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Comment Re:The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Because I would have seen a prompt asking me to accept or decline a file. And I think it's safe to say that given the place I work and community in which I live, I have a better chance of having been killed in a traffic accident than somebody coming within AirDrop range and targeting me with an unpublished iOS vulnerability.

Plus I just updated to iOS 9 which in all likelihood would have wiped out any nefarious stuff that had been installed by this mystery attacker-ninja.

Comment Re:The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 4, Informative) 94

I think AirDrop defaults to contacts only, so that should mitigate most of the severity of this - thankfully.

I've actually enabled AirDrop receiving requests from anybody on my iPhone (which I'm about to change) and have never gotten anything via it, unsolicited or otherwise. In fact, I'm the only person I've ever seen use AirDrop, and I had to tell the other person how to turn it on in each case.

Comment Re:Misleading and Hyperbolic Title/Comparison (Score 4, Funny) 130

You're right .. they should have specified it in pico Libraries of Congress. At least that's a unit of measurement that most people here would understand.

So says you. I'm working on a patch for ext4 right now to display file sizes in kilotweets, megatweets, and teratweets.

Comment Misleading and Hyperbolic Title/Comparison (Score 5, Interesting) 130

Fact[0]: The code for this exploit could fit within a tweet (which is to say: 140 characters.)

Fact[1]: Despite referring to tweets and Twitter, this exploit can't occur via Twitter. The attacker already has to have local access.

A lot of security exploits could fit within a tweet, but I've never seen that comparison before. It misleads people into thinking that you can pwn a Mac via Twitter.

Comment Re:Windows 10 -- no thanks! (Score 1) 203

Are they legacy products or is there a chance the developers will update them to work?

This brings up an interesting question - what is the mechanism for people who are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade but want to hold off on the install (potentially past the free upgrade period?)

Comment Re:I actually think the metric system is worse (Score 1) 830

I actually feel the opposite way - I'd like to see all other measurements move to metric (for ease of conversion between them) but temperature stay as is.

I just like having a scale where as cold as it gets outside is around 0 degrees, and as hot as it gets outside is around 100 degrees.

Comment Fears of abuse are overblown (Score 3, Insightful) 126

Let's be honest here, if somebody's going to go through the effort of buying the game, playing through it in under two hours, then requesting a refund, couldn't they have much more easily just torrented it? That cuts out the entire pay for it, request for refund, wait for refund step. If hey can complete your game in under two hours, it's probably an indie title with little or no DRM so finding a pirate copy isn't even hard.

Comment Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 2) 269

On the one hand it's the bank's fault for not speaking up and pressing a vital security issue. On the other hand it's Apple's fault for being an 800 pound gorilla which uses its market clout to force concessions from its partners. Stuff like this is why you always want at least two strong competitors in a given market - so if one makes unreasonable demands of a business partner, the partner is not afraid to tell them to go jump in a lake.

I like the looks of Apple Pay, and think it's a great move forward but even as an Apple fan, it seems bizarre for Apple to move forward on their own payment standard rather than the industry creating one. I mean, I know they did it so that they could skim profits off the top, and that they got away with it because they're worth 700 gazillion dollars and could probably make demands of the ocean, but I really wish this had come about via an industry standard.

Of course then, it'd probably suck.

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