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Comment: Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (Score 1) 98

by Microlith (#47951719) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

No, all consumer x86 should have that ability.

Yes, as specified by Microsoft themselves. They shouldn't have to say it, but you know the OEMs are lazy as shit and wouldn't offer the option if they could get away with it.

Not that they all actually work properly to the UEFI specs once you do.

Meaning what?

But on an unlocked platform you should be able to add custom keys.

And you can, I have.

Anyways, some embeded x86 systems can be locked (beside intel allows it only on chips designed to go into DVR's and other embeded devices)

And locked down embedded systems are always a problem, but they don't require secure boot or UEFI to do so.

Comment: Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (Score 2) 98

by Microlith (#47951527) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

secured the system against user violations such as overwriting the bootloader with one that isn't signed (like for instance, replacing or enhancing the BIOS with a signed EFI that prevents the user from installing alternative OSes such as OSX onto a commodity x64 or GNU/Linux onto a MS-subsidised laptop

Which has not happened. Seriously. All x86 systems have the ability to turn off secure boot.

Comment: Re:When will it work in Seamonkey and Firefox (Score 1) 173

by Microlith (#47947963) Attached to: Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

It might seem dumb, but if Firefox hung back it'd be a point people would criticize them over. So in the end Mozilla can't win, if they stay behind they get criticized - if they move forward they get criticized.

The advantage is the flexibility is enough that even now my Firefox looks like it did in v3.5, at least on my desktop and laptop. The important thing is that it's a 3rd party browser that is extremely advanced, and can compete with the 800lb gorillas. It's better than using inflexible browsers like Chrome.

Comment: Re:Eugen Fischer (Score 2) 221

by Guy Harris (#47915111) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

I'd expect most people to interpret "eugenics" as the Greek stems for "good" and "genes", because that's where the word comes from. A fairly obscure nazzy doktor with a similar name isn't what tainted the word.

I'd expect most people neither to associate it with the Greek stems in question nor with Eugen Fischer; I'd expect them to have no clue where the word came from.

Comment: Re:Bad Fake Science Alert (Score 1) 105

"When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins"

Too bad SlashDot isn't a science web site...

Neither is the International Business Times, whence this article refers.

The web site for Nature magazine, however, is a science web site, and there's a much better story there on the same topic.

Comment: Re:Say what now? (Score 1) 105

When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins in the blood that begin to multiply quickly.

Is it just me, or is this sentence completely devoid of any scientificic sense in many different ways (antibiotics killling viruses? Toxins multiplying ??)

No, it's not just you, and, yes, that sentence is completely devoid if any scientific sense. Better sentences can be found in the news article from Nature .

Comment: Re:Woohoo!! (Score 5, Insightful) 105

Yeah, for years we were told magnet therapy was bullshit. Now there's money to be made by "legitimate" medicine, though, it's suddenly scientifically acceptable.

Well, there's "magnet therapy" as in "wear a magnet on your body", and there's "magnet therapy" as in "coat extremely small magnetic particles with a protein that binds to bacteria, viruses, and bacterial toxins, run your blood through a machine where the particles bind to the bacteria/viruses/toxins and get magnetically removed from the blood, and pump the blood back in".

It's quite possible for the first form of "magnet therapy" to be bullshit and the second form of "magnet therapy" to work.

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