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Comment: Srsly, what is wrong with you people? (Score 1, Interesting) 308

by erikvcl (#41630827) Attached to: Linux Foundation Offers Solution for UEFI Secure Boot

Why are you fighting secure boot? Secure boot is a GOOD thing. Making sure your BIOS/UEFI and boot loader haven't been tampered with is a GOOD thing. Let's figure a good way to make Linux work with it. I'm glad that Microsoft is taking this attack vector seriously.

Comment: Re:Primary source (Score 1) 333

by erikvcl (#41284861) Attached to: When a Primary Source Isn't Good Enough: Wikipedia

Unfortunately, this is incorrect. The folks who modded this up are incorrect also.

Wikipedia is a tertiary source and its articles are primarily based on reliable secondary sources. Primary sources are generally not acceptable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reliable_sources#Primary.2C_secondary.2C_and_tertiary_sources

Comment: Re:follow my lead (Score 1) 760

by erikvcl (#39409977) Attached to: iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Don't buy anything with a locked bootloader (that can't be unlocked)

Don't buy anything that requires a non-standard data cable, such as micro USB.

Don't buy anything you can't change your own battery in using much more than a screw driver.

My EVO passes the test, so does my netbook and all the Bluetooth (not Logitech proprietary wireless USB) peripherals.

Micro-USB is a standard that replaces the now-deprecated mini-USB. Micro-USB is a far more durable connector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_usb#Mini_and_Micro_connectors

Comment: Re:Classic Mac OS (Score 1) 763

by erikvcl (#34593028) Attached to: OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

Your point about Mac OS is absolutely true. If I had to choose among modern OS GUIs, I much prefer Windows Vista/7 UI to the OS X "finder". Mac OS Classic is really nice to use as long as it's not crashing.

On Linux (which is my primary desktop), I use Window Maker & the command-line since KDE/Gnome are too slow/bloated to be usable. A GUI file manager on a modern PC shouldn't be slower than a Quadra 700 (~1992) running Mac OS!

Comment: Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (Score 4, Interesting) 340

by erikvcl (#33675650) Attached to: UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

I find it interesting that "police not doing their jobs" is a universal problem. That's something that has always bothered me. Unless it's a violent or significant crime, the police just aren't interested. I guess it's similar in the UK (I'm in the US).

Comment: Re:Enough of this crap. (Score 1) 632

by erikvcl (#32679570) Attached to: Wikileaks Founder Advised To Avoid American Gov't

Even our friends are trying to steal our secrets. Israel and other allies routinely try to reverse-engineer defense systems we sell to them.

China, North Korea, terrorists, etc. would very much like to benefit at our expense.

The boogeyman you refer to is real. You can choose to live in your idealistic world if it makes you feel better. The reality is that the threats are real and journalists should not have the right to reveal classified information.

Comment: Re:Enough of this crap. (Score 1) 632

by erikvcl (#32665060) Attached to: Wikileaks Founder Advised To Avoid American Gov't

Classified information saves lives and keeps our country safe. Is our government right all the time? No, but I trust it a hell of a lot more than I trust ignorant fools like yourself. If you had your way, we would cease to exist as the United States -- we'd be overrun by our enemies. Get a clue and read up on your history!

Comment: You're missing the point (Score 1) 490

by erikvcl (#31497040) Attached to: 11th Circuit Eliminates 4th Amend. In E-mail

E-mail is, for all intents and purposes, like a postcard: it is sent in the open for anyone to read. Are postcards off-limits from the 4th amendment? Surely, if there was some threat to the government made on a postcard that a postal-service employee could read, action would be taken.

The solution is to encrypt e-mail that is sensitive.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899

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