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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

recoiledsnake Put some of the money back in... (296 comments)

The exemptions were given because some Word macros and sophisticated Excel files could not be reproduced in LibreOffice or other open source productivity suites. These are examples of what Serp calls “some less mature features” in free software: “When it comes to making some kinds of presentations, for example, there is often a little extra to do [compared to the same process in PowerPoint]. So for some people the process is not so clear, and this can cause adaptability problems in everyday work.”

How about they use some of the saved money to either donate or contribute code to make the software work better?

Instead we have companies and other organizations making and saving tens of billions of dollars off Open Source(like Google, Yahoo, Red Hat, Facebook, Twitter, Apple etc.) and then we end up with catastrophic security nightmares like HeartBleed because no one could be bothered to send a couple of bucks over to the overburdened couple of folks that everyone relies on for security. And then we have asshats on message boards like this one who likely never contributed to OpenSSL or looked at the code for bugs but feel entitled to call the coders stupid for the bugs after the fact.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

I don't see how that's true. On a Chromebook there's only a browser and Google apps, while Apple allows native apps from the App Store to run on an iPad.

You'll have to dev unlock and install a new OS in order to get native apps running on Chromebooks, so I fail to see how Google doesn't limit you.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

On any PC I can set Linux to be the default boot. On Chromebooks you have to type through an annoying prompt every single time you boot a kernel that's not signed by Google and the message says that OS verification is off, implying that using your own Linux install is less secure. Even the much hated UEFI Secure Boot doesn't do this.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

They used to track apps for education users, lied that they didn't track, got caught in federal court where they didn't have the cajones to tell the same lies to the judge that they were telling the public and only recently now say that they stopped.

Read these articles:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/artic...

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek...

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

It isn't exactly trivial, you have to essentially unlock it and then click through an annoying prompt on every single boot. Even a PC with Secure Boot has better support for Linux than that.

>but for general purpose devices, Chromebooks can be great, especially when they are being compared to an iPad

How are they better than an iPad with a proper hardware keyboard? And it's a bastardization of the term 'general purpose' when it's locked down to run only Google's native's app and everything has to be done in the browser.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Outselling? (225 comments)

Google's basically giving them away for free or extremely subsidized and then tries to make money from them by snooping on the kids' email, while Apple actually tries to make a profit from them.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2...

From http://www.edweek.org/ew/artic...

The plaintiffs allege that Google has employed such practices since around 2010, when it began using a new technology, known as Content Onebox, that allows the company to intercept and scan emails before they reach their intended recipients, rather than after messages are delivered to users’ inboxes, regardless of whether ads are turned off.
Mr. Fread and Mr. Carrillo say that neither they nor any other users of Google Apps for Education consented to such practices. They are seeking financial damages amounting to $100 per day of each day of violation for every individual who sent or received an email message using Google Apps for Education during a two-year period beginning in May 2011.
While the allegations by the plaintiffs are explosive, it’s the sworn declarations of Google representatives in response to their claims that have truly raised the eyebrows of observers and privacy experts.
Contrary to the company’s earlier public statements, Google representatives acknowledged in a September motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ request for class certification that the company’s consumer-privacy policy applies to Apps for Education users. Thus, Google argues, it has students’ (and other Apps for Education users’) consent to scan and process their emails.
In November, Kyle C. Wong, a lawyer representing Google, also argued in a formal declaration submitted to the court in opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification that the company’s data-mining practices are widely known, and that the plaintiffs’ complaints that the scanning and processing of their emails was done secretly are thus invalid. Mr. Wong cited extensive media coverage about Google’s data mining of Gmail consumer users’ messages, as well as the disclosures made by numerous universities to their students about how Google Apps for Education functions.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

recoiledsnake What the senator is really saying... (529 comments)

What the senator is really saying is that Ballmer shouldn't have been laid off and replaced by a foreign worker.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

recoiledsnake Re:Maybe Apples and Oranges? (529 comments)

Go read, because you sound like an ignorant ass.

