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Comment Pro Tip... (Score 1) 66

It is actually possible to delete an app without deleting the associated data -- it's just not particularly user friendly, as it requires a full device backup-and-restore operation. In short: perform a backup of all device data to a computer* (as opposed to iCloud). Then, find the synced copy of the problematic app binary on your computer -- likely, buried somewhere within the iTunes Media folder. Delete that binary from your computer -- but not from the iOS device -- perform a full wipe of the iOS device, and restore from the backup you just made. iTunes will be unable to reinstall the app itself for you, but it will restore the data associated with that app. Then, simply re-download a fresh copy of the app from the App Store, and you should be good-to-go, with no data loss.

* Note that I've only personally tested this procedure on a Mac; it's possible that some steps are slightly different on Windows based computers.

Comment Re:Jailbreak == security vulnerability (Score 1) 69

Except this particular vulnerability has precisely nothing to do with jailbreaking. To the contrary, it's a flaw with Apple's own way for enterprise customers to install unapproved apps. ...

While your first sentence is reasonable, (but strictly speaking, does not actually negate anything I said, aside from implying a minimization of the relevancy of my comment) your second sentence is technically incorrect: The enterprise certs are working exactly as they were intended. The real issue is that a malicious entity happened to obtain access to such certs. So the questions are: How did they obtain the certs? And how can Apple prevent future compromises of this nature?

If we apply Hanlon's Razor, I'd think it's a pretty good bet that the malicious entity simply signed up for the developer program, themselves. Thus, the easiest way that Apple could stop that from happening in the future is to increase developer fees, which would unfortunately also have the negative side effect of locking out smaller iOS developers entirely. Finding the threshold at which malicious entity interest is minimized, while also minimizing the discouragement of legitimate small developers, is obviously a calculated balancing act... but will never be entirely foolproof. The fact that this kind of malicious act has only been reported this once suggests that Apple has a pretty clear idea of what they're doing.

In any case, it seems pretty clear that Apple has already revoked the certs and suspended the developer account in question, so this particular hack is effectively in the clean-up phase now.

(The rest of your response just sounds to me like the usual soapbox "Apple bad! Big business bad! They're all out to get the little guy!" commentary, so I seriously doubt that anything I could say is going to dissuade you from your point of view. Suffice to say, we'll just have to agree to disagree.)

Comment Jailbreak == security vulnerability (Score 4, Insightful) 69

Every now and then, I read a comment from someone about how Apple must "hate" the jailbreakers, because they keep closing off the flaws which make jailbreaks possible. The reality -- as effectively demonstrated in this instance -- is that the flaws which allow jailbreaks also just happen to open your phone up to malware. Apple is far more concerned with what a malicious entity might do to their customer base through these flaws, then with what the jailbreakers are doing to their own phones. Would, that more people understood this.

Comment Doing it wrong... (Score 1) 51

... Now they are launching a Kickstarter campaign because they need a bigger space.

No, they don't need a "bigger" space; they just need to recreate themselves within the worlds which they celebrate. That is to say, create a virtual museum using the Unreal Engine, and then release it on every platform that supports UE. You'd be guaranteed to increase your audience dramatically.

To wit: eat your own dog food, as they say.

Comment Re:So, they invented... (Score 1) 96

There actually is a market for such devices in the real world. ...

While you may be correct on that minor point, you skipped over my primary point entirely: If the government had a need for such things, then the tech almost certainly already exists in some form, as the idea has itself existed for decades in fictional representations. And we're not talking about Star Trek futuristic technologies here, either; it wouldn't be terribly difficult to literally pack small amounts of plastic explosives alongside (or even inside) the microchips in those critical technologies that you mentioned. So why did the PARC researchers need to investigate this topic in the first place? Unless they're just trying to build a better mouse trap...

Comment So, they invented... (Score 1) 96

... chips with integrated plastic explosives? As in, standard Mission Impossible/Inspector Gadget type stuff. If there was actually a market for such devices in the real world, wouldn't it have already been fulfilled by now?

Or... are we just now learning about this, because certain "spy-craft" methods have recently been declassified, or something of that nature? Hmmmmmm.....

Comment Cart before horse (Score 1) 842

See, his real problem, in my opinion, is that he put the cart before the horse, and made a crapton of money before properly establishing a family life. I'm married, so I don't have to worry about meeting Miss Right. What's more, we have six kids and are barely able to make ends meet -- so now would be absolutely the perfect time to become suddenly wealthy!

Now, if only I could come up with the next Minecraft...

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 450

... So does that mean there were 2583 men for every woman? ...

So yeah, 2583:1 -- or some other ways to put it*...
- approximately 0.22% of the "female" accounts were real, (0.03% of the total user base) or
- roughly the same odds as winning $100 in the lottery, on a $5 ticket.

I've occasionally wondered how on earth sites such as these could possibly attract enough females to genuinely support any kind of a userbase, without hiring prostitutes or the like... I guess now we know the answer: They can't.

* That is, not involving football fields, as that's already been nicely covered by Tom.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert