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Comment Re:Also (Score 2) 120

I agree with him that a person needs to consider this. It is true for some users; some users don't have a secure home computer, and they probably should not be banking online at all. However, I totally disagree with the idea that because a home computer might be even less safe than a phone, that that means it is safe to bank on the phone. The reality is that it is a minor convenience, it doesn't enable any significant activity or financial process; if you don't have a way to do internet banking safely, you don't really need to do it.

Comment Re:You are missing the potential benefit: (Score 1) 120

Those links just tell me "nobody" is going to be using libreboot in the future.

And with good reason; the GNU boot loader that people actually use is called grub, not libreboot. Libreboot is just a grub tagalong that, apparently, has as its purpose to not work very many places. Nifty! But not notable.

Having CPU code that you can't access just means it is a CPU; that is not news, or unique to the systems they whine about. Nobody sells CPUs without a "back door" if you consider code that the manufacturer can run that the user can't access to be a "backdoor." This is true because no modern CPU for decades actually operates the way the user-accessible API presents itself. For good reasons. The good news is, there is no application ecosystem making use of that, so it doesn't matter for software freedom. Everything happens on the user side according to the published APIs and CPU command sets, so software freedom isn't affected. Clue up and be more consistent, don't just be paranoid about the few details you heard of.

Comment Re:You are missing the potential benefit: (Score 1) 120

They don't seem to be aware that all CPUs have microcode that actually works differently than the published command set. Their paranoia should have started 30 years ago, and they should be unwilling to use any modern CPU.

Even something simple like an 8 bit microcontroller actually works differently than the published command set. ANY modern digital IC chip could be doing "anything" if the manufacturer was part of a conspiracy to do something other than just sell chips.

People who are paranoid in this way should just stop trusting computers in the first place instead of worrying about each new chip being outside of their personal ability to verify functionality.

Comment Re:Also (Score 2) 120

Not everybody is stupid enough to use a phone app for banking.

If a thief steals your card, you're protected from that. If they steal your phone with your 3rd party banking app, you're probably liable for whatever is done with your app. You should only do that with a device that you can maintain physical security. A mobile device can never guarantee physical security.

Comment Re: Great news (Score 1) 92

You should check out SCOTUSblog, you don't have to just think of the Court as the Ebil Gubermint, you can actually follow along everything the Court does, and read their decisions. They give detailed explanations for most of the things that they do. And there are always "corporations" on both sides of any issue, so no need to worry that that prevents them from deciding things whichever way they want.

Comment Re:This is better than an ICBM because...? (Score 1) 256

But in either case, what next?

You laugh at the poor schmucks because all their new cars have ruined controllers and everybody is gonna be buying new computers? ...

I think it would make more sense for the Chinese than the Russians, since they at least sell computers. But who would buy replacements from them, and would they still be making any?

Maybe dropping the bombs onto the cities would be more destructive. Dunno. But if you're not going to kill us, poking us that hard is a dangerous idea.

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 159

"Government workers make mistakes" is not in itself a reasonable argument against a particular policy, though. I don't doubt it is inconvenient if you get caught up in it. But that doesn't mean that the policy itself is hard to understand. Cops arrest the wrong people frequently, and often when no crime was committed.

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