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Comment breaks HDCP, not AACS (Score 5, Insightful) 1066

People are confusing this master key that breaks HDCP, saying it can help decrypt Blu-Ray discs. That's not the case: Blu-Ray is encrypted with AACS, which has a similar concept of device keys derived by a master key. AACS has a mechanism of revoking compromised device keys. Getting the AACS master key would bypass that mechanism, and would be great news.

This key isn't the AACS master key This is an HDCP key, which would allow one to create a "unauthorized" device that can connect to HDCP-encrypted HDMI and succesfully decrypt the HD stream.

HDCP has been known to be nearly broken since 2001, in that obtaining the device keys of 40-50 devices is enough to calculate the master key.

Comment donation of HDTVs? (Score 2, Funny) 225

plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox

Huh, WDE has to give away their HDTVs? Where do I sign up?

To clear things up a little, from TFA:

SFC has also secured the right to compel Westinghouse to hand over all unsold products loaded with BusyBox for donation to charity.

That sounds cool, but the cynic in me believes that won't happen for a variety of reasons ("we don't have any unsold products! The last ones went on eBay for 1$ each!")

Comment Wolfire's analysis of piracy (Score 1) 316

I suggest that from now on, articles about far-out piracy number thrown out by special-interest should include a link to Wolfire's excellent analysis of video game piracy. Choice quote:

This means that even though games see that 80% of their copies are pirated, only 10% of their potential customers are pirates, which means they are losing at most 10% of their sales.

Comment Time Delay (Score 1) 283

NASA plans to reset Voyager's memory tomorrow

Considering the distances involved, I found it funny that the sentence implied simultaneity. Voyager 2 is about 92 AU out (according to WP), which is 12 light-hours and 45 light-minutes. So if they send the signal in the morning, the memory will be reset in the afternoon, and they can hope for clean signals the day after.

Comment Brand Control (Score 1) 196

I've always envied their ability to maintain control over their brand and use it for appropriately portioned good and evil ;)

From what I've understood from their past posts and various interviews, they owe a lot to their business manager, Robert Khoo.

They like explaining how they actually sold their brand and rights away before Khoo came aboard. Luckily, the buyer disappeared into bankruptcy and nobody else has since claimed that ownership. I'm not too sure of the details and current veracity of this :)

Comment Re:Yeah, but... (Score 1) 501

the hardware support for h.264 is really just a programmable DSP in most case

Yeah, no. I work as an embedded SW developer on the U8500 chip. Which codecs we have to support is factored in very early in the architectural phase, specifically because we then decide what HW acceleration is cost and power-effective. Efficient decoding from a power perspective is vital in the mobile market, of course. A DSP is better than a general-purpose CPU but much worse than dedicated HW. Also, you can't hold the expected performance (1080p at 60fps!) in our frequencies without HW.

My company originally cornered the MPEG2 market by being the first to provide a hw decoding chip. Newer codecs are... more complicated.

I'm probably already saying too much. Just a second, there are a couple of guys in black suits at the door, let me s:JKSDG*E^N#NB-- NO CARRIER


Lawmakers Ask For FTC Investigation of Google Buzz 131

angry tapir writes "Eleven US lawmakers have asked the FTC to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy. The representatives — six Democrats and five Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee — noted in their letter that Google's roll-out of Buzz exposed private information of users to Google's Gmail service to outsiders. In one case, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shared her contact list in Gmail with a person who has a 'sexually charged' username, the lawmakers said in the letter."

Comment multitude of browsers != more standardised (Score 0) 378

"A multitude of browsers will make the web more standardised and easier to browse".

Hah, that made me laugh. As much as it pains me to say it, Microsoft Windows standardized the desktop, and Internet Explorer the Web. Sure, the quality of that 'standard' was terrible, but at least it was a standard.

Every week I see cool new features demonstrated. But they're all tied to disclaimers such as Demo works best in Safari 4.x and pretty well in Firefox 3.5. and use css properties like "-webkit-text-stroke". That is the opposite of a standard.

I hope browser diversity will pull IE kicking and screaming into HTML5, but I certainly don't expect standardization!

Comment None (Score 1, Insightful) 896

Seriously, no antivirus. But then, I only use Windows occasionally to play games. I'm surprised I only had one (1) virus problem over the last 5 years in Windows, which I fixed thanks to a targeted tool. Apart from that, I practice Safe Computing, and that appears to have kept me out of trouble.

However, for all that I know, my windows system may be part of a few botnets that don't cause me any problems :\

On my family's computers... I forced Ubuntu upon those I could, and left the others to fend for themselves.

Comment Re:It will be interesting to see... (Score 1) 260

you'll 'regenerate' yourself entirely full of tumors by age 20.

The article states: "In these mice without p21, we do see the expected increase in DNA damage, but surprisingly no increase in cancer has been reported."

Also, I suggest other /.ers read the article. It is high quality, not a random blog post.

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