* Posts by chr0m4t1c

908 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

chr0m4t1c

Re: The "right" to listen to music

>No mention of a licence.

You'd better check.

I used to think, but if you dig out your microscope and read the tiny print (can be on the label, booklet or cover) you'll usually find that you have been granted a license for personal use of whatever is on the medium and normally excluding public performance (so a radio station can't just pay £10 for a CD to play on the air as many times as they want, for example).

I must admit, I was quite surprised when I looked into this stuff a few years ago.

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Samsung shoves IT arm into connected cars, hires new hands

chr0m4t1c

Deeper joy. I imagine Samsung are doing this because Apple are rumoured to be working on the same thing and they want to get something out first.

When is Apple's car rumoured to launch? 2020? Expect Samsung's in 2019 and for it to include something technically quite impressive that makes you go "wow", but which is completely useless in the real world - like being able to unlock it by break-dancing or being able to slide your 52" living room TV into the seats to provide rear screen entertainment.

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

chr0m4t1c

Re: Yeah.. No thanks

That still leaves one ear....

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Zombie iOS APIs used to slurp private data

chr0m4t1c

Re: Well done, Apple

Yeah, those idiots, not thinking of every possible scenario that could lead to a breach and securing against it.

Unlike......er.......um......

Hang on, I'll get back to you.

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'Blood on the carpet' ahead for outsourcers, says analyst research

chr0m4t1c

Re: Good.

Don't forget that while China is the largest manufacturer of electronics it isn't the only one by a long way. If they suddenly decided to stop supplying the rest of the world there would be shortages and price rises in the short term but long term new plants would be built to take up the demand.

Chip manufacture goes on around the world, before China the big players were in Japan and Taiwan, now you have South Korea to add to that mix. Those are only the biggest players. There's a chip fab plant around five miles from where I live in the UK, for example.

Ramping up capacity is what takes time, these days the clean room environment that's needed takes around four to five years to establish once a plant is built meaning that you're looking at around a six year lead.

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Hutchison will float O2 … as soon as the Three merger is done

chr0m4t1c

"Consumers don't make their decisions based on broadband speed or network coverage or service reliability or customer service - just price - and so the only winning business strategy is to cut costs and prices"

No, they don't, that's quite patently obvious with just a cursory glance at what is available on the market and the number of customers with each supplier. Only some people decide purely on price.

It is true that there are an unhealthy number of business people who believe this rubbish and end up destroying perfectly healthy businesses in the pursuit of the lowest prices.

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

chr0m4t1c

Re: Having met two of them...

>For a long time there seemed to be a media consensus that Peter Davison's portrayal was a >disappointing, lightweight followup to Tom Baker that started the show's slow decline in the 80s. It's >interesting that this seems to have changed in the past few years, with far more people taking a >positive view.

I think that is because Tom Baker has such a huge presence, anyone following him (apart from perhaps Brian Blessed) was always going to look really flat in comparisson.

Like many here, I think McCoy was probably one of the better doctors, but had both the worst scripts and production values so was always going to be in trouble.

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Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

chr0m4t1c
Joke

OMG, I never noticed that!

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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

chr0m4t1c

Re: Hmm

>Just after DOS 6 then?

Not if you're old enough to remember DOS 4.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

chr0m4t1c

I think they're pretty good examples that price is not the only factor that matters to people if you're not on an especialy constrained budget.

Why people make the decision to purchase certain products or from certain companies may not be immediately clear, or may not even make much sense if you don't share those views/values/whatever.

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Class action launched against Facebook over biometric slurpage

chr0m4t1c

Re: @ Lost all faith ... I really hope this succeeds.

> how do you know if they have collected your biometric information?

When the TwatSpanners(TM) in advertising attach cameras to those colourful LED/LCD/Plasma/whatever advertising boards in shopping centres and then match the camera data to the FB data in order to personalise the adverts to you as you walk by.

