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Comment No chained vulnerabilities? Really? (Score 4, Interesting) 45

It is also notable in that it is a single clean exploit that does not require multiple chained vulnerabilities to work, the researchers say.

I have a hard time believing that. On Android V8 and the rest of the layout engine run in a restricted sandbox service that has no permissions to install apps.

In addition to exploiting V8 they must be using a separate privilege escalation in the Android userspace or Linux kernel to install the APK, especially if there is no interaction needed like accepting the standard install dialog.

I'm sure curious to hear the real story when Google releases a fix.


Comment Re:Good and bad about 5X (Score 1) 208

As I explained, 64-bit apps use more RAM, running 32-bit and 64-bit apps together uses more RAM.

If they had stayed with a 32-bit CPU then yes, 2 GB RAM would still be adequate.

To make a car analogy, they put in a bigger engine but didn't upgrade the suspension or brakes. The result is actually a worse car than the previous model because now it's a road hazard.


Comment Re:Good and bad about 5X (Score 1) 208

Okay things: similar screen, same amount of RAM

Putting 2 GB of RAM in a 64-bit device is not OK. They did that in the Nexus 9 and it ran like a dog, an app in the background was a dead app.

The reason is twofold, 64-bit apps use more RAM due to larger pointers (a must) and often larger integers (out of convenience).

The second is that the device needs a second set of 32-bit user space libraries for backwards compatibility. When 64-bit and 32-bit apps run at once both sets of libs need to be loaded in RAM.

Negative things: no OIS (as above), no wireless charging (a deal breaker, for many).

I never used the wireless charging on my Nexus 4, connecting a USB cable is easy, why would i need it?

For my Nexus 5 I finally got a Qi charger out of curiosity and was blown away by the convenience. Just putting the phone down on the nightstand without having to fiddle with a cable was better than I could ever imagine.

Nowadays I have wireless chargers everywhere.I slap myself when I think back on the fact that I could have had it already on the N4.

Sadly, the lack of RAM and wireless charging are show-stoppers for me. I was really looking forward to upgrading my Nexus 5, it's an awesome phone and I was hoping for even more awesomeness from Google.


Submission + - Slashdot for Sale (again) 4

Defenestrar writes: DHI Group (formerly known as Dice Holdings) will auction off Slashdot and Sourceforge. The stated reason for the sale is that DHI has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base.

The future is uncertain, but at least it doesn't have Beta

Comment Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 3, Insightful) 743


But it should be pointed out that EU membership did not require Greece to join the monetary union (EMU).

E.g. Sweden stayed out on purpose, and some eastern EU countries had to rocky economies to join in the first place, they are all getting the best of both worlds right now.



Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide 403

New submitter digitalFlack writes "Apparently Martin Manley has been a popular blogger and newspaper journalist for many years. For his own reasons, no indication of illness, he decided sixty years on this planet was enough. He designed a 40-page website with sections such as: 'Why Suicide?' and 'Why Age 60?.' Martin planned his suicide meticulously, but to manage his legacy, he picked Yahoo. He even pre-paid for five years. After he left this mortal coil on his 60th birthday, Yahoo decided they don't want his traffic, so they took the site down. Sorry, Martin."

T-Mobile Returns To Unlimited Data Plans 152

New submitter kevmeister writes "Today T-Mobile decided that unlimited data plans are a good thing after all. Over a year after discontinuation, T-Mobile announced that unlimited data is coming back. 'T-Mobile said the new unlimited data plan will cost $20 a month when added to a Value voice and text plan, and $30 a month when added to a Classic voice and text plan. ... Among its top U.S. network counterparts, only Sprint offers a similar deal, and it costs about $110 a month. But Sprint offers the iPhone; T-Mobile does not. One of the new T-Mobile plan's flaws, though, is that it cannot be used for tethering -- that is, connecting multiple devices to the Internet. MetroPCS, considered the fifth-largest carrier in the U.S., made a big announcement of its own Tuesday, saying it would begin offering an unlimited everything promotional plan for $55 a month for a limited time.'"

Comment Re:What would it take... (Score 1) 233

The problem is figuring out how to craft a law demanding that. What does it mean to be "relevant" to a bill's stated purpose? For that matter, how does one define the "stated purpose" of a bill?

The obvious answer is, whoever wrote and introduced the bill gets to decide which amendments are relevant.

If a bad bill is introduced and the submitter stonewalls any amendments to improve it then it'll just get voted down.


Comment Wait, phi^4 what? (Score 2) 123

So I read the arXiv paper which was quite understandable, but on page 5 it suddenly throws in a phi^4 term:

It is easy to show that adding a term like phi^4 to the energy density, the latter reaches its minimum for a field phi != 0.

And suddenly vacuum isn't empty any more. Why is that? What is the motivation for adding that phi^4 term out of nowhere?


"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics