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Glad they are getting shut down
But why would anyone install a flashlight app that required the "Location" permission, (and full network access presumably)?
Fully agree with M Gales' post above.
Is this like that time President Obama said "we're not going to scramble jets to catch a thirty year old hacker", then grounded the Bolivian President's jet on the basis of a rumor?
Re: Well Well
Meanwhile, we are getting outraged and vocal about one of our diplomatic bags getting opened in Gibraltar. Hypocritical much?
Are they using automatic voice recognition, or are they doing this manually / relying on community members to flag stuff up?
Good luck to him, but does he not remember how he was dismissed from his government position as drugs policy advisor? Of all people, his "hopes the UK government can set that to rights" seem a bit optimistic.
Am I going to get hacked if I click that link?
Do you work for NSA/GCHQ?
Agreed. Really good to see an article like this on el Reg.
Unicode is notoriously difficult to get right, so I have sympathy for the Apple developer w̻̔̽ͯ̄͒́̎ͅh̻̰̭̗̣̪̩͗̎ͯͣ͆̓o̬̱͚̟̹͉ͦͥ̔̈́̓ͨ͋ ͤͤg̭̩̲̍͐ͣ̈́̆͗ͅͅǫ̐ͥͬͣ̀̿̂t͚̤̙̠̫̐̌̾̉̽ ̫̳̫̈̅̍͗̑ṱ̴͎̲͇̯͉̖̊ͤ̈͐ͬḧ̤̳̭̠͉̱͌ͬ͞i̜̺͓̞̳̓̉̓ş͔̩̲͙̤̺ͬ̆̉̂ ̲̭̍̑̉̉̄̆ͫ͞wͬr̛͖̭͎͉̪ͬ͂ͩͥ̚o̢̰͉͙͇͖ṅ̌g҉̫͕̺
Thanks for the explanation. Baffling that they decided to take that route for the sake of a few hundred kilobytes.
It sounds like it could be the bizarre brain-child of an eccentric but senior engineer at Xerox. And it's worked well enough until now that no one could be bothered to tell him what a pile of over-engineered crap the idea was.
I still don't fully understand this.
If it's faulty OCR, why does the copy look such poor quality?
If it's not using OCR, how how the digit get flipped?
So Google isn't subject to British laws, but BP (and Deepwater Horizon) is subject to American laws?
Re: Haven't we had read/write laser disks for close to a couple decades?
You're either referring to magneto-optical disks (e.g. MiniDisc) which still use a magnetic write head to change the polarity of a substance heated by a laser, or you're referring to ReWriteable CDs which rely on dyes that change opacity depending on the temperatures they are heated to (i.e. not magnetic).
If my understanding is correct, this new process is completely different; uses only lasers and is orders of magnitude faster.
Re: The curious part of me wants to know....
Re: At the rish of being downvoted into Oblivion
Just as an addendum to the above; comparing Windows to Linux a decade ago would lead you to a very different conclusion regarding the security of open vs. closed systems.
Would I be out of line to suggest that it's fairly foolhardy to claim 'closed' is inherently secure than 'open', on the basis of a single piece of anecdotal evidence?
How is the NSA so certain Huawei is feeding intel back to the Chinese government? Because they intercepted the emails.
Does anyone outside of the government use the word "cyber"?
Plot twist: storage manufacturers have been spent years emailing terabytes of "encrypted" data around, lacing the meta-data with trigger words. NSA was forced splash out on multi-million dollar data warehouses to accommodate this suspect "chatter".
s311 != s313
"Senator Conroy told Estimates that the government will set in train a process to improve the transparency surrounding the use of s311"
Sleight of hand on the senator's behalf, or typo?
Why do the balloons burst? Is it because atmospheric pressure drops and the balloons expand too much, or the low temperature causes the rubber to become brittle? Or a combination maybe?
Re: First of all ...
Cool story, bro.
It's not that people don't know, it's that they don't care. And why would they? Most people see a few targeted ads as a perfectly adequate price for using google/youtube/etc.
oh, and you have to wait 3 hours for each biscuit to be printed.
