* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

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Re: And ...

Well today is now in the upper teens (celsius) but this weekend it was almost 30 outside, and not far from that inside my house (open windows since I wanted to enjoy the last bit of summer before the inevitable onset of fall begins)

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Diopter adjustment?

How would that work? You'd have to calibrate it for holding a certain distance from your eyes, wouldn't you? I've never seen a display that does that, so either it isn't possible at all or doesn't work nearly as well as wearing glasses.

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Re: iPhone 1

Well rumor has it they will be making a new 4" phone (i.e. same size as the 5/5S, only slightly taller than the original) in the 7 series. Maybe you'll be able to get what you want. Not as heavy/thick as the original, but that's easily fixed with one of those cases that has a built in battery that will add heft and thickness, and as a bonus you'll get crazy long battery life.

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Re: So, almost 4 years waiting for a good haptic "click"

I remember reading about haptics years ago and the thing it was supposed to do was vary the vibration location, frequency etc. so your finger would 'feel' buttons on the screen. I guess it turned out that's going to take up way too much space to have vibration motors under the entire screen, for too little benefit.

I always figured that would be something RIM would do for the BB faithful so when they're typing they could feel the "keys" under the fingers, without having to waste the space required for a physical keyboard. Guess it never could work as well as advertised though.

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Re: I was going to buy one but...

I haven't noticed any difference, other than it being noticeably faster (upgrading all the way from a 5) and easier to read for my aging eyes thanks to the larger screen.

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Re: And ...

FWIW, my 6s plus doesn't even get warm, let alone hot. There may be some variation between the A9s produced in Samsung's fabs and those in TSMC's fabs, or it is only when playing some really demanding games that I don't play that this can happen.

I guess there always has to be something that a small number of people complain about with any new iPhone, some new -gate for the press to obsess over.

Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

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No one is saying there's "no need to do science about it" merely that it is a bad idea to run your models and assume what they say is "settled science" when it is clear to anyone with half a brain that the models are painfully simplistic compared to our actual climate. And that's ignoring how the input is being rigged by the "adjustments" to temperature data that always make the past cooler and the present warmer than what the raw temperature readings suggest.

Silly me, I'd have though we'd need to do the adjustments the other way, to account for measuring stations that used to be out in the country being surrounded by lots of heat absorbing concrete that makes the temperature appear warmer than it should. Can anyone explain why recent records are adjusted up, rather than down? I'm sure it is more complex than just the location of the measurement station, but that would seem to be a pretty large effect (urban heat island) so it would take some even larger effects to justify the upward adjustments they are making. I'm sure they have some reason why they're doing this, other than "because it helps show global warming", right?

Yahoo!: Who! cares! what! US! taxman! thinks!, we'll! spinoff! Alibaba! anyway!

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You misunderstand

Yahoo! acquired shares in Alibaba years ago when they were worth much less. It went IPO, so the value of Yahoo's holdings had climbed a whole lot - worth more than the rest of Yahoo! All they're trying to do is split the company into two pieces, one that holds the Alibaba and one that's Yahoo!

If the Alibaba holdings were US based this likely wouldn't be a problem, the question I imagine the IRS is struggling with is whether this transaction is effectively repatriating the value of Alibaba. It will be taxable income to the shareholders no matter what, the question is whether it is taxable first at a corporate level due to that repatriation.

Overheating iPhone 6S+ BLINDED my cam, cries flashgate fanboy

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If a phone is getting hot during backup/restore in iTunes

It sounds more like a battery issue. Mine didn't have this problem, and indeed hasn't even got warm. Maybe they got a bad batch of batteries?

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TSMC or Samsung?

Apple is using two sources for the A9, maybe one version is less efficient than the other?

Google 'cubists' fix bug in Linux network congestion control, boost performance

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Linux clients matter

Given that there are over a billion Android phones, all of which would have this bug. Few existing ones will ever see the fix, but once the fix is applied to Android and that version starts getting into new phones and old phones get tossed there will be fewer broken clients out there over time.

Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Because even as an outsider in Washington the fact he's a Senator makes him in insider and republican primary voters' minds. That's why Trump, Carson and Fiorina are running 1, 2, 3. No stink of Washington on them, though it sounds like she was involved with Washington after HP so the right negative campaigning can tie her to that and sink her.

