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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

abhi_beckert Re:lol (328 comments)

My non-noise-cancelling closed ear SRH-440's have better sound than any pair of headphones Bose has ever made and they cut out more background noise as well. I recently wore them trackside at a car race to prevent hearing damage, worked perfectly.

4 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

abhi_beckert Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

"Flat" relating to headphones usually means a flat frequency response, unless you are talking to people who don't have a clue (which is a very real possibility). A flat frequency response is the goal of a high fidelity system, the very word "fidelity" means trueness to the original source, which is what you get with a flat frequency response. The idea that a speaker needs to distort the sound because it "sounds good" is absurd, and in fact it's the exact same rationale audiofools have for preferring vinyl. Vinyl inherently has an uneven frequency response (among other things) and it is those characteristics that give it is distinctive sound, leading some to prefer it. It is distinctive but it is low fidelity, just like a poor set of speakers. Besides, if you want the treble or bass jacked up or some other frequency band notched, that's what equalizers are for. Although it should be noted they are called equalizers because the intent is to bring an equal loudness to all frequency bands - aka, a flat frequency response. To compensate for speakers that are not already flat.

Anybody with enough money for a pair of good audiophile headphones will be buying the "pro" beats, which have neutral sound by all reports (I've never tested them).

4 days ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

abhi_beckert Re:This is a stupid question (151 comments)

After all, any car (and pigs) with sufficient propulsion do fly. Landing is slightly more difficult, however.

It's not hard at all! Just throw yourself at the ground and miss.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

abhi_beckert Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Except that "modern mobile devices" get messed up and bogged down exactly the same way - even if the apps are supposed to be sandboxed.
There is one million os wide settings , or system apps and services that can get screwed up and their internally stored data will start causing issues.
Is the battery drain on your android the same as it was after factory reset ? Didn't think so.

Android doesn't sandbox apps.

iOS does, and it doesn't suffer from this problem. All software is given a directory that they can read from/write to. There are a few places outside that which can be read, but virtually nothing has write access (except for a few cases where a system app will expose access to it's data via inter-app communication. Calendar for example has this).

When you uninstall the app, that directory is deleted. There is no trace at all that the app ever existed.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

abhi_beckert Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

When a program is UNinstalled, all traces of it should be gone. Apple took a different approach, which arguably works far better. Even if stuff is left behind, it just takes up a bit of disk space, and doesn't affect the system at all.

Apple took a different approach on iOS.

OS X suffers the same problems as Windows, although perhaps not as severe.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

abhi_beckert Not Brute Force (93 comments)

"Balic goes on to explain to Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account."

20,000 is not a brute force attack. That will only succeed if your password was 3 characters long.

I find it hard to believe anyone was actually vulnerable to this.

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

abhi_beckert Re:Because... (253 comments)

I use my phone more often than any other possession I own.

This means any extra money I spend on top of what I "need" is well worth it.

FWIW, I purchased a 5s a few days ago. Not a 6.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

abhi_beckert Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

My sister is just using Safari on her PowerMac G5.

Anything with flash is pig slow... but most stuff still works. The kids play lots of games without any issues.

about a month ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

abhi_beckert Re:Bose is worried (162 comments)

Bose and Beats are both highly brand-focused. Bose targets the more mature quality-seeking crowd, while Beats targets the bass-hungry and fashion-conscious youth. There's some overlap, but generally I'd say their targets kept competition to a minimum, and they've pretty much cornered those targets

Apple has the best of both worlds being viewed both as high quality and a status symbol. If they start using their monster marketing teams to align peoples' view of Beats with that of Apple, Bose stands a chance of being pushed out of the market by a frightening direct competition. They've got good reason to try to stall the acquisition as much as possible

Bose also targets youth, although they do a terrible job of it and are getting their ass kicked by Beats.

