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Comment Re:RDS astroturf for the First Post Win? (Score 3, Informative) 353

How would a desktop application know (quoting GP now) "where you spend most of your time and when you are not home"? Surely you see the difference between "the subject uses his computer at home" and "the subject spends a lot of time at his friend's home while his friend is at work"?

The database from the phone is stored in the backup of the phone on your desktop, the database on the phone is inaccessible to software on the phone. Hence it requires a desktop application in order to access the database.

I don't know what the GP meant by "pre-tapped," except, I suppose, that there might be legal precedent stating law enforcement has a right to request this data. If you're ever arrested, they can get the data off your phone, at which time it's the equivalent of having followed you around (even when they never did).

Or they could ask the cell phone companies for the exact same information that is stored in the phone (as they are keeping that same information on their servers).

Again, what? How could an app that's sitting on your desktop Mac at home know where you are when you're not at home? Clearly this doesn't seem to be an issue for you, but it certainly is for everybody else.

See above. The database of locations is not software accessible on the phone, only in the unencrypted backups on a regular computer. It's not an issue for me because I chose to encrypt the backups by clicking the check box.

It would be different, and if you don't see that you're blind. A person hired to follow you around actually has to follow you around. That costs time and money. This way, all the attorneys have to do is subpoena the information that they already know is on your phone. Second, an investigator that follows you around has to take the stand and give testimony against you, and your attorney has the right of cross-examination. "Did my client appear to be looking at the children? Which table was he sitting at, and which direction was he facing?" With automatically gathered location data, it merely has to be presented by the prosecuting attorney and, in the jury's eyes, it's up to you to shoot holes in this "factual, computerized data." That's a big, big difference.

You're right, they would have to pay a PI. Or they could put a tracking device on you. Or they could ask the cell phone company for the exact same data that is on the phone. If the government or someone with with sufficient resources wants to track you - they're probably gonna be able to track you.

Comment Re:RDS astroturf for the First Post Win? (Score 5, Informative) 353

I believe you are SERIOUSLY misinformed about exactly what this database is and where it is accessible

1) Any app as in any DESKTOP application on your mac that you willfully install knowing it may do this and provided your backups aren't encrypted. iFarmville (assuming the i means it's for iOS) CANNOT access this database, ever.
2) Your phone is not pre-tapped, the database cannot be accessed on the phone without hacking/jailbreaking. Further, law enforcement would have a much easier time getting the location from the cell phone companies which can give them REAL TIME data.
3) You could give me a desktop app that does this, provided I don't have my backups encrypted. You could give me an iPhone app that does this, but it will tell me that it's tracking me.
4) This would be no different from someone being hired to follow you, they can draw the same (incorrect) inferences about your habits.

Comment Re:no. (Score 1) 293

The softball is similar in that it's not a Pro-Sport (which is what I believe is being talked about when they say e-Sport, a competition where there's money involved and people pay to watch it) when the players are drinking beer.

With the following activities, I think it's likely you enjoyed them largely due to the company (i.e. you wouldn't be doing them by yourself for entertainment, or if you did it would be greatly diminished): bowling, dancing, playing darts

The other activities (riding my bike, doing martial arts, riding a horse, skiing, snowboarding) I thing you find fun because they're physically engaging and/or allow you to explore the (actual) world (which is something an eSport can't do - if it could, it'd be a physical sport instead of an eSport).

Side note: I'm in no way arguing SC2 is better than SC1 (or vice versa), I was merely arguing because it's fun

Comment Re:no. (Score 1) 293

Oh, that's silly. I find eating a really good Chicago hot dog "a blast" and they've made a sport out of competitive hot dog eating.

That's exactly the point they were making the Chicago hot dog is fun, it's got condiments. Competitive hot dog eating involves plain hot dogs, frequently dipped in water (i.e. NOT fun).

Comment Re:Why tax Hybrids and Guzzlers equally? (Score 1) 1306

Actually they do use the road less. They have lower rolling resistance and weigh less which reduces wear on the road. Furthermore, how in the hell can you tax a 80,000 pound semi truck the same as a 3,000 pound passenger car?

