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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Mojo66 Re:Mobile OS market shares? (58 comments)

Android accounts for about 80% of China's mobile

But TFA is about internet usage market share, not sales. See this image for an internet market share graph.

about a month ago
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Mojo66 Mobile OS market shares? (58 comments)

Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention individual numbers, but given that iOS dominates the mobile internet, maybe this is due to Apple's expansion into China.

about a month ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

Mojo66 Re:And what's better? (200 comments)

I've submitted this story as well, even before the OP (not that I'm bitter....), and with additional information regarding China's plans:

Apart from purchase restrictions for central government offices, China will focus on the development of its own OS based on Linux, a move which An Yang, a security expert with Qihoo 360 Technology, said was a necessity although progress has been disappointing. There are several Linux-based OS developed by Chinese companies, such as KylinOS and StartOS, but they have not proved popular. An said the first step is to promote the use of Chinese-designed OS among official users, while their popularity among civilian users will be subject to market forces.
HP recently announced shipping PCs with Kylin pre-installed, while there have been about 4 million downloads of the OS from the website so far.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Mojo66 Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

I wonder what scenario would justify a disk wipe without asking the user first? From an end user point of view, even if those machines were just terminals, I'd find it inacceptable if they were just rebooted without asking me first.

about 3 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Mojo66 Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

IMHO the actual incompetence is omitting a modal alert and just wiping the disk without asking the user first. Or should I say arrogance?

about 3 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Mojo66 Re:Tomi Ahonen confirms it...Apple is dying (197 comments)

Android outsells iOS devices for quite some time (years?) now yet this means nothing to Apple, because a) Apple is not in the business of selling an iPhone to everyone and their dog, they're in the business of selling high-end, highly profitable devices to people who can afford them, and b) browser data shows actual internet usage numbers favour Apple at a ratio of 2:1 versus Android, so either Andriod users are too stupid to use their devices, or Android is too complicated/doesn't work, or they just get their Android for free and use it as a feature phone. In any case, it only shows that smart phones are a commodity now, which doesn't mean anything about the future of Apple.

about 3 months ago
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Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

Mojo66 Re:Local file (135 comments)

Firefox can require the key to be typed in when you start it.

Yep, and that is exactly how Safari could do better. Although it is bad if a program can access your local files, it can't do anything with those files as long as a passphrase is needed to decrypt them. Neither the Kaspersky article nor anyone here has mentioned this explicitly so far.

about 8 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

Mojo66 Re:Tragic... (752 comments)

Yeah, blame capitalism. Or the fact that while the whole world find funny and useful things to make with a 3D-Printer, the first thing Americans do with it is print a gun....

about 9 months ago
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Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

Mojo66 Re:Is Apple being compensated? (239 comments)

presumably through a backdoor or brute force.

I doubt there is a backdoor because if there was then it wouldn't take them so long. Probably brute-force.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

Mojo66 Re:Write threatening letters (247 comments)

I've seen the same as well. Suppose I'd register with abcdefg@mydomain.org, my catchall would receive mail addressed to bcdefg, abcde, cdef, and so forth. It's really hard to deal with those kind of spammers.

about a year and a half ago
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Webmail and Online Banks Targeted By Phishing Proxies

Mojo66 Re:Why HTTP? (50 comments)

Why redirect the traffic at all? Why not just use a key logger and grab credentials that way?

Because a keylogger would alert anti-virus Software, while a PAC script wouldn't.

about a year and a half ago
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Rich Countries Suffer Less Malware, Says Microsoft Study

Mojo66 Re:They can afford (84 comments)

+1 because the math is easy: 99.9% of all Malware lives on Windows, hence more Macs means less Malware.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

Mojo66 Re:August 2012 to January 2013 (243 comments)

Why can't the larger companies, e.g. Microsoft and Oracle, respond to and fix the sucrity issues more quickly than on a timeline expressed in months?

They probably had a fix in the drawer since months but didn't release it in order to give the impression to be able to react quickly once the vuln is public. This makes the company look good to consumers and the press, and it pads statistics that measure reaction time to vulnerabilities. Everyone is doing it. Publicity first, consumer last.

about a year and a half ago
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Tales From the Slashdot Help Desk: Reverse-Engineering Rob Malda (Video)

Mojo66 Re:Uh, where's the video? (28 comments)

This is funny. On my iPad, I can watch the movie. On my Mac with Safari, it Slashdot tells me I need to install Flash. When I set the User Agent in Safari to iPad, I can watch the movie without Flash.

