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Comment Re:Distinctly untrue, despite the hype (Score 3, Interesting) 281

Disclaimer: I develop iOS stuff for fun (and sometimes make some money doing it).
Sometimes an app doesn't seem to be suspended completely and parts of it keep running. A few years ago the Facebook app was notorious for this: if you didn't force-quit the app it would often suck the battery dry in a couple of hours. This would happen sometimes even with apps that were not designed to run in the background, i.e. track your location or keep an ear out for certain events. But those few cases aside, the guy is right: in almost all cases it makes no sense force-quitting an app; just going back to the home screen will make it suspend all activity. And over the years iOS has gotten a bit better at suspending apps.

App developers have to do very little to make this happen: threads are stopped automatically after a while, the app gets notified so that it can wrap up stuff and save the device state, free up memory if possible, and so on. And even if you don't free up that memory like a good little boy, the phone will do it for you... pretty much by force-quiting your app when needed. Not ideal, but as a developer you have the choice of either releasing memory or just let the app die when the phone needs it.

Submission + - Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Encryption ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages." Days later, Australia's Prime Minister spoke about the encryption problem with the Australian press as noted in the video in our report. Now we're learning that Apple has flown in top executives to lobby Turnbull government on encryption laws. It sounds like a showdown is on the horizon. This is the second time this month that Apple has flown executives into Australia to lobby the government according to a Sydney publication. Apple executives met with Attorney-General George Brandis and senior staff in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office on Tuesday to discuss the company's concerns about the legal changes, which could see tech companies compelled to provide access to locked phones and third party messaging applications. Apple has argued in the meetings that as a starting point it does not want the updated laws to block tech companies from using encryption on their devices, nor for companies to have to provide decryption keys to allow access to secure communications. The company has argued that if it is compelled to provide a software "back door" into its phones to help law enforcement agencies catch criminals and terrorists, this would reduce the security for all users. It also says it has provided significant assistance to police agencies engaged in investigations, when asked.

Submission + - A Gamer Channel's Mission: Send the Trolls Packing ( 1

cdreimer writes: According to The New York Times, the Twitch gaming channel, Misscliks, is determined to send the trolls packing to provide a safe gaming environment.

"Every week without fail, some viewers of Misscliks, a channel on the video game streaming platform Twitch, pipe up with sexist or misogynistic comments. As the channel live-streams shows where hosts engage in activities like playing the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game, viewers have made comments objectifying the female hosts. Several have called the male hosts on Misscliks “pimps,” or have said how lucky they are to have a “harem” of colleagues. What sets Misscliks apart is its response to such behavior. Whenever a sexist remark pops up, the Misscliks community quickly jumps in to explain that the channel’s mission is to be a diverse space where underrepresented gamers can feel safe from harassment and bullying. Commenters who persist are given timeouts, or sometimes banned outright. [...] Of the 2.2 million channels on Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, Misscliks was one of the first to explicitly lay out a goal of being a place where people of all genders and backgrounds could participate in gamer culture without fear, prejudice or harassment."

Misscliks can also be found on YouTube, where a introduction video explains the group's mission.

Comment Re:More difficult with people? (Score 4, Insightful) 160

Meh. While people here are busy pointing out how unrealistic Musks plans are, why his ideas will never work, and of course spouting the tired old line about Why We Shouldn't Do Manned Space Exploration, Musk is getting shit done. And yes, there will be many setbacks along the way, and changes of plans. The reasons for those changes are a little more complicated than a simple "ha ha they didn't think of that" or "dumbasses forgot there's different rules for man rated spacecraft". If anything, SpaceX has made space exploration a bit exciting again, and cheaper at the same time. And I think that's great.

Sure, the personality cult around Musk is a bit scary and laughable at the same time (they always are). But the guy does deserve some credit. If anything he's a good example of "big dreams, small steps".

