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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.... :)

2 days 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?

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

brantondaveperson Re:Steve Jobs ... (299 comments)

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

2 days 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.

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

brantondaveperson Re:Neither fun nor sobering (252 comments)

"fun" and "sobering" are mutually exclusive terms, so it's not all that surprising.

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

brantondaveperson Re:Bash a bad fit for osx (208 comments)

Case insensitive

Leaving aside the question case-sensitivity is sensible in a filesystem (does it make sense for anything other than performance?) - OSX does support case-sensitive filesystems.

binary format

What binary format? Every configuration file I've seen anywhere in OSX is XML. Not that I'm especially in love with XML, but binary it certainly isn't. What's more, reading these text config files into native dictionary, string and list structures is supported in the OS, which means that everyone uses them for everything.

Suggesting the a 20-year old bug in bash is Apple's fault because the bug isn't present in other shells doesn't make sense. Not that we have any reason to believe that zsh is any more secure anyway. I bet it's the same insane malloc, strcpy, free, etc etc infested C code that every other security-critical unix application is written in. It's only a matter of time until another bug of this magnitude, or maybe even worse, appears in that mess. Care to take a guess which piece of the puzzle will turn out to be broken next? No? Exactly. The whole thing's a crap shoot.

2 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

brantondaveperson Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Not really - the 'one-time' credit cards could easily be set up to work only for a specific amount on a particular day for a particular retailer too.

3 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

brantondaveperson Re:Book Bans (394 comments)

when should a parent beat their kid?

NEVER.

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

brantondaveperson Re:Book Bans (394 comments)

The Golden Compass is considered as dangerous by Christian parents as Narnia is by Atheist parents because it presents a profound concept wrapped in a story style loved by young children.

More nonsense. I'm an Atheist parent, and I most certainly do not consider The Lion, the Which, and the Wardrobe as dangerous. Good heavens above.

Now look, you're just starting out as a parent here. You've got a very long way to go, and whole lot of stuff to figure out. The first thing it seems you're going to need to learn, is that kids are a whole lot smarter than you give them credit for. Three-year-olds, as you raise in your example, are perfectly capable of understanding what's fictional and what's not - especially if you actually go to the trouble of teaching them. Kids also self-censor to a very large extent. If you try to read stuff to them that's too advanced or too complex, they'll typically ask you to stop because they don't understand. You do not need to protect your children from books.

4 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

brantondaveperson Re:Book Bans (394 comments)

At public libraries I would accept certain books in a special section where ID and / or a parental consent form is needed

Fortunately, you are not in charge.

ID? For books? Good lord.

And at what point do you think children are able to understand opposing viewpoints? I'll give you a hint - it's called the theory of mind - and most normal children develop it at about the age of three.

4 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

brantondaveperson Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

Rubbish. It certainly does not. It depends on inputs getting into environment variables which wind up eventually inside of bash. Which then goes "oh, look. code! I think I'll run that", and runs it.

Thanks bash.

Thash.

4 days ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

brantondaveperson Re:Law Enforcement (70 comments)

The s5 however does not require passphrase afterboot up. (I'm not sure how much of a big deal that is.)

I take this to mean that if you can reboot the thing, which you can always do by letting the battery run flat and then charging it, you can access the device without the passphrase. If true, this would be a huge deal. Have I misunderstood?

about a week ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

brantondaveperson Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

I'm sorry - that really doesn't make any sense. Are you suggesting that for Apple to manufacture absolutely the best product they possibly can, and to not race to the bottom like everyone else, is anti-competitive?

They stamp out competition by being better and more desirable. How dare they.

about two weeks ago
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A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

brantondaveperson Re:learning curve? (72 comments)

Well, to be fair *writing code* is pretty easy. But designing complex systems for reliability and maintainability is not. I suppose the GP believes that programming is the former, whereas I would have thought that it's more of the latter.

about two weeks ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

brantondaveperson Re:Economics of Renewable Energy (198 comments)

As opposed to the economics of non-renewable energy, which makes perfect sense?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

brantondaveperson Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

FOR GOD'S SAKE.

I know you guys hate Apple, and that's fine. But do try to use your brain a little bit. Do you honestly believe that the flash storage is encrypted with a 4-digit numeric key? Of course it isn't, it's encrypted with a 256-bit AES key that's generated using a per-device hardware key and the passcode (which can be much longer than a 4-digit pin if you can be bothered to type it in every time you use the phone). If you pull the hardware out of the phone, then this is the key you're going to be cracking.

Good luck with that.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

brantondaveperson Re:I know! (543 comments)

I presume you installed a 10+ year old Linux version so that it would be a fair comparison with XP?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

brantondaveperson Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

Not that I disagree completely, I'd personally love to see an sd card slot on a ipad, but there are reasons other than 'fleecing people out of money'. There's software reasons (how does the software handle the sdcard being removed / inserted. Do I provide UI to format the SD card? What data should I store on there? Should it appear as a separate storage area, or be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the storage?). There's hardware reasons (where does the slot go? Should it have a cover? Board space etc etc).

And people 'fall for it' because they want a straightforwards user experience, not one that involves plugging little fiddly things into little fiddly slots, and having to worry about how to copy all their data to their new larger sdcard (for instance). None of the nexus line of tablets have sdcard slots, for instance.

Remember that all of the internal storage of an ipad is encrypted, so even if they did have an sdcard slot you wouldn't be able to use it to transfer files. I'd love to see expandable storage on an ipad, my kids are always running out of room on theirs (although it does give me a good excuse to delete their games to make room for their schoolwork :) ).

about two weeks ago

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