* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

15 MEEELLION malware-infested mobiles worldwide – report

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@James O'Shea

What in the hell would be the benefit to Apple to sell a $50 phone to "rebuild their market share"? Who the hell cares about market share? Apple may sell only 10% of the world's mobiles, but they make more money on those than everyone else combined selling the remaining 90%. Profit is, after all, what companies are in business for, not market share.

People buying $50 phones aren't spending money on apps, so Apple losing a sale to Android in that bottom end of the market does not help Android become any more relevant to developers. Those who think Apple will fall victim to the fate the Mac did when its market share fell and developers abandoned it for Windows don't understand how different the mobile app market is from the PC app market.

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Android deployment

Two reasons why:

1) if doing BYOD, many people have Android and expect to use it

2) if employer provided, they want to save money on the hardware

Even if there are a lot more problems with Android, so long as the hardware savings outweigh the increased support costs, the bean counters will still think it is the right call to provide Android phones versus iPhone or WP8.

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Says it is for right handers only

I would be shocked if there isn't a configuration option to flip the interface and allow wearing it on the other wrist. I'm sure Apple had more than a few lefties involved in the design and they wouldn't overlook something so obvious if for no other reason than Apple hates adding SKUs and having a second version of everything with 10% of the market share of the first wouldn't be how they'd address this.

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Two important differences for Apple Pay

1) Apple Pay is using one time codes for payments, so the retailer's insecurity (or any potential MITM attack on NFC payment devices) doesn't affect you, nor does the retailer gain any info such as your name/address/etc. so your purchases are as anonymous as if you used cash.

2) Apple doesn't get the retailer's name or what you bought and even if they wished to, won't be able to use this to amass an even larger store of personal information to use against you pushing ads in your face like Google. Nor are they taking a cut from the transaction like the carrier NFC efforts do (or at least are trying to do in some countries)

Basically they've killed anyone's efforts trying to use NFC to take a cut of the payment for themselves, so those trying to do so are probably hating life today, no doubt having calculated that Apple would try to take a cut and they could get by taking less. Google/Samsung's efforts will still be alive and well, but I suspect they'll eventually be forced to use one time codes to secure their solution even though it means giving up all that juicy personal data, meanwhile Apple haters will still claim that Apple "copied" others by adding NFC.

I've always said NFC is a "solution looking for a problem" since using it rather than swiping a card provides no benefit. However, the lack of anonymity when swiping a card has always been an issue with me that sometimes has me using cash, but for purchases I want anonymity for using NFC, while no faster than swiping a card, is faster than counting out cash and waiting for change that rattles around in your pocket all day until ending up in a big jar back home.

China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Re: "...from 91 angles."

91 angles obviously means in multiple axes, because even if the camera was always "head height", not everyone's head is at the same height.

Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Fashionistas on El Reg?

Vogue might as well ask in an article if any of their readers are Unix clustering experts.

Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS

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@RyokuMas

"Better educate the general users"?

Why would this be any more successful than it was with Windows? It is the same user base of clueless people, after all. They still haven't learned not to open emails promising naked pics of celebrities or offers of marriage from Russia.

The only reason there hasn't been a massive malware attack on Android is because the clueless masses mostly only know how to download apps from Google Play. If someone successfully gets them to use an alternate app store by promising a very "special" app because "Google doesn't want you have to have this!", look out!

Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: 2 year ATT contract?

Carrier exclusive deals didn't seem to hurt the iPhone too much...just sayin'.

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Re: 2 year ATT contract?

Not to mention that up until the price cut, they were pricing it the same as a iPhone 5S or what the GS5 was at launch. If they'd started with a 99 cent price they might have generated more interest, but they wasted all the launch hype by releasing it as overpriced for what it was.

Not to mention that they'll piss off all 12 current owners of Fire phones by cutting the price by $200 only a couple months after launch. At least when Apple made a $200 price cut on original iPhone a couple months after launch they had the courtesy to make it up to the early adopters.

Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

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Re: What a waste of money

TV tuners are useless for cable TV, and people spending a ton of money on their system want to be able to watch anything from any TV, including recordings. Though they might rack mount a couple of those Tivos and use a matrix switch to deliver HDMI over cat6 to all the TVs.

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What a waste of money

Given that you could already add an external drive to a Tivo, not to mention the same ability for Directv or Dish satellite DVRs, why would anyone pay $5000 for this? If you're that level of a TV addict that you feel you need that much storage, you can put together an external SATA RAID array with equivalent storage and protection for $1000 or so.

Maybe they're trying to steal the "ultra luxury custom home" market from Directv? The customers who hire custom installers with a $500K budget for their home's AV setup aren't going to try to save them a few grand by using an external drive. But they'd need to offer way more than 6 tuners - these people have dozens of TVs! Seems like it wouldn't be that hard to have add in tuner modules to expand to some crazy number of tuners. You'd need a separate cable card for each 6 tuners, but that's not much of an obstacle.

Given the small number of people who would be interested in a $5000 DVR regardless of the number of tuners it includes, this has "orphan product in two years" written all over it.

5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

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Re: "What will Apple reveal tomorrow"

You forgot "and Apple fanboys will claim Apple invented it, and Android fanboys will claim they copied Android".

NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: kinda cool...

It would have been detected even if it hit the most remote places in Antarctica or in the middle of the ocean. The shock waves left infrasound traces that circled the globe twice and took a day to fully dissipate.

It might have taken a bit longer to figure out what that sound WAS if there was no one there to see it fall or hear the audible shockwave, but Chelyabinsk was not something that was only noticed because of its proximity to a nuclear weapons facility.

General Motors to intro hands-free driving tech by 2016

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@AC

I'm not talking about any systems failing. I'm talking about systems that will be designed for specific scenarios, and will hand control back over to the driver outside those scenarios. Let's say a car ahead of you starts skidding back and forth out of control. The computer is designed for lane keeping and such isn't going to try to dodge that for you, it is going to hand control to you to do (or not) the dodging yourself.

If you've got your hands on the wheel and are paying attention, you have a much better chance of dodging that car than if you've been reading Facebook updates and suddenly the car alerts you that you need to take control and you look up and take in the scene and probably run right into that out of control car before your brain has time to evaluate the situation and determine the best way to avoid a collision.

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Hands free driving seems like a really bad idea

No way is a driver who doesn't even have their hands on the wheel going to react quickly enough in an emergency situation when the car hands control back over to the driver.

Especially if the driver is eating a messy burger or messing with their laptop or phone. It'll take their brain a second or two to change focus from what they were doing to take in what is around them and determine what to do. That second or two is going to lead to accidents that wouldn't have happened if the driver was forced to remain in control and aware of his surroundings the whole time.

This is worse than a driver who is texting, because at least someone texting is switching his attention between driving and texting, and maintains a good deal of awareness of what is going on around him. A hands free driver might not have looked at the road for a half hour when he's called upon to suddenly take over driving the car!

Is the all-flash data centre just a tantalising dream?

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Let's get to the point of having all our DBs on flash first

Before worrying about an all-flash datacenter. The idea of deduplication making flash cost less is stupid, because you can dedupe to disk and realize the same savings. That's how the backup to disk products like DataDomain function.

The utility of backing up to flash is near zero, as drive performance is not a limiter and power consumption benefits would be minimal since the drives are idled when not in use. Flash will have to be get cheaper for that to make sense, and we are a long way away from that.

Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs

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Re: Tape

About 4x4x1", but these would be worked with in a pack that's a stack of 10 of them.

Size matters – how else could Dell squeeze 15 million pixels into this 27" 5K monitor?

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@Buzzword

Congrats for being the only person to come up with a good reason why a 5K monitor rather than 4K. Everyone else seemed to think I was saying "current monitors are just fine" which I obviously wasn't. I want 4K monitors to become affordable, but I can see why there would be a niche market for 5K monitors for 4K video editing.