I came to that conclusion as soon as I read the $ sign, so I didn't miss much.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

recoiledsnake Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

So you mean that justifies posting bullcrap like this?

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Company slags competition. News at 11.

  Netscape atleast could be installed on Windows, no proper alternative browsers even allowed on iOS. No wonder no one takes the haters seriously.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

recoiledsnake Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

Long and hallowed history of computing? Oh please, give me a break. It only has a place in the useless hot air of a couple of message boards haunted by people in their parents' basement who don't matter.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/co...

  People of substance who actually make things don't bother with such nonsense, while message board fanatics like you just hate on people like Miguel de Icaza who actually did more for FOSS than all the lame haters like you on Slashdot.

As usual, Linus says it best:

http://linux.slashdot.org/stor...

And you suffer from that affliction. If half the effort in posting and modding up MS hate was actually used in looking at FOSS code, maybe things like Heartbleed wouldn't happen. Well, I wouldn't count on that, because it's usually people who lack the real technical chops who write the logicless nonsense, and they're intellectually lacking and cannot contribute anything substantive.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

recoiledsnake Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

Not really, lame MS bashers like the one that ruined the site with stupid hateful comments full of logic holes and partisan moderation and turned it into a ghost town worth nothing by turning away people with half a brain cell. Reading 'lol M$ sux' over and over again becomes extremely boring. Even obvious flamebait posts like this are attracting less and less comments. It's dead and thanks for killing it.

Want a gem of the lame Slashdot campaign to bash MS? Read this and the comments.

http://slashdot.org/story/09/0...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

recoiledsnake How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

Perhaps Slashdot needs some new blood so they stop posting the same MS bashing stupid troll posts in order to milk pageviews. It's a major turn off on this site.

about a month ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

recoiledsnake Google already snoops on Android locations for Ads (112 comments)

They actually track which stores you visit to monetize ads. If you opt out then a lot of things including Google Now stop working.

http://digiday.com/platforms/g...

They even do the same thing on iOS if you use Gmail, Chrome or Google Now apps.

It is easiest for Google to conduct this passive location tracking on Android users, since Google has embedded location tracking into the software. Once Android users opt in to location services, Google starts collecting their location data as continuously as technologically possible. (Its ability to do so is dependent on cell tower or Wi-Fi signal strength.)

Android is currently the leading mobile OS in the U.S. with a 45.9 percent market share in 2013, according to eMarketer. A little more than a fifth (20.3 percent) of the U.S. population uses Android smartphones.

But Google can also constantly track the location of iPhone users by way of Google apps for iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. IOS is just behind Android in U.S. market share with 38.3 percent of users, per eMarketer. Nearly 17 percent of the American populace uses an iOS smartphone.

When an iPhone user stops using an app, it continues running “in the background.” The user might not realize it, but the app continues working, much in the same way tabs function on a Web browser.

Google’s namesake iOS app — commonly referred to as Google mobile search — continues collecting a user’s location information when it runs in the background. This information is then used to determine if that user visited a store and whether that store visit can be attributed to a search conducted in the app. Store visits can also be tracked via Google’s other iOS apps that use location services. If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit.

And they recently stopped snooping on the free Google Apps and email for Schools and even businesses after doing it for a long time to build ad profiles after they didn't dare telling the same lies in federal court that they were telling to the public about snooping on students to show ads.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/artic...

http://www.edweek.org/ew/artic...

But hey, it's Google so they get a free pass here while if MS did anything even close to that people would be shouting from rooftops.

about a month and a half ago
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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

recoiledsnake From Wikipedia: (149 comments)

From Wiki:

Thomas E. Wheeler is the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November, 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with positions including President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

recoiledsnake Re:History (404 comments)

The village barber has the worst haircut in the village.

about 4 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

recoiledsnake History (404 comments)

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it

about 4 months ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

recoiledsnake Re:Awesome! (103 comments)

But atleast you can install Firefox or any other native application instead of only Google being able to install native apps.

