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Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 98

by Bogtha (#48383595) Attached to: US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

They have to be smart enough to jailbreak, point to an alternative app store, and install a corrupted app.

No, this is unnecessary. The malicious applications are signed as an enterprise application, so no jailbreaking is necessary. They are distributed using Apple's standard OTA distribution mechanism designed for enterprise applications and beta testing, so no alternative App Store is necessary.

What happens is that the user goes to a malicious/compromised website, this redirects them to the application, and iOS prompts the user with something like: would like to install "Gmail"

Cancel | Install

If I remember correctly, there's an additional prompt if it's the first time you've installed an application from that particular developer.

You still have to be dumb to install an application when you are unexpectedly prompted to, but it's a lot simpler to do than you realise.

Comment: Re:India... (Score 2) 438

by Bogtha (#48353827) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

I had to interview over 5k of them just to come up with 150 that were anywhere near hiring

You interviewed five thousand people? Are you sure you have that number right? Assuming you interviewed five people a day every single working day, it would take you four years to interview that many people. That's assuming no time off, no sickness, a steady supply of candidates, etc. I know a fair number of people in HR across a few organisations, and they don't manage to interview anywhere near that many people on a regular basis.

Comment: Re:Ugh. (Score 1) 45

by Bogtha (#48288419) Attached to: Kubuntu 15.04 Will Be Based On KDE5

I've got no problem with encouraging the correct terminology, it's the fact that it implies somebody who is a bit out of date with the project's branding is a technological halfwit who doesn't understand the difference between an organisation and a software package. It's KDE themselves that mixed the two up.

Comment: Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (Score 1) 415

by Bogtha (#48275457) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

You still have to have the phone on you.

Yeah, but just because you have your phone on you, it doesn't mean it's as convenient to use as a watch. When I go running, I've usually got my phone strapped to my upper arm. It's difficult to see the screen or take an action compared with if I could just glance at my wrist. The watch also has a heart rate monitor.

Comment: Re:I don't really see the point. (Score 1) 130

I wonder if there's a longer term strategy to start migrating devices like the MacBook Air over to their A-series CPUs, instead of Intel.

They have undoubtedly got internal prototypes of a MacBook Air running OS X on their own processors. And their development toolchain and libraries are merging iOS and OS X more and more every year. This year, there were a couple of WWDC talks specifically about sharing code between the two platforms.

I think it's fairly obvious that the technology stack is ready both on the software and hardware side. It's just switching architectures isn't just about whether you can, it's about when the best time is to maximise chances of success. When they moved to Intel, they could supply an emulation layer to run older applications. That won't work as well this time around because it will be a lot slower. So they will need to push developers hard to port their software, and their best tool for doing that - the Mac App Store - isn't a huge success.

One thing they've been doing in their latest hardware designs is supplying two chips that are used in different circumstances. Surfing the web? Use the low power GPU. Playing a game? Switch to the high power GPU. Need to detect orientation? Use the low power accelerometer. Need accurate movement information? Use the high power accelerometer.

They could conceivably do this with their laptops. Ship an Intel co-processor for running things like Photoshop that haven't been ported, and switch it off when you're only running ARM64-only applications for better battery life. It would raise manufacturing costs, but it would ease the transition and Apple might be willing to take the hit on it for that reason. And they just added a feature to point out applications that hog battery to the end user last year. They are making this visible for a reason.

Aside from their computer lineup, the other piece of the puzzle is Apple TV. They've already got the makings of a very successful games console. They have a set-top box running iOS, CPUs and GPUs that can handle good quality games, dedicated controllers, a large games library, and an online distribution channel. Their current hardware is underpowered, but drop an iPad Air 2's internals into an Apple TV box and they'd have a very successful console.

Comment: Re:Anyone else not bother with the interm releases (Score 3, Informative) 110

by Chandon Seldon (#48216961) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

The main reason for a six month release cycle is to provide drivers for new hardware.

Since hardware drivers are integrated with the kernel and window system, supporting new drivers requires upgrading the core system.

If aren't upgrading your hardware constantly, there's no reason to update beyond the latest LTS. If you're buying this week's Nvidia card or a laptop with a new wireless card, then you'll want to use the latest Ubuntu release to get support for it.

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 489

by Bogtha (#48192597) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

My phrase "near absolute" in context to the rest of my writings could be interpreted in many different ways.

No, there's only one meaning: not quite, but almost, absolute. Now it's debatable exactly how near you have to be to qualify as "near absolute", but TubeSteak did a good job of pointing out that SCOTUS has several large failings in this area, which is enough to demonstrate that it is not near absolute.

The fact that you are still stuck on debating the semantics of my original post demonstrates you have nothing of actual value to contribute to the conversation.

You said something untrue and dumb. You are repeatedly insulting and dismissing people who point that out. The people who are pointing out your mistake are signal, you are noise. Learn to ignore your ego and admit when you are wrong and maybe you won't drag discussions into the sewer so much.

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 489

by Bogtha (#48188425) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Your response demonstrates that you failed to read and understand my points.

No, he rightly took issue with your description of SCOTUS' interpretation of free speech as "near absolute", which simply isn't true. Your reply now is defending the much milder, different claim that free speech in the USA is better than in the UK. That may be so, but that doesn't make SCTOUS' interpretation of free speech "near absolute" by any means. This is the country that invented the concepts of a piece of code being a munition and a prime number being property, remember.

Comment: Re:Glad society is stable for that long (Score 1) 218

by Chandon Seldon (#48171761) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly


First, radioactive materials aren't that dangerous. You don't want to be near them, but it's only moderately worse than any other common industrial waste. Second, people can read signs even after revolutions. If you put "severe radiation, stay out" on a concrete building, it'll be fine.

As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie