* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Brit chip design company Imagination Tech sold to China-linked private equity

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Re: Balls.

Apple was rumored to be negotiating with them a couple years ago, but they were unable to reach a deal. Apple never had any interest in buying them, all they might want would be acquiring/licensing IP. If they bought them outright, they'd be responsible for existing customer contracts and support which could run for years. Basically they'd have to keep operating it as an independent company, which isn't what Apple does with its acquisitions.

A Chinese owner would be good news / bad news for Apple. It is good news because Chinese companies almost never fight IP cases off their home turf, so Apple is unlikely to be bothered outside of China. The bad news is that Chinese courts are notorious for enforcing weak cases against foreign companies, so they'd probably lose even if Apple doesn't use Imagination IP (FWIW the hardware capability claims they're making in their developer docs include some that have never been done in Imagination GPUs, so it is by no means certain Apple's new GPU is infringing)

Apple will probably end up having to pay the 'China tax' either by purchasing a perpetual license from the Chinese company for the IP or letting the court dictate things, but most likely they'll be off the hook in the ROW.

Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Asking people if they're willing to share

Is pointless today, you don't how it'll really affect your life until it comes. The basic issue is that almost everyone is used to owning a car, so it is difficult for them to imagine not owning a car.

I don't see wanting to share cars, but that's down to one primary reason - a lot of people are gross, and I don't want to sit in other people's sweat, piss, vomit and worse. Or they'll leave their half eaten McDonalds breakfast under the seat and it'll be pretty ripe after a few days. These problems are not insoluble though, and if they were solved and I knew that 99% of the time when I wanted a car I could have one pull up in less than ten minutes I'd have a hard time thinking of a reason why I'd want to own a car versus some sort of NetJets like subscription plan.

The problem is if I'm riding around in my car alone and everyone else is too, that's no different than if I owned a car, other than not needing as much parking. What's worse, if convenient cars meant fewer people taking buses or trains, congestion really will increase. There would need be some sort of financial incentive to get people willing to have others get picked up / dropped off. Maybe if you're willing to leave for work 10 minutes earlier to allow a few others who work at/near the same location to potentially be picked up on the way you pay a lower rate. I could see governments levying a congestion tax on those cars during certain hours/locations where it was a problem, which would be passed along to the passengers, encouraging people to share but you can be alone if you're willing to pay the price.

Hurricane Maria leaves Arecibo radio telescope damaged and dark

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Puncturing the metal mesh of the main dish

Won't make any difference. It'll reduce the gain slightly because those areas won't be reflective, but won't impede its operation. It is all the other stuff mentioned that's the problem.

Chairman Zuck ends would-be president Zuck's political career

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What difference does that proxy statement make?

Yeah it only allows him two years, but if he was elected President he'd have to resign from any position in Facebook. Trump might have got away with skirting ethical rules since the republicans are in control and didn't want to force the issue, but I doubt either party would let him get away with keeping control of something as important to how many people get their news as Facebook. A leave of absence would not be good enough, he'd have to divest the shares either giving them to his foundation or outright selling them.

Not that I think he has a chance of hell of being elected, or that we'd want to follow up one completely inexperienced and unqualified media icon with another.

If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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Re: I must be luckly then...

Like the AC I've been using iPhones since the 3gs and have never broken one (now I'm in for it, having said that out loud!) and I've never used a case or screen protector on them either. I've dropped them on concrete sidewalks a few times, but other than some scuffs on the corner where they landed they were fine.

My current phone is a 6s plus, and I've dropped it on a wood floor once or twice but not concrete, so no scuffs. Fortunately the floor is old growth and very hard, so it wasn't damaged either! Strangely though, there is a small but fairly deep scratch on the upper left corner of the screen. Its only visible when the screen is off, or I feel for it. Have no idea what could have possibly done that, it isn't like I keep the sort of sharp objects that would be required for that in my pockets. Doesn't affect anything, but I wonder if I might be dinged a bit when I trade it in since the screen isn't perfect like the others I've traded.

Would have been interesting if Apple could have got those sapphire screens worked out. Strange they went to all that effort and didn't try again with someone else. Maybe the hundreds of millions they lost on the effort was enough to sour them on the idea. The liquid metal stuff never went anywhere either. Guess it is a lot harder than the rumor mill makes it sound to deploy new materials in products that sell a quarter billion units a year.

