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Comment Re:Bug is I can modify code signed by Apple (Score 1) 66

The root of the problem is that it checks a signature on the -executable-, not the -package-.

I think you've got that ass-about-face. Gatekeeper only checks the signatures on .app files - Apps or Applications as downloaded from the App Store and various web sites. The .app files are essentially .zip archives containing a bunch of executables, library files, media content, configuration data, etc. Every other executable on the system is not even checked by Gatekeeper which is why people are still able to use Homebrew and MacPorts to download, compile and execute *nix software.

The attack scenario allows a malicious .app file to be trusted which then turns around and downloads other executable content and is then able to run that because that other content is not checked by Gatekeeper.

Comment Re:Scroogled! (Score 2) 101

To be fair to Microsoft (yeah I know, unusual for me), Skype was logging all conversations long before they got bought out my Microsoft. There have been many complaints over the years as people couldn't expunge their Skype chat history as the ability to do this disappeared and reappeared through various versions. This become an even more common issue with iOS (due to iCloud syncing), Android (Google Sync) and Windows Phone as well.

Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 1) 300

On the other hand it may make us unemployable as ordinary people nick our jobs...

Unlikely. We had to take art subjects all through primary school and again in high school years 8-10. How many of us became Michelangelos? It was an interesting way for us to explore our creativity and to better understand art when we look at it in the real world but comparatively few of us actually came out of it wanting become artists to make a living at it.

Comment Re:It's not about "Uber" (Score 1) 233

The issue is that monopolies like taxis get so focused on profits or whatever, that they forget they only get income from customers. With no competition, why should I treat my customers well?

Don't know what it's like where you are, but here taxis are relatively expensive because of the annual Taxi License fees that the state government charges. I can understand the taxi services getting upset when Uber drivers come in offering the same service but avoiding the license fees. The way to solve the problem isn't trying to restrict Uber's operations with new laws and court battles, it's dispensing with the Taxi License fees to make it an open market.

Comment Re:Why don't Steam make WINE configs? (Score 1) 281

This is a good idea in theory, but the big problem is that wine is a godawful mess which breaks every time you upgrade it.

Correct. Not only is it nearly impossible to install .NET Framework 3.5 under Wine, a pre-requisite for XNA-based games like Magicka, each subsequent version of Wine breaks things that were already working. e.g.: games like HALO don't work on Wine 1.1.25 or later because the memory manager changes broke things that depend on running at fixed addresses.

Comment Re:Linux represents 0.7% of sales (Score 1) 281

Huge effort for nothing.

I think it's a chicken and egg issue, really: the sales figures are crap because there are comparatively few *nix versions to sell.

If you look at the first few Humble Bundle packs (in which all titles were available for Windows, linux and OS X) the figures were closer to 60% Windows, 40% linux and OS X. Unfortunately the more recent Humble Bundles are just clearance packs and 90% of the titles are Windows-only that are additionally past their shelf life. Very disappointing, Wolfire.

I'd be curious to see the per-platform breakdown of sales on places like GoG.

Comment No kidding (Score 1) 162

The thing is, PCIe SSDs don't load games or common application data any faster than current incumbents—or even consumer-grade SSDs from five years ago.

The SATA bus gets saturated for sequential reads and writes so of course PCIe SSDs can trump SATA SSDs here. But, generally speaking, the controller silicon on PCIe SSDs is no faster than their SATA counterparts so they offer no improvement for random reads and writes. Still orders of magnitude better than spinning rust, though.

Comment Re:You no longer own a car (Score 3, Informative) 649

Have you ever owned apple hardware? I've modded more than a few devices, more than a few times, and Apple has no problem with it...

Have you ever owned an iMac from this decade? No screws on the outside with which to open it up - you have to buy a 3rd party cutter disc to cut the glue between the front glass and chassis so you can lift the whole unit out to work on it. The latest models can't even have their desk stands removed to put them on a Vesa mount - you have to preorder one with the Vesa mount fitted already!

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923