* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Their explanation is a lie

They claim it is "part of an experiment to optimize the routing of messages through mobile networks", but a phone's OS has NOTHING to do with how cellular traffic is routed. That's entirely up to the carrier.

I'm with the guy earlier in this thread who suggested it is/was related to targeted advertising. They want to know where you are to better target ads at you, and location services being off was getting in the way of Google's profit. Maybe they weren't saving the information, since it would only be needed at the moment to deliver the best ads to you (i.e. if you are near ice cream shop A, you get their ad, whereas if you are near coffeeshop B you get their ad) but it still is against the user's wishes if they've disabled location services.

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Don't worry, that AC won't get back to you. I've noticed that when there's bad news about Android, there will always be an AC claiming "Apple does it too", without any proof of course. I guess whataboutism isn't limited to politics (or maybe for some people Apple vs. Android is political)

HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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Re: Job well finished

Or someone living in one of the countries that received the jobs she shipped overseas...

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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What's the incentive for Samsung to follow Google into Fuchsia?

If it is designed to give Google a lot more control over it, Samsung would have to be idiots to follow them! Samsung has the resources to continue development of the latest Android themselves, though likely they'd find willing partners among other major Android OEMs if they wish.

If Google releases Fuchsia 'Android fragmention' will become a 'Fushsia fracture', as some smaller OEMs take the path of least resistance and hope to benefit from Google fanboys who would reject Samsung phones if they didn't have Google's latest-n-greatest.

Google wants to have it both ways - they want to claim to be a friend of open source, but they want tight control over the platform. I'm sure they regret ever making it as open as it was, because if they hadn't all those Chinese OEMs would be running Google services and Baidu and Tencent wouldn't be bigger (combined) than Google is today. Some Android fans will no doubt claim the only reason it is in the position it is is because it is open source, but that ignores the reality that 98% of Android's user base doesn't even know what open source is. Android won because it was free, and Windows Phone / Blackberry were too late to market.

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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Easy to see where Google's priorities are

Force devs to rewrite apps because of using APIs that can be used for ad fraud. Where are the rewrites to replace insecure APIs?

They didn't care about click fraud until advertisers started demanding lower rates or rebates when they were able to prove it!

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: I suspect Apple has reached peak frustration with Intel's mobile graphics

Well they are already solving this problem, for now at least, with the recently announced combination of Intel CPU and AMD graphics. There's no way Intel makes a deal like that without Apple twisting their arm heavily and threatening to go with an all-AMD x86 solution.

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@Dan 55

The bitcode is an intermediate format, but still CPU architecture dependent and not nearly sufficient to translate x86 to arm64. The reason Apple did that was to allow recompiling if optimizations broke something or improved enough to make it worth it.

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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The recent crash in Vegas shows the folly of this

The news reported this, and mentioned that the autonomous car was hit by another vehicle, leading autonomous vehicle proponents to try to use it as an example of why they are needed.

What really happened however is more complex. The autonomous car was behind a truck that needed to back up. The car stopped too close, leaving the truck without sufficient room so the driver ended up accidentally clipping the car.

Several lessons to be learned from this. One, autonomous cars need to be able to recognize situations where the vehicle ahead may need to back up / back into a space - trucks do this a lot, and frequent drivers in an area know where trucks are likely to do this and give them a wide berth (or avoid that spot entirely if possible) Two, autonomous cars need to leave sufficient room and be able to back up themselves if they are in danger of being hit. Three, autonomous cars need to learn to use their horn - sometimes a vehicle backing up doesn't see well behind them so if you see a vehicle backing into yours you'll lean on the horn a bit to alert them.

National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

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Re: Does Russia want to bring us all down?

The theory is that Russia knows they will never match the US, EU or Chinese economies and will forever be behind. But if they can throw wrenches into them and limit their growth or even shrink them a bit, while they still can't match them, they will be more comparable in size and stature.

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

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Makes sense to have someone experienced manage it

The NSA will no doubt be closely involved to make sure Amazon does everything right and to double check their security measures. This way they get Amazon's tools for managing it, but still have the assurance it is secure since it is no doubt located inside a government facility somewhere (maybe that huge datacenter they built in Utah) and would be isolated from the rest of Amazon's network.

