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Comment Re:Can't expect Firefox to be secure (Score 1) 272

I really don't get this. Did you seriously click through the cookies on every web site, picking which ones should be allowed and which shouldn't?

If anything, the Firefox developers should have included Self Destructing Cookies in the main distribution, but it works well as an addon. Deleting the silly "click to accept cookie" thing made a lot of sense though.

Comment Re:Makes a lot of sense (Score 1) 70

They are, but the senior judges likely couldn't care less about European law. UK courts routinely ignore European law, just like UK legislature.

There is no mechanism to appeal any judgements to European courts; it is the duty of the courts in the member states to ask the European court when they deem it necessary. Obviously the extent to which they deem that necessary varies a lot between member states.

The only way around this is to go to the European Court of Human Rights, but it is unlikely that Privacy International has sufficient standing to bring this case there.

Comment Re:Can it boot without a blob yet? (Score 2) 59

Most of the video support patents are paid for when you buy the Pi, both encoding and decoding. MPEG-2 is excluded, but you can do that in software on a Raspberry Pi 2 at least. For some reason patent licensing for H.264 is dirt cheap compared to MPEG-2.

The fun will really start again with H.265 though, since it is significantly more expensive than H.264 and has at least two separate patent pools you need to license.

None of that has any bearing on the open source bits though. The firmware is in control of everything, and no matter which options you pay for it stays equally closed.

Comment Re:What is the significance? (Score 1) 59

it's an open source driver instead of a closed source driver. if you think close source is fine, continue enjoying the Microsoft Windows spy network!

The GPU firmware does all the heavy lifting. Making the driver itself open source is a bit pointless when all it does is call the firmware routines which are loaded from a blob.

Comment Re:That guy looks and sounds like a pompous ass (Score 1) 72

Also, he awards bonus points for proofs of hardness. No one has managed to prove hardness for any existing block cipher. Block ciphers are simply ways to jumble the plaintext up in a reversible fashion. They are not based on difficult mathematical problems.

Proving hardness is something you do for asymmetrical ciphers, but asymmetrical ciphers are way too slow to be useful for actual messages.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 54

Comodo is well known for lousy security. That they're still trusted by major browsers is a miracle. Never use any of their products if you can avoid it.

Then again, as far I am concerned there are only two reputable SSL vendors: GlobalSign and Let's Encrypt. The rest have either issued fraudulent certificates at least once or they simply shouldn't be in the business in the first place.

With my luck, that probably means that GlobalSign is secretly owned by North Korea and run by the Illuminati or something. Even then they'd be better than most of their competitors.

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 1) 81

However, the FPU is powerful enough that it is unlikely that you can saturate it with only a single APU handling the integer side of things. It is possible that wwalker hit the FPU limit, but I would guess that it was some other scaling problem instead. Memory bandwidth or cache perhaps, or simply hitting TDP and throttling.

Getting 60% per-core performance on a 16-way isn't that terrible anyway.

Not that I would recommend AMD for anything serious these days, sadly.

Comment Re:BitCoin vs. Global Warming (Score 1) 173

Hydroelectric is a finite resource all by itself. Right now, particularly in North America, the strange political environment surrounding electricity distribution prevents hydroelectric power to be shared by the whole US, which means that you can add electricity consumption to hydro-heavy areas without increasing pollution.

Hopefully the US will soon realize that free markets are a good idea and implement a proper grid and a decent trading platform. When that happens, the bitcoin guys can no longer benefit from market failures.

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