The question is whether this will persist through enough of the primary season to get more voters for those with no political experience than those with, and we'll end up with a brokered convention. At least that will make things interesting, though while I hate to admit it looking at those three I'd take another Bush any day.

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Re: So-

Well, the conspiracy theorists think that Obama was born in Nigeria and his birth certificate was faked to show he was born in Hawaii because even as a newborn he anticipated running for president and needing to be born on US soil, so maybe he was exerting some mind control influence over Bush & Cheney even in 2001!

Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

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Re: tear this phone down

They are clocked the same, the only possible difference would be if one gets warm and has to clock down eventually. A review I saw that measured this found that after running flat out for 30 minutes, the 6S would clock down to 400 MHz for a few seconds, then back up to the default 1.84 GHz. They weren't sure if that was intended or some sort of bug, but since no one runs a phone flat out for 30 minutes for all practical purposes it doesn't throttle.

Maybe they'd have somewhat different findings if that was a TSMC fabbed A9 and they retested with a Samsung fabbed A9.

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The FCC only cares about the radios, not the CPUs. AFAIK they all use the same cellular chip from Qualcomm.

Dell and other PC OEMs (but Dell was the worst offender) used to use a variety of components in the "same" model back before Intel started making chipsets and everyone began using them. They'd have different GPUs, different USB chipsets, different IDE chipsets and so forth. If they required a FCC certification for every combination they'd still be getting approvals for the Inspiron laptop I bought in 2001.

Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Pay kids to go to school

What's the point of advising governments of this, since as Tim points out the money doled out by central government disappears due to corruption in such low wage countries (here in the US that doesn't happen, because Newspeak refers to this theft as privatization, lobbying and campaign contributions)

So I wonder if you can go beyond providing dinner and pay kids (or rather, their family) for the kid to attend school? That's great if it removes the incentive for parents to allow their children to work, but may have the unintended side effect of parents having more children simply to collect more checks from the friendly volunteers for the charity providing this.

Perhaps you accomplish this by offering progressively less money the more kids in a family? Ideally you offer them birth control to help them accomplish this goal, but if you want to have the maximum range of charities available for this very expensive undertaking, you probably can't do that as some of the religious ones would not support it.

Apple CEO: We've hoovered up your cash faster than ever before

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Re: But why?

Even if there were zero differences between the 6S and 6 aside from the name and the usual upgrades you get every year like CPU and graphics performance that would not be a problem for Apple. The 6S is not designed for people who have the 6 to want to upgrade to it, but for those who have older ones.

Cook said less than 20% of iPhone owners have upgraded to a 6, meaning there is a lot of room for people with 5 and 5S to upgrade to the 6S (and they'll sell those to Gazelle or whatever and they'll be refurbished and resold to someone elsewhere in the world who is still sporting a 4) Apple does not bank on yearly upgraders, those are a very small percentage of their customers.

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Re: always amuses me...

How should they have bragged about it, "new grade of aluminum that's harder to bend, so internet whiners will have to find a new -gate to complain about with the 6S"

'We can handle politicos, OUR ISSUE IS JUDGES', shout GCHQ docs

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Open "book" tests

Since the "book" in question is likely a PDF, they should be even easier these days!

Has SeaMeWe-3 been cut again?

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Re: Botch job?

Once they've tapped it, they don't need to tap it again. At least one of the breaks is likely "real".

At any rate, if the NSA has a sub mission to tap it, they probably schedule a ship to 'accidentally' drag anchor to break it near shore so there's a real break for the operator to find/fix. They have that happen right at the time the sub is n position to install a tap, so by the time the anchor breakage is fixed they've got the tap in place and no one is the wiser. The operator (and us) may suspect a tap was added but can't know for sure.

One would assume the operator is encrypting all the traffic traversing it - the entire payload including the IP headers of all the individual packets - and decrypting at the far end. Anyone know if that's the case? That will raise the bar for the NSA, as they'll also have to snatch the decryption key from the operator for the tap to do them any good. The CIA can handle that sort of a black bag operation, and is probably by far the easiest part of the whole operation when compared against installing the tap. Just finding the cable far enough out at sea for the operation to go undetected can't be easy.

