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Comment: Re:de Raadt (Score 1) 279

by epyT-R (#46763373) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Smart people know that filters just shield people's feelings from hard reality, and that creates more problems down the road. It's better to let 'em have it all up front. The problem is today's society seems content to breed passive aggressive pantywaists who can't handle criticism without taking it personally.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 1) 564

by epyT-R (#46758685) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

1. mouse/desktop sampling rates are nearly impossible to get over 60hz without tons of shitty hacking, and it still results in inferior response compared with previous editions. Microsoft supposedly patched this, but it's still not working right.
2. legacy graphics programs are rendered to the dwm, which butchers their output. At least with win 7, aero can be switched off, and doesn't appear to have this problem. The dwm is also the main factor in the mouse sample rate issues.
3. metro can be sorta hacked away with classicshell, but really, it's a nuisance that still rears its ugly head more often than I'd like. It belongs on tablets, not desktops.
4. the desktop file explorer continues its march into uselessness.
5. The fact the system 'requires' NX support is bullshit. by all means, have it as a recommended option, but requiring it breaks applications that have self modifying code.
6. The useless integration. Why should I have to jump through hoops to create a local account? I don't WANT to store my data on some shitty remote server.

Comment: Re:Nope, not okay for either (Score 1) 564

by epyT-R (#46757823) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Because it would be astronomically expensive to vet the logic of today's applications? Unless the market is willing to pay millions of dollars for an OS license, it's not happening. For critical infrastructure, it's better to pay a few programmers to write specialized code that does not include needless complexity than it is to pay microsoft to vet their entire software ecosystem... Better yet, see if there's a way to eliminate the need for a computer altogether. Today's cars are an example of needless featuritis and complexity that have proven inferior in usability, servicing, and reliability compared with simpler designs.

Comment: Re:Gotta pay the government bills somehow (Score 1) 608

by epyT-R (#46753163) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

So you have no problem with a bunch of criminal thugs running protection rackets deciding they need to beat innocent people over the head for choices made by their parents half a generation ago? That's basically what's going on.

Today's federal government is like a 16yo spoiled brat maxing out her parents credit cards and then beating her grandparents over the head for refusing to give her more christmas money to pay the debt. They need to work within a sane budget like everyone else.

Comment: Re:Bootloader & Windows Driver (Score 3, Informative) 171

by epyT-R (#46753091) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

The crypto is implemented in the driver, as well as the bootloader. The application known as truecrypt just flips their configuration bits around, loads keys into ram, and tells the driver when to mount/dismount containers etc. The bootloader needs to know enough to mount the system partition and hook into BIOS so that the regular OS bootloader can take over using it's normal calls. Once it loads the kernel and related drivers, truecrypt.sys takes over handling container IO.

  The separate formatting utility probably contains some too since it's used to create containers..

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