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Comment Re:Lol (Score 4, Insightful) 381

If that laptop doesn't have at least 8 GBs of RAM and a 1 TB 7200 RPM HD or 256 GB SSD, with a separate video card, it cannot be sold. Your company depends on repeat business, correct?

I don't disagree with your point, but I think your "minimum" specs are a little high. 1 TB 7200 rpm 2.5" HDDs don't even exist yet in the 9.5mm format that will actually fit inside most laptops. And if it has discrete graphics, then I'm not buying it. I value battery runtime over flashy graphics, and I doubt I'm the only one. And given that even the i945 integrated graphics in my five year old laptop can do flashy graphics (compiz) at 1920x1080 just fine, I doubt any modern chip couldn't. Unless you play games or run CAD software, discrete graphics are overkill.

Comment Re:I wish this was the case in the UK (Score 1) 575

It takes a pretty exceptional human to actually remember a useful crypto key

Not really. How hard is to remember a paragraph from your favorite novel or lyrics from a popular song. It's even better if you *mis-remember* the quote/lyrics so that you're the only one who would come up with the result even if someone tried to brute force the key by scanning all your books and listening to all your music.

I was going to comment that this doesn't make a good key because human languages have so much redundancy and therefore rather little entropy per word, but then I actually checked and came to the opposite conclusion: While an n-bit paragraph wouldn't make a good n-bit key, a much longer paragraph actually does. If we assume 7-8 bits of entropy per word (a number a quick Google search turned up), then your examples would all make for very good 256-bit keys.

The only disadvantage is that such a long passphrase is quite annoying if you have to type it often, and it's hard to type correctly at speed if you can't see what you've written on the screen.

Comment Re:Native support for disc images (Score 1) 534

While it seems particularly pathetic that windows won't mount anything but a VHD out of the box (and that only in Vista and up) it's not like it's hard to come up with Daemon Tools. Microsoft intends you to burn that image to a disc in the off chance that you will keep the disc and not have to redownload, saving them some bandwidth.

Who deletes anything nowadays, when you can get 2TB hard drives for less than $100? CDs and DVDs are horribly expensive in comparison, and the cheap ones are utterly unreliable too.

Comment Re:As much as... (Score 1) 208

Apart from the weasely "as much as"; interesting that laptops are being compared, knowing that they have much lower power consumption (on average) than desktops while requiring almost the same amount of manufacturing.

They probably compare laptops because laptop sales are higher than desktop sales. Most new computers are laptops.

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