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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

appleguru Re: iOS 7.1 (110 comments)

Could be a test? They're using LLVM obfuscator, presumably to make their exploits harder for apple to reverse engineer.

Maybe they want to see if apple can figure it out and patch it in time for 7.1?

about 9 months ago
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Zediva Fights Back Against MPAA

appleguru Re:Glad they're fighting back (112 comments)

From a copyright perspective does it matter who loaded the disc (Machine, human, Zediva employee, trained monkey or otherwise)? The law in question gives specific exclusive rights to copyright holders for public performances. If blockbuster wanted to rent you DVD players with the discs already in them I don't see any laws that would prevent it.

Regarding your point about avoiding the "legal definition of streaming," they aren't. There are no laws preventing streaming media. The applicable copyright law is against public performance. So as long as your space-shifting "streaming" can be considered a private performance (as I argue it can in Zediva's case), then no laws have been violated.

RE special features: it is entirely possible, and will be coming in future versions. But for now they've limited the buttons to play, pause, fast forward and rewind. You really are controlling the actual disc in an actual DVD player.

more than 3 years ago
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Zediva Fights Back Against MPAA

appleguru Re:Glad they're fighting back (112 comments)

Heh, karma is going to burn for this... Pardon me for not having the time to write and in depth summary of my summary (from my iPhone...). When you've actually read what I have to say feel free to come back and hate. Ps, my post did exactly what you suggested: I stated my opinion of this development (good for zediva for fighting back!), summarized my blog post ("a summary of the issues, existing case law, and how Zediva differs"), and provides a link to read the details. No one is forcing you to click the link... Or to read my /. posts for that matter.

more than 3 years ago
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Streaming Movie Service Zediva Sued by MPAA

appleguru Re:Control (2 comments)

Of course they want control. And of course they can try and sue. By my point is that Zediva has a good case for winning the lawsuit, as they have a fairly strong case and many years of rental precedence on their side. As much as the MPAA lobbys and tries to create laws (sometimes successfully), they, like everyone else, must operate within the current legal system. Zediva has found a legal (in my opinion, as I explain in the article linked above), way to stream movies without licensing them.

more than 3 years ago
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NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Retweeting Feed

appleguru Re:They wont succeed. (137 comments)

Did you even *read* TFS? That's the problem exactly. The NYT *is* the ones originally posting the content (yes, largely headlines), on Twitter. And now they are asking for the retweeting of their tweets to be blocked. Absurd.

more than 3 years ago
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NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Retweeting Feed

appleguru Re:They wont succeed. (137 comments)

I should have looked it up before I rattled off a first post without being logged in, but it would indeed violate the standard TOS (unless NYT agreed to a custom version, which I doubt):

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).

http://twitter.com/tos

more than 3 years ago
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US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research

appleguru Re:$30m/5 years? (183 comments)

err.. 4 years.. still $7.5/year isn't exactly a ton of money. That being said, I think the powers that be recognize that fossil fuels and similar power sources are inherintly a dead end. Creating new fuels is an energy intensive process, effectivly making the new fuel a one-time use battery. And depending on the process used to create it, generally not a very efficient one.

A bunch better way to spend money is developing new battery tech and at looking at utilizing solar energy to power them. That, or get over the stigma against nuclear tech and utilize small personal reactors for energy...

more than 3 years ago
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US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research

appleguru $30m/5 years? (183 comments)

That's not much of a development budget....

more than 3 years ago
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Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank

appleguru No, at&t really does suck... (187 comments)

I just came back from a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. I bought an iPhone 4 there unlocked, and used it every day, chewing through a lot of minutes and using a lot of data. I was on Telstra in Australia, and their 3g network is hands down the best I've ever seem anywhere. During my entire time there (6 months), I didn't drop a single call. I had wonderful service and fast data almost everywhere, and even with low signals (-110dbm and lower) I was able to make and hold good voice conversations.

