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Comment Why Apple must not be able to decrypt (Score 1) 215

Users must be safe from criminals, spies etc. being able to read the contents of their phones. Users need not be safe from the police with a valid search warrant being able to read the contents of the phone. The problem is that you can't have both.

When you consider the safety of a phone, you must consider the worst case, that the phone falls into the hands of a sophisticated hacker. It must be safe in that situation.

Apple is in a similar situation as a very sophisticated hacker, as far as iPhones are concerned. So to be safe from sophisticated hackers who have the physical phone in their hands, an iPhone must also be safe if it is in the hands of Apple. If Apple could decrypt the contents of the phone, then there would be a great risk that hackers could also decrypt it. Therefore the phone must be designed in such a way that Apple can't decrypt it, even if they want to.

Comment Re:It gets worse... (Score 1) 347

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there arne't 3rd party USB-C to Lightning adapters available for $10 now. And Amazon Basics probably has a 4-pack of USB-C to USB-A female adapters for $10, too.

Actually, you might want a USB-C to Lightning cable (not adapter) or a USB-C to USB adapter. That adapter is actually available for about $10.

On the other hand, Anker used to sell a 5x USB charger, they now also offer a 4x USB + 1x USB-C charger. Someone also offers a port with 4x USB 3.1, 4K HDMI, plus power supply to your Mac, which should completely meetmost people's needs. (Both items about £29 in the UK).

Comment Re:really? (Score 1) 432

people are STILL fucking stupid enough to rely on fingerprint auth to unlock phones?!!?! fucking. stupid. millenial. sheep.

Well, it is unlikely that I would be in a situation where it would make a difference. Not impossible, as we have seen, but unlikely. And you gain security elsewhere. An 8 digit passcode is not too inconvenient anymore when supported by fingerprints, so overall it still makes you more secure.

Comment Re:US gov.. please help us abuse our customers (Score 1) 192

Maybe if Apple didn't sell their cables for such obscene prices, there would be less market demand for Chinese knockoffs.

First, there were people who didn't have any intention to buy Chinese knockoffs. They went to Amazon, and looked at what was on offer, and decided to buy _genuine Apple_ products.

Second, you are saying yourself that you have the choice between expensive, quality products and cheap, rubbish products. If you are Ok with cheap, rubbish products that is fine with me. (Just don't buy cheap, rubbish chargers because they can kill you. And don't buy cheap, rubbish USB-C cables, because they can kill your laptop. ). But you should consider that making a safe product may cost a bit more.

Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 1) 192

I've not had problems. I'm not going to freak out over a clone product. That would be silly since I am a PC user.

A genuine Apple iPhone charger will charge a Samsung phone just fine (if you take the cable that Samsung gave you). A fake "genuine" Apple iPhone charger can easily destroy your Samsung phone or set your home on fire if you try to charge a Samsung phone with it.

Comment Re: Wow... (Score 1) 192

Is there any proof the counterfeits are prone to catching fire or anything like that? They didn't go through consumer testing, but that doesn't by itself mean it's unsafe. Granted I wouldn't trust it with a ten foot fireproof pole and they should be taken off the market.

Well, from Apple's point of view, they quite rightfully don't want anyone to sell products calling themselves "genuine Apple" products when they are not.

If it's a fake, the manufacturer has already demonstrated that they are quite willing to break the law by violating Apple's trademarks and misleading their customers. I think this is different from fake Gucci handbags where the customer _knows_ they are buying a fake, and they just want something with Gucci printed on it - I don't want a charger that has "Apple" printed on it, I want one that is safe and works. I bet Samsung (ignoring their recent debacle) could make chargers that are 100% compatible with Apple devices and 100% safe, and if they were cheaper than Apple products they could sell a lot. If they did, they would probably be copied as well :-(

So when this manufacturer is breaking the laws anywhere, why would they care if their charger is safe?

The actual problem is that making a charger that is small and safe is slightly difficult and slightly expensive. If I was in China, I'd build a charger that is big, safe, and works, and try to sell it for half the price of an Apple charger. And advertise it that way.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 192

Shhh but there is a scam buried in all fast chargers.

Not at all.

USB officially supplies 2.5 Watt (might be slightly more nowadays). Apple devices with large batteries can use more than 2.5 Watt. Like an iPhone 6+ or 7, or an iPad. With a standard USB charger they take ages to charge. So an Apple charger for an iPad can supply more charge. It will detect an iPad, or an iPhone with high capacity, and will supply the right charge, and anythinge else it will supply 2.5 Watt. I'm quite sure Samsung does the same thing; unfortunately the detection is slightly different, so charging a Samsung table with an Apple iPad charger or an iPad with a Samsung tablet charger will take ages.

None of these chargers will charge any battery faster than they should.

Comment Re:Including a Mac Pro tower, right? (Score 1) 142

Apple makes more money servicing its products than from selling Macs.

That's only because you are a dