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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

Artefacto Re:This is actually a Slashdot sting (391 comments)

Yes, you can have several ActiveSync accounts, at least in my Samsung Jellybean ROM. And you can join contacts -- see my post above.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

Artefacto Re:This is actually a Slashdot sting (391 comments)

they either end up being synchronized to one account or they are only local contacts on your phone which are lost when you reboot, right?

If by "reboot", you mean "factory reset", then yes. You can merge multiple accounts into the same contact (called "join contacts" in android), but if you factory reset those merges are not preserved. Google contacts and Google+ contacts are automatically merged though, at least in Jelly Bean. And to answer another point you make -- when you join contacts, data is not copied between the several accounts.

When you add a new contact, it will be automatically assigned to your main account, you can not chose to which phonebook it should belong, correct? In WP, you can have your live account, as many ActiveSync accounts as you like, Facebook, whatever. And when you add a contact it will ask you for which account it is.

No, it works the same way in Android. When you create a contact, it asks you to which account you want to save it to (Phone, SIM, Google, Exchange, etc.). I'm not sure what happens you delete an account as I'm not inclined to test it, but I suppose it's up to the account implementation whether to leave the data there unmanaged or to delete it.

In sum, there doesn't seem to be difference between Android and WP8 in this regard.

about 2 years ago
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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

Artefacto Re:This is actually a Slashdot sting (391 comments)

Since in WP8 each contact is associated to an account, the different accounts are never merged. That's the reason WP is afaik the first mobile phone system capable to properly manage multiple active sync accounts. If I want contacts to be only on my phone, I just configure a fake account with invalid server name and associate contacts with this account => they will not be synchronized

Not sure what you're saying here, but in Android you can synchronize data contacts from multiple accounts and have local, non-synchronized contacts without hacks. The same applies to other classes of data like events, tasks, e-mail, etc. Lookup account authenticators and sync providers in the android docs.

about 2 years ago
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Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

Artefacto Re:Patent trolling is the new iWhite... (696 comments)

Whether their they look similar or whether Samsung copied Apple's design ideas is completely irrelevant. There's no general protection against "copying ideas".

It's well established that "look and feel" are not protected by copyright (see Apple vs. Microsoft), so they've turned instead to these doubtful patents to stifle competition. Even if these trivial patents are in fact valid (and having one held invalid takes years and millions of dollars and relatively onerous standards of evidence), they're arguably an abuse of the system originally designed to protect other sorts of inventions.

more than 2 years ago
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After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices

Artefacto There was no ruling on warrant requirement (189 comments)

The summary is inaccurate when it says Jones required a warrant. The Court only found that the installation of the GPS device was a search because it involved a trespass. It did not say whether that search was unreasonable or, if it is, whether a search warrant or probable cause were required.

In fact, reading the opinions, it would appear that all the justices (except maybe Sottomayor) would allow GPS devices installed without a warrant for short term tracking.

Of course, the Justice department usually prefers err on the safe side.

more than 2 years ago
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Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009

Artefacto No violation here (295 comments)

The GPL doesn't require the source code to be provided together with the binaries, just that the source code be made available to the recipient of the binaries, possibly even charging him for the transportation costs. So unless someone requested the source code and didn't get it, no one violated the GPL.

more than 3 years ago
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Pot Grower's Privacy Challenged

Artefacto Re:Questions (477 comments)

Though not really relavant to this story, cannabis does cause schizophreniform disorder in people with two common allelic variants in the gene for catechol-O-methyltransferase (esp one of these variants).

See Caspi, A. et al. Moderation of the effect of adolescent-onset cannabis use on adult psychosis by a functional polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene: longitudinal evidence of a gene X environment interaction. Biol. Psychiatry 57, 1117–1127 (2005) (longitudinal study)

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Eyeing Internet ID For Americans

Artefacto Re:how about no (487 comments)

The Directive 1999/93/EC of of the European Parliament and of the Council already has established a framework where digital signatures are legally binding. In my country, Portugal, this has been implemented even before the directive. These certificates for signing can be emitted by any company as long as it follows some certifications. So on that aspect, it's been more than 10 years now...

The second aspect of what you say -- and the supposedly what the article mentions (not that I've read it, of course) -- is authentication against web services. Since the introduction of smart cards replacing the usual id cards, this has also become more common, but really, only some government services use it. Anyone can of course do authentication against the smart card certificate, all you need is Apache, mod_ssl and the root certificate. The certificate will tell you name and unique id of the person. This is a bit more insidious, but really no really less privacy than giving a credit card number and your name when you're shopping.

I'm surprised to hear it's so wild-spread in Bulgaria, almost no one here has smartcard readers or for that matter would know how to use it...

more than 3 years ago
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New IE Zero Day

Artefacto Re:Misleading report (305 comments)

This is not an IE bug. It is a .Net bug in mscorie.dll. Mscorie.dll is not required by IE. (IE works just fine, so to speak, without .Net.)

