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Submission + - Samsung Gear S2 Requires User to Decrypt Smartphone Filesystem Before Updates

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: In an article that oddly implies that Android Marshmallow is broken because it won't allow you to fully decrypt your filesystem in order to update the firmware on your Gear S2 smartwatch, Mobile Syrup details what they call a problem with Google's Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, which ship with the filesystem encrypted. According to the article, in order to update the firmware on your Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, you must fully decrypt the filesystem on your Android device. Creepy? Nah, not at all...

Submission + - Windows 10 Fall Update Uninstalls Desktop Software Without Informing Users (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Martin Brinkmann of GHacks writes: Beware, latest Windows 10 Update may remove programs automatically. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may uninstall programs — desktop programs that is — from the computer after installation of the big Fall update that the company released earlier this month. I noticed the issue on one PC that I upgraded to Windows 10 Version 1511 but not on other machines. The affected PC had Speccy, a hardware information program, installed and Windows 10 notified me after the upgrade that the software had been removed from the system because of incompatibilities. There was no indication beforehand that something like this would happen, and what made this rather puzzling was the fact that a newly downloaded copy of Speccy would install and run fine on the upgraded system.

Submission + - Ad Networks Using Inaudible Sound to Link Phones, Tablets and Other Devices (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

Submission + - Cyanogen for Oneplus update changes your default home page to Bing

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Nestled into GSMArena's report on the Cyanogen OS 12.1 update for Oneplus is this tasty byte: "'ll find out that your Chrome homepage has been changed to Bing." Then it's casually dismissed with "Thankfully though, you can easily get rid of Microsoft's search engine by using Chrome settings." as if this were the most normal thing to have to do after an OTA update. Is this the new normal? Has Microsoft set a new precedent that it's okay to expect users to have to go searching through every setting and proactively monitor network traffic to make sure their data isn't being stolen, modified or otherwise manipulated?

Submission + - Plasma Mobile is a KDE-based Ubuntu Touch distro for mobile (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Via OS News: Plasma Phone OS (or simply Plasma Phone) is a complete software stack for mobile devices and includes the following libre technologies: Plasma Mobile (a Plasma-based shell), KWIN/KWayland, Voicecall, Ofono, RIL, OHM, Telepathy. It allows to run several Qt-based applications to run on top of it, for example: Plasma apps, Ubuntu Touch based apps, Sailfish OS based apps, Nemo based apps.

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Here's the problem though:

If you raise a group of people with the expectation that they're unsuitable for a particular field of work, they will de facto be unsuitable for that type of work.

So the problem is not that people who are minorities or who are female are discriminated against in hiring considerations for those jobs: The problem is that they are, in fact, less suitable for those jobs due to their environment and due to no fault of their own.

You can't fix the problem by forcing companies to hire people who are unsuitable for the job.

You'd have to fix the problem by changing all of the systems that make those people grow up unsuitable for entry into those fields.

First you'd have to make it acceptable to open a conversation about how people are being traditionally steered away from seeking a life that would make them suitable for those jobs.

Submission + - The State of Indiana Believes Car GPS Units are "Containers" to be Searched (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: "In our view, the GPS unit in this case is akin to a computer or cell phone. The device stores large amounts of information that could not possibly be stored in an ordinary physical container. For that reason, an electronic storage device cannot be treated as a container. Moreover, the location data it does store has been identified by the Supreme Court as private information. Just as the Supreme Court believed that treating a cell phone as a container was “a bit strained,” id. at 2491, we believe that treating the GPS device as a container under the automobile exception is inappropriate."

Submission + - Plan9 May Get Modern Toolchain Support Through HarveyOS Project (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: HarveyOS is a project whose aim is to make Plan9 compatible with gcc and clang. "Our aim is to provide a modern, distributed, 64 bit operating system that does away with Unix's wrinkles and allows for new ways of working." There is already a basic build on the project's Github that can be launched and then managed via Telnet.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.