Basically they've hired Amazon as a government contractor to provide a cloud, instead of rolling their own cloud and hiring contractors to operate it.

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

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Re: CNN hurt Trump's feelings

AT&T's CEO already said he would not consider selling CNN as a condition of the merger. Trump just wants that because a standalone CNN would be easy pickings for one of his billionaire supporters to buy and turn into Fox News 2.0.

Trump loves dictators like Putin because he envies them for having control of the media, the only way to silence the truth in the US would be to buy all the major media outlets and get them reporting Kellyann Conway's "alternative facts".

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Comcast owns NBC Universal, which consists of these among others: NBC network, NBC owned & operated local stations in markets that serve half the US population, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films, Dreamworks, NBC sports regional networks, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Syfy, E!, USA, Bravo, Oxygen, Weather Channel, Telemundo, NBC news, CNBC, MSNBC.

If Comcast isn't screwing over other cable/satellite providers in carriage contracts for the above, why do they think AT&T will do that with Time Warner assets? I personally don't think Comcast should have been allowed to buy them for this reason, but republicans at the time were almost universally against any attempt to block the Comcast purchase of NBC Universal. Now suddenly they are against AT&T's purchase? Strange how none of them said anything until Trump claimed he would block the merger (a president meddling in the justice department for personal reasons is illegal, BTW, not that he or his supporters care)

If the justice department wants to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner on antitrust grounds, why have they not announced a lawsuit against Comcast to force them to divest NBC Universal? The two situations are almost identical! It would be blatantly unfair to allow the previous merger to stand, but not allow AT&T to buy Time Warner, or similar mergers like say if Dish Network wanted to buy ABC/Disney.

Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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@Malcolm Weir

The phone they got into before was a 5c, which does not have the secure enclave. This is an SE, which does. The method that was used to break into that other phone may not work on this one.

Not saying there isn't a way to break into this one, maybe there is, but the bar is a lot higher. They have to go through the motions of asking Apple and getting shot down again before they give it up to a third party company to have a whack at.

The FBI would probably prefer all third parties to fail to access it, so they can go to congress and whine about how evil Apple must be forced to give them a backdoor. I'm sure a lot of "tough on crime, clueless on technology" congressmen would be happy to go along with that, and we know the orange snowflake would sign such a bill since he's already spoken out against Apple last time. This fight could be much uglier than the last one if the phone is as secure as Apple intends.

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The FBI knows Apple can't get into the phone

They just want another high profile case, this time one where they can say "please Apple, won't you think of the children?" The Texas Rangers may have filed the warrant, but we know who is behind it.

It will be interesting to see if he was even using iCloud backups. Just having an iCloud account doesn't mean backups are enabled to it (though it defaults to doing so I believe) It will get a lot more contentious if Apple says "sorry, he didn't have anything backed up to iCloud and sorry we can't get into the phone".

iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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This is Apple's beta test for AR hardware

It won't be fully useful for AR until there are additional sensors on the BACK of the phone, that way it can dynamically 3D map the room you are in. There will be an explosion of AR apps, most of which will be games or the AR equivalent of a fart app. But a few will be very useful, and justify its existence.

The same people who are saying AR is useless on a phone probably said the same thing about a camera, because they hardly ever used a camera and if they did they'd only use one that took decent pictures not the crappy ones cell phones first came with. They probably said the same thing about GPS, because they knew where they were going or used paper maps like their dads did.

Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

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That's a big screw up

Missing the holiday shopping season just as these sorts of devices are gaining popularity. Unless it has some unannounced capabilities I can't see how they couldn't have it ready since as far as the announced capabilities neither the hardware or the software is anything Apple hasn't done before.

Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

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Re: Works for me

It isn't on "all the time" it is only used to unlock your phone it doesn't constantly monitor it is you otherwise you couldn't hand your phone to someone else. And you don't have to use it, you can use a password on your phone if you want to tape over the front camera so they don't see your tinfoil hat.

