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Comment Re:Limits of Moor's law?? (Score 1) 100

You could possibly do something like that with light, but I don't think it works with electrical fields - and in any case the current clock frequency at the top end of electrical devices is about 3GHz - and you'd need frequencies an order of magnitude above the clock speed I would have thought. Light is about three hundred GHz, so you'd be on your way there if you wanted to distinguish different signals by frequency.

I think. I'm kind of making this up as I go along.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 2) 1163

From the Onion: (*)

the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs

Mass killings are the issue, not gun-related homicides. Not that the US has anything to boast about in that department either.

* Yes I know The Onion is satire. It's also right. That's the whole point of satire.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 5, Insightful) 1163

The places with the highest rates of gun violence all have bans on guns.

What total nonsense. The country with the highest rate of gun deaths in the world is - according to wikipedia - Honduras. Up until 2007, carrying guns, concealed or otherwise, was completely legal in this country. Today it is still legal to purchase and own firearms. So, no ban.

Some others on the list have bans, but it's clear that there is no correlation between ownership rates, legal status, and death rates. So, banning guns doesn't stop people getting killed, and widespread gun ownership doesn't either. You can point to counterexamples in both cases. America has the highest rate of gun ownership, and while it doesn't lead the world in gun-related deaths (it's only at number thirteen, mainly behind fairly lawless countries I'd argue, but that's a tough call), it's certainly up there.

America does however lead the world in mass shootings - and that list doesn't even include school massacres (How is that even a thing? It's a serious question). Mass shootings are something different to regular gun violence. We're not talking about armed robberies, or criminals shooting each other down in the street. We are talking about crazy people. I don't think there's any reason to believe that America is home to more crazy people than anywhere else - I've been there plenty of times and Americans as a rule are polite, hospitable, pleasant and reasonable. It's a nice place.

So why do crazy people in America have such easy access to deadly weapons?

Comment Re:Next... (Score 1) 169

You mean thanks to lack of updates from device manufacturers and carriers.

Technically true, but irrelevant if you actually own a device that isn't being updated. Which is most people that own Android devices.

It's simply a fact that iOS devices are kept up to date much more than Android devices. Whether or not this is Google's fault, or even within their control, is not important. This is part of the fragmented nature of Android, and is quite simply true.

Comment Re: Still better than that malware Android (Score 1) 169

I think you should, in general, avoid capitals.

It's bad style, and obscures your point. With which I wholeheartedly agree, as it happens.

I wonder, could apple even store the source code, for subsequent examination should your app ever prove malicious? It's a very interesting idea, and I'm going to bet that Apple are considering that option seriously.

Comment Re: Still better than that malware Android (Score 1) 169

I think it's a question of scale.

With the compromised toolchain, a large number of infected apps were submitted. Depending on how the malware is hidden inside the app, tracking down all of them infected apps might be difficult. If the malware authors were smart, and I rather assume that they are, then each of the apps may be infected in subtly different ways.

With your regular malware author, a single infected app is submitted, and when discovered is removed and (presumably) the developers account suspended with no refund. It's trivial in this case to determine who wrote the malware, and fairly possible to direct the appropriate law-enforcement personnel to their house.

In the first case, not so much.

Comment Re: Still better than that malware Android (Score 1) 169

Of course there are solutions. Have developers submit their source for Apple to build, instead of an already-built bundle. This could be through an automated process that does not expose the source to Apple or to anyone else, and would prevent trojanned toolchains of any sort.

However, it seems to me that a trojanned xcode isn't really the issue here. If the malware was hidden inside the provided application files, then what's to prevent people from doing the same kind of thing knowingly?

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