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Comment: Re:Me too. (Score 2) 382

by gnasher719 (#47959063) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Except when they are copying Braun and others?

You are one fucking idiot.

The pictures that you are linking to are carefully staged photos taken from exactly the right angle to fake a similarity that doesn't exist. The Braun clock radio for example, sits on your table, six inch wide, three inch high, three inch deep. So it has been set to sit on its side in a way nobody would position it because it falls over. It has been photographed exactly from the front so that you don't see that it's actually three inch deep. It doesn't have a screen, it has a speaker with little holes. It doesn't have a wheel, it has a round frequency dial.

The "radio" shows a tiny corner of the case of the radio. Nobody seeing a complete radio would ever figure out that it is supposed to have any similarity with a PowerMac.

With the Braun LE1 speaker, something strange happened: The site doesn't show the usual image depecting the LE1 speakers exactly from the side, where you can't see that the feet are totally different from the iMac stand. There is actually no similarity! (What the picture doesn't show is that these are very expensive high end speakers (the first electrostatic speakers ever sold) that are about 1.5 m high - so nobody could ever confuse them with an iMac. The only thing they have in common is a roughly rectangular shape of the main component.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 2) 182

by gnasher719 (#47958899) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

I seem to recall, back in the original People's Court series, some defendant using that same line, and the judge was both incredulous and unimpressed (in the legal sense).

With registered mail, some post office employee would write down that they tried to deliver the mail, went to the right address, and the person there refused to sign. The court doesn't care that the person didn't receive the mail, as long as they could have received it if they hadn't acted like a dumbs.

Comment: Re:But your honor... (Score 2) 182

by gnasher719 (#47958861) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

The judge may have said it can be used in this one case, but unless struck down by another court, it sets up a precedent for other judges to do the same.

In the same circumstances. If a person disappears without leaving a forwarding address, but is actively using their facebook account.

Comment: Re:Yes and yes... (Score 1) 247

by gnasher719 (#47953773) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Best selling means that most actual consumers think that 16 GB is enough. That means that while _you_ want more storage in a smartphone, most people don't. That doesn't make them wrong. :-)

Up to now, you had to pay a lot of money to upgrade from 16GB to 32GB. Now you get 64GB for the same money. I'd think the percentage of 64GB purchasers will go up.

Comment: Re:Apple Pay? (Score 1) 77

by gnasher719 (#47947789) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Great -- now the hackers that got my credit / debit card numbers could, instead, get my PayPal info! We all know how nice PayPal is to customers when their accounts are compromised!

Excuse me - Apple Pay. Not PayPal. Unless you lived under a stone for the last two weeks I would have expected that you've heard of Apple Pay.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 4, Informative) 348

Once Amazon started selling MP3s, I jumped ship from iTunes and never looked back. I imagine even if there was no court order mandating they remove DRM they would have for competitive reasons anyway.

That's what you call rewriting history. The only reason why there was ever DRM on the iTunes store was because the record labels demanded it. The only reason why Amazon was allowed to sell DRM-free music in mp3 format was because they record labels wanted a strong alternative to the iTunes store - I wonder how happy they are with this nowadays and when Amazon will turn on them like they are turning on the book publishers. At the same time Apple was still not allowed to sell DRM free; only after Apple agreed to raise all the prices.

Just a reminder: The two A's in AAC stand for "Advanced Audio" and have nothing to do with Apple. And AAC = mp4.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 231

by gnasher719 (#47944129) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Any encryption can be broken with enough processor power and time.

As explained elsewhere, there is encryption for which "enough processor power and time" doesn't exist in the universe. The limit is (total energy in the universe) divided by (smallest possible amount of energy to make any change, as dictated by quantum physics). That limit isn't anywhere close to 2^256.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 2) 231

by gnasher719 (#47943559) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Won't last. Someone will forget his passcode about 8 seconds after the iOS 8 goes public. Then comes the flood of unhappy customers locked out of their unbreakably encrypted phones. "Sorry, we can't help you" won't be accepted as an answer.

That's the answer they already had to accept. The guy in the Apple Store _never_ could get your passcode. Apple in Cupertino _could_ get your passcode by brute forcing at a rate of one passcode every 80 milliseconds. They would do that if the police hands over a phone together with a search warrant, but not because a customer is too stupid.

(MacOS X uses a clever trick to reduce the number of cases: You turn on full disk encryption. At some point you will have to enter your password for the very first time, proving that you remembered it at least that far. At that point nothing is encrypted yet! Only when you demonstrate that you have actually remembered your password does the encryption start.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 231

by gnasher719 (#47943541) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)

256 bit = physically impossible, unless some hugely unexpected mathematical breakthrough happens. Plus each file in the file system has its own 256 bit key and needs to be decrypted individually.

So that's the kind of situation where an honest statement says "almost impossible" although it is of course possible that the first of about 100,000 billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion possible guesses might be right. And that's the situation where idiots say "it's almost possible, therefore the NSA can crack it".

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.