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Comment Re:Here's what it means (Score 1) 113

So as a first measure, if source control software add a "salt" at the top of pdf files being checked in, and strip it out when being checked out, this attack would not work. In fact a simple countermeasure could be to salt all files with a prefix block and a suffix block for the purpose of calculating SHA-1.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 511

That's a fairness problem though, not a problem with maximizing resource utility. True, if you had been born with a million dollars, you might turn out to be better at resource allocation than some people who now actually were born with a million dollars. But if you were really good at investing, you could start out with a small amount and turn it into a fortune.

Comment Re:MS used to ban people for useing there own hdd' (Score 3, Informative) 221

And the video game companies already lost the legal battle to prohibit people from using their trademarks as an unlock; if you make that the unlock, then you simultaneously give everyone permission to use it for that purpose.

Specifically, in the case Sega vs Accolade.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 511

Effective? Capitalism gives resources to those who do well with their resources. If you make a good investment, if you allocate your resources well, then you will make money and have more resources. If you poorly manage resources, your poor investments lose money and eventually you won't be around to allocate resources anymore.

Giving money to poor people is equitable, but it's certainly not effective at resource allocation. Poor people don't make capital expenditures, they consume which is an inefficient long term strategy.

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 1) 221

True, but I don't think this is a big economic advantage. The companies need to learn that they don't own the machines once they're sold and that they don't need to have total control. Every other physical product on the planet works the same say, once it's sold the customer owns it. The problem is that no one with any real power has been pushing back on this and so it's gone on so long that the console makers are taking this for granted and extending the envelope of control.

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