I have no idea why Slashdot seems to cheer on this DRM'ed up the wazoo "computer" that's more locked down than a Windows PC.

about 5 months ago

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Xbox One sales top 3 million in 2013

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about 8 months ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that sales of its new Xbox One game console topped three million at the end of last year after launching in November and selling one million consoles in less than a day. The third generation of the Xbox is competing head-to-head with Sony Corp's PlayStation 4, also launched in November. Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PS4s by the first week of December. It will not be clear which company is leading the console battle until Sony updates that figure. However, the Xbox One seems to be selling quite well despite numerous obstacles including being over 25% more expensive than the PS4, the always-on Internet requirement that was controversial and was rolled back, and being sold in only 13 countries compared to the 48 countries that the PS4 is selling in."
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Italy Approves 'Google Tax' on Internet Companies

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about 8 months ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Italy’s Parliament today passed a new measure on web advertising, the so-called “Google tax,” which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda. Google, for example, says that it sells nearly all its advertising in Europe from an Irish unit, leaving little taxable profits in the countries where its customers are based. That unit in turn pays royalties to a second Irish subsidiary, which says its headquarters are in Bermuda. Google last year moved nearly $12 billion to the Bermuda unit, the majority of its worldwide income, cutting more than $2 billion off its global income tax bill. Google’s Italian unit last year reported total income taxes of just 1.8 million euros, corporate filings show."
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Google starts tracking retail store visits on Android and iOS

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about 9 months ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Google is beta-testing a program that uses smartphone location data to determine when consumers visit stores, according to agency executives briefed on the program by Google employees. Google then connects these store visits to Google searches conducted on smartphones. If someone conducts a Google mobile search for “screwdrivers,” for instance, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user. By pairing that person’s location data with its database of store listings, Google can see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store.It is easiest for Google to conduct this passive location tracking on Android users, since Google has embedded location tracking into the software. Once Android users opt in to location services, Google starts collecting their location data as continuously as technologically possible."
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Windows Phone nears double digit marketshare in Europe

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Windows Phone is continuing to make inroads over the Atlantic, almost doubling its share of new phones sold in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Windows Phone has now hit 9.2 percent share in those key European countries, up from just 5.1 percent share last year. Most interesting of all, perhaps, is Windows Phone’s performance in Germany, where Microsoft’s mobile platform hit 8.8 percent. That’s just one single percentage point below iPhone — a massive achievement. In addition, Windows Phone hit 10.8 percent share in France and 12 percent share in Great Britain, the first time it has ever hit double digits in either of those two countries. Perhaps this will lead Google to stop blocking the Youtube app for Windows Phone?"
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Jury finds Google guilty of FRAND patents abuse against Microsoft

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A federal jury has ordered Google to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering WiFi and H.264 used in the Xbox game console and Windows. Motorola had demanded Microsoft pay annual royalties of up to $4 billion for use of patents that are part of the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards, which are baked into Windows and the Xbox video game console. Microsoft said it was willing to pay royalties but not at the 2.25 percent of the product price that Motorola sought. We previously covered Motorola's demands."
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Jury finds Google guilty of standards-essential patents abuse against MS

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A federal jury in Seattle ordered Google to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console. Motorola had demanded Microsoft pay annual royalties of up to $4 billion for use of patents that are part of the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards, which are baked into Windows and the Xbox video game console. Microsoft said it was willing to pay royalties but not at the 2.25 percent of the product price that Motorola sought. We previously covered Motorola's exorbitant demands."
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Google paid AdBlock Plus to get its ads whitelisted

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "German site Horizont Online reports that [translate link] Google paid AdBlock Plus to unblock it's own ads. According to their tests, Google's text ads show up with AdBlock Plus installed, but Bing's and Yahoo's are blocked even though they are similarly less intrusive. This creates a conflict of interest for AdBlock Plus since it encourages companies to pay them to get whitelisted. Note, Adblock Plus is not directly related to Adblock. We previously covered the FTC was making new rules to prevent search results from looking like ads and how 62% of folks didn't even realize there were ads on search result pages because of search engines reducing background contrast to increase ad clicks."
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Rampant Apache attack hits visitors with malware

