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Comment: How is that different to Apple? (Score 1) 361

by elp (#45140967) Attached to: Is Choice a Problem For Android?
Ignoring the fact that Android has something like 85% market share so consumers are obviously not unhappy, how is this different to Apple? Android and Apple steal so many ideas from each other that the differences are now mostly cosmetic.

As for the large choice in phones, isn't this is like saying motorists have too many kinds of cars to choose from?

Comment: Re:Oh, I totally agree... (Score 1) 791

by elp (#45120519) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos
I'm going to disagree really strongly with you there. The lightning connector is at least reversible, but that's a fairly minor gain.

Mico-USB is NOT fragile. Other than online Apple fan boys I've yet to meet someone who claims to have broken one. In any case even if it did break most people have draws full of the things because they are so common otherwise a new one is about two dollars. You would have to break a LOT of usb cables to add up to a single lightning connector.

Also putting a chip inside the cable is pretty blatantly an anti-copy mechanism (either that or Apples designer are incompetent). The EU allowing the lightning connector is proof that their regulators are as bribe-able as their US counterparts.

Comment: Re:A big problem (Score 2) 228

by elp (#45118923) Attached to: D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings
This is not the first time D-Link have been caught doing stuff like this, and the DNS attack is exactly what happens when the bad guys find out.
This was a big issue here in South Africa a few months ago. Telkom (the local state owned incompetent telco) were selling approved DLink modems with helpful extra admin accounts (username: support password: support was one I saw) which suddenly started redirecting traffic to interesting locations.

Comment: Re:They don't enforce snooping on everything (Score 1) 782

by elp (#40408585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

Any scanner is probably set up to watch the internet gateway, its not likely to be watching vpn traffic and unless you abuse the bandwidth no one will go looking there. My experience is that the corporate world is a place where talent goes to die. Don't expect anyone to show enough initiative to search for something that unusual. My favourite corporate client has a policy of tweaking internal linux boxes to withstand syn flood dos attacks and non root users cannot view about 90% of /etc, but the boxes themselves are unpatched RHEL5 boxes that the most amateur of hackers could walk through.

The real golden rule is always find out what level of corporate psychosis you are dealing with first. I've seen several corporates where staff above a certain level are issued with 3G dongles to bypass the firewall, others where porn sites are added to a blacklist with no further comment. I've also seen companies where even browsing Slashdot might not be work safe. YMMV.

Meanwhile the real data thieves just dump everything to thumb drives.

Comment: Re:You have a clear anti-JS bias. (Score 1) 575

by elp (#38964719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy?

And someone competent in using the language would know enough to use the db independent function calls and that once you start escaping strings you are doing it wrong. Much like a competent c programmer understands the specific limitations of strcpy.

All the very well paid professional python programmers I know seem happy using a language with significant whitespace.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 118

by elp (#38145460) Attached to: South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill, Makes Whistleblowing a Dangerous Act

That's exactly what the SA law would do. The paper is REQUIRED to turn over all documents to the nearest police station and give the name of the whistle blower or editor would face jail time. Not sure of the exact penalties, I think its 5 years for not turning over the docs and 25 years for publishing the information.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!

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