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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

John Bokma Re:The worst possible publicity for Apple (229 comments)

Makes one wonder if this is not just smart spinning (Samsung?). Some quotes from Mac Rumors:

1. Some of the celebs have said they don't even use an iPhone 2. Doubtful celebs used one of the 500 passwords in the brute force script 3. Quite a few of the photos have proven to be from Android devices.

Add to that the statement that "old photos, have been deleted ages ago" and this sounds way more plausible:

This is not an iCloud hack, breach, or brute. This story has been spun to (my guess) take away from the big event September 9th. There isn't a single leak or a single hacker. These images originate from a small celebrity nude ring on the darknet. They typically require people to "buy-in" with an original image. Considering that celebrities almost all use an iPhone, putting iCloud hack in the headline is sure to grab attention and make some people actually believe it.

Didn't we see before (?) or around the iPhone 5s introduction suddenly a story about touch inaccuracy?

5 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

John Bokma Viral marketing ... (229 comments)

... to promote the iFap; the wearable device to be announced 9/9. Kidding aside, coincidence so close to an Apple event?

6 hours ago
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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

John Bokma Re:When will it support killing CPU-hogging tabs? (88 comments)

Yup, including simple stuff like changing the address bar default search URL. Now one has to install an add-on to do so, instead of just going to about:config. GnomeZilla, the monster that feeds on usability.

3 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

John Bokma Re:And the Mac Pro is now obsolete or soon will be (171 comments)

Mac Pro uses Xeon E5 v2. It's much more likely that a (small) upgrade is going to use Xeon E5 v3. But hey, don't let me stop you from celebrating the upcoming death of Apple. Parties that go on for decades must be great ;-)

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

John Bokma Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1219 comments)

First nasty starts 3m. Person who took the screenshot could've copied the link, send it to another device (like an iPad) because it's way easier to take a screenshot on an iPad (IMO). As for those tweets, of course they could've been sent out by a bot; are you living in the previous century?

4 days ago
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Virtual Machine Brings X86 Linux Apps To ARMv7 Devices

John Bokma 1988 or there about calls back (61 comments)

Ah, the days that an Acorn Archimedes with an ARM2 running at 8MHz could emulate a 80186 (if I recall correctly) at (near) native speed. It was a very smart move by Acorn: there was a Beeb emulator and a PC emulator.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

John Bokma Neither do some geeks (727 comments)

Neither do some geeks. I prefer my OS working reasonable well out of the box without the need (!) to have to reconfigure things. I don't want a Lego set for each and everything in my life; thank you!

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

See my other comment. Because I try to document as much as possible of what I install / configure, I have been running Firefox for a while fresh out of the box. I didn't have this problem on 10.04 with an older version of Firefox (except for multimedia crashes). I am currently running 31.0. Links to recent crash reports follow. A quick peek gives me the impression that it's memory allocating/freeing related.

  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/9da4e3c8-10b7-472f-99e7-1e1982140814
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/cbf10326-272e-48ee-a442-d8f5c2140811
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/6ef8f9ed-3ad3-43ba-aa49-6af082140810
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/59d35f6f-a3f8-46c0-8466-8ebce2140807

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

I am one of those silly people who turns off his computer when not in use. Moreover, the thing is that it can happen early on, and after a restart of Firefox it doesn't happen again. Didn't have this problem with an older version of Firefox on 10.04. To add to the weirdness, it quite often happens when I am working in Emacs. I suddenly get the crash dialog. It's like it reacts to some keypress combination. Another reason for crashing, which I did have also on 10.04 with an older version, is multimedia. I haven't installed Flash yet, but it also happens when Firefox wants to use VLC.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

I've ran memtest86 for hours already, all is well. Which is not a surprise because the 8G installed is less than 2 years old, rest is less than 7 years old. I've already done a reinstall of 14.04 which is LTS. I've also checked for file corruption by using rsync with the -c (checksum) flag.

The app that chrashes the most is Firefox, followed by Thunderbird. I've checked several of the crash reports of Firefox. Some of those are in Mozilla's top list and have been there for a while. So I doubt it's flakey hardware (been running 10.04 . Like someone else suggested, I do have a lot of tabs open. But I've been doing this for years. If this is the problem, it's a recent one. Didn't have this many issues with 10.04, which I have been running until mid-2014.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Sure, I do keep 100+ tabs open. The thing is, that worked perfectly on an older version of Firefox. And since tabs are loaded on demand I don't even see why that should be a problem. I do report Firefox crashes and a few of the crashes are in the "top list" according to Mozilla, and have been around for a while. So, yeah, typical OSS apologist behavior, let's blame the user.... The easiest solution would be to keep track of max open tabs and the next time just warn "Due to our incompetence you can't have more than 120 tabs open, please close at least 20".

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

I've done a new install of 14.04 shortly after, just to rule out exactly that problem. As for a flakey bit of disk, we can exclude that as well because I used a different partitioning scheme, unless the whole disk is flakey, which I highly doubt. No, I don't think it's the hardware. As for software, I already mentioned more up that it's Firefox and Thunderbird that crashes the most. If I exclude those I still get more issues compared to the install of 10.04, which I've been running for years on the same hardware, except for the HDD.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Heh, I am a professional. As for the hardware, it has been perfectly able to run 8.04..10.04. And since it seems the best with Ubuntu to do a fresh install - I don't want to think the pile of crap I would've ended up if I had updated from 8.04 all the way to 14.04 over the years - it wouldn't have been smart of me to update to 12.04 a few months ago instead of 14.04. So, yeah, I know it's typical in the Linux community to wave away issues (but (!) it runs perfect on my computer) and blame it on the user (had you but bought the right hardware and weren't a noob) the thing is plain and simply: 14.04 is not that great. It's not me who isn't a professional...

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Look, I have had issues with any OS I've used over the past 30+ years. But I've never had this many crashes with a browser as Firefox manages on 14.04, not even with Netscape on IRIX. Ubuntu 14.04 just feels unfinished to me, especially compared to 10.04. I have had in a single month more issues with 14.04 than with 10.04 in 6+ months. And I don't think my hardware just got flakey right after a fresh install on a new hard disk drive.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Thanks, it did indeed the trick (just rebooted). It looks like the crash report got stuck because of the Unicode decoding error.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

OK, I deleted one crash report, let's hope that's the reason I saw 4+ "System problem detected" windows. I actually did find that page a few months a go but was not all that happy with the "Disable apport" part. Anyway, let's see if it makes a difference. Thanks!

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Ubuntu 14.04 user here. Every time I login I am greeted with a stack of "System problem detected" warnings. Both Firefox and Thunderbird are extremely unstable. Firefox crashes a few times a week. Thunderbird does so twice a week (about). Now and then the whole system hangs when doing a rsync to an external disk (hangs, not busy).

Oh, I am sure Linux apologists blame me, my hardware, etc. But I've been running 10.04 for years on the same hardware, except that I replaced the 320G HDD for a 1TB one and switched to AHCI. Maybe that's the problem?

One issue I see often is this one: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubu... It gives a very unfinished/unstable feel to 14.04

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

John Bokma Re:One of the most frustrating first-world problem (191 comments)

What do you mean, not strong enough? We've managed to walk an Apple wall wart out of an outlet several times. The lightning connecter stayed connected to the iPad.

about three weeks ago

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