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Comment: Re:Huge Caveat! (Score 4, Informative) 84

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47502677) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

That only happens if you enter your passcode then see the "Trust this Computer" prompt on a computer that has iTunes installed and you click "Trust" at the prompt. That creates a set of sync keys that the iOS device will then accept to access the various services.

The article made that very clear. But it's not clear to me where these keys are stored - is it on the disk, unprotected, or is it in your encrypted keychain? If the former, it seems to me that - unless you encrypt your computer's hard disk - this means anyone with unfettered access to your computer could get at these keys and thereby get at everything on your iOS device. If the latter, it would be much more difficult to do, even if they otherwise got access to your account.

The guy said he uses this to monitor his kids (which, depending on their age, might be a bit jerky in my opinion). However since he seems like an overzealous parent, I'm wondering if he has his kids' passwords etc., which would be necessary if these keys are in the keychain.

Comment: Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (Score 1) 200

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47495173) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

I was eight. We were glued to the TV at home. Heck, we were glued to the TV at elementary school too! Everyone was in awe of this - anything seemed possible.

And then I remember Apollo 13 - biting my nails, hoping and praying those brave souls were going to make it home.

Back to the present, and wondering if we'll ever get out there again.

Comment: Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (Score 1) 189

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47492071) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Editors are very important. They're the sanity check of the author. They're a reliable and honest reader. They help form the books by taking the often jumbled and incoherent source material that was jotted down in hundreds of sittings, sometimes in the wrong order, and shaping that into the final product.

If actual editing was still happening, I would agree with you - but my experience as an avid reader tells me publishers stopped doing any significant editing 20-30 years ago.

Comment: Re:n/t (Score 5, Insightful) 278

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47468225) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

Well, on the other side you have the guys who claim *everything* is caused by climate change, even when people in the field say there's no evidence global warming should have any impact - like, say, with hurricane strength and severity.

And when one points this out, one is branded a "denier". It's like critical thinking goes out the window once someone chooses a position.

Comment: Re:iOS Management Tools for non-macs (Score 1) 126

Thanks for the pointer; unfortunately (or fortunately, usually!) I don't control the routers. But it might be worth a try to ask campus about enabling it - thanks!

I'm a department web guy / sysadmin. Our department is pretty big - we've got some or all of five different subnets to worry about. Mac (and iOS) use has been increasing a lot over the last four or five years, and we're at the point where managing each one as a one-off no longer makes sense.

Comment: Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (Score 1) 278

That is just so stupid. Use a password-keeper and use strong passwords everywhere. Then you only need (1) physical access to your password keeper and (2) to remember one strong passphrase.

Well, in the Microsoft Universe it was good advice. The rest of us are ten years past that point, though, and are using password managers.

I only have to remember one password - the rather long one I've used to protect my OS X login keychain. Well, and my login password... so I guess that's two.

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