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Comment Re:Security - and a false sense of security (Score 1) 341

From your link:

One catch here is that you can't just decrypt the password even though you are administrator. To successfully decrypt the password, you have to perform the decryption operation under system context.

There are many ways to execute the code under SYSTEM context, one of the popular way is to inject the code via remote thread [Reference 2] in system process - LSASS.EXE. But this one is more risky, as any flaw in code can bring down the entire system. Much safer way is to create Windows service as System account and then execute the above decryption code from that service.

How would encrypting it with a user key help?

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

My point is that some folks tend to remember every small thing done by MS over a decade ago, and then they're colored by extremely biased narratives from articles and comments, and then suddenly urban legends becomes "fact", like the AARD code which never affected one real person, much less part of holding CS back. Google's missteps don't get the same traction and everyone seems to forget them pretty quickly. It's just confirmation bias that I notice. Coming to moderation, you have it way easier because you post anti-MS stuff. Try even posting corrections to obvious wrong things on here about MS and you'd be getting downmods for days.

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

So you make the claim about this issue hurting "the future of computer science", and here we are, with you unable to back up such a epochal event with one reference. Maybe MS went and deleted all internet pages related to this?

Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence, Carl Sagan said, but you're unable to even provide ordinary evidence except your personal experience which even you admit you don't remember exactly, and everyone knows how it could be because DOS config varied from machine to machine with a lot of powerful settings in config.sys and himem.sys, just two examples.

What is certain, and what has been documented, is that MS did put that AARD code into it's products. If you've actually read up on it, you'll realize that Win3.1 is not the ONLY place it showed up. Win3.1 is the only place where I personally encountered it.

All I can read on it says the code didn't prevent the Windows install from going forward and that it ran silently even if it was present, except in a pre-beta release. Can you provide any web page that contradicts the above? If you're unable to, are you willing to retract your claim? I don't want spend more time trying to dig more facts to contradict an obviously anti-MS person on Slashdot who won't change their mind regardless.

Anyway, don't worry, no one here is going to read this subthread, none of my posts have been modded up like yours have been, and people reading your earlier posts will continue to believe in and propagate the same half truths and misinformation that will mislead more people who don't check the facts for themselves, and the cycle continues. I guess I must just be happy that I am not hit with downmods for going against the grain yet(bracing for them anyway), it's a struggle to keep my karma above the threshold on here.

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

The below are extremely misleading if not a lie, as it pertained only to a late beta and not the final version.

Personally, I still resent the AARD code that contributed to the collapse of DRDOS.

That AARD code I mentioned above - have you ever looked at it? A few lines that instruct Microsoft software to check for the underlying operating system on which it is to be installed. If any system fails to report that it is a Microsoft system, the software simply refuses to install. There was no good reason for that - it was just anti-competitive bullshit.

I do believe you're mistaken though and probably not lying, because such urban legends are regulaly posted as gospel truth around these parts(imagine someone who didn't know anything about these reading up your modded up posts) and then start to spread these things in their posts as the truth. The cycle of ignorance continues, but in case of Google and Apple, this effect is not that bad, so they get away because people are simply not even aware of their shortcomings most of the time.

FUD against MS? Don't forget that MS is the MASTER of FUD.

Those are not mutually exclusive, and the second doesn't justify the first, it only make people doing it look like ignorant folks with an agenda to push.

Unless you're admitting that you're spreading FUD because MS spread FUD :)

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

A reference would be much appreciated, or else I'll have to assume that you had buggy software or h/w, or that you don't remember correctly, or...making things up.

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2pBdoo2TgI

From http://drdosprojects.de/forum/drp_forum/posts/8863.html

All 7.0x versions of DR-DOS can run Windows up to Windows for
Workgroups 3.11; this includes Enhanced DR-DOS. I don't know about
v8.0, but DR-DOS 8.1 should be able to run it, too, since it uses
the v7.01.06 kernel.

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

The AARD never worked in a shipped version of Windows. Stop getting worked up.
And Netscape made plenty of big mistakes, including this one http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html
Not to mention that the code was hugely bloated, that Mozilla Firefox is still trying to fix, after ~15 years. An OS that didn't ship with a browser would be laughed out of the market.

There are plenty of such stories about Apple or Google too, but they're not pushed like the MS ones seem to be.

For example, see how Google squashed Skyhook
http://www.theverge.com/2011/05/12/google-android-skyhook-lawsuit-motorola-samsung/

Aliyun and Acer prevented from launching a phone because of the secret rules of the "Open" Handset Alliance.
http://www.zdnet.com/cn/report-google-stops-acer-from-launching-aliyun-phone-in-china-7000004246/

Apple and the famed 30% cut of even sales from Apps, an example of how they used someone's OSS code in Safari and then banned them from the app store:
http://blog.readability.com/2011/02/an-open-letter-to-apple/

Yet you hate on MS and think of Google as a savior. Tell us, what is YOUR interest against Microsoft that you're spreading lies and FUD? The fact that your posts are modded up is the reason that Slashdot is losing readership as even the circlejerk echochamber gets bored with the same hating posts and posters.

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

Personally, I still resent the AARD code that contributed to the collapse of DRDOS. DRDOS was superior to most other DOS operating systems in some ways - among others, it was the first to achieve 32 bit disk access.

Everytime I dig into claims like this, I come away disappointed in the abject FUD that was both absorbed by such posters and the propagation of it, resulting in more people believing it.

AARD was activated only in a late beta. It didn't do anything in the final version

From Wiki:

Since December 1991 a pre-release version of Windows 3.1 was designed to return a non-fatal error message if it detected a non-Microsoft DOS.[5] This check came to be known as the AARD code.[6] With the detection code disabled, Windows ran perfectly under DR DOS and its successor Novell DOS. The code was present but disabled in the released version of Windows 3.1[7]

How exactly did this contribute to the collapse of DR-DOS when it never stopped one DR-DOS copy in the final Windows 3.1 version that actually shipped? Hurt contributions to Computer Science? Hyperbole much?

It's sad that your post is modded up by clueless moderators, and it will continue to propagate ignorant lies and FUD that Slashdot is known for. Not sure if you're just ignorant or just spreading FUD, and I don't know which is worse.

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Android-Rooted-best-apps-superuser,18313.html
Users who have rooted are comparatively very less, so it's an uphill battle if you're trying to make money from your apps that need root.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/

Comment Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 5, Interesting) 564

It isn't necessarily better. For example, you have a lot of system level software under Windows that you can't even sell for iOS and on Chromebooks. And on Android, your users need root before using them, which very few people have. Not to mention the 30% cut of all revenue on both the big mobile stores. In people's rush to hate MS, everyone's promoting even more restrictive software and data being stored in the cloud which users have no control over.

Linus says it best: Microsoft hatred is a disease
http://www.osnews.com/story/21887/Linus_Microsoft_Hatred_is_a_Disease

I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease. I believe in open development, and that very much involves not just making the source open, but also not shutting other people and companies out.

  There are 'extremists' in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do 'free software' any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred."

Comment Re:How about no? (Score 1) 235

Right, and Apple is infringing and not paying the licensing fees. So, why do they get a free pass? Their products should be banned just the same.

They don't get a free pass, just wait for the court to set a rate, and Apple will pay Samsung the amount that the court decides, including past damages. Part of the FRAND obligation is to make it difficult to ban products.

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