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

by jo_ham (#48009051) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Ah, propaganda!

GPLv3: "code should be open and free, unless we decide that the freedom that a company chose was not the freedom we wanted them to choose!"

So, you think idea that you can do anything you want within the terms of the licence is a "loophole". Mhhmmm.

Oh, and let's not forget the idea that anyone who disagrees with your position is a sociopath.

What next? The test for sociopathic tendencies involves presenting a choice of OSS licences and if the subject picks anything other than GPLv3 they get branded a sociopath?

Comment: Re:Ars Technica speculates? (Score 4, Informative) 208

by jo_ham (#48009039) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

The version of Bash with the patch is v3, the version Apple uses is v2. They're perfectly happy to ship GPLv2 code (quite a bit of their codebase is GPL), but they have strenuously avoided GPLv3 where possible.

What is hard to understand about this?

That, plus the fact that the patches issued so far are not 100% effective is probably why there is no official patch from Apple yet (you are free to compile your own of course).

They have stated that they are working on it, so it will be forthcoming soon enough.

Comment: Re:I've been on data roaming since last Monday... (Score 1) 610

Well, Apple did think of that - large downloads do not download over your data connection, you have to connect to wifi.

Also, auto-download is off by default.

Also this album simply appears in iTunes in the Cloud and doesn't download automatically.

Comment: Re:The most important features... (Score 0) 208

by jo_ham (#47897633) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

There is no PIN code weakness. You can set it to wipe the phone after 10 failed attempts, or set it to not do that, allowing infinite attempts, but if it is set this way then it will lock out after a few failed attempts and force you to wait to try again.

The level of security you choose is up to each user.

You can also set a PIN that is longer than 4 digits, and if you do so then you can use letters as well as numbers.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 59

by jo_ham (#47895247) Attached to: Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

I have no doubt that CFCs are damaging to Ozone. You can easily test this out in a lab.

What I have not seen an explanation for is how CFCs, which are much heavier than air molecules travel from the developed areas and end up in the upper atmosphere above the south pole.

You've never seen an explanation for that? Really? How hard did you look?

Diffusion, convection, mixing. All basic processes that are well understood for fluids.

If you put a sugar cube in water and stir it, why do the heavy sugar molecules end up at the top of the mug, far from the bottom where the cube started?

Also, you seem to be doubting the fact that CFCs are in the stratosphere. You think it's a guess? They can be detected so we know they are there, and unfortunately for those who want to be science deniers, there are no natural sources of CFCs, so whatever is up there was as a result of human factors.

Comment: Re:What I think would be most useful (Score 2) 471

by jo_ham (#47873585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

It does not have a integral GPS unit. It requires your iPhone to provide location information.

It does have internal storage for music, apps, and so on, and other sensors that the phone does;t have (like pulse) and some that replicate function (gyro, accelerometers).

Comment: Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (Score 1) 730

by jo_ham (#47865325) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Your card details are not stored. A hash of your card number is stored. This hash is sent to the bank via the merchant along with a transaction ID and the device ID. The merchant never knows what the card number is, and it's not kept on the phone. Only the bank knows what the number is.

For this to work you have to verify the phone with the bank first (and share the hash with them). From then on, no one else needs to know your card number - including Apple.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 2) 730

by jo_ham (#47865115) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

The bank has your card number.

The way I believe it works, based on the video today, is that you take an image of your card with your phone and it combines it with a device ID and then creates a hash, then you need to do something with your bank to have it added to the apple pay system. Cue said something like "verify" - but he did not give specifics. I assume that this hash is given to your bank somehow during this step. From then on, payments are made using this hash, and it's a direct transaction between merchant and bank.

They were very clear that the card number is not stored on the phone itself - he said specifically "if your phone is lost or stolen then you can use find my iPhone to disable payments made using it and because your card details are not on the device, the thief doesn't have that either".

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by jo_ham (#47864885) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

The problem is you're not in a position to be able to evaluate the evidence - climate science is difficult and specialised.

Hey, that's the same thing the guy told me who tried selling me magnets to increase my gas mileage... The science is too difficult and specialized. I should "just trust him". Thanks for explaining this to me

Right, someone else tried that argument with a guy doing a seance, but he was at least smart enough to log in first.

The crucial difference between the magnet gas mileage person and science is that the scientist could actually back up their claims - it's just difficult to explain quickly and simply to a non-scientist. Of course, if climate science were a sham like magnet man, then other scientists would be able to demonstrate it.

The fact that you think "an expert in a scientific field can't easily explain it to me" = "he's a lying scammer" demonstrates an enormous lack of understanding about how experts work.

Did you say the same thing to your heart surgeon, or the guy who wrote the Linux kernel, or the guy sequencing your genome, or the guy developing the drugs that make your quality of life better?

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by jo_ham (#47864839) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Ah, the old "they're being paid off" argument.

If climate scientists are in it for the "hush money" or bribery or whatever you think it is via their salaries then I have a bridge to sell you. There are much easier ways to make much more money with that skill set.

He's dead, Jim.

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