Referece? The CVE description says:

Use-after-free vulnerability in the CSharedStyleSheet::Notify function in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) parser in mshtml.dll, as used in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 8 and possibly other products, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and execute arbitrary code via multiple @import calls in a crafted document.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Secret Swedish Police Report Leaked

Artefacto Re:So what (840 comments)

But increasingly in non-Islamic countries Sharia law is being given precedence over local laws for violations between Muslims. This is happening in the US, Australia, Germany and the UK.

What the hell are you talking about?

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Secret Swedish Police Report Leaked

Artefacto Re:So what (840 comments)

A jury? In Sweden?

more than 3 years ago
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IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

Artefacto Re:Are you kidding me? (470 comments)

Smoking in not a choice; for the vast majority of the smokers, it's an addiction. These people don't smoke because they want to, they smoke because they can't help it. So the point of personal liberty is very weakened.

more than 4 years ago
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New Crypto Attack Affects Millions of ASP.NET Apps

Artefacto Re:Who knew! (156 comments)

Try not to be ignorant, not to say idiotic. "Any possible message" includes "any reasonable message". Come back when you understand Shannon's theorem.

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Analysis Calls Windows 7 Memory Usage Claims "Scaremongering"

Artefacto Re:So (334 comments)

That's strange, I find that behavior much worse in Linux (i.e., Linux is more aggressive swapping out applications). I usually tune the "swappiness" (see http://kerneltrap.org/node/3000 ) to very low levels, but sometimes after having to wait a few seconds each time I switched to some huge application such as NetBeans made me disabled the swap space.

more than 4 years ago
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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

Artefacto BRANDENBURG v. OHIO (849 comments)

Exactly. The first amendment should be applied in declaring this unconstitutional. In BRANDENBURG v. OHIO (1969). This is the summary:

Appellant, a Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted under the Ohio Criminal Syndicalism statute for "advocat[ing] . . . the duty, necessity, or propriety of crime, sabotage, violence, or unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform" and for "voluntarily assembl[ing] with any society, group or assemblage of persons formed to teach or advocate the doctrines of criminal syndicalism." Neither the indictment nor the trial judge's instructions refined the statute's definition of the crime in terms of mere advocacy not distinguished from incitement to imminent lawless action. Held: Since the statute, by its words and as applied, purports to punish mere advocacy and to forbid, on pain of criminal punishment, assembly with others merely to advocate the described type of action, it falls within the condemnation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Filesystem Do You Use On Portable Media For Linux Systems?

Artefacto Partition the disk and use both (569 comments)

Or you could partition the disk, format the first partition (the only one Windows sees on removable media) with FAT32 and the other one with ext3/whatever when you want to keep the meta-data. The best of both worlds.

more than 5 years ago
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Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics

Artefacto Re:Err... (219 comments)

Nature reported this back in November: http://www.nature.com/news/2008/081126/full/456432a.html The news is Mohamed El Naschie is going to retire. There are some interesting statistics:

Of the 31 papers not written by El Naschie in the most recent issue of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, at least 11 are related to his theories and include 58 citations of his work in the journal.

And it's actually a theoretical-physics journal, with a relatively high impact factor of 3.025 for 2007.

more than 5 years ago

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Oracle makes Red Hat kernel changes available as broken-out patches

Artefacto Artefacto writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Artefacto (1207766) writes "The Ksplice team has made available a git repository with the changes Red Hat made to the kernel broken down. They are calling this project RedPatch.

This comes in response to a policy change Red Hat had operated in early 2011 with the goal of undercutting Oracle and other vendor's strategy of poaching RedHat's customers. The Ksplice team says they've doing the work they're now making available since the policy was implemented; they claim to be now making it public because they "feel everyone in the Linux community can benefit from the work".

For Ksplice, we build individual updates for each change and rely on source patches that are broken-out, not a giant tarball. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to take the right patches to create individual updates for each fix, and to skip over the noise — like a change that speeds up bootup — which is unnecessary for an already-running system. We’ve been taking the monolithic Red Hat patch tarball and breaking it into smaller commits internally ever since they introduced this change.

At Oracle, we feel everyone in the Linux community can benefit from the work we already do to get our jobs done, so now we’re sharing these broken-out patches publicly.

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11th Circuit Eliminates 4th Amend. in E-mail

Artefacto Artefacto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Artefacto (1207766) writes "Orin Kerr writes in the Volokh Conspiracy:
Last Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a Fourth Amendment case, Rehberg v. Paulk, that takes a very narrow view of how the Fourth Amendment applies to e-mail. The Eleventh Circuit held that constitutional protection in stored copies of e-mail held by third parties disappears as soon as any copy of the communication is delivered. Under this new decision, if the government wants get your e-mails, the Fourth Amendment lets the government go to your ISP, wait the seconds it normally takes for the e-mail to be delivered, and then run off copies of your messages."

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