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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

gnasher719 Re:Dear Apple, (264 comments)

Anonymous coward, you have never in your life knowingly talked to a gay person. I think you have three problems in your life: No man wants you, no woman wants you, and your parents are ashamed of you.

8 hours ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

gnasher719 Re:Yes and yes... (199 comments)

Best selling means that most actual consumers think that 16 GB is enough. That means that while _you_ want more storage in a smartphone, most people don't. That doesn't make them wrong. :-)

Up to now, you had to pay a lot of money to upgrade from 16GB to 32GB. Now you get 64GB for the same money. I'd think the percentage of 64GB purchasers will go up.

13 hours ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

gnasher719 Re:Apple Pay? (77 comments)

Great -- now the hackers that got my credit / debit card numbers could, instead, get my PayPal info! We all know how nice PayPal is to customers when their accounts are compromised!

Excuse me - Apple Pay. Not PayPal. Unless you lived under a stone for the last two weeks I would have expected that you've heard of Apple Pay.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

gnasher719 Re:Frankenserver (276 comments)

40TB hard drive space isn't that much. About £1,300 or so with the latest offer I received in some spam email.

40TB reliable data storage, that would be a bit more expensive.

yesterday
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

gnasher719 Re:Apple Pay? (77 comments)

The merchant doesn't see the credit card number with modern POS systems, either.

Unless they are hacked, like in Home Depot :-( Point is that the POS system doesn't see the credit card number either.

yesterday
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

gnasher719 Re:confused (335 comments)

Once Amazon started selling MP3s, I jumped ship from iTunes and never looked back. I imagine even if there was no court order mandating they remove DRM they would have for competitive reasons anyway.

That's what you call rewriting history. The only reason why there was ever DRM on the iTunes store was because the record labels demanded it. The only reason why Amazon was allowed to sell DRM-free music in mp3 format was because they record labels wanted a strong alternative to the iTunes store - I wonder how happy they are with this nowadays and when Amazon will turn on them like they are turning on the book publishers. At the same time Apple was still not allowed to sell DRM free; only after Apple agreed to raise all the prices.

Just a reminder: The two A's in AAC stand for "Advanced Audio" and have nothing to do with Apple. And AAC = mp4.

yesterday
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

gnasher719 Apple Pay? (77 comments)

So what would have happened to someone who didn't use their card, but an iPhone 6 with Apple Pay? I take it they would be completely unaffected?

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re:There is no "almost impossible" (228 comments)

Any encryption can be broken with enough processor power and time.

As explained elsewhere, there is encryption for which "enough processor power and time" doesn't exist in the universe. The limit is (total energy in the universe) divided by (smallest possible amount of energy to make any change, as dictated by quantum physics). That limit isn't anywhere close to 2^256.

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re: See Apple's privacy site for details (228 comments)

Fair enough, but is it a problem? Any company could get secret requests for 0-250 accounts.

I'm not a company, and I'm not even in the USA, and I tell you, I also got secret requests for 0 to 250 accounts.

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re:There is no "almost impossible" (228 comments)

Won't last. Someone will forget his passcode about 8 seconds after the iOS 8 goes public. Then comes the flood of unhappy customers locked out of their unbreakably encrypted phones. "Sorry, we can't help you" won't be accepted as an answer.

That's the answer they already had to accept. The guy in the Apple Store _never_ could get your passcode. Apple in Cupertino _could_ get your passcode by brute forcing at a rate of one passcode every 80 milliseconds. They would do that if the police hands over a phone together with a search warrant, but not because a customer is too stupid.

(MacOS X uses a clever trick to reduce the number of cases: You turn on full disk encryption. At some point you will have to enter your password for the very first time, proving that you remembered it at least that far. At that point nothing is encrypted yet! Only when you demonstrate that you have actually remembered your password does the encryption start.

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re:There is no "almost impossible" (228 comments)

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)

256 bit = physically impossible, unless some hugely unexpected mathematical breakthrough happens. Plus each file in the file system has its own 256 bit key and needs to be decrypted individually.

