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Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 181

So you're saying that if EA stopped putting out regular-remakes of their sports franchises, and instead only released a game when it was good, worthwhile, and offered something new... that would be a bad thing?

No, but their apparent inability to e.g. complete or even progress the story-line of Half Life certainly irks many, since "every 3 months" has turned into "9 years and counting".

Comment So the laptop wasn't re-imaged? (Score 1) 74

Am I missing something, if I was to ever steal a laptop, first thing would be to re-image...

Unless there is something in the boot/bios that lets you track your laptop even after a re-image, furthermore, let you login, this strategy won't really work. Cellphones have IMEI but as far as I know, laptops, at least the ones without a cellular chips do not have any such unique identifiers. Well may be a mac-address, but there is no way to track down based on the mac-address!

Comment Re:Why wasn't this caught in peer review? (Score 1) 183

Your comment is incorrect in every particular.

For starters, the person being quote-mined is a woman, Dr. Diane Harper.

She had (this was back in 2009) two concerns regarding the vaccine, namely the data about the persistence of immunity (data at the time showed it would last at least 5 years, but they didn't have data about past that) and the way the vaccine was being marketed (she was concerned that the way the vaccine was being advertised may lead to women forgoing screening tests such as pap smears as they figure that they don't need them as they were vaccinated).

Comment Re:Had my first order cancelled by Amazon last mon (Score 1) 68

I live in Toronto, Canada, their warehouse is in a sister city. I don't think this is how it works out here, maybe has different operating guidelines compared to I always choose free shipping and the order is at my door the very next day. I am not a Prime member.

Comment Why it's important (Score 1) 107

There is a political aspect to it. Solid fuel rockets are ideal for ballistic missiles because they can be kept on standby with little to no maintenance. This is a dual-use technology that means Japan could produce intercontinental ballistic missiles if it wanted to. This is the exact thing North Korea was forbidden to do by the UN.

Of course more whining from North Korea is not likely to be noticed, but it won't help relations with China either.

Operating Systems

Microsoft Disables RC4 In Internet Explorer 11 and Edge ( 40

An anonymous reader quotes a report from WinBeta: Microsoft released KB3151631 as part of today's Patch Tuesday set of updates that will disable RC4 in both Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and later and in the Edge browser on Windows 10. As the company describes things: "RC4 is a stream cipher that was first described in 1987, and has been widely supported across web browsers and online services. Modern attacks have demonstrated that RC4 can be broken within hours or days. The typical attacks on RC4 exploit biases in the RC4 keystream to recover repeatedly encrypted plaintexts. In February 2015, these new attacks prompted the Internet Engineering Task Force to prohibit the use of RC4 with TLS. Previously, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 allowed RC4 during a fallback from TLS 1.2 or 1.1 to TLS 1.0. A fallback to TLS 1.0 with RC4 is most often the result of an innocent error, but this is indistinguishable from a man-in-the-middle attack. For this reason, RC4 is now entirely disabled by default for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer users on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10."

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