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Comment Re:Christ! Really? It's come to this? (Score 1) 260


Are we supposed to feel sorry for them? Fuck them and their ads. Do not want.

Um no. They are arguing over the rights to let other developers use only their service to serve ads to you and get a fair share of the ad revenue for themselves.

Wow, that confused even me. The point is, Apple doesn't put ads on your device (I think, ... correct me if I'm wrong). They just want to capitalize on what app developers are already doing, which is putting ads (currently most likely Google Ads) in their own applications. Understandable, but still annoying, I agree.

Comment Re:Carmakers lie (Score 1) 1146

If automakers wanted you to drive slower and safer, they would set the speedometer to read high- ie, it reports 60 when you're really doing 55. The upside is that your mpg may improve as well.

Yes, that is what they do and that is what i said they do. I just looked up what Volkswagen has to say about this: "To allow for possible differences in overall tire diameter with different tire manufacturers and wheel sizes, a factor is designed into the speedometer function that increases the displayed speed. "

And while the odometer isn't directly tied to the speedometer, they're usually driven by the same shaft- I've fixed both in several vehicles. Changing tire diameter will affect both. Changing shaft itself can affect both as well, but typically, the gears that break and need replacing are the ones connecting the shaft to the odometers/speedometers.

In my car, the speedometer is not a gear driven system at all. It uses magnetic pulses so once you have the pulses/sec, adjusting it is a matter of modifying the ECU. 500 pulses per second means I'm travelling 88 ft/sec or 60 mph.

As a matter of fact (at least on my GTI) the odometer uses the data reported via the CANBUS. The ECU processes this data and then sends it to the computer that displays your current mph. The distance impulse number used to calculate your speed can be changed in the ECU!

Aside- it's funny how legally you cannot roll back an odometer, but nothing legally prevents one from inserting a high ratio gear to report much lower mileage for future drives (not that I'd do that- I'm extremely careful about maintenance scheduling on my vehicles).

Actually that too is illegally here (Europe). I even had to get my speedometer and odometer verified by a professional when I changed my 15" rims to the new 19" ones.

Comment Re:Carmakers lie (Score 1) 1146

The odometer isn't tied to the speedometer, at least not on my VW GTI. I actually re-calibrated the speedometer to show 3mph less (a tedious process by the way) so it now nearly always matches the speed shown by the GPS. I think parent is correct, auto manufacturers just want you to drive slower and saver. Also it's pretty safe to say you won't get a ticket if your speedometer says you're going 52/53 in a 50 zone.

Comment Re:surprise (Score 3, Insightful) 376

True. I didn't really see it that way. Thanks for pointing it out.

Still, it's kind of obvious that once someone gains physical access to your device, they can do anything with it. You could swap the keyboard with one that records all keystrokes or simply install a physical key logger device or do whatever you want with it.

Comment Re:surprise (Score 3, Insightful) 376

Slow news day?

That article is actually like saying that there is no point to install a very expensive and secure door lock on your front door because it doesn't help you when you go get groceries and leave your door open. Duh. I'm sure most people realize that the point of disc encryption is not to protect your data while it's unencrypted in memory.

Comment Re:Still can't uninstall? (Score 5, Informative) 275

Is this a failed attempt at trolling?

It's a PLUGIN, not an ADD-ON. There is no way to uninstall ANY Plugins in Firefox. You can disable Add-Ons, you can uninstall Add-Ons and you can disable Plugins. But you cannot uninstall Plugins from within Firefox. Firefox simply loads all files in a specific Internet Plugins folder (not a Firefox-only plugin folder) and if it detects a plugin, it uses it.

Delete the file and you're good to go.

Comment Re:Pretty Shortsighted Solution (Score 1) 121

Simple solution needs a simple response: compile Hello World! tutorial app and name it XYZ app and upload it to your desired squatter name.

Clever thought but that wouldn't work. An App like that wouldn't get approved and would hang in the queue for maybe 2-4 weeks, after which it will get rejected. Rejected App names are cleared out of the system, as far as I know. That's why TFA is talking about a "quirk".

The solution is actually even simpler than flushing the DB: Simply register an app name only AFTER a binary has been submitted. I think that's the way it should have worked...

Comment Re:3 Days Turnaround (Score 1) 244

It's a safe bet that that's only a few hours after they found out, and 3 days after the first student did.

That was my thinking too, but TFA says that the students notified their admin on the Friday, who notified Google on the Saturday, who fixed it on the Tuesday. It's not clear - bad writing - but they may have suspended the service on the Monday.

That was my assumption too. And actually, that's not too bad... If they shut down the accounts on Monday morning, that's as prompt as it gets. To my knowledge, Google email support doesn't work on sundays.

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 684

If you read the article you'll see that it's not just AT&T that Apple did it for. It's across all providers even if they have a legally unlocked phone and approved tethering in their contracts.

As I said in another comment, my provider's contract in my country allows tethering and tethering still works, even after the 3.1 update. I still don't think this is a necessary move on Apple's side. You can tether with almost any phone that has bluetooth.

Also, I'm paying EUR 2 (US $ 3) a month for tethering with my current contract, which I wouldn't have to, if I had a different phone.

So yes, this sucks.

Comment Re:Baseband locking (Score 5, Informative) 684

You're right, the lock occurs in the phone's baseband. That's why the next *sn0w unlock by the iphone dev team will probably modify the .ipsw file so that you can update your phone to 3.1 WITHOUT updating the baseband, thus allowing both tethering AND downgrades to 3.0. TFA is WRONG. I have a contract in my country which allows tethering and while it's true that tethering stopped working immediately after the 3.1 update, my provider unlocked tethering a few days later.

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