I guarantee there are people working in that industry right now who have literally no clue why anyone would be against such a thing.

I think we should lobby our respective parliamentary representatives to have "working in advertising" correctly classified as the mental disorder that it is, then we can help these people with their debilatating social problems instead of villifying them.

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Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

chr0m4t1c

Re: Ransomware

I've been running Windows 10 under El Capitan with Parallels 10 without any apparent problems, so I'd hope it doesn't magically "break" when the full version of El Capitan ships.

With previous OSX releases I usually found that Parallels wouldn't work, once because of an API change that fundementally broke it, but mostly because something moved or permissions changed - in which case there were often work-arounds.

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

chr0m4t1c

Re: Remember OS/2 Warp

To be fair that wasn't the only problem they had or daft decision they made, for me the biggest standouts were:

- Launching with minimum memory requirements of 4Mb (yes, Mb!), but really needing 6Mb just after an earthquake took on of the world's larged memory fabrication plants offline causing memory prices to more than quadruple. That's not IBM's fault, just unfortunate.

- Launching without a TCP/IP stack just as the internet was beginning to get traction.

- Trying to charge £95 for the TCP/IP stack when they made it available about a year later.

So just as the home PC market kicked into high gear with machines available around the £600 mark, you needed to spend around £2,000 on a machine that could run OS/2.

They did eventually realise their errors and around late 1996 you could finally get a decent OS/2 setup for around that £600, but by that time Windows 95 was too well established.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

chr0m4t1c

If you draw a Venn diagram containing "People with money" and "People running 4+ year old iOS devices", I'd bet the intersection is quite small.

So while those older devices are vulnerable, it's increasing less likely that anyone would bother targeting them.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

chr0m4t1c

Re: You've got to love that quote from them...

I was left with the impression that EE don't know the difference between refute and repudiate.

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Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

chr0m4t1c

I need to get out more

Was I the only one to think "Praxis!" when I first heard of this?

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

chr0m4t1c

Re: In other (not) news

You can buy ostrich burgers in Iceland now, along with kangaroo, buffalo and crocodile since they started stocking Kezie meats.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

chr0m4t1c

Re: Is this the same Android...

Didn't that guy work for Adobe in the Flash team a few years ago?

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Tesla still burning cash: each car loses $4,000

chr0m4t1c

Re: Quite simple where they are going wrong circa demand

>Marketing means understanding what people want.

Model S currently outsells the i8 by more than 30 to 1, seems like they have a pretty good handle on what people want.

But that's a pointless comparison, the Model S is in the luxury saloon sector of the market, people generally aren't saying "Should I buy a 911 or Range Rover? They're about the same price".

Telsa have understandably gone for a conservative design for their first high-volume vehicles, when you're only offering one model you need it to appeal (or at least not repel) as many customers as possible. So far I've heard many comments that the car is too expensive, but I haven't heard anyone say they don't want one because of the way it looks.

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

chr0m4t1c

So here's what El Reg missed while doing background research

This is intended for installation with domestic Tesla chargers.

It's intended for use in conjunction with their Autopilot system and an automatic garage door; you park on your driveway, then use the Tesla app on your phone to tell the car to put itself in the garage at which point it also puts itself on charge.

When you want to go out, you can tell the car to meet you on the driveway.

If you sync your calendar with the car it will even pre-warm or cool the interior and be ready for you 15 minutes before you have to leave - even checking the prevailing traffic conditions and letting you know to leave early if necessary.

Yes, there are a million things that could go wrong and a million scenarios (particularly in the UK) where you just can't make use of this technology, but I still think it's pretty cool if they can get it working.

Personally, I have two immediate problems with this,

a) I can't afford a Tesla

b) I don't have a driveway

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

chr0m4t1c

Re: Existing cards

In order to do it with Apple Pay (and similar), the skimmer would have to validate the transaction on the device, which you would probably notice. At the very least it's no longer skimming.

In addition to that the authorization token generated by the device is single use, so they couldn't repeatedly charge the account from a single skim like they can now.

I would also note that cards that issue single-use tokens are in the pipeline already, which will make skimming less lucrative in future for the same reason.

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KERR-PAO! Reddit interim CEO Ellen quits amid Redditor revolt

chr0m4t1c

Re: Trump

Neat trick that, getting everyone to concentrate on his hair like that's the /worst/ thing about him.

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

chr0m4t1c

1) It's not going live yet, they're collecting data.

2) The shows where they're going to be *this month* not *ever*. Beware of bad journalism.

Will they cover everywhere when they launch? Probably not, but then as someone who lives in an area that wasn't covered by Streetview for the first two or three years I would say that Streetview's initial coverage was not "good" when it launched.

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

chr0m4t1c

Re: Search

These are not contradictory things, the OS looks at data on the phone to match the number, it doesn't send the data to Apple for recording and analasys.

In reality it's not that much different from looking in your contacts so that a name can be displayed for an incoming number.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

chr0m4t1c

Re: Just like FaceTime...

Unfortunately, VirnetX lobbed a sueball and won the case. Apple had to re-write the way FT operates in such a way that avoids those patents and in the process made it worthless as an OS project.

IIRC the patents were around P2P connections used in the old version, the re-write means the connections are now made through a central server.

So you'd either have to OS the server software as well - and rely on people setting up their own servers - or you'd have to route all of your FT communications through Apple's servers.

Neither of those options strike me as something you'd really want.

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Close encounter: Apple Macs invade the business world

chr0m4t1c

Re: really!

Where are you looking?

Dell don't appear to offer the 7020 with a 1Tb drive (only 500Gb) and when you add a monitor it comes to £1142 (inc VAT). The dell website offers £335 off at the moment, but you can get discounts and better support from Apple if you speak to the business team instead of just buying off the website.

Also, you're comparing a consumer offering with a business offering.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

chr0m4t1c

Re: hmmm

You're confusing availability with adoption.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

chr0m4t1c

Re: Time for a Register checklist?

I read somewhere that the grammar any typographical mistakes are deliberate.

Supposedly it makes people who wouldn't fall for the scam ignore the email in the first place as they correctly identify it as dodgy, thus allowing you to end up with a barrel of "easy mark" fish that you can then shoot.

I guess it's a bit like those police sting operations where they catch people on the run by telling them they've won something and then arresting them when they come to collect.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

chr0m4t1c

Re: Signal issues

Maybe he was just holding it wrong....

(Runs away)

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

chr0m4t1c

Re: It will only work on EE branded phones, too

As I understand it, MS and Apple have put the functionality into the firmware already (or it will be in the next release), but some Android devices haven't.

EE are putting the functionality into their "branded" firmware they put on the locked handsets they sell.

It's not clear if the functionality will work if you happen to own a handset that does have the functionality but which isn't EE branded, or if they would block it.

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Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

chr0m4t1c

What about the Christmas spirit approach?

If you've already won, pull a cracker with someone who's lost and give them the prize whatever the outcome.

It's Christmas, it's mean to be about sharing.

Jeez, talk about missing the point....

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

chr0m4t1c

Re: Everything Everywhere except signal in my phone

>Thanks, but after hearing about this I won't be staying an EE customer for long

Are you not going to even wait to see if the deal gets done?

That said, I'm an EE customer and I do not wish to do business with BT either. Personally, I'll probably stay with EE until they try to sell me BT line.

The real problem for me is that we're gradually reaching a point where I don't want to do business with any of the companies offering services that I need because of the buy-ups, so I may end up just having to lump it.

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

chr0m4t1c

Re: FUCK 'EM

I fear you have it the wrong way around, this is to allow you to stalk others.

Deleting the app won't prevent anyone from stalking you, you need to delete your account.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

chr0m4t1c

Re: the thing tyhe banking world doesn't get is..

