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Comment Re:Secure Boot won't catch on (Score 2) 521

Also not cracked: DTCP which, for a good number of years, protected (and still does) the Firewire output of cable set top boxes. Firewire is falling out of favor fast, but DTCP still hasn't been cracked, and I'm pretty sure that goes for newer non-firewire implementations such as DTCP-IP.

And don't forget HDCP which protects HDMI connections between A/V devices. The master key was leaked, not cracked. There's a huge difference there.

Comment Ironic (Score 1) 94

Microsoft is calling others out on inflated numbers? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. In 2009 people viewed BSA's $53 Billion Lost to Piracy claim with a healthy dose of skepticism. So which companies are in BSA? Oh look! Microsoft, Symantec and McAffee (among others).

Maybe McAfee, which TFA credits with the Trillion Dollar figure, is just applying what they've learned from their dealings with Microsoft and BSA.

Comment Searching for life on Mars is a mistake (Score 1) 114

Evidence of life on Mars is the kind of thing you find by accident. Serendipity. It's the kind of thing you find when you least expect it.

These missions should be about finding gold, or oil. Yeah, yeah.... I know, I'm not stupid. But most people are and support for these programs among the taxpayer citizens would increase dramatically.

Then maybe we'd really have a chance of finding something cool up there.

Comment Re:The problem is Ballmer (Score 1) 407

I also enjoyed that article tremendously. I wouldn't say Microsoft's rise and possible fall exactly parallel what happened at Westinghouse, but there are similarities.

It was truly an excellent article. After I read it I crawled wikipedia for a while and learned a few other unrelated things I never knew.

I have no mod points today, but that's OK because if I did I'd be raging right now at the lack of a "+5 Offtopic" rating.

Comment Oh the irony (Score 1) 172

In one of the new stories up the front page a bit, there's a posted comment by someone who claims hearing aids are so very expensive because of all those damn pesky and unreasonable regulations his company has to follow.

$DEITY forbid the drug industry in the US ever gets deregulated. It's bad enough already with all the ads on television and radio for new pills everyone should "ask your doctor" about.

Comment MS should just deny them WHQL certification (Score 4, Insightful) 261

Microsoft is constantly telling people that they won't sign their drivers unless they pass strict quality and certification standards. MS should just deny that to drivers as buggy as these are reported to be.

Oh wait... that would mean MS Is actually committed to quality as opposed to just needing an excuse to deny the little guy who wants to write some driver-level code.

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