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So why don't you get that Motorola with the shatterproof plastic screen? Obviously it'll scratch much more easily, but a good screen protector should fix that.

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Battery and screen are relatively easy

Not for the average person, but the average person would struggle to add RAM to a generic PC. Those two are really all that matters, because they're pretty much the only things you can fix in ANY phone. So what do you think should be repairable in an iPhone that isn't, and can you point to more than a handful of Android phones where those things are repairable?

Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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I imagine that could be a valuable domain

If like some other country codes such as .to they sell to everyone. Lotta cat lovers who would likely pay $20 a year or whatever to have an email ending in .cat, or have their cat blog in a domain ending in .cat.

Guess they must not sell them that way though, because I don't recall ever hearing of .cat previously.

How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

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Re: What about...

You can configure most/all browsers to not accept third party cookies, but as that's not the default a small minority of people will do it.

That was what Sinofsky was really unhappy about - Microsoft changed their default due to pressure from online advertisers. I'd guess probably about the time they decided they want to ape Google and give Windows 10 a default of max user data collection.

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

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They're giving up economies of scale

HTC was buying components in large numbers because they had a midrange and low end phones to go along with this. Google will be selling a few million phones a year, and get shit pricing for components as a result.

They're also going to upset OEMs, especially Samsung, though I'm not sure what they can do about it at this point. The time for Samsung to have a credible alternative to Android to keep Google in line was about four years ago, it is too late now.

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Re: I don't think this is a marketshare play

A "basic Android platform" that costs as much as an iPhone? If they were trying to show OEMs what Google thinks of as basic necessities for a phone they'd be selling it for $200.

By pricing the Pixel line as they do, they're competing directly with Samsung's Galaxy S series (and the handful of other Android phones that fail in their attempt to compete with Samsung in that space)

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: Why a new domain name?

Pretty obvious why. They knew the site would get a huge number of hits, and knew their existing web servers couldn't take the load. They probably had clueless admins who thought the only solution was registering a new domain and getting external hosting.

What they should have done is talk to someone like akamai. They could have had a link prominently displayed on their home page to take them to the site that does the testing, and it could have been a subdomain of their own - like security2017.equifax.com or whatever. That would have made people a lot more comfortable, and prevented a lot of this horseshit.

Can't believe their IT team didn't contact someone for help instead of trying to figure out how to host this high demand "check if you are affected" site on their own!

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Re: LTE is good for those of us that like to exercise outdoors

But what's wrong with taking your phone on your ride? I go on long bike rides but I always have my phone with me, either in my saddlebag or in a cheap rubber mount on my handlebars. Having a watch that could make/receive calls wouldn't be of any use unless you want the leave the phone at home.

Maybe when you say you ride "off road" you mean in a lot of mud or there's a good chance of the occasional spill that make break your phone? The watch being waterproof to 200 meters or whatever should protect it against mud, and I suppose it is probably more durable than phone if you fall...

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Re: Thanks for the explanation

I don't know, but I'd guess the clue is in your statement "2 phones ring simultaneously". It would be very annoying if your watch 'rang' every call you got if your phone was next to you. If I had a watch (which I'm not interested in) I'd only want it to ring if my phone was not near me (i.e. out of bluetooth range of the watch)

The watch could pop up a notification you could click on if you wanted to answer the call with your watch instead of phone for some reason, but it shouldn't be ringing as far as I'm concerned.

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While I think Apple screwed up big time with the Watch (I guess they must only test in places with great LTE coverage) I think your criticism of animojis is totally off base.

I have no interest in this feature, and I can safely assume neither do you. I'll bet you'd have had the same reaction if you'd heard Snapchat's initial announcement of filters that would let you add pig ears or a dog's face or whatever superimposed over your own for pictures. The 15-30 year olds (i.e. Snapchat's userbase) loves that though, and that same crowd will love animojis even more I'll wager.

Just to point out how far those Snapchat 'animal face' filters have come, I went to a college (American) football game last weekend - on the big scoreboard during timeouts they were doing crowd shots that applied those filters. I'll bet the 70 year olds at the game were like WTF is going on lol!

Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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Re: The killer app for glass appeared several years later

Pokemon Go would have never been noticed by the rest of the world if it was a Glasses only app. They cost $1500 and were in limited release, it isn't like millions of people would have paid that just to play a game.

Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

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CNC machines

All sorts of industrial/medical control systems tend to be running on very out of date Windows, or in some cases Unix. I saw a SunOS - not Solaris but SunOS! - GUI when I got a CT scan a couple years ago. A hospital isn't going to replace a $2 million piece of equipment just because the computer that drives it is out of date, they won't update it without manufacturer support, and manufacturers don't want have to be responsible for either delivering tested sets of Microsoft patches or test every Microsoft patch against their software.

You could put such devices on an isolated segment that can't talk to any internal network, and can only talk to the internet. Firewall as tightly as you can, then disable the router port that network uses to communicate with the internet. When you need service, you enable the port to allow remote access, grabbing software updates, etc. and then you close it off again when you're done. This won't be a problem for e.g. PCI audits since it is an isolated network.

AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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And if it actually accepts them due to taking Unicode input you'll be screwed when you want to login from a PC!

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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It is always a good practice to wait for the .1 (not 0.1 but .1) update if you have hardware older than two years. Many suggest that Apple doesn't optimize for older hardware on the initial release, concentrating more on getting the features in and making sure it runs well on the new iPhone that comes out at the same time.

People with older stuff are unhappy that it is slower, then the .1 comes out next month and those issues are mitigated. Apple obviously targets performance regressions in older hardware in the .1 version.

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Compiling? That would appeal to what, 2% of the iPad's audience? Being a better experience for editing Office type documents, now that's something that would appeal to a far wider audience.

Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

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Re: The whole point of bitcoin is that it isn't subject to governments.

And how are Chinese people going to exchange bitcoins in the pub if the government cracks down on anything that converts them to yuan by shutting down all bitcoin related sites in country and blocking the ones outside at the Great Firewall?

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Re: The Future of Blockchain currency

That "blip" was just over an adverse position. If they follow through on their statements and really crack down on enforcement, bitcoin is going to tank since it has become so heavily utilized in China to avoid currency controls.

But that's fine for the speculators who have left gold and moved to bitcoin since that's where the action is. It is funny how spam has lately touted bitcoin as the new gold and claiming it will go up in value 1000x over the next few years. Any goldbugs who have adopted bitcoin have to admit they were never in gold because of its "real money" status if they move to bitcoin!

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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This is great

Either the scum of Silicon Valley got scammed and hopefully the scammers have run off with the money already, or the scum of Silicon Valley is being scummy like usual making false accusations and they'll hopefully get their just desserts in the end.

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: Questionable advice

Because they want to be the voice of negativity when all the other tech press will be writing puff pieces about "Five major things iOS 11 brings" or "15 hidden tips and tricks you didn't know iOS 11 could do".

They'd do the same when an Android upgrade is released, but the minority who will ever even get to install it on their phone have to wait months for it to become available to them so there is never a time like this where hundreds of millions of Android phones will be upgraded within a few weeks of each other.

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Forcing 64 bit only SAVES storage and RAM

Only a clueless troll thinks that iOS 11 costs 20% of storage and RAM. It actually requires less than iOS 10, because Apple left out all the 32 bit libraries. Previously Apple (and Android still does) have had to include both 32 bit and 64 bit libraries, which obviously doubles the storage requirement for those libraries. More importantly, when both 32 bit and 64 bit apps are loaded at the same time, both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of all the common libraries are present in RAM, doubling the RAM requirement for those libraries.

That's the reason Apple decided to cut ties with apps that haven't been updated for several years and are still 32 bit only. It also allowed them to reduce design/validation time for the A11, since its CPU cores are 64 bit only. Sure, they could have supported 32 bit apps via software emulation if they had really wanted to (after all they emulated PowerPC on x86 when they migrated the Mac, which is an order of magnitude more difficult) but they deliberately chose to drop 32 bit support to avoid needlessly wasting RAM and storage keeping dual copies of the same library.

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Re: Oh yeah .....

Not sure how you managed that, I don't think what you claim is even possible.

