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Comment: summary (Score 3, Informative) 30

by farble1670 (#47733001) Attached to: Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

basically, a well-timed phishing attack.

1. in android, you can detect when the UI state changes (a new activity, or screen is brought to the foreground) by looking into a shared memory channel. this tells you nothing else other than that the UI state has changed.

2. you can build a "fingerprint" of a particular UI state change based on CPU utilization, network activity, process list, or possibly other things when the state change occurs. you can use this, plus #1 to know when *specific* UI state changes are occurring.

3. if you have managed to get a malicious app installed, and you know when a specific UI state change is occurring, the malicious app can impersonate the real UI state change, fooling the user into entering sensitive information.

Comment: Re:Hash Collision (Score 1) 790

Make the sender, subject and body look like spam so they won't open the file and you could probably ruin somebody's life quite thoroughly.

sigh. if it was really that easy, don't you think it would have happened by now?

no one is getting locked up because they were sent a spam email with child porn. it hasn't happen and it won't happen. google's not that stupid and even the FBI isn't that stupid.

Comment: Re:Neither (Score 1) 436

by farble1670 (#47562215) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Ads are pollution, and have zero value.

here's what websites / apps, whatever will do: WHATEVER MAKES THEM THE MOST MONEY. they've learned that almost no one will pay then $X a month to access, but almost everyone is happy with having a few ads in the sidebar and accessing for "free".

like it or not, that's what consumers want.

Some website operators are greedy, they want the "free" page views and they want the income at the same time. That's evil. Luckily there are plenty of people like me, who have well paying day jobs, and have no problem whatsoever to give away free software to help ordinary people deal with and filter that shit out.

wanting to get paid for a service you provide is not evil. i assume you provide a service for your day job that you already admitted you get paid for? so you are you evil? no, it's just that you decided the work you do is worth getting paid for. well, great, bully for you then huh?

please.

Comment: Re:surpising (Score 1) 168

by farble1670 (#47535951) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

I can literally order everything I need and have it shipped to me, and never touch amazon. Lowes, Giant Foods, clothing stores, Ali Baba, Ebay, all have online stores.

yep, and you have to remember your logins for all those stores, go through a lengthy registration process re-entering your CC info, addresses, and so on.

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by farble1670 (#47471847) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior. It was a last ditch effort from apple and the publishers to try and prevent Amazon from eating and owning the entire author and book industry, from writing books to editing them to printing them to selling them.

so your whole argument is that it was okay for apple to commit a crime to thwart amazon from becoming more successful? if amazon ended up breaking laws, so be it, and let them stand accountable at that point.

apple isn't some angel coming down from on high to protect the poor little ebook authors. they were simply trying to thwart a competitor from becoming dominant in the field. they wanted a (larger) piece of the pie, and they broke the law trying to get it.

the irony of course is that Amazon is the one that pushed the DOJ in the first place, and that an "independent" lawyer involved on the plaintiff's side does a lot of work for amazon and even works out of Amazon's building.

i don't think you understand what irony means.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 300

by farble1670 (#47462653) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

big companies never fire employees unless it's something really, really terrible.

i talked to a manager about this once. to fire someone, he needed to go through 3 cycles of evaluating, documenting their deficiencies, and laying out a plan for improvement with the employee. he said it just wasn't worth his time. thinking back on this, that seems like a cop-out. they should have subtracted that employee's wages from his, because that's what he was losing the company by letting them stay on.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 300

by farble1670 (#47462591) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Pity that corporations like this always seem to want to lay everyone off at once, though. Why can't they do it gradually?

because that's absolutely terrible for morale. employees don't like coming in to work every day wondering if they are going to be asked to clear out their desk. it's much better to have a week of chaos and bad feelings then get back to business.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 1) 300

by farble1670 (#47462497) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

But mostly because it seems the new CEO has accepted they aren't going to succeed in mobile devices

no, it means they don't need two accounting depts, two HR depts, two public relations depts, and so on. it also means they don't need to continue (or at least start phasing out) development of non-MSFT mobile operating systems.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 1) 300

by farble1670 (#47462475) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Moves like this don't really help anything.

they sure as hell do. employees are a massive liability not only in wages but in healthcare, vacation balances, matching 401k, and other benefits.

in big companies, there is always some percent of people that are just hanging on taking up space. clearing them out is actually good for everyone. nothing is more demoralizing than watching someone collect a paycheck for doing nothing while you work your ass off. for the laid off employee it usually ends up being a pretty good deal too considering severance.

Comment: Re:Significant difference (Score 1) 129

by farble1670 (#47404323) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

but it's not easier to bring a tablet and a laptop than to just bring a laptop, right? and since a laptop does everything a tablet does (faster and on a bigger screen), why in earth would anyone ever need a tablet?

which by design only really does much when a smart-phone is in your pocket

i'm in BT range of my phone 99% of the day, and i think that's pretty typical.

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