Mind you, if I was doing that job, I'd probably want a monitor bigger than 27"...:)

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What's the point?

Are they trying to top the 4K monitors that are barely available? How about making an affordable 4K monitor that integrated GPUs support, instead of a resolution only a handful of graphics cards are even capable of displaying at?

Apple inhales DRUGSTORE deals on iPhone payment system, says report

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Re: No wonder Apple isn't rushing to update AppleTV...

Which Apple offers as an option to third party developers, so they have at least one ad network they know is operated above board (to say some of the ad networks out there are shady is a gross understatement) But Apple does not use it themselves - they don't display ads in their own apps or on their websites.

Google Search, by contrast, is all about selling you as a product (including your search terms) to advertisers.

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Re: No wonder Apple isn't rushing to update AppleTV...

Where has Apple ever sold off people's data to third parties? Apple makes their billions off you when you buy their stuff, so they don't need to sell people's data.

You're thinking about the companies that give away stuff like search, mail, and mobile operating systems for "free", and make their money not from you directly, but from getting others to pay them to deliver ads to you based on that massive trove of personal information they collect.

To Apple, you are the customer. To Google, you are the product.

SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Simple reason why risk is ignored

Those who make the decision to accept the risk reap the reward when things go their way, but don't face the consequences when things go wrong.

That's what happened with the financial crisis, that's what happened with the Space Shuttle, that's how the Iraq war happened. It is a very common problem that has no simple solution.

iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

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It's all a bit late

We're going to get the real scoop in less than 48 hours. Why bother checking these out, when we can't even be certain they're real? A leak is a leak when it is a month or two in advance. When it is a day or two in advance it seems like a giant waste of time to follow Chinese and Russian links and pore over them trying to find evidence that it is faked.

Not to mention you're probably a bit more likely to pick up malware from these sites than you would from Apple's site streaming Tuesday's presentation (if one thinks it is that important to find out right away, rather than just waiting for the 500 articles summing up the presentation that will be available Tuesday evening like I will)

Jony and Marc sitting in a tree ... let's design Apple iThings, BUDDY

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Re: LOL, hipster names

Pathetic the length Apple haters will go to, even criticizing people's names, just to get in a dig at Apple. Pathetic indeed that such criticism makes such people feel better about themselves, but I guess that's all they have in life.

Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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Re: I don't get how this works

Yes, there are no winners in such a suit, except the lawyers. The "shareholders" they're representing are probably themselves, and they're trying to get it approved as a class action that would cover all shareholders.

So if they found Apple "guilty" and awarded each shareholder $1 per share, Apple's value would decrease by $1 per share for that payout. Same thing as a dividend. Except that the lawyers would take a few hundred million as "fees" for all their "hard work", so they'd end up winners and the rest of us shareholders would be screwed out of a few cents per share to pay those imitations of human beings.

The only reason this kind of shit is allowed is because judges are ex lawyers, so they generally allow these sorts of games to be played, so long as the guys who will be winners are the ones they play golf with on the weekends.

Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: This may not be quite so ridiculous as it sounds

You wear it as a piece of jewelry. I listed both options, not trying to tag every Rolex owner as a rich show-off.

But here's the question. If someone made a device you wear on your wrist that did something that made you decide you wanted it, and you'd wear it as often as you carry your smartphone with you if not more often, would you still wear your Rolex? If so, would you keep doing it if people kept making fun of you for wearing two watches? :)

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This may not be quite so ridiculous as it sounds

Back in 2007, before the iPhone, if you took a survey asking people if they wanted to own a smartphone, maybe a few percent would say yes. Geeks and PHBs. Not ordinary people. Apple did not invent the smartphone, or invent anything truly original in the iPhone. What they did do was combine existing technologies in a novel way to make the smartphone something that a normal person would want to own.