OnePlus 2: Disappointing Second Album syndrome strikes again

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No NFC makes it obsolete?

More like it is missing some checkbox item that some people like to think is a requirement, but like SD card slot and removable battery, the market says is not.

Unless you feel a pressing need to buy stuff with your phone, NFC is pretty much useless except for geeks who like to find solutions in need of a problem, where the solution is "let me stick NFC tags all over my life"

FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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Re: USB3

You obviously haven't been paying attention. Apple is fine with standards that don't suck. They dumped ADB in favor of USB, and helped spur USB adoption on PCs by getting third parties to start making USB devices so PC OEMs were willing to include it. I remember all the PC heads whining about how Apple was crazy to drop floppies as standard in favor of USB which was "an Apple only standard". Someone has to take the slings and arrows of being first.

You heard the same thing when they dropped optical drives on their laptops, now it is common. And of course not having SD cards and removable batteries, a strategy which Samsung ended up following and is happening more often in Android phones now, much to the consternation of those who declared it as being so important to so many people (it never was important to more than a small minority of people, as Samsung's S6/Note 5 sales compared to S5/Note 4 will attest)

If the available standards don't do what they need/want, Apple is fine with going their own way. Apple couldn't use USB for the original dock connector because it included analog audio and video functionality that USB could not support. With Lightning they dropped the analog stuff, but at the time USB's data transfer was too slow (480 Mbps max) so it couldn't support HDMI thus it still wasn't an option.

Trolls always fall back on the "Apple wants to develop their own standards to lock people in" but the have no explanation for cases where Apple drops their proprietary stuff in favor of standards as they did with USB, or use less popular standards because they're better - as with Displayport, which is less popular than HDMI but has always supported greater resolution/refresh rate than HDMI. If they really wanted to lock in people, they would have stuck with ADB, and created their own connector instead of using the VESA Displayport standard.

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Re: USB3

Android phones will be abandoning the micro USB connector for USB-C before long. I think once the USB-C becomes ubiquitous on devices and all the old style USB ports begin disappearing, Apple will probably switch from Lightning to USB-C.

They probably would never have invented Lightning if USB-C was ready a few years earlier, even though it still missed the boat a bit by not having the port be a purely 'female' connector so the part that's most likely to break is on the cable, not the port.

The only real flaw in Lightning I've seen is that after a year or so of sitting in your pocket, the port attracts enough lint you don't always get a good connection with the cable - you have to plug and unplug a few times. Once I googled and figured out what was going on, digging around with a pin for a few minutes took care of. Quite amazing how much lint I pulled out of there!

More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

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Re: Its all about timing

If the "Obama faction" thinks republicans are likely to win the election anyway, they should want Hillary to be the one that loses to them to maximize their power when the 2020 election rolls around.

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Re: Its all about timing

Why would they want to destroy her, when she's the best chance for a democrat to keep the White House? You don't really think that Obama supports Biden (assuming he even wants to run, the wishy washy statements where he's "weighing his options" are ridiculous since it isn't like the 2016 election came as a surprise to him)

Sanders could win the nomination, but not the election, he's too left wing to win a general election.

iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

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Re: Shameful

Oh wait, just read below that iOS 9.0.1 is already out and fixes it today. Pretty funny to see Android users slinging arrows at iPhone users over security, since we don't have to wait months or forever to for fixes!

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Re: Shameful

No, you just need to enter a really long password and then you can bypass the lock screen ENTIRELY and have access to everything! At least Apple users will have a fix for this bug in a few weeks at most. How long will you have to wait for the lock screen bug to be fixed on your phone? Assuming you ever get a firmware update for it?

XCodeGhost iOS infection toll rises from 39 to a WHOPPING 4,000 apps

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Re: Ken Thompson's "Trusting Trust" escapes the textbook

Not really. For this to be a repeat of that, they'd have to break into Apple, grab the LLVM source, insert a backdoor that automatically replicates itself in unmodified LLVM source, recompile the unmodified LLVM source with this version of compiler, and finally replace all LLVM binaries that might be used to generated updated versions of LLVM so the backdoor propagates forever.

