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Submission + - iOS has 93% of mobile vulnerabilities, Android has 95% of the Malware. Why? (

chicksdaddy writes: Symantec Corp.’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) for 2012 was released on Tuesday ( Buried among the data on targeted attacks and data breaches is some very interesting data on mobile vulnerabilities and malware. Of 108 new malicious programs for mobile devices identified in 2012, Symantec found, 103 – more than 95%)- targeted Android devices. Just one mobile threat targeted Apple’s iOS operating system during the same period.

If you assumed that was because Android was the operating system with the most exploitable vulnerabilities, you would be wrong. In fact, just the opposite is true. It’s Apple’s iOS that was the source of almost all the documented mobile application vulnerabilities among the mobile platforms Symantec monitored, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and the like. iOS accounted for 387 of 415 documented vulnerabilities across all mobile platforms – a bit more than 93 percent, found.

What gives? A blog over at Veracode suggests that Google may have something of a "broken windows" problem, much like the problems experienced by urban areas in the U.S. during the 1960s and 70s.

"Google is making the mistakes of urban police forces and politicians in the 1960s and 70s, when crime rates took off," the blog post argues: failing to create barriers to crime and turning a blind eye to what perceive as small and inconsequential security incidents, infractions and abuses. That lax security is attracting the attention of those inclined to do ill, but wary of getting caught."


Submission + - Apple Acknowledges Major iPhone 5 Camera Flaw 1

An anonymous reader writes: Many iPhone 5 users are complaining that its camera is adding a purple flare to their photos. Speculation is that it's caused by the new sapphire lens cover that Apple touted as "thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images." Apple's response to those who've complained? "You're using it wrong."

Submission + - Why are we so rude online? (

kodiaktau writes: An article reported by the WSJ discusses why online media users are more rude online than they are in person. The story discusses some of the possible reasons being lowered inhibitions because there is formal social interaction. Other theories include feeling like reporting on a phone or other device is simply communicating with a "toy" which dehumanizes the conversation. Submitter's note: A dehumanized conversation has never happened on Slashdot in the last 15 years.

Submission + - Steve Jobs Dies at 56 (

An anonymous reader writes: [Skiz] has let us know that our beloved Steve Jobs of apple fame has passed away. Condolences and best wishes to his family.

Comment Re:I have a household robot (Score 1) 102

We have 3 dogs and 1 cat. The two smaller dogs and the cat don't shed much, but the larger dog (a lab) sheds like crazy. We have 2 Roombas that we got about 3 years ago when the 500 series started coming out. We no longer use them regularly because it's too much of a hassle.

First, they need to be cleaned at least daily with this much pet hair. Cleaning takes at least 5 minutes; if I just spent that time vacuuming normally for 5 minutes a day, the floors would be cleaner.

Often they won't even complete a single run without stopping and saying "Please remove and clean Roomba's brushes." That kind of defeats the purpose of having cleanings scheduled during the day (when we're at work) if it only gets 15 minutes into the scheduled 45-minute cleaning before stopping.

The Roombas will leave "Roombarf" - tufts of pet hair - on the floor when moving from hardwood/tile to carpet. Apparently the vacuum isn't powerful enough to suck all that stuff into the dustbin, so it just drags the hair along until the terrain change knocks it loose.

Every few weeks, we'd need to take the thing apart and do a really deep cleaning, as pet hair got everywhere inside. This would be a 30-60 minute job. One nice thing is that iRobot designed the Roomba to be very modular, so taking it apart isn't too bad.

One of the Roombas is completely out of commission right now because it has a faulty bump sensor. It thinks it's constantly bumping something, so it just spins around in circles trying to get free. I found a great web page somewhere (sorry, don't have the link handy) about fixing this with just a few bucks in electronics parts. I'll probably do it just for the fun of it, but that won't fix all of the above issues.

iRobot has a pet version of the Roomba which came out after we got ours, but from what I can tell, all they did was include a second interchangeable dustbin without the vacuum module that therefore has larger capacity. The normal dustbin combines the vacuum into one integrated part. I can't imagine this larger sweeper dustbin would do anything to pull the pet hair in without the vacuum to help.

For a household like ours, I would like to see a Roomba that's about a full inch taller, giving it room for a larger battery, larger dustbin, and more powerful vacuum and brushes. An added bonus for us is that since a couple of our couches are just the right height for the current Roomba to get under and then get stuck, a larger one wouldn't even go there at all.

I wholeheartedly recommend Roomba for a household without pets (or with very little shedding), but can't really recommend it with pets that shed a lot. Unless you have all hard flooring - it seems to do a lot better with the pet hair there.

Comment Re:TiVo for the win? (Score 1) 536

The key to using pyTiVo with DVD rips is to simply extract the original MPEG-2 stream from the DVD without transcoding at all. pyTiVo will then send it to the TiVo (at least TiVo HD, probably Series 3 as well) as-is, and the result is exactly what you'd see (and hear) if you had popped the DVD into a DVD player.

On the Mac, I use RipIt to rip the DVD, followed by DVDRemasterPro to extract the main title as a single vob. Often this is enough, and the vob will transfer and play directly on the TiVo. Sometimes a pass through MPEGStreamClip is also necessary to clean up timestamps.

MacTheRipper is sometimes good on old titles that don't have all the new fair-use prevention measures - it can extract a single title from a DVD in a single step instead of the multi-step process above. But it doesn't handle about 90% of newer DVDs.

This works on probably 95% of the DVDs I've tried. Of the remaining handful, a manual pass through ffmpeg (using the "copy" pseudo-codecs) fixed a couple, but a few still are problematic for the TiVo's MPEG-2 decoder.

Comment Re:metamaterials are just periodic structures (Score 1) 113

Saying "metamaterials are just periodic structures" is like a circular argument - perfectly valid, but not very interesting. It so happens that currently all of the structures we've manufactured with a refractive index that is negative somewhere, have that 'somewhere' outside of the visible spectrum. This is due entirely - it is theorised - due to our aqueous origins when we were evolving eyes and doesn't make the materials any less fascinating! As the understanding behind these structures grows, we might be able to produce more and more exotic 'period structures' that have a refractive index closer to glass (i.e. a real refractive index in the visible that rapidly becomes purely imaginary [dissipative] elsewhere). The same is true of Type II superconductors - just because they're periodic structures that we don't understand fully yet doesn't mean that they're not useful to society at large!

You are intelligent!

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

I have no idea about the relative sunniness of the two countries, but (due to a law adopted in 2000), Germany is the world's top PV installer (according to Wikipedia).

A Washington Post article about Germany's solar installations is here:

I think I remembered this tidbit from a previous Slashdot discussion.

Comment ONE THOUSAND?! (Score 3, Insightful) 404

Lets have your grandma walk down the street, get mugged, break her hip and be traumatized. How many CCTVs would you be willing to put up to reduce the chances of that ever happening again? This privacy thing is getting incompetent, when you're in the public.. you're in the public. Unless someone has CCTVs pointing into your house. Appreciate the fact that if someone knifed you in the street, you have a better chance of catching that person

Comment Re:Are you crazy if you rush out and install it? (Score 1) 647

10.5 includes read-only zfs support (though it's hidden away...)


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