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Perhaps the overhead lighting in your office puts out a lot of IR interference which confuses it? Since it relies on IR I would expect strong IR sources to be an issue - I haven't tried it yet but probably having the sun directly behind you would be a problem as well.

I have had only one failure, which was the first time I wore sunglasses. I took them off and it worked, and since then when I tried to unlock with sunglasses it worked. Not sure if that first time was an aberration or just something it learned the next time.

I find it every bit as fast as Touch ID on my 6S plus. I pick up my phone and swipe up in one motion, and it unlocks right away.

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Re: Works for me

If the Feds come knocking just disable Face ID via the simple sleep/wake button and volume button combo before you open the door for them and then it will require your password, which they can't force you to provide in the US.

If the Feds burst in in a no-knock raid that doesn't leave you time to do this, they probably already have enough evidence to put you away for a long time Mr. Manafort, and your phone isn't going to make things worse for you only for your co-conspirators.

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Works for me

It is reliable and instantaneous, just like Touch ID was, so as far as I'm concerned there is no difference other than now being able to unlock it with wet fingers. Sure it is possible to fool given sufficient knowledge and effort, but there aren't any biometric systems that can't be fooled.

Passwords aren't the panacea some people seem to make them out to be either. They aren't terribly secure on phones, because they are often used in public. It is pretty easy for someone standing behind or above you to record you entering your password, or for footage to be recorded either deliberately or not by ever-pervasive CCTV cameras. Even if you are paranoid enough to always shield that from view, a FLIR camera can record a heat map on your screen from your touches.

Biometrics only need to be more difficult to fool than the difficulty of stealing someone's phone password. Maybe they aren't there yet, but there's a lot less difference in security than people make it out to be, because some are assuming passwords a lot more secure than they really are.

Using biometrics means I never have to enter my password in public, so if I disable biometrics you won't be able to unlock my phone, whereas if you were using a password the odds are nearly 100% that someone who wanted to steal your password as you were entering has done so.

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

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Ah, good old fashioned hypocrisy

Republicans believe in states rights - unless the states might try to do something they don't want them to do!

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Huh? Don't they send you anything in the mail?

Forgive me since I'm a yank and don't know how your road tax works, but in the state I live in the US I get a notice sent to me each year with an invoice to pay my yearly registration fee for my car which is due by the end of the month I was born in. When I pay it, they sent me a little sticker that goes on my license plate over the previous year's sticker (they have the year printed and are a different color every year - repeating every 6 to 8 years I guess) to show it is current.

Can't argue you "forgot" since they send you something in the mail. Did they previously send you something in the mail but no longer do and you have to remember yourself? Or are you talking about some sort of reminder sticker you put in the windshield?

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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@Dave 126

A half dozen cables, whether USB-C or Lightning, will cost you like $15-$20 off Amazon or eBay. That's hardly worth worrying about compared to the cost of a new phone, since I assume you aren't shopping on the low end as you listed Apple as a possible choice.

Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

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Re: Living Modestly

He still lives in the same house he bought almost 60 years ago. How many people who aren't even millionaires have "upgraded" to a larger house when they could afford it - or even when they couldn't?

When you are worth $80 billion or whatever, your time is valuable so having a private jet is probably defensible from a shareholder perspective - I own a lot of Berkshire Hathaway stock and I certainly wouldn't vote to take it away from him!

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He is famously anti-tech stock because he says he doesn't understand the business. IBM was his first foray into that, and Apple (which he has been increasing share of as he was drawing down his IBM stake) his second. You aren't likely to see him buying Facebook or Amazon, because of his value investing mantra (i.e. reasonable multiplier) and belief in dividends.

He's from an insurance background and prefers to invest in companies that make tangible items to sell, rather than IP. That's probably why he's really liked Apple, at least he can touch an iPhone, with a company like say Microsoft you can't touch CALs and Windows licenses.

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Package pick up services

When I had my iPhone X delivered a couple weeks ago it was signature required but I wasn't going to be home part of the day. I went on UPS' site and had the delivery changed to a UPS store a few miles away (pretty sure Fedex offers the same service) Just walked in, showed an ID, and was handed the package. Probably be a good idea regardless since even if signatures weren't required having so many small, similar and known to be worth $1000 packages left lying around would be a banner day for porch thieves!

