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Comment Re:The more a phone is Cracked (Score 2) 84

Apple can Quattruple-AES-4096 encrypt the phone and close ALL Bugs including Jailbreak, if Paris uses "1234" as PIN, it won't matter (and i firmly belive that 1234 is too complex a password for her anyways...)

And for most people it seems. Have you read: http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/september32012/ ?

If your default locking mechanism recommends a four digit PIN code and you have no way (like a bank) of enforcing a retry limit since it is possible to do a memory clone of your device, who is to blame if the mechanism fails? The customer who used it as it seemed to be designed or the engineer who chose the mechanism? The person who just went to a shop and assumed that the system they bought was fit for being a personal mobile device or the engineer who failed to make it that way.

iPhone has a 4 digit PIN, and full pass phrase, complete with timed lockout after multiple bad passwords, and with the option of wiping the device.
A six digit PIN would be nice, but would probably be birth dates too hohum.

Samsung has come up with ideas such as facial recognition.

I thought that was cool too. But once I had fooled it with a (bad) photo of me displayed from my iPhone I decided that it was a terrible idea. I'm sure it would have problems with my habit of growing a beard and shaving it off every month or so too.

It would be perfectly possible to sell an RFID bracelet with the phone and unlock when within a few CM of it.

Yes, because RFID and NFC tokens can't be hacked, cloned or masqueraded as ... http://www.libnfc.org/ has a nice toolkit there.

Those are the ideas I can come up with in three seconds of thinking each of which is better than a PIN code.

And probably why you've not got a role in the IT security industry too, I'd wager?

I agree with your assertion that short PINs are a terrible idea, but biometrics are worse.
However, there's a huge gap between what a user will accept and what's accepted as good practice.
Users will undoubtably choose the lazy option.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 815

Sure. But what he says is true. Linux has umpteen distros and you cannot move one binary to another without a lot of effort to (re)package your software. This however has been true since I started toying with Linux back in 1995. Eventually you'll want to just make sure the stuff you care about works.

So commercial stuff tends to run on Ubuntu LTS.

My only issue with OSX is that if you stay on an old version of the operating system, you'll get left behind quickly and find it more difficult to do things if you're more than 3 versions behind the latest, whereas you pretty much can support 16bit windows/dos/os2 binaries (well, maybe not after win7)

Horses for courses. He's reasonably well known in the community, THATS why it's news. Mr lower-id-than-me :)

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 4, Insightful) 815

Dang, I wish I had mod points.

Miguel has a massive track record of producing FOSS, way before Mono. He's (well, under his stewardship) actually done more with mono than I imagined he would.

He's also found ways to make the mono project profitable, and more importantly survive more than a few transitions over the past 12? years.

The trolls gotta be hating.

He's just moving to a platform that he prefers, I'd be saying the same thing if he had moved to windows 8 (hahaha) or (lol) Hurd.

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