Ok, so the badges thing has been running for a while now. My thoughts on the system? Aiming for these medals seems to have prompted certain commentards into a frenzy of just spamming useless comments on every story published. I think it would be much better to reward the *quality* of the posts, rather than the *quantity*, (or at least some kind of hybrid). You already have the metrics to do this.
For starters, can you just remove medals from people who predominantly get down-voted?
Oh man, yahoo is just a grave yard of once-promising projects.
I bet anyone with an interest in tumblr failing are rubbing their hands in glee right now.
Q: What do you call a piece of software that uses duplicitous techniques to install itself on your computer, often piggybacking on the installers and updates of completely unrelated software. After which it slows your computer and then later, tries to scare you into sending them money?
If a public company is having this success, can we assume that certain shadier (government) organisations are already ahead of the game and are routinely cracking public key cryptography?
Re: The real reason they want them turned off
...which makes sense. But then you're allowed to read a book, but told to "switch-off" a kindle. Which makes no sense.
"All of the data related to the backdoor is held in shared memory and never touches the disk."
(which just raises more questions that it answers...)
Re: dont get it
You can group chat with people who aren't on iPhones
You can chat with people who don't have thousands of SMSs bundled with whatever package they are on
You can chat with people in a different countries without racking up huge fees. (I doubt your included texts include texting overseas)
Speaking of which, these TXToIP systems are much better than SMS when you're abroad (with a few caveats)
They handle media files better. Again, I doubt MMS messages are included in your package.
Some people, me included, prefer the UI/UX
I could go on, but you get the picture. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but just because you can't find a use for it doesn't mean it's useless.
It would be good to know the technical details of the attack. Would allow others to better protect themselves.
Give it five years, and you'll be eating your words. Fact.
a) You can already buy music in FLAC format. i.e. Lossless.
b) It's infinitely more convenient to download music onto a device than it is to got to a shop or order the physical media online.
How about some specs?
The main differences between the XL, XE and Original (O) are as follows:
XL: taller, wider & thinner.
XE & O: 4.3"
XE & O: 540x960
XL: 16GB onboard - no microSD
XE: 4GB onboard & microSD
O: 1GB & microSD
XL: Single core 1.5GHz
XE: Dual core 1.5GHz
O: Dual Core 1.2GHz
My "spin and manipulation" alarm just went off.
> In 40 per cent of the 119 countries for which estimates could be performed, the risk of social unrest has increased significantly since 2010. Similarly, 58 per cent of countries show an increase in the percentage of people who report a worsening of standards of living. And confidence in the ability of national governments to address the situation has weakened in half the countries.
So, potentially risk of social unrest has decreased in 60% of the countries?
42% of countries *didn't* think their living standards worsened?
50% of countries *didn't* see a loss of confidence in their government?
It's possible, and doesn't sound so bad. We need more details on the underlying numbers.
I'm no expert, but surely you could detect this kind of attack?
if ( detector.isBlind() )
die("We are under attack");
I'm assuming the detector isn't blinded as part of the key exchange process?
Not true. OTP encryption is unbreakable (key exchange makes it impractical though).
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What a surprise.
I just dropped by the comments section to make some snide comments about their programming prowess, and how I hope they got an external team to build something decent. Looks like I don't need to.
An article about a "consummate attention-seeker Kevin Warwick".
Mission accomplished. Again.
it's for the greater good
The majority of people people will benefit from this technology. The vast majority of people do not know how to change their preferences. Ergo, this new feature should be on by default.
Who gives a toss if facebook tells your friend that you might be in a photo they just uploaded?
The vanishing minority of people who have concerns about privacy issues a) can switch the feature off, if they so wish, or b) delete their facebook accounts and shut the hell up. You'll not find privacy on facebook.
This reminds me of the furore over google street view. Something far more invasive than this. Sure, terrorists and burgers can use it, but the benefits out weigh these cherry-picked worst-case scenarios.
I can highly recommend reading "Kingpin" by Kevin Poulsen. A fascinating insight into this world.
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