In New Zealand it was a similar story. I was on the South Island, and used Telecom. Their 3G network was also very good, and fast, though coverage was far more spotty than Telstra in AUS, especially on the west coast. But when I had a signal, I had fast data speeds and didn't drop a call.

Then I flew into LAX. Popped in my AT&T sim, and was very, very dissapointed. 1-2 bars at the airport, dismal data speeds, high latency... and I've been dropping about a call a day :/ I was on a major road near my house outside of Boston yesterday, and dropped a call driving home. GAH!

more than 3 years ago
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First Google Voice App Hits the App Store

appleguru Re:hallelujah (95 comments)

I just spent $1000 on mine (Well, $1000AUD; ~$940USD today)... 32GB unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple in Australia...

more than 4 years ago
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Australia Adopts EU's Geographical Indicator System For Wine

appleguru So long as I can still get goon for $10/5L... (302 comments)

As a college student currently study abroad in Australia (Where all kinds of alcohol *except* wine are ridiculously expensive!) this change doesn't mean much to me. I'm hardly a wine connoisseur though, and while labels like "port", "champagne" and "burgundy" make it easier to identify exactly what a specific kind of wine is, its really just brand recognition. Sounds like both parties stand to benefit financially from this deal, so have at it! ...While the rest of you argue about countries and branding I'll stick to making my own "homebrew" "champagne" from $10 boxed white wine and sprite!

more than 4 years ago
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Is RFID Really That Scary?

appleguru Re:Just because you don't know... (338 comments)

From my understanding RFID usually don't carry that much data except for a unique identifier. Ok so I se a Hex value. However you may not know what type of RFID it is is for. Eg. Is it for your credit card or is it just that book you got out of the campus book store. Perhaps it is for your medical history that you got implanted in you skin. Maybe it is your Dogs virtual ID Tag implanted.

Say if I dropped a Passord of a vital system in the Middle of New York City and you pick it up. And that password is for only one system what is the chance you will find the system and get in.

That said we should be sure that RFID for say on Credit Cards and on other major checking systems should have additional checks to it. However for say Inventory and automatic checkouts it should be ok.

Even just a unique identifier is enough to cause a *huge* privacy concern. Not only that, but most tags do give you additional data, including their manufacturer, what kind of chip they are, and what commands if any they respond to (Some give all of this just in their ATR (Answer to Reset, which nearly all tags respond to). The biggest problem with the current implementations of RFID is that extracting data is a silent process. There's no beep, no light, no counter, nothing to indicate to the end user that their RFID tag(s) have just been read.

While US passports are actually pretty secure and do not give out any unique information without the proper MRZ data from the inside page, US passport cards are not secure at all. They're just standard UHF EPC Gen 2 tags with unique identifiers. Similarly, paypass/wave/blink/whatever RFID credit cards aren't secure at all; anyone with the proper reader can dump your card holder name and card number (though Expiration date and CVV code are not present in the RFID data iirc).

It would be trivial (and until laws are setup otherwise, legal in most places) to build a network of High gain RFID readers around a city. Not only would this let you "track" people around the city, but it would also let you build up a profile on people. You could, for example, keep a database with every tag read at a specific instance and correlate that to different data gathering points you have set up. You could then have a person object with various tag UUIDs associated with it (and if they have a credit card on them, even a name associated with it!).. Couple this with a camera that takes a picture of the people who's tags you're reading, and you have a picture too! Boom, picture, name, credit card number and unique profile of everyone that walks by your antennas, along with the time of day they walked by and their exact location. Try and tell me that's not valuable data?

