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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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Rosyna Re:Open borders... one way? (279 comments)

I'm pretty sure this is not about sharing code, but about collaborating on needed features via a shared spec. So both compilers implement something a standard way instead of coming up with new features independently.

about 2 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Rosyna Re:It's about tactics: GPL helps free software (1098 comments)

And RMS' complain isn't about the license, it's about the modular design of clang/LLVM and the fact it can be used piecemeal in other software projects.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

Rosyna Re:BS (284 comments)

Politely, thats crap, ever heard of updates? They, apple/Google/MS all do "updates" that "change"your phone/computer settings without your permission. That activate "features" in your system until you find out about later after some security expert notifies the public about what they did. Even then you have no idea what else has happened, since the companies/the phone/computer/parts/whatever/ even don't know what has been shipped, or refuse to elaborate on what they did, or they have been ordered by the FISA courts to keep quiet about what was added.....

You make a good point. Where are the Android release notes for each release? Where are the security advisories published when they've fixed a vulnerability?

about 4 months ago
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Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

Rosyna Re:They can't stop unlockers (284 comments)

If the attacker has physical access, the crypto key is still based on a PIN and (hopefully) some fixed number related to the hardware. The PIN is easy to guess in an offline attack, and the hardware info is also easily accessible. Therefore, full disk crypto doesn't help here either.

Apple documents how it figures out the encryption keys... you could look that up instead of saying "hopefully". Furthermore, you can't "guess" it in an offline attack easily. Well, if you have six months or so and a robot arm to do it, then maybe. Every time you enter an incorrect PIN, it takes longer and longer before you can attempt a different pin. Going from 0000 to 0010 will take around half a business day. Then it gets worse!

about 4 months ago
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Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

Rosyna Re:They can't stop unlockers (284 comments)

Google has removed apps that are banned from the Google Play store from people's devices remotely. Apple has not.

Is an unknown fear in the future somehow better for you to digest than that fear being played out in the past and present? (Apple's "may" versus Google's "has and does and will continue to do")

I still have the "Asian Boobs" apps I downloaded off the App Store on my iPhone even though it has long, long since been removed from App Store. (Yes, it's actually called "Asian Boobs")

about 4 months ago
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Apple Fined In Taiwan For iPhone Price Fixing

Rosyna Re:Nice (74 comments)

Did you miss the part where Apple isnt keeping the prices artificially low, but instead is keeping the prices artificially high?

Where was that part?

about 4 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

Rosyna Re:A step backward (606 comments)

On top of that, the Mac's "Resource Manager", which was really a little database system, was an unstable database

If you used the resource fork as a database, you deserve to DIAF.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Fined In Taiwan For iPhone Price Fixing

Rosyna Re:Nice (74 comments)

Where did you get this? The article doesn't mention anything close to this and traditionally Apple has fought to prevent the product from being sold under certain prices because they don't want their products to appear "cheap".

From the carriers that complain they can't make as much profit on an iPhone as they do on other phones? The carriers want to increase the price of the iPhones to consumers to increase their profit margins.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Fined In Taiwan For iPhone Price Fixing

Rosyna Re:Nice (74 comments)

Price-fixing is artificially keeping a product's cost higher than the product is worth via collusion. Display manufacturers, various entertainment stores (Sam Goody), and memory makers have done this a lot in the past.

The opposite of price-fixing is negotiating a deal so carriers cannot charge a higher price on the iPhone than the iPhone's going rate in that region. Carriers want to carry the iPhone, but they also want to charge much more than the MSRP for the iPhone. Apple says, "You can't do both!"

Basically, the carriers in taiwan want to engage in price-fixing for the iPhone, but the agreement they willingly made with Apple prevents it.

about 4 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

Rosyna Re:Get offa my lawn! (201 comments)

I actually purchased something for my girlfriend using my smart phone. ...found one ...that met the needed specs...

Ugh, a gift that needed to meet specs?!

about 5 months ago
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New Fujitsu Laptop Reads Your Palm, For Security

Rosyna Re:Hemoglobin? Uh. Not quite. (107 comments)

Cut off the hand in such a way as to keep the appendage from bleeding out (think fire-heated axe), and there's still going to be blood (and hemoglobin) in there.

Pretty sure it uses the RF properties of iron when in motion. If it does use IR, then the blood needs to be a different temperature than the skin. Cutting off the hand would cause the blood to cool too much.

about 5 months ago
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New Fujitsu Laptop Reads Your Palm, For Security

Rosyna Re:Not Secure (107 comments)

Not unless you can print a picture that will show different levels of reflection to the near-infrared wavelengths.

Actually, you'd just have to print something using a Laser printer (toner contains iron oxide, just like Hemoglobin) and tape it to something, like a copper sheet, to produce a very similar picture to the camera.

about 5 months ago

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