[-] [email protected] 1 points 38 minutes ago

Worst part is the government won't learn from this and will continue to use the proprietary operating system.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 40 minutes ago

What the, is that a new emoji?

[-] [email protected] 3 points 9 hours ago

The difference is proprietary software has to be caught being insecure to be "guilty of being insecure" while open source software has the potential to be publically verified to a degree that it's effectively "proven innocent".

[-] [email protected] 3 points 14 hours ago

When I think of bad actors and software I think of security from 3rd parties after the intentions of the authors. Not just security but also privacy and any other anti-features users wouldn't want. That applies to the OS, apps or drivers. Hardware indeed has concerns like software, which is just a wider conversation about security, which is just part of user/consumer rights.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 21 hours ago* (last edited 21 hours ago)

This is like asking if you do scientific experiments yourself or do you trust others' results. I distrust private prejudice and trust public, verifiable evidence that's survived peer review.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 21 hours ago* (last edited 21 hours ago)

Consider people counting paper votes in an election. Multiple political parties are motivated by their own self interests to watch the counting to prevent each other faking votes. That is a security feature and without it then the validity of the election has a critical unknown making it very sussy.

An OS using proprietary software is like as an electronic voting machine, we pretend it's secure to feel better about a failing we can't change.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 22 hours ago

That just moves requiring trust from the 1st party to 2nd or 3rd party. Unreasonable trust.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 22 hours ago* (last edited 9 hours ago)

You can't verify it's secure if it's proprietary, so it's never secure? Having control over other people's computing creates bad incentives to gain at your user's expense, so it's day 1 you should lose trust.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 23 hours ago

Stallman was right about proprietary software.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 23 hours ago

If they were dirt cheap then being midrange is fine, like the RX 480 days. Hopefully the overinflated AI fad calms down :(

[-] [email protected] 84 points 23 hours ago

Pick one:

  • security
  • proprietary OS
[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 day ago

Under duress I hope.

submitted 8 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Work are chucking out a "Cisco 887VA-M" integrated services router.

Anyone know if I can install some custom OS/firmware via the USB on the back?

I expect this is just e-waste but maybe it has some use as emergency switch :)

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