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Comment Re:So why did the FBI have to crack the iPhone? (Score 1) 124

Well as I'm sure you've RTFA
A> They had to have the iCloud connection turned on to sync and backup to get the last 4 months of the call records.
B> Even if they did it only collected call records made to and from the phone (this was pre-iOS10 so Skype calls weren't tracked) not contacts or text messages or emails or voicemails.

Comment FTA - Nefarious or just stupidity. (Score 4, Informative) 124

"“We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices,” an Apple spokesperson said in an email.”Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.”

Not defending Apple here and I only have an iPhone (no other part of the Apple ecosystem) so I can't speak to the need (or usefulness) of being able to return a call from my iPad or Mac if I miss a call from my iPhone. This just smacks of more Siri/cloud/Cortana data collection garbage to me.

Heck, I'd have the iCloud completely turned off still if it weren't for their "new" feature where they stopped syncing with Outlook notes and I had to have someway of backing up/sync'ing note items with the rest of my PCs. (I backup my iPhone to an abacus at home...)

Comment Uhhh... (Score 5, Insightful) 161

"The only problem? The computers were out of the box new."

That's not a guarantee they were malware free. There are many reports of Malware being installed on new systems - even on Slashdot!

"A second test by a unaffiliated computer security firm found no symptoms of malware and no needs for repair."

But that's proper proof!

Comment What the hell?! (Score 0) 63

While I applaud their efforts at refunds and replacing the Note 7s - ordering the telecomm service to block access to the devices is unethical at the very least if not outright criminal.

I PAID for the device - it's MINE and not a threat to the telecommunications infrastructure so neither Samsung nor TCF have the right to deny access to these phones. Sure it might explode in my hand but that's beside the point!

What next? Are we going to have authorities and yank IoT devices out of your house without a warrant if they ARE a threat to the internet? It's for your own good citizen.

Submission + - Democrat Operatives Caused Violence at Trump Rallies, Framed Sanders Supporters (youtube.com) 16

Xenographic writes: A new video has come out detailing how Democratic operatives created violence at Trump rallies. You may remember that they then framed Sanders supporters for those protests. This video is notable because one of the operatives, Zulema Rodriguez, can be identified in videos of the Arizona protests at 17:35 in this independent video as well as at 10:30 in the first video link. Furthermore, you look at the FEC records of disbursements to her and see that she was paid by MoveOn.org. Finally, this again can be corroborated with the Wikileaks dump, specifically this email. For those too lazy to browse all the links, you can see Zulema's appearance in both videos in this image and note that it's the same person down to the tiny mole on her chest.

Submission + - WikiLeaks has their internet intentionally cut off by a 'state party' (rt.com)

DirkDaring writes: "Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans." Wikileaks mentioned in a tweet early Monday morning. The internet is one of the few, if not only, available ways for Julian Assange, who has been locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than four years, to maintain contact with the outside world.

Submission + - UK Freezes Accounts For Russian State News Agency Russia Today (express.co.uk)

alternative_right writes: The broadcaster, which is funded by the Kremlin, provides English language news on its satellite channel across Europe.

Tweeting in Russian, its chief executive Margarita Simonyan said: "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!"

Submission + - WikiLeaks says Assange's internet link was severed by 'state party' (foxnews.com)

retroworks writes: WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet link was severed by a “state party” and that “appropriate contingency plans” were activated.

The website’s announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers. Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said that the numbers triggered a so-called “dead man’s switch,” which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist,

Submission + - GOP headquarters in North Carolina destroyed by firebomb (nytimes.com)

haruchai writes: The Republican Party offices in North Carolina's Orange County was hit by a firebomb last night and warnings for the "Nazi GOPers" to leave town were painted on a nearby building. Clinton supporters on Facebook were quick to blame it on radical rightwingers, comparing it to the Reichstag fire of 1933 that allowed the Nazis to become the dominant party and has long been suspected of being a "false flag".
As some Dems have claimed, "why would we do this? We're winning"

Submission + - China Launched Manned Space Flight (spaceflightnow.com)

hackingbear writes: China just successfully launched Shenzhou-11 with two astronauts abroad heading to the Tiangong-2 space lab launched last month. General Zhang Youxia, chief commander of China's human spaceflight program has declared today's launch a success. "According to the report of the Beijing Central Control Center, the rocket is flying according to its original plan, and the Shenzhou spacecraft has entered into its preliminary orbit," Zhang said. "The solar panel has been unfolded, and the crew is in great condition. Hereby, I announce the launch of the Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft is a complete success." The two astronauts will spend upto 30 days in the space lab and then return to earth.

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