No reason you can't do the same for Amazon packages that are valuable stuff. Most of the time what I'm getting from them is under $50, so if someone ever stole a package off my front porch I'm not going to be unduly bothered. If I had a TV shipped to me or something else that's both valuable and by the form factor of the box screams "here is something you want to steal" to thieves driving by, I'd either make sure I was home for the delivery or have it redirected somewhere I could pick it up.

Way better than letting some rando into my house!

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Why not have a locked "Amazon box" that they can open and drop stuff into? That way they can't get into your house, and unless you are having something huge delivered it works just as well without the security risk of letting a stranger into your home?

Such a stupid idea, I can't believe any mouth breathers are dumb enough to sign up for this! No doubt there will be far worse exploits in the future, which will make Amazon deservedly look stupid.

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Delivery

Those "multiple" orders could be three. Big trucking companies might want to kick the tires, as it were, but they'll need to sell thousands of these things to even recoup the development and tooling costs.

They can barely make thousands of the simple model 3, what makes you think they'll ever be able to deliver on the trucks in enough volume to not lose money on the whole thing? Tesla is bleeding cash at an alarming rate, and they have to either figure out their production problems or they'll end up bankrupt before the planned release date of the truck. Preselling model 3s via a deposit scheme to get cash up front was a clever scheme but the jig is up on that one, so they need to either start delivering on promises or some of those model 3 preorders will be canceled and they'll really be in trouble.

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Re: Delivery

Yeah I don't think any trucking company is going to be looking too hard at Tesla given their problems delivering on their promises for their current cars - their production problems are always promised to be solved "next quarter".

More likely that the electric truck Mercedes has been seen testing, or others that traditional truck firms are no doubt testing with less hype, will be the ones that reinvent the industry, not Tesla's. Maybe they'll end up buying their batteries from Tesla, who knows...

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

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Re: But...

A clever criminal would use this type of thing against the authorities.

Let's say you hide your phone in the bushes outside a diner while committing a crime, and if arrested use discovery to find out if the prosecution had sought mobile phone records. If they have, introduce them in court saying "the prosecution hoped to use my phone records to tie me to the scene of the crime but when they found out I was elsewhere decided to keep quiet", then sit back and watch the jury set you free.

Just make sure you go there for real a few nights around the same time so they'll remember you, and always pay cash in a memorable way (like leaving a $20 bill for a $8 tab every time)

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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5G is not needed for mobile

Where it will see uptake is for fixed broadband to homes. Why spend tons of money stringing fiber in rural areas with low density, when you can site towers along existing fiber and serve many of those rural homes? It would be a lot chaeper to go back and backhill the areas the first set of towers (i.e. mostly where existing cell towers were) don't reach than it is to run fiber or even DSL grade copper to them.

5G will benefit the people who don't have decent internet speed now because they have to get by on satellite or worse. I'm sure Samsung will make a big deal out of supporting 5G in the Note 10 in 2019 or whatever, but it won't make any difference in the real world. Heck, already "gigabit LTE" is hyped to death but provides zero real benefit over 600 Mbps LTE at half the speed.

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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So what stops Microsoft from spinning off Skype?

Make it a separate company that doesn't do business in the EU, and is just very well supported by Windows. Facebook could do the same for Messenger since it is already a separate app, and so forth.

Corporations can fight this sort of thing with corporate structure and the EU will twist themselves into knots with a lot of unintended consequences trying to go after them.

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Belgium is a tiny country

Pretty easy for Microsoft, and anyone else caught in this net, to simply not offer Skype and any other services that Belgium wants to regulate.

So assuming they chase all the US players away, how do they plan to go after services based in countries without extradition treaties such as Russia and whose owners don't have any legal presence in Belgium and thus can ignore the courts with impunity, like Telegram's app?

Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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Erasing history

That's basically what the EU wants to do. If I committed a crime and it was in the newspaper, that newspaper doesn't cease to exist (and surely the microfilm archives of it don't cease to exist) so why should Google have to expunge it from their search results? Are they going after the web sites, if someone commits a crime in Germany, let's say pedophilia, and I put up a web page "johnxisapedophile.com" that has all the details is the EU going to try to make me take that down after his sentence is over?

This whole thing is ridiculous nanny-statism. I'm no fan of Google but the EU is nuts here.

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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"The Russian ministry of defense is investigating"

"We will replace these faked photos with some better faked photos that won't get us laughed at when they insist this time they are real".

US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Re: FAscinating this seems to be the one area of cooperation between both sides of the Houses

I think it is more that they are too cowardly to stick their necks out, because they feel there's a lot of risk in supporting something that could be used against them in a future election if there's another 9/11 type event. Their opponents would undoubtedly try to claim it happened because they tied the government's hands W.R.T. surveillance.

There's little benefit to them in trying to stop this, because only a small percentage of citizens understand the freedom they are losing...or would care even if they do (the old "if you have nothing to hide..." bullshit)

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Why should they fear the electoral process, when both parties are colluding to erode privacy of American citizens?

The game is rigged heavily in favor of incumbents, so whether a challenger is from the left or from the right against an incumbent who supported this ball of shit, they will have an uphill climb to win. Couple that with ads saying "candidate X's position on section 702 would leave the US open to terrorist attack, Senator Y supports keeping Americans safe" since few people understand the issues, or care to once the dogwhistle term "terrorist" is applied in campaign ads and during debates.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: But is a 'shitload' enough?

Can you give an example of some pages where "Firefox sits for minutes" while Chrome renders it in a fraction of a second? I smell Google fanboy, or someone with a terminal case of hyperbole...

How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Weight of cables

Use fiber, not copper. Much lighter, and smaller.

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Re: How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air?


Airgaps. Airgaps. Airgaps! I assume the reason there is a connection between the avionics and in flight entertainment so they can put up those nice little maps showing where you are, current airspeed, etc. There probably isn't even a firewall, because the interface was designed back when they couldn't foresee everyone bringing a personal device with them that has the computing power of a high end mid 90s server that would be permitted wireless access to the in flight entertainment network.

The story is the same as automotive entertainment and CAN bus, if you want to get data out of the important systems responsible for stuff that matter like flaps, brakes and what not, you can't use TCP/IP. Use a serial connection, with one direction clipped, so it is one way data only. Then you can get the data to make the pretty displays about where your flight is, or access engine data like rpms, without worrying about leaving security holes that let a passenger crash the plane.

At least planes can't be hacked from the ground (well maybe they can, but not without some insider info, and there are a few people out there who would love to crash the plane they are riding on) and so long as cars could only be hacked from the inside it wasn't an issue. After all, if you want to crash a car, the steering wheel is an easier method than the ODB-II connector. But now that more and more cars can be accessed remotely, this is a real concern. Someone is going to die from this someday...or maybe already has and the crash investigators didn't realize it because they didn't know where to look!

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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Re: That's a good way to kill a Lithium rechargeable battery

There are so many conflicting claims about how to use LiON batteries I just don't worry about it. If you followed all the rules you'd never get to use your device!

Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

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Re: Read my lips

Careful when you facepalm yourself, based on some of the posters here you'd think people are getting black eyes and having teeth knocked out on a daily basis. They either live in some rough neighborhoods or lack proper facepalming coordination!

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Re: The oh-so-secure enclave

It took me about two minutes to train my phone to recognize my face. Even if I got a new phone every year, that's hardly an imposition.

I suppose if they really wanted to, they could make it so that an encrypted iTunes backup can export the data (if indeed there's any way to get it off the secure enclave) but who knows that might not even work due to manufacturing tolerances in the sensors.

You'll have to find something else to try to be alarmist about, Apple isn't going to put this data in the cloud.

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Passwords are vulnerable on phones too

Realistically, if you are typing in a complex password every time you grab your phone because you don't trust fingerprints, faces and so forth to be secure since they aren't "passwords", it will be pretty easy for someone to snag it. I mean, how are you going to insure that no one is looking EVERY TIME you unlock your phone - including CCTV cameras that you might not be able to see, or someone simply holding their phone up behind you to video it where you can't see them?