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A campaign that forces sites running the Apache Web server to install highly malicious software on visitor's PCs has compromised more than 40,000 Web addresses in the past nine months, 15,000 of them in the month of May alone. Darkleech, which also goes by the name Linux/Charpoy, is able to tailor exploits to the geographic region of the infected victim as well. esearchers in recent months have uncovered a third piece of malware that causes websites to expose visitors to attacks. Known as Linux/Cdorked, it targets sites running the Apache, nginx, and Lighttpd Web servers and, as of May, had exposed almost 100,000 end-users running Eset software alone to attack."
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Next SurfaceRT to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and LTE

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Following up on our previous discussion of Microsoft selling discounted SurfaceRT tablets to schools which fueled speculation about the future of Surface RT, Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft is fast at work on the next Surface RT which will replace the current Tegra 3 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip which has stellar benchmarks against the likes of the upcoming Tegra 4, Apple A6X, and Exynos processors, especially in the GPU and graphics department. Since the SoC comes with 3g/LTE, this might be the first Surface to support integrated cellular data. There are also indications that there could be an 8" version, and that the new versions might be revealed alongside the Windows 8.1 preview bits at the upcoming BUILD conference, starting on June 26."
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Real world stats show Chromebooks are struggling

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The first real world stats for Chromebooks show that they're struggling to have any traction in the marketplace. In its first week of monitoring worldwide usage of Google's Chrome OS, NetMarketShare reported that the percentage of web traffic from Chromebooks was roughly 2/100 of 1 percent, a figure too small to earn a place on its reports. The first Chromebooks went on sale in June 2011, nearly two years ago, with Acer reportedly selling fewer than 5000 units in the first six months and Samsung selling even fewer. In the past three years, Chromebook sales have been worse than even three months worth of WindowsRT sales. Perhaps users are heeding Stallman's warning on Chromebooks. We previously discussed reports of Chromebook topping Amazon sales, selling to 2000 schools and wondered whether QuickOffice on ChromeOS can topple Microsoft Office."
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Google glass will identify people by clothing

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year and a half ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A new technology built into Google Glass, dug up by New Scientist, takes Google Glass from interesting to down right creepy. Google Glass can now pick a person out of crowd based on their fashion style. The system, InSight, developed in partnership with Google, will take a nice little moment to assess the clothing in frame, and then point out exactly where your friends are in busy settings like a bar, concert, or sporting event. It could probably point you out in a protest, or shopping mall too. We previously discussed the disorienting effects on the wearer of the device."
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Apple: An 'App Store' Is Not a Store for Apps

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "What would be your first guess about what an app store sells? Don't be fooled, Apple warns, the phrase "app store" is not generic and can only be used to describe Cupertino's ... um, app store? "Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," Apple said in a Thursday filing with a California district court. All this notwithstanding that Jobs himself used the phrase generically while referring to Android app stores. Previous coverage here and here."
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WebGL flaw leaves GPU exposed to hackers

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Google spent a lot of time yesterday talking up WebGL, but UK security firm Context seems to think users should disable the feature because it poses a serious security threat, and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) is encouraging people to heed that advice. According to Context, a malicious site could pass code directly to a computer's GPU and trigger a denial of service attack or simply crash the machine. Ne'er-do-wells could also use WebGL and the Canvas element to pull image data from another domain, which could then be used as part of a more elaborate attack. Khronos, the group that organizes the standard, responded by pointing out that there is an extension available to graphics card manufacturers that can detect and protect against DoS attacks, but it did little to satisfy Context — the firm argues that inherent flaws in the design of WebGL make it very difficult to secure."
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Microsoft blasts Google for false claims in court