All this attack did was download Xcode from Apple like anyone in the world can do, add a little something "extra" (presumably in an object file or library that every app it generates would include, ala crt1.o) and make that available for download. Developers then had to download from a non-Apple source, choose to ignore certificate warnings, build apps with this version of Xcode, not test them well enough to notice the pop ups asking for iCloud credentials, and finally submit them to Apple. Users had to update their apps as normally, and not question when the app popped up a dialog asking for iCloud credentials. Only then was there any harm, and only if you used iCloud (I don't, I do my backups on my laptop, though something like this isn't the reason why)

I see zero similarly with "On Trusting Trust" other than it sort of involved a compiler.

DRIVERLESS cars: Apple ups the ante with meeting in California

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Re: The margins in the smartphone market are very low, if you exclude Apple

Yes, it is a big step, and yes it is risky. High risk, but high reward if they're successful. Anyway, at this point they're only studying it, it is all rumor until Tim Cook says "one more thing" and an Apple Car drives by itself onto the stage next to him during some future iPhone announcement.

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Re: The margins in the smartphone market are very low, if you exclude Apple

You can't sell Bugattis and make decent profit because they are so eye wateringly expensive only a few can afford them. Apple isn't going to target the $100K plus market, but I could see them going for say $60K. There's room to sell a couple million a year there (eventually) if they have a good car, and no reason they couldn't built them for $40K with two million cars to spread the fixed costs around. If they only sell a quarter million a year the fixed cost per car goes up a lot and the margin gets mighty thin.

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Do you really worry about other drivers trolling you and hitting you "as she pleases"? If you're that worried, maybe you should get one of those helmet cameras like all the Russians have, so if that ever happens you'll have a record of the other driver stopping and waving you through so you won't be held at fault.

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The margins in the smartphone market are very low, if you exclude Apple

If Apple wasn't in the smartphone business today and were rumored to be entering it, you'd say there's no way they will because there's almost no profit to be made - Samsung being the only one currently making any profit at it and showing YoY declines in profits for almost two years running now and looking like they may be on their way to joining the rest in the no-profit commodity Android world.

By attacking only the premium end of the market as they always do (which is where the first few generations of self driving car will be anyway) they can make it work if they have enough volume. If they could get 10x Tesla's volume they could probably get the fixed cost (factory, supply chain, service network) low enough to make it work at their accustomed margin. That level of sales won't happen overnight, even with Apple's dedicated fans (spending $500-$2000 on a phone or laptop is very different than spending $60K on a car) but the iPhone started modestly and look where it is today.

Remember, when you look at auto company financials you are looking at companies that sell across the whole market. VW Group has Bugatti and Lamborghini mixed with Seat and Skoda, for instance. Even the Audi nameplate by itself has everything from $100K+ cars down to the A1. Apple will never sell at the A1 price point. All the office and administrative expenses automakers pay, Apple already pays and won't have to pay twice, which further reduces down their margins compared to what Apple could expect if it entered the business.

iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

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No, he meant WEP. When he said "inside" the WEP connection he meant the data is already encrypted before being passed to the wireless driver and being (poorly) encrypted by WEP. If you are passing encrypted data end to end, and checking certificates etc. it doesn't matter whether you encrypt the wireless connection carrying it via WEP, WPA2 or no encryption at all. Think about it, most data over the internet is using plain old IPv4 - which is completely unencrypted. The security relies on the payload being encrypted, not the transport.

So even if the device was using unencrypted wireless (i.e. the same encryption as IPv4 over the internet) they'd be fine since they use SSL or similar for the payload.

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It is the cheap option if you already have an iPhone

It isn't like these sole traders using this are buying an iPhone just to take credit cards. They're using an app on the iPhone they already own. So yeah, it is a very cheap option - the only outlay is for the bluetooth attached reader and the app. Are you going to suggest using an Android phone is cheaper for them?

I'm sure there are similar solutions available for Android, so people who already have an Android can use those for a similar price - the same $0 for the phone since you already own it.

XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

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Re: Why have these companies not had their licenses revoked?

Maybe so, but if Apple did that look for the next Reg headline to scream something about Apple cutting off starving developers in China due to their XcodeGhost, implying it was all Apple covering their ass for their own mistake.

