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Comment Re:Router Failure? (Score 5, Insightful) 91

That embarassment will make sure they hire more staff and put more money in IT funding.

You haven't worked in enterprise IT for long, have you? An embarrassment like this will make them flog their existing staff harder, insist on more metrics to measure performance, more boxes on the audit form to tick, more mandatory unpaid overtime. But little chance they'll actually spend more money on the IT cost center.

Comment Power off, reboot, or stall (Score 1) 232

Starting with iOS 9, there's an 8 hour timeout on TouchID. Longer than that, and you need to re-enter your passcode. TouchID won't work. (Source:

And of course as others have mentioned, on power up, passcode is required once. So if there's any possibility of a police interaction, crashboot your phone (hold power & home for five seconds), or shut it down normally if you have the time. Failing that, have your attorney appeal EVERYTHING to blow the 8 hour timeout away.

Also, FFS run the latest version of iOS, since this and other protections (some of which have worked in the San Bernardino case) aren't present in older releases.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 4, Insightful) 232

There's (not a lot of...) case law that suggests a truly deadman switch that erases a device isn't considered destroying evidence. If you *do* something actively that triggers it, that's destruction and you can be charged. If by doing nothing, the device is erased, that's okay. You're also not under any obligation to mention such a thing exists.

So for example if you set something up to wipe the device if you sent a magic text message, that would be a problem. Something that wipes if you don't touch it for a week is generally considered legal. It generally goes with the idea that you can be held to consequences for your *actions*, but there's a higher bar to hold you accountable for your *inactions*.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

Reasons I've *thought* about getting an Apple Watch but haven't yet:

* No camera. There are places where it's not acceptable to wave a camera around, but where the watch notification would be enough to tell you whether you need to step outside to follow up or not. Also convenient for ... wait for it... checking the time without having to pull out your camera. (Crazy talk, I know)
* "Buzz" differentiation: My phone vibrates in my pocket. Was that a "cliuck ehre for freez viagrass!!" email, or something I care about. Sub-second to glance at watch, maybe a second or two to pull out phone & look. I multi-task, and people need to learn to deal with that, but I accept that glancing at a watch is perceived as less attention diversion than pulling out a phone.
* Health data: I run, and having the various heart rate, etc. data easily relayed to my phone would be nifty. Not life changing, but easier than dealing with a fitbit or similar non-ecosystem device or having to strap on a chest-based Bluetooth heart monitor. (Downside: At least last I checked, the data was NOT available realtime to Nike+ app whereas chest strap is. So it's historical data for later, not your heart rate just hit redline, time to slow down NOW).

Reasons I haven't bought one:

* I haven't had a watch tanline since 1996. Not looking to get one now.
* COST. Really tough to justify the price for the limited utility.
* The opposite of a rich interface. iOS screen-based is reasonably good. Not as useful as a keyboard for a lot of things, but "good enough" that I can remote in & save the world from my phone when I really need to. Watch doesn't add any functionality (except health data, and that's limited by delay) that the phone doesn't already do in some fashion. Tough to justify cost + extra *thing* to deal with and not get any additional capabilities for it.

Comment Re:16 GB flash is 2$ (Score 5, Informative) 235

Flash *does* come in more than one grade, interface type, speed, etc. The crap(*) they put on a $2 USB stick isn’t the same thing that’s in even a cheap smartphone. If you don’t believe there’s a difference, buy a cheap micro-SD card and a good one, then compare benchmarks. You’ll easily see 5-10x increase in throughput on the good one.

(*) And that’s even assuming you’re getting an actual 16 GB module instead of a counterfeit with 2 GB of actual flash and a controller reprogrammed to make it look like 16 GB.

Comment Re:Physical access (Score 2) 159

Old school hot wiring wouldn't get around a computer-enforced starter or ignition inhibitor. That's the bit that's supposed to be super ultra secure on newer cars.

There's a challenge/response between the ECM in the car and the fob or a chip in the metal key itself. Without successfully completing that authentication, even the real metal key won't start keyed cars, and the Start button does nothing in keyless cars. You can't hot wire your way around that.

The laptop tricks the ECM in skipping the challenge/response or accepting a different key ID. It also most likely tricks the car into shutting off the alarm, so two for one.

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