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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

geekboy642 Re:Not surprised at all (179 comments)

Windows 7 is vulnerable to 100% of Windows 7 malware and some amount of Windows 8 malware. Windows 8 is vulnerable to ~15% of Windows 7 malware and 100% of Windows 8 malware. Virus scanners and the like can reduce those vulnerabilities significantly, even close to 0% for both versions of the OS. There's no FUD in those facts, but acting as if Windows 8 is suddenly immune to malware makes you a shill.

about 2 years ago
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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

geekboy642 Re:Not surprised at all (179 comments)

Windows 8 was tested and found to be invulnerable to about 85% of all previous Windows 7 malware. That means there's about 15% of old malware that can infect the new hotness. Depends on your perspective for the precise phrasing, but 'huge chunk' is not completely false.

about 2 years ago
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Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee

geekboy642 Re:Simple really... (489 comments)

You're allowed to choose how much coverage you get. As of a few years ago, it went from a minimum of roughly 250k up to somewhere near a million, with correspondingly expensive premiums.

more than 4 years ago
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Bionic Cat Gets World's First Implant Paws

geekboy642 Re:Not Bionic (225 comments)

S: (adj) electronic (of or concerned with electrons)
Metal contains electrons
The posts grown into kitty's legs are metal
Kitty is now electronic.
QED.

more than 4 years ago
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Clashing Scores In the HTML5 Compatibility Test Wars

geekboy642 Re:IE has 100% compatability... (203 comments)

I seem to recall, in the days before Firefox, that Internet Explorer 4 (or was it 5? It's been a while) was actually one of the least bad browsers in common usage. If we're comparing browser to browser in an "adjusted for spec inflation" sense, IE9 actually would probably come in somewhere in the middle of the pack.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Its Co-Founder Says

geekboy642 Re:Things Mature (646 comments)

Or, perhaps more significantly in the day of netbooks, try Chrome, Firefox, and Opera with a slow or very small main drive. Opera is the only one I've found that doesn't lock up loading a page with the hdd-led solid red, and that is why Opera has evicted every other browser from my EeePC.

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter Bug Lets Users Force Others To Follow Them

geekboy642 Re:Probably not a bug (143 comments)

If you share confidential business information over unencrypted email, you might as well just be posting it on twitter.

more than 4 years ago
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Ancient Comet Fragments Found In Antarctic Snow

geekboy642 Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (92 comments)

You're in MORE danger of proving the Bible right in MORE ways than disproving it.

This is science. We disprove things for a living. Positive proofs are for math. There will never be a scientific discovery that proves the Bible is, like you imply, a completely true book. Instead, there will continue to be discovery upon discovery that--no matter what the book's place as a fantastic piece of history, the collected stories and an artifact of the gestalt of a bronze-age-era tribe--simply proves the asserted facts as untrue.

Ya know, if it's all random...nothing matters.

If the assertion that upon your death you will experience an eternity of unchanging consciousness doesn't scare the ever-loving shit out of every sane person here, the belief that this looming eternity is the only reason to even go on living should. You and I are the most advanced product of a process that has been ongoing for trillions of years. We are Star Stuff made into a thinking and reasoning being. My species is the ultimate in local technology: There is literally nothing superior to the noble homo sapiens. Science is no more than the process of asking how that happened and trying to answer that question. Your neo-barbarian cult papers over every question with "Ghost man inna sky dunnit."

There are dozens of proofs in the Bible;

This is enough of a weasel phrase that nearly any passage could fit it, and it's barely worth considering. But how about this: I assert that you cannot find one single true statement of unambiguous scientific fact in the Bible that goes against the contemporary prevailing beliefs of the society that produced it. Even something as simple as referring to an orbit would qualify, but I'm certain that even that mild of a truth is missing from the Bible.

Call me if you see a light-speed capable ship. I have a life to live.

