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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Divebus Re:Open Source? (193 comments)

Fair enough... but nobody "found" the GnuTLS bug until the effects of it became apparent. Then the Open Source community started looking for it. That's what runs counter to the claim of "many eyes on the code makes security". Nobody was really looking and nobody noticed that some random cert could be reported as trusted for almost ten years. It's just a truth even I've advertised about Linux until I find the truth has been shattered.

Ignorance isn't blissful at all and this very thing is the weakness of closed code - not many eyes looking and things get fixed retroactively after the effects are revealed. However, Apple realizes the great majority of users don't know a thing about computers except they're appliances which need to work reliably. Apple knows they're not allowing the Dancing Pigs into the iOS spectrum and with that comes restrictions which will frustrate some people. They don't advertise anything different from that. So far, they've made 800 million iOS customers really happy at the expense of maybe 100,000 code monkeys.

My bigger problem with Android is who the mother ship is; Google, which has turned into a spy agency in their own right. They've brilliantly created a portable vehicle to map and catalog your every move and view. Their business model is to destroy your privacy and sell what they learn about you to marketers, the scum of the earth, without restraint or remorse. Apple, on the other hand, is well known to frustrate efforts by marketers to gain access to your private data. Frankly, I don't like computers or cars all that much and don't code or race anymore, but I have to use them. Since I have to use them, I'm going to use something I like a lot and not have to worry about too much.

Cheers.

about 6 months ago
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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Divebus Open Source? (193 comments)

Maybe I'm conflating several notions from your post, but I get the distinct feeling you liken Apple products as being in a cage. I can tell you it's more like being in Club Med with hot cocktail waitresses and sunny days with the chain link fence holding back hordes of lepers.

This entire decade, all I've heard was how fully vetted open source gave you freedom and security at the same time. Write all the code you want and run it everywhere. Safely. Freely.

The GnuTLS Library bug tells me it's all been BS. To that end, why should I trust any random developer's software, certificate or not? Isn't everyone in the open source community supposed to be looking at the code? Actually looking at it? You just can't trust anything these days.

about 6 months ago
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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Divebus I've heard this before... (193 comments)

...the old Windows meme submerging the fact that Windows really was a piece of swiss cheese.

about 6 months ago
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Acer Pulls Back From Windows To Focus On Android and Chromebook

Divebus Re:From the ashes into the fire? (253 comments)

I would think that someone with such a low UID and [assumed] broad experience would have a little more insight, especially the "no one uses Macs for business". There are a lot of businesses that would chuckle about that, starting with one of the world's most profitable and valuable businesses (on and off).

You can add to that practically everyone in the entertainment media creation field, especially in LA. Forrester says almost half of enterprises with 1,000 or more employees are issuing Macs. Macs are the default choice of many Silicon Valley startups and larger companies like Google. Some CTOs even make fun of the last Windows holdouts for using a "typewriter".

I work for a giant media conglomerate which four years ago forbade Macs from entering the IT system, but after a great deal of upheaval from the top, IT has been told to shut up and deploy Macs, now present as some 30% of new machines. The greatest "ecosystem" Microsoft has are the IT admins who don't know of or won't examine anything else. Those days are ending.

The Mac is not "an obscure also ran" since more than half of new Mac users come from other platforms... well, one in particular. It's more of a refuge for the many millions of people who are sick to death of Windows. Just having Macs in my workplace side by side with Windows machines is driving many users to ditch their home PCs in favor of Macs (some of them Hackintoshes). None of them would even consider a Linux machine. The Mac is now what Linux wants to be.

Microsoft had become quite lazy under Ballmer. Anything a competitor did, Microsoft would release a half baked lookalike that generally really sucked in a number of ways. Microsoft's belief is that they would automatically prevail because the competition (usually Apple in this context) was an obscure also ran. After having their asses handed to them over and over, they're finally getting it.

The best thing I can say about Microsoft's foray into the tablet and advanced phone world is they're the only ones not blatantly copying Apple. That's turning out to be a mistake but I don't think they could have won if they had copied Apple. The tide has turned against Microsoft and once the legacy has worn off, they're done unless they come up with something totally new that nobody can live without.

1 year,19 days
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Camels May Transmit New Middle Eastern Virus

Divebus Re:My First Thought... (163 comments)

Sounds a lot like John Maddon's Turduckin. Would this be Cameepin?

