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Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 1) 159

by NJRoadfan (#48663507) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

The one mitigating factor is that literally no one uses Thunderbolt for anything, so it's not like anyone's likely to be coming across random compromised Thunderbolt devices. Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all would be out of the ordinary.

There was a brief moment that companies released laptops with Thunderbolt (mostly Ivy Bridge platforms). Now its a rare feature outside of Apple's laptops. Microsoft didn't put Thunderbolt into the Surface 3 because of the DMA security concerns and "InstantGo" devices (source: http://technet.microsoft.com/e... )

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 545

by NJRoadfan (#48577043) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
The problem is the law is outdated. How many computer related positions were there in 1975 compared to today? Why was computer related work singled out for exemption to begin with? I can see management being included as its a step up the corporate ladder (usually with better pay to match), but a broad job title not tied to a rank/level in a corporation shouldn't be included in the law.

Even the "management" exemption can be abused. A friend of mine was recently promoted to an "exempt" title of "Team Leader". The problem is shortly after the promotion, his boss pulled him from the responsibility of actually managing people (nobody reports to him and he no longer does tasks assigned to the job title). He is under the mistaken impression that all salaried employees are denied overtime, which is incorrect (method of paid doesn't correlate to the exemption).

Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 2) 268

OEM copies of Windows (pre-Windows 8) generally aren't activated online, they use OEM SLP or SLIC keys paired with an installed certificate and OEM BIOS marker. Unless you install with System Builder or retail media, the restore discs/recovery partition image that come with OEM machines generally come SLIC activated. That being said, the Windows 7 keys on the side of countless OEM machines have never been activated against Microsoft's systems. It could even be the source of this person's keys.

This all changed with Windows 8 though, now OEMs have to embed a unique product key in each machine's UEFI BIOS and activate it online.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 232

by NJRoadfan (#48293483) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?
An extra $20 gets you a usable machine (sometimes it goes on sale for $200): http://www.microcenter.com/pro...

Granted it isn't as small as the Stream, but it certainly isn't bulky or heavy. 4GB of RAM is plenty for current apps and storage isn't a concern. I landed up getting two for a friend of mine to replace some really old XP boxen. Performance was good for day to day tasks and the Celeron N2830 has GPU accelerated video for playing 1080p cat videos on YouTube. The only "con" I have with it is that it only has 2 USB ports.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller