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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.

Submission Continued Cord Cutting Hits the Pay TV Business Hard 1

An anonymous reader writes: Customers cord cutting is not a new concern for the pay TV business but a recent massive sell-off in media stocks has many in the industry worried. Cable, satellite and TV companies suffered their worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines losing more than half a million accounts, sending stocks tumbling. Researchers say this may be the beginning of the end for the pay TV business. According to analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson: “A year ago, the Pay TV sector was shrinking at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. A year later, the rate at which the Pay TV sector is declining has quickened to 0.7 percent year-over-year. That may not seem like a mass exodus, but it is a big change in a short period of time. And the rate of decline is still accelerating.”

Comment Re:I'm torn.... (Score 1) 663

... as a fat man, if you can come up with a legitimate way for me to lose weight without diet and exercise, I will love you forever

Really? Your requirement is that both means of losing weight be unnecessary? Most people would argue that both are necessary for a truly healthy lifestyle, no matter what you do... but I really think that at an absolute minimum, you need at least one of those...

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 2) 663

Yesterday on a radio I heard a DJ saying that there was a study showing that diet drinks didn't help people loose weight. ...

That snippet is old news, and I'm pretty sure it stems from psychology more then from the actual affect of diet drinks, metabolically. People think to themselves, "Oh, I'm drinking fewer calories anyway... so super-duper-size it!"

The bottom line is pretty simple, actually: people almost universally like sweets. You take away their favorite soft drink or candy, and they're going to find a substitute. I'd imagine this is one of the issues that the Coca-cola study will examine... and they're probably going to come to the very obvious conclusion, that what's actually necessary to be more healthy, is to burn off the calories that you take in.

(Of course, the best advice is and always has been, "everything in moderation" ... even exercise. My knees can attest to that.)

Submission Verizon ends smartphone subisides->

JoeyRox writes: Verizon has discontinued service plans that include subsidies for upgrading a smartphone every two years. The new plans require customers to pay full price for their smartphones, either up front with a single one-time purchase or by monthly payments with interest-free financing provided by Verizon. Unlike their previous subsidized plans, Verizon's new plans don't require a long-term contract.
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