Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 31st Dec 2011 07:57 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Columbia University researchers claim millions of HP printers could be open to remote attack via unsecured Remote Firmware Updates. Cybercriminals could steal personal information or attack otherwise secure networks. HP agrees there is a theoretical security problem but says no customer has ever reported unauthorized printer access. The company denies some of the claims and is still investigating others.
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RE[3]: This is sad
by zima on Sat 7th Jan 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This is sad"
zima
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I suppose just another reflection of the drive to lower overall costs. Not strictly coming from "complicated" or "complex" - in a way quite the contrary, the deal with tightly integrated MCUs & SOCs is, after all, how they ultimately make things massively simpler, on the manufacturing etc. level.

So it starts with basics (essentially a "move" of old functionality into MCU), cheap & simple - but after some time, it's quite straightforward and cheap to add ever more features; additional costs are quickly marginal.

Then it goes further, some "bling" which can draw perhaps a relatively small, but still important group of consumers (especially since this group might be among most eager to buy new stuff, new toys). By that time, it's still only marginally more expensive in production. And it's actually getting less expensive, via economies of scale, to just use the same "complex" unit in essentially entire line of products.

Edited 2012-01-08 00:06 UTC

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