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Comment: Re:confusing many very different lists (Score 1) 124

by Trepidity (#48138913) Attached to: Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

I'm not sure if it's the same as the "terrorist watch list", but there's some kind of intermediate "can fly, but only after extra hassle" list also. I was on one for a while, apparently because of some British person with the same name as mine (I'm American, but have a very common English name). I couldn't use web check-in and had to always go to the airport to check-in with a person, who would first assume I was just dumb and didn't know how to use the machine, then after they verified I could indeed not check in on the machine, they'd poke around at the desk a bit, then call someone, check my ID, then give me a boarding pass, I guess after verifying I was not the other guy. Could've been worse, but was pretty annoying, especially because nobody would actually explain what was going on.

Comment: Re:half-true, half-not-true (Score 1) 100

by Trepidity (#48123499) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Android could perfectly well let you give an app local permissions without giving it call-out-to-the-network permissions. Snapsave shouldn't need to ever call out to external servers in the first place, if it does only what it advertises.

Android doesn't do this because of their broken ad-based ecosystem, though: they don't want to draw your attention to apps that unnecessarily call out to the network, because the most common reason for doing so is to show ads.

Comment: half-true, half-not-true (Score 1) 100

by Trepidity (#48122091) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

It's true that without controlling the endpoints, Snapchat can't stop one particular attack vector: the people who control those devices saving images themselves. The usual "DRM" problem.

But what seems to have happened here is that users installed an app which, unbeknownst to them, sent copies of the images to a third-party server. That threat model is possible to guard against, although it's arguably more an issue with Android than Snapchat that something like that easily happens without users noticing, because Android's app-permission model leaks like a sieve.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 4, Interesting) 191

by Trepidity (#48086489) Attached to: Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Apple does that too, though on end-user machines. When connecting to wifi, it doesn't enable the connection until it first verifies you're really connected. It does that by trying to pull a specific known Apple URL. If it doesn't get the expected contents, it guesses you're behind a wifi hotspot's login wall, and pops up the "please log in" page. The intent of this is to make sure apps like Dropbox and your email and whatever don't think they're back online and start failing connections, in the time between when you connect to a hotspot wifi and when you log in. But it also means that if Apple's URL goes down, wifi connection will end up with extra hoops to jump through to get it to work.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 942

by Trepidity (#48040479) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

First of all, barely anybody lives in Saskatchewan. It has about 0.2% of the population of North America. If you plot a population density map of the continent, Saskatchewan is in the "unpopulated' part of the continent.

Second, I'm not claiming it never spikes or dips to those temperatures, just that nowhere inhabited actually stays in those range of temperatures for any significant length of time, except a few Siberian cities that exist for strange Soviet-related historical reasons. There is no month of the year in which the average temperature in Saskatoon is below 0 F. The coldest is December, which has an average temperature of 4 F (average high 14 F, average low -5 F).

Now Yakutsk, Russia, that's a cold city, which somehow has as many people as Saskatoon. Average temperature in December? -37 F (average high -31 F, average low -43 F). That is uninhabitable territory, but the USSR managed to inhabit it, go figure. However outside of Siberia, you don't find cities in such climates.

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