Tesla now owns tesla.com. Prior to it, the car company owned teslamotors.com. How exactly Tesla was able to pry it off its previous owner, nobody knows how. Previously, tesla.com was owned by Stu Grossman, a big fan of Nikolai Tesla. Maybe, he just forgot to pay his domain registrar. Or he got paid handsomely for it.
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The FBI has been trying to get access to an iPhone owned by a terrorist in the San Bernardino attacks. The phone has a passcode that prevents anyone from accessing it. The FBI can’t do a brute force attack, by having a person or a computer try thousands of combinations to guess the password, because the iPhone has a feature that prevents brute force attacks.
The iPhone place timeouts in between each unsuccessful try. The iPhone can also be set to erase data after 10 unsuccessful tries. The only way for the FBI to gain access to the phone is to flash it with a firmware that bypasses the passcode. Apple is unwilling to comply to the FBI demands, even with a court order. This case will most likely go to the Supreme Court.
Most tech leaders uniformly support Apple in its stance to protect people’s privacy. But this is not just any other case, this is a case that pertains to national security.
This case has become fodder to many conspiracy theorists.
Some argue that Apple doesn’t have technical ability to crack their own phone. Programmers often place backdoors on systems to gain quick access to their systems. The other argument is, the FBI already knows how to get around the system, but just they’re pretending people’s privacy are secure, but it actually isn’t.
It will be interesting how this case develops especially if it reaches the Supreme Court.
Canonical just released Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. This is the 4th update to the 14.04 series which was originally released back in April 2014. It’s probably the most stable Ubuntu to date, after being baked in the oven the last 2 years. I don’t think they will release another one with this series since Ubuntu 16.04 just around the horizon.
According to Backblaze, Seagate’s 4TB hard drives are the most reliable hard drives at the moment. Backblaze has about 30,000 of these drives with a failure of less than 3 percent. If you want the model number, it’s 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000. From ZDNet.
Dropbox has just been granted a patent that allows for peer-to-peer sharing. It now has the technology to be able to synch files between clients without the need of using its cloud servers. Whether they implement this into their existing product is the ultimate question.