I highly doubt there *aren't* companies out there doing this.. In fact, so long as it stays legal, I'm going to start up a company that does exactly this! Think about the possibilities for targeted advertising! FWIW, because the "public" at large remains mostly ignorant to all this, and companies/governments get what they want out of it nothing is going to change... ...In the case of the passport card, its even more worrisome.. Say someone sets up a checkpoint outside a border crossing with a long range UHF antenna and a camera... Boom! They now have everything they need to make a legitimate fake passport card! (This scenario is outlined by Chris Paget in his talk at Shmoocon V (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-282861825889939203 ), as well as by several researchers for RSA (http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=3557).

more than 4 years ago
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Chip Guru Papermaster Loses Signal At Apple

appleguru No antenna problems here... (374 comments)

I doubt we'll ever find out the truth here about Papermaster... But FWIW, I have absolutely no reception issues with my iPhone 4. If I hold it the "wrong" way, without a case which I never do naturally, I loose one bar a most. It gets much better reception than my iPhone 3g ever did! ...That, coupled with iPhone 4s still being sold out.. everywhere.. means Apple really came out of this whole mess just fine!

more than 4 years ago
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Intel's Superchilled Test Rig

appleguru OS X Compile? (147 comments)

I tried to compile and run this on OS X (SL, 10.6.4, gcc 4.2.1). I downloaded the .tar.gz from http://kevinbeason.com/smallpt/, and ran make (which runs g++ with compile flags of -O3 -fopenmp...). It compiled fine. Running it gives a Bus Error though.. any ideas?

more than 4 years ago
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Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?

appleguru Re:Quick question (411 comments)

Microphone port pumps some current into whatever is connected to it (to power the microphone up)
Line In doesn't provide any power, it only analyses incoming signal from external source, and will be often separated through transoptors or the like to protect the hardware from overcurrent from difference of potential between the devices.

Not sure why this was modded +5 informative; it's a load of hooey...

Normal dynamic microphones are passive and do not require any external power to "power the microphone up". They generate a small current, usually from a coil moving inside a magnet. This is why you need a pre-amp of some kind to bring your mic-level signal up to a line-level signal that a regular amp can deal with. Your sound card has this built in.

If you have a condensor microphone, then it will need external power of some kind to function. This usually comes in the form of phantom power (+48V usually) over a balanced twisted pair microphone wire. I can promise you that your average soundcard (and pretty much anything with 1/8" jacks) does *not* supply phantom power. You need an external power supply of some kind to use a condensor mic with your soundcard.

The only real difference between a line in and a mic in on your soundcard is the expected input gain. A mic input has a pre-amp and expects a mic level input. If you feed it a line level input and it doesn't attenuate it (or bypass the preamp) then you'll clip the hell out of the signal.

more than 4 years ago

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Streaming Movie Service Zediva Sued by MPAA

appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 3 years ago

appleguru writes "Innovative movie streaming service Zediva, which rents physical DVDs and DVD players to end users though the internet, streaming their output to them, was sued yesterday by the MPAA. While there is some legal precedent, their case differs in two important ways, which may lead to a surprising, and much welcomed, victory for Zediva: Red Horne's stores, the location where the movies were being performed in that case, were public places. Consumer's homes, where movies are being performed in Zediva's case, are decidedly private places. Red Horne's employee's were the ones pressing play, and therefore the ones performing the work in that case. In Zediva's case, the end user is the one pressing play and performing the work (privately, for their own use, just as if they rented the DVD).

It's no different then renting a movie at a rental store indeed, except the video cable going from the back of your DVD player to your TV is now hundreds of miles of internet data cable, instead of a few feet of composite, component, or HDMI cable. And last I checked, there were no legal restrictions on the length or type of video cables!

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Google DNS Launched

appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 4 years ago

appleguru (1030562) writes "Google has announced today that they are offering a free, public DNS service for everyone to use. It isn't ad based, doesn't use parked advertising for non-existant hostnames, and from my limited testing today seems to be pretty fast too! (Certainly faster than OpenDNS, which has historically been very fast for me, but has been lagging terribly the last few days). Their DNS servers can be reached at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4."
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Typhoon Touch Tech Sues Apple, Dell, Palm and more

appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

appleguru writes "Typhoon Touch Technologies, a self proclaimed patent squatter that praises the increasing value of exploiting the litigious nature of the Intellectual Property has added Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia, and LG to its lawsuit formerly against Dell. The company's mission, as stated on their website, is to "maximiz[e] shareholder value [...] through active litigation." They own patents dating back to January 1995 that cover "portable, self-contained, general-purpose, keyboard-less, computing devices, which utilize a touch-screen display for data entry purposes." This one should hopefully be an easy win for the defendants, especially given that Apple has prior art in the form of the Newton dating back to 1993."
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Xbox 360 Warranty extended; Costs MS over $1 bln

appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

appleguru writes "Today Microsoft announced that they were extending the Xbox 360's warranty to a period of 3 years from the date of purchase, up from its current one year warranty. Anyone who has already paid for a repair of a general hardware failure on their console will be reimbursed retroactively. The new policy will set Microsoft back an estimated $1.1 billion USD. After months of denying there was an issue with the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate and addressed it. In an open letter to the xbox community, Peter Moore offers this admission:

You've spoken, and we've heard you. Good service and a good customer experience are areas of the business that we care deeply about. And frankly, we've not been doing a good enough job. [...] We are taking responsibility and are making these changes to ensure that every Xbox 360 owner continues to have a great experience.

Some of the changes he is talking about include the Epoxy found on the CPU and GPU chips in the latest Xbox 360 consoles, as well as an additional heat pipe and heatsink coming from the GPU to help with heat issues. While those changes seem like a bit of a crutch instead of fixing the inherent issues (namely, a poor manufacturing process that is leading to bad BGA connections on the CPU and GPU), at least Microsoft is taking steps in the right direction."

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appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

appleguru writes "
Apple today unveiled Final Cut Studio® 2, a significant upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro® 6, which introduces Apple's ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack® Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and conforming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring. Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces "Color," a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks.

A massive upgrade to their pro editing suite, including two completely new applications, Color (For color correction and editing, included with FCS2), and Final Cut Server (A separate application for distributed rendering and asset management). The new Final Cut Studio is slated to ship next month and costs $1299, $499 for an upgrade. Final Cut Server starts at $999 for a 10 seat license and costs $1999 for unlimited seats.

Apple also announced today a new hardware video conversion and playback box, utilizing Apple's new ProRes 422 codec (presumably with dedicated hardware) and created in conjunction with Aja. The box, called the IO-HD, will cost $3499. It's even got a handle for semi-portability."

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Current Youtube video formats, specs, links and more!

appleguru appleguru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I downloaded the video files for each format from youtube. There are currently 5 format tags that seem to currently be being used.. no tag, fmt6, fmt13, fmt17, fmt18... As far as I can tell they're only currently encoding videos to "notag" for youtube's main site, and fmt18 (h.264) for the iPhone presumably. New videos get encoded to these two formats. You can access the formats by appending &fmt=18 to the end of a youtube URL.

Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBAnCsmf2A4 == notag
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBAnCsmf2A4&fmt=18 == fmt18

Here's a screenshot that compares the formats: http://g.appleguru.org/youtubeformats.png

And here are download links and details on each of them :)

No format tag (standard):
320x240 @ 29.97 fps
Flash video (Sorenson h.263)
MP3 Audio (22.05KHz, mono)
FLV container
3.28MB
http://g.appleguru.org/nofmt.flv

Format 6 tag:
448x298 @ 29.98fps
Flash video (Sorenson h.263)
MP3 Audio (44.1KHz, mono)
FLV Conatiner
9.44MB
http://g.appleguru.org/fmt6.flv

Format 13 tag:
176x144 @ 15fps
H.263 Video
AMR Narrowband Audio (8KHz, mono)
3gp container
700KB
http://g.appleguru.org/fmt13.3gp

Format 17 tag:
176x144 @ 12fps
MPEG-4 Video (simple profile)
MPEG-4 (AAC) audio (22.05KHz, mono)
3gp container
832KB
http://g.appleguru.org/fmt17.3gp

Format 18 tag:
480x320 @ 29.97fps
MPEG-4 Video (H.264)
MPEG-4 (AAC) audio (44.1KHz, STEREO!)
mp4 container
6.28MB
http://g.appleguru.org/fmt18.mp4

Coolness :-)

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