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WireLurker Mac OS X Malware Found, Shut Down

the computer guy nex Re:Now (59 comments)

If you read the paper, non-jailbroken devices were 'infected' with a harmless comic book app. This only occurred if the user accepted the enterprise cert.

"Once Wirelurker gains access to a non-jailbroken iPhone, the program currently side-loads a non-malicious comic book app onto the phone."

Loading an enterprise-signed application, requiring user acceptance, that is non-malicious isn't much of an infection.

about two weeks ago
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WireLurker Mac OS X Malware Found, Shut Down

the computer guy nex Re:Now (59 comments)

"RTFA, please. This didn’t require jailbreaking to infect the phone."

Non-jailbroken phones were never 'infected.' WireLurker simply loaded a harmless comic book app on non-jailbroken devices. Since WireLurker didn't jailbreak your device, it was limited to the iOS sandbox.

This wasn't even malware for non-jailbreak devices. The user was prompted to install an enterprise app, and had the ability to allow/deny. The app itself was harmless. The only malware was for jailbroken devices.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

the computer guy nex Re:Better question (126 comments)

"Why do we even want these giant, built-in distractions in a vehicle when there's so many whiny and complaints about Distracted driving from hand-held devices?"

I agree. Give me a button on my steering wheel that integrates with Siri and that is all I need.

about 5 months ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

the computer guy nex Re:BlackBerry (126 comments)

"Well Apple's CarPlay is run on top of BlackBerry's QNX"

CarPlay is a protocol. CarPlay can be run on top of any Operating System. Google's old idea was to have each manufacturer fork Android for their own version of an entertainment system. Google is changing course to follow Apple's lead on creating a protocol instead.

about 5 months ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

the computer guy nex Stop the presses! (311 comments)

People who work hard (in school and in their job) get promoted and make more money! People who think they are entitled and do the bare minimum make less!

There are plenty of opportunities out there for those willing to put in the time and effort.

about 7 months ago
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Code.org Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

the computer guy nex Re:Can somebody answer.... (72 comments)

If a developer chooses to pull their own app from the itunes store for iOS devices, will the app get deleted from people's phones who may have already installed it the next time they try to sync with their library?

No, Apple will not delete anything from your phone. Apple will also not delete anything from a manual sync with iTunes.

If you backup only to iCloud, lose your phone, buy a new one, you are SOL. When you restore to an iCloud backup, only the apps currently available will come down.

about 9 months ago
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Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

the computer guy nex "tired app icon grid" (141 comments)

Tired to whom? It is simple and intuitive. The OS should connect you with your apps quickly and easily, not distract from your task. Does anyone really want a Windows start menu on mobile?

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

the computer guy nex Re:Cars? (255 comments)

"(Oh, and who would trust Steve Jobs' company to make their medical devices? Yes I am speaking both to his general approach to ethics, and the circumstances of his death.)"

Tim Cook, by all accounts, is a health/fitness nut and doesn't believe in the 'eastern medicine' philosophy that did in Jobs. Not sure if you have noticed, but Tim runs the company now.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

the computer guy nex Re:Yeah. Right. (255 comments)

"Apple may do most of the pioneering work. But they'll never stay in those areas."

I don't understand this comment. Apple will build a medical device/wearable, then sell it off? The number of scientific hires they have made recently is simply astounding. I doubt very much they are creating a product to abandon shortly after.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

the computer guy nex Re:Apple has never been a growth-first company (255 comments)

"The problem for Apple management is, how to justify sitting on a vast hoard of cash instead of returning it to shareholders. There is simply no defensible way to spend $160BN developing the next generation of iDevices."

What is wrong with returning it to shareholders? They own the company. Apple started up a decent dividend and the largest share buyback in history. This is the right move.

"wealth has become so concentrated that those who have it can't figure out any useful way to spend it, and those who would spend it don't have it, resulting in economic slowdown"

The Job Participation rate is in freefall, causing the economic slowdown. We need to find ways to encourage businesses to open new facilities (and hire workers) here in the US. Allowing a company like Apple to bring profits back to the US without being double-taxed would be a great start. Right now Apple has $200b in cash and needs to take new loans to give money back to shareholders. Why? Their money is stuck overseas.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries...

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

the computer guy nex Re:Apple Cars (255 comments)

"Since Apple likes to believe they should have control over what software we are allowed our mobile devices, does that mean If they made cars, they would belIeve they should have control over what roads we can and can't drive on?"

no

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

the computer guy nex Apple has never been a growth-first company (255 comments)

If Apple cared about selling more widgets, they would have created lower-priced versions of all of their products years ago.

Analysts want Apple to run the company their way, and Apple is refusing to do it. Good for them in my opinion.

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

the computer guy nex Faulty question (937 comments)

You will never buy a driverless car for exactly this reason (will be beyond our lifetimes). There will be drive-assist vehicles, with the driver always expected to be alert in case of emergencies.

about 10 months ago
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The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

the computer guy nex Snowden went too far (354 comments)

If he was simply a whisteblower for NSA spying on Americans I would agree. However, possibly during negotiations for asylum, he told other countries how we were spying on them.

I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I want us spying on Russia and China - and I don't want them knowing how we do it. This information should have been kept to himself.

about a year ago
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Sleeper: LG G2 One of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market

the computer guy nex Nice slashvertisement (108 comments)

How about bringing up the fact that LG is cheating on benchmarks just like samung? http://www.anandtech.com/show/7384/state-of-cheating-in-android-benchmarks

How about bringing up the fact that the LG G2 is about half the performance of the 5s in benchmarks that aren't cheated?
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7335/58181.png
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7335/58170.png

Only companies worth buying from right now are Moto and Apple.

about a year ago
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Should Google Get Aggressive About Monetizing Android?

the computer guy nex Re: Misleading summary (168 comments)

There is no reason to believe that Google and Facebook ads, which both are more successful on iOS, are statistically different from other advertising platforms.

about a year ago
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Should Google Get Aggressive About Monetizing Android?

the computer guy nex Already have (168 comments)

Check out the ads they are placing into the default gmail app. They will slowly add them to all bundled google services on Android.

about a year ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

the computer guy nex Re:Apple's Next Move? (791 comments)

Let's be fair, is there really a doube of why Apple is slowly losing out of market share in the smartphone wars?

Probably because they refuse to make a cheap phone. Apple continues to grow at a rapid pace in the United States, where phones are subsidized and we have higher average incomes. Android's growth is in 3rd world countries through cheap, low end phones. http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/10/comScore_Reports_August_2013_US_Smartphone_Subscriber_Market_Share

about a year ago
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Samsung Fudging Benchmarks Again On Galaxy Note 3

the computer guy nex All of this and the benchmarks are still subpar (258 comments)

Battery life still behind the iPhone: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7376/58409.png

Browser speed still behind the iPhone: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7376/58440.png

Graphics performance still behind the iPhone: http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7376/58425.png

For a device this much larger and heavier, you would expect they could overclock the chipset and get more performance than this.

about a year ago

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