* Posts by DryBones

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: It's a shame

Well, the problem there is Samsung. It's pronounced "bloated and annoying and slow".

Ideally Android is pronounced "Nexus". Think they're on sale too, and the N beta is fairly good now that it's hit #3.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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Re: Just lost 10 hours this week already...

Invoice them. No, really. Registered mail, return receipt and all that, copies to finance and legal departments. Hours to remove unwanted software installed without permission after explicit opt-out. And if they don't cough up, pull the trigger.

It might be small, they might barely feel it, but it's the way large corporations have their behavior modified: by having it cost them money. At least due reimbursement...

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Re: Finally catching up...

1) Obvious Troll is obvious.

2) That'd be the Vulkan graphics API, also coming to Windows to shame both Direct 3D and OpenGL.

3) "Done first" doesn't matter. "Done best" does. Ask Apple and their huge pile of money.

4) Android N is wanted by its users. How's Windows 10 working out on that key metric? Oh, looks like it's having to use most of the slimy malware tactics to make any headway against XP. Aw, diddums.

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

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Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Yeah, you kind of have to be able to speak properly to use it.

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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Re: So long GoofyGoogle, and thanks for all the bots!

Pssst. Don't buy Samsung phones. If you want an up-to-date Android phone, buy a Nexus.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Linux

So...

How does all this time and effort and expense compare to migrating to Linux? Just wondering.

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SS7 spookery on the cheap allows hackers to impersonate mobile chat subscribers

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So wait. They're not passing a PGP / encryption key pair? What?

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Re: i assume this means

You might want to look into how to get it up to 6 instead... N is looking good, too.

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Re: Doing the terrorists job for them

"Mobile Detonation Device", ha! Honestly, I'd say the terrorists have won, but they haven't made people change their behavior: They're still all feckless.

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Bali banking bandits foiled by probing penetration tester

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Re: Miserable security

Because Bali.

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

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So...

People are downloading the NatWestBanking App by Ima Crook Enterprises, and they don't see anything wrong with the publisher.

Right then, off you go.

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PayPal probed over Venmo cash-flinging app

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Seems similar to Google Wallet? *shrug*

Yes, I trust Google more than PayPal.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: View from inside

It's pretty simple, though I suppose perhaps not easy.

* Ads are like a group of 600 lb people these days, a megabyte or more each.

* There is little vetting done on ads, and the advent of flash bidding makes them the equivalent of sharing about needles with people known to have STDs.

* Ads go out of their way to be obnoxious.

Sharply cut the size of ads, taser any and all ad designers that feel compelled to use video, popouts, expanding overlays, and other such whoop-de-doo's. Vet your ads for safety and suitability and STAND BY THAT VETTING. In short, the ad industry needs a long scrub, a shave, and to have all its shots up to date before I let it into my house. Because right now it's a rude and unwashed schizophrenic.

My phone keyboard put out "accordionist" when I gesture-typed schizophrenic, which is much funnier but not on point.

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More questions than answers, literally, from America's privacy rules

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Re: What's the average of bad and good?

Disagree, because otherwise nothing gets done.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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So...

That's most of France nicked, then.

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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

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Re: "Freezing out third-party apps"

It's not wrong. One can install them by sideloading as many people in China do to access third party stores. And get malware from. Oh, dear.

Google simply refuses to list competing app stores in the Play Store. As is its right. The barrier to going outside it is pretty low.

I primarily use Google because they're better than the rest. Sorry, Bing is a stupid name, too.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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Learn to Read

Every single one of you has failed to read what he actually SAID. Let's try it again.

“If the services and products they are using are not made in Europe then they will be made in China, and Asia-Pacific and Silicon Valley, and that will be a big missed opportunity."

AKA if the EU want to be berks about coding and such done in their territory it will be taken elsewhere. I read reams of anecdotes about coding in China, Korea, Taiwan, and the Asian coders that Google employs are proof that they have a valid worker pool there. It does NOT however say that Google is moving to China, nor that work will be done EXCLUSIVELY there.

Criminy.

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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The Only True Point He Made

People are tired of having to install shitty apps from various companies just to interact with them.

So instead he's going to take us back to the days of Telnet. Well, isn't it? Little in the way of graphics, just text going back and forth for whatever site you want to access. I refuse to do it through FB's network, but if these companies want to provide an interaction address for a more generic messaging application to use I may try it.

Can't be worse than the app, the shitty webpage, or the hold messages directing you to the shitty app and webage.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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That was the calmest I've ever seen the ocean. I read their securing method is going to be 'weld the feet to the deck for the trip back to port'.

I think they need to engineer some capture mechanisms.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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Trollface

Oh look!

It's everything people said would happen as soon as Facebook bought Oculus, and Facebook said they would never do.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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Re: My misunderstanding?

I believe they're going for noise averaging. Since the views should be almost the same, one trick is polling the values for both cells with a predetermined position shift to line them up, doing some maths on them and getting a clear result. Same reason you get antenna arrays, etc.

Oh, wait, the size issue. 1.25um x 2 > 1.4 um?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: Uh, oh!

Replaces lines at the beginning of /dev/icee with blank space, obviously.

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A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says

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Re: I am a Truecaller user

Link from the Wikipedia entry, take it as you will

http://www.pallab.net/2013/08/27/how-truecaller-finds-numbers/

So... It's Facebook for phone numbers.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: Ditch it already

Wow. Just... wow. Sounds like they need to furlough everyone except the programmers and the ejection seat designers, and they need to be taken by the short hairs.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: Who "ratted" and wht?

