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Can Translucency Save Privacy In the Cloud? 86

MikeatWired writes "Jon Udell writes that when it was recently discovered that some iPhone apps were uploading users' contacts to the cloud, one proposed remedy was to modify iOS to require explicit user approval. But in one typical scenario that's not a choice a user should have to make. A social service that uses contacts to find which of a new user's friends are already members doesn't need cleartext email addresses. If I upload hashes of my contacts, and you upload hashes of yours, the service can match hashes without knowing the email addresses from which they're derived. In the post Hashing for privacy in social apps, Matt Gemmell shows how it can be done." (Read more, below.)

Comment Re:Not about language preferences (Score 1) 542

On the first point, since Android is open source and I can't download all of that source either I see no reason why the partial codebase of iOS does not qualify.

You can download all of Android's sources.

Where can I download Moto-Blur?

Moto-blur is not Android, it's a replacement UI developed by Motorola. Which, btw, is not as easy to do in iOS (and probably a breach of contract).

the second is at least a questionable claim, given that language preferences vary so much.

That has nothing to do with it. The fact is Objective-C make code injection incredibly easy, which means it's much easier to hook into and modify specific parts of existing applications.

It's not about language preference, it's about a specific side effect of iOS software being written in Objective-C.

But then again, that's not exactly allowed, is it?

Comment Re:What's the difference .... (Score 1) 219

Zombies have bathed somewhat recently.

The odor from zombies is somewhat lower.

Overall general appearance is somewhat better for zombies.

You may mistake an OWSer for a zombie, but never vice versa.

Unlike zombies, destroying OWSer brains has no perceivable effect.

Unlike zombies, there is no actual way to placate them.

Zombies clean up after themselves when they're done making a mess.

There are fewer festering sores on zombies.

Zombies have a higher likelihood of being able to reproduce.

Zombies are capable of peaceful assembly.

Comment Re:Poor understanding of English (Score 1) 178

My point was, integrity (values/moral, figurative definition) of policemen works just as well as the literal one. If anything, integrity as being whole, seems to me would apply better to the police corps, not to an individual: intégrité, nom féminin Sens 1 Etat d'une chose qui n'a pas été altérée Chose means thing, and while you can apply this to a person, it just sounds weird. But, we're just splitting hairs here. :-P

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.