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Microsoft writes in a blog post that Google knowingly lied to the court while suing the US government over considering only Microsoft implementations. We previously discussed Google winning an injunction against the Department of Interior over this. According to Microsoft, Google "filed a motion for a preliminary injunction telling the court three times in a single document that Google Apps for Government is certified under FISMA.Google has repeated this statement in many other places as well. Indeed, for several months and as recently as this morning, Google’s website states, “Google Apps for Government – now with FISMA certification.” And as if that’s not sufficient, Google goes farther on another webpage and states "Google Apps for Government is certified and accredited under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)." So imagine my surprise on Friday afternoon when, after some delay, some of the court papers were unsealed, at least in part. There for all to see was a statement by the Department of Justice contradicting Google on one of its basic FISMA claims. The DOJ’s brief says “On December 16, 2010, counsel for the Government learned that, notwithstanding Google’s representations to the public at large, its counsel, the GAO and this Court, it appears that Google’s Google Apps for Government does not have FISMA certification. This revelation was apparently as striking to the lawyers at the Department of Justice as it was to me. As a result, the work of engineers and IT professionals was replaced, at least temporarily, by filings by lawyers. This meant significant delay for the Department of the Interior, which was trying to save millions of dollars and upgrade the email services for its 88,000 employees."
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Apple remove Samba from OS X 10.7 because of GPLv3

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services. In both Mac OS X Server and client editions, Samba enables Macs to share files with Windows clients on the network and access Windows file servers. It has also later allowed Mac OS X Server to work as an NT Domain Controller to manage network accounts and make roaming profiles and home directories available to Windows PC users. However, the Samba team has moved active development of the project to the more strict GPLv3 license, which prevents Apple from using the software commercially. Apple is now said to be recommending Active Directory to users who are still dependent upon the older NT Domain Controller network directory services. Apple has previously stopped contributing code to GCC and started looking at other options like LLVM because of GCC's switch to GPLv3."
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Apple removes GayCure app from App Store

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Apple has removed the GayCure app after the pressure on Apple to remove the app started to snowball, culminating in an online petition initiated by Change.org which collected over 140,000 online signatures from people who wanted the app removed. Searching for the app now yields zero search results and Exodus International President Alan Chambers tweeted the following on Tuesday night. "It''(TM)s official, the @ExodusInl App is no longer in the @AppStore. Incredibly disappointing. Watch out, it could happen to you. #freedom"
Gay Cure isn'(TM)t the first app Apple has(TM) removed for touting an oeanti-homosexual philosophy. Apple back in November removed an appcalled the oeManhattan Declaration which advocated the oedignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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Safari/MacBook first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake writes "A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple’s Safari browser to win this year’s Pwn2Own hacker challenge. The hijacked machine was running a fully patched version of Mac OS X (64-bit). Bekrar’s winning exploit did not even crash the browser after exploitation. Within five seconds of surfing to the rigged site, he successfully launched the calculator app and wrote a file on the disk without crashing the browser. Apple has just released Safari 5.0.4 and iOS 4.3 a few minutes before the Pwn2Own contest in an attempt to save face(Chrome and Safari also released last minute patches) but failed."
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Controversial Anti-Gay App Pulled From App Store

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs earlier this week, the religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The iPhone application initially disappeared from the app store in late November, The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive.. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store."
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Apple pulls controversial Anti-Gay App

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter to Steve Jobs, religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues entirely by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store."
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Main GNU Source Repository Server Compromised

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The main GNU source repository server savannah.gnu.org, used as a central code repository for many GNU projects including gcc, has been compromised by a SQL injection attack and is currently offline. Attackers were able to read encrypted passwords and decrypt them, some presumably by brute force leading to project membership access. There was no database loss since a working backup system was at least maintained. However, the attack does raise big questions about why a organization that prides itself on the security of its software failed to follow minimum basic security practices like storing password hashes instead of encrypting them and mitigating SQL injection attacks. There are no details on whether the attackers were able to sneak in malicious code to any of the projects hosted by GNU. And, as we all know from Ken Thompson's Turing award lecture, once the compiler is compromised, it's game over."

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