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Comment Re:Side Effects (Score 4, Insightful) 41

How can there be side effects if the only modification is changing a specific already damaged gene back to it's known healthy setting?

If you are just stabbing around changing random stuff sure there will be random consequences.
But if you can change specific genes and you know what the damaged state and the healthy states are, you are good to go.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 1) 34

You forget that SSL provides two benefits, not one.

1. No one can intercept the communication and read the messages. No one cares for driver updates so yep you would be perfectly safe letting everyone on your network read the driver files.

2. It proves that you are talking to who you think you are talking to. This is the bit you miss - for important system files that are executable, it's kinda important to make sure you get them from the legitimate source.
As it stands if you go to a coffee shop, anyone else there could tell your computer that there is a critical driver update coming from a malware server and your computer would happily download it.

Comment Re:At least they came out and said it (Score 2) 71

They haven't admitted they had a backdoor.
They've only admitted they had a 'management authentication issue'.

Just like many companies are coming under 'advanced persistent threat' attacks.
They aren't filled with idiots who click Important Document.doc.exe from random emails. Course not!
The attack has 'advanced' in the title!

Comment Re:Unbiased source? (Score 1) 110

Erm you do realise that this isn't actually a quality reduction?

If you read up on HEVC, you'll notice it's a completely separate codec to AVC that was designed specifically to hit 50% better (higher quality same bitrate or same quality at half bitrate). AVC was the benchmark codec that it was being compared to.
So the BBC is just confirming that they hit that mark.

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