"served up a slew of unwanted ads …"
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Are ads ever wanted?
HFS+ in iOS did effectively provide full disk encryption, as explained at Protected Until First User Authentication in the mind-numbingly long iOS Security document (old version, as the current one has already been updated). But that's not to deny that AFS' encryption facilities are better than HFS+'s in many ways.
Reading the report, the headline Apple spyphone crack uses phishing, followed by an attack called Trident, which uses a sequence of three vulnerabilities to jailbreak the iPhone. Users who keep their iOS up-to-date (which does require hardware that is less than 3–4 years old) are not susceptible, since Apple has definitely fixed two of the vulnerabilities, CVE-2016-4657 and CVE-2016-4655. The documentation for the third, CVE-2016-4556, does not mention Apple at all. It's possible that its ID is incorrect: Nokia made a typo in one of the other two.
Of the remaining Apple vulnerabilities mentioned, AceDeceiver exploits an untrusted network and is defeated by two-step authentication; apps created with the booby-trapped xCodeGhost developer tools have been purged from the app store, and Apple is supposed to have made it quicker for Chinese developers to download the official xCode package (developers were reportedly downloading xCodeGhost because it arrived faster); KeyRaider affects only jailbroken iPhones; and Yispector, which affected only non-App Store apps, was blocked 18 months ago.
Of course, there are always more exploits coming down the pike, but a need for paranoia is not indicated at the moment.
Bonding copper lines might sweat things a bit more, but the whole thing just becomes an unreliable mess (in terms of time wasted) when scaled across millions of customers.
Too right. Here in Nameless European Country, we have two bonded copper pairs giving us 100Mbps down and 50 up (true figures). And yet another warm box with blinkenlights in the service cupboard. Silly thing is, FTTP arrived the following year, but the provider won't put in the final 2m of connection between the termination and out router unless we want to shell out for more capacity (or less latency — but, if I asked for that, the help desk would not know how to react) than the copper will provide.
It's not clear to me why developers would use Samsung's API, toaster-fridge compatibility or no, given that Samsung's only got about 25% of the Android smartphone market. By programming for Google Assistant, a developer can address 100% (well, modulo quite a few smartphones that use Android but not Google's goodies). That's not to say that (unlike constrained Siri functionality on iOS) either API is available yet: Samsung says "eventually", and Google invites you to sign up to a mail list for announcements. Who knows who will be first out of the gate? But I'd back Google to win over Samsung, whatever.
ARM is fine for what it's intended for, but a fire-breathing high performance general purpose CPU suitable for weather forecasts it is not.
Yet. The Mont Blanc Project ("European Approach Towards Energy Efficient High Performance — thank goodness they didn't try to bludgeon that into an acronym) is addressing just this issue, using the Cavium ThunderX2™ mentioned in the article. This press release is a bit more readable than the project's website as a whole.
A sentence or two of background about what Quantum does (or is failing to do) would be useful.
Ask yourself "Why is this lying bastard lying to me?"
If Amazon takes on 5,000 people, what's the effect on the unemployment rate and tax revenues?
Mine's the one that came from a high street shop.
“… it would be far better to address patchy 4G, with the UK having recently been found to have worse coverage than Albania.”
Credible citation required. Although this claim comes from OpenSignal, its 4G coverage maps for the UK and Albania make one wonder how it can be true. I can only conclude that those in Albania who have the OpenSignal app on their phones, and who can apparently pick up a 4G signal more consistently than their UK counterparts, don't leave the cities and major roads much.
(I heard an interview by the BBC's Radio 4 Today with a person in Albania about this story when it broke. It sounded as though they were talking over a low data-rate 2G connection…)
In the past year, I've had acceptable single malts from Brittany and several parts of Germany. I don't know whether the distilleries have pagodas, though. Maybe they don't, and that's why their products still have a way to go before they could show their face in Scotland.
Well, dozidoze is at least a Googlewhack. Don't see many of those these days. Well done!
My understanding of erasure codes is that, given any 20 of those 28 chunks that 20 chunks-worth of data is spread across, you can reconstruct the original 20 chunks. Conversely, if you look at any one of the 28 chunks, you cannot tell anything about any part of the original 20 chunks — you need another 19 before you can do that. This means that, by the time a chunk has hit a (somewhat) intelligent drive, it can't usefully be indexed or searched on the drive itself. So indexing has to be done on the original 20 chunks before they hit the array, resulting in more chunks which, with added redundancy, also hit the array.
"Or am I talking bo**ocks?" (as another poster put it).
