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Comment Re:Solution found (Score 1) 68

The crappiest encrypted bluetooth keyboard is better than virtually any of these proprietary wireless systems, almost none of which use encryption and virtually all of which use common off-the-shelf wireless chips.

Logitech has something called secure connect, no idea if that is worth a crap. Not tested here, unfortunately. Their normal non-bluetooth wireless is known to be insecure, however.

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 1) 79

In other parts of the world evidence is always

Let me guess - you're an American?

It's the way that you think there is a single place called "the rest of the world", and that it is a homogeneous, uniform place defined by it's not being America. Hint: there is human variation outside your experience of your home country. (Actually, there is probably more variation in your home country than you are aware. How many of your country's native languages can you at least read?)

Comment Re:No mention of Logitech (Score 1) 68

Logitech, easily as popular as Microsoft and more popular than ANY of the named brands, wasn't tested? Why not?

Their hardware is already known to be vulnerable.

If your keyboard doesn't use bluetooth, it is certainly vulnerable.

If your keyboard does use bluetooth, it might still be vulnerable.

Comment Re:No it will not. (Score 1) 78

Now if the Hydrogen is near one of the Islands on the mid atlantic ridge then it could be reachable.

Volcanic islands are above sea-level ("Doh!"), but are built up in layers by eruptions from a more-or less central vent. Try working out a way to do that which doesn't have, on average, beds of contrasting ages inclined to the vertical. The geometry doesn't allow for it.

So you're going to have a really severe problem accumulating large amounts of hydrogen in one place.

Finding a good natural example of a common rock type that is impervious to hydrogen on a time scale of a few tens or hundreds of thousands of years would be a necessary novelty too. Hydrogen is damned good at finding leaks in machined products, let alone natural products.

Regardless of the ultimate origin of the fluids, unless you've got an incredibly prolific point source, you also need the correct interplay of vertical (pressure-driven) and horizontal transport of your fluid into a trapping structure in order to get a commercially viable fuel reservoir. You also need the fuel generation, transport, deposition of the trapping formation and formation of the trap to happen in the correct time relationship. Which is why many seismic ("echo-sounding") structures which are identified from the surface turn out to be barren of fuel accumulations, though they may have evidence (bitumen, hydrocarbon trapped in fluid inclusions in authigenic mineral overgrowths) of having had fuels pass through them in the past ... and dissipate.

Comment Re:How Much? (Score 1) 78

Nobody with a financial clue spends today's private money exploring for stuff they won't be digging up and selling for decades.

Unless of course, your discovery/ appraisal/ construction/ exploitation cycle is decades long. Which inlcudes, for example, deepwater (*) hydrocarbon deposits in remote (**) regions. In which case, I've been watching around $800 million be spent before the oil industry's current tanking.

(*) 1.5km water depth and deeper

(**) no refining/ processing facilities within 750 km or 2 national boundaries.

Comment Re:Then UNLOCK OUR BOOTLOADERS! (Score 1) 108

No exceptions. A phone is a critical communications device, and if the OEM won't supply critical upgrades, then they must allow others to do so.

Which Motorola phones don't have unlockable bootloaders? I'd be surprised if PAYG phones from crapfone etc. did, to be fair. But aren't most moto phones unlockable?

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 2) 145

This adds no additional security to a system secured with a password

Sure it does - It means you have two passwords, rather than a password and a piece of publicly-available information... Though the GP already gets that, I basically just rephrased his "type garbage, and save a copy" as something a bit more user-friendly. :)

That said, I otherwise agree with you completely - Though, I also don't really see the problem here. Biometrics would solve some of the usability issues with passwords, but at the cost of introducing entirely new ones.

Really, I think a lot of this comes down to "how much security is enough"? Sending an SMS for two-factor counts as far, far more than adequate 99% of the time; and that even counts as massive overkill 99% of the time. For virtually all uses, just using something like your favorite porn star's name is good enough.

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 1) 145

Also, security questions are a joke. Where was I born? The whole world knows by now. Why would I provide yet another vector for compromising my account?

You realize that you don't need to give a meaningful (nevermind "true") answer to those security questions?

"Mother's maiden name?" "#10 dual-window envelopes".

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