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Submission + - Advertisers already using new iPhone text message exploit

Andy Smith writes: The annoying App Store redirect issue has blighted iPhone users for years, but now there's a new annoyance and it's already being exploited: Visit a web page on your iPhone and any advertiser can automatically open your messages app and create a new text message with the recipient and message already filled in. We can only hope they don't figure out how to automatically send the message, although you can bet they're trying.

Submission + - Wizards of the Coast ban sex offender from Magic, allow drug dealer (wordpress.com)

Andy Smith writes: Possibly the biggest controversy to ever hit the world of Magic: The Gathering is the banning of top-eight player Zach Jesse, a convicted sex offender who was 'outed' by another player. Adding some flavour to the mix is that another top Magic player, Patrick Chapin, is a convicted drug dealer. Rather than banning him, though, Wizards employed him as an intern and added him to the Magic Hall of Fame. This raises the issue of companies over-ruling laws that should, in theory, allow time-served criminals to step back in to society and rebuild their lives.

Comment Charging (Score 1) 674

I was born and lived in Yorkshire, England for 20 years, a place that has a light-hearted reputation for being tight with money. A couple of years ago my girlfriend and I went on a road trip and visited Yorkshire. We had breakfast in a cafe where I plugged in my phone. The owner came over and started talking about how we were putting him out of business and electricity isn't cheap etc. We thought he was joking at first. But then he asked us for 50p to cover the cost of the electric. He was serious.

Comment Trust (Score 0) 217

I'm struggling to think of any company that I trust less than Google. I mean, I don't really "trust" any company, but with Google I specifically distrust them. Anyone who has had to deal with their various press offices around the world will have sensed that there's something creepily wrong with that company. The whole operation screams "go away".

Comment OSX too (Score 0) 517

I do wonder why this happens. I've always had the vague explanation in my head that the OS gets clogged up with files that it has to catalogue, parse, etc, but I suspect it's not that simple.

When I switched full-time to Macs about 2 years ago I thought it would be great that I'd never again have to put up with my OS slowing down. But sure enough, it did, and every 6 months or so I have to blank my Mac and reinstall. Which to be honest I don't mind doing because it's super-easy on a Mac, and I like knowing that my system is clean again.

Although curse you Apple the last install has left me with a weird issue whereby every time I boot the machine OSX asks me to verify the iCloud keychain from another device. I've done this maybe a dozen times now and have finally given up. I've had to accept that until I reinstall OSX, for some reason I'm going to get the keychain nag every time I boot up. But pretty much everything on iOS/OSX is broken at the moment so no big surprise.

Submission + - Banks caught charging penalties over false transaction dates

Andy Smith writes: I'm a freelancer journalist. A couple of years ago I got a huge exclusive about 700,000 people being given a defective typhoid vaccine. But I was new to the big leagues of journalism, and I was naive, so the drug company successfully stalled the story until they were able to put out their own version of it and control the bad press. Now the same thing seems to be happening again with a major story about banks charging penalty fines over falsified transaction dates. So rather than let the banks control how the story gets out, I decided to put it on my blog.

Comment Trust (Score 4, Insightful) 384

I blanked my Mac a few weeks ago and when I started reinstalling software I got some survey crap popping up on my screen asking for my details. Turns out it was the SourceForge installer for FileZilla that had sneaked it through. Googling it threw up enough horror stories to make me just blank the Mac again and start over. I'll never download anything from SourceForge again. A decade of trust destroyed in one stupid move.

Comment Re:Sentencing matched the guidelines (Score 1) 363

Replying again :-)

I totally take on board what you're saying about the scoring system, but I still think it's evident that the judge's personal opinions influenced the sentencing. Consider this quote from the Wired article:

But in her sentencing statement, Forrest denied even that the Silk Road was a naive experiment, or some sort of youthful mistake. "It was a carefully planned life's work. It was your opus," she said. "You wanted it to be your legacy. And it is."

None of that is fact. It's what the judge *thinks* is fact. Suppose her opinion had been that Silk Road was a naive, youthful experiment, something that he'd just thrown together and then it snowballed, something that he wasn't proud of. Would she really have handed down the harshest possible sentence? I think she'd have found some justification to give him a lighter sentence.

Maybe I'm just getting more empathetic as I get older. I've never done anything illegal but I've sure done stupid things, as we all have, and losing the rest of your life because you were a dick in your early 30s seems almost inhumane to me. Most of us do stupid stuff and then we move on and learn from our own stupidity. This guy deserves to lose some of his liberty because his stupidity was illegal, but his entire life? I just can't convince myself that this is how I want my fellow humans to be treated.

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