>Just think about how special a £50 note feels. It's more special than three £20 notes.

Not to me, I'll give you a £50 note for three £20 notes any time you want.

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chr0m4t1c

Re: UMA was great!

PTT was really badly explained (at least it was by Nokia). I remember getting my first phone that had PTT as a feature, but the description in the manual and on the marketing material just made it sound like a special button for one speed-dial number. So in the end, I just continued using the speed-dials I already had set up.

UMA is making a comeback now the support is in more handsets, I think EE are supposed to be deploying it soon, I expect the other networks will follow suit shortly - except for O2 who have invested in TuGo instead..

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

chr0m4t1c

Re: Sic transit gloria mundi

"Microsoft would do well to rebadge their mobile offering in an Xbox-like manner (although I can see Apple kicking off at "Xphone"), and re-invent themselves. The recent open-sourcing of .net was a step in the right direction, but there's still huge amounts of ground to make up."

They would have done about five years ago, but now they've started dragging repositioning X-Box closer to the Windows ecosystem, they're beginning to poison the brand.

I predict that at some point in the next 2-3 years, they'll add "Windows" to the X-Box brand, then be confused as the sales tank.

The Windows brand is toxic and its getting worse.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

chr0m4t1c

Re: Ah, New Zealand...

>... home of the best meat pies that I've found on this planet. I particularly remember a venison pie >from Te Anau that was sublime.

This guy doesn't do venison, but he is trying to replicate the NZ pie experience: http://www.gourmetpie.co.uk/

He's doing a pretty good job, too. I bought some of his pies at a food event during August and they were all good, I plan to order some more as soon as the Christmas freezer is emptied at the end of the month.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

chr0m4t1c

It never ceases to amaze me

How can so many people be so clever and so dumb at the same time?

If they spent more time considering the public (whom they claim to care about) instead of how much money they can make from "their" standard, then we would have had all of this years ago.

Now?

Well if you want to get the mobile market going you will either have to get Apple on board (I know people will hate me saying that), or get a credible rumour going that Apple will be putting the tech in the next iThings so that Samsung jam it into their devices as fast as they can.

Tiny bit cynical, I know.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

chr0m4t1c

Re: 'Normal Collier'?

Different phenomona

Norman Collier is when you have dropouts so that you miss words or parts of words.

Dalek is when the data rate drops for voice so you still hear all of the words, but the caller sounds like they are speaking through a "dalek" voice changing microphone.

Record a voice and then encode it with successfully lower bitrates to hear the effect for yourself (you'll probably need to start at something like 80k and work down).

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

chr0m4t1c

Or just keep it inside one of the readily available card carriers that block the reader when you're not using it.

Search for "RFID blocking" on eBay and there are lots of options from complete card wallets to things that you can put in your existing card carrier.

In reality, "New security measure" != "100% effective" does not mean that "Old security measure" > "New security measure".

Seatbelts don't prevent all injuries, but for real world examples they are generally better than no seatbelt.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

chr0m4t1c

Re: we need free unlocking in the UK too

>It sounds like an Apple thing

Yeah, but it looks like it was CPW that messed up. Apple ships all phones unlocked, but some of them are pre-registered to be network locked as they're supposed to be sold under contract.

They're not locked to a specific network until you put a SIM in them, at which point the locking is triggered and they are tied to the network of that SIM.

CPW should either have not sold him that particular handset, or informed Apple (normally that's just done through the POS system) that the handset had been sold as SIM-free, he should probably take it up with CPW.

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

chr0m4t1c

Re: Concerns

>I dunno, but can the 'tap to pay' merchant terminals in the UK be adapted to work with Apple Pay - or a Google NFC system?

Yes. Apple Pay is an implementation of the standard currently in use for these transactions.

Currently the primary limitation in the UK is that there's no way to load your card onto the phone because no banks have the systems in place to generate the tokens (yet).