1 year,21 days
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Divebus Re:Sounds iffy (237 comments)

"Six independent studies have proven that fracking doesn't harm the environment or people one bit" - Fracking Institute of America

about a year ago
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Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

Divebus A laser to the brain (156 comments)

Could also cure breathing.

about a year ago
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Google and MPEG LA Reach VP8 Patent Agreement

Divebus Re:So MS may now back WebRTC??? (112 comments)

Correct again. Microsoft likes to play the "standards" game as long as they can retain a proprietary component inside. Their very first attempt at "standards" was to contribute WMV to the HD-DVD consortium and press for its adoption for Blu-ray without releasing any information required to create the codec. The effort eventually became the VC-1 standard, but the people I knew on the standards body said Microsoft kept thinking they didn't have to release any details about the codec believing the world would simply accept a Microsoft based "standard" because nobody dared bet against them. Meeting after meeting ended with no resolution which looked anything like a disclosure suitable for standards ratification. That was about the beginning of the end for Microsoft (the very first concrete indication that nobody trusted them any more) and signaled the end of HD-DVD.

about a year and a half ago
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Google and MPEG LA Reach VP8 Patent Agreement

Divebus Re:So MS may now back WebRTC??? (112 comments)

Correct. The A/C has an agenda and doesn't understand that codecs have less to do with video quality, extensibility and function and more to do with royalties. Microsoft's history has always been to run as far away from standards as possible as fast as they can.

about a year and a half ago
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Google and MPEG LA Reach VP8 Patent Agreement

Divebus Re:Woo hoo (112 comments)

Why would anyone want more of the crudely inferior VP8 in the world?

The joke is on Google if they gave anything up. Nobody wants it except YouTube.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

Divebus Re:CO-OP (884 comments)

Open the Wi-Fi completely, don't use a password at all. Next stop to the internet is a VPN firewall. Let's see how much time he's got on his hands.

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry TIFF Vulnerability Could Allow Access To Enterprise Server

Divebus Re:Enterprise server? (41 comments)

Fire the SCSI!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

Divebus Re:Try NewEgg (570 comments)

NIce try. The Amiga came out in 1985.

about a year and a half ago
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ITU Approves H.264 Video Standard Successor H.265

Divebus Re:So who won? (182 comments)

HA! True dat. And they accuse Apple of form over function!

about a year and a half ago
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ITU Approves H.264 Video Standard Successor H.265

Divebus Re:So who won? (182 comments)

You're being very kind by saying WebM is "less effective" compared to H.264. I'd put it closer to "why in the hell would I want crummy looking compression unless I use at least twice the data rate?" This from someone who's livelihood partially comes from putting compressed streams on the Internet. WebM isn't good enough and just got lapped again.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Announces 3rd Nuclear Test, Anti-US Aims

Divebus Re:A strange game.... (597 comments)

China has just voted against North Korea probably for the first time. How angry are the North Korean leaders I wonder? How long before North Korea starts biting the hand that feeds it? If China thought through the likely outcome of what the North Korean behavior is, they'd probably take the DPRK out themselves.

I just looked up some sources on artillery and the DPRK has lots of artillery, most of which can't reach Seoul. They apparently have 17 guns that can, however, and those can be quickly located and silenced before too much damage is done to Seoul. All they have to do is fire one round from each gun and we'll have return fire on the way before their shell hits anything. It's likely that the South Koreans have figured on intercepting projectiles from these guns. The U.S. has had field portable radar systems since the 1960s designed to calculate the source of mortar fire for this purpose. I can imagine it's more sophisticated now.

The DPRK million man army (and 8 million reservists) would likely come pouring over the DMZ in an old fashioned charge and get chewed to ribbons before they finished the 40km trek to Seoul through the rugged mountainous areas. There are a bunch of mountain passes to defend but they can forget about making it through the passes or the mountains. The ROK army has thought of that and they've got some nasty surprises ready to go.

I'm sure the DPRK has got missile systems to deliver plenty of fire power to Seoul, so that would be the bigger worry. If I were a leader of the South, I'd have a line of anti kinetic weapons systems aimed northward. They already know where it's coming from.

I'd say a DPRK attack would create more psychological impact than physical damage to Seoul, much like the V1 and V2 rockets of WWII. Most everything coming over the DMZ would get toasted. Once the DPRK shoots that wad, they're essentially undefended. Then what?

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Announces 3rd Nuclear Test, Anti-US Aims

Divebus Re:A strange game.... (597 comments)

If China ever thinks through how this nonsense will likely play out, they may take the DPRK out themselves.

about a year and a half ago

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John C. Dvorak's Big Secret

Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BorkBorkBork (860563) writes "Say it ain't so. John C. Dvorak, long time Apple troll (or anything troll, actually) was pulled into a story about a Vista laptop gone horribly wrong. The article centers around a PC exorcist who was hired to make it right, but in it was this shocking admission:

I called John C. Dvorak, a prominent columnist for PC Magazine and a podcaster on the Podshow network. "I advise everybody to buy a Macintosh because Apple products are the easiest to use," he said. "If you own a PC, you have to find a local nerd, a kid, maybe a relative. Every family has one unless they've just moved here from a foreign country. That's the only solution."
Did he forget to say "don't publish this" before saying that? Most telling in the article is a line about the exorcist himself from the viewpoint of the PC owner: "He started tinkering with computers during the green-screen era of the 1990s". Oh, wow."

