Based on what I've seen BMWs have way too many engineering problems. Turn signals never seem to work. Acceleration control problems when the traffic light turns green. Various control problems cause BMWs to follow too closely or swerve into other lanes. Especially carpool lanes or the road shoulder followed by sudden uncontrolled acceleration. They should all be recalled as unsafe.
Re: Every single request is proof they are untouchable
Accelerating toward a police state. With nobody to stop them, they can ignore FOIA. They can demand whatever information they want. Maybe they can even ignore the constitution. After all, who will stop them?
The battle against home taping. Pricing CDs at double records and tapes. At first, pricing VHS and DVD movies in the stratosphere, when it turned out that they could make half their income by selling them at $20 or less.
Suing Diamond Rio, the maker of one of the first mp3 players, because -- Piracy! Why not also sue Sony for making the Walkman?
Then the lawsuits against their own customers. Then SOPA / PIPA. Geographical restrictions. Collection societies. The raid against Megaupload, and all the sleaze and corruption that surrounded that.
Calling everyone a pirate -- including in this very forum.
Somehow, Google is the enemy.
And they wonder why nobody likes them.
(And, yes, I realize I'm conflating the RIAA / MPAA together here. But there is substantial overlap.)
They have locked up our culture. Both music and movies. They begrudgingly let us have access to it at their pleasure. Nothing EVER goes out of ever-expanding copyright.
Now they wonder why people don't listen to the music or attend movies? Maybe access to "their" culture is too restrictive and expensive. You get treated like a criminal to attend a theater. People can, and I dare say have, found other forms of entertainment.
Now Netflix, HBO, Amazon and others are making and funding production of their own new original series. And making it easy and economical to access.
The MPAA / RIAA what a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
With theater attendance at a two-decade low and profits dwindling, the kind of disruption that hit music, publishing, and other industries is already reshaping the entertainment business. From A.I. Aaron Sorkin to C.G.I. actors to algorithmic editing, Nick Bilton investigates what lies ahead.
A few months ago, the vision of Hollywood’s economic future came into terrifyingly full and rare clarity. I was standing on the set of a relatively small production, in Burbank, just north of Los Angeles, talking to a screenwriter about how inefficient the film-and-TV business appeared to have become. Before us, after all, stood some 200 members of the crew, who were milling about in various capacities, checking on lighting or setting up tents, but mainly futzing with their smartphones, passing time, or nibbling on snacks from the craft-service tents. When I commented to the screenwriter that such a scene might give a Silicon Valley venture capitalist a stroke on account of the apparent unused labor and excessive cost involved in staging such a production—which itself was statistically uncertain of success—he merely laughed and rolled his eyes. “You have no idea,” he told me.
Yes, that too. But his empire was built long before Linux. Once you're playing dirty, you might as well continue.
The 1980's and 1990's are littered with corpses of companies that competed with Microsoft. If you had something good, Microsoft either bought it from you on unfavorable terms, outright stole it, or built their own inferior product while destroying your business.
One tactic: 'partner' with a company. The agreement includes that if your company goes bankrupt, then your IP reverts to Microsoft. You agree, because it seems you're getting a good deal. However, before the ink is dry, Microsoft is already trying to put you out of business.
Here's another favorite: After saying "the internet is a fad" -- Bill Gates; suddenly Microsoft wakes up and smells the Internet. It needs a browser now! There is a company, Spyglass, with a browser made for Windows. Microsoft buys them for $100,000 up front, plus a royalty percent of sales. Guess how many copies of IE were ever sold?
Remember kiddies: Open Source is a cancer! -- Steve Ballmer. Open Source is Un-American and legislators need to be educated to the danger! -- Jim Alchin, the #4 guy at MS at the time, and later head of Longhorn and Vista.
If you use HTTPS (eg, TLS) how can anyone do an MiTM attack?
The MiTM doesn't have the private key for the certificate. So it is unable to negotiate a private session key with the end user browser.
I understand how the MiTM can pretend to be the browser and establish a connection to Amazon.com. But I would surely like to know how the MiTM can impersonate Amazon.com without Amazon's private key.
In short, while MiTMs are theoretically possible. And somewhat possible on a corporate network, it can be detected, and it is not likely to be impossible on your home ISP on your home computer. (Unless you install a trusty CD ROM into your computer provided by your ISP.)
One way that I do know, is to subvert the trust of the user agent (eg, your web browser). That can be done in a corporate environment by inserting a new trusted CA certificate into your local trust store. Now the MiTM can instantly issue it's own Amazon.com certificate, and it will have the private key since it issued the certificate. And your browser will trust it.
That's a corporate environment. Even then, browsers can discover that the certificate the MiTM is presenting is NOT the certificate it should be. Google, for example, knows who signed its certificates, and its browser knows who signs Google's certificates, and that signer is not the CA that was added to the local trust store.
You can also run browser plug in apps that watch for changes in the certificates of secure sites you visit.
In an ISP environment, I really can't see how an ISP can do this. My ISP definitely cannot change the trust store on my browser nor on my OS. So my ISP definitely should not be able to execute an MiTM attack.
Now there is one avenue left. Subvert the entire CA infrastructure. There are a lot of CA certificates in the trust store these days. You could get a Google.com certificate issued by Honest Achmed's Certificate Authority of Tehran Iran. And your browser might trust it. But do you really think a Google.com certificate presented that was signed by Honest Achmed's is real? Do you really think this is where Google purchases certificates from?