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Comment Re:Good to know (Score 1) 136

Who says they'll "try to convince" you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint? Why not instead obtain your fingerprint from the dozen places you've left it (including possibly on your phone itself)? Once they have your fingerprint, it should be relatively easy to use it to fool the fingerprint sensor into thinking you've pressed your finger on it to unlock the phone.

Comment Re:You've been warned: biometrics might not be sec (Score 3, Insightful) 136

Fingerprints are routinely taken upon arrest, even if the person is released without charges.

I've always wondered why people would think that fingerprints are a highly secured method of authentication. You leave the things around everywhere you go and you can't change them if they are compromised. Imagine if you dropped little strips of paper with your password (that could never be changed) written on it everywhere you went. How long would your "highly secured" password last if someone decided they wanted into your account? Especially if that person was the government?

Heck, if the government has your phone, chances are they have your fingerprint on your phone (or have access to somewhere you've been that you've left your fingerprints). Even if they don't have you in custody (and thus didn't fingerprint you), they can use those fingerprints to gain access to your phone.

Comment Mobile Gaming (Score 1) 73

I've actually been doing much more mobile gaming than anything else. My "gaming time" is very limited. I might have 10 minutes here or 20 minutes there. I can load up a game on my phone where ever I am, play a few rounds, and then close it out. I'll agree that many games are pure junk, but there are so many mobile games out there that it's inevitable that many wouldn't be good. There are some gems out there, though.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 4, Informative) 219

We cut cable over a year ago. Instead of cable TV, we get our video content from a combination of Netflix, Amazon VOD/Prime, Hulu, Google Play, OTA, DVD purchases, and DVD rentals from our local library. It's just as good as cable TV and we're saving about $700 a year. Netflix might not be a cable TV replacement by itself for most, but combined with other streaming services as well as other video options, cable TV can easily be replaced.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 4, Interesting) 219

Also see the cable companies' reaction to Netflix and streaming videos in general. "Why would you want to pay $10 a month to stream everything whenever and wherever you want when you have have 10,000 channels of great content like Inane Reality Show Channel #50 and Shopping Network You'll Never Watch #12 for the low, low price of $200 a month? By the way, did you know that Netflix is really super-expensive. Sure, it's only because we imposed caps and overages on your Internet connection to keep you from streaming, but it's true now. So ditch that horrible streaming with it's great user interface and come back to your cable company!"

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 2) 784

Along those lines - and since I don't know everything about encryption - I wonder if it's possible to have an encrypted area that decrypts to your data if you enter one password and decrypts to an innocent looking set of data if you enter a second password. So the police arrest you and tell you to decrypt your drive. You type in "12345" and show them an innocent looking web browsing history and a boring set of family photos. You get home, type in your real password, and all your actual data gets displayed.

Would such a system be possible? Would it give any indications of having a second hidden layer?

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 1) 784

And meanwhile not only is he being stuck in jail until he incriminates himself but any leak of his name (it looks like he hasn't been named yet) will lead to him being tarred and feathered even without a trial. All because one person says they saw bad stuff on his computer.

Yes, this stuff is bad but we can't let it become a root password to bypass our rights.

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 129

My kids' tablets have AppLock installed on it. This locks out features that I don't want them to have access to such as the Google Play and Amazon app stores. If they want a new app installed, they need to give it to me so I can type in the PIN and install it. Could they guess the PIN and get in? Sure, but it's another level of protection against "kid playing game, gets prompt, clicks 'yes', and incurs $$$ in-app purchase charge."

Comment Re:Make sense (Score 4, Insightful) 428

Exactly. This is the content owners at work. (You'll likely never see a Netflix Original in one market and not in another one.) The problem is that the content owners think they are "protecting" their works, but in reality everyone gets hurt. Viewers get hurt by not being able to see content (or by needing to resort to VPN or piracy to get it). Netflix gets hurt by not having their maximum library available everywhere. Finally, content owners get hurt because Netflix reduces piracy. When people can't get to the content via Netflix, they are likely to either pirate or do without - both of which bring in $0. Better to license it to Netflix worldwide and bring in some cash then lose money* due to content restrictions.

* To clarify, I don't mean "lose money" as in so-called "lost sales" but as in "they could have gotten money from Netflix in these other markets but decided not to."

Comment Re:Software as a Service avoids open source benefi (Score 1) 143

Of course there is a point. The benefits of having location independence and "cloud" storage are the same whether the software is open source or not, or whether I share the information with others or not.

To give an example, I'm working on a story using Google Docs as my primary word processor. Yes, I could use LibreOffice - and if I had it as a local file that would be my preference - but Google Docs means I can edit it from my browser, leave the house, and then edit it more with my phone. If I'm waiting somewhere for a half hour, I can open my story and write a couple hundred words on my phone. If I get a great idea for a future story direction, I can make a note of it right in the document. If I want to read it to my son (he loves hearing the story I'm writing and reading it to him forces me to proof-read it), I can do this from anywhere as long as I have my phone with me. (I also use the commenting system in Google Docs to record where my son and I have read up to.)

If I had this as a local computer file, I wouldn't be able to add to my story as often and I wouldn't be as far into the story as I am now (32,000 words and counting). Yes, when it comes time to look into publishing it, I'll likely import it into LibreOffice for better formatting options, but Google Docs gives me an ease of use that locally installed programs don't.

Comment Re:What about the old days where they just paided (Score 2) 52

I was talking to one of my managers about this sort of thing recently. It wasn't too many years ago that you would get a bill for "paper/toner/etc." You didn't actually buy these products from this company, but they would send out tons of bills and a percentage of companies blindly paid them. It was enough to keep the scammer in business sending out more and more letters.

On the IT side, we used to get notices from Domain Registry of America to "renew" our domains for the low, low price of $45 a year! Of course, we didn't register our domains with them, their "low price" was over 3 times what we paid for our registration, and reading the fine print showed that this was a domain transfer to them and NOT a renewal. We were lucky that the managers who got these notices just forwarded them on to me to take care of. (My method of "taking care of them" involved ripping and tossing into the trash.)

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