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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

johanw Good (544 comments)

Does this mean that there now exists a universal root method for all Android = 4.3? And it won't even be patched. That would be great!

yesterday
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

johanw Re:The story behind whatsapp plus (190 comments)

OK, this puts the whole story in a different light. So someone makes a Whatsapp rip with more features, asks money for it and then adds malware to it to battle piracy. And now he whines because Whatsapp responds to this by banning his client from their servers. After the malware stunt, Whatsapp could do little else I think. Rafalense blew it himself.

2 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

johanw Re:Even in Chrome it doesn't fucking work (190 comments)

Most Android phones can easily create a wifi hotspot so you only need one device with a data plan.

2 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

johanw Re:WhatsApp doesn't understand the web (190 comments)

I would have liked a more open protocol, on the other hand I can understand why they would like an own protocol which they can extend when needed without the need to wait for some commitee. I agree it woukd be better if they opened it up anyway. And of course they store the messages temporary - but still e2e encrypted if both users use Android. Since Moxie from Textsecure worked with them I do have some trust in the encryption. Of course, one could always try to decompile the Android apk to check - that's how the WhatsAppPlus maker got his "source code" as well.

2 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

johanw Re:WhatsApp doesn't understand the web (190 comments)

"Mistake two - it requires the current WhatsApp client for Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone"

Or Symbian, that one also works. But this is necessary - ubnless some other messengers, WhatsApp does not store yoyr messages on their servers for the NSA, FBI or DEA to grab. They are only stored on your phone, and when both participants use Android they are also e2e encrypted. You NEED your phone to acces those messages because that's the only place where they are, and I prefer it that way too.

3 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

johanw Re:Unsupported platforms (190 comments)

Either this verification is cracked (a first attempt seems to be made already by the builder of WhatsApp MD) and then all the other clients start working again, or they'll have to switch to another network.

3 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

johanw Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (466 comments)

Scientists are supposed to know anything about the subjects they vote on. Legislaters are not, and do not in practice.

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

johanw Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (466 comments)

Those laws allow for such large inaccuracies (aka safety margins) that the inaccuracies of Newtonian physics are neglegible.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

johanw Go Axanar! (138 comments)

I'll just wait for Axanar to finish filmong. That looks at least really awfull from the trailer they released.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

johanw Re:APK, meet APK (184 comments)

Huh? In this case, if I root I can edit /etc/hosts to reroute some domain names to localhost. AdFree puts all known adser ers i there. Wether an app or the browser tries to load an ad from such a server it won't load. Of course, patching the apk with Lucky Patcher prevents the app to try to load the ads completely, which might result in a better batery time.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

johanw Re:Rooting - (184 comments)

To brick the device is quite difficult (if you don't do it on purpose). Usually you can always reflash the original firmware. To end up in a bootloop, however, is easy and quite scary if you've never done this kind of stuff before.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

johanw Re:ad blocking? (184 comments)

Only for the browser, which is not the main source of ads on Android. Apps like AdFree block adservers on hosts level, removing most ads from apps as well. For the remaining apps there is of course Lucky Patcher to get rid of the ads.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

johanw Is this a US only problem? (217 comments)

I mean, in Europe you don't pay if someone else calls you. So there is a common trick if some salesperson calls you "oh, one moment please", put the phone somewhere and check 30 minutes later if they are still on the line (usually not). Costs them money and time, not you.

And on mobile phones you have programs to block numbers from phoning and smsing. Much easier than regulations.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

johanw Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

They do: they deliver what the people want, just like tobacco firms or the breweries. That governments don't like it is increasingly less important in this time period.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

johanw Re:Neither (249 comments)

[quote]Neither of those is important. What's important is how wealthy your parents are. That's the biggest determining factor in your success in education.[/quote]
Fortunately, that holds less in countries with a nog so right-extremistic view to economics than the US. This is one thing the west should take over from the former USSR: free education for everyone who shows talent.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

johanw Re:Grit is overrated (249 comments)

Indeed. Didn't Einstein say that a good physicist is lazy: instead of doing tedious calculations the smart physicist finds a way to do them faster. He once (half-jokingly I guess) wrote that he did an important invention when he started using what is now known as the summation convention: to add equall co/contravariant indices on tensors. Saves one writing the sumation symbols and makes the equations much more clear.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

johanw Better to not support it at all (165 comments)

What use are those characters anyway? You don't need funny accents on letters to play Nethack. 7 bits should be enough for any character set! Hardcore hackers who want a workaround can just use LaTeX codes.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

johanw Re:sure hope not... (437 comments)

There are apps to fix those issues on 4.4, like SDfix. You do need root for those (as for everything interesting).

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

johanw Re:M$ fanboi chit chat? (437 comments)

Yes, root the phone, install Titanium Backup and freeze the update tool. I had to do the same on my Sony.

about three weeks ago

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