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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

Rosyna Re:Profit? (133 comments)

If they have micro transactions (in-app purchases), then it's definitely not free. What kind of in-app purchases would products called, Clean Master, Battery Doctor, and Photo Grid have, anyways?

about two weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

Rosyna Re:Profit? (133 comments)

How are they earning a profit? If the apps are free, where do they get the money? If it's from ads, then that doesn't count as free.

about two weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

Rosyna Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

I don't know how I feel about this case. I avoided iTunes because I didn't like the two-faced approach of buying a license so you don't own the music, but if the device dies, you bought a file, we aren't obligated to let you retrieve the content that you have a license for.

You can download anything you've purchased again it's been that way for quite a while now.

about three weeks ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

Rosyna Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

All of those hoops are removed if the app is signed by an Apple 'enterprise deployment' certificate. Someone anyone can get just by asking.

No, those are all the hoops you have to go through to accept the "enterprise deployment" certificate profile the first time, then accept the app launching the first time. Also, the phone needs to be unlocked to accept any of these dialogs.

But then Apple can just revoke the cert (which it did for WireLurker) and blacklist the malware on the Mac side (which it also did for WireLurker).

about a month ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Rosyna Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (136 comments)

The real issue is that you can't opt out of automatically having your phone number become and account/id in iMessage.

I want to use iMessage on my iPhone, but only with regular iCloud accounts, not with the phone number being used to create an account.

Unfortunately, the iOS team doesn't give the user that option.

The option is given when you set up a device for iMessage. It explicitly asks how you want to be contacted. By number, by email(s)/AppleIDs, or all of the above

about a month ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Rosyna More secure than cards (150 comments)

With an active CPU behind it, certainly this system can be more secure than the current card system. Also means much less chance of leaving the card in the room and less money spent replacing lost cards.

about a month and a half ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

Rosyna Re:Abu Dubai???? (95 comments)

The quote was from the retired Brig. General himself. He got the two cities confused.

And we all know neither Abu Dhabi nor Dubai are in Canada. I don't know why it was necessary to point that out.

about 2 months ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Rosyna Re:Popular US browsers will warm, Chinese ones won (109 comments)

Forgot to mention that enabling 2FA in China may be useless if they can also intercept the messages and do a replay attack.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:Some are innocent, others are indeed bad (313 comments)

Some are indeed bad, like the streaming of Safari/Spotlight chars to Apple with suggestions turned off.

It does not stream the chars to Apple if the option is off, Landon just forgot to disable the option in Safari and Spotlight.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (313 comments)

TFA is about Yosemite's collection.

And the people that sued Apple tend to just sue companies over the Zip issue hoping for a payout. But previous courts have found that asking for the ZIP code before purchase does not constitute personally identifiable information not associated with the credit card transaction. (It's wrong if they ask for the ZIP after the transaction has been completed, but not before)

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:Yay :D (313 comments)

TFA specifically notes that the behavior described was observed with all visible 'privacy' settings adjusted. Presumably the story is even cheerier if those aren't switched off.

He only disabled Spotlight Suggestions in the Spotlight preferences, he did not disable it for Safari, which is in the Safari preferences, right next to the search engine preference.

  (Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Still, this one should be tested. Does it send a string when Spotlight Suggestions are turned off in Safari as well? We won't know until somebody tries it.

No, it does not.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Still, do you think that they changed the search engine, left all those options for smart search on, then went to the OS setting for spotlight and turned that off, then sounded the alarm? Would seem a bit like manufactured outrage to me, but I suppose it's not impossible.

Yes, yes, that is what I think Landon did.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (313 comments)

They don't make money by selling user information to third parties or by selling ads,

Funny, Apple has this thing called iAd where you pay Apple to place targeted ads, and it's currently being sued for selling user info to 3rd parties. Are these activities Apple's primary revenue model? No, but they are part of the revenue stream nevertheless.

iAd is only for iOS Devices (not Yosemite) and your second link is extremely misleading. They're being sued for asking customers that purchase high priced items for their zip code as an additional form of data to verify with the credit card processor to prevent fraudulent transactions. Maybe merchants that have a high amount of fraud do this type of verification.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Because then you are sending a lot of requests to random domains that may not be designed to handle the traffic? And a lot, a hell of a lot of mail servers out there for common email services use legacy mail servers not related to the domain of the email address (because the mail servers were set up before that particular email domain became popular).

Super quick example, if you have a @windowslive.com email address, the IMAP server is imap-mail.outlook.com. The Exchange ActiveSync server is s.outlook.com. Neither one would be found but your suggestion of randomly hitting subdomains.

There is actually an included list of common Mail Servers and common mail configurations. Mail.app only sends the domain when the domain is not on the list or the configuration fails. It also means that if enough users look for a domain, Apple can immediately include the information without waiting for an update.

Have you ever done tech support for email problems before? It's a nightmare. Anything to help the user is best.

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

He turned off Spotlight suggestions for Spotlight, not Spotlight suggestions in Safari.

(Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

about 2 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

They specifically said they turned off Spotlight suggestions.

No, he said he turned off Spotlight suggestions in Spotlight. Not Spotlight suggestions in Safari. (Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

Even if that were not so, changing search engine should never mean you have to find another configuration option to turn off the old search engine. That's just wrong.

It's in the same window!

about 2 months ago

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