What if they could do the same for the smart watch? What happens if people who today wear a Rolex want to wear a smart watch because it provides some type of functionality they want to have, just as many of us who had no desire whatsoever to own a smartphone before iPhone and Android couldn't imagine giving them up today? Does anyone really believe these Rolex owners are going to continue wearing their Rolexes on one wrist, and the smart watch on the other?

No, they're going to quit wearing their Rolexes. It is simply a piece of jewelry, and a way to let others know you're well off. There are other pieces of jewelry to wear, and other ways to let others know you're well off. The market for Rolex will crater if smart watches become as popular as smart phones.

Apparently Ive thinks that Apple has re-invented smart watches in the same way they reinvented the smartphone. If he's right, Rolex is in trouble, even though an Apple watch or Samsung watch will never make the same statement as a Rolex. Rich people will make that statement in other ways, with 5 carat diamond cufflinks or a Ferrari.

Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

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Re: Hang on, this is a bit spurious

+1 for telling me about RefControl!

As for Google's actions, true that a referrer header is part of the specs. But including the user's search terms is most definitely NOT part of the specs. I see no reason for Google to do this. Even if there is no personal information in a search, if I search for "best oven in the world" and get sent to some company's website for their oven, why should I want to tell them how I found them?

The problem with the knee jerk Google defenders here is that they're erring on the side of sharing information. I'd prefer erring on the side of withholding information, unless I decide to share it!

Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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Re: Meh @goldcd

No way he can get identical parts today, though I suppose you could take them off less valuable equipment from around the same time. Harder to get the board though...

By the same logic you could claim almost anything can be faked. What stops someone from making a new 1950 Ferrari or whatever that car that sold for $10 million was? For that kind of money you can custom machine all the parts that go into it, after all. How about printing up a fake label, filling an old bottle with red colored vinegar and selling it as 250 year old wine?

Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

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Selling nearly $300 CPU into tablet market?

Expect the Surface to continue to maintain its tiny market share. Those CPU prices don't leave any room for them to be cheaper than laptops. So why exactly should anyone want a Surface rather than an Ultrabook, anyway?

Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA after, er, NAKED Internet of Thingies flap

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Re: Mothers maiden name ?

Yes, even for non-celebs, if you know the person and have a little internet savvy, there's a decent chance you can figure out their mother's maiden name, where they graduated high school, the street they grew up on etc. If you really want to get into their stuff buy them a few drinks and turn the discussion towards childhood pets and what not and you can find out the rest of the answers if you're determined.

I suspect most people answer those questions honestly. Not because their a dimwit HR person who thinks the answers are being checked, but because they don't really understand the consequences and how "security questions" make everyone less secure by providing a much easier to guess "password".

Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Much better to WARN you of potential collisions

I'd rather have a sensor I could attach to the rear of my bike that could determine when an approaching car was on a possible collision course and alert me than something that notifies emergency services after it is already too late.

My big fear is that someday a driver who is busy texting will not have seen me off in the distance and know he was approaching me, and when he crests the hill I just crested he won't see me and will plow right into me from behind. If I had some sort of alert and could move over to the very edge of the road or take a quick look back and decide it is time to see how driving off the road into the ditch feels I'd be much better off than having a helmet that gets the ambulance there to scrape up my broken body a minute earlier than otherwise.

FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Re: Saturation

No, it is YOU who don't understand networking. You using your bandwidth doesn't cost the ISP anything, but everyone using their bandwidth sure as heck would, because networks are designed and built oversubscribed. If you want everyone to be able to max it out all at the same time there would be major upgrades required, and someone has to pay for those. They certainly couldn't be paid for at the prices people pay for broadband today.

I know the "I want unlimited usage" folks who keep downvoting me don't want to hear it, but that's how the real world works. That's how the telephone network was built, that's how the cellular network was built, and that's how ISPs are built. Why do you think you get brownouts on really hot days? Because the electrical grid wasn't built to deliver anywhere near the amount of power required for everyone to turn on everything they own at the same time - it can't even handle everyone having their AC on at the same time!

