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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

gnasher719 Re:What now? (110 comments)

dr web is saying their MAC antivirus will now detect it http://news.drweb.com/show/?i=...

Does their "MAC antivirus" only detect it if it is there, or does it detect it whether it's there or not? Most Mac "anti-virus" software is just scareware that will find viruses whether they are there or not.

1 hour ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

gnasher719 Re: I have seen some malware trying to infect my M (110 comments)

And since the average mac user thinks their machine is impervious to viruses...alot of them would see no issue in running it

I think you will find the average Mac user is more intelligent than that. The less technical inclined see two rather dire warnings which would stop them. The more technical inclined know the difference between "trojan" and "virus" and don't even need the warnings.

2 hours ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

gnasher719 Re: I have seen some malware trying to infect my M (110 comments)

And this differs from the average user of every other consumer or business platform in what way, again? I mean, average Windows or Android users may not "think their machine is impervious to viruses", but they seem to "see no issue in" downloading random "music" or "videos" or "software" from even the skankiest sources.

As an example, I recently started getting quite a few emails with a .zip attachment, and inside a .doc.scr file, which is (I guess) a windows screen saver. Obviously this doesn't work on my Mac, but if it did work, I'd have to unzip manually, ignore the highly suspicious .doc.scr extension, launch it, and then wilfully ignore two warnings that my Mac gives. Not sure if it gets unzipped automatically on Windows, but I think Windows would show a .doc extension, and at least on older Windows versions this will be a lot easier to launch successfully.

4 hours ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

gnasher719 Quite useless article (110 comments)

There is really no information here. How does it spread? Does it spread through utter user stupidity, or is it actually dangerous? It says infected Macs are added to a botnet of 17,000 computers - is that 16,999 PCs and one Mac, or 17,000 Macs?

5 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

gnasher719 What scenario are they talking about? (527 comments)

In this "think of the children" scenario, the situation would be that a child is in danger, there is a suspect, and there is enough evidence to get a search warrant for the suspect's phone.

I wonder how many cases there have been where a child was saved from danger by searching a suspect's phone.

yesterday
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

gnasher719 Re:Um, no! (501 comments)

No, Hinduism and Atheism are NOT compatible. The easiest way to demonstrate that you are wrong: Hindu people believe that failures in morality/karma/dharma result in a corrupt soul and may result in reincarnation as a lesser creature as punishment.

How is that incompatible to atheism?

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gnasher719 Re:FP? (862 comments)

It's time for national units to finally be put out to pasture. Both US units and UK units.

You are welcome to try to change all the street signs in the UK using miles, and all the speed limits using miles per hour, and I'll predict you'll have utter chaos because the percentage of drivers who can figure out that 80km/h = 50mph is quite low, and the percentage of drivers who can do that calculation in their head without taking their hands off the steering wheel and their eyes off the road is tiny.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

gnasher719 Re:Funny, however.. (165 comments)

I don't see any statement about stealing MP3s to share, ignoring copyright claims by artists, or copying personally purchased music into the service.

Because you are closing your eyes.

2 days ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

gnasher719 Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (165 comments)

So, where in the CTO's email is asking to share copyrignted music to hang them all for that?

It says so in the summary of the article. Not literally. He didn't say "Please share copyrighted music". He said "download all the mp3's you can and share them". To any judge, that is the same.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

gnasher719 Re:News flash for you (194 comments)

If you set foot in a country, they can arrest you for violating their laws. Doesn't matter if you aren't a citizen and live overseas. If you come there, they can arrest you. So let's say you regularly trash Islam and the Ayatollah and are well known for this. Then you travel to Iran. They very well can arrest you for that. They can't do much if you don't go there but if you show up, they can grab you.

Actually, most countries will prosecute you only for things you did in that country (including things that take effect in the country), with very few exceptions, and I have no reason to believe that Iran would be different.

2 days ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

gnasher719 Re:It will if it's pre-OS X (78 comments)

Mac OS 1-8, and to some extent 9, kept remote hackers away. Largely due to missing functionality, it was considered the most secure platform at the time.

