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Comment Re: With all of the Samsung critical security bugs (Score 1) 137

I think if they were ultra paranoid they'd get one of the new modular phones and switch out any pieces they weren't happy with. Then they'd run a custom build of Android on top which excluded anything they didn't want and ran everything else through multiple layers of encryption and authentication.

Comment All I can say (Score 1) 301

Wherever he got his hair, It looks terrible. It doesn't even look like a bad hairpiece. It's so weird it's not even possible to see where it actually enters / leaves the head. It's like an elaborately stacked and woven combover which is hair sprayed and fixed into position somehow.

Of course if he weren't such a narcissist he wouldn't have resorted to such ludicrous measures in the first place.

Comment Clone is an exagerration (Score 3, Interesting) 193

An NFC chip would be extremely difficult to clone. The might be able to scrape some information off the NFC that is made public but it is highly doubtful that includes the PIN, the CVV2, the address or possibly even the name of the person. The NFC itself would implement challenge response so that wouldn't be much use either. It's not even obvious to me why point of sale terminals would even need to see what's on the magstripe but perhaps there is a reason. The obvious fix is if a payment card exposes this info then it should obfuscate it, or better yet not expose it at all. Whatever edge case requires it might not be a sufficient reason given any potential for theft.

Comment Here's a better idea (Score 1) 65

Stopping selling 16GB phones when the space is clearly inadequate for the phone OS it is expected to hold. The only reason Apple even sell such shitty devices is so they can put a "from $649" when they know the device is sufficiently gimped that people will pay $100 more for a 64GB phone. It's easy money.

Aside from that, most phone operating systems have a partition for the system and a user partition. If an iPhone follows this kind of layout then I don't see how removing apps will help unless the device can be re-partitioned during an upgrade to reclaim the space. It's actually more likely to waste space because if Apple update these apps then the phone will hold the stock version in the system partition and a more recent one in the user partition. It's now wasted 2x the space. The same crap happens on Android phones where the firmware will often have burnt-in copies of Facebook, Gmail, Twitter etc which are immediately superseded.

Comment Re:Alleged to be one of two new models (Score 3, Interesting) 144

Just because it does 4K doesn't mean it will support Bluray UHD. Supporting 4K could just mean more VRAM and support for HEVC in hardware. Supporting Bluray UHD means changing the drive to read 4-layer discs and other technical requirements which Microsoft might not feel so inclined to do when the main beneficiary is Sony.

It seems more likely that they'll toss in 4K support for streaming services and leave it at that.

Comment Re:Optical Drive....? (Score 5, Insightful) 144

Because downloading a 50GB file is not something people like doing. Aside from that, digital copies tend to cost more money and of course you can't sell, loan or donate them as you see fit.

Microsoft originally intended to embed a unique serial # into each disc so that it became bound to the first account that played the game. A bit like a product code. Turns out people really hated that idea. It was partly this and the Kinect debacle that gave the PS4 an early lead.

Comment Yes obvious (Score 1) 1139

Start by the law and a proper registration system that requires gun owners to be licensed, effectively background checked, required register every fire arm they own and which is tied into crime and mental health databases so they can be flagged when necessary.

Or watch as this happens over and over again.

Comment Re:Get rid of the frigging embedded PDF viewer! (Score 4, Informative) 85

Chrome and Firefox render PDFs in different ways.

Firefox implements PDF.js. PDF is rendered with HTML and Javascript. The Javascript draws into a canvas element. Here is an online demo of it that works in most browsers. There is one callback to the browser for printing functionality. The main downside to Firefox's PDF viewer is its a little slow and when you print a PDF you're basically just printing a bitmap so the quality can be poor.

Chrome uses plugin called PDFium. This is a C++ based plugin that takes care of rendering the PDF and its output. It's faster and produces better prints but it's also an attack surface in its own right. The exploit in this case was in a 3rd party dependency openjpeg which could be exploited.

Personally I think the JS approach is the way to go, although it would be nice if it would refine how it renders the canvas DPI / backing store so the quality was better. And I believe browsers are better off with a PDF viewer. External viewers are a source of far more exploits than one that is built-in, especially since Chrome / Firefox can force updates for critical issues. But it can still be turned off if someone is paranoid or prefers to use an external viewer.

Comment Re:Worried? (Score 4, Interesting) 130

Not necessarily.

Many Chromebook applications are front ends to cloud based services. If Google decides to end of life one of those services then you're screwed. And this has happened before such as when YouTube end-of-lifed an older client API. So yeah your chromebook might work for a while and then gradually bitrot and break as one service after another is withdrawn.

Aside from the cloud services, chances are the browser will be start breaking over time too. Sites that expect chrome won't be happy about some 2 or 3 year old version and will start throwing up errors to upgrade and so on. Except of course you can't upgrade.

Comment Re:With Experience of Similar Incidents... (Score 1) 596

I already have. If it's hard to understand, consider that an aircraft's black box. It tells you a plane lost altitude and crashed. It doesn't say that it happened because the pilot collapsed, or someone hit him on the head and threw the switches or the cabin was filled with smoke. Therefore aircraft have cockpit voice recorders and there is an increasing call for them to have cabin cameras. A second channel of information that can be correlated to the first but isn't captured in the same way.

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