In theory a complex password is more secure, but because you are inevitably going to enter your password in public, in practice I don't think it matters much.

Let say hypothetically Apple was able to improve Face ID to where it was impossible to fool, and it could even tell twins apart. That's great, right? The problem is you'd still need a password, and that password would still be vulnerable to someone seeing it entered, so this holy grail perfect Face ID wouldn't really improve the security of the phone much at all. At some point, if face/fingerprint/etc. biometric scanners become good enough, the password that the phone will always need to have (to provide a unique encryption key, something biometrics could never do even if perfect) will become the low hanging fruit.

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Depends on the algorithm, doesn't it? The way Apple explains it, if your phone fails to unlock and then you immediately unlock with a password, it will use what it 'saw' to update its information about what you look like.

If I hold up a doll's head to my phone, the unlock fails and I provide my password, and do that over and over and over again, maybe eventually it will learn to unlock with that doll's head. But since it is all the while updating its understanding of what I look like, I'll bet it wouldn't unlock with my face any longer because I wouldn't look enough like that doll's head.

It isn't like the phone just stores a bunch of pictures and compares to them, so it can simultaneously have my face and the doll's head. It has only one face, which means unlike Touch ID where you could register fingers from multiple people like a spouse or parent, it can't be simultaneously trained for two people. If you start with one and then try to make it learn the other, it will "forget" the first (though more likely I'll bet it simply will never be able to be trained with a new face that's too different, but I don't know that for sure)

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@AC "far happier if I still use a second factor"

Yes, but what's the second factor to unlock a phone? Even if they still supported Touch ID, having your phone use both Face ID & Touch ID isn't additive. Face ID harder to fool, so if you manage that, fooling Touch ID is a lower bar that doesn't really deliver any extra security - it doesn't give you the true benefit of a second factor.

A proper second factor to a face or fingerprint (something you have) would be a password (something you know) But if you're going to use a password anyway, then what's the value of face/fingerprint unlocking since the convenience of not using a password is now gone. After all, the "something you have" for unlocking your phone is your phone!

The problem with wanting to use a second factor unlocking a phone is that the phone is probably going to BE the second factor for everything else in life you need dual factor for.

Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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How to avoid faking "attention"?

1) have a script drive your browser around to a bunch of sites to load up on BAT

2) sell on open market

3) profit!

If BAT had real value, people would do this, driving the value to essentially zero. I don't see how this could possibly succeed, unless you have to take a CAPTCHA every minute (and there are still any left that machines can't do)

Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: The Need For Speed

You mean face unlock that could be fooled by a picture of the person - even by holding a phone up to the Note 3? Samsung's implementation of face unlock is almost useless when it can be fooled with a Facebook profile photo!

WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Shower of shites!

Isn't it getting a bit old trying to change the subject. Every time more evidence is found about Russian collusion all we hear from Big John is "what about the democrats?" The DNC fix for Hillary is a bad thing and maybe there were some criminal acts (since parties are not part of the government that isn't clear to me) but it pales in comparison to the collusion by Don Jr. and his merry band of treasonists.

I'm sure this will be eventually shown to have been ordered directly by the orange snowflake himself. Hopefully we'll be treated to an impeachment hearing around this time next year.

Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

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t matters for operators and network capacity.. every byte takes less spectrum, fewer channels and less licensed bw.

The faster speeds are just more channels being combined. Gigabit LTE doesn't use spectrum more efficiently than 600 Mbps LTE, it just uses more of it at once. It isn't saving operators anything, but it sounds good advertising "we have gigabit LTE" even though no one will ever see that.

Incorrect, they have an architectural licence, and the snapdragon cores are customised with codenames like Krait, Kyro, Scorpion and so on.

That's right I forgot that after using standard cores in their first 64 bit models they'd gone back to their own with Kryo on the 835. Not that Kyro improves performance over competition using standard cores, so unless they do a better job designing their own they aren't giving anyone a reason to buy them vs Mediatek or others.

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