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Apple's Market Share Up

Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Divebus (860563) writes "Snips from the article: "Reflecting strong holiday sales of both MacBooks and iPhones, Apple's (AAPL) market share grew sharply in December, as measured by a Net Applications survey released today. The Mac OS share, by contrast, grew 7.4% in the past month, nearly double November's rate. The iPhone grew even more sharply, jumping 33% over November's numbers. The Linux operating system also showed strong growth (up better than 10% to hit a .63% share), as did "other," a category that includes the iPod touch, Web TV and the Nintendo Wii."

Folklore says the Linux install base is much larger than Apple's OS X but a measurement like this says otherwise. This method only appears to measure market share for computers certain hitting web sites. Market share is always the focus of these articles when growth/decline may be the more interesting data point."

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Another Nail in the Windows Media Player coffin

Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Divebus (860563) writes "Imagine my surprise when I lookded at CNN today and found yet another major web presence which has abandoned Windows Media Player and installed something else, namely Flash 9. Who's next? Or better yet, what's left of the great Microsoft Media Empire and what will it take for the remainder to see the light?.. and I don't mean Silverlight."
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Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Long March Hare (860563) writes "Recently, I was a approached by a group of people doing a study about hacking electronic media delivery systems in the U.S. and how to defend against it. The premise of the question revolved around a foreign power clearly gearing up to disrupt our networked systems if we (the U.S.) became hostile with [insert guess here]. Theoretically, "they" could disrupt communication, banking and the Government as reported in countless articles (obligatory link). This is a different potential threat. It seemed ridiculous at first but the nightmare of The Joker laughing out of every television and radio in Gotham City could be a high impact psychological warfare goal.

How could an attacker insert themselves into our existing media technologies to disrupt news, movies, VOD services, IP based cable television boxes, teleconferencing, VoIP telephones, cell phones, anything on YouTube, music services, IPTV etc? Much attention has been paid to keeping people from stealing some of these services but could attackers gain access to the data connections and insert their own content by hacking clients directly, hijacking network connections or taking over the servers? What is anyone in the business doing to defend against this possibility? Has this even been considered by anyone in this sector? What defenses should be in place for these [now] seemingly low threat services? Should there be backup systems available to switch on in the event of an attack? Could our media content delivery satellite systems be hijacked or overpowered by other satellites? Waddayathink?"
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Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Divebus (860563) writes "REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft Corp. executive responsible for its newly launched Zune digital music player will leave the company. The software maker said the departure of Bryan Lee, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, was for personal reasons and "absolutely not" related to sales of the music player, which came out in mid-November to soft reviews.

Right. Absolutely nothing to do with it. Never crossed their minds."
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Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dead_In_3_Days (860563) writes "In the realm of Holy Crap, I've just stumbled upon the most frightening/maddening piece of video I've ever seen. On Google Video, you'll find "America: Freedom to Fascism" from Aaron Russo, a bona fide Hollywood feature film producer. This is no sensationalist Michael Moore tripe, although it potentially had some of those elements. The film began with the premise of discovering the legality of the IRS. Through investigative discovery and interviews, it quickly expanded to how the American Banking Industry essentially took over the Government of the United States way back in 1913. Some of the testimony is downright hair raising and certainly eye opening. It also nicely fits some technical puzzle pieces together concerning the use of RFID chips, voting machine fraud, National IDs and where we're likely headed. Couple this with our increasing loss of rights, plus abuses of Special Interest groups customizing laws to criminalize American Citizens, it's now clear to me that we Americans had lost our Constitutional Democracy long ago... and The Planet will soon follow."
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Divebus Divebus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Divebus (860563) writes "Just in time to boost Zune sales, KING TV 5 in Seattle (http://www.king5.com/) blew the following story wide open and CNN.com followed:

"It's one of Time magazines "gadgets of the year" — a hybrid of consumer genius from the marketing giants at both Apple and Nike. But it also has a serious security problem that could leave innocent users vulnerable to invasion of their personal privacy, and it's all exposed by a few UW grad students."

It's really hilarious and ridiculous at the same time, yet the news anchor puts on a concerned face when announcing the serious security flaw. Coming from Seattle makes me call FUD on this story right away but it could have some merit. CNN.com missed the point by announcing you could be "Tracked through your iPod". It's the transmitters that count, silly, not the iPod.

The premise is to salt enough wireless receivers in the path of your victim to track the movements of whoever is wearing the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. The researchers ponder how it could be used by stalkers to track unsuspecting prey. You just have to hope they get within 30 feet of your receivers and that the kit is turned on. First, the power switch defeats the whole thing. Second, who in the hell is going to set up their own vast cellular receiver network to track anyone like that? Wouldn't binoculars be simpler? How about just hiding behind a tree? On the other hand, what if you didn't know someone slipped a transmitter into your backpack? The researchers have a web site — http://www.physorg.com/news84118849.html"

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