If everyone tried to max out their connection 24x7 you'd be lucky to get a tenth of your rated speed, and might get less. If you want guaranteed bandwidth, i.e. 25 Mbps that is guaranteed to always deliver 25 Mbps to you and you can use it 24x7 if you want, go ask your ISP for a quote. I dare you. It will not cost $50, nowhere near that amount, that I can assure you.

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@BryceP

Sorry, but you can't call Amazon's charges "retail", because they are only paying their end of the delivery cost. That's easy, they have a few big datacenters where they have a few massive pipes to exchanges and large ISPs.

It costs a cable or DSL ISP much more to deliver the same amount of bits to you, because you and all their other customers aren't nicely combined into a single place. You're spread out everywhere. The wire thus needs to be laid all over, the cost of which is amortized over many years. Then in order to get you to 25 Mb broadband, it had to be upgraded to fiber, at least to every neighborhood (FTTH like FIOS is even more expensive) and that cost has to be amortized as well.

It is like the difference between ordering a million widgets delivered to one place, and ordering a million widgets delivered to a million separate locations.

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Re: Saturation

How is it being "crippled" if you can't use something flat out 24x7? I'm pretty sure that the city would have a talk with you if you tried to open all the taps in your house 24x7, ditto the electric company if you maxed out your electric round the clock. And those are pay for what you use, rather than a flat fee.

The idea that unlimited use of high speed broadband costs the provider nothing is moronic. We may not like the idea of caps, but a 250GB cap is not "crippled". Would you rather have a 250GB cap and 25 Mb service, or no cap and a 2.5 Mb service? You could download more in a month under the latter scheme, but I think not one Reg reader would choose that option.

Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

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Re: 'extremely difficult to spoof or replicate'

Exactly! I'm sure when fingerprint readers were introduced a few decades ago they were promoted in exactly the same. "Everyone's fingerprints are unique, this is the best security possible because no one can forge the fingerprint of a live human user".

Stick a VeinID reader on a laptop or smartphone and tie it to people's bank accounts, and watch how quickly ways around it are found, just as fingerprint readers have various hacks (depending on the type of reader)

DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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It will turn into a kitchen sink effort

It is inevitable that Big Hollywood and the spooks will come to the table, or send those who get their marching orders from them. They'll get some of what they want, but not all. So they'll hold it back while they work behind the scenes to get the rest of their wishlist.

Meanwhile, what they did get will cause those who don't want to see DRM or the ability for governments to de-anonymonize dissidents or "suspected terrorists" baked into a new protocol at a low level to rally against this.

Mark my words, it will never fly.

Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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Good luck with that, I think there may still be one or two people left who were born in the 1800s!

Microsoft, eBay apps open to man-in-the-middle diddle

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Re: US CERT

For all we know, the NSA may have a direct attack against SSL, and not need MITM.

Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

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Whither Apple?

I heard rumors that the reason Nvidia GPUs were dropped from the Macbook line was because Nvidia went sniffing around Apple demanding they license some GPU patents.

Maybe they did so, or maybe Apple came up with some patents of their own (perhaps CPU patents from one of their acquisitions like P.A. Semi or Intrinsity) that they were able to hold against Nvidia and enter a cross licensing deal.

Since Apple hasn't been sued, they've either reached some sort of agreement, or we can look for the suit against Apple to be announced in the near future.

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Re: Where's Radeon?

ATI and Nvidia may have a cross licensing agreement for GPU technology, as both would own a lot of fundamental patents.

Flaming heck! Watchdog scolds Apple Mac, iPad fab in staff safety probe

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Clickbait

Articles about Apple get clicks, where the same article about Dell will elicit only yawns. Ditto if this article concerned Samsung it will gain more attention than if it was about LG.

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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I wonder how they decided the size range for "phablets"

A few years ago, a phone over 5" was crazy big, now the typical size will probably be near that with Apple no longer dragging down the average.