I remember the US army using Mac servers. If you wanted to hack them, you first had to get past the armed guards :-)

3 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

gnasher719 Re:Time to short (120 comments)

Apple CEOs recently sold off a lot of their stock at the height of the iPhone 6 release: http://www.businessinsider.com... [businessinsider.com] My guess is that they knew this was coming and cashed out at the highest possible value. It might be time to short AAPL.

You are welcome to short AAPL, but you should be careful, since apparently you have not a clue how the stock market works. When insiders like Apple's CEO trade shares, they can't use the insider information which they obviously have, because that would mean jail time if the SEC finds out. Instead, they have to enter these trades a long time (around a year) before the trade is executed, and there is no way to back out of this. So Tim Cook could today set up a trade to sell 10,000 AAPL shares on the 23rd of September 2015, and if he does that, the sale will go through on that day - even if AAPL is at a low on that day and Tim Cook has news that will double the share price on the next day.

3 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

gnasher719 Another nonsense article (120 comments)

Fact: The EU is having a close look at the deals between Apple and the Irish government. Fact: There is no indication whatsoever that anyone is asking for any back payments, and there is no indication whatsoever that anyone is asking for large penalties.

In other words, the whole article is pure nonsense.

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

gnasher719 Re:Free bumper was PR (302 comments)

That didn't *fix* anything though. As was widely reported at the time, ALL phones lose signal dramatically with a death grip, iPhone or no, even with a case.

I don't know about "all" but both non-Apple phones that I owned at the time stated in their user manual that gripping the phone in the wrong way would lose to signal loss (also known as "you're holding it wrong").

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

gnasher719 Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (302 comments)

But doesn't Apple advertise themselves as better than the rest? Or is that only in "inspiring" (cough cough snort... almost choked on that one) designs.

There was a Rolls Royce dealer who was asked how many horse powers a Rolls Royce had. The answer was "enough".

There is a limit to the force that any phone would endure during normal use. Any phone surviving up to that limit is fine. And the iPhone does.

By the way, you might want to see a doctor about that (cough cough snort) of yours. Doesn't sound healthy.

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

gnasher719 Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

OK, here's the full source to Apple's version of bash, and here is the source to the entire open part of OSX, including the XNU kernel.

Just noticed with surprise that linking to Apple open source code is apparently "flame bait".

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

gnasher719 Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

This is nothing more than anti GPL FUD. I mean how did Apple manage to originally bundle BASH without contaminating Mac OS X with the GPL 'viral' license. Shame on Ars Technica for spreading this FUD further. Since when has slashdot become a platform for spreading anti-GPL propaganda?

Excuse me, but there is no "anti GPL FUD" or "anti-GPL propaganda". Apple doesn't want to touch GPL 3 licensed code, and quite rightfully so.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gnasher719 Re:LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS (905 comments)

I thought the legal tender law required a creditor to accept cash as a repayment of debt. So take the loan and pay it off before any interest accrues.

It doesn't say that they need to let you pay back the loan early. If your contract says $500 over 60 months, they have to accept $500 cash every month for the next 60 months and can't demand you pay buy cheque or using a card, but they don't have to accept the full amount in cash at once.

about a week ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

gnasher719 Re:Not Brute Force (93 comments)

I'd want to see where this information comes from. There are websites where I have no idea why the idiots want a password from me, so it is entirely possible that many users of such a site would use stupid passwords. And use a much safe password for their AppleID password.

about a week ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

gnasher719 Re:Law Enforcement (70 comments)

This will likely make life even easier for law enforcement as they can easily get the owner's fingerprints to unlock the device as opposed to a password which requires cooperation from the suspect (or a back door or password cracker).

I quite suspect that taking a fingerprint by force will make any evidence found impermissible. And it is very easy to prove that you took a fingerprint by force: All the accused has to do is say that you did in court, hand over their phone, and if the police don't have the passcode (which they wouldn't) the accused's story must be true.

about a week ago

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