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Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps

mounthood Re:the one answer they won't find acceptable (62 comments)

I want to keep my devices secure. This means: Let me control them.

DRM / Remote Control are hard to defend, but *I* don't want to manage the milk carton chip which tells the refrigerator it's empty. I could manage it, being a technical person, but the majority of people don't even have that option.

So what are we going to do?

Don't require them to phone home, or to be connected beyond my local network if I don't want.

The milk carton will be restricted to talking to the refrigerator, but *I* don't want to manage a refrigerator. You want "things" to only talk locally and any external communication to go through a server you manage? That sounds reasonable at first, but it's not more secure: a milk carton with an encrypted/steno-graphed/timed communication is not something people can fight against. That milk carton is not going to be open or have an API, it'll be opaque hardware that's constantly changing. I can hear the corporate excuses already: "Some of the older cartons had an error that leaked info, but they'll be gone in two weeks."

Unless I control what software is run, and what it talks to, then there can be no security for my "internet of things".

Is there "no security" for you're Banks network? Security doesn't mean control.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri

mounthood Re:Acronyms (71 comments)

Still wondering here what AMD or GPUs have to do with Health Savings Accounts.

Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) http://developer.amd.com/resou...

This complaint might be annoying when you see it on every thread, but that doesn't mean it's wrong.

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

mounthood Re:Easy solution (306 comments)

Surely you aren't suggesting that the US would tell American Universities they can no longer share data with, say Oxford or Cambridge?

Of course they can, would, and have done. All governments have export restrictions, and apply them to Universities as well as all other groups, and are not fooled by "I didn't do it, it was that other group". If Coursera was sending money or satellite images could they simply setup a "partner" outside the US? If you think that teaching is not comparable... the politicians don't agree with you, and they've made it clear they don't by forcing Coursera to exclude these countries.

US export restrictions only apply to US entities. That's the law.

International sanctions are approved and enforced by the majority of countries in the world, although often at the behest of the US. If a member of Coursera tried to make the material available to a restricted country, regardless of how they obfuscate the transfer, they're liable (and likely) to be charged with a crime.

Are you suggesting that people move to Iran and start a Coursera clone? (Even if they did, how would they get the new material?) Are you suggesting that people working with Coursera stay in the US and defy export restrictions with some fig leaf excuse? The idea that "there is a simple solution" to ignoring the government is, again, either naive or trolling.

about 3 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

mounthood Re:Multiple credit cards (448 comments)

When the Target data breach happened, I commented here about some of the advantages to using throw-away, preload credit cards (which limits your potential loss and allows you to quickly switch to an entirely different account if you feel the other might be compromised). I was modded down by people who have bought into the whole big-bank credit card racket, and the attitude "why should I worry, when the bank is responsible and I'll eventually get my money back". Well here is yet another advantage of using preloaded credit cards. You load money on it, pay your annual hosting fees, etc, and then just toss it and get another next year to make the next annual payment. This story illustrates the advantages of using an entirely different credit card per service, so the card you use with Godaddy is not the same as you use with Paypal.

Yes, yes, it will cost you $3 each time you load a card to make that yearly payment, but you can decide for yourself what that extra $3 can buy you.

You've missed the point: the valuable thing is not the credit card or the fraudulent access it allowed, it's the DNS names and websites he's running. Having one-use credit cards may, or may not, have stopped the attacker in this case, but it definitely would not have secured the websites. Fraud and extortion can't be stopped by changing credit cards.

about 3 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

mounthood Re:Easy solution (306 comments)

... there is a simple solution. Move the company offshore, or obtain a foreign partner.

Poe's Law: are you sincere and politically naive, or are you trolling? Do you think the US Government will just give-up and admit defeat if Coursera tries to break international trade sanctions? Since your comment was modded +5 Insightful, I also have to wonder about the moderators. Is this really how people think politics and the law work?

about 3 months ago
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An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

mounthood a symptom of professional immaturity (175 comments)

Quote from the bottom of my Slashdot page:

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra

about 3 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

mounthood Re:War on the American one percent? (683 comments)

It's not war until weapons come out and people start dying.

That's not how the word "war" is used in the US. We're happy to have a "War on ______" and sort out latter what it means in practice.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

mounthood Re:but it didn't remove the option. (130 comments)

The agreement was not to reach out and poach others' workers. It wasn't to refuse to hire them. You still had the option of getting a 25% raise to go to Google, all you have to do is apply to Google.

The agreement didn't reduce the options available to people, it just made it so the engineer had to take the first step, the recruiter wouldn't call you to entice you.

Assume this is true: people still got paid less because Google didn't call them and offer the 25% raise.

To come at it from a different angle: why did the companies discuss and agree to this, if not to save money? If they want to argue that it was *only* to reduce turnover ... well why did they think people would leave? Because they'd be offered better salary or compensation.

about 3 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

mounthood Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Because we have no economic framework that could accommodate such a situation. It doesn't matter if machines can do all the work is there is no means to ensure access to their produce. Economics as we practice now is entirely centered around the labor market: People work for wages, use the wages to buy things, and producing those things pays wages back to the workers. Money circulates, everyone gets fed and clothed.

Then get on it! The Internet gives us the perfect testing grounds for new social and economic systems, whether in social websites, games or P2P "sharing" economies. One great idea can change the world, and unlike farmers in the industrial revolution, we technologists have the chance to make it so.