Apple can do a few things to eliminate the chance of this ever happening again:

1) put up a caching server in China (inside the great firewall) for the 4GB Xcode download to eliminate the incentive for developers to grab versions elsewhere.

2) force a check of certificates/checksums via the internet before Xcode will let you produce an app signed with the developer's key (required for upload to the app store) It wouldn't require a permanent internet connection (since for some developers that may not be doable) but you'd have to connect at least once with a given Xcode install and have it verify its certificates and checksum with Apple before it would produce binaries suitable for upload to the app store.

If someone mirrors an exact copy of Xcode this would be no problem, it would pass the checks, but change one byte and it would fail, so mirrors of malware infested versions would not allow apps to get to the app store (for apps getting to alternate app stores used by jailbroken iPhones, that's their own lookout and something neither Apple nor myself will care about)

Cisco shocker: Some network switches may ELECTROCUTE you

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Re: only for stupid users?

Did you not read the part about how it quickly gets separated from the manual? One can assume once it is separated from the manual, it is also separated from the little bag of screws.

Sometimes the mounting location requires a little imagination and the included screws would be too short since they've got to fit through spacers or something. Not everyone is going to professionally mount every bit of equipment in a standard 19" rack, you know.

Apple rains refunds on Peace'd off axed ad-blocker netizens

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No matter what Apple does, there is always someone who suggests "Apple did it for <negative reasons that make them look bad and stupid>". That meme is getting as old as the "you're holding it wrong" at this point. Can't the haters be more original?

iOS's infected app-list continues to grow, says Lookout

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You don't even understand what is happening. Someone took Apple's Xcode, all 4GB of it, and modified something in it (probably via an object file attached to every app, such as a modified crt1.o) that causes apps compiled with it to include a bit of malware.

The reason this is affecting Chinese apps is because the modified Xcode was distributed in China, and yes, despite your denials, some devs were fooled into downloading this instead of getting the real one from Apple. Reportedly because downloading such a large file directly from Apple is very slow, as it is a long way away and has to pass through the Great Firewall.

These apps can't do anything an app can't already do. iOS apps are sandboxed, so if you don't give the app permission to access your contacts, it can't, if you don't give it access to send texts it can't send premium SMS texts, etc. What it can do though is pop up some request box that makes it look like iCloud needs your password for some reason to fool you into giving up information. i.e. social engineering, which it sounds like is the sort of thing it is doing. Fooling people into giving up information. It can't go digging around in the private data of your banking app and get your account details.

Things you should know about the hard work of home working

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THREE HOURS each way commute?

Why in the hell would you ever take that job, unless it was the ONLY job you could get?

Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

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Surface was a flop until the Surface Pro

And Surface Pro is merely an extra thin laptop with an extra lousy keyboard. It runs full Windows, it isn't really a tablet because people use them almost exclusively as a laptop.

Apple was never trying to compete with the Surface Pro, it was just analysts who decided they should because Microsoft is enjoying some success there (where "success" is defined as converting purchases of thin and light laptops from Dell or HP into purchases of extra thin and light laptops from Microsoft)

iOS is designed for content consumption, not content creation. Making an iPad with a larger screen and a pencil doesn't make it magically as good for content creation as a Macbook or Surface Pro. It should be better in some things (especially graphics/design related) due to the pencil, but it isn't something you're going to want to type a 10 page term paper on (neither will you want to do that on a Surface Pro, with its shitty keyboard)

RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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Re: Hate RFID T-shirt passports

Ah, must be Euro versus US model differences then. I'm in the US. Washing machines all assume you have hot and cold inlets, which probably accounts for the lack of additional heating in the models I've seen. I would assume that getting sufficient heat to reach 95C would require 220v service, which isn't always available in the laundry area in most of the US (most of us use natural gas for the dryer, so it is 110v)

iCloud phishing attack hooks 39 iOS apps and WeChat

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Re: What should Apple do to fix this?

I think some devs would be a bit put out by such a requirement, and their lawyers would hate it as it would open them up to potential copyright lawsuits if Apple added functionality to iOS that bears any resemblance to what a submitted app does. Can you imagine Microsoft submitting source code for Office to Apple?

