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Comment: Re:Thats not good. (Score 1) 83

by _xeno_ (#47975223) Attached to: jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

It would be nice if the article mentioned what browsers/plugins were vulnerable, wouldn't it? (And does this cover api.jquery.com or just the home page?) Although it wouldn't surprise me that they just don't know yet since jQuery is still investigating.

I'm pretty sure I'm up to date with everything, but...

Comment: Re:Aggression in practice, right? (Score 1) 425

by _xeno_ (#47975065) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Wow you're dense.

I'm saying that what the US is doing in Syria is exactly equivalent to what Russia is doing in Ukraine.

Because, according to international law, it is.

The sanctions being imposed against Russia are for Russia taking literally the exact same actions the US is currently taking in Syria.

You can argue the relative morality all you want, but we're still, ultimately, invading a sovereign nation.

Comment: Re:They will never learn (Score 5, Informative) 83

by _xeno_ (#47974645) Attached to: jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

According to the article, the library itself wasn't affected.

Plus most people don't use jQuery.com as a CDN. Instead jQuery recommends you use Google's CDN if you want to use a CDN for jQuery.

Of course, this is still bad - I visit jQuery.com fairly frequently to check the documentation. The article doesn't say what was required for the malware to run so I have no idea if I was vulnerable to it or not, but if it was dropped on all pages and not just the home page, I definitely could have been hit by it.

Comment: Re:Different things for different people (Score 0) 247

by _xeno_ (#47974339) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Options. Not everybody wants the same thing. Some people want a small phone that fits in their pocket. Others want a larger phone with a bigger screen.

Which is why Apple are giving people the choice between a larger phone, or an even larger phone. Because choices are important.

If you liked the original iPhone size, Apple has nothing for you. Because your choice isn't important. Whatever Apple says you want, that's what you get.

Comment: Re:Aggression in practice, right? (Score -1, Troll) 425

by _xeno_ (#47973159) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

If I'm reading what the BBC is reporting correctly, we're exactly as justified under international law in attacking ISIL on Syrian soil as Russia was in helping Ukrainian separatists in Ukraine.

So either the US has to drop sanctions against Russia, or we're just giant hypocrites.

I wonder which one Obama will pick? Hmmm...

Comment: Re:iOS 8 compatible apps not related (Score 1) 496

by _xeno_ (#47960179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

The X.0.0 upgrades are pretty well known for including slower/unoptimized drivers and code paths. Apple is usually in a hurry to get the release out the door and they don't do all the optimizations they should.

I remember ArsTechnica's review of iOS 8 confirmed that it's slower and has worse battery life than iOS 7 on every device that runs both except for some version of the iPod, weirdly enough. In some cases it was very slight, but iOS 8 was always worse.

They also warned people not to install iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S not only due to performance concerns but because the UI doesn't really fit on the screen. (Or something along those lines.)

So, sure, iOS 8 is a "pig," for certain definitions of "pig," and anyone who reads Slashdot (which posted the ArsTechnica article) should have been aware of that before upgrading.

Comment: NFC isn't used for just payment (Score 3, Informative) 333

by _xeno_ (#47934729) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Apple does realize that NFC isn't only used for payment systems, right? My camera can transfer pictures to a smart phone using NFC. It allows you to take high quality pictures of something and then post them straight to whatever social media you're using without going through a computer. It's a really nice feature when you're wandering around someplace photogenic and don't want to be limited to a cellphone camera.

Oh, right, Apple declared proper digital cameras "dead" in their iPhone 6 keynote. I guess that feature will never make it to iOS then.

Not to mention other types of data transfer that's possible with NFC like easily sharing contact information or things like that.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 321

by _xeno_ (#47921425) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

No. Automatic Downloads are turned Off by default.

No, it isn't. Apparently you're told to turn it on during setup (it's "recommended" or something) and so it doesn't default to either off or on, you're forced to decide. Which means that:

If it is setup otherwise on your devices, you turned it on.

Is technically true. But only technically.

Because there are definitely people out there who have automatic updates on and didn't know that their phones could even do that. They complained loudly enough that this article exists.

So either someone else turned it on for them, or they missed the part during setup where they could turn it off. Or more likely failed to understand what they were asked during setup and turned on a feature that they had no intention of ever using, since it's only useful in a very bizarre set of circumstances.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 2) 321

by _xeno_ (#47918141) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

You can set a bit such that the phone will only download new purchases over wifi.

And how many users do you think knew that they needed to do this prior to the album being released?

The autodownload feature is only useful if you're completely within the Apple ecosystem and regularly buy songs from your iPad and want them to show up on your iPhone (or vice versa). If you either never download tracks off the music store or only download them on a single device (such as, say, someone who only owns the one iPhone), you'd never know that there even was an automatic download feature. (And if you're downloading them to your PC, you just sync to it and don't worry about downloading it a second time.)

If you aren't aware there is an automatic download feature, how are you supposed to know to either turn it off or set it to wifi only?

U2 showing up on the phone is likely the first time the majority of users even were made aware that there was an automatic download feature. Based on the articles and comments I've read, I know that there are people who only discovered this feature existed when U2 suddenly showed up on their iPhone. It may turn out to be a vocal minority, but this definitely was not something all iPhone users expected to happen.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 2, Insightful) 321

by _xeno_ (#47917881) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

a) false. You had to have your device set to allow automatic pushes.

Which is, of course, the default.

And, if I'm not mistaken, Apple defaults to downloading anything less than 100MB over cellular data. Which could be quite costly to people on more expensive data plans.

III) That's irrelevant to what happened. You putting this here tells me the only reason you are upset is because it's a group you don't like.

Well, yeah, it's U2. Their music is terrible. I'd be pretty pissed if I had U2 forced on me.

Wait, "anyone who has an Apple account?" Crap. That does include me.

Comment: Re:No no no... (Score 1) 85

by _xeno_ (#47883563) Attached to: Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

From what I've been reading, it seems most likely that only some of these photos came from compromised iCloud accounts, and those accounts were probably not compromised due to an exploit of iCloud's service.

As I understand it (and I may be wrong), the accounts were accessed by abusing the "forgot my password" service. Resetting someone's Apple account password on them is notoriously easy, and it would make sense that's the way the hackers did it. I thought they didn't blame "weak passwords" so much as they blamed "weak security question answers" that the "hacker" guessed the answers to.

Then again, I may be misremembering or misreading the stories, I'm not sure if the actual details have been made public.

Comment: Re:Any removable storage yet? (Score 2) 730

by _xeno_ (#47868995) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

And the fact that it is the #1 camera and #1 camcorder in the world is proof positive that they have succeeded.

I call bullshit on that. The iPhone isn't even the #1 phone in the world.

And let me try and make my point clear: Fake-Steve-Jobs was standing in front of a slide showing a camcorder being destroyed, saying that they were made completely obsolete by the iPhone.

And that's entirely bullshit.

Until the iPhone has a user-replaceable battery and removable storage, it will never replace a real camera or a real camcorder. It simply can't.

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