'Apple Inc. said Friday that it was ''stunned'' to find that its iPhones have for years been using a ''totally wrong'' formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.'
So the official explanation of the drop in strength caused by the "death grip" is now:
'That drop seems exaggerated because the phone can wrongly display four or five bars of signal strength when it shouldn't, Apple said. ''Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,'' the company said in a letter to users. '"
To test the spyware, Action 7 News purchased software for about $350, and with permission, installed it on an employee's phone.
Producers Robin and Laura agreed to be spied on.
So what can the software do?
"I can follow you around if your phone has GPS technology. I can see where you are, I can read your e-mails, I can read your text messaging," said Carr.
Once Robin makes a phone call from several miles away, a cell phone in the newsroom receives a text message alert about her call. The newsroom cell phone is able to listen to the phone call between Robin and her fiance.
Robin's GPS location could also be continuously monitored.
And even with her phoned turned off, her conversation over lunch with her colleague Laura could be heard on the newsroom cell phone.
(Emphasis in the last line is mine)
So there goes our ultimate sanction against a machine takeover — no more "Hah! Let's see how far you get after I pull the plug on you, you bastard!""
Yes, we do hate those users who suck bandwidth via bittorrent to the detriment of the majority who simply want to read their email, keep up-to-date via a social networking site and do other non-intensive tasks. However if we were being completely cynical, the over usage charges we can collect (and which our users agreed to in our AUP when they signed up) are a nice earner. PLUS I agree, we don't have to invest so heavily and so often to upgrade our infrastructure. I don't necessarily agree with such a position, but I'm stuck with it. However, I read TFPDF and it bleats about illegal copyrighted downloads which it seems to imply is the only use for bittorrent, nowhere do I see (except after the download is complete) how this violation can be proven. I have lost count over the years of how many iso's of various Linux distros I have downloaded, how many times the kids have updated WoW.... This sanctimonious BS posturing in the guise of protecting copyright leaves me cold.
It's not that the Brazil government can't afford a Thawte or Verisign certificate - the actual reasoning is that as a sovereign nation they don't trust (and can't depend on) these foreign corporations. The website is (IMHO, correctly and appropriately) certified by the chief Brazilian trusted authority.
Hmm. When I go to The Consulate General of India in San Francisco, I am assured that
Effective October 1st, 2007 Travisa Outsourcing will handle all requests for Indian visas.
Strangely enough, that site [registered by Verizon Wireless] is authenticated by Verisign Inc., but that does not seem to bother your governments sensibilities. BTW, I myself am a UK Citizen and a Permanent Resident of the United States, so I don't think your xenophobic rant really applies to me.
But yes, it's your country so your rules apply. I understand that a visa is a privilege, not a right.
I applied for my visa/"Green Card" in the same way that a non-citizen from anywhere must, and although the process involves vetting as might be expected, I am never "excruciatingly humiliated" [to paraphrase your comment] when re-entering the US.
The point of my post was to highlight the fact that there exists a web of trust on the internet which seems to be ignored in this particular case; is that my browser's problem? I think not. They all quite rightly caution that there can be no trust applied to this particular site and to try to turn this into a specious allegation on what happens to a non-citizen entering the US is garbage.
It gets worse. Among other choice pieces of information you will be required to supply on this untrusted site are:
full biographical info, including mother and father's full names!?
complete details of your passport — number, date of issue/expiry/where issued etc
Is this a perfect recipe for identity theft, or am I just a paranoid who misplaced his tinfoil hat?"
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