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Comment Re:Take action (Score 1) 259

Don't worry. Microsoft made this much easier by taking away the ability to pick and choose the updates you can install. Not only are updates now mandatory and WILL be installed, all updates to Windows are now rolled up together as one cumulative update. So while you can disable network access and other router tricks to stop windows update from installing updates, updates are STILL an all-or-nothing approach as starting as of this most recent rounds of updates, all updates are issued as roll ups that include all updates from the most recent round of updates and ALL previous updates that were issued.

Now if one of their minor updates is breaking the connection to your kindle, your only choice is to remove ALL updates that were installed the last time and not install any new updates until Microsoft fixes their shit.

Comment Re:No one would want a common format ? (Score 1) 76

Most people won't ever want to move the SD card from their phone to the computer...but...Easy, just grab any open source windows EXT3 disk mounting utility for windows, reskin it, package it up in your own installer, include a GPL license with it and put it up on the "downloads" section of the support site. Then include an insert with the phone directing them to the web address on your website on where to download it.

Comment Re:You can not find the truth in a legal document (Score 5, Informative) 129

Have you read what the court order to apple says? Actually says? I have read the actual court order.

It says:

1) It will bypass or disable the auto-erase function.
2) it will enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the subject device for testing electronically via the physical device port, bluetooth, wifi, or other protocol available.
3) it will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcodes attempts beyond what is incurred by hardware
4) they are to provide a signed iPhone software file that can be loaded onto the device and run from RAM without modifying the iOS installation on the actual phone, the user data, or system partitions on the device's flash memory

Source: http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/SB-Sho...

So yes...they are required to allow for electronic entry of the passcode. And they have to write the software in a way that hasn't been done before... without touching the flash memory on the iPhone. You can not run iOS on the phone "from RAM".

This is absolutely a new piece of software that they will likely have to start with. Much more complicated than just "removing a few lines of code".

Comment Re:Just a stunt ... (Score 4, Insightful) 345

It is pretty common that people or businesses are being subpoenaed or ordered by the court to cooperate in a criminal investigation, and little care is given for your interest in the matter.

Subpoenas and court orders to cooperate in investigations have always been along the lines of "come to the courthouse and testify" and "Let us look at your records/books/transaction logs/call logs/records/and any other collection of facts you have within your possession." NEVER has a court order gone so far as to order a company to completely engineer a tool that does not exist.

Drama much ? Apple is asked to cooperate in a criminal investigation, at little cost to them (just a few hours of labor), and no cost to their other lawful customers.

I don't care how little or how much it costs, or how long it takes to accomplish. I don't care that they're being compensated for it. It's indentured servitude. They are being forced to apply their trade for the government's benefit with no right to refuse.

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