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Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

secolactico Re: Is Apple being compensated? (239 comments)

What's stopping them from dumping the phone memory, run it into an emulator and try it there, ignoring the calls to erase data or the minute delay imposed after six attempts.

Or perhaps bypassing the entire passcode, which maybe it's only that and not an encryption key at all.

about a year ago

John Romero's Doomy View On Android and Ouya

secolactico Re:Apple ][ = piracy all day long ;-] (375 comments)

Shame on Romero for not knowing about Copy ][ Plus.

Whoa, nostalgia attack! I haven't thought of that name in ages!

about 2 years ago

RIM Server Crash Leaves Millions Without BBM

secolactico Re:Like Apple Messenger? (191 comments)

No, it doesn't mean any such thing. I take it you've never heard of CARP or VRRP.

Or even something as common as the decades-old BGP.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Server Crash Leaves Millions Without BBM

secolactico Re:Like Apple Messenger? (191 comments)

As far as I know, they can push new books to your device so they are probably able to update the existing ones.

Every time you configure a new BES e-mail account, they push a new service book to you.

They probably send you new books every time your device cold-starts (battery pull). I don't know it for sure, but most BB forums recommend fixing missing/incorrect books by doing a battery pull. Of course it could be the usual "did you try turning it off and on again?" voodoo.

more than 2 years ago

Why PCs Trump iPads For User Innovation

secolactico Re:Summary (523 comments)

Unless they make a tablet device with a mouse and keyboard *cough laptop cough*

My favourite new gadget:

Also has USB host mode, so you can plug in mice, keyboards, nice big external drives, etc.

I have used it and it's pretty slick and useful, both with and without the keyboard.

I just wish they went ahead and released the 3g version already.

about 3 years ago

Now You Can Use the Nook Touch ... As a Kindle

secolactico Re:Unsupported country (99 comments)

"...because Android is open." -- John Gruber

In all fairness, it's an Amazon restriction, not an Android one. What I don't get is why they allow the other devices but restrict Android.

more than 3 years ago

Now You Can Use the Nook Touch ... As a Kindle

secolactico Unsupported country (99 comments)

Now if only Amazon would let me install the Android Kindle app in my country...

They let me my 3G Kindle, Kindle on my PC, on my Blackberry and on my iPod. But for some reason, not on the Android platform. Bummer.

more than 3 years ago

Rumors Pointing to September iPhone 5 Ship Date

secolactico Re:iPhone (93 comments)

That's why one of my rants mentions the right to run my CPU at 100% for 6 months and expect it not to die (unless I don't provide adequate cooling, but that just complicates the point)

Isn't that a bit unrealistic for a consumer device?

more than 3 years ago

Xen 4.1 Hypervisor Released

secolactico Re:Will Citrix take notice (105 comments)

A better solution is to (re-) design the software so it can handle failures on its own. That way you can be protected from software errors as well as hardware ones.

As much as I agree with that sentiment, I'll be among the first to admit that that's unlikely to happen in a reasonable time-frame in a less than perfect world.

Ugly kludge solutions will always have a place in the industry because of this.

more than 3 years ago

New Adobe Flash 0-Day

secolactico Re:Mac, Linux, Android and Solaris. (133 comments)

Unless it's a multiuser system. In that case YOUR DATA may be toast but everybody else's will be fine.

more than 3 years ago

A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

secolactico Re:Saying no (638 comments)

Funny and sad because it's true. I've gotten that answer along with "Word", "Peachtree" and "Nero".

more than 3 years ago

Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

secolactico Re:Sigh (534 comments)

I remember that back in the day there was a movement to implement a distributed computing project (a la SETI at home) in order to crack the Xbox signing keys.

I guess there wasn't much support for it and other hacks were so very much available.

more than 3 years ago

Debian 6.0 To Feature a Completely Free Kernel

secolactico Re:Completely free kernel? (283 comments)

I think the parent's point only applies to products they intend to re-distribute, altho I don't see why. If it's in the kernel it must be GPL compliant and can be re-distributed.

more than 3 years ago

Hackers Blamed For MessageLabs Spam Blunder

secolactico Re:Why did they remove it? (44 comments)

Considering one of MessageLab's clients is currently sending me spam with no way of opting out, I'm going to be a lone supporter of SORBS :)

Hell, yes! I'm gonna go one step further and turn off my mail servers. Good bye spam problem!

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Eyes PC Isolation Ward To Thwart Botnets

secolactico Re:You asked... (413 comments)

The best advice is move sshd off of port 22, establish and configure your IDS and response, move sshd back to port 22.

I once considered doing that. Instead I firewalled the whole network and the only way to ssh into a box is to access via VPN (with password policies enforcement instead of certificates) and from there ssh into the machine.

If the VPN is down, tough. I'll have to have someone onsite to fix things.

Of course, one size does not fit all. This is the way we chose to do this at my place of work.

Oddly I've never seen evidence of someone trying to brute-force a vpn connection.

more than 3 years ago

Criminal Charges Against Speed Trap Tweeter

secolactico Re:But how precise is it? (253 comments)

Traffic court was on Thursday night. Every Thursday nights would show our tiny town hall (a historic converted 19th century one-room schoolhouse) with a line of people winding around several times outside. Processed quickly, cha-ching.

Unless you were a country singer, in that case you had to spend an evening singing at the Boar's Nest.

more than 3 years ago

Resort Attracts Men With Virtual Girlfriends

secolactico Love Plus Resort (226 comments)

Judgind by the picture, the resort is located in the picturesque Uncanny Valley.

more than 3 years ago

Can Drones Really Get National Airspace Access?

secolactico Re:I'm impressed, they are worse than GA (107 comments)

I DO my checklist EVERY time I fly, and I don't take off without knowing exactly how much fuel is on board, EVER

I'm not a pilot but I thought this was required by regulation.

I used to tease my pilot friends that they looked like they were praying when going over their checklists. Almost like a responsorial psalm.

more than 4 years ago


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What's the deal with Harry Potter

secolactico secolactico writes  |  more than 12 years ago

So, today I go into a book store and there it was, book three of the Harry Potter series in paperback (for some reason, it took a while to come to my hometown).

I remember when I picked up the first one thinking it would be pretty much predictable and dull. And it kind of was. Then I surprised myself and bought the second one with the same expectatives, and once again, proved myself right.

Now I have #3 in my hand and I wonder, why the hell did I buy this? Then it dawned on me: easy reading. It requires nearly no brain power to follow and since I couldn't care less about the chars, there's no dramatic tension. Help me relax... unwind and fall asleep at difficult nights.

So, there...

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