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Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy

kiwix Security concerns (327 comments)

This all networked car thing is a disaster waiting to happen. The basic idea that your car will make important decisions based on information sent by random strangers can only lead to a catastrophic failure.

What happens when someone sends a signal saying that there is a car stopped just in front of you in the highway? Your own car will stop suddenly, and you might get hurt in the process!

Of course, there will be some kind of authentication of the messages, but everycar has to be trusted by default for the system to be usefull. And we all know how easy it will be to extract the signing key from a given car and to spoof messages...

about 2 years ago
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US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips

kiwix Re:What is the bug? (181 comments)

I don't think anyone got the OS/hypervisor part right except by accident.

Apparently, the same bug was in the Linux kernel and has been fixed in 2006, with CVE-2006-0744. So they intially got it wrong, but fixed it before most other OS/hypervisors. It also seems that OpenBSD is not affected.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

kiwix Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

You and the other poster seem to be forgetting ONE thing, which is nobody gives a shit how low the power draw is if it can't do what they want and what people WANT is MOAR, MOAR HD, MOAR games with MOAR graphics, MOAR MOAR MOAR.

As far as I'm concerned, I don't give a shit about how much I can do with my phone if it draws too much power. If the battery can not last at least ten hours on idle, a phone is just useless.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

kiwix Re:amazing use of resources (381 comments)

A kind of anonymous money could be useful, but I'd rather use one that doesn't double as a pyramid scam.

It's easy to make a bitcoin-clone without this property, you just need to adjust the mining rate so that the early adopters don't get half of the total wealth to ever be available.

more than 2 years ago
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Phoronix Confirms GNU/Linux Steam and Source Engine Clients

kiwix Re:Dammit Valve! (324 comments)

Just get a non-x86 machine (e.g. a Raspberry Pi), it will take some time before you can play any commercial games on it...

more than 2 years ago
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Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

kiwix Re:Forget computers, they're extraditing the perps (105 comments)

So after they do their time in the US they're going to be judged in each country where a machine was infected? That's fucking scary!

And if I have a website explaining people how to use TOR, and it turns out that explaining this is illegal in China or in North Korea, will I be extradited to those countries?

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only

kiwix Linux Falsh support has allways been shitty (404 comments)

Flash support for Linux has always been pretty bad. Most people switched to a 64-bit distro years ago, but Adobe has only supported flash on 64-bits Linux for 6 months... Sure there was a beta version available some time before, but security holes where not fixed in a very timely manner for the beta, so it was mostly useless. In fact things are just going back to normal.

about 2 years ago
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US Asks Scientists To Censor Reports To Prevent Terrorism

kiwix Re:the information has been PUBLICALLY presented.. (273 comments)

Moreover, the virus does not seem like a very good weapon to me as it is simply impossible to control or contain its propagation once released. This is the reason why modern armies do not use gas for instance.

The threat we are currently worried about is not a modern army, it's a bunch of crazy terrorists. They don't need to control the propagation.

Note: I'm not saying that we should be worried about terrorists plots, I'm just saying that, as a society, we are.

more than 2 years ago
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Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

kiwix Re:So does Canada. (215 comments)

That's one of the side effects of the anti-nuclear lobbying. We don't build new reactors, but we still need electricity, so we keep the old ones running longer than they're supposed to...

more than 2 years ago
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Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

kiwix Expensive and limited netbook (627 comments)

So it's like an expensive netbook, but you can only run programs approved by Apple?

What's the point?

more than 2 years ago
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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration

kiwix Re:Let's be accurate here (815 comments)

Dehydration is *defined* as a lack of water.

Poverty is defined as a lack of money. Can I claim that money solves poverty?

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

kiwix Re:16 MB? How about a few kB: (543 comments)

How about 4kB? Note sure if it count as a computer, but I wear my watch everyday and it runs GPL code that I compile myself :-)

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Doesn't Like the "Used Digital Music" Business

kiwix Re:Meaningless (300 comments)

I think the main point of this is to show that using physical analogies for digital data does not make sense, and to mock the whole "copying is stealing" idea.

