"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"
573 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011
Re: Does anyone still give a toss what Paris Hilton says/endorses?
If you could say the same about the Kardashians, I might be inclined to go along with you...
"If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade..."
Must be Tuesday.
Re: One good thing
"Did he just say that it is fine to lock the front door as long as you leave all the windows open?"
No, what he's really saying is the locksmith must hand over copies of all keys made with annotations as to the location of each lock.
That is my biggest gripe in all of this. Law enforcement really wants to circumvent due process by serving warrants on the manufacturers and service providers instead of the target of their investigations. Data stored on my device (encrypted or not) is mine and any attempt to access it should come through me!
"So, a completely glass casing isn't a new design?"
New materials maybe, same old design.
@tfb Re: Windows
"...every other version of the fucking thing decides that some bit of state I care about doesn't in fact matter."
Then you're not using it properly. The proper way to use it is to accept everything Apple has decided for you and be on your merry way. They know far better than you...
Re: Genius Groves?
And this is a surprise how?
Allow me to point you to:
"FaceTime" (Hey! You can video chat
...as long as everyone has an iPhone)
"Retina Display" (we had more pixels than anyone else! briefly)
"Touch ID" (Look! we added a fingerprint scanner)
Since I've never owned an iPhone, those are the only ones I can think of offhand.
@whoseyourdaddy Re: I can see the value in certification
Again, you did not read the article and, apparently, did not click through to the original article referenced which says:
"The next morning, Day woke up and rolled over. As he did so, a dog-tag necklace that he was wearing happened to catch on the exposed prongs of the charger head, which had come loose from the extension cord."
No where in either article is there any mention that this was anything other than the original iPhone charger. Regardless, the charger itself, whether original or third party, was not the cause of the incident. Rather, it was the probably shoddy connection between the charger and the extension cord into which it was plugged which was to blame.
Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors
Which still does not explain how the chip makes any difference. If they're making crap cables, they'll get complaints chip or no chip.
Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors
"If companies are so bold as to try to sell counterfeit iPhones, do you really think they wouldn't sell dodgy cables on eBay they claim were manufactured by ReputableCompanyName?"
OK, so explain to me how that magic chip is going to stop Mr. Dodgy from claiming he's selling a certified cable. Can you see the chip in the pictures? At best, you'll find out after you receive the cable and plug it into your phone, at which point Dodgy Cables Inc. will become oh so difficult to contact.
Re: I can see the value in certification
"You do realize that a chip is necessary as the cable is ambi-dextrous to unswap the pins if needed?"
I believe what you mean is that the connector is reversible and, no, that does not require a chip.
As to your weblink, if you read closely, you'll notice that A) no where in it is there any mention of a knockoff cable and B) he was sleeping with the charger connected to an extension cord in his bed. His necklace was most likely conducting power from the AC end of the charger so the cable connected on the other side would have been of little consequence.
Re: I can see the value in certification
"... what stops a company from making the cheapest Lightning cable possible and selling it on eBay falsely claiming it is Apple certified?"
How about a listing on Apple's website of certified vendors?
I bought some viewing glasses for the recent eclipse by going to a trusted website (the American Astronomical Society) and viewing the list of companies they had confirmed as properly certified. No chip required.
Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)
"At least then you have a smart thing you can control and a leave the TV as the dumb screen it should be."
A couple of years back, I bought a Samsung "Smart" Blu-ray player thinking I could use it to stream as well as play Discs. Then I used the streaming player on the thing...
...and went out and bought a Roku.
Not limited to iPhones
I have the same annoyance with my Android phone and my car's audio system has no option to disable autoplay. I finally had to fix it by using tasker to intercept the play command on my phone.
Yet another example of modern applications trying to be to @#$@ing helpful!!
I checked Maps and there's a harbor about 10 miles north of Martins Beach. Someone needs to fund a boat launch service to take people down to the beach and encourage the loudest, most obnoxious parties you can legally have there.
Thanks for this!
