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Comment: Not the only problem (Score 5, Interesting) 72

the problem isn't just the fact that the code and hardware isn't open-source, it's the fact that the developers openly lied on their Kickstarter campaign. Not only is the hardware not open-source but it wasn't even designed by them, it's a cheap Chinese knockoff of a tp-link 3G router! On top of that after looking through the firmware they've found that it's not custom software, but a badly configured OpenWRT build with a standard root password (set to "developer!"), an unsecured wifi ssid and sshd installed and running by default! The scale to which these jokers have deceived their backers is ridiculous, and this Kickstarter needs shutting down.

+ - BlackBerry's square-screened phone to free us from our "rectangular world"

Submitted by EthanV2
EthanV2 (1211444) writes "Most smartphones produced in 2014 will follow a certain design playbook: rectangular screen, a few buttons around the edges, and just enough thickness to house the internals and the requisite battery. One could argue that this is the idealized design for a touchscreen phone, arrived at after years of research and development and even more years of booming sales. BlackBerry would argue that all phones look like this because innovation is dead."

+ - XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "Microsoft announced it will release an out-of-band security update today to patch a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer, and that the patch will also be made available for Windows XP machines through Automatic Update. At the same time, researchers said they are now seeing attacks specifically targeting XP users.

Microsoft no longer supports XP as of April 8, and that includes the development and availability of security updates. But the about-face today speaks to the seriousness of the vulnerability, which is being exploited in limited targeted attacks, Microsoft said.

Researchers at FireEye, meanwhile, said multiple attackers are now using the exploit against XP machines, prompting the inclusion of XP systems in the patch."

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+ - Bradley Manning gets 35 years in prison->

Submitted by EthanV2
EthanV2 (1211444) writes "US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison this morning after being convicted of 20 counts related to his leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, which consisted mostly of diplomatic cables. (He escaped conviction on the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy.") In addition, he will also forfeit all of his pay and allowances, have his rank reduced to private, and be dishonorably discharged."
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Iphone

+ - Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase->

Submitted by EthanV2
EthanV2 (1211444) writes "The Wall Street Journal cites a report which quotes a "person familiar with negotiations between the two tech giants", apparently confirming this special price hike for Apple. The source said: "Samsung Electronics recently asked Apple for a significant price raise in (the mobile processor known as) application processor. "Apple first disapproved it, but finding no replacement supplier, it accepted the [increase].""
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Privacy

+ - UK Data Breaches Up 1000% In Five Years-> 1

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "Imation today released figures obtained through a request under the Freedom of Information Act which show that data breach numbers in the UK have increased by more than 1000% in the past five years. Figures obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office show a huge growth in the number of self-reported data breaches occurring each year since 2007. According to the data, local government data breaches have increased by 1609%, with the next largest increases coming from other public sector organisations (1380%) and the private sector (1159%). Data breaches in the NHS have increased by 935%, and central government breaches are up by 132%. The average increase across all eight recorded sectors since 2007 is 1014%."
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Comment: Re:Why Jailbreak? (Score 1) 68

by EthanV2 (#40692117) Attached to: iOS 6 Beta 3 Jailbroken Already
Because some people don't want to pay for apps? That's the only reason I can think of. All of those people saying they have done it for 'stability reasons' are talking out of their asses. I moved from an Android phone to an iPhone, and I have never regretted it. You guys may use the "It just works" slogan mockingly, but it's true. I've had my iPhone for three months now, and I haven't needed to reboot it once (after all of the first-time installation stuff). Mean-while, during the two years I had my Android device, I had countless issues with it. Some of the problems, admittedly, were hardware issues, but a large number of them were software issues.

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