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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

orospakr Re:The Cloud is Ruining Home Automation (90 comments)

An update pipeline, backed by a company with a good development methodology, is the best insurance against long-standing unplugged security holes. Look at all of the terrible, abandoned consumer routers full of security holes, for instance.

That said, before many folks are willing to such companies and their products into our homes, they need to earn our trust.

You *do* have ultimate control. You can elect to not buy the product, go with a competitor, or use an entirely different class of product entirely.

about 7 months ago

Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

orospakr Property (and Privacy) Rights (90 comments)

This is why proper privacy and property rights must properly legally extend to data hosted in cloud services.

The private companies that offer cloud-based services are not what worry me. There are a lot of sound economic reasons (see: the devops movement) for why this kind of product architecture (where a physical product, coupled with always-on connectivity and a remote cloud-hosted service) makes a whole lot of sense. There are a lot of market incentives for these companies to clearly delineate what they will and will not use the data (and sensors) for. Moreover, there can be a large degree of diversity between the various single-function cloud services one uses (even if Nest was recently acquired by Google). People care about their privacy, but they also balance it against the utility these kinds of products offer. I have a Nest Protect, and I'm comfortable trusting it a lot more than a regular standalone. Thus, they *consent* to the introduction of such technology into their lives, with the entirely reasonable expectation of benefit.

Another great example is the Tesla Model S, which is so dependent on cloud-services that it comes with a bundled 3G modem and data plan.

However, governments see the concentrated user data in data-centers on their soil as entirely too delicious to ignore. Not only does the immediately visible claim of increased security ("we could have caught the terrorists!") tend to outweigh the more general argument for individual property and privacy rights in the political sphere, but institutional incentives on the part of powerful government agencies and their contractors to grow their mandate mean that they'll heavily lobby for such intrusions.

I think most of us geeks grew up terrified of the very idea of the Orwellian Telescreen. However, it's not the technology that's evil (many of us have plenty of devices with a camera integrated with a display), but the threat of its use without consent.

about 7 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

orospakr Scope of Responsiblity (1043 comments)

Of course, if government is declared as responsible for nutrition, then then naturally it must also be responsible for the effects thereof.

This is a significant reason why state control must always beget more state control: regulators must make an at least ostensible attempt to correct unintended effects that are the result of a given intervention. The domain of responsibility becomes effectively unbounded.

While devising a complex system by means of patches in ad infinitum can work (see, Linux kernel), but only if that system's usage is constrained by voluntary choice.

Sadly, this means that folks with a given expertise (say, medical), will say things like they do in TFA: the sort-sighted view that governments should generally increase or at least maintain spending in order to avoid the expected bad effects of backing out on a responsibility.

There can be no substitute for individual responsibility.

1 year,12 days

Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns

orospakr Government intervention goes both ways (176 comments)

How would you guys feel if the EU suddenly demanded that Debian include or not include certain packages in the main repository, regardless of what Debian's contributors and policies (say, the DFSG) said?

That's the thing about freedom. If you are to have it, then so must the other guy.

more than 2 years ago

Favorite Sony Gaffe?

orospakr Re:The Build Quality Of Their Notebooks (329 comments)


I knew someone who worked for Sony and had a Vaio with Linux on it (he works for a team that actually did Linux kernel work, though).

more than 3 years ago

G2 Detects When Rooted and Reinstalls Stock OS

orospakr Re:The Reason Why (406 comments)

Yeah, that seems to be the case.

The customer of the mobile phone manufacturer is the carrier, not the end user who actually ends up "buying" the device.

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 May Finally Get IPv6 Deployed

orospakr Re:Will ISP give more then one IPv6 IP? or will th (283 comments)

The modems are layer 2 and below devices. They don't know or care.

Routers are the real problem as far as customer premise equipment goes; however, the relevant functionality is typically in software on most consumer routers. Ostensibly this means that manufacturers can release a firmware upgrade.

I find that the turnover on those router boxes is rather high, so I suspect that newer routers will ship with it and the problem will slowly go away.

more than 5 years ago

Wine Project Frustration and Forking

orospakr Re:Wow. What a load of crap. (470 comments)

I am actually quite happy that someone like CodeWeavers can work on an important Free Software project like wine, and is able to get funding to do so by having real customers!

And yes, wine is pretty amazing these days.

Keep up the good work!

more than 4 years ago

Apple Hires Former OLPC Security Director

orospakr Re:I am lost here . . . (144 comments)

How can threats from untrusted code (or vulnerabilities in trusted code) be able to exploit a JTAG header on the board of the device?

Unless, of course, you think that the owner of the device is somehow a "security threat"? I keep meeting people who think this, and I really don't understand it at all...

(actually, Krstic's Bitfrost system is *does* implement some local physical security, but that is to address a very specific threat: theft)

more than 5 years ago

Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs

orospakr Re:xscreensaver's Apple ][? (226 comments)

Actually, it may not have been quite as sophisticated as this new one is. Still pretty cool though.

I hope VICE gets a port of this new code. :)

(hmm, I wonder how hard it would be to implement the loud VIC buzz you'd hear on the audio from a VIC-20 or C64...)

more than 5 years ago



orospakr orospakr writes  |  more than 8 years ago

orospakr writes "Despite their efforts, Ryzom.org's bid was declined by the court.
Xavier's post:
At the end, there were three offers presented, and the other two were bigger than our's. They are keeping more employees than we do, and offer more money. We should get the details of the other offers soon, so I should be able to tell you more then. In the meantime, I'd like to personally congratulate the winner, Gameforge, and I wish them good luck."


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