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Comment Remember remember... (Score 1) 160

the Nth of Nth-ember - give it time. Why keep speculating crappy stats. Apple - I get it: was the first to make an actual Smartphone. And yes, it did piggybak on Samsung chip-making most of the way. But Samsung really had no reason at all to be where it is now in the smartphone market, other than bleeding money until it didn't. Guess what: if Samsung had it's technology, fabs, and long-standing product-cycle experience to back them up, all of them chinese market disrupters also got their own trump cards: direct access to quasi-free labour, thieving tech from the top makers that depend on making their products in mainland .cn, and boy oh boy, do they have money to throw at the problem (until they don't need to anymore). You can try and speculate all you want, but a big chinese name will take the top 2 eventually, 2, 4 or 10 years from now. They are already threatening in revenue, it will be natural. Accept it: the market changes, you might want it to stay in US or US-friendly soil forever, but fact of the matter is: it won't. You should stop being afraid that the tech things you use might be designed in a communist state. And the main reason for stopping: THEY ARE ALREADY ASSEMBLED THERE. China actually CHOSES not to lead profits in the top of the line (read: design phase), because they hadn't felt the need to yet - but man, they already lead in the profits they currently pursue. And whoever is afraid they might lead in something else eventually is just thinking wishfully - they, or whoever else will. It's how a free market works.

Comment Oh boy yes they can (Score 1) 68

So, I got this S6 and A3 (2016 model) standing in my desk. They both are asking me to update Samsung Games Service in a persistent notification (can't dismiss). Take a guess at the amazing options I got: "Later" and "Update". FCK YEAH. And this is their "Games Service" - you don't even get a notification for their "Samsung Apps" app (you know, their stupid market). You can't freeze/disable/uninstall any of these apps in a recent, bootloader-FULLY-LOCKED Sammy phone. You might argue "but hey, you're not using them, you just have them installed!", to which I say: you go tell that to the millions of Koreans tuned in at their launch events seeing stupid, cherry-picked market statistics which say "999999 MILLION PEOPLE USED THESE LAST YEAR AND SO SHOULD YOU". Chances are that thing is gonna get a lot of traction from now on, for no actual decent reason at all, other than a great marketing strategy. Who is your god now?

Other companies you heard also do this kind of product promotion through BS stats: Apple, Google, and... Microsoft. Trust me, when you're the market leader on anything (and Samsung is, in the mobile department), you WILL push whatever you want to people. They just don't want to push this because they didn't see the bucks coming in the way they wanted (which is to say: it probably didn't scale well enough to be as profitable as other services that actually make it outside S. Korea).

If they really wanted you to eat that crappy music service, they would make it work. Just like Spotify is making people eat their 8-bucks subscription service even though can get everything they need for free or really really cheap (e.g. by faking a "family"). Tech companies are not THAT stupid.

Comment No. (Score 1) 125

The best thing about wikileaks is that normal people don't read it. Normal people read news headlines, from generic news sources, which eventually have resources to filter out the REAL news from leak websites. I expect those to do some sort of filtering. Now why you have to go and blame wikileaks from something they state, from the very start, they want to do on purpose... Snowden is definitely a good example of a guy who wanted stuff outted cleanlu, filtered out and redacted where it effectively didn't help anyone might hurt innocent or even hamper stuff that he didn't deem needed hampering. Since he knew he was not capable of it, he went to decent publications like the Guardian and asked for help, and decided to out stuff periodically. Wikileaks decides not to do so this way, and that is their prerrogative. There are benefits and consequences for both ways.

Comment The latest trend is not your friend... (Score 2) 671

I've been dwelling the past months in my team's will to go full-fledged MVC (actually MVP) while developing for the Android SDK (for those out of topic: making apps). I see peers and myself struggling with old, large activities, running laps around to make them pass "technical debt" code reviews intending to "make them more future proof".

It would be nice and all if I could grasp the benefits, but the problem is three-fold:

a) the team is fooling themselves and the company into spending too much resources in something they can't assure adds value;

b) Android already has a very solid MVP-like pattern going on, and MVP-ing it up further is a clear case of overengineering

c) most important of all: there is no actual standard to guide the team, so it's a free for all and I see all the initial benefits down the drain just because everybody tastes a different flavour of the view/presenter combo

And I see and underlying problem which might even be more crucial: the app will likely be dropped before reaping the long-term benefits, turning the entire endeavor TOTALLY WORTHLESS. So what I'm trying to say is: you got a solid framework with great patterns put in place already, developed by a company that is on the tech top 10, and you decide to be all trendy around it? You're pretty much grinding for a promotion you definitely don't deserve, because you're making that framework worse for everybody that you manage.