I was looking at eclipse glasses on Amazon today and my first thought was "how many of these just have the right numbers slapped on them without actually been tested?" My second thought was where to find an approved list. Now I have one!
Re: Thanks iRobot...
Sorry but this is data that just does not belong in the cloud! Why do our whole lives have to be registered with big brother? I'm pretty sure the data being collected by their little cat saucers could easily be processed by a local connected PC.
That hacking graphic...
*Scratching Head* - Seems to me you'd be more concerned about that Rx line than the Tx if you wanted to stop hackers.
Not that I'd feel any particular joy about the Tx line going out to the interwebs but then, that is how you gather data for a project like this.
Not really news
Disney may have given an update on their progress (and the hotel thing sounds new) but they announced the Star Wars lands back in 2015 and broke ground (at Disneyland, at least) in April of 2016.
Sales Job at Oracle?
Not sure I'd want to do sales at Oracle after this little tidbit:
OK, so if I'm reading this right, it comes down to: You can pwn Kaspersky's AV if you've already pwned the machine?
Re: real-time telemetrics
"why should I worry about that, since I don't drive like a tosspot ?"
Because your definition of "driving like a tosspot" may differ from your insurance company's.
Re: Reigniting the debate on what constitutes an important skill
"And spotting when someone is crazy as a s**thouse rat remains one of them"
In this case, that's not a skill. Skills require training and practice. This just requires a brain.
Re: The End Is Nigh
Every time I see a report like "number of terrorists plots foiled," I always think, yup, no lions here! My Anti-Lion device works perfectly!
Re: How To Write the FCC Without Pain and Suffering
"Due to bad web coding, the FCC website itself is a mess to navigate when you'd like to convey your opinions to them regarding real net neutrality."
You seem to imply that's some kind of accident...
"He's a soulless mercenary bastard, happy to be owned by a corporation."
Isn't that one of the definitions of Lawyer?
"Sprint is ...in the midst of negotiations for a possible merger with T‑Mobile US"
Being a T-Mobile customer, I certainly hope they are not foolish enough to follow through on a deal with Sprint. The genesis of Sprint's current woes can be found in their acquisition of Nextel and many of the same issues would also apply here, most notably, the need to merge two disparate network technologies! The costs to move users from Nextel's network over to Sprint's far outweighed the gains of a larger customer base and left Sprint swimming in red ink.
As to Ruben's new toy, it's pretty close to DOA out the door. It's one "innovation" (which has been tried before in various incarnations with little success) is tied to a price way to high to be enticing to the general public. So, in the end, they're tying a dead phone to a dead carrier. No loss.
No, the original statement is absolutely true. Your assertion that we've done it with paper and comms is a false one. In those cases as with this, the bad guys could employ most of the same tactics to snoop that the good guys used, it was just illegal for them to use them (which is a fairly low bar when you're a bad guy).
The current situation is further complicated by the fact that monitoring, whether good or bad, happens in an unmonitored location, so it's hard to know exactly who is monitoring until they take some action.
Add the fact that the "terrorists" will simply start employing e2e encryption of their own or other methods which require no encryption at all and you really haven't accomplished much towards your stated goal. Bear in mind that drug dealers have managed to avoid capture for decades in a world with no encryption despite being high value targets.
"Recycling kit to lower costs is key to
Musk's everyone's goals"
If we're gonna make space travel viable, we've got to be able to reuse launch vehicles. Imagine if they had to build a new plane every time you wanted to fly someplace!
@hellwig Re: Just Cut Them Off
Guess you really don't care about your smartphone, or computer or most of the rest of your modern electronic conveniences which are largely manufactured in China. Manufacturing which I doubt the Chinese government would hesitate long before cutting right off at the knees if a plan like the one you propose were to be implemented.
Not that we couldn't pick up that manufacturing slack elsewhere in the world, but I'm not sure we could pick it up at the current prices and I am sure we couldn't do it without large amounts of pain!
Re: Pity this doesent apply to the English
Unfortunately, this type of law wouldn't help us Yanks. It just says data has to stay within the country's borders and we're already within those border's with the biggest data farmers in the world!