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

mounthood Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

If this underlying assumption of fact proves false, in that the reviewer was never a customer of the business, then the review is not an opinion;

Terrible reasoning! What is it if "not an opinion"? We can only speculate that the judge means it's not a valid or protected opinion. A review should NEVER be subject to approval of the person or group being reviewed. That's the whole point of having anonymity: saying what you want regardless of that others think. Besides, you can have bad service or someone *try* to rip you off without being their customer.

If society or business is worried about the financial effects of abuse ... we already have systems to deal with that, and it's the government that decides when speech becomes stock fraud, not private business.

(Nothing in this post should be construed as an endorsement of Yelp.)

about 3 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5 Tech Preview

mounthood Re:Ideal dependency graph (DAG) (51 comments)

Unfortunately Go doesn't have any modular/plugin system (other than source.) The FFI is better now with C++, and I'm sure we'll get dynamic loading eventually. The whole KDE framework is predicated on shared libs, services and plugins. I like Go but making a platform like KDE in Go would be impossible.

about 3 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

mounthood Where's DRM when you need it? (371 comments)

Remember that DRM is for controlling people, not protecting them.

about 4 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

mounthood Re:Ups and Downs (324 comments)

It bugs me to see the crap google gets when they are the least abusive of all big companies by just about any measure ....

They deserve to get crap for *this* and any other positive actions aren't a get-out-of-jail-free card. Until a few years ago the slashdot faq contained this:

I thought everyone on Slashdot hated the RIAA, the MPAA, and Microsoft. Why do you keep hyping CDs, movies, and Windows games?

Big corporations are what they are. They sell us cool stuff with one hand and tighten the screws on our freedoms with the other. We hate them every morning and love them every afternoon, and vice versa. This is part of living in the modern world: you take your yin with your yang and try to figure out how to do what's right the best you can. If you think it has to be all one way or the other, that's cool, share your opinions, but don't expect everyone else to think the same.

about 4 months ago
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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

mounthood Re:Thats a loaded question (406 comments)

It is unfortunate, but I would place the blame not on the person who makes the technology, but the one who decides how to use it.

When we design something, we're "the one who decides how to use it"; that's part of designing it. The intentions of the designer matter, and if they're evil the designer should be blamed. Consider, If I make a torture device, can I just shrug my shoulders and say 'they decided to use it the way I designed it, so it's their fault'?

To make it more relatable, if I make a Friendface website where it's easy to share personal info but hard to protect it, should I deserve any of the blame? Even if the users deserve blame, that doesn't make the designer blameless. And the designers deserve more blame when you consider the complications of the real world, like marketing departments lying to the users about how it's safe, and managers denying any time for security issues (or denying the issues even exists).

about 4 months ago
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IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

mounthood Re:Why replace what works? (393 comments)

Software hasn't kept up. We should be programming in some GUI based/visual data-flow language that's slow, but lets us build functional (crappy) apps at record speed. Then we need to make everyone a "programmer" so they need faster computers, and they don't have to ask IT every time they need something.

about 5 months ago
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Chicago State University Lawyers Attack Faculty Bloggers

mounthood Re:only in academia (94 comments)

Only in academia would faculty feel entitled to freely criticize their employer while expecting their employer to turn a blind eye.

Straw-man.They being sued for bogus 'trade names and marks' not asking the university to "turn a blind eye."

about 5 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Apologizes for Trademark Action Against Fix Ubuntu

mounthood Re:too little, too late (196 comments)

Yes, *one mistake*. But Mark 'this isn't a democracy' Shuttleworth didn't make one mistake, he pisses off most users every time he opens his mouth, in his continuing attempt to become a Steve-Level-Asshole...

- "We do not vote on design changes"
- Unity
- Lenses
- MIR
- Teaparty
- Trademark Crap

to list just a few...

Trademark and Teaparty were just addressed, Unity and MIR we technical decisions*, and Lenses were (and are) a huge disaster and abuse of trust. But can you honestly name three other problems? I'm on Xfce/12.04 and wondering what should be next.

*They were open source code, so even if we think they were misguided and poor decisions, they were nowhere near Apple/Microsoft bad.

about 5 months ago
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High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls

mounthood dedicated controller (104 comments)

... a dedicated controller to handle the new “high density group” of access points; and the controller automatically handled configuration tasks like setting access point power levels and selecting channels.

Centralized management of the access points seems to be the solution, which doesn't require directional antennas to work.

about 5 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

mounthood Re:I see plenty of people reading (264 comments)

The resource intensive and massive centralized infrastructure is only due to digital restriction management. ... Don't dismiss new technologies because of a few political glitch.

Why should we assume DRM can be fixed at the political level when all experience points to the powerful successfully abusing government? Put another way, if we live in a DRM free world one day it wont' be because of the US, but because of India, China, Brazil, et al.

about 6 months ago

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Richard Stallman: don't recommend or redistribute Ubuntu

mounthood mounthood writes  |  about a year ago

mounthood (993037) writes "Richard Stallman (founder of the Free Software Foundation) has a new blog post, Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?, in which he attacks Ubuntu as spyware for sending desktop searches to Amazon and says: "If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu from the distros you recommend or redistribute. If its practice of installing and recommending nonfree software didn't convince you to stop, let this convince you.""
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