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Comment Mediatek and ADUPS (Score 2) 91

All of that will not help you in the slightest if the chipset vendor baked in spyware. Mediatek is the master of the cheap chipset, and they have compromised the OS in both Russia and the US with dozens and dozens of OEM devices.

[BLU] phones were regularly sending bunches of personal information to servers in China: text messages, call logs, contact lists and so forth. After more investigation, it came to light that this was happening via a low-level piece of software called ADUPS.

When Google had previously updated its systems to check for ADUPS, MediaTek (they make the chipset in millions of low-end phones) simply modified their system software to evade Google's checks. Nice one MediaTek!

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Say hello to CVE-2014-6041 (Score 1) 70

And in not disclosing that it is using both, it opens many, many security holes on older platforms. Furthermore, we don't know how much work is being done by the local Webcore, and what sort of hostile traffic that Presto might send to it.

Avoid this browser in those cases. It is not safe.

We should all be looking at Tor at this point.

Comment 3rd party code (Score 4, Interesting) 70

One common reason is 3rd party code, which they may have licensed and do not control or own.

Alternately, the code may still be seen internally as useful, which it is with Opera Mini. It is still used to generate revenue, and may contain what Opera considers to be trade secrets that give them an advantage over a competitor (i.e. Amazon Silk).

Comment Opera Mini is Webcore, not Presto (Score 3, Insightful) 70

If you set the "data savings" option down from extreme to high in the settings menu, the scanner at ssllabs.com will report Webkit, not Presto. The Webkit version will be whatever is included on your device (Webcore). If you are running KitKat or Jellybean, you will see lots and lots of security problems with your Webcore, since they date from the end of the XP era, and haven't been updated since.

I believe that Presto would be installed at Opera's corporate systems, and it would feed a compressed stream to the Webkit used by Opera Mini.

Opera Mini could not be so small and include both a complete rendering engine and links to Webcore. They essentially cheated.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 98

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

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