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Comment DMCA doesn't work on patents (Score 0) 35

Unlike copyrights, which have the DMCA to help them force companies like eBay to take down materials that allegedly violate copyright, there's no such protection for patents. Instead, patent owners need to directly take the issue up with the actual person violating their patent. ...which is how it should be. ...which is how copyrights should be too, but that's another topic.

Comment Re: Dictionary attack? (Score 1) 44

Even if we took it to mean that, it doesn't change ZDNet's inability to use the info to narrow the range of dates.

The password was clearly still associated with an account, even if that account was no longer is active use. Likewise, the password may have been reused with inactive accounts elsewhere, any one of which may have been compromised at any time. Just because the person only used the account in question between 2011 and 2015 doesn't mean that that's the only time the credentials could have been stolen.

Comment Re:Dictionary attack? (Score 3, Informative) 44

More or less. Here's some information not mentioned in the summary...

  • Most of the people admitted to reusing the password on other major sites, though a few claimed they hadn't.
  • None of the people ZDNet reached had changed their iCloud password since first opening it.
  • All of the people ZDNet was able to reach were located in the UK. The hackers refused to turn over any US-based account credentials.
  • ZDNet seems to think the compromise(s) must've happened somewhere between 2011 and 2015, based on info from the users, but I'm not sure I trust that assessment (they indicated none of the passwords had changed, but also said at least one of the passwords was no longer in use which allowed them to specify a date range, but I don't see how both can be true).

By all appearances, Apple's assertion that this is a collection of information obtained from other sources, rather than an actual iCloud leak, appears to be true, so it's not likely a dictionary attack against iCloud, so much as it is data obtained from other hacks. Even so, that doesn't negate the risk these users face; it merely shifts the blame to third-parties. Of course, the fact that a lot of this data appears to be outdated or else linked to accounts no longer in use may end up saving quite a few people from the hassle of dealing with the fallout of a hacked account.

Also, sounds like this hacking group is a farce, given that they "fired" one of their members and have been sending conflicting messages to the media while asking whether or not CBS will cover them.

Comment Re: Flaw of the Android Ecosystem (Score 1) 100

If you can't see that Apple has a superior update model [...]

You must've stopped reading my post, because I said they were ahead in this area. The reason I said neither was necessarily right was because they both comes with tradeoffs. There's no doubt that Apple's updates are far better, but what about their prices? Variety of hardware? Features that cater to niches? By maintaining such tight control, they sacrifice benefits in those other areas.

And, just so you know, if I've drunk any Kool-Aid, it's Apple's. I own zero Android devices. I own dozens of Apple devices, simply because they have been better for me and my uses. That doesn't make them right. Just better in the areas I care about.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2) 136

You do if it's an iPhone. [...] Apple removed that screen [...] There is no option to place an emergency call on iPhones

No you don't, no they didn't, and yes there is.

Pretend it's an emergency and you're using someone else's iPhone. What's the first thing you'd do after getting the screen to turn on? Try doing that on someone else's iPhone and see what happens.

I'd wager you tried pressing the home button first thing, and, sure enough, if you do that with an iPhone running iOS 9 or iOS 10 you'll see the old unlock screen, including the "Emergency" button that gives you access to the owner's medical info and a keypad to dial out. That screen appears anytime an unregistered finger is used to press the home button. And the reason it doesn't appear for registered fingers (and why you're likely unaware that it was still there) is because there's no need for a special emergency screen when you can already use your registered finger to unlock the entire phone.

Comment Re:Flaw of the Android Ecosystem (Score 1) 100

I suppose you would blame the road you were on for your car falling apart around you?

Lousy carriers are as common as lousy roads, which is why products should take them into account and deal with the problems they cause. If they fail to do so, then sure, the bad road/carrier shares some of the blame, but the product's design owns the lion's share of the blame.

P.S. This is NOT a backhanded way of saying iOS has it right. This is about tradeoffs. Google suffers in this area of their design to gain in other areas. Apple benefits in this area of their design at the cost of other areas. Neither approach is necessarily right, each approach will cater to different users, and each approach falls apart and excels in different ways.

Comment Re:cheaper to keep 'er (Score 2) 141

until they get to a point where your entire monthly bill including internet is cheaper than just getting internet itself [...]

Some of them actually do that. Or did. Not sure if they still do.

I was on the phone with Suddenlink a few years back to reduce my subscription from their then-top Internet plan (no bundle) to a mid-tier plan (still no bundle) so I could save some money. The lady mentioned that I could "save $7 by bundling TV", which I understood to be the typical con game you're talking about. I said no, but she pushed back and insisted I'd save $7/mo. by bundling. I explained that I'd actually be paying more and that any amount for TV would be more than I wanted to pay. Finally, she just said, "The total bill will be $43/mo. for the bundle. Not $43 extra, $43 in total, whereas you'll be paying $50 for Internet by itself."

To say the least, I went for the bundle.

I can only assume they made money from someone else in the media distribution chain for keeping me subscribed. I never actually used my cable subscription at all (I hooked it up so guests could watch sports if they wanted to, which happened all of once, I think), but the special pricing lasted for about two years, saving me quite a bit. Of course, whenever the special pricing finally expired without much notice, I didn't realize it until after the fact, so that cost me around $30 for one month of the non-special price of the bundle, but still, it was a net savings.

Comment Re:never understood removing features (Score 1) 262

Removing features simply because they're not used by everyone every single day never made sense to me. Even if it is something only a very small percentage of users use, so what?

There are costs for keeping features, other than the immediate cost to maintain the software itself. For instance, maybe keeping the feature...
...forces users to navigate through it or read past it to reach commonly-used features, thus getting in the way
...makes the software feel more complicated, decreasing satisfaction for most users
...simply distracts most users, wasting the finite amount of attention you get from them
...makes the software seem poorly maintained for not dropping support for something perceived as outdated

Mind you, I'm not espousing any of these (nor am I suggesting the list is exhaustive), but you need to remember that Chrome is not just code. For better or worse, it's a product. As a product, users have certain expectations, and those expectations oftentimes conflict with one another. It's Google's job to sort through the mess of contradictory expectations to make something that satisfies as many users as possible to the greater extent possible (for as cheaply as possible). Apparently they think that dropping these features will do that.

Comment Re:Does this case fit the precedent? (Score 1) 517

I have nothing to add or respond with, other than a sincere Thank You for taking the time to respond. The rest of us are talking out of our asses based on a few sentences or a paragraph we read as a summarization of the issue, so it's nice to have someone with an informed perspective actually chime in. Thanks again!

Comment Re:This has been planned for a very long time! (Score 1) 138

If what you took away from my post was that it was nothing more than a dick measuring contest, despite my statements to the contrary, that's a shame. I don't care which is larger. I was simply blown away at the notion that the coastlines may in any way be comparable, and I wanted to share my exploration of that topic with others here who might find the numbers are methodologies involved similarly fascinating.

Regardless of whether he's correct or not, I'm incredibly glad that Terje Mathisen made the claim he did, simply because it prompted me to discover something remarkable about Norway that otherwise I would've been unaware of, in much the same way that the point of my last post apparently went right by you.

Comment Re:Does this case fit the precedent? (Score 1) 517

I quite agree. In this situation, if you don't have enough to convict already, then how can it be a foregone conclusion? And if you do have enough to convict, then why do you need additional evidence? Convict him with what you have; don't use shady methods for procuring more evidence to try to make your case stronger.

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