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Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 462

Really? I can understand a piece of software both being one of a kind and severely overpriced, such as Windows, being pirated. In that case I think it's correct to almost equate piracy with a lost sale. Granted you would have to assume that people would have bought it without the cracks being available. More likely potential buyers remain on an older version, or in extreme cases find an alternative.

I've also worked at places where a piece of software was integral to running the business, but gouging via license fees forced them into creative setups to work around it.

I've not actually heard of a software company going out of business due to piracy. Mismanagement or other bone headed crap, sure. Piracy tends to follow popularity, and in my experience money follows that.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 3, Interesting) 462

Except a pirated item does not equate to a lost sale. Further, those hypothetical people who would then download the pirated game have already paid, again not hurting sales. You'd be surprised how quickly people turn back to the monkey that kicked their teeth in for another treatment.

Event Y is going to hurt the profits of X - bullshit. Time and time again we're shown that prior reputation has absolutely nothing to do with future profits, contrary to common belief. My personal hypothesis is that marketing machines are just too good at hyping whatever game the company is putting out, making gamers want to fork over money to a disreputable company rather than wait for the pirated version to become available.

Comment: Re:They don't act enough (Score 1) 329

They don't just wait. They let the actual plot play out. If there were no random acts of terrorism, how would they go about arguing for increased capabilities? The mass murderers in France were well known and were allegedly also being watched. They found an ID in the car? How convenient.

+ - Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have found a way to deliver a malicious app to Android users by hiding it into what seems to be an encrypted image file, which is then delivered via a legitimate, seemingly innocuous wrapper app. Fortinet malware researcher Axelle Apvrille and reverse engineer Ange Albertini created a custom tool they dubbed AngeCryption, which allows them to encrypt the payload Android application package (APK) and make it look like an image (PNG, JPG) file . They also had to create another APK that carries the "booby-trapped" image file and which can decrypt it to unveil the malicious APK file and install it. A malicious app thusly encrypted is nearly invisible to reverse engineers, and possibly even to AV solutions and Google's Android Bouncer."

Comment: Re:Very easy to solve (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by Cenan (#48101009) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Yeah, because we trust them to abide by the law. This is a problem that words on paper won't be able to solve. You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop, even if the law says they can't do it. They have been proven to snoop, the cat is out of the bag, end of story.

Comment: Re:but useful software is not cheap to make (Score 4, Informative) 103

by Cenan (#48100333) Attached to: The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

AC? Meet All the crap you could ever want, nicely bundled with more spyware than you care to imagine. If you're ever in the market for some free software, and dumb enough to use Google to find it, chances are you'll be presented with a forest of hits all directing you there.

Quality has nothing to do with it. These guys have made a business out of bundling mediocre with bad or downright malicious, and have put in a lot of effort to appear high enough on search engines to catch eyes. Malware authors don't need to produce anything useful at all.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.