So that's the kind of situation where an honest statement says "almost impossible" although it is of course possible that the first of about 100,000 billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion possible guesses might be right. And that's the situation where idiots say "it's almost possible, therefore the NSA can crack it".

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re:Not Coincidence, it's the point (228 comments)

I think the GP has a point. Of Apple defied the order what would happen? Tim Cook in handcuffs? There would be hipster riots up and down the country, not to mention investors and friends of the government getting very upset as their stock price crashed.

Tim Cook in handcuffs? Maybe. You as an unknown Slashdot poster can of course easily demand heroics on his part. It's a lot harder if your name is Tim Cook. Complaints about the stock price crashing? Well, that would be directly due to Cook's actions, so he'd probably lose his job about it.

But more importantly, it is easy for you to ask him to act illegally. I suppose he doesn't want to do anything illegal. For example, unlike a Samsung CEO who gets convicted and pardoned, I wouldn't expect any conviction of Tim Cook for breaking the law would go away. Would governement agencies be allowed to buy from a company whose CEO is a convicted criminal?

What Apple _does_ is exactly what they should do: They make information about the horrible laws public as much as they can. They do whatever they can to get the laws changed.

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

gnasher719 Re:Not completely gone (228 comments)

well cook already made a public canary announcement or a lie, about them not being able to read your mail while at the same time it's obvious for anyone that they can change your apple credentials with or without your consent(giving access to your mail).

Except the only source for the "not being able to read your mail" is the summary of a slashdot article, which managed to incorrectly quote the article that it summarized. And the source of the statement is openly available (a 1 hour interview with Tim Cook) and he clearly doesn't say anything like what you claim.

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:Sanity... (499 comments)

Dignity is the only thing, that suffers, when a cop violates an innocent man's privacy. If dignity has nothing to do with it, than "innocent man going to prison" does not either â" yet you brought up the latter yourself earlier...

Respect for the police suffers. Respect for the law and the state in general suffers.

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (499 comments)

The presence of a security question on any service indicates immediately that they almost certainly have access if served with a warrant.

Only an idiot would implement it in such a way that the password could be produced by Apple. They take your information, then encrypt it with the answers to three security questions. Without the exact answers nobody can extract the information.

And remember that you can enter anything you like as the answer to the security questions. It doesn't have to be thre truth.

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (499 comments)

There are not different keys for every file, or if there are they are tied to a master key. The only way you can view an encrypted device with a single passphrase is because that single passphrase is tied to a single master key somewhere.

iOS uses a different encryption key for every file. One component of the encryption key is stored in the directory, one part comes from the device encryption key.

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (499 comments)

I presume you wouldn't say it was "wrong" of the United States to crack the German and Japanese codes in WWII...

Aren't you rewriting history a little bit there? The USA didn't crack German codes. That was a bunch of Polish mathematicians, followed by British mathematicians and engineers. And when Americans make movies, three British sailors of whom two died getting secret materials out of a sinking German U-Boot suddenly become Americans!

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (499 comments)

If you damage your iDevice and forget your password, can they recover your data?

If you forget your password, and you lost the backup key that Apple tells you to put in a save place when encryption is turned on, and you forget the answer to your security question, then yes, your data is gone. Forever.

2 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

gnasher719 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (499 comments)

i'm sure the cops can image your encrypted phone and try to break the encryption offline without risking loss of data. if they can't break it now, they will simply store the data for the next 10 years until they can and go back to it then. sort of like fingerprints, DNA or any other crime scene evidence

For that they would not need to crack a password, but create 256 bit encryption. With different encryption keys for every single file in the file system. I think brute forcing 256 bit encryption unless severely flawed is at the "physically impossible" level.

2 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

gnasher719 Re:WTF (324 comments)

In the EU you do not need to have the majority of a market to run afoul with the Commision. If you have a dominant market position and use it to unduly lock out competitors you'll get in trouble. As you should.

On the other hand, I can't see Apple doing anything to prevent other phone manufacturers from doing something similar.

2 days ago

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