They seem to have decided on 5.5" as the dividing line. Because that's what the bigger iPhone 6 will be? So the original Note is just counted as an ordinary phone now? Because it surely was a phablet when introduced.

I hear in China phones over 7" have become a fast growing market segment. It may look ridiculous held to your ear, but if the owner rarely makes calls, or uses speakerphone or headset, it is just a small tablet with voice capability so you don't need to carry a phone as well.

Trying to segment the "smart device" market by size is rather pointless as there is more and more overlap, and what you place in one category today may be seen as part of a different category a couple years from now.

Something smells PHISHY: It's the celeb nudie iCloud PERV trap...

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Re: Are "Apps" the real culprit?

Well given that Apple said their investigation determined it was from the security questions, presumably they had logs indicating that at least some of the celebs in question had their passwords reset via the security question. Said celeb probably couldn't login, and used the security questions again themselves to reset their password, but only after the "hacker" had swiped their photos.

Apparently some of the naked celeb pics came from Google Drive and Dropbox as well, even if the bulk were from iCloud. Because the same type of attack can work anywhere that uses 'security questions', which aren't very secure at all if you're a public figure and answer them honestly.

If an iPhone app wants access to the pictures, it will have to ask the user for confirmation, and it will only have access to the photos stored on the device. It seems some number of the photos in question had been deleted from the phone long ago. Either they were still on iCloud, or they were swiped some time ago.

PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Wide selfie

This will be nice to prevent the classic Facebook drunken group selfies that inevitably cut off part of at least one person's face.

Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

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"small traces of Isis will be visible for a short time"?

One of the few instances of NFC I've ever seen in the wild is a place that has soft drink machines with a "ISIS" logo and "tap here to pay". Are they going to send someone out to put a sticky label over the "ISIS" logo? I think I'll make a point of removing that label if so, just because.

BTW, I've yet to ever see anyone pay by tap on these things. Most swipe their card like I do, the rest use change and discover that these stupid machines somehow seem able to recognize a nickle only once in every 10 attempts, but give you change from $1.50 for your $1.35 drink in the form of three nickles. WTF? Apparently some scheme to flood the world with counterfeit nickles or something.

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I think it would be one of the all time greatest trolls if

ISIS (the militant group) changed their name to Softcard. After all, they've already gone by several names before ISIS...

NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs

I've seen multiple cases where you can only change your password twice within a certain time frame (a few days I think) to prevent just this.

I suppose you could get back your old password over the course of a couple weeks, but it hardly seems worth the bother.

Better to figure out how much needs to be changed, and varying it like:

password1234

password2345

password3456

...

And yes, this is exactly why forcing people to change passwords regularly is a very poor excuse for a security policy, that unfortunately nearly every mindless twit security consultant considers gospel without even thinking about it, because "best practices".

Sure, force everyone to change their passwords if you have been (or suspect you've been) compromised. But making it happen as a normal course of business only makes people get creative in finding ways around it, or surrendering and keeping them written down on a sticky note, a card in their wallet, or saved in a "note" in their smartphone.

Snooptastic US CELL TOWERS pose man-in-the-middle THREAT

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"comfortable with Linux"

So you're saying its not a problem because only a few million people in the world could implement it, and all the rest would have to pay one of those few million to do it for them if they weren't competent?

I feel much better now.

Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Popularity list?

The list of cars most likely to be stolen in raw numbers are the most popular, like a Ford Focus. Thieves might rather steal a $80K Mercedes, but there are fewer of those so fewer will be stolen.

The same will be true for phones. No matter what Apple does with activation lock, the iPhone will probably top the list because a couple of models of iPhone will always top the sales lists for any given year. Samsung and other Android makers are spreading their sales amongst a much larger array of models, so any one will be well down the list.

What good is a list that reads like:

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S4

Galaxy S3

Note 3

etc.?

Other than making Windows Phone and Blackberry owners feel unjustifiably smug in their purchase decisions, that is? :)

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