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The Story of the Original iPhone's Development

EGSonikku Re: A testament to engineers (221 comments)

No, it is still LARGELY based on OS X. It uses the same kernel
(Darwin) and many of the same API's.

about 10 months ago
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CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

EGSonikku You're missing the point. (481 comments)

Fingerprints are good because they replace ZERO security. Most people don't PIN lock their phones. Finger Print lock is too convenient not to use.

It is meant as a deterrent to common thieves, and works well as such. A robber isn't going to grab your phone, ask for a nice clear print, and then run home to his laser printer and latex (and you could remote wipe the device in the mean time anyway).

If its the government you're worried about...well, if they have physical access to your device they probably have you in custody and can compel you to unlock it anyway, or just use existing forensic tools and warrants to get what they want. Even then we're talking about the unlikely scenario of you being arrested and having anything more interesting on your phone than funny cat pictures.

I'm trying to imagine a "real world" scenario where TouchID is less secure than a 4 digit passcode or no security at all...and I got nothing.

about 10 months ago
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CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

EGSonikku Re: Am I missing something? (481 comments)

Pattern lock is hardly secure considering they can see the smudge on your screen. And the NSA has said they can easily get into any Android device.

TouchID is still harder to trick than that. It's meant to deter common thieves, not James Bond. If the government has your phone they can easily compel you to unlock it or use existing forensic tools combined with warrants to your cellular provider.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

EGSonikku Re: Hand over your fingerprint! (773 comments)

If you're worried about that just use the old password system? The fingerprint thing isn't a requirement...

about a year ago
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"Jekyll" Test Attack Sneaks Through Apple App Store, Wreaks Havoc

EGSonikku Re: Wreak Havoc seems a bit overblown (206 comments)

Malware that has reach end users on the App Store can be counted on your fingers. Do you *really* want to compare that to Android malware figures?

You can argue *why* that is, but reality begs to differ that App Store security is a 'delusion'.

about a year ago
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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

EGSonikku Re: Generosity (117 comments)

Really? Apple didn't have to do jack shit. We're talking about 3rd party chargers and knock-off's here.

But please, make Apple the bad guy here for essentially warranting 3rd party hardware.

about a year ago
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30 Percent of Mobile Malware Made By 10 Russian Firms

EGSonikku And I bet all of it is on Android! (50 comments)

...but please, keep telling us how much safer and secure Linux is compared to Windows and Mac/iOS!

about a year ago
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Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

EGSonikku Re: t-mobile is the best low cost carrier (207 comments)

T-Mobile does have a true unlimited data plan (no throttling).

I'm paying $98/month (which includes $20/month for a no-contract iPhone 5) for unlimited talk/text/data, full device insurance, and their Jump upgrade plan that allows for phone upgrades every 6 months.

I live in Reno and LTE data speed is usually between 20 - 33 Mbps download and ~8 Mbps upload.

about a year ago
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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

EGSonikku Re: No thanks (244 comments)

True, but then you get called an idiot when you get infected with malware for not using just the Play Store.

1 year,3 days
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Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

EGSonikku Re: So... (81 comments)

It's pretty odd, all the PlayStore APIs are done via https, but then the download is http. No idea why they'd do that.

1 year,19 days
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Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

EGSonikku Re: So... (81 comments)

Google PlayStore does NOT use https for actual downloads (check your own WiFi logs). So in theory, if you were connected to an insecure/public WiFi network someone could intercept your download request and replace it with a compromised download using available WiFi auditing tools.

1 year,19 days
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Cray X-MP Simulator Resurrects Piece of Computer History

EGSonikku Re: can I run it on my cellphone? (55 comments)

Considering the original Cray XMP ran at 105MHz and had 16MB RAM, yes. But in 1982, those specs were just wildly insane.

about a year ago
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Google Play Games Leaks Ahead of I/O

EGSonikku So... (78 comments)

It's Apple's Game Center iOS has had since iOS5?

about a year ago
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Revealed: Chrome Really Was Exploited At Pwnium 2013

EGSonikku Re:OSX/Safari (102 comments)

Considering OS X has a much higher share VS. Linux, and the fact that Safari is used on hundreds of millions of iOS devices...your comment is...full of shit?

about a year ago
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41 Months In Prison For Man Who Leaked AT&T iPad Email Addresses

EGSonikku Re:Hard to feel sympathy (459 comments)

Yes, people who bough $product that differs from $YourPreferredProduct are "iDiots".

