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Comment: Re:Hashes not useful (Score 1) 288

by fph il quozientatore (#49157959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

MAybe HDD manufacturers should ship a hash in print along with their drives which can be then tallied with the one on the website .. they cant hack every hard disk shrinkwrap can they ?

At this point, they could simply ship their public key in print and sign all present and future versions.

Comment: Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 1) 139

Personally, I give much importance to the presence of a physical keyboard. Keyboards are what makes the students able to create original content and tinker with a device. They make the difference between a machine that you can use to write essays, program, communicate... and a device that is only able to play Angry Birds and send short KTHXBYE messages on Whatsapp.

Comment: Re:Helping Castro (Score 1) 165

by microbox (#49069333) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US
The USA has a long history of making friends with despicable regimes. As more despicable than Cuba, I'd put: Myanmar, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Rwanda, and Cambodia. Arguably tied with Cuba would be: Honduras, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, and Uganda.

Then, if you travel back in time, you have despicable regimes in Iran, Chile, and Argentina.

Trade is ultimately for more powerful in making positive changes in these societies.

My guess is that you come from the wingnut wing of the American political spectrum, and thus have a "four-legs-good, Cuba-bad" mentality.

Comment: Re: WTF (Score 1) 297

by microbox (#49008805) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

It isnt because your bias makes you refuse to read sceptical scientific discussions that they dont exist.

Projection isn't a river in Egypt.

Stop reading media crap or rebuttals by propaganda sites and, just for your educational purposes, read some scientific sceptical sites and make up your own mind.

Or maybe read some original papers on the issue! Of course, if it doesn't agree with Anthony Watts, then you'll probably consider it propaganda. Bet you never read these.

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