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Comment Re:You still can't control recipient devices (Score 1) 183

google "baseband exploit" Also, there is something called STK or simtoolkit ( a gsm standard protocol). Big business like banks can make deals with carriers to run apps securely with the sim card. It isn't used so much in the usa but the capability is there. The way the sim card gets programmed via specially formatted sms with the proper keys etc.

Comment Re:Very little utility here (Score 1) 183

agree. I've often wondered how it is the nice people who put out "secure" apps and recommend them to dissidents, journalists, etc in oppressive regimes have never heard of baseband (radio) exploits. Also, apps can be run in the sim. The sim and baseband can be updated/programmed remotely. One doesn't know what's going on inside the sim or baseband.

Comment Re:No shocker there (Score 1) 440

Too many high school students get no theorems or proofs and memorize algorithms and have no idea what they mean. I corresponded with an online math prof recently while looking for some extra course work for my son and in part of his email he said: "We don't memorize too many equations in my class - we derive them". Maybe that approach isn't for everyone but I think it's better than the most.

Comment Re:No shocker there (Score 1) 440

Agree. You need a little of each of those things. Regarding bad teachers I thought the book by Liping Ma was interesting. A review: Seems chinese teachers with less education than their USA counterparts understand math far better. From the book: "The situation of the two teacher is that the U.S. teachers have a shallow understanding of a large number of mathematical structures including the advanced ones, but the Chinese teachers have a deeper understanding of the elementary concepts involved in mathematics."

Submission + - Microsoft buys Nokia - most of it (

multatuli writes: Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Submission + - Snowden Masqueraded As Top Officials To Mine NSA's Deepest Secrets

schnell writes: As government investigators continue to try to figure out just how much data whistleblower Edward Snowden had access to, MSNBC is reporting that Snowden used his sysadmin privileges to assume the user profiles of top NSA officials in order to gain access to the most sensitive files. His sysadmin privileges also enabled him to do something other NSA users can't — download classified files from NSAnet onto a thumb drive. “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.”

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