as how to mint your own keys.

Here, instead of being somehow hidden and secret, everything is disclosed to everybody. Now, source code isn't crypto design, but the same rules really ought to apply. Disclose everything. Yep, the "bad guys" might find and utilize something first, but at least the "good guys" now have a chance of finding the same problem. But that goes against the trade secrets and 3rd party company contracts and NDAs though, and after all — THAT'S what's really important.

That would also create a problem for the PMs: programmers would now be wasting time producing (hopefully) secure code instead of implementing new sell-able features. And who wants to pay for features not on the box? Hell, when was the last time you saw:

* New! Now Actually Works as Described AND Implied

... on anything?

The analogy: Blueprints for a safe and lock are completely described. A compete, actual working model is given as well. This exact same safe design is then used in production.

Car analogy: describe everything about your engine, frame, and suspension design. PM / Lawyer anti-assists: ... but forget about publishing the trade-secret microcode, we'll just sell the Automobile Diagnostic Tools to interested monkeys^W parties with enough money ^W^W approved credentials every year. (You DID update the ROM year-stamp so the older OBD-II machines will refuse to read it, right?)

Interesting juxtaposition: It's just a terrible, horrible thing when closed-source code becomes available, yet open source (by definition) does it all of the time, and the agreed-upon absolute best design (in another field) is when everything is completely described and above-board with no hidey holes.

Why, it's almost like closed-source is using obscurity-by-design and hiding all of their marginal cases they're not interested in fixing. After all, if you can't see the problems they don't exist — right?

Please Compare and Contrast. This WILL appear on the final."

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