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Comment: What scenario are they talking about? (Score 1) 433

by gnasher719 (#48041081) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
In this "think of the children" scenario, the situation would be that a child is in danger, there is a suspect, and there is enough evidence to get a search warrant for the suspect's phone.

I wonder how many cases there have been where a child was saved from danger by searching a suspect's phone.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 800

by gnasher719 (#48034171) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

It's time for national units to finally be put out to pasture. Both US units and UK units.

You are welcome to try to change all the street signs in the UK using miles, and all the speed limits using miles per hour, and I'll predict you'll have utter chaos because the percentage of drivers who can figure out that 80km/h = 50mph is quite low, and the percentage of drivers who can do that calculation in their head without taking their hands off the steering wheel and their eyes off the road is tiny.

Comment: Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (Score 1) 161

by gnasher719 (#48030669) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

So, where in the CTO's email is asking to share copyrignted music to hang them all for that?

It says so in the summary of the article. Not literally. He didn't say "Please share copyrighted music". He said "download all the mp3's you can and share them". To any judge, that is the same.

Comment: Re:News flash for you (Score 2) 194

by gnasher719 (#48025841) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

If you set foot in a country, they can arrest you for violating their laws. Doesn't matter if you aren't a citizen and live overseas. If you come there, they can arrest you. So let's say you regularly trash Islam and the Ayatollah and are well known for this. Then you travel to Iran. They very well can arrest you for that. They can't do much if you don't go there but if you show up, they can grab you.

Actually, most countries will prosecute you only for things you did in that country (including things that take effect in the country), with very few exceptions, and I have no reason to believe that Iran would be different.

Comment: Re:Time to short (Score 2) 120

by gnasher719 (#48019795) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Apple CEOs recently sold off a lot of their stock at the height of the iPhone 6 release: [] My guess is that they knew this was coming and cashed out at the highest possible value. It might be time to short AAPL.

You are welcome to short AAPL, but you should be careful, since apparently you have not a clue how the stock market works. When insiders like Apple's CEO trade shares, they can't use the insider information which they obviously have, because that would mean jail time if the SEC finds out. Instead, they have to enter these trades a long time (around a year) before the trade is executed, and there is no way to back out of this. So Tim Cook could today set up a trade to sell 10,000 AAPL shares on the 23rd of September 2015, and if he does that, the sale will go through on that day - even if AAPL is at a low on that day and Tim Cook has news that will double the share price on the next day.

Comment: Another nonsense article (Score 2) 120

by gnasher719 (#48019013) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
Fact: The EU is having a close look at the deals between Apple and the Irish government. Fact: There is no indication whatsoever that anyone is asking for any back payments, and there is no indication whatsoever that anyone is asking for large penalties.

In other words, the whole article is pure nonsense.

Comment: Re:Free bumper was PR (Score 1) 302

by gnasher719 (#48012887) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

That didn't *fix* anything though. As was widely reported at the time, ALL phones lose signal dramatically with a death grip, iPhone or no, even with a case.

I don't know about "all" but both non-Apple phones that I owned at the time stated in their user manual that gripping the phone in the wrong way would lose to signal loss (also known as "you're holding it wrong").

Comment: Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (Score 1) 302

by gnasher719 (#48012871) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

But doesn't Apple advertise themselves as better than the rest? Or is that only in "inspiring" (cough cough snort... almost choked on that one) designs.

There was a Rolls Royce dealer who was asked how many horse powers a Rolls Royce had. The answer was "enough".

There is a limit to the force that any phone would endure during normal use. Any phone surviving up to that limit is fine. And the iPhone does.

By the way, you might want to see a doctor about that (cough cough snort) of yours. Doesn't sound healthy.

Comment: Re:Ars Technica speculates? (Score 2, Informative) 208

by gnasher719 (#48008597) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

This is nothing more than anti GPL FUD. I mean how did Apple manage to originally bundle BASH without contaminating Mac OS X with the GPL 'viral' license. Shame on Ars Technica for spreading this FUD further. Since when has slashdot become a platform for spreading anti-GPL propaganda?

Excuse me, but there is no "anti GPL FUD" or "anti-GPL propaganda". Apple doesn't want to touch GPL 3 licensed code, and quite rightfully so.

Comment: Re:LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS (Score 2) 904

by gnasher719 (#47995329) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

I thought the legal tender law required a creditor to accept cash as a repayment of debt. So take the loan and pay it off before any interest accrues.

It doesn't say that they need to let you pay back the loan early. If your contract says $500 over 60 months, they have to accept $500 cash every month for the next 60 months and can't demand you pay buy cheque or using a card, but they don't have to accept the full amount in cash at once.

Comment: Re:Not Brute Force (Score 1) 93

by gnasher719 (#47991593) Attached to: Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March
I'd want to see where this information comes from. There are websites where I have no idea why the idiots want a password from me, so it is entirely possible that many users of such a site would use stupid passwords. And use a much safe password for their AppleID password.

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