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Comment: Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (Score 1) 137

by wolrahnaes (#48928229) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Similarly I was thinking this would probably be defeated by a "minifier", obfuscator, or anything along those lines. There are dozens to choose from for most languages and it would be trivial for anyone attempting to remain anonymous to use them on their releases.

If you want the code to remain usable, there are tools to enforce a standard style instead, in which case just set it up with rules based on a popular project if your language of choice doesn't have a specific style. At that point you're down to comments and variable names. Don't get fancy with either and I'd bet the identifiability would go down significantly.

Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 3, Insightful) 192

by grub (#48903763) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data
PGP/GPG is much easier to use these days than it was in the 90's. Plugins exist for many mail clients that do the heavy lifting in the background.

Friends and family are surely tired of my tinfoil hat, they just do not seem to care about their privacy. Many say the "I have nothing to hide" line.

Comment: Re:Selectavision (Score 1) 60

by wolrahnaes (#48880585) Attached to: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

I actually have one of those. My grandma found it in her sister's attic when cleaning the place out and figured I'd like it. I thought it was a laserdisc player when she described it to me, so I was really surprised to find that it was actually a vinyl-based video format.

Video quality isn't much worse than '80s VHS.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 570

by wolrahnaes (#48871887) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

So what happens when your hard drive goes? That's the "end of the lifetime of your device?"

No one can say for sure of course outside of Redmond, but if I had to guess I'd say it would work similarly to the existing Windows Activation schemes. A hard drive swap means basically nothing.

I had never had a reactivation required until just recently when I switched from AMD to Intel. Swapping between AMD processors and boards (Athlon X2 3800+ to Athlon 6000+ to Phenom X6 1045) didn't trigger it, nor did uncountable disk and addon board changes, but going to a Core i7 finally did it.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 570

by wolrahnaes (#48868345) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

From the official Windows Blog: http://blogs.windows.com/blogg...

We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.*

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge.

It sounds likely that there will be some kind of a subscription offered in the future, but those who use this upgrade offer are set for the lifetime of the device.

Comment: Re:Ha (Score 1) 391

by wolrahnaes (#48750829) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

I remember a time when Sony was a maker of quality consumer electronics. They were usually more expensive than the competition, but usually better made as well. Then at some point in the '90s they sort of followed Bose down the path of compromising engineering and quality for marketing more and more while keeping their prices the same. Since the death of the CRT and Discman I can't think of a Sony product I've been able to comfortably recommend over its competition for it's primary purpose.

The PS2 and PS3 both had a time where they were a great choice if you wanted a player for their respective movie formats before the ultra-cheap players hit the market, but I'd never recommend either as a game console unless you are tied to the platform by exclusive games or more of your friends you want to play with having one.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre