Wise move since that's all the matters to people. Seriously, spend a decade or two trying to change people's minds on anything with facts alone. You'll find out what even Max Planck essentially said that only death can change people's minds.
Bullshit. Security through obscurity is always a bad idea.
Also that conflicts with the entire concept of having a declared code of conduct.
I wish I had just one way to make money at a sane rate that wasn't making me a party to ethical repugnance.
A. A real progressive who wants to change things.
B. Another "democrat" who will "compromise" policy deeper into the right.
At least people know about it. Every day I feel like her odds in the primary are shrinking. By the time of the actual vote I don't think it'll be a contest at all.
The only real card she has versus Bernie is gender. He's another old white man, and he's been speaking publicly since he was like 12 hehe, that means he's going to have said something sexist somewhere by virtue of having passed through certain decades speaking on the record.
Hopefully the sheer magnitude of the change he'll bring will drown that out, and further still I hope she won't even play that card.
How blind to the facts these traitors to the species are.
And because ipl/"trade secrets" I'll never be able to prove or disprove if a drive's firmware is compromised.
"This raises some interesting questions—is the NSA stockpiling 0-day vulnerabilities? Is it doing any reporting of 0-days to the affected companies? How does NSA decide whether or for how long to stockpile such knowledge?"
Yes. No. Forever.
"...did the hard drive companies collaborate with governments to develop this firmware?"
I doubt they even had to ask. Just email a given insider and threaten them with prison rape. It's amazing what people will do for a tyrannical government to avoid being tortured. Just ask the residents of Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
Would you keep your mouth shut if the NSA told you that if you didn't child porn would start popping up on all your devices? I think you would.
"Seeing these attacks in the wild has spurred new anxiety about whether our hard drives and other parts of our computers could be compromised."
I assume I'm being watched at all times. It's the only rational way to live in Oceania.
The only sense in which you have privacy is whether or not an actual human is being tasked to parse your profile. In terms of code, until the entire system of IPL is abolished, you'd be wise to assume that everything you do on a computer is recorded by someone somewhere.
And don't think that makes you safe either because even if you live totally legitimately, if the government doesn't like you, they'll find a way to manufacture the "evidence" they need to destroy you or take ownership of you.
It has always been this way. If you believe otherwise you're living in a fantasy world.
"Hardware manufacturers must ensure that their firmware is open source, can be audited for security, can be updated and replaced by consumers. We must also create ways for average computer users to verify that the firmware on their devices is the firmware that they expected to be there."
They will never do that because money/IPL. And average users can't verify anything expressly because they are average.
Information asymmetry dominates everything in this context. And it always will until we can upload training like in the matrix. But even then there's only so much time a given human is allotted to spend. You have to trust someone at some point or else you can't have a culture of specialists.
"We hope those vendors will reconsider that overconfidence and get to work improving the safety of their products."
Heh. As if they actually believed what they were saying, as opposed to just saying it because in the minds of 99% of people a press releases equals a statement of fact.
Go watch more TV, drones.
h/t Jayn Sargent (who deleted her account, but credit where due)
Then don't be in it for the money.
I've been writing my whole life. I think I've made about 100$ the entire time. Because I'm not in it for the money.
Be thankful anyone cares about your shit at all.
P.S. It's impossible to abuse a corpse. Only the living can suffer.
I always giggled when one of my my worms would drown and the text would say "X Swam like a brick."
The ability to name all your worms and save them as a team really attached you to your worms. :)
My primary blog is at http://underlore.com but this G+ profile is a far more active representation of my viewpoint.
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