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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

johanw Re:IMEI Blocking in Australia (297 comments)

Probably because CDMA phones don't have an IMEI.

2 days ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

johanw Re:Way for *any hacker* to brick your phone (297 comments)

It will not be used by hackers, it already has been used by hackers in Australia. Some implementor of such software got hacked in Australia, and a lot of people found their phones bricked, displaying a message that they would be unbricked if they payed using some voucher card.

2 days ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

johanw Re:Off topic (150 comments)

" Just now I was redirected to a full page ad"
So you're admitting you still have no adblocker installed? Then don't expect pitty. My old mother need my help to install things like that, if you\re on Shalsdot you're expected to be able to do that yourself.

2 days ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

johanw Re:Wow (150 comments)

Actual reasons? They probably don't want Monsanto-style things to happen in China. Very wise of them IMO.

2 days ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

johanw Re:Wow (150 comments)

"Considering this is the country that put melamine in milk"

The directors of the company that did this were executed. In the US, they would get a bonus of $10M for increased profits in the short term and then a fine of $1M.

2 days ago
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

johanw Re:Will Google have the balls to block Oracle? (105 comments)

Even better: will they build something that does download Java and then blocks the Ask.com shit? I want to see the reaction of Oracle on that.

about a week ago
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

johanw Block downloads with Chrome bundled (105 comments)

Would they also block downloads with Chrome bundled? That spyware is definitely unwanted on my system.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

johanw Re:Thanks Edward. (206 comments)

Thank him for saving the rest of the world for buying inferior American-made spyware. This is like blaming a consumer organisation that points out serious flaws in a product.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

johanw Switch to Huawei (206 comments)

In another posting, Huawei announced it has open positions for thousands of experienced people. However, since lie detector tests are required to rout out foreighn spies, US candidates are mostly turned down.

about a week ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

johanw Re:Well I guess it's time (99 comments)

Remember this. When windows phone 9 comes out, Skype will probably quickly stop working on the old wp 8 phones.

about two weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

johanw Re:Has Mac EVER made an OSX app stop working? (99 comments)

"Microsoft broke what had already been working, by changing the network protocol and turning off the existing servers."

If they have, then how can you explain that Skype on my old Symbian E72 still works (tested it today)? The installe, which I kept of course - never trust companies to keep such things around - is from 2010.

about two weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

johanw Re:Bye bye US cloud (502 comments)

They should indeed stay out of the US entirely. There was a huge fuzz here about AMS-IX (Amsterdam internet exchange) starting a US company. Although they went to great lengths to make it independent and assure no Americans (who cannot be trusted due to their totalitarian laws) will have access to any sensitive information it remains to be seen how this will work out.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

johanw Bye bye US cloud (502 comments)

Microsoft always sold their cloudservices in the EU with the argument that the data is physically located outside the US so the Patriot Act doesn't apply. Now that this has been proven false, EU-based cloudfirms will use this argument to choose a non-US based firm even more in their commercials than they do already. Good for the non-US based firms.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

johanw Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (110 comments)

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

about three weeks ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:Games are underspecified (150 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.

about three weeks ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:What alternative could be built? (150 comments)

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

about three weeks ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re: What alternative could be built? (150 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).

about three weeks ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

johanw Re:What alternative could be built? (150 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.

about three weeks ago

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