This piece would be better if it explained what on earth "hardened Ethernet" might be. A search for the phrase just turns up switches that one can install in one's cement works. And diving a couple of levels deep through links in the article leads only to a white paper that uses the phrase once without explanation.
This must be part of the government's drive to increase teens' technical skills through making them research and develop ways around the ban.
I've been breaking most of those with my hacked-up scripts for years.
Isn't the Wi-Fi probe MAC address randomization introduced in iOS 8 supposed to defeat this kind of caper? (It got off to a shaky and ineffectual start, but reportedly was much improved in iOS 9.) Android got around to introducing the same feature earlier this year. So TfL is likely to be tracking only users of old Android versions. They'll just have to hope that these punters take the same routes as those with pricier phones, who are probably the people that interest advertisers most.
One of the nice things about Apple's, umm, mature Mac Mini is that it has an internal power supply. Like all the competition (AFAICT), the Z2 G3 has (will have) an external power brick. In this case, it's 135 Watts, which means that it will be big, and that the workstation will potentially be very noisy if its fans have to shift all that heat out of a small space.
Hmm. Wonder where this leaves the in-car entertainment line that supports Apple's CarPlay.
There's bound to be some juicy government contracts coming up because of a need to impede things currently moving freely: people, goods, services, patents …
The linked materials suggest that CAPI is specific to IBM's POWER architecture (currently POWER8, POWER9 next year), which makes it a lot less exciting from most potential users' point of view.
So now I have to enter retail establishments with a hop, skip or jump to avoid the floor-level cameras. Glad to know that they care about my fitness.
Hmm. The kids' stilts are still in the garage …
Where can I get a full transcript?
Absolutely essential in this case.
Reminds me of the time I wrapped up a job in Italy, only to find myself alone after hours on a locked site. The security guard (conforming to Italian stereotyping) was nowhere to be found, so the only way out was over the three-metre wire fence, patrolled by guard dogs. Happily, as well as being badly-fed and flea-ridden (poor things), they were untrained, and treated anybody inside the wire as a friend. It was only after I'd scrambled over and was outside that they started to bark at me …
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
… only really works if taxes for services are the same throughout.
I think that loophole got fixed last year: vendors of downloads no longer sell out of Luxembourg, where VAT was 3%, because they must now charge the rate of the country where the customer is established. If this rule does not yet apply to telecomms, I'm sure the stroke of a pen could change that.
What I don’t understand (and the company’s web site does not explain) is why the product is volatile in the face of power failure if it’s using NAND, a non-volatile storage technology. Maybe it’s that the driver software makes no guarantee about what’s in DRAM and what’s in NAND when the lights go out.
My buzzword detector just went up in in flames.
After all, they're specialists in offering products with gaping security holes.
What does Nutanix actually do?
My guess is that it's something to do with Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers, reported a few days ago in El Reg.
In a similar way to Why didn't quantitative easing produce huge inflation?, maybe if there had been no Win 10, PC sales would really have fallen through the floor. Who can say? But Canute may be a better analogy.
Chapter 11 of the only management book I ever enjoyed, Fred Brooks' "The Mythical Man Month". Too bad the adherents of Bitcoin didn't get the memo.
Are all UK home secretaries unpleasant people before they take up the role, or do they suddenly become nasty on assuming office? If the latter, what's the mechanism? Perhaps something like Terry Pratchet's proposed Kingon/Queon effects the transfer from the old to the new incumbent. If it were to travel faster than light, that would be an added bonus, as home secretaries seem to be right behind breaking the laws of physics (while imposing many others).
At last! A counterexample.
Face recognition is fairly expensive, so it's hard to do in a way that would work acceptably (time, memory use, battery impact) on everything, including low-end Android kit, without sending something to a server farm. Both Android and iOS ship with face detection frameworks, but you have to use third party IP for face detection. If your Android device happens to have a Snapdragon (S4 or better) CPU, Qualcomm can help you; on iOS, you'd love to be able to get at Apple's proprietary image signal processor to do the job but, AFAICT, Apple won't let you. So what I'd do is pick out possible faces using the built-in framework, and send just those image fragments to the server farm. Less scope for blackmail, but still greater than zero.
… because Kirk Skaugen was sure whistling loudly.
… without a jailbreak you are not able to do any advanced security study …
Seems a bit circular: "Because it's secure, we can't study its security". Besides, I would have thought that attempting to find a jailbreak came under the heading of "security study".
If this means that Google the ever-benificent learns any more about me, I'm dead against it.
Maybe you still haven't found what you were looking for — last year an unwanted U2 album, this year a marginally-enthickened iPhone.
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