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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

Meumeu Re:Revisionist history (665 comments)

Ctrl-Alt-Del generates a non maskable interrupt. Yes it was there before Windows, and even before DOS. If an OS wants to react to it other than instantly rebooting, said OS needs to install an interrupt handler for it. That interrupt handler is fired at a way lower level than ordinary keystrokes, malware, or friendly userspace applications.

Bullshit, to the hardware it's just another key combination. It's the BIOS that rebooted the computer when it's pressed. And if you don't use a US QWERTY keyboard, you have to replace the keyboard driver, and this driver will handle the reboot

Using Ctrl-Alt-Del to trigger login gives you two kinds of security:
1. Software cannot simulate a Ctrl-Alt-Del in order to play games with the login screen.
2. By first pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del, the user logging on can be quite sure that they are giving their login credentials to a genuine Windows (or whatever OS) login screen, and not some malware that merely resembles the login screen.

And since they wrote the keyboard driver, they could have done that with any arbitrary combination...

about a year ago

US Military Designates Julian Assange an "Enemy of State"

Meumeu Re:imprisoned indefinitely without trial (805 comments)

I think he had a few 'trials', no? ...or perhaps 'trial' isn't the legally correct word. Anyway, they were just concerning extradition, but anyway, it's as accurate as 'imprisoned', imo.

Trial isn't the correct word, however, "trial" is.

about 2 years ago

Bilingual Kids Show More Creativity

Meumeu Re:Now, time to shove it down their throats (221 comments)

Since it's for their own good, time to shove fourteen languages down the their throats in forced mandatory education. Stop concentrating on math and science, start concentrating on languages. Veuillez considérer le bien-être des enfants.

Qu'est-ce qui te fait penser que l'algèbre n'est pas une langue?

(TR: What makes you think Algebra isn't a language?)


more than 2 years ago

Hubble Discovers 5th Moon of Pluto

Meumeu Re:Not a planet (137 comments)

Neptune didn't clear out its orbit either (Since Pluto is in it), and it has 5 (currently known) moons too.

Next to Neptune, Pluto is a speck of dust, so yes Neptune cleared its orbit. You can't say the same for Pluto.

more than 2 years ago

US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law

Meumeu Re:Spain's president? (508 comments)

Yes, seriously.

Guess what, there where elections in Spain on november the 20th. After that, there's a pair of weeks with a government in functions while the new president and his team takes control of the country.

You misspelled prime minister.

more than 2 years ago

US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law

Meumeu Spain's president? (508 comments)

In a leaked letter sent to Spain's outgoing President


more than 2 years ago

Kepler Discovers First Earth-Sized Exoplanets

Meumeu Re:Ancient history (179 comments)

Furthermore ... how the fuck is a planet supposed to vanish?

You should ask this guy.

more than 2 years ago

US Government Seizes Email of WikiLeaks Volunteer

Meumeu Re:The three basics of sensitive e-mails (217 comments)

If you are unaware of the quote, Cardinal Richelieu states in the late 19th century:

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

uhh... what?

more than 2 years ago

Diginotar Responds To Rogue Certificate Problem

Meumeu Re:Already done (177 comments)

Um, no. Google's true CA is not DigiNotar, but Equifax,


about 3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone Revealed

Meumeu Re:It's reverse psychology! (211 comments)

And MS has embraced unlocking/jail-breaking as well, which will enable side-loading apps.

If they actually embraced it, it wouldn't be called jailbreaking, it would be called sudo.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone Revealed

Meumeu Re:It's reverse psychology! (211 comments)

If he really meant it he wouldn't have let cameras and smartphones into announcement.

If he really meant it he wouldn't have let journalists into announcement.

more than 3 years ago

George Lucas C&Ds 'Lightsaber Laser'

Meumeu Re:What's next....? (481 comments)

In fact, the entire future of humanity, including all technological advances, was already patented by scifi writers decades ago.

Well, as long as it's been patented at least two decades ago, we're safe...

more than 4 years ago

Europe To Import Sahara Solar Power Within 5 Years

Meumeu Re:How much area is 1% of the Sahara desert anyhow (450 comments)

Well, it's about 40,000 square km or 18,000 square miles or .05% of the United States (basically the area of West Virginia).

Or in european units, that's about one Switzerland.

more than 4 years ago

Why Video Calling Is a Wasted Feature In the UK

Meumeu Re:It is not an Apple invention (232 comments)

The article makes it sound like a breakthrough by Apple but videocalling has been around for at least 3 years in Italy and has not taken on for a variety of reasons, the main one being that it does not solve a problem the user has.

Same here, I've had a videophone for four years. I'm pretty sure one day Apple will claim they invented smartphones...

more than 4 years ago

What Scientists Really Think About Religion

Meumeu Re:Makes sense (1123 comments)

How do you measure faith?

With a faith-o-meter of course, what else?

more than 4 years ago

10-Year Cell Phone / Cancer Study Is Inconclusive

Meumeu Re:Limited study (248 comments)

The fact that most people don't understand statistics doesn't mean stats are bullshit. It just means people are dumb.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

Meumeu Re:Huh? (700 comments)

Is that legal?

Sony: "I will make it legal"

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Buy ARM?

Meumeu Re:Disaster (695 comments)

ARM is the most successful and widely used architecture, not just in mobile devices but in all kinds of embedded systems, especially the ones geeks know and love, such as Arduino,

Arduino uses ATmega CPUs.

more than 4 years ago

Russia Doubles Price For Launching US Astronauts

Meumeu Re:Why the hell does it cost so much to reach orbi (370 comments)

Are you telling me that if I had the best part of $60 million I couldn't design, build and fly my own rocket in to space? Even a brute force solution wouldn't be that expense, surely?

Hear that sound? that's every rocket scientist on Earth laughing at you.

more than 4 years ago


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