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+ - Facebook to fix flaw that can force iPhones to make calls

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An anonymous reader writes "Facebook will soon be pushing out an update to its iOS Messenger app meant to patch a vulnerability that could allow attackers to place pricy calls from users' phones by simply making them click on a web link. The flaw has been recently discovered by developer Andrei Neculaesei from Copenhagen, and can be triggered by using the tel URL scheme."

Comment: Re:metrics? (Score 1) 49

by JonahsDad (#47316459) Attached to: Google I/O 2014 Begins [updated]
This is just a guess, but still a reasonable one:

Google+ Photos has facial recognition (Find My Face). So if google runs their facial recognition software on all photos where the user has set up their phone to automatically upload photos to Google+ and also agreed to the Find My Face feature (or some similar agreement that people generally just click through), that would give them a pretty good approximation of these numbers.

Comment: PlayLater? (Score 1) 200

by JonahsDad (#46827289) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?
Until they get big enough and are sued by everyone suing Aereo, does what you're asking for.

Records Netflix and Hulu, adding information stating that your account was used to do the recording (so that if something shows up on P2P, you'll get implicated fairly quickly). For movies/shows my kids watch repeatedly, I've found it nicer to just save a copy on my NAS and then stream it to the TV via Plex. The kids know exactly how to do this and typically check Plex before going to Netflix.

Comment: Re:14th Amendment (Score 2) 284

by JonahsDad (#46603295) Attached to: U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Like a "map" a "search engine" should not be biased

I would argue that the whole point of a search engine is to be biased. Google chooses to make their bias "what we think you really wanted plus some ads to earn us money". Baidu makes their bias "The results the Chinese government would prefer that you see".

Of course, these are my approximations of what their biases are and do not necessarily reflect their actual biases.


Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40% 352

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-some-google dept.
cold fjord writes "Is 40% anything to worry about? Sky News reports, 'Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% as Google services suffered a complete black-out, according to web analytics experts. The tech company said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night. The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, global internet traffic fell by around 40% during the black-out, reflecting Google's massive grip on the web. "That's huge," said GoSquared developer Simon Tabor. "As internet users, our reliance on being up is huge."'

Comment: Re:Why is it a software problem or gap? (Score 1) 223

by JonahsDad (#43512139) Attached to: Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

So instead of being on first, he should have gotten second then I guess by reading that. Thanks for the clarification.

Based on the latest update, this is very accurate. Rule 7.01 (see above for link) states that

Rule 7.01 Comment: If a runner legally acquires title to a base, and the pitcher assumes his pitching position, the runner may not return to a previously occupied base.

Which the update article states should be interpreted as: Segura shouldn't have been allowed to go back to first, specifically because Segura was on second when the play started. Therefore, at the end of the play, Segura isn't entitled to first base.

One could also argue that the comments about Segura being out of the baseline are accurate, given that he shouldn't have been allowed to go back to first.

This all assumes that the new article has the correct rules interpretation. MLB hasn't stated their official position yet.

Comment: Re:Why is it a software problem or gap? (Score 1) 223

by JonahsDad (#43510627) Attached to: Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

It was stupid officiating by the umpires why would somebody assume that the score keepers or software would need to account for this? They should have correctly called them both out because they were both tagged presumably.

Both were tagged when both were standing on second at the same time. By rule (7.03), the trailing runner is out.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.