* Posts by Vector

573 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011

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Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

Vector
Happy

"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"

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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...

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If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

Vector

"If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade..."

again.

FTFY

Must be Tuesday.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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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!

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

Vector

"So, a completely glass casing isn't a new design?"

Well, no.

New materials maybe, same old design.

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Angel

@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...

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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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.

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

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@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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

Vector
Meh

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."

Here Here!

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.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

Vector

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!!

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

Vector

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.

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Don't make Aug 21 a blind date: Beware crap solar eclipse specs

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Thumb Up

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!

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: Sharing maps of your homes

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Big Brother

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.

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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

Vector

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.

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

Vector

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.

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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

Vector

Sales Job at Oracle?

Not sure I'd want to do sales at Oracle after this little tidbit:

Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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No big deal. You can defeat Kaspersky's ATM antivirus with a really fat executable

Vector

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?

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

Vector

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.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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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.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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@ Not also known as SC Re: Solid DRM

"Sounds like a good starting point for a novel."

Actually, a rock opera:

Repo! The Genetic Opera

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

Vector

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!

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

Vector

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...

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Devil

"He's a soulless mercenary bastard, happy to be owned by a corporation."

Isn't that one of the definitions of Lawyer?

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Essentially puzzling: Rubin's hype-phone ties up with… Sprint?

Vector

"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.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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@Adam 52

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.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

Vector

FTFY

"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!

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China cyber-security law will keep citizens' data within the Great Firewall

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FAIL

@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!

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Big Brother

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!

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

Vector
Big Brother

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.

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Vector
Happy

Re: Does not compute, Captain

You just have to do it over...and over...and over...and over...

It's all about volume!!!

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Vector

Re: the french??

Ha yourself.

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.

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

Vector

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.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Vector

Re: read 1984 for several years

Naw...Anthony Burgess is the one wot got it right!

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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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."

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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...

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Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

Vector

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!

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Vector

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.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: So?

"...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...

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

Vector

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...

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

Vector

Hmmm...

This sounds like more rules, and we know how Uber feels about those.

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Vector
FAIL

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...

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GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

Vector
Devil

Boy that's gonna really suck for all them ransomware kiddies demanding gift cards for the unlock code.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

Vector

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.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

Vector

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.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

Vector

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...

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