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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Rosyna Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (127 comments)

This only works if the exploit isn't hidden in some way.

If "Verify Apps" worked as good as some claim, 10% of the Google Play store wouldn't be malware. It'd be a much, much smaller number.

3 days ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Rosyna Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

That last thing means that if someone goes on a campaign to smear someone's name deliberately and starts digging up any information that can be found and recklessly publishing it without checking it out, it could be considered libelous, even if true.

Reckless disregard would mean you don't care if they statements are facts or not. And that by putting false information in with facts, you want to mislead the reader/listener. If all items were fact, then a compilation of all items would still be truth and is an absolute defense (in the US). As soon as you make (knowingly) false statements that a reasonable person would believe, only then can the defamed begin to have a case (in the US).

The important part is "a reasonable person would believe them true".

The US has the strongest free speech laws in the land when it comes to defamation. (Because in order to protect the right to dissent, you must protect the right to criticize).

about three weeks ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Rosyna Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

"Public Interest" . . . I once sat on a jury on a libel case, in which a financier was suing the Wall Street Journal for having said defamatory things about him. The judge instructed us very clearly that truth is not an absolute defense; that is, even if every single thing in the article was provably true, it would still count as libel if it was (for example) just rehashing old information to defame the financier as he tried to start up a new operation.

What country was this? In the US, truth is most absolutely an absolute defense in defamation cases.

about a month ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Rosyna Re:What The?!? (216 comments)

Just look at all the people ticketed for not wearing their seat belt every year. You don't think they'd buy a car without one if it were available?

We had those. People died.

about a month and a half ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Rosyna Re:Misinformation? (493 comments)

I would suggest everyone get the shingles vaccine, because I got it when I was 40, and it was not a fun ride.

I beat you! I got it when I was 29! Shingles sucks! Get the chickenpox vaccine! (The vaccine is an extremely small amount of live herpes virus designed to spur the immune system--there's effectively not enough of the live virus to create a foothold situation. The shingles vaccine is a much larger dose of the chickenpox virus.)

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Rosyna Re:Infectious diseases ... (493 comments)

AIDS has a cure. HIV does not (have a workable cure yet, hell, the way to eradicate HIV might be a vaccine, like HPV.)

about 2 months ago
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Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion

Rosyna Re:So, my bet: (142 comments)

Why would regulators care at all about this deal? Twitch isn't a public company.

about 2 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Rosyna Re:Missing Point. (403 comments)

No, RMS does not want alternatives to exist.

I have taken measures to prevent proprietary extended versions of GCC from existing. If they don't exist, people don't fall prey to them.

Citation: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/h...

(It applies to all projects, not just GCC, the thread is about emacs)

about 2 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Rosyna Re:Once again the FSF does not understand (403 comments)

If Firefox did not support DRM directly, the content providers would offer a custom (closed source) tool that did..

That's why flash and silverlight continue to exist now (even though MS abandoned Silverlight)

about 2 months ago
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iOS 7 Update Silently Removes Encryption For Email Attachments

Rosyna Re:Old. Needs an update. (68 comments)

You cannot mount the disk without the encryption key.

about 3 months ago
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iOS 7 Update Silently Removes Encryption For Email Attachments

Rosyna Re:Old. Needs an update. (68 comments)

What does the author of TFA want? Double-encryption of message attachments? The storage of the iPhone is always encrypted. In order to access any files, you must supply the encryption key. He supplied the key and could read the files.

Unless he wants attachments double encrypted or encrypted on iCloud itself?

about 3 months ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Rosyna Re:Pricing Artifically Low (88 comments)

Thanks for finding the reference for my comment.

about 4 months ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Rosyna Re:Legal Action Hasn't Worked (88 comments)

Amazon, using its monopoly power in ebooks, kept prices artificially low. When Apple entered the market, Amazon lost some of its monopoly power and publishers used this event to increase eBook prices across the board.

about 4 months ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Rosyna Re:Sales figures (487 comments)

No idea how they make up sales numbers.

Apple's own sales numbers say they sold 74 million iPads in 2014. Not sure how gartner lost 4 million.

Also, Apple's numbers are reported as sales to users, everyone else uses sales to channel (the channel can return unsold stock to the company in the following quarter but can still claim it sold that many)

about 5 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

Rosyna Re:Update their iOS devices to iOS 7.0.6 (101 comments)

Or they could update to iOS 6.1.6 on their iPhone 3GS (previous versions of iOS did not have this bug)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Rosyna Re:Some requests should be ignored (478 comments)

Or they should be better worded.

"I want to stop all electronic devices from passively collecting visible light but still desire riders' eyes to passively collect visible light."

about 5 months ago
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Mac OS X Bitcoin Stealing Trojan Horse Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered

Rosyna Re:unpossible! (108 comments)

To be fair, Apple does a hell of a lot to prevent user stupidity from installing Malware. Such as blacklisting known malware nearly immediately (as soon as Apple reverse engineers it, its signature is pushed out to ever mac user via a list that is updated every 24 hours).

The sad thing is and a major security flaw of Apple's is that they create trust with third parties based on code signing. This allows code signed malware to skip the normal malware checks in Mac OS X. (It's super trivial to get multiple code signing certs from Apple and Apple doesn't verify code certs applications for individuals)

about 6 months ago

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