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Comment: Confused (Score 2) 44

While Apple discourages OpenSSL, it looks like there are using freeradius which does use OpenSSL instead of own open source Secure Transport library ( of goto fail fame ). However it seems like it is using version 0.9.8, i.e. heartbleed free.

$ otool -L radiusd | grep -e libssl -e libcrypto
/usr/lib/libssl.0.9.8.dylib (compatibility version 0.9.8, current version 47.0.0)
/usr/lib/libcrypto.0.9.8.dylib (compatibility version 0.9.8, current version 47.0.0)

Comment: Re:Backups (Score 1) 564

Data that is legally obligated to stay on one specific computer in one specific room and never leave; under penalty of legal action.

That level of insanity is why I am laughing. The bold parts specifically. When you allow people who have no clue how a system works to legislate how it works, you get this.

And sometimes they understand and it's intentionally awkward. For example if you want to prohibit certain types of research instead of just legislating directly against it and appearing anti-science, just add a whole bunch of red-tape and difficult requirements. Bonus points if they appear to have a pseudo-valid alternate purpose such as increasing data security. Consider how the restrictions on steam cell research were implemented.

Comment: Re: Cool but not finished yet (Score 1) 170

by DaphneDiane (#46999989) Attached to: WebKit Unifies JavaScript Compilation With LLVM Optimizer

While V8/Blink are currently faster it was Safari that started the the speed race. Yes chrome (v8) jumped way ahead, so its nice to see Safari catching back up.

As an aside while I understand part of the cause of the WebKit / blink split is Google not letting WebKit merge some of there features back into the main line leading to Apple redoing them for example WebKit 2; the split is a good thing as it leaves two strong teams both focused on improving and competing with each other vs the mono culture that WebKit was becoming.

+ - Google/Samsung changes to SD card behaviour in KitKat (4.4.2) breaks apps.->

Submitted by TeddyR
TeddyR (4176) writes "With the widespread release of Androif 4.4.2 (kitkat) to many Samsung devices worldwide and specifically now with the US rollout by major providers in the US it seems that Samsung has decided to implement Googles latest API regulations for SD Card storage. This breaks MANY third party applications since only the Google/System/OEM/Carrier signed apps can now write to the external SD Card thus making MANY paid applications useless.

Confirmed affected: TMobile and Sprint Samsung Note 3 and potentially the Galaxy S4 and upcoming Galaxy S5. This change affects ALL Samsung KitKat 4.4.2 devices, including the Note 2, S3 once KitKat is released to those devices.

Time to call your carrier and lodge a complaint to ask that they request that this "feature" be returned to the original behavior.

References:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2...

http://lifehacker.com/android-..."

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+ - Security Vulnerabilities Found in 90% of Top Mobile Banking Apps->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Testing only iOS devices, Ariel Sanchez from IOActive found that 90% of the apps contain non-SSL links, which means that a hacker could potentially intercept the traffic and inject random JavaScript/HTML code in order to create a fake login phishing attempt.

For example, a user could be lured to a fake login page and told that their online banking password had "expired", and asked to re-enter their username and password in order to access their account. The hacker could then use those details to take control of the user's online banking account."

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+ - CSIRO scientists 3D print dragon for Australian girl after letter goes viral->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A seven-year-old girl who wrote a letter to scientists asking if they could make her a dragon has got her wish after they created a special 3D printed one from titanium.

A letter written by Sophie from Queensland to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) asking for a dragon, was posted on the scientists' website and went viral."

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+ - LLVM and Clang 3.4 are out

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With C++14 draft fully implemented in Clang and libc++. Read more in LLVM and Clang release notes."

Comment: Re:Dice Strikes Again... (Score 1) 184

by DaphneDiane (#45648031) Attached to: Amazon Uses Robots To Speed Up Human 'Pickers' In Fulfillment Centers

I'm curious as to why it's more efficient to bring the shelf to the picker than take the picker to the shelf.
Those robots could just as easily be ferrying around the pickers.

They could but that would make the process into a serial process. Why waste the time bringing the picker back and forth from the shelves to the belt? If you have enough or fast enough robots, it is more efficient to have them timed so that another shelf arrives just in time for the previous shelf to be removed.

Comment: Re:Paid app switching to adware are what I uninsta (Score 1) 243

by DaphneDiane (#45440647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

It's not really the ads themselves, or even ad-based apps. ( Though I do prefer paying directly for my apps versus being the price for them. ) It's that once an app that was originally a paid app is redesigned to be ad-supported, the focus and quality of the app tends to change. If I really wanted to block ads that way I'd could just tweak my DNS server.

Comment: Paid app switching to adware are what I uninstall (Score 2) 243

by DaphneDiane (#45438671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

Biggest one for me is when a formerly paid app switches to being advertising base. What I've found is that even if they offer a way to remove the ads by paying again, or grandfather the original purchases into an ad free mode that the apps tend to suffer redesigns that are motivated to support advertisers and that many of these redesigns impact the use of the apps even for paid users. I've already uninstalled a bunch of apps for this reason, such as Quickoffice Pro, OneTap, etc. and have been considering uninstalling apps like The Weather Channel.

+ - Book: Fox News PR Used Sockpuppet Accounts To Rebut Critical Blog Posts->

Submitted by toadlife
toadlife (301863) writes "NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments. A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account."
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