Re: BBRY devices?
Except for the shambling corpse of a corporation to support it. Probably ok this generation but next yeah not so much.
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Except for the shambling corpse of a corporation to support it. Probably ok this generation but next yeah not so much.
Android's full disk encryption (almost always software only and usually doesn't allow SD card encryption either) is garbage full stop. Having dedicated hardware for FDE is a big edge Apple has over the vast majority of Android hand sets.
Windows phone, security by obscurity (though I guess they did ok from an engineering standpoint too) plus with the joke that is their app store you are less likely to install malware (or anything).
>And this is on the assumption that a dodgy app from an unofficial place is somehow worse than a dodgy app from an official place
I think their assumption is you are still less likely to get dodgy apps from Google play (who do some checking) than the Chinese app store specials. The thing is like I say as far as I know F-Droid has never served up straight up malware (unlike Google) and with all app source available and neck beards who use it if they did it would only live for a few hours more than likely. Now the one type of semi dodgy app on F-Droid is apps like Newsblur whose client is open source but who knows (can check privacy statement but those change) what they do with the server side information they collect on you (stories you read, how long, when, etc).
Honestly its not the malware you have to install that scares me as much as blatant platform weaknesses like a baddy being able to get root on your phone by sending a simple MMS requiring no user intervention (actually requires nerd intervention to prevent by default). But I will agree Android does seem a lot more vulnerable to drive by stuff than it should be so airplane mode only might have merit.
>To avoid an infection, don't download software from unofficial app stores,
Compared to the F-Droid unofficial app store (be smart, get from official site only, check md5 etc) the official Google Play is a den of thieves. Many of which Google even consider legitimate (as opposed to the thousands that aren't but they don't kick out) but if anyone looked at their source code (which you can do on with all F-Droid apps) they would probably strongly disagree.
Saudi sucks and may well have paid for it but Turkey is the big country who (not so) secretly has a man crush on ISIS and whose borders those trucks probably crossed at one point or another.
>"Wake up, Apple is a target and is being breached."
Still less than its only viable competitor which sucks all around. If only BB and Microsoft weren't hell bent on failing.
You are confusing Android with Google. They are technically separate (see Cyanogenmod for example). My spare handset is running Android (OmniROM) without a single Google (or closed source) thing installed including nothing under accounts (long live F-Droid). Granted that means rooting and voiding the warranty which is why its only on my secondary older Gnex handset.
> give out all your contacts and photos without even entering a PIN
Fixed already in 9.0.2 and rolled out probably to a larger portion of the user base (including me and I am hardly some bleeding edge beta tester type) than the much more serious stage fright bug which is only partial fixed and reported months ago to Google. Granted its an embarrassing security issue for Apple but not a wtfpwnd like Android's.
Well if you don't mind butt ugly phones the shambling corpse of BB is still out there. Supposedly all these non Android Linux phones are supposed to be coming or out there but good luck with that. Yeah its a depressing market place in a lot of ways.
Whatever happened to Sendo? Sorry too soon.
> How hard is it to develop apps?
My guess is knowing Microsoft actually not that hard. Its that zero return on investment of time and money that is the problem.
>Just under $80
>Whether this is the sweet spot for Windows phone
Probably not for Microsoft at that price. Even giving them away at or below cost they are in the low single digits in market share in most markets.
Amazon prime has an exclusive on older Sponge Bob and several other Nick shows (of the streaming services). If you are a parent you understand how valuable that is. Otherwise pretty much they share +80% of the same crap with Netflix.
Yet another reason to buy Roku. They are about the only one not pushing media directly as their main business model. Still If Amazon drop support for Roku they drop me as a Prime member simple as that.
>Yes, Apple can be capricious and inscrutable and pull stuff for the most baffling of 'reasons', but this time round iFixit should have used some common sense.
Perhaps they did and decided this new product scoop (people go batshit crazy over new Apple crap as much as ever maybe even more than in the future who knows) was worth the clicks to risk the wrath of Apple (plus the free publicity). Worst case now they have to just buy everything on release day like anybody else. Its not like anyone else can scoop them now more than once anyway.
>CenturyLink (DSL) and Mediacom (cable) are SO overpriced
Century Link DSL in my area is actually pretty affordable. I only pay $35 a month (for internet only no bundling). Granted its for slow as shit service (20 down tops less than 1 up, but unlimited data) but its good enough for me to be able to get rid of cable and phone and still go internet only on both. Here's to being a cheap bastard.
> a Volkswagen board member and the economy minister of Lower Saxony,
Isn't Lower Saxony one of VW's biggest investors? That some 3rd world conflict of interest on steroids shit right there Germany.
>Don't all aircraft do that.
A weapons program cost over a trillion dollars? The Space Shuttles I don't think even cost that much over their lifetime (including mission costs) even adjusted for inflation. Also most of the time the aircraft built 25+ years after the ones they are replacing are generally better. But yes weapons programs tend to cost more than IT projects (though admittedly there is a huge amount of IT cost in modern weapon programs) because we always seem to be able to find the money to kill brown people.
>its like watching a car crash in slow motion
Over a decade reading this web site and the stream of UK government IT contract fail articles is as endless as AO/LP climate articles. Pretty amazing how good the UK government is at it. The US government meanwhile tends to save its epic fails for the defense/security projects like the billion dollar virtual border fence pork to Boeing that never worked. As well as the mother of all epic project fails the F-35 which is going to cost more than every UK IT government project ever and going forward probably in my lifetime.
>When's the tipping point?
For me it was a long time ago when I got tired of each tab eating up massive amounts of memory with ABP. Went to open source privoxy which is much leaner and where advertisers don't get to buy a free pass and haven't looked back (though I also run Privacy Badger because I run NoScript in global allow due to being a pain to white list all the stuff I need).
>Oh dear. Just wait for the petrol heads
Lot fewer of those today than even a decade ago at least in the US. A lot of millennials now don't even have drivers licenses and with self driving cars on the horizon I am afraid its only going to get worse. That era shown in The Hollywood Knights and American Graffiti is long gone.
>delete anything incriminating.
Well at least in the US, the justice department seems to be able to convict you much easier for doing that than anything else (see Martha Stewart). I also believe that is a really quick way to get a default judgement (or whatever the fancy legal term is) in court against yourself as well.
@AC. Yep no big deal huh? Unless you own stock I suppose.
>does this mean that they will run like a Trabant?
Or certainly more like their competitors explaining why VW's diesel magic was too good to be true.
In retrospect I should have posted this AC as I am ranting lol. The comparison is between different generations 1%ers as most Boomers are worse off than their kids will be come retirement time.
>No generation has a monopoly on traitors and scoundrels.
No but only one's motto was greed is good and made it socially acceptable to be a scoundrel as long as you were getting paid (funny how few people went to jail over the 2007 economic meltdown caused in large part by systemic fraud). Gordon Gekko was the face of that generation.
So Saudi missed buying a hacking team that got unbelievably wtfpwnd no? Generally a company of their nature doesn't want to be a household name to the IT press so the royalty are probably grateful it fell through (much like Microhoo but on a much smaller scale).
>where the general consensus seems to be if we don't sell to them, someone else will, so we may as well make the money.
Which sounds great until your prior business buddy Saddam is suddenly not such a buddy any more.
> Indeed I often wonder what happened to morals in the Western World as far as "doing business is concerned"
Baby Boomers took charge. Next question.
>Our ancestors were wise when they decided to set the country up this way - it seems dangerous to assume they were wrong given all the things we have learnt in the last decade.
Yeah who knew due process was a good idea huh? Sure would have made closing Gitmo easier.
>The Disinformation Engine
Stolen from another El Reg postard (Jon) but love the paraphrase (quite prophetic as well) and hope its true.
To paraphrase Heinlein
It is your duty to buck the system at every turn - if you can't get away with paying less tax, pay a little more - it messes with their system, and causes headaches. Give false, or as little information to governments, corporations and other bodies. Make it as difficult to profile you, and in turn profile the world, as you can.
>A million tonnes sounds BIIIIIG and must be horrifyingly BAAAAAD, right?
A million here and million there and pretty soon you are glad you don't live near the coast.
>I wonder if any other auto manufacturers
Didn't read full chain (tsk tsk on me) but from what I understand no other manufacturer claimed to have as clean a diesel with as much power in such a small size and now we know how VW "magically" did it.
>Whereas I rely on The Onion,
You and FIFA.
>and the company is privately owned by a single individual. If he's happy with his niche then there's no one else to tell him he's wrong, and that's a good thing in my opinion from a long term support point of view.
Unless he truly doesn't care about money I would hesitate to think a single individual owner is a good thing for long term support. What happens if say Oracle comes along and decides it needs his companies niche to grow its portfolio or even worse he retires or dies and his coke head son takes over?
One would think Intel had to know CPUs would become fast enough and become a commodity at some point. Having worked indirectly with some of their management though its easy to see how they would put their head in the sand and now panic when this new reality hits. My guess is the decline of Wintel is going to hit Intel harder.
>Does that mean the boycott over systemd was unsuccessful?
RH knew up front that systemd would end up making them a lot of money which is why they pushed it. Killing POSIX and making as much FOSS as possible LInux only, means personal boycotts don't matter in the long run nor do they really in the short run as neck beards tend not to sign the checks.
Microsoft is doing more then ever to make open source a viable alternative by more and more only allowing their software to be used if they can track more and more what you do with it. Seppuku by cloud.
But remember Java was built for security and its steward makes databases that are unbreakable. What's that the CVEs tell a different story than the marketing drones? Funny that. Also Android doesn't even enforce the sand boxing as apps have direct access to a lot of native platform functionality as well (for performance reasons). iOS has its issues but even Google has had to eat crow and admit security of their OS was never really a design goal and had to be bolted on later (poorly imo, ie security patching and lousy full disk encryption 2 easy examples).
>PS. I just went through all your posts and pressed the "report abuse" button on each of them, on account of the brazen spamming. Hope you don't mind.
Good for you but did you have to give his/her shitty company more press by repeating its name multiple times? Would have given you an upvote otherwise.
I hope Apple lifetime banned all accounts that posted any apps with this malware regardless of who fault it is. All signing keys (if used) should be black flagged as well. Of course being a western corporation and a total whore to the China market means probably no such thing happened.
>Just don't expect the "big picture" to make much sense when you put all the pieces together. There is no big picture.
Yes there is. Its called Modern Democracy/Republic Alpha Version .01 . Sometimes going first is not an advantage.