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Your home router is probably one of the least secure devices you own, because manufacturers ship them with vulnerabilities and then refuse to update them, or make it difficult to do so.

What's the FCC's response? The worst possible one: Pushing manufacturers to LOCK DOWN the firmware so that even people who care about security are screwed. What a fiasco.
At least one large manufacturer has reacted to the new rules by locking down software. And more could follow.
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Serious over-reaction. The built in web interface now expects a region code to match before it will flash. That's actually a relatively small, well considered change on TP-Links part to satisfy this admittedly rushed and drastic FCC order. If you get to the device's console, it will happily still flash itself, so yes flashing is a lot less convenient, but it doesn't really seem to change the situation for even a barely committed dabbler just wanting to try some other OS image.

OpenWRT message boards are over this problem, everyone's adapted and life has moved on, and there's no hue major hue and cry. Some people who would only have taken the super easy paths in are blocked out. Thusfar, I think we can safely all move on with an uneasy truce, expecting things won't practicably get worse.

DE-ESCALATE YOURSELVES (but stay vigilant)
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If you're not following David Brin's work, you're missing a lot...
 
In The Transparent Society I have a chapter titled “The End of Photography as Proof of Anything at All.”  And yes, way back in 1997 there were fears that digital image processing would ruin our ability to trust images. Now see this stunning new product – Face2Face – that uses RGB video data to superimpose expressions and face movements onto a target persona in a video. In the demo, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are shown grimacing, smiling or mouthing words, exactly mimicking the studio actor… visually plausible at the low resolution of this YouTube example.  But of course easily refuted by any group that analyzes the footage in a modern lab.  The question is: will that suffice in the minds of millions who see such doctored images, then refuse to listen, when those labs denounce the fake.
 
Public figures will take to recording themselves 24/7, in order to have time stamped refutations, ready at any time.
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TIng, a mobile provider, is in the broadband business as well, though in a very small way so far. Its CEO, Elliot Noss, has some valuable thoughts about this marketplace.
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Netflix is routinely blocking VPNs now, in a bow to Hollywood's demands. This is not just inconvenient. It compromises my security, too.
A few days ago, in a hotel room in Phoenix, I opened my laptop and decided to watch a few minutes of a film on Netflix. Nope. Instead of Groundhog Day, ...
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If the networks can't adapt, they will eventually fall. You can't stave off better ways with prohibitions forever.
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Took a deep dive into Google's "Accelerated Mobile Pages" -- and mostly liked what I saw. Read more at Medium's Backchannel tech site.
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Allowing advertisers to run scripts on my devices is just too risky.
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Peter Daou is going to sue the people who have defamed him. I wish him well on this.
Over the course of the past year, I have been subjected to some of the most aggressive trolling and personal attacks of my 15 year political career. Virtually all of it stems from my advocacy for Hillary Clinton. In recent months, those vicious attacks on my character have taken a very dark turn ...
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Andy Grove died this week. He was great in so many ways, and like all great people he had his flaws. A remembrance.
When historians with more evidence, context, and distance from this era weigh the life and achievements of Andrew S. Grove, who died Monday at 79, one ...
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Intentionally or unintentionally poorly crafted or outdated laws and technical standards threaten to undermine security, privacy and the viability of our most promising new technologies and networks such as Bitcoin and Blockchain. We should vigilantly be reviewing and revising laws and standards for the public good and to prevent the creation of fragile and cumbersome systems designed to comply with these poorly crafted or outdated laws. In this post, I discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Anti-Circumvention provision, Digital Rights Management, Anti-Money Laundering Law, Know Your Customer Laws and security backdoors.
Intentionally or unintentionally poorly crafted or outdated laws and technical standards threaten to undermine security, privacy and the viability of our most promising new technologies and networks such as Bitcoin and Blockchain. We should vigilantly be reviewing and revising laws and standards for the public good and to prevent the creation of fragile and cumbersome systems designed to comply with these poorly crafted or outdated laws. In this ...
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I was asked, "What should journalists do about Trump."

I replied: "Their jobs."
A few weeks ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof weighed in on who is to blame for the poisoning of American politics. “The G.O.P. Created Donald Trump,” blared the headline. In recent decades, Kristof wrote, Republican leaders “pried open a Pandora’s box, a toxic politics of fear and resentment, sometimes brewed with a tinge of racial animus, and they could never satisfy the unrealistic expectations that they nurtured among supporters...
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+Jesse Munos Defamation is defamation no matter what the medium. In the U.S., at any rate, the First Amendment would flatly rule out your "solution" -- which is good, because it's far, far worse than what it would purport to solve.
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My latest at Slate: We need Consumer Reports for tech, where safety/security head the list of features. Right now, they're an afterthought -- at best.
Earlier this month, technology researchers revealed that wearable “fitness trackers”—including the popular Fitbit—could “expose their wearers to long-t ...
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Nope, even if they don't get paid to be positive they still aren't qualified to talk about privacy and security. And many people who are qualified to talk about privacy and security aren't qualified to talk about the other things that make a widget interesting or not. I blame editors, of course.
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