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Comment: Re:encryption (Score 2) 402

by homer_ca (#42187759) Attached to: The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

Sure, not feasible on a glued-together Macbook, but most business-class laptops have easily removed keyboards attached by a ribbon cable. On something like a Dell Latitude, it's easily a 1 minute job. The keylogger hardware isn't isn't exactly off the shelf, but not out of the question for a state-sponsored attack. Still, you have a point. Any target that's worth attacking with such sophisticated equipment is probably paranoid enough not to be traveling around a foreign country with the digital crown jewels, encrypted HDD or not.

Comment: Re:Reasonable (Score 2) 559

by homer_ca (#41062135) Attached to: California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

Sure, in a happy world of rainbows and unicorns where GMO foods with significant market share had real benefits to customers, we could discuss the finer points of GMO in your food, but the seed giants are their own worst enemy. It's a vendor lock-in device used to corner the market on herbicides. If there was ever a market for "good" GMOs, Monsanto killed it.

Comment: Monsanto = monopolist (Score 3, Insightful) 559

by homer_ca (#41061061) Attached to: California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

Regardless of your stance on the health effects of GMOs, if would behoove us to look more closely at the business practices (specifically w.r.t. intellectual property) of the seed giants, i.e. Monsanto: patenting life, monopolizing the seed market, shaking down small farmers with patent infringement suits, and all so they can sell more Roundup, creating a monoculture of herbicides. It's the same corporate playbook we've seen countless times in the tech world.

We had herbicides before Roundup-ready GMOs. It ain't no huge innovation, aside from being a revenue win for Monsanto.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955