Comment What really needs to be a worlwide initiative... (Score 1) 446

Anti-deuchebaggerism is actually what needs global attention.

The elimination of hypocrisy must take precedence over the patching of other societal problems, because that's what the "fight against message encryption" is just that: a patch to the failures of internal security. The real problem is what causes this terrorism, and while most people think closing borders is the solution, it is just another patch to another failure. The thing that both these have the most in common isn't actually the fact they are both patches, but that they are both killing much more important things than the possibility of there being bombs or killing: they are taking away freedoms of privacy, safe-haven/asylum, or even freedom of speech. They are, and sorry to be cliché in advance, turning developed democracies into a 1984-esque states.

France, the U.S. and the rest of Europe need to dive deep into their consciousness and create solutions for the real problem - solutions that tackle directly the radicalism problem rather than attempt to generalize it to any and all dark-skinned foreigners, or even the entirety of people inside a country. They need to help Syria get their stuff sorted out and they need to stand besides the more civilized party of that conflict. They need to do exactly what Russia is doing but with a better partner than one that is stoic to the use of chlorine, because, you know, chemical attacks are just a bit harder to target specifically to your enemies (i.e. to avoid killing innocents). And yes, there is no actual good party involved in a war like Syria has, but you need to pick the BETTER one, educate it, and instruct it during and after the conflict.

"But you want to start a war to solve a problem that can easily be solved by me not having an encrypted app or not letting Muslims in?" Yeap: For starters, losing privacy and freedom might not sound like much now, but a lot of people died in the past for us to have what we have now. If you think being less free solves anything you're flat out wrong. And secondly, the war has already started. The main point here is: states need to act in accordance to their own standards. Lowering the standards to suit one's own transient needs is the same as printing money or lending banks money to avoid default - it has been proven wrong in the long term and to setting precedents that are way to hard to roll back.

Comment Re:Modern hacking (Score 1) 34

Actually the original reporting was vague, and so was my submission copy by association (for which I totally understand my subtle quote). It was more of a site administration failure (since the hack was possible through an old version of vBulletin), from not keeping the back-end updated. Also of note is I failed to point out the hack was on the so-called Dev forums (which are still official), where people go and report bugs or imbalances in the game (i.e. it supposedly shouldn't have links to Steam accounts, but that depends on individual user credential patterns or lack thereof). In any case it's sad to see that either a 2013 version of vBulletin was this flawed, or that someone in 2013 picked a version of vBulletin without issues such as SQL injection or usage of MD5+salt fixed.

Submission + - DOTA 2 Forums Hacked: Salted MD5 ( writes: In another case of serious programmer impairment, the DOTA 2 official forums have been hacked, making available to the perpetrators around 2 million emails, usernames, and MD5 hashed passwords. You read that right — MD5. In a forum bound to a game released in 2013. For those unaware of how negligent this is,: one-way MD5 hashing has been deemed insecure (i.e. not-so-one-way) for almost a decade, with collision attack strategies reported as early as 2007 using off-the-shelf hardware at the time. That's as far back as the advent of the financial crisis, or a lifetime from an computer cryptography point of view (even for pre-Snowden standards).

Now to be fair, the hashing did use salting algorithms, but this should be seen as a moot point, since it should be common knowledge for any company that if you get something as important as a database or public-facing APIs hacked, your server-side source code is very likely under flawed protection by association. Some organizations just beg to be hacked with practices like these.

If you think you might have a compromised account, you are urged to change your identical or similar credentials in that and other services. Just make sure you don't use similar ones this time!

Originally reported by (paywalled) and made available by ZDNet.

Comment Re:Is it really a "new phase" (Score 1) 59

I wonder if Canada still has the loophole where patent trolls can abuse litigation simply because they never have to factor the defense attorney costs even if they lose. That loophole (a.k.a. the American Rule) was a major impulsive force for patent trolls' practice, but since 2014 there has been a patent-trolling specific exception created by the Supreme Court, which pretty much denies patent trollers from trolling for cheap (like in Europe, where patent trolling is less common exactl because of the English Rule in prevalence, opposite of the American Rule).

Comment One (two-part) word: Coca-Cola (Score 1) 367

And it's surely also the one that sold most units of the same SKU, unlike all iPhone variants mashed up in one big statistic. It is in every single market in the world, for every single pocket type, rich or poor, black, white, red or yellow (sorry if that sounded racial). Of course it might no longer be the most profitable, but wake me up when there's relevant numbers of daily purchases of the exact same phone by the same subject for his or her own personal use.

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