Re: the french??
"Where do the tracking cookies come from?"
Sites that have partnered with Facebook. You visit their site, they apply a Facebook cookie to please their dark overlord and you get tracked.
Re: Does not compute, Captain
You just have to do it over...and over...and over...and over...
It's all about volume!!!
Re: the french??
Perhaps you missed this little tidbit in the article:
"...Facebook should stop tracking the web activity of non-users of the service without getting their consent"
So I wouldn't be quite so smug about not being a Farcebook user.
Yeah, two things occur to me. First, from reports I've heard this thing was so hideously bungled (from a payoff perspective) that I'm more inclined to believe it was script kiddie adaptation than some "notorious" hacking collective. Second, if this was some political actor, why bother with the ransom? Just encrypt the files and watch all the phish flop on the line.
Re: read 1984 for several years
Naw...Anthony Burgess is the one wot got it right!
Re: Why is this shocking?
Thanks RegW. I just saw this and was afraid I was gonna have to unplug from the internet (even though I did originally qualify my potentially faulty memory).
There is, however, a devil in the details. There's a little footnote on that claim that reads:
"These devices will receive Android version updates for at least two years from when the device first became available on the Google Store."
How long that little detail has been around I couldn't begin to say. I will say, however, that 2 years is hardly "Always."
Re: Why is this shocking?
Why? Because, as I remember, and I may be remembering poorly, one of Google's selling points when the Nexuses (Nexi?) first came out was that you'd always have the most up to date version of Android if you bought one.
So much for that claim...
Google's ludicrously priced Google Pixel has...bafflingly, no expandable storage.
No mystery here at all.
Google can't index storage on the phone...use Google Drive so they can send more ads your way!
Re: Symbiotic relationship
" they'd end up punishing their own userbase as much as they'd punish Uber"
Apple's userbase can use other ride sharing services, ones which, hopefully (possibly vain, but still), have more aboveboard and legal business models. Uber, on the other hand, needs to be seriously smacked upside the head for their continuing practice of doing whatever the fsck they want regardless of laws and ethical behavior.
The idea that we can't punish a company operating illegally and unethically simply because some people like it is ludicrous.
"...I'm switching our entire business to macOS and the Apple ecosystem for everything..."
So...your solution to the Windows lock-in problem is to replace it with the Apple lock-in problem?
Now you've locked yourself into software and hardware.
Expensive hardware at that...
Re: Even if we could get there, somehow
"we'd just have to wave to them from orbit."
...while they laughed at how fragile we are...
This sounds like more rules, and we know how Uber feels about those.
Re: I may do it....
Do you really need to print that much? 'Cause they ain't givin' ya 5 bucks, they're giving you a credit you can use at checkout...
Boy that's gonna really suck for all them ransomware kiddies demanding gift cards for the unlock code.
Re: Same Old Tricks?
"If you can buy a 4G MIMO cellular modem with a built in GPS/GLONASS chipset for $5, I'm sure Apple's procurement execs would love to hear from you."
I doubt it since that price is probably about right. I did a spot check on the interwebs and, though this is not a comprehensive survey by any means, I found a Qualcomm LTE modem (just the chip) for $10.60 each in lots of 10! Didn't look at the specs, so although probably not as capable, I'm fairly confident that Apple, with their buying power can get the chip you describe at about 5 bucks.
Re: I hope "the answer" isn't EVEN MORE gummint...
"My own belief is that SOME gummint (i.e. liability laws)..."
I believe liability is all that's required. Make the producers responsible for the safety and security of their products just like we do with other industries. As mentioned above, you have to affect their bottom line or nothing will happen. Liability laws will do just that.
Where to draw the line is probably the biggest debate.
As affirmed by the "Citizens United" decision, corporations are people enough to be granted constitutional rights which would include the right against self incrimination. To my mind, corporate structures should exist purely for financial indemnification and nothing more.
Of course, virtually every time a corporation gets sued, they settle "without admitting fault," so maybe the fifth amendment is irrelevant for them anyway...