I've never had a problem with iOS updates and I've been using iPhones since the 3gs. I always follow the same recipe, based on how I have always done OS upgrades on anything from a DD-WRT router to high end Unix server:

1) take a full backup

2) shut down and restart

3) perform upgrade

4) shut down and restart

Sprint, T-Mobile US reignite mega-merger talks (again)

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Re: Oligopoly

Not sure why a three way oligopoly would be significantly worse than the current four way oligopoly.

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: EU to Google.

Google made over 14 million euros in profit every day last year. Fining them about eight hours worth of profit is unlikely to bother them. Heck, it may not even be worth fighting - the bill for a team of lawyers able to successfully fight the EU might be higher than the cost of a 4 million euro annuity. The only reason they are is to apparently enshrine an additional revenue source as a legal requirement!

What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Still not clear on the actual size of this breach

When it happened I checked on their site and they said they didn't believe I was affected. I later heard there were some initial issues with the site, so I checked myself again after getting the SSNs from my mom and dad so I could check for them as well. Still not affected, nor were either of them.

I think it was "up to 143 million people potentially affected", unless my family is just damn lucky. We all have a fairly lengthy credit history and high credit ratings, so it isn't like we wouldn't be in a major credit bureau's database. Maybe they only got people with last names up to 'R' or something...

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Re: Where I used to work,

Why would an air hostess necessarily be a bad choice for a CAB head? She wouldn't be making the decisions herself - it is more of facilitator role to get the people from technical, business, financial, etc. domains to reach consensus. Having an "outsider" in that role is probably not a bad idea.

She doesn't need to personally understand every detail about why making changes the weekend before year end closing is a bad idea, or why the business wanting to delay a critical Microsoft patch released early and out of cycle due to active exploitation is risking a breach. That's for business and technical people to understand - she just has to make them understand each other.

For someone used to soothing the angry flying public for years, dealing with heated arguments between people on the IT side and business side should be child's play!

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: Rendered irrelevant by the iPhone X...

IP67 means 30 minutes under a half meter of water, and IP68 means 30 minutes under a meter of water. Does that extra half meter really matter? You're safe either way if you knock your phone in a full sink. Neither tests the effect of dropping your phone in a pool, or getting caught outside in a huge downpour with your phone in your pocket. Your phone is probably fine if either happens, but IP67 vs IP68 isn't going to make it more or less likely to survive either of those occurrences.

If someone came out with a phone rated waterproof down to a couple hundred meters like many watches, would that be better than IP67/IP68 in a way that would or should influence any purchase decisions, or would it just be another pointless spec to use in a dick measuring contest? Would anyone take their phone underwater in a chlorine filled pool or salt filled ocean if it was waterproof to 200 meters? I sure wouldn't - might not have desirable effects on the finish, or on the chemical coating used to keep the screen fingerprint resistant. Though more to the point, why would you? Taking pictures underwater doesn't work too well without the proper lens.

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@Steve Davies 3 - Quad HD & 4K videos

Quad HD != 4K. Quad HD is 2560x1440, 4K is 3840x2160 (well technically 4K is 4096x2160 and UHD is 3840x2160, but everyone calls the latter 4K)

Not that you can tell the difference when watching a 4K video on a 6" screen, but then you probably couldn't tell the difference between Quad HD and full HD (1920x1080) when watching said 4K video on a 6" screen either. Or watching the same video in "mere" full HD resolution. I suppose those who are very nearsighted might like it though - you get the same experience as having a massive $10,000 TV in your living room by holding your phone three inches from your nose!

I agree with you though, it is essentially a marketing exercise. No doubt we'll see 4K displays on phones eventually. I don't think it is the display technology holding them back, it is the additional load it puts on the GPU for something the user can't see.

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@Dave 126

Because the iPhone X is going to be lower volume than the 8/8 plus you think it is "irrelevant"? Apple will sell far more iPhone Xs over the next year than Samsung will sell Note 8s (and the Note 8 is similarly outsold by its cheaper brother the S8/S8 plus) so I guess it is irrelevant too?

It is likely the iPhone X's display is not the only production limitation, the new front sensors for depth scanning may be even more limited since they've never been produced at anywhere near such a small size in volume before. Apple is solving the display issue by adding LG and potentially a third OLED supplier for next year, and presumably doing something about the sensors as well.

I think they figured that rather than wait until 2018 to have production up to snuff, they'd sell 2018's iPhone in 2017 - I doubt this was plan A.

Why being 'boring' is a university AI spinout's route to success

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Having the guy who invented viagra

As your chief scientist isn't much of a tout. He wasn't trying to create a drug to help erections, that was a side effect noticed during testing. If it hadn't been that for that accident, it wouldn't have made all those billions.

Is having a chief scientist whose claim to fame is an unintentional side effect really the way to sell your company to investors?

Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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Re: How many ads is too many?

I've got three blocked just on this comment page alone. You obviously aren't seeing anything like a true representation of how many ads you're running into because Noscript is "blocking" them before uBlock can get a look. The total you quoted is as meaningless as someone who said they'd never had a virus on their PC, and then revealed they used a 3270 connected to an IBM mainframe as their "PC".

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Re: How many ads is too many?

Yikes! I clicked on my uBlock Origin and it said it had blocked 735,000 ads since install....I had recently reinstalled everything so that's only six months' worth!!!

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Re: While I dislike Apple

I would actually like to have websites in one browser tab _not_ know about the websites in the other browser tabs. At all.

So you want private browsing, which all browsers already support? AFAIK using private browsing mode on iOS every "tab" is separate (tab in quotes because the IOS GUI displays a "pile" of windows rather than tabs on a single window) Do some browsers only protect different windows from each other, and not tabs from each other?

You'll never have perfect anonymity though. You could browse two different sites, one using Chrome and one using Firefox, and have them "know" about each other if they hit the same adservers. OK maybe not know, but guess with a high degree of likelihood, based on your IP address. Even if you have a dynamic IP, it doesn't reset that often, so it would be a reasonable guess it is the same person/household browsing to both sites even if different browsers were used or one came from a Windows PC and the other came from an iPhone.

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Re: it is sad

Because ad blocking is optional on browsers and most people take the default. Besides, with Chrome having the majority market share these days, if ad blocking really was to become popular Google would undoubtedly sabotage or disable ad blocking capability. They don't make money off people who block ads, they only tolerate it on Chrome today because it is a minority of users.

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30 day limit

If you think that's too short because you only visit Amazon twice a year but want it to remember your details, you can turn off this new behavior and things will work like they did before (i.e. how they do today without these updates installed)

If you want per cookie configurability, regex matches, and so forth you want Firefox.

Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

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Re: Hope someone tells Zuk @ Facebook...

I just got a 'memory' from 2006. Facebook keeps everything you've posted, I think what they're talking about there is details like when you logged in and from what IP address. Saving that from 2006 would seem to be of little benefit, but then storage in a cloud the size of Facebook's is essentially infinite so I wonder why they'd bother to delete even that.

Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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Criminal observes crime is a shortcut to get what you want

Wait until he figures out it is quicker to steal a million dollars than to earn it! Still that minor matter of spending time in federal prison when you're caught, of course...details details.

Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

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Re: I'm somewhat confused.

To use Apple Pay you scan a credit/debit card with your phone, it reads the numbers, contacts the bank, uses the numbers to generate an anonymous stand-in number so your real card number is never passed to merchants (and presumably in there somewhere is a step where Apple and/or the bank determines whether you are the proper owner of that card)

Then the transactions are processed as normal, using that other number instead of the one on the card. Apple isn't a "bank", it is just facilitating transactions. Though given that they have $260 billion in cash socked away, maybe they should consider becoming a bank!

Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Two million out of state voters in NH

This is what happens when idiots actually believe the crap they are fed by fake news hucksters like Breitbart.

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There are several "real" problems and several fake ones

Dead voters not getting purged from the rolls is usually due to poor processes, not corruption. Republicans looking to point to corruption want to review all the registration lists so they can point to all the dead people and say "see, here's all the fraud that helped Hillary win the popular vote" but in most places the voter registration rolls are not plugged into the social security "death master list". Many precincts all over the country have no way of knowing who died, so they simply remove voters from the rolls if they haven't voted for a while.

Besides, dead voters on the rolls are only a problem if they vote so you have to demonstrate not only that dead voters are on the rolls but they are marked as having voted after they died (several months after they died, as they could have sent in an absentee ballot) If you had CCTV cameras you could possibly identify them as they walk to the desk with the nice old ladies who check you off the list when you vote, but if you vote absentee for a dead person it would be more difficult to catch you. Though obviously coming up with a better way to remove people when they die the best solution - you just have to make sure it isn't doing more than that.

