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Comment: Re:File extensions? (Score 1) 460

by tepples (#49177411) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Windows do: they'll both pop up a thing saying 'You are trying to run a program downloaded from the Internet, do you really want to?', which isn't normally something that happens when people try to open a file

I beg to differ. Occasionally on Windows 8.1, I've opened a text file and still seen an alert to the effect "You are opening a text file downloaded from the Internet; are you sure?".

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 460

by tepples (#49176345) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Take away their local admin privileges already, and address the real issue (that users privilege should never exceed their knowledge.)

In principle, I agree with your "real issue". But in practice, a lot of PCs are in homes of less-than-competent people. If a machine's owner lacks knowledge, then who should have local admin privileges?

Comment: Composed vs. purchased (Score 1) 460

by tepples (#49175983) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's not clear if the music folder is for own composed music or purchased music.

I assume that Microsoft assumed that "own composed music" is such a small edge case that music industry professionals would be able to handle it with their own in-house best practices. Evidence is that Microsoft includes the "Xbox Music" (formerly Zune) app in Windows but doesn't include even the simplest sequencer. Or has Microsoft added one to Windows 10?

Comment: Where's this execute checkbox in Windows? (Score 1) 460

by tepples (#49175827) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Let me guess why people don't change the executable permissions in Windows more often. One is that it's not as clearly visible as the "Allow this file to run as a program" checkbox in Nautilus or Thunar or other X11/Linux file managers. The other is that permissions other than "write" don't stick on most removable media, which is formatted FAT32 or exFAT.

Comment: UMG v. MP3.com (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168753) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

NO. Sony v. Universal (and subsequent rulings) have made it clear, it does not matter where a backup comes from, as long as you dont share it.

Where do you get that? I see UMG v. MP3.com which decided exactly the opposite. The backup has to be made by you from a genuine copy, not transmitted by someone else through the Internet.

Comment: The mole is in your household (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168733) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

that are inserted by their owners

Not necessarily, because not everybody lives alone. Anybody in your household with the opportunity to insert a disc can attempt to exploit a vulnerability like this. I imagine that most people do not regularly disconnect their BD players and keep them under lock and key.

Comment: Re:Best defense is not to care (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168715) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

All those useless apps have vastly superior equivalents on other platforms.

Which is fine so long as you already own a device of one of these "other platforms" in your living room. "Smart" TVs and "smart" BD players are convenient for people who happen not to, such as households with one PC that is in another room.

Comment: Commissions are widespread (Score 1) 142

by tepples (#49168651) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

if everyone [took a percent of gross] it would be unfeasible.

Everyone does take a percent of gross: Google on Google Play Store, Amazon on Amazon Appstore, Apple on App Store, Nintendo on eShop, Sony on PlayStation Store, and Microsoft as I mentioned above. The market for physical goods is little different: Amazon takes a commission of sellers' revenue on Amazon.com, and eBay and PayPal take final value fees.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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