Yes. You have a life to live. But you're expecting heaven as soon as you die, and here you are suffering through the drudgery of day-to-day life like a sucker. Serious question: Why do Christians not en masse undertake suicidally hazardous activities? Surely offing yourself would be a stronger message than the currency your kind uses today, like pedophile priests, abusive pastors, shouting TV charlatans, and proven fraudulent faith "healers".

more than 4 years ago
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MMORPG Ryzom Released Under AGPL

geekboy642 Re:FUD (117 comments)

He specifically referenced legal audits, with the threat of bailiffs pawing through your hardware. A code audit is a very different animal, and nothing any open source supporter should be at all concerned about, even in the extreme case.

more than 4 years ago
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MMORPG Ryzom Released Under AGPL

geekboy642 Re:Too bad it's under Affero (117 comments)

You need to cite your FUD. I may not have a law degree, but I do have a dictionary and a copy of the AGPL which do not support your statement, not to mention the only semi-relevant link Google dragged up was a proprietary software company that threatened to audit you if you used Affero-licensed software on the same system as theirs.

more than 4 years ago
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Punishing Security Breaches

geekboy642 Re:Ummm WTF? (151 comments)

That was exactly my point. I've seen so many frivolous lawsuits allowed to go on far longer than they should have. From the oft-referenced woman who burned herself with a cup of coffee to the lawsuit that prompted safety warning stickers on chainsaws to the criminal who hurt himself while burgling a home, American society seems to have a mania for lawsuits without merit.

Obviously I don't think there's any merit to a lawsuit over a forum post unless it crosses into the kind of slander that is actionable, but it was an example of the kind of idiocy that our judges don't seem to throw out quickly enough.

more than 4 years ago
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Punishing Security Breaches

geekboy642 Re:Ummm WTF? (151 comments)

This is America. You can sue anyone for anything at any time. I could sue you right now for hurting my feelings with your post...and if I had an expensive lawyer (who didn't tell me to take a hike for being frivolous) I'd probably win.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

geekboy642 Re:EFS is deeply, destructively flawed. (510 comments)

Nope, that was EFS. I don't like whole-disk encryption in Windows, because you can almost guarantee you'll eventually need to get at the disk with a live cd to remove a virus or fix something corrupted.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

geekboy642 Re:EFS is deeply, destructively flawed. (510 comments)

FUD.

I have a machine running Windows 7 that just got reformatted. I'd moved the documents folder to a separate drive and encrypted it; once I reloaded the backup of the keys I could read any of my encrypted files I wanted.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Retroactively Makes More User Data Public

geekboy642 Re:It wouldn't work. (287 comments)

Ah, another gold zealot.
Question for you: What intrinsic value does gold have that renders it more suitable for a store of value than a piece of paper? Answer: Nothing. You can't eat it, you can't plant it, you can't drive it, you can't breathe it, and it won't protect you from 'raptors. Gold is used for electronics and jewelry, and the fluctuating demand for those goods is the second largest factor controlling the price of gold. You may ask what the largest factor is, and I'll tell you: It's the bankers, who set the price of gold in closed meetings according to what they individually desire.
Gold is no better money than cowrie shells, and modern society has rightly left that sort of archaism behind centuries ago.

more than 4 years ago
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Life Recorder

geekboy642 Re:Rogue-like (347 comments)

You and Bruce both are thinking in a very depressingly straight-forward manner. This isn't for watching 9 hours of typing or to protect you against a theoretical pipe-wielding villain who doesn't know about disguises. You would use these to shore up a fallible memory, or for evidence in a lawsuit, or to save more images of your spouse before s/he passed away. The security implications are amusing, but trite. Ultimately, complete life recording is like the NSA's scheme with the Internet: Record enough garbage, and you'll be nearly certain to catch the important bits.

more than 4 years ago
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Ex-NSA Official Indicted For Leaks To Newspaper

geekboy642 Re:Forget Hushmail (115 comments)

for sharing people's PGP keys

Well there's your problem right there...if you let any email provider have your private key, you might as well have just stapled it to your forehead and wandered around New York asking to be mugged.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Spam Volumes On the Rise

geekboy642 Re:At least part of this is google's fault (187 comments)

Automated status reports from a server are hardly unique. Unless you rolled your own software, Google's seen the exact email thousands of times. And if you did roll your own, then chances are that you use the same words as almost any other monitoring software, so to a Bayesian spam filter it's hardly a new thing.

more than 4 years ago

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geekboy642 geekboy642 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I notice twitter has decided to do "writeups" of people he thinks are Microsoft shills. Well, all I have to say is thanks. I normally can't find a place to use my modpoints, now I know I can just follow twitter and mod up anybody he thinks is a shill.

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