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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Plumpaquatsch Re:DON'T PANIC (94 comments)

Just buy an Android phone without Google Apps pre-installed. I have one (Huawei). No Google Play Services (and any other Google Apps - Maps, Mail, etc.)

Yeah, having everything send to the Chinese intelligence agencies is soooo much better. Not to mention the NSA backdoors in the Linux kernel that Google itself hasn't found.

2 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Plumpaquatsch Re:DROPOUTJEEP backdoor (94 comments)

This may be the backdoor known as DROPOUTJEEP, which was described in some Snowden-leaked documents last year.

Looks like Apple sold out, put in a backdoor, and then lied about it.

Yeah. Or the guy who wrote that is either a moron or a jerkass, and completely ignored some important info given. Like the fact that DROPOUT.JEEP was actually the codename for a wired jailbreak for the first iPhone that NSA had to develop themselves. It's not like that info is hard to gain once you strip out the boasting and bullshit bingo from the l33t NSA haX0r slide.

2 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Plumpaquatsch Re:Too many words (94 comments)

Except for the fact that Apples handing all of your data over to the NSA anyway. Apple has a very cozy relationship with the US federal government. http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/11/app...

According to that table there were 0 - 1000 cases in which "some" content data was disclosed to law enforcement in the US (and 1 in the UK and 0 in about 30 other countries). You call this "a very cozy relationship"? With 313 million citizens in the US there were less than 1000 requests granted. What's "cozy" about that?

Not to mention that this number includes all requests for tracking down stolen phones and those from missing persons.

2 days ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Plumpaquatsch Re:Another misleading headline (236 comments)

PowerPC had good performance for several years. When the 603 and 604 were around they had better performance than x86 did. The problems started when the Pentium Pro came out. Even then it was not manufactured in enough numbers to be a real issue. Then the Pentium II came out...

And even that still go creamed whenever SIMD was used.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Plumpaquatsch Re:Intel (236 comments)

They'd released the i860 (RISC, not x86-compatible) in 1989 and tech magazines were saying it would kill x86. Windows NT was originally written for the i860 and only later ported to x86, so even Windows looked like it might not be tied to x86 in the long term.

This is technically true. Windows NT was originally designed to be OS/2 version 3.0 and at first they targeted the i860 which never did well, so they changed to the MIPS platform. Prior to release Microsoft decided to make it their next Windows platform and the rest was history.

What made Windows NT unique at the time was the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that allowed Microsoft to target multiple processor platforms. At release, Windows NT supported i386 (called IA-32 at the time), Alpha, and MIPS.

And later, it ran on PowerPC.

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Plumpaquatsch Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior.

It was replacing one monopoly with another, in fact the Apple case was worse because

... Apple was never anywhere near a monopoly - and that's obviously the worst kind of monopoly.

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Plumpaquatsch Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

Regardless of what you think of Amazon and them being a monopoly, Apple colluded with publishers to raise the price of ebooks. It was anti-competitive at it's core and it's illegal under US law. Not to even mention that it cost the average US buyer $5 per book.

Too bad (for your argument that is) that in reality ebook prices actually fell in all stores but Amazon. Even on Amazon, only those Amazon had sold below price rose in price. Provable fact.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304355104579236261045331876 (paywalled) http://www.salon.com/2014/01/12/amazons_bogus_anti_apple_crusade/

about a week ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

Plumpaquatsch Re:Someone is lying. (134 comments)

You actually think full disk encryption with a 4 digit PIN actually protects your data?

LOL, you really need to read up on Dummy's Guide to Tech Security.

Well, you can use a longer password on an iPhone - maybe not on whatever you use.

about a week ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

Plumpaquatsch Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (134 comments)

Open source IOS for auditing and release the compile tools so we can build our own firmware and compare it to whats actualy on the phones

Because the recent security SNAFUs in Open Source software shows that that is enough.

about a week ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Those links are dated, and don't do a thing to refute the plots being discussed.

So you claim is that Dr. Spencer has all of a sudden stopped with his long standing tradition of messing with his graphs? Yeah right.

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Plumpaquatsch Re:nice work (468 comments)

Ever since then I've operated in the belief that robust technologies trump cool technologies.

