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Comment: Re: This is not a SSL matter (Score 1) 86

by Bert64 (#48686715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Because very few SMTP servers *require* the use of SSL. Some will use SSL if available, but fall back to plain text otherwise, and also usually not check the certificate. Many mail servers still don't enable SSL at all and plain text email is frequently sent across the internet.

Comment: Re:How much time did you waste on this? (Score 1) 86

by Bert64 (#48686709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Not just unique passwords, also use unique email addresses (eg register your own domain and use an address which includes the site name), that way you will be able to tell if a company has a breach which results in your email address being leaked to third parties, or if they sell your address intentionally.

And a lack of easily available and valid business contact information is actually illegal in many countries...

Comment: Apples Power Management is very good. (Score 1) 56

by Qbertino (#48686623) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

Aside from building the hardware and the OS and making it fit, Apple also builds their own batteries, which, truth be told, are almost second to none. On top of that, Apple was first to dare build a non-replaceable battery into their MB Air. On top of that they put serious custom built power-management into their notebooks. I've got an MB Air myself and after 4 years of usage the battery life still is impressive. Note: I'm not an Apple fanboy either, although I do own the mbair and a 2007 Macmini.

Comment: Re:I think its gonna be a long long time (Score 4, Interesting) 59

That article is from 2007. Since then a Sky Crane was used to land the 1 ton Curiosity rover on Mars. I think it's pretty clear that we simply may not land an entire 100 ton payload as a single vessel, but would instead land the various supplies, habitats, and people as separate payloads. Perhaps they all come on a single ship (unlikely), but there's no reason with our current technology that we couldn't land the pieces separately. Worst case would be the humans don't land close enough to the supplies to be able to survive long-term, in which case Plan B is to explore similar to how the Apollo Lunar program did, and head back after several days. Then a later mission would bring another set of people to use the supplies already delivered.

Comment: Re:Coffin Corner? (Score 1) 239

by Dan East (#48685149) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and SIngapore

That site appears to have just copy / pasted the story from The Aviation Herald, and they didn't even bother to link to the images. Here's the original article with the radar images:
http://avherald.com/h?article=...

Does that radar indicate ground speed or airspeed? If ground speed then of course that will drop as the aircraft climbs, although the airspeed may stay the same.

Businesses

Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview" 160

Posted by timothy
from the such-a-loaded-term dept.
the simurgh writes As the controversy surrounding Sony's handling of it's hack, the movie The Interview and it's aftermath continues, a singer is claiming that after failing to reach terms with Sony, the company put her music in the movie anyway. Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. she and her label claim that her track we learned that the track 'Pay Day' has been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts.

Comment: Re:Of Course (Score 2) 129

by Bogtha (#48683891) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

I'm talking about Facebook and Google, two of the companies explicitly listed in the article. You did RTFA right? Or are you one of those tards who manufactures the least charitable interpretation of what someone says and goes to town on them with a straw man?

The title of this submission: Google and Apple. The summary: Google and Apple. The article: Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo. You said "both companies". Only two companies were singled out, Google and Apple. So yeah, to a reasonable person, it looks very much like you started off talking about Google and Apple, then expanded your point by talking about Facebook, and then to the other companies. Don't call me a "tard" because you fucked up what you were saying and I interpreted it in the most reasonable manner.

They are like google

The two companies have entirely different business models. Analytics is central to Google's business model. It's barely a blip on Apple's radar, and is insignificant compared with the way they use it as a differentiator.

Sure, Apple has business lines that generate income from hardware sales

That's so understated it's downright misrepresentative. They make billions of dollars a quarter from hardware sales. Even the amount of money they could theoretically make from analytics would be a drop in the bucket compared with that, let alone any earnings they might actually have. The potential chilling effect on their real business is far more relevant than any theoretical profits there. And you mention it like "oh yeah, they make money from hardware too"? Come on.

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