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Comment Several questions (Score 4, Interesting) 25

Is this browser keybridged to Opera Corporate? Is Opera able to decrypt TLS sessions run through the VPN? Does this add Opera-controlled root CAs that allow mitm?

Opera Mini has terrible security, as it uses the native Android WebKit/WebView. Does Opera guarantee that anything it provides for this VPN has current patches and passes all relevant tests (i.e. http://ssllabs.com?

Comment Red Hat updates... (Score 1) 186

...do not cripple your server with slowdown code. RedHat updates include backported security patches for older versions of their distributed software. From the RedHat wiki: "Red Hat does not update the kernel version, but instead backports new features to the same kernel version with which a particular version of RHEL has been released... Consequently, RHEL may use a Linux kernel with a dated version number, yet the kernel is up-to-date regarding not only security fixes, but also certain features."

The Android ecosystem desperately needs RedHat's model for security patches. The FTC should mandate GPL and CentOS updates for all future Android versions. This would have the side benefit of opening up a great deal of the OEM code as well.

Comment Re: Clintons have killed tons of people (Score 2) 706

Here is a nice fact for you: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik... "Responding to homicide allegations, an official of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology acknowledged that doctors initially were puzzled by a circular wound on the top of Brown's head when his remains were recovered at the crash scene. The forensic pathologist then consulted with others and took extensive X-rays. As a result of these consultations and full-body X-rays, we absolutely ruled out anything beyond a blunt-force injury to the head."

Comment unlock: GSM versus bootloader (Score 1) 122

An "unlocked" Verizon phone is allowed on a GSM network. It most certainly maintains a locked bootloader (and the stable of unwanted applications [NFL tracking being the most annoying]). All this bloat updates in Google play and otherwise uses up data unless they are explicitly disabled in a swindle to inflate your data usage.

Attempts to unlock the bootloader with the OEM (HTC, Motorola, etc.) are all met with the reply "this device is not eligible for bootloader unlock."

For unsupported phones, Verizon should be compelled to allow this activity. This is perfidious intransigence for profit and control.

Comment Stagefright (Score 1) 204

Bearing in mind how often we receive VLC updates, what is your opinion of Google's decision to "carve in stone" the StageFright media libraries into the /system read-only mount point on Android?

Stagefright patch breakdowns were of surprising number and duration: "...over the course of the last year of Android updates, Google has issued patches for 115 media server-related CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) flaws. Of those, 49 were found directly in libstagefright, with 35 in libmedia and 31 in libraries on which libstagefright depends."

A related question: if Google had approached you with the intention of burning the VLC player into the equivalent of ROM, would you have asked them to choose another player?

Comment As I understand it... (Score 1) 472

...and has been explained to me by coworkers from these regions, there is now a period of reverse-discrimination in India.

University admission seats are now reserved in quantity for lower castes who were previously unable to obtain an education, as are jobs upon graduation. This leaves fewer options for members of the upper castes of moderate means, leading to their desire to leave the country.

India's academic ratings are not representative of the people who come to our shores for this reason.

Comment Verizon Wireless should merit special attention. (Score 3, Interesting) 122

Verizon is notorious for locking phones on their network, preventing updates and general intransigence in the face of crumbling Android security.

The FTC should make an example of Verizon - key escrow that opens for any phone that reaches six months without a security patch.

Verizon has demonstrated that control is more important than security. The public should demonstrate, through the regulatory actions of the FTC, that security is more important than profits.

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