I also does a good job showing that the current copyright law are not ready for a digital age.

more than 2 years ago
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Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

kiwix Free software (386 comments)

Google believes that Microsoft's and Apple's purchases of patents are anticompetitive, and that the mobile patents they own are bogus. To combat this, Google is going to acquire its own (bogus?) patents.

Well, yes. That's not the first time a company says the patent system is broken and they have to get bogus patents just to defend themselves.

Arguably, by "dumping" Android in the market at no cost, Google--which has unlimited cash and can afford to do such a thing--is behaving in an anticompetitive fashion. In fact, one could argue that Google is using its dominance in search advertising to unfairly gain entry into another market by giving that new product, Android, away for free.

How do you make a monopoly with Free Software? Google doesn't control Android, anybody can make their own version, and integrate it with their own services. If you're afraid they use Android to promote use of the other Google services, you can just make a version of Android that integrates with Microsoft's online offering.

more than 2 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

kiwix Re:Duh (548 comments)

Well, making a private use copy of a song or movie you buy used to be pretty simple in the analog days.

Then came Macrovision. And CSS. And AACS. And the DMCA.

If you want an example of a specific feature that was pushed onto users, HDCP is a good one. Initially it was implemented in monitors just in case your next OS would need it, and then it became mandatory in order to watch any HD content.

SecureBoot is exactly the same. TPM have been present in many computers in the last years, just in case some people would have a use for them. SecureBoot will make them mandatory if you want some shiny sticker. Soon enough it will be mandatory if you want to watch some media or play some games. Microsoft have been working on something similar for almost ten years.

There are some good reasons to use such a system, for security (it can prevent some kind of malware), or in order to access files in a way that the author can control (security sensible documents, or media and games). But there's also a bunch of bad reasons: maybe Microsoft have some patents and they plan to collect royalties, maybe they want to make money out of an App Store and prevent you from installing foreign applications, maybe they want to kill some competition...

In any case, there are two things that are quite wrong:

  • 1. Most users will give away the control of their machine to Microsoft and Big Content. Even of I don't have to do the same that worries me.
  • 2. I really don't like the idea of hardware manufacturers giving Microsoft a special access to my hardware, and I sure hope they will be mandated to give me the power to revoke that special access and give it to someone else.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

kiwix Re:More drool for the space fool (202 comments)

We -certainly- have the energy, money, and will to do human space exploration, we're just currently wasting all 3 on other endeavors.

Actually I think we currently have a little problem with money and energy.

more than 2 years ago
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ACTA Signed By 8 of 11 Participating Countries

kiwix Re:But of course (213 comments)

It seems that a some companies -- for instance Google -- actually oppose it.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Offers Free Apps Following Outage

kiwix Re:QoS (122 comments)

Is secure communication important for you or not.

If secure communication is important to me, I want my data to go through a VPN that I control, not through the VPN of some random telecom company. By the way, several governments aked RIM to give them access to the data, so I'm not really sure what kind of security is given by their VPN.

more than 2 years ago
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Opera Proposes Switching Browser Scrolling For 'Pages'

kiwix Re:Sounds interesting (320 comments)

I agree that recent browsers do a decent jobs when they collaborate properly with the OS, and when you have good fonts installed (and I'm glad to see that hyphenation is finally coming to the browser). But that's quite recent, and I don't how many users will have such a setup.

In any case, I think that you will get at best a Word-like rendering which is still not as good as what LaTeX can do. You can also get various improvements using javascript, but then the code will be much more complex that the LaTeX code...

more than 2 years ago
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Opera Proposes Switching Browser Scrolling For 'Pages'

kiwix Re:Sounds interesting (320 comments)

In fact, given what modern browsers are capable of in terms of typesetting

What browser are you using?

My browser doesn't do hyphenation or ligatures, the kerning is probably rather bad, and I don't think that the line breaking algorithm is as good as the one in TeX. Moreover, there is no reasonable way to set the line length (half of the websites use a very small column, and the other half use the full window width which is generally too wide), and making a table of content is a pain in the ass.

And to answer a specific claims:

LaTeX really doesn't have a very good way to say that the end-of-section marker must be on the same page as at least two lines of the previous paragraph

I't called a widow, and you can prevent them with \widowpenalty=10000. By default, they are only discouraged because sometimes they look less ugly that the other alternatives.

more than 2 years ago

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