Submission + - Secure messaging app slams Australian encryption backdoor law proposal (

AJ_Levy writes: Recently, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans for a law demanding a mandatory backdoor in encrypted messaging apps. Tim Gallagher, the CEO of encrypted messaging app SafeSwiss, has criticised the proposal in a series of interviews with Australian tech publications. "The barrier here is not legal, it's more technical. You cant do backdoors. Either these apps are encrypted or they're not," he told HuffPost Australia.

"In a sense, the genie is out of the bottle here. As soon as you build in a weakness, you put everybody at risk."

"Either an app is encrypted, or it's not. The whole point is for only the intended recipients to have it, with no middle ground. The thing with a robust encryption schematic, there is no metadata, there's nothing to pass on. We can't give them what we haven't got. There is nothing to provide, no logs, no IP addresses."

Submission + - SickRage DCMA'ed (

groebke writes: It appears that SickRage github is inaccessible; right after a new update was release.

Comment Re:Imagine (Score 4, Insightful) 197

No, he is right, and it's what I do as well. It's nice if you could find a news source that is the truth, the whole truth and no lies, but let's be honest: even the news outlets that aspire to this (and many of them don't) fail to achieve it. So it's not about a compromise between truth and lies; it's about getting viewpoints from different perspectives. Shake up your faith in those unshakable truths a little, and read opposing opinions and sources that will cast doubt on those so called truths. You need to be able to filter crap from credible sources, though.

Once I started reading publications from all parts of the political spectrum instead of just my favorite newspaper and a blog or 2, I realised what a myopic view on the world such a limited set of sources resulted in.

Submission + - Facebook looking into creating paywall for stories (

sarbonn writes: Facebook is testing whether or not it can start charging for stories by placing a paywall that charges after a tenth story has been viewed from one of its subscribed sources. An interesting takeaway is that Facebook would like to do this by avoiding the mandatory 30 percent cut that Apple and Google get from their stores by going around their app store. This is being targeted for around October. (this is my first time posting a story, so forgive me if I'm doing it all wrong)

Comment Re:Best iPhone ever - fantasy (Score 1) 136

It means Lada was the only game in town. That's not the case with Airpods. There's plenty of other BT headphones or earbuds to choose from, not to mention regular headphones for those who still have a 3.5mm jack on their phones. Most are cheaper too. Yet some (apparently: plenty) people still choose to pay the premium and wait 6 weeks for their AirPods.

Comment Re:not a flaw (Score 1) 53

Just so. I wouldn't even trust us slashdotters (or myself for that matter) to get this right all the time. We do need a multi pronged approach, and anomaly detection is one of them. The ISPs might be able to play a role in that, though as we've seen in the last DDOS attack by IoT devices, botnet operators have learned to fly under the radar and send only small mounts of traffic per device instead of crapflooding to the max of its extent. Detection at the ISP level is becoming harder. But I've not seen any client side solutions that I'd call consumer friendly.

Submission + - EFF: Large ISPs Lying to Californians to Kill New Privacy Law (

simkel writes: California is considering new broadband privacy protections after the GOP and President Trump voted to dismantle the FCC's consumer broadband privacy protections earlier this year at the behest of giant broadband providers. On June 19, California Assemblymember Ed Chau introduced AB 375 (pdf), which, like the FCC rules it's intended to replace, requires that large ISPs are very clear about what consumer data is being collected and sold to third parties.

Comment Re:not a flaw (Score 1) 53

Not a feature, but it's a fair assumption that an IoT device contains either a vulnerability, or something that sends data to its master when it's not supposed to, or both. Assuming that, you have no business hooking up any such devices directly to the internet with not even a NAT to hide behind. Any IoT device should sit behind a bastard of a firewall that lets nothing out, or in case the device does need some connection to the Internet to function, is very restrictive about the connections it is allowed to make.

In other words: isolate these things on your LAN. And avoid devices that do not really need Internet from a functional perspective yet require a connection because whatever.

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