Why is Slashdot lying and tries to force users to install Flash?

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

Mojo66 Re:I always thought.. (409 comments)

Can I call my new operating system "Windows" ? Or maybe "My Windows" ?

about 2 years ago
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Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

Mojo66 Re:Find a technical solution, not a legal "solutio (687 comments)

But the orientation of the polarization is unknown. It could be adjusted by the pilot but wouldn't prevent an initial surprise effect. It is practically useless.

about 2 years ago
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Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

Mojo66 Re:Find a technical solution, not a legal "solutio (687 comments)

Lasers emit monochromatic light, hence it shouldn't be too hard to block just the few small wavelength bands that common lasers use while letting the rest of the light pass through the cockpit wind shields.

about 2 years ago

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China excludes Windows 8 from new government computers,plans to migrate to Linux

Mojo66 Mojo66 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Mojo66 (1131579) writes "News.cn reports that China has announced that it will forbid the use of the Windows 8 operating system (OS) in new government computers, a move to ensure computer security after the shutdown of Windows XP. The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support. It has moved to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in future if it continues to purchase computers with foreign OS. Apart from purchase restrictions for central government offices, China will focus on the development of its own OS based on Linux, a move which An Yang, a security expert with Qihoo 360 Technology, said was a necessity although progress has been disappointing. There are several Linux-based OS developed by Chinese companies, such as KylinOS and StartOS, but they have not proved popular. An said the first step is to promote the use of Chinese-designed OS among official users, while their popularity among civilian users will be subject to market forces.
HP recently announced shipping PCs with Kylin pre-installed, while there have been about 4 million downloads of the OS from the website so far."
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LiMux Project saved Munich €10m so far

Mojo66 Mojo66 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Mojo66 (1131579) writes "After project savings had been estimated to amount to at least €4 million in March, more precise figures are now in: Over €10 million (approximately £8 million or $12.8 million) has been saved by the city of Munich, thanks to its development and use of the city's own Linux platform. The calculation compares the current overall cost of the LiMux migration with that of two technologically equivalent Windows scenarios: Windows with Microsoft Office and Windows with OpenOffice. Reportedly, savings amount to over €10 million. The study is based on around 11,000 migrated workplaces within Munich's city administration as well as 15,000 desktops that are equipped with an open source office suite. The comparison with Windows assumes that Windows systems must be on the same technological level; this would, for example, mean that they would have been upgraded to Windows 7 at the end of 2011. Overall, the project says that Windows and Microsoft Office would have cost just over €34 million, while Windows with Open Office would have cost about €30 million. The LiMux scenario, on the other hand, has reportedly cost less than €23 million. A detailed report (in german) is available here."
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Backdoor found in Arcadyan-based Wi-Fi Routers

Mojo66 Mojo66 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mojo66 (1131579) writes "A recently reported flaw that allowed an attacker to drastically reduce the number of attempts needed to guess the WPS PIN of a wireless router isn't necessary for some Arcadyan based routers anymore. According to german computer publisher heise (google translation, original here), some 100,000 routers of type Speedport W921V, W504V and W723V are affected in Germany alone. What makes things worse is the fact that in order to exploit the backdoor, no button has to be pushed on the device itself and on some of the affected routers, the backdoor PIN ("12345670") is still working even after WPS has been disabled by the user. The only currently known remedy for those models is to disable Wi-Fi altogether.

Since all Arcadyan routers share the same software platform, more models might be affected."
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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

Mojo66 Mojo66 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mojo66 (1131579) writes "A company that makes specialist talking tablet computers for speech-disabled children has mounted a patent lawsuit which seems set to kill off an iPad app that does the same thing for a tenth of the price. Prentke Romich's Minspeak touchscreen devices enable mute children to communicate through a speech synthesiser controlled by an on-screen keyboard of symbols. Kids hit buttons to string together sentences. Prentke says a dynamic keyboard of symbols and the ability to redefine these keys have been patented — and Speak For Yourself allegedly violates these patents."
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Munich has saved €4M so far after switch to Linux

Mojo66 Mojo66 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mojo66 (1131579) writes "Mayor Ude today reported (german) (english translation) that the city of Munich has saved €4 million so far by switching its IT infrastructure from Windows NT and Office to Linux and OpenOffice. At the same time, the number of trouble tickets decreased from 70 to 46 per month. Savings were €2.8M from software licensing and €1.2M from hardware because demands are lower for Linux compared to Windows 7."
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