So walk, don't fly. Much safer.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

http://climatecrocks.com/2011/...
"It’s important to note, Roy Spencer is MOST famous for being wrong – wrong in the the very areas that should be his area of greatest strength and expertise."
http://ourchangingclimate.word...
John Christy, Richard McNider and Roy Spencer trying to overturn mainstream science by rewriting history and re-baselining graphs
http://www.realclimate.org/ind...
"So here’s what Roy did. He took two indices of interannual variability: the Southern Oscillation (SOI) index, which is a proxy for El Nino, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Index (PDOI). He formed an ad-hoc weighted sum of these indices,and then multiplied by an ad-hoc scaling factor to turn the resulting time series into a time series of radiative forcing in Watts per square meter. Then he used that time series to drive a simple linear globally averaged mixed layer ocean model incorporating a linearized term representing heat loss to space. And voila, look what comes out of the oven!"

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:Or (389 comments)

How about we just use nuclear power for most cases because it's more efficient, safer, etc.?

Let's pretend - what about cooling? You are aware that when it gets hotter, most NPPs have to be shut down? Which means that they are obviously not the solution to Global Warming.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:Or (389 comments)

You mean 'falsifiable': when a scientist publishes a hypothesis, the standard procedure is to describe what observations might support that hypothesis and which could call it into question.

Climate deniers claim: I can't prove it's false, so it's not falsifiable. Ergo it's not science.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:I live in Montana. I'm looking forward to it. (389 comments)

really? that's who you go to for your information?

YOu shoudl read this. Over the last 100 yeas I can cherry pich 10 year tretchs where it is even, or seem to decreas, but the overall trend is an ncrease.

Like this

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Plumpaquatsch Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

The way pro-AGW fanatics present arguments often stinks of conspiracy theories. (Those evile brothers, Big Oil, etc.)

As opposed to "all climate scientists as well as all governments all over the world, for several decades". Yeah, one of those sounds like a conspiracy theory, say like MKUltra. The other one gets you laughed at by flat earthers and moon hoaxers for being over the top.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Plumpaquatsch Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Posting AC because even mild skepticism of AGW will get you burned as a heretic on /. too.

Gee, since you are modded at +4 ATM, you are either an idiot or a liar.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Plumpaquatsch Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

" The GCMs really do not seem to work." why do you think that? they work very well. They have even lead us to make new discoveries about the climate.

" They clearly run way too hot. " no, they doi not. Another baseless statement I suspect you have no clue how models work. in general, much less in any specific field.

When I keep seeing graphics like this and and this which all show the majority of computer climate models over-prediction the current temperatures.

Hint: stop looking at graphics faked by "sceptics".

about two weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Plumpaquatsch Re:This article just motivated me to... (231 comments)

This article motivated me to take a picture of my manhood, just in case i decide to sell my phone some day.

What makes you think anybody would be interested in either?

about two weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Plumpaquatsch Re:Rail? (142 comments)

What I do not understand about Germany - indeed this whole region of Europe (I'm in Switzerland) is this: We have excellent rail systems, why not put long-distance cargo on the trains? There are various initiatives to do exactly this, but they meet with a wide range of passive and active resistance. Fact is, given the existing rail system, using trucks for long-distance freight makes no sense at all.

Most major rail lines in Western Europe are running at full capacity.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US on Bundestag

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about three weeks ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Deutsche Welle report:"A member of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the US. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a US spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities. During questioning, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he had gathered information on an investigative committee from Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. The panel is conducting an inquiry into NSA surveillance on German officials and citizens; yesterday an ex-staffer told it the NSA was 'totalitarian' mass collector of data."
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Deutsche Telekom begins distributing nano-SIM card

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "After a protracted battle between Apple, Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility earlier this year about the design of a new nano-SIM (subscriber identity module), Apple was the victor and is widely expected to use the new design in the next-generation iPhone. German website iFun.de is reporting that carrier Deutsche Telekom has begun distribution of nano-SIMs to partners in anticipation of the launch of a new iPhone."
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Appeals court upholds Apple victory in Cover Flow patent case

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Apple has once again been cleared of infringing on patents held by Mirror Worlds.

In a ruling posted today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, the court upheld (PDF) a lower court decision from April 2011, which sided with Apple.

Mirror Worlds originally accused Apple of infringing on its patents with features included in its Mac OS X operating systems going back to 10.4 "Tiger," as well as in its iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The company, which was founded by Yale University computer-science professor David Gelernter, took aim at Apple's Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine features made available on devices running various iterations of that software."

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Journals

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Germany has passed Peak Pirate

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 10 months ago

After their successes in 2012, getting seats in all state elections (with 7-9% of the votes), the German Pirate Party again dropped far below the "5% hurdle" in both the state elections in Bavaria and Hesse as well as the federal elecion of Germany. It looks like that even despite the NSA scandal, the Pirates lost a lot of votes to the newcomer Euro-skeptic "Alternative für Deutschland" - who got more than twice the votes of the Pirates, while still not gaining any seats.

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