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Comment Re:Revisionist history (Score 0) 665 665

Ctrl-Alt-Del generates a non maskable interrupt. Yes it was there before Windows, and even before DOS. If an OS wants to react to it other than instantly rebooting, said OS needs to install an interrupt handler for it. That interrupt handler is fired at a way lower level than ordinary keystrokes, malware, or friendly userspace applications.

Bullshit, to the hardware it's just another key combination. It's the BIOS that rebooted the computer when it's pressed. And if you don't use a US QWERTY keyboard, you have to replace the keyboard driver, and this driver will handle the reboot

Using Ctrl-Alt-Del to trigger login gives you two kinds of security:
1. Software cannot simulate a Ctrl-Alt-Del in order to play games with the login screen.
2. By first pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del, the user logging on can be quite sure that they are giving their login credentials to a genuine Windows (or whatever OS) login screen, and not some malware that merely resembles the login screen.

And since they wrote the keyboard driver, they could have done that with any arbitrary combination...

Comment Re:Now, time to shove it down their throats (Score 1) 221 221

Since it's for their own good, time to shove fourteen languages down the their throats in forced mandatory education. Stop concentrating on math and science, start concentrating on languages. Veuillez considérer le bien-être des enfants.

Qu'est-ce qui te fait penser que l'algèbre n'est pas une langue?

(TR: What makes you think Algebra isn't a language?)



Patent Troll Going After Alzheimer's Researchers 116 116

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Nature News: "The website of the Alzheimer's Institute of America (AIA) doesn't reveal much about the organization, but portrays it as committed to supporting research and patients. Among people who study Alzheimer's disease, however, the AIA, based in St Louis, Missouri, is best known for filing lawsuits against companies and researchers — a practice that scientists say could hamper the progress of research into combating the dreaded disease."

Comment Re:It is not an Apple invention (Score 1) 232 232

The article makes it sound like a breakthrough by Apple but videocalling has been around for at least 3 years in Italy and has not taken on for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it does not solve a problem the user has.

Same here, I've had a videophone for four years. I'm pretty sure one day Apple will claim they invented smartphones...

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