If you have a supported US credit or debit card you can set your iPhone region to the US, which will enable the OS support, and then load your card into the phone. After that you can use it at any PayWave terminal, but (of course) you will have the currency conversion charges to pay on any transaction.

A few people around the world, not just the UK, have already tried and found everything works as you would like.

From what I have heard Visa and MasterCard are already working with the banks to bring the functionality to the UK next year.

There's an interesting article here if you want something more in-depth:

http://bankinnovation.net/2014/09/heres-how-the-security-behind-apple-pay-will-really-work/

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Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

chr0m4t1c

Re: One step closer

Yeah, and Samsung's latest figures aren't terribly inspiring.

Was it something like 90% drop in the last quarter's profits? That's going to sting a bit.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

chr0m4t1c

Re: Donations for politicians

>Better option: Let's start an El-Reg party, and get some normal, intelligent, forward-thinking, incorruptible (I hope) people in power!

You're new here, aren't you?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

chr0m4t1c

Re: Keyboard won't be a gamechanger for BB

iOS has Swype now too.

Keep up :*)

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

chr0m4t1c

Re: Well, duh

I must admit, my first thought was that Apple had done this deliberately in order to buy them at a discount, but I am also unable to think of a single instance where they had followed this approach before.

In fact, Apple have (so far) gone out of their way to avoid owning most of their own manufacturing capability, prefering to invest with existing companies to either improve their facilities or introduce a new capability and then have that investment be recouped as manufacturing discounts and/or guaranteed production levels.

Natually, anyone who wants to continue to believe that Apple are evil should ignore any developments in this story that do not support that supposition.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

chr0m4t1c

Re: OS vs apps: Paint

>The first iPhone didn't even have 3G, only wifi. So having a data plan was irrelevant.

The first iPhone had 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and was really only intended to be used on one network in the USA, even though it did make it to some networks outside of the US shortly before being replaced by the 3G version.

So having a data plan was not irrelevant, but it was essentally useless given the speed of the data.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

chr0m4t1c

Re: "... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”

I don't think it's just the providers.

My TV has a network interface and will connect to Netflix, so does my streaming box, my games console and my cable box and each one of them has a different interface for the same service.

If one provider can't even manage to standardize, there's no chance when you're working across multiples.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

chr0m4t1c

Re: Interesting

>That's exactly what I said, except for your pro-Apple spin.

My reading of your post was that it implied that Apple were lying. The iCloud servers were not breached, but individual accounts were hacked, pointing out the facts is not pro-Apple spin.

>Failure to enforce lockout after multiple failed login attempts is pathetic and there's no excuse for it.

Apple lock out accounts for eight hours after 12 failed attempts.

Apple's reset process invloves providing email address, date of birth and the answer to any one of a number of securty questions (e.g. The name of your first pet). Unfortunately for people in the public eye most of that information is likely to be easily available from a number of sources and like most people they wouldn't think of just making up an answer, so a quick trip to Google will almost certainly allow you to gain ilicit access to the account of pretty well anyone famous.

Is this Apple's /fault/? Debatable. There are more things they could do, but then there are already additional security features available for Apple accounts that do not appear to have been turned on in this case (e.g. if you have 2FA turned on, then the password reset process will also require you to go through that).

So we're back to square one, is it the fault of any company if users who do not use the security features provided then have their accounts breached?

No. It's the fault of the people who gained access, in the same way that if you forgot to lock your front door it's not your fault if someone steals your TV. What you did might have inadvertently made it easy for them, but make no mistake that the person at fault is the thief.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

chr0m4t1c

Re: 3 minute orgasm

I happened to be in New York a couple of years ago when the iPhone 5 launched and there were TV crews from around the world interviewing people in the line pretty much 24 hours a day.

The story says that these two have some software to promote, making this a marketing exercise - they'll get 18 days of worldwide press coverage for their $2,500 ($3,200 including phone), which is a bit of a bargain.

Fanbois? Not likely.

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