That's too slippery of a slope for them, though. If they're able to charge by weight of the vehicle, then why not by the weight of what's in the vehicle - and they don't want to be in a situation where they're charging people for being obese.

Comment Re:When are they going to cripple my iPad 1? (Score 2) 1118

Cutting off original iPhones from the 4 line was really just a marketing decision to push new phones.

The original iPhone used considerably more battery power during normal use than the 3g. 4.0 could have easily overwhelmed it and made it essentially unusable unless you could charge multiple times a day.

Comment Re:Less Honesty Please... (Score 1) 634

>This opens the school up for a big "emotional distress" lawsuit

By whom? Unless she named specific children, who is going to sue?

Any parent that knows their child is a dimwit, as the comments were then obviously about their child. Then the child can sue the parents for admitting he/she is a dimwit in a public forum.

Comment Re:The price might seem a bit high (Score 2) 429

Web apps running under iOS will always be harder to use than native apps because Apple bans native APIs like Flash and non-Apple JavaScript. This means that web apps can't make use of device I/O such as multi-touch, sound, GPS, accelerometer, etc.

Accelerometer in MobileSafari -
GPS in MobileSafari -
Multi Touch Gestures in MobileSafari -
Sound in MobileSafari -

Please do some research before saying what can and can't be done.

Comment Re:Sics? (Score 1) 705

First we have a story on 'apps'.

How spelling standards have obviously fallen in the USA. 'Six' is the preferred spelling.

sic 2 (also sick) verb ( sicced, siccing or sicked , sicking ) [ trans. ] ( sic something on) set a dog or other animal on (someone or something) : the plan was to surprise the heck out of the grizzly by sicking the dog on him. ( sic someone on) informal set someone to pursue, keep watch on, or accompany (another).

Comment Re:Unwise GPL (Score 1) 334

The review process is not there to do anything of the sort. The review process is to make a reasonable attempt to ensure that the application doesn't do anything harmful and that it follows all of the programming and content related guidelines set forth by Apple. The review process makes no claims that it will prevent similar apps from appearing or that the apps are actually good.

Nope, The approval process has no other purpose but to deny apps Apple doesn't like.

Native apps w/o source code are next to impossible to review aside from using a full code path coverage tool. A tool could be used to ensure all code paths are tested during approval process, but clearly Apple isn't doing this or else 15 year olds wouldn't be able to sneak tethering into a flash-light app.

If tethering can slip through unnoticed, why not malware? WHAT'S THE POINT?

Malware could easily slip through unnoticed. The quick scan of the binary that Apple does detects what is linked against and if they link to anything that allows them to leave the sandbox or do anything other than use the Apple sanctioned APIs then it's detected and not approved. Thus what the malware could do is significantly limited. Tethering isn't actually doing anything malicious (what that app did was actually make a web proxy that could be accessed and used, all with available and approved APIs) and is actually not allowed for contractual reasons with the carriers. Similarly it would be entirely possible to sneak a link to a pornography site in an application, despite pornography not being allowed.

Comment Re:Unwise GPL (Score 1) 334

Dense or not, you're conflating rules on the developer with rules the app must follow.

It's called obtuse, deliberate or not, because contracts apply to people or to corporations, not to applications, which have not (yet?) been assigned personhood.

You said they have a review process to catch apps that are infringing on copyright. They do not. They have never stated that the review is meant to be a copyright check. They have a review process for the sole purpose of determining if an app is of suitable quality.

Additionally they have a contract with developers that states the developer will not submit content they do not own the license for and that said developer will incur all costs associated with anything that happens to Apple as a result of the application (section 11 of the contract) and that by submitting an application you are stating to Apple that everything is legit and has no reason to suspect anything illegal is transpiring.

Again - these are two separate things. They do not have a review process to prevent copyright infringement.

Comment Re:Unwise GPL (Score 1) 334

You're being dense, the review checks if the app is within the rules, one of the rules is "you have to have the rights to distribute this".

Dense or not, you're conflating rules on the developer with rules the app must follow. The review checks the app is within the rules for the apps (i.e. what's in the App Store Review Guidelines). The rule on "must have the rights to distribute everything submitted" is on being in the developer program (i.e. the Developer Program License Agreement).

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