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Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 2) 362

by complete loony (#49306909) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Yeah, yeah. The sky is falling.... Except that it isn't. With signed bootloaders like shim, you can install or run any operating system yourself without changing the BIOS to disable Secure Boot at all.

Not being able to run a 3rd party OS was a concern with Windows 8. But the open source community have solved that problem. So being able to disable Secure Boot is no longer required.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089

by complete loony (#49298919) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
That's exactly my point. You could have voted 1,2,3,4,4 previously. Since you didn't indicate a preference between the last 2 candidates, it would stop counting at that point and leave everyone else's vote to decide which of the remaining two gets in. While leaving the opportunity for your vote to count against one of the first three candidates. But now you can't do that.

Comment: Re:How long will it take IBM to find it won't work (Score 1) 78

Only allow one sided transactions that create new tokens to be signed by the reserve bank's key. Partition transactions into separate chains based on transaction hash. Validate the "official" blockchain in large data centers. Offer API access to submit or verify transactions without fetching the entire chain.

It really shouldn't be difficult to design the basic software changes to the bitcoin client. Scaling across a data center might be a bit more work though.

Comment: Re:Good operating systems Dont. (Score 1) 564

by complete loony (#49176505) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

When Microsoft added their "you downloaded this" attribute that warns before executing the file, they implemented it badly. They should have copied the unix default that files are not executable until they are marked that way. I mean they could have used their existing "executable permission" on the entire drive, then prompt the user to change the permissions on each file individually. Including a UAC prompt if they need to enter some admin credentials to make it work.

Oh, well. It's exactly what I expect from Microsoft anyway.

Comment: Re:Great cause, dumb ass cops (Score 4, Insightful) 199

To access the files, many of which are password protected, the cops developed password-cracking software in-house that is slowly sifting through the mountain of information.

So the real take away is that they have no idea how much of this 1.2 PB is actually child porn. What they have is a file sharing / web hosting service with 1.2 PB of data, provided by users, some of which they know is child porn.

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 1) 107

by complete loony (#49157413) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs
The memory of the device contains all of those precious keys they are worried about getting into the hands of evil hackers. While I'm fairly certain blu-ray has been broken for a long time, mostly by grabbing the keys from software players. This adds another avenue to discover valid keys from any player.

Comment: Re:Software is the wrong villian here. (Score 1) 307

by complete loony (#49142733) Attached to: The Software Revolution
MMT? They have some ideas I would agree with, but they don't recognise the current importance of the banking sector IMHO. Though government spending is important, it's the banking sector that has created most of our spending power by issuing loans. I'd like to see that balance shift back towards fiat currency in the future, but we need a working model of the actual economy. A model, consistent with the practice of double entry book-keeping, that is capable of predicting our most recent crisis and warning about the next one.

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