Never mind that this happened during the iPad 1 era, when there was essentially no other player in the tablet market.

about a year ago
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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

EGSonikku Re:If you HAVE to have a Retina/Pixel display... (392 comments)

And OS X is an OS, and Chrome is a web browser (no matter how much Google pretends it isn't).

And they have nearly identical screens.

2560x1700 (Chromebook)
2560x1600 (MacBook)

So yes, it still makes far more sense to get the MacBook for $200 more to get the much faster CPU, 2x the RAM, and 4x the storage, and a legitimate OS.

about a year and a half ago

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Cydia Substrate ported to Android from iOS

EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  about a year ago

EGSonikku (519478) writes "Cydia creator Jay Freeman (Saurik) has long been known in the iOS Jailbreaking community, but now he's taking on Android and has released a port of Cydia Substrate on the Google Play Store.

The idea is that instead of developing for one ROM or launcher, one can instead develop for Substrate and deploy on any device. Full documentation and downloads available.

Is this the end of needing custom ROMs or launchers on Android?"

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Nintendo's WiiU console susceptible to old Wii Homebrew Hacks

EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  about a year and a half ago

EGSonikku writes "While not a hack of the WiiU directly, it is possible to use original Wii homebrew on the WiiU by booting into "Wii Mode" and using Comex's "Stack Smash" exploit. It is surprising that Nintendo didn't patch this "ancient" exploit, but WiiU owners may appreciate being able to use all their old homebrew and emulators on their new WiiU console."
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PlayStation 3 "hacked for good" - LV0 encryption keys leaked

EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  about 2 years ago

EGSonikku writes "Sony has had a back and forth "war" with PlayStation 3 hackers for years, however it now seems to be a war Sony has now officially lost with the release of Sony's LV0 master encryption keys:

"The latest PS3 break is being dubbed unpatchable and the final hack...this hack isn't giving you an exploit to use against a programming hole. It's giving you Sony's so-called LV0 (level zero) cryptographic keys...With the LV0 keys now published, you can — at least in theory — replace the LV0 loader and run whatever you like, because you can authorise your own CFW (custom firmware). The PS3's most-secret cat is out of the bag.""

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Hacked via NFC

EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  about 2 years ago

EGSonikku writes "Using a pair of zero day vulnerabilities, a team of security researchers from U.K.-based MWR Labs hacked into a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone running Android 4.0.4 by beaming an exploit via NFC."
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iPhone 5 GeekBench scores show impressive results, faster than Galaxy S3

EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  about 2 years ago

EGSonikku writes "The iPhone 5 has been benchmarked using the GeekBench tool. According to the results, Apple's claims of 2x higher performance over the iPhone 4S seem accurate. The results show the iPhone 5's A6 CPU is dual core and clocked at 1.2GHz, and is paired with 1GB of RAM. Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad core CPU at 1.4GHz, and twice as much RAM, it seems the iPhone 5 is faster than the S3, or any other Android handset."
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EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

EGSonikku writes "According to this article on Endgadget, the AACS DRM used in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray has been cracked. The program allows one to decrypt and dump the video for play on a users hard drive, or it can be burned to a blank HD-DVD and played on a stand-alone player. According to the accompanying video, a source release for the program will be made available in January. Time to get that $200 Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive?"
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EGSonikku EGSonikku writes  |  more than 7 years ago

EGSonikku writes "Beginning on November 22nd, Microsoft will be adding High Definition TV downloads, and High Definition Movie rentals to Xbox Live. TV shows will cost $3 for either standard or HD formats, movie rentals will be $4 for standard definition, or $6 for HD. TV episodes are yours to keep, movies must be watched within 14 days. The /. crowd should be happy to know the HD remastered Star Trek: Original Series will be one of the shows available. All HD content will be in 720p. Full details and list of initially available content here."

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