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IEEE Working Group Considers Kinder, Gentler DRM

Battle_Ratt Re:At least there being honest (236 comments)

"It can significantly reduce the probability of a sequel"
Thank God for piracy!!

more than 4 years ago

Source Code To Google Authentication System Stolen

Battle_Ratt Re:Wrong security model (306 comments)

Technically speaking, even in good cryptography, there is obscurity. The private key is an obscure piece of information that only one person/system should know.

This piece of obscure information is required, but once it is known, everything is out in the open. The reference is therefore about how the algorithm uses this obscure piece of information. That is what needs to be open.

more than 4 years ago

Source Code To Google Authentication System Stolen

Battle_Ratt Re:"Source Code [...] Stolen" (306 comments)

By your definition it would be impossible to steal a trade secret. The very nature of
That in itself just doesn't make sense.

There needs to be a very fundamentally different view on how theft is perceived in cases where the information itself was never to be publicly released. This is not copyright, as nobody but the author was supposed to have a copy.

That makes it "theft".

more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms

Battle_Ratt Re:When they're right, they're right (386 comments)

It takes 21 years from birth before a child is recognized as an adult. (Can drink alcohol legally) At this point your creative work, a child, is capable and expected to make any choice, and if you benefit from a relationship with them, it is at their discretion.

I would argue that any work that is older than the time it takes for a child to reach adulthood, should be in public domain, because the creator has had enough time to benefit from it, at least as much as a parent has had time with a child.

So that copyright period of 21 years although possibly not optimal for the full greater good, is still at least reasonable. What has been around since before you were born, when you become an adult, is now your public domain birthright.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's "iKey" Wants To Unlock All Doors

Battle_Ratt It's not about the PIN, its about access. (383 comments)

With a physical key, you don't run out of batteries. IPhones will not be attached to your key chain like the current remote open/start devices.
People will begin to regularly forget their keys if they rely on this, and all of the sudden, how much charge you have left on your phone could dictate your ability to gain access to your vehicle.
That, and just imagine trying to punch in a pin while being chased by Zombies. Fumbling for keys was bad enough.

more than 4 years ago

Star Wars TV Show Tainted By Memories of Jar Jar

Battle_Ratt Re:The first is still the best (474 comments)

"Episode One (in particular) was a kids movie"
Every one keeps parroting this, simply because Episode one just made no sense, so the only possible audience it would appeal to is children who can't really follow plot anyway, or don't actually care as long as the eye candy was good.

Tell me if it is such a kids movie, what the heck was a trade embargo, attempt to "negotiate" same trade embargo, the senate appeal, chancellor meeting room discussions, assassination attempt and the oh so ham handed midi-chlorians crap all about?

Kids just love politics don't they? Well don' they?
It was a train wreck, plain and simple.

more than 4 years ago

Star Wars TV Show Tainted By Memories of Jar Jar

Battle_Ratt Re:Frist Post (474 comments)

You'd have plenty of framework to make a political commentary on the war on terror.

Please no more political commentary on the "war on terror" from Hollywood. Pretty please.

more than 4 years ago

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

Battle_Ratt Thumb drive (459 comments)

Thumb drive.
Why not just use true crypt and keep every single file you think is critical on that thumb drive. You can even default set your MyDocuments and force the drive type to a specific drive letter, so its transparent when you boot.
Bonus points because if your laptop is stolen, odds are you still have the drive in your pocket or wallet. Don't think you can cram a thumb drive in your fat wallet. Try this one on for size.

more than 5 years ago

Senator Applauds Pirate Bay Trial, Chides Canada

Battle_Ratt Re:On that note (526 comments)

Eleventy Billion Dollars

Isn't a number.....yet.

more than 5 years ago

World's First Battery Fueled By Air

Battle_Ratt Re:What's the output? (205 comments)

Ok, second time I've had to do this; but, clearly the articles are pooorly written and do not describe the technology well, if at all.

Clearly you are making the false assumption that people are even reading the pooorly written articles.

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest

Battle_Ratt Re:Or they're terrified (921 comments)

I personally experienced a true miracle.

I was healed in a week of a broken collar bone after a youth group prayed over me. That event has carried me through many a tough time.

You can't put it in a lab, and you can't force the experiment on God, but the proof is there if your willing to look at it.

Sorry about you loss, and God Bless

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest

Battle_Ratt Re:Or they're terrified (921 comments)

Or they are waiting to give God a chance to preform a miracle.

There are all kinds of last minute rescue stories in the Bible. Jonah and the whale, the parting of the Red Sea, even the bringing back from death of Lazarus.

Who but those without faith would assume that it's a lack of faith that motivates them?

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Update Slips In a Firefox Extension

Battle_Ratt Re:but... (803 comments)

It's because its a French word silly.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Update Slips In a Firefox Extension

Battle_Ratt Re:sony (803 comments)

The way I see it, they just gave this software, license free.
That means no copyright, no protection of their supposed intellectual property associated with it. Basically if the code can be reverse engineered, viewed, uncompiled, or whatever it should be just fine and dandy for anyone to make and publish whatever they will with it.
This should also include any software that they own that is required to run this little present.
Its probably useless code anyway, but if companies that released stuff like this risked loosing rights to everything attached to the 'gifted' software in question this practice would stop.

more than 5 years ago


Battle_Ratt Best Line Ever (395 comments)

"I haven't eaten since early tomorrow morning."

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Aim To "Read Minds" of PC Users

Battle_Ratt Re:Seriously... (121 comments)

Gaming AI.
Word on the street is that Left 4 Dead is trying this sort of thing in its game design. (See "The Director")
A game that knows when to turn up the pressure, and then relieve it, would be incredibly fun if done correctly.

more than 6 years ago


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