Apple is requiring apps for the Watch be submitted as LLVM bitcode, which is semi-compiled format that might (or might not, I really don't know) avoid this sort of attack since Apple would do the final compilation to machine code. It would also allow them to re-optimize the code to improve app performance or fix issues by compiler bugs. Maybe they'll start requiring that for iOS apps eventually, but requiring source code, no way they ever will.

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What should Apple do to fix this?

There are a few things I can think of:

1) Have some sort of caching server containing the dev tools inside the Great Firewall so downloads are quicker, since that seems to have contributed to the desire to download them from websites instead of directly from Apple.

2) Have the install process check the integrity of the installation files over the internet with Apple (i.e. make HTTP connection to *.apple.com to grab the signatures of all the binaries) If there's no internet access available at install time, it will try to do that check later - and will NOT allow using a developer key to sign the compiled binaries (required for app store submission) until this has been verified.

Anyone think of anything else?

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Re: iOS 9 update??

The timeline was like this:

Original version of Wechat developed and uploaded to app store, using Apple's tools

Subsequent versions of Wechat developed and uploaded to app store, using Apple's tools

Wechat developer follows some random link in a forum for the 4GB Xcode download, instead of downloading from Apple like he should, because the latter is too slow

Wechat developer compiles version(s) of Wechat using the dodgy Xcode, and uploads them to app store

So you're fine if you downloaded it two years ago but haven't been updating it. If you update it every time a new version is on the app store, you may have a bad version, since there was a bad version of it on the app store for a while. If the version you have is newer than the one on the app store, you should delete it. If you the version you have is older than the one on the app store, update.

Simply having it on your phone isn't a problem though, the bad code only affects it while you're running it, and due to the app sandboxing it isn't like it is able to get into your banking app and steal your money.

Qualcomm’s first charger with Quick Charge 3.0 breaks cover

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Except with wireless charging you still must carry a charger and cable with you when you travel, along with a bulky charging pad! I know, the wet dream of the wireless charging proponents is that someday hotels will have the charging pad built into the nightstand, but with versions constantly changing, that's never going to happen.

Wanted alive: $1m for an iOS 9 bug to hijack, er, jailbreak iThings

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Can't make back a million for a 'jailbreak'

I doubt (hope?) there are not too many people dumb enough to pay for some shady malware traders to remotely break into their device to jailbreak it! That's like taking your house key down to the local prison and handing it to some random guy getting released today along with a $100 bill, asking him to fix the lock on your front door.

LTO-7 has it taped, but when will 'bigger/faster' thinking hit the buffers?

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Re: Tape is on it's way out.

Disks make sense in many cases for daily backup needs, but for archive you'll always want tape.

Sure, you could put a 2.5" drive in a LTO carrier case so after replacement of the LTO drives with SATA+P connectors it could work for offsite archive. Tape would still win on throughput and durability, however, so overcoming those disadvantages and the long history of tape would require hard drives to be significantly cheaper per TB, not merely reach price parity!

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Re: In a year or two? Maybe in a decade or two.

You just ignored all the previous posters corrections and blithely continued with your mental masturbation about shooting 8K movies at 120 fps "in a year or two". If you want to live in a fantasy world, that's fine, but don't try to fool others into believing your bullshit. The small percentage of theaters that are now equipped with 4K digital projectors are not going to upgrade again so soon, so you can forget any ideas about 8K movies for at least a decade. While the UHD standard includes 120 fps, that's strictly for sports, no one is going to shoot a movie faster than 48 fps - and 24 fps will remain the norm for many years to come. It is questionable to many whether 48 fps is even an improvement!

And studios won't need "several libraries" to store these movies no matter how big they are, because they don't need all the footage to be online for movies that are completed. They'll be in a vault somewhere, probably the same one under Kansas where all the master prints of films are stored. The ones being actively worked on will be on disk arrays, not tape, for obvious reasons.

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Re: What's the real capacity

If they start selling drives where the controller automatically compresses the data, you know it won't take long before marketing gets wind and does exactly that.

Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Re: But why?

I suppose they could add 70,000 keys in a product update that will break the install, and hope they all update, and make it so that update can't be undone for those people. But what if they bought the licenses in good faith? Do they want to piss off a bunch of legit customers, and make them hate Microsoft and maybe decide to give LibreOffice a try?

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