And Beats also targets musicians with their "Pro" headphone which is not bass hungry at all and has higher quality than anything Bose has ever shipped. As far as I can tell, Beats Pro are some of the best studio headphones money can buy at the moment. If they weren't so expensive I would probably own a pair.

about 3 months ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

abhi_beckert Re:Typical (162 comments)

"Those who can't create, litigate" --- who does this remind you of over last 2-3 years? Funny to see Apple whine about plays outta their OWN playbook

Apple filed a patent lawsuit against HTC in 2010, and Samsung in 2011. According to Wikipedia, are the only two patent lawsuits Apple has ever filed in the entire history of the company.

Both those lawsuits only happened after Apple spent years trying to negotiate their disagreements without involving the legal system.

A company that has only filed two lawsuits hardly has a "playbook" for suing people for patent infringement.

about 3 months ago
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Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

abhi_beckert Re:Stronger than steel (82 comments)

Stronger than steel is cool and all, but that doesn't necessarily mean "all the same properties of steel". Durability, heat tolerance, reaction to moisture and a host of other things are likely to mean it's not a drop-in replacement for fibreglass/plastic/metal.

Fibreglass is terrible at all of the things you just listed and we use it for all kinds of things. It just has to be coated with a thin protective layer.

about 4 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

abhi_beckert Re:Seems correct (53 comments)

Maybe Apple or the carriers will cut a deal... or maybe their marketing material will just start referring to "apple phones."

Apple is also a trademark, so they are not allowed to use that in advertising either.

I'm not familiar with Mexican law either but these laws are pretty well unified by international treaties. You cannot use another company's trademark in your advertising material unless you have permission. Any carrier who sells the iPhone to customers would have permission to use the trademark, so this tells me the carrier does not sell iPhones and therefore has no business using iPhone in their ads.

about 4 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

abhi_beckert Re:Data loss due to accidental navigation (225 comments)

This is one of many reasons why I like Safari -you have to jump into the command line settings to *enable* backspace-to-go-back.

It's definitely the best browser available, in terms of getting little things like this right.

about 5 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

abhi_beckert Re:Welcome to your new walled garden (225 comments)

Chromium is open source so if you don't like it, fork you own copy and get whatever useless toolbars that install without permission that you want.

Darwin is open source too, so you can fork it and install whatever apps you want.

The fact is most people stick with the official release. Your platform is not "open" if your official release if third party extensions aren't allowed.

It's worth mentioning the (non-mobile) version of Safari does allow arbitrary third party extensions. There are some warnings to the user that it might be malware, but they don't block installation.

about 5 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

abhi_beckert Re:Encryption (220 comments)

Last I heard, it still supports unencrypted, but only if both the client and server ask for it. If either one asks for encryption, then the connection is encrypted, even if there's no authentication (i.e. certificate). With no certificate, it's still possible to pull an active(MitM) attack, which is much harder to pull off at a large scale without anyone noticing (i.e. you can just collect all data you see).

A server cannot ask for encryption.

Unless the client establishes a secure connection in the first place, the server has no way of knowing if the client is actually who they claim to be. If the client attempts to establish a secure connection and the server responds with "I can't give you a secure connection" then the client needs to assume there is a man in the middle attack going on and refuse to communicate with the server.

There is no way around it, security needs to be initiated on the client and the server cannot be allowed to refuse a secure connection.

HSTS is a partial solution for this problem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security)

about 5 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

abhi_beckert Moving goal posts (220 comments)

I don't think HTTP has any problems with security. All the real world problems with HTTP security are caused by:

  * dismally slow roll out of dnssec. It should have been finished years ago, but it has barely even started.
  * the high price of acquiring an SSL certificate (it's just bits!).
  * slow rollout of IPv6 (SSL certificates generally require a unique IP and we don't have enough to give every domain name a unique IP).
  * arguments in the industry about how to revoke a compromised SSL certificate, which has lead to revocation being almost useless.
  * SSL doesn't really work when there are thousands of certificate authorities, so some changes are needed to cope with the current situation (eg: dsnssec could be used to prevent two certificate authorities from signing the same domain name)

about 5 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

abhi_beckert In soviet russia, the car drives you (301 comments)

There shouldn't need to be a person in the car at all. I want my autonomous car to drop me off in the taxi zone outside work, then wander off by itself to find free parking. When I finish work I'll summon it via my phone, and it'll meet me on the street outside the office.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

abhi_beckert Re:Auto switches (415 comments)

You sir, have obviously never encountered the problem. The message does one of two things: 1) Gets marked as delivered but is never delivered because the person has no iDevice or 2) Gets marked as undeliverable and is not resent as a text. I have a friend who has been trying to fix this for months and at first her messages disappeared into the abyss. Now they just fail to deliver and I have to manually resend it.

I have encountered the problem, and solved it for friends/family.

Since I'm an iOS developer, anybody who has any problem with their iPhone asks me how to fix it. And since I'm a tin-foil-hat-toting privacy advocate, I have studied various articles that reverse engineer how iMessage works. I know exactly what "delivered" means —it means some device somewhere decrypted the message. Apple's server cannot decrypt the message as they do not have the private key, so therefore they cannot possibly send a delivery confirmation.

Go ahead and try it out. Disable wifi and cellular data on an iPhone but leave the non-data cellular connection active, then send an iMessage to it.

The message will not change to "delivered" unless some other device is registered (and connected to the internet) to receive messages at that phone number. After some minutes, the blue message box on the sending device will change colour to green, signifying an SMS has been sent. Depending how good your cell carrier is, the SMS will be delivered instantly or after a few days (SMS is not a reliable messaging protocol...). This assumes you have not disabled SMS fallback on the sending device, which is the default.

I just did the test, and it proved my theory. Disconnecting my phone/ipad/mac caused a sending device to fail to show "delivered", and several minutes later my phone received an SMS message.

The system is overly complicated, mostly as a byproduct of Apple's end-to-end encryption system, which leads to a lot of customer confusion and miss-information when they try to diagnose one of the many things that can go wrong. But I know what I'm talking about, delivered means it was delivered to a device registered receive iMessages at that phone number.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

abhi_beckert Re:Auto switches (415 comments)

Apparently Apple knows less about their own products than I do as an Apple developer.

Wrong. Your understanding of iMessage is incorrect, see below.

If the phone does not decrypt the message and send an acknowledgment within a few minutes, it will be sent as an SMS instead.

Incorrect. Fallback to SMS works in the case where the message fails to send not if it fails to receive which is why it will not fall back to SMS if the receiver's phone/ipad/laptop is simply switched off.

According to the article, the iMessage is sent and status immediately changes to "delivered". That means he has at least one device registered to receive iMessages at that phone number and it is turned on and received the message.

Incorrect again. It means that it has been delivered to the email account associated with the iMessage account.

His claim to have logged out of iMessage on all his devices is bullshit. He forgot one.

Incorrect yet again. Even if he turns of iMessage the receiver needs to have done the same thing or else his messages to her will be delivered to the email account associated with her iMessage account.

You're wrong, I know from experience that sending an iMessage to someone outside cell network range causes it to fall back to sending an SMS.

Also, I had a friend who would constantly receive double messages, because she had poor cell network coverage in her home, phone/sms worked fine but data had huge packet loss. iMesasge couldn't reach her and would fallback to SMS 50% of the time. When she reads the SMS the phone would connect to wifi and she'd receive the iMessage while reading the SMS, hens the regular complaints about double messages.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

abhi_beckert Re:Auto switches (415 comments)

Hm. Failed to enable. Is this a new feature? Indeed, you can have iMessage send as SMS -- I didn't have that set up. It's in Settings->Messages->Send_as_SMS

The fallback to SMS is enabled by default. You must have turned it off.

about 5 months ago

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