Which brings up what is more likely the biggest source of potential fraud - absentee ballots. To start with, they're less secure since there's no 'in-person' element. Just a signature, and signatures are completely 100% worthless for proving you are who you say you are. It is all too easy to send in a request for an absentee ballot for someone else, so long as you have a way to intercept their mail. That's simple for family members / spouses, or people who live in apartments where the locks on the communal mailboxes are trivial to pick. Not only that, but since most states don't share information on their vote registration rolls and who has voted, people who maintain residences in multiple states can easily vote twice with little chance of detection. Or even if they only vote once, they can vote in the state where they think their vote will matter more - one has to wonder how many of the votes cast in Florida in presidential elections are people who legally should be voting in their home state.

Obviously hacking (whether by Russians, political parties, or griefers) is a concern, as is trust in the companies making the machines, but that part should be the easiest to address. Require all votes leave a paper trail, and using that paper trail require a recount of a 2% of every state's precincts selected randomly (plus maybe allow each political party to choose a few precincts if they feel there are some that need checking due to election day irregularities) and if the tallies differ by some small amount require a full statewide recount. Heck, a full hand recount wouldn't be that hard after EVERY election, if you only recounted the president, senator and congressman, and not all the rest. Whether to recount those would be governed by state or local laws anyway.

Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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The million in one chance basically means that some random person won't unlock your phone by accident - though it would be an interesting thing to try if you ever ran into someone who was your doppelganger!

The million in one chance doesn't necessarily tell us anything about how difficult it is to deliberately deceive if you had access to photographs of someone from multiple angles, a quality 3D printer able to print in multiple materials, and so forth. If it is expensive/difficult enough to fool that way, then those who really want access may resort to XKCD's $5 hammer.

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Re: sleep/wake button five times...

Yes, it is an iOS 11 feature.

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

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Re: Streaming an operating system?

Sounds like you're talking about network boot of the OS. So if you're on AT&T and change to Verizon suddenly you have a new OS to deal with. If you travel and get a local SIM wherever you go to avoid getting raped by roaming fees you get a different OS every couple days?

Sure, that sounds like something consumers want.

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Streaming an operating system?

WTF are they talking about? I assume they mean streaming the GUI.

They are looking at it like "Apple and Google are making all this money we think is rightfully ours, we want someone to make an open source base we can take for free and put on phones, then we charge customers to stream the OS/GUI to them and collect all the ad money, app money, and oh yeah maybe we can block all the messaging apps so we can start charging for SMS again!"

Yeah, like people are going to go for that.

Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Re: Useless Google

When there were several high profile widespread malware outbreaks shortly after XP was released (which Microsoft thought would fix the malware problem, since it finally did away with the DOS underpinning of previous consumer Windows versions) Microsoft finally had to take security seriously. But it was corporate pressure that caused that, if it was just consumers getting infected Microsoft would have ignored them - where were they going to go, Mac? Linux? Of course not, they were stuck with Windows.

I think it would be the same with Google. They aren't going to care about stuff that infects consumers, because they have no alternatives for smartphones. Maybe Samsung will care since they control the vast majority of the high end Android market, and some of those people might go to Apple. The rest are sticking with Android, for better or for worse. So long as the malware doesn't impact the advertising revenue they derive from those customers, why should Google care?

Even the corporate market may not make them care, because Google doesn't get a cut from sales of phones sold to corporations, and those will be locked down so much there might not be much advertising revenue Google can derive from them. Android is far too large of a market for corporations that do BYOD to say "we only allow iPhones for BYOD, all you Android users can sod off". No, what they'd do is just firewall the phones off on a segment where they can't do anything they couldn't already do from the internet, like access corporate email so that infected phones don't matter.

If there was ever Android malware that somehow replaced ads that give Google money with ads that give someone else money, you can bet they'd spare no expense in killing that very quickly, however!!!

Trump blocks China-backed Lattice Semiconductor buyout

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He's been pretty vocal about the Chinese being unfair competitors, so it isn't surprising he'd follow their advice. If it had been a country he likes, such as Russia, it would have been a different story.

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