I believe the challenging bit with the engines is engineering them so that they separate in a controlled fashion at the right time (and not before!), properly enter their retrieval orientation and deploy chute(s) in good order. Since such hasn't been done before with the new engines being developed, it's not really being paid multiple times for the same work. Time will tell if they have to re-engineer the retrieval hooks or not. I imagine the mass is different, as is the moment arm and center of gravity and the like.

But that would involve actual engineering.

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Re: Fat, lazy and stupid

Do you grow all your own food? Make your own beer? I imagine you might do your taxes, but still. How about making all your own engine parts and body work from the raw materials? Major home additions? If you truthfully can answer yes to all of those you are a true renaissance man.

If any of them is no, the next question for yourself is "Why not?" Warning: there's a high chance of you being a bloody hypocrite.

Blue Origin has all the equipment, the people, and are 3 years into the development and testing of their BE-4, probably about to put together a full scale model for firings. ULA is contributing a good whack of development funding and likely expertise as well, since they have a lot of data on what rockets need and how they can go wrong.

Or would you like ULA to start buying even more manufacturing machines and be years behind the curve?

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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

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Re: Play installs firmware?

Seems like they need to break Android into 3 pieces: Device Drivers, OS, and Overlays. The device drivers are provided by the manufacturer for their specific hardware, and seldom if ever change. If they need to they can be updated OTA. The OS comes from Google, and is updated OTA. The Overlays come from the carrier, and are routed to dev/null.

And there was rejoicing all around.

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Re: Screw you Samsung

Or a Nexus 9.

Just saying.

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

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"Credit Union"

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Too Naked for the Nazis streaks to literary glory

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Re: Reading from Behind: A Cultural History of the Anus.

Is it a tripe hunt?

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

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Easy as pie to get on a Nexus. Not bad at all, still bugs to flatten.

I do wonder how many phones it's going to take before those that like Android stop looking at anything besides a Nexus device. I mean, they've only seen the cycle of no update releases like 5x before...

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

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Re: Hang on...

If you say so. I was reading another article ( last XBox or something) about it that seemed to be claiming that was the design goal.

I seem to recall (or imagine, same thing after enough time) one feature that predictably broke off of Longhorn was that idea of a module that managed games similar to a console, each in its own little stall or something.

And then we got The Registry, and that notion turned into a hairball that needs third party tools to keep under control...

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Hang on...

Aren't these the same guys that say they prefer to make games for consoles, because they only have one or two configurations they need to test it against?

Isn't that what this UWP is supposed to do, make every PC look like a single configuration?

...

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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IT Angle

So...

They haven't heard of this thing called a subscription portal. Perhaps they should get a real business to show them how it's done.

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Gartner to FBI: Stop bullying Apple and the tech industry

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Black Helicopters

You're not paranoid if they really are out to get you...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 set for fourth launch attempt

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Re: The last one landed vertically

It's got legs, and it knows how to use them.

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Worldpay outs self as provider of easy-to-crack payment services

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They should have said no.

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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

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Re: hold on..

Yeah. They forgot to list the stalls at the loo as prior art.

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: Completely pointless anyway

Indeed. The real headline should be "San Bernadino County and FBI FUBAR, Try to Blame Apple"

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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Really? I seem to recall a certain number of companies that were offering all sorts of goodies for exploting phones, surely one of them included device imaging. Then they could brute force it all they wanted. No?

No latex finger trick? Surely they have the prints of the owner. If this is reality for the FBI / CIA / NSA, they're really not very good, are they?

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WordPress under attack by whack-a-mole ad-scam malware

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So, how are they doing on closing the hole that's allowing it to do that?

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Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

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Re: "If you've got Comodo's browser installed on your machine, get rid of it."

If you get infested by malware that fakes ad clicks, the quality of the user impressions they are offering goes down, and their value along with it. So it is in their best interest to help keep the pool clean.

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Re: QR Code

Me, because my phone tells me what it contains and gives me options instead of just automatically executing. Didn't seem to get a good enough picture to decode though.

Cue folks saying "that you know" in 3, 2...

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Oz stargazers serve up interstellar noodles

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I for one...

All hail his noodley appendages.

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Updated Android malware steals voice two factor authentication

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Re: Isn't it sweet...

Newsflash: Installing dodgy applications from dodgy sites after you turned on installing APKs from third party sites and clicked through the warning about the effects of doing such... may get you infected with malware.

So nothing new at all, then. Yawn.

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Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit

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Or maybe have gotten hit anyway, since there's these things called 'targeted attacks'. The only computer that isn't vulnerable is the one that's not on.

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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

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Ahem

NoScript

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: ~50mb of remnants of Gwx removal trick... apk

Out of curiosity, why are you ending everything with APK? We can see what your handle is perfectly well, there's no need to put it in 4 different places in your post.

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Re: @ Medixstiff -- I have a question...

Has anyone actually, formally complained, to the FTC and the like? All I'm seeing is a lot of fussing on here. I've yet to read a single article wherein anyone has legally complained, sued, cease-and-desisted, or anything of the like. It's like watching guppies nibble your toes.

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Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

I've yet to hear of a single lawsuit being filed, when from the way people carry on there should be dozens. I'm not saying I agree with their tactics, but I'm not seeing anyone actually do anything to knock MS back on their heels.

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