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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

johanw Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (102 comments)

Since the US is run by companies and 3-letter agencies I would not call it exactly "by proxy".

yesterday
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:Games are underspecified (145 comments)

Another reason: I want to be able to reinstall everything manually so I keep installers. No need to hassle around with stores or repositories when you can have apk's.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:What alternative could be built? (145 comments)

Easy. XPrivacy. Requires root, but I would rather use Symbian than an unrooted Android.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re: What alternative could be built? (145 comments)

"Android apps by default work off the internal SD card. It's actually a separate partition that's mounted at the same place as old phones used for external SD cards. You can't change the default to use an external card."

Depends on the phone. I have a cheapass Android phone with only 4GB of internal memory, but it let me choose (out of the box, no root-only tricks here) wether I want the internal memory or the physical microsd card mounted as /sdcard0 or /sdcard1. The phone switches them if you like (and that is very reccommended with this little internal memory).

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:What alternative could be built? (145 comments)

" Oh, and block apps from writing to most of the external SD card"

SDFix to the rescue. Requires root but if you're running XPrivacy you already have that. It saved my Sygic installation after I upgraded to 4.4.

3 days ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

johanw Re:VPN (125 comments)

"As an Australian, my biggest objection to this is the huge waste of money to set this up, maintain it and enforce it."

And the amount of money to a\work around it. Like in France, where people are massively shifting to VPN.

5 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

johanw Re:Seems like old times (752 comments)

The US is to blame for stirring up the conflict in the first place. Together with the EU.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

johanw Only 100 mph? (443 comments)

" Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph"

So, is that so special in the US? I drove much faster than that this evening on my way home from work on the highway (180 km/h on GPS = 113 mph), But then, I don't drive a Tesla.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

johanw Streisand effect (311 comments)

I'm looking at her pictures right now. Unfortunately Pinkmeth is SLOW right now. Might have something to do with all the fuzz about it. :-)

about three weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

johanw Re: Umm...damage (149 comments)

" has the NZ public eating out of his hands as the caped crusader for justice"

You have to admit the FBI is making this quite easy for him.

about a month ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

johanw Re:Umm... (149 comments)

You also appear to be in the unfortunate circumstance to live in the police state the US has become. Kim DotCom lives in New Zealand, and has therefore a little more protection from laws regarding to due proces.

about a month ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

johanw Re:How are they going to get proof? (65 comments)

And even if they do, the ISPs can go to the EU supreme court. The UK could of course bluntly refuse to obeey their orders, but the Tatcher method of threatening to leave the EU could these days trigger a response in the way of "then leave if you like".

about a month ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

johanw I say XPrivacy (67 comments)

"PrivOS’ main innovation is its Security Center, an interface that allows the user to explicitly control just what bits of hardware functionality and data each application on the phone has access to"

Those of us with a normal but rooted Android can do these things already with XPrivacy, an XPosed module. Fine grained control per system call, also for system apps (yes, that includes keeping pre-installed Facebook out of my address book and gps data). And I can choose to simply refuse, or tell it the address book is empty and I'm on the south pole.

about a month ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

johanw Re:Are you getting it yet? (206 comments)

Yes, we exported our religious zealots and criminals to the US. Clear example of GIGO.

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

johanw Observations and measurements disagree (188 comments)

The logical conclusion is that, because the current universe clearly exists, there is something wrong with either the BICEP2 measurements, conclusions or the theory of the Higgs field. IMO the first 2 options seems the most likely to contain an error. This kind of measurements is extremely complicated and a lot of assumtions are made to get from the raw data to the conclusions. The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BICEP2) already states that they are backing down a bit and investigating alternative explainations.

about a month ago
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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

johanw Re:history mocks you (272 comments)

Then what is that Blackwater company (or whatever it calls itself now) doing?

about a month and a half ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

johanw Re:So, what now? (566 comments)

More like not updated over almost 2,5 years. My copy of 7.1a is from February 7, 2012.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

johanw Re:Fishy (566 comments)

TrueCrypt doesn't use public key cryptography. The most likely possible flaws that are non-obvious would be a faulty random number generator but that has been audited and nothing suspicious was found like in the NSA toolkit. Further, the changed source of 7.2 contains of not only omissions and additions with warnings, but also other work in progress that had not been hecked in yet. So it likely does come from the original developer. My 1st guess is problems with a government, my 2nd guess is personal problems of the developer.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

johanw Re:Fishy (566 comments)

So what? The author of TrueCrypt is not known and does want to remain anonymous. So suppose I create a fork and distribute it under GPLv3, who is going to complain? A lawyer has to represent someone who can prove he has the rights to the code, he won't be able to do that while representing someone who wants to remain anonymous.

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

johanw Re:Excellent (322 comments)

Yes, and new hard SF series are hardly produced anymore. After the premature cancellation of Stargate Universe it died more or lesss out. :-( (and no, swords and dagger fantasy, while entertaining, is NOT hard SF).

about 2 months ago

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