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+ - The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scam Apps, Why Doesn't Microsoft Care?->

Submitted by capedgirardeau
capedgirardeau (531367) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Store is a mess. It’s full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn’t Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool? ... It’s now been more than two years since Windows 8 was released, and this has been a problem the entire time, and it is getting worse. If Microsoft was trying to offer a safe app store to Windows users, they’ve failed. Searching for most popular apps will return a list of many scam clones that charge a fee for what is a free app from the official publisher and you have to hope there is no malware installed as well. Worse yet, the Windows Store is now integrated with the system search feature. Search for an application using the Start screen search or search charm and these garbage apps from the Windows Store will appear. The article points out the reason is probably "Microsoft hasn’t been encouraging quality apps. Instead, they just want quantity. In March, 2013, Microsoft ran a promotion where they paid developers $100 for each app they submitted to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.""
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+ - New Permission System Potentially Makes Android Much Less Secure 1

Submitted by capedgirardeau
capedgirardeau (531367) writes "An update to the Google Play store now groups app permissions into collections of related permissions making them much less fine grained and potentially misleading for users. For example the SMS permissions group would allow an app access to both reading and sending SMS messages. The problem is that once an app has access to the group of permissions, it can make use of any of the allowed actions at anytime without ever informing the user. As Google explains: "It’s a good idea to review permissions groups before downloading an app. Once you’ve allowed an app to access a permissions group, the app may use any of the individual permissions that are part of that group. You won’t need to manually approve individual permissions updates that belong to a permissions group you’ve already accepted.""

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 4, Informative) 397

by capedgirardeau (#46795775) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

I like my government to help make sure things are safe for eating and drinking.

And I especially like when the government responds to criticisms by saying they didn't understand this issue when they made their rules and will take comments from the industry and revise their proposed rules as they have done in this case.

I know it is not as fun for the anti-government types, but even the linked to article mentions it at the very bottom of the story:

The FDA will open up the rule to comments again this summer and then revise the proposal, which is due to be finalized by August, 2015.

So this is already a non issue, they have agreed to revise the rules so there are not the dire consequences the article was using to stir everyone up.

Comment: This seems plausable (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by capedgirardeau (#46729531) Attached to: NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

I can understand this happening. It would make sense that the NSA would have someone or multiple people review every patch and check-in for a package as important as OpenSSH, just looking for exploitable mistakes.

I would not be surprised if they review a great deal of FOSS software they deem important to national security.

Comment: This happens all the time (Score 2) 173

by capedgirardeau (#46593087) Attached to: Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

This happens all the time, some quack alt "medicine" is recalled because it actually contains a known effective drug. Most often it is "herbal" dick pills that contain the active ingredient in traditional ED medications.

Getting on the "Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)" email list can be very entertaining:

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/StayInformed/GetEmailUpdates/default.htm

Comment: Re:So close, and yet so far (Score 1) 264

by capedgirardeau (#46390645) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Your comment is exactly right on on the money.

I have driven a number of cars with digital controls for the radio, tuning, volume and climate systems, temp, fan, distribution and they were terrible.

You must take your eyes off the road to deal with them, whereas, if you have knobs, buttons and sliders your hands can take care of it all.

I will never buy a car will all digital controls, that is one place touch screens do not belong.

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 287

by capedgirardeau (#46149769) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

Of course people want to lay off 15% of the workforce. That is very typical in leveraged buyout processes and part of the plan from square one.

You are take out big loans to buy the company, knowing you are going to immediately gut it maximize profits in the short term so you can pay off the loans. Then you continue to milk what remains as profit, letting the business decline knowing you can sell off chunks to get the last drop of value out of the company, and then at the very end, when you have loaded it up with debt again, you declare it bankrupt and walk away.

Comment: Re:I have no doubt this is true in the whole (Score 1) 279

by capedgirardeau (#46126737) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

The placebo effect does affect animals. At least some of the placebo effect can be due to the attention, interaction and care the patient receives in the process of getting the fake/non effective medication or treatment and the same thing can impact animals if they get more attention/affection during the "treatment".

Also, since the placebo effect only works on subjective symptoms like self reported pain or ease of movement, if a person is doing the evaluating for the animal, they can make the same biased evaluations of the subjective symptoms, just about the animal instead of themselves.

Comment: No real surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 313

by capedgirardeau (#46116847) Attached to: Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

No surprise to me.

It is a terrible, mind numbingly boring job that is essentially a career killer in the Air Force. Not to mention the fact that the likelihood of them actually having to do what they train for is very low and if they do have to do what they trained for it basically means they are helping end life on this planet as we know it.

I completely understand why they would not be motivated to excel on the exams and/or might smoke a little grass.

I wonder what their Russian counterparts' moral is like.

Comment: As if passing a law will affect them (Score 1) 1216

by capedgirardeau (#45501525) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

As if they are not going to just find some other way to structure their compensation packages to make it appear to be under the cap.

I am sure there are at least a dozen ways they will be able to make as much as they possibly can and never have it run in to any restrictions like the proposed law in Switzerland. If worse comes to worse they can probably use off shore companies to have the executives get paid in a country that doesn't have these sorts of restrictions.

It is nice to put the executives on notice that it would be good for everyone if pay rates were not so disparate, but really the law will make zero difference.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.

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