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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

brantondaveperson Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (222 comments)

Yes - and they didn't (acknowledge that) they had actually been *hacked*. But that the celebs in question had either had their account details phished, or their 'security questions' guessed.

This is most certainly *not* the same as icloud being hacked.

I mean, perhaps they were hacked, and are currently lying about it. Possibly - who knows? Does seem a bit unlikely though, given the difficulty of hacking large security systems vs. the relative ease of phishing and guessing the answers to public figure's security questions.

8 hours ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

brantondaveperson Re:The language in the old west (381 comments)

I wonder if it was ever really like that? And in any case, I'd rather not bet my life on no-one with a six-shooter judging me an asshole.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

brantondaveperson Re:The language in the old west (381 comments)

did not have to suffer fools

What in God's name does that mean? You shot them instead? I think I'd prefer to live inside those protective quotation marks you placed around civilisation, lest someone less foolish than I decided that they could no longer suffer me to live.

3 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

brantondaveperson Re:You cannot charge a car battery in 5 minutes (395 comments)

It's not quite true that there's 'little or no protection' - and in any case even if you did spill gasoline you still need a source of ignition before you get a real problem. Electricity is more dangerous from that point of view. I'm pretty sure more people die from regular mains shocks than die in service stations filling their cars - I mean, does that even happen? I've never heard of it.

3 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

brantondaveperson Re:The diode voltage drop would cause power loss. (395 comments)

I don't think this is correct. If you measure, with a multimeter, the voltage drop across a diode, then the power being dissipated by the diode is equal to the current multiplied by that voltage. The device isn't resistive, or ohmic, in the sense that the voltage drop is not linearly related to current. But that doesn't mean that the voltage drop somehow doesn't count when you're calculating power.

3 days ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

brantondaveperson Re:Everybody Panic! (415 comments)

When you say "1-10 virus", does this mean that a single Ebola virus can - if it makes it into your body or onto your mucus membranes - infect you?

Because if that's the case, then no amount of spraying your hazmat suit is going to guarantee your safety surely? A single virus could easily be hiding in the folds of those baggy-looking suit things, and then you touch that part on the way out of the suit, and you're done.

Scary.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

brantondaveperson Re:XKCD is correct (545 comments)

It is not meaningful to talk about the 'entropy' of a single string of characters - only about the method that one might use to generate those characters.

about a week ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

brantondaveperson Re:No Google (209 comments)

Recent major security blunders with open source software beg to differ.

about a week ago
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Snapchat Says Users Were Victimized By Their Use of Third-Party Apps

brantondaveperson Re:What app? (90 comments)

Wouldn't the analog hole be taking a film photo of your phone while the image is visible? It's more of a digital hole really.

Sorry.

But in any case, isn't it about time that people stopped sending photos of their bits over the internet the whole time? And perhaps SnapChat should be in a little bit of hot water for suggesting that the photos are ephemeral - you shouldn't make promises that you can't keep.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

brantondaveperson Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

Sometimes people cross the ocean in boats. And you can bet your ass they'll give that a shot if the alternative is a horrible death.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

brantondaveperson Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

nobody comes out without being cleared.

Nice idea. I think the land border is pretty big though, and I think that effectively securing that will more or less be impossible. If people really want to get out, and if the alternative is a horrible death (or at least, they believe that to be the case), then you're not going to be able to stop them. Not all of them. The more you tighten your grip etc etc.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

brantondaveperson Hardly surprising (249 comments)

I don't think that there's any such thing as an advert that I actually want to see.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

brantondaveperson Re:If a compiler can... (124 comments)

Another programmer who's yet to see any Perl source...

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

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

Not in my experience. I've upgraded my OS all the way from 10.5 to 10.9 (I refuse to use those silly big cat names... Worse than Ubuntu's naming scheme, and that's saying something) and each time it's got faster. In that time I've installed and un-installed countless bits of crap software - and hosed and un-hosed my system on various occasions too.

Thus far, it runs just as fast as it did when I got it.

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

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

Well..... I'm not for one minute saying that iTunes on windows doesn't suck. But I couldn't find these registry entries anywhere. Care to share where you found them? If iTunes continues to run without them there, and doesn't recreate them, then how do you know iTunes put them there in the first place?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

brantondaveperson Re: Why isn't this auto-update? (174 comments)

There will be. Unfortunately, those who would take over our computers do not share our lack of imagination.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

brantondaveperson Re:Not to praise Apple, but... (208 comments)

I find myself defending Apple alot on this site, because most of the criticism of them is just simply false. Their design is not 'flashy' (it's actually rather plain), their security record is excellent (as far as I know - I've certainly never had any issues of any sort), their OS is an actual Unix on which I can get lots of actual work done. etc etc etc.

However, A fanboi I am not. Their refusal to allow me to put native code on my own iPod touch without paying money to them is indefensible. I understand why, it completely defeats piracy and maintains a high quality of apps. But man it's a pain in the ass and the very opposite of why I got into computers in the first place. The 32G iPad is $150 more expensive than the 16G model! WTF?! OSX is not as stable as Windows 7, their filesharing protocol keeps crapping out, etc etc.

Anyway - thanks for your defence. Around here voices of actual reason are a little rare.... :)

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

brantondaveperson Re:Not to praise Apple, but... (208 comments)

Equally vulnerable? That's a whole bunch of thinking you've got going on there.

Default OSX install. Not vulnerable.
Default Linux install (assuming dhcpd is the default). Boom. Owned.

Not super-equal, I'd say.

Actually making OSX vulnerable to this bug would require some php or whatever hooked up to the web server and invoking a shell. For some-one that knows what they're doing, this is easy because OSX does ship with apache after all. But really, how would this be Apple's fault?

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

brantondaveperson Re:Steve Jobs ... (304 comments)

No, Steve Jobs would never have allowed a huge monstrosity phone like the iPhone 6+ out of the factory in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

brantondaveperson Re:Not that new (59 comments)

If someone invents a device that can transmit information a fraction of a second into the past,

No. If someone invents a device like that, they will win the Nobel prize and transform our understanding of physics. Their name will go down in history, and perhaps yours too, for predicting it on slashdot. This, though, appears to be four lenses arranged in a slightly nifty way. It's certainly not a 'cloaking device' - although I expect the researchers wouldn't describe it as such anyway.

The problem here is that science reporting has deteriorated to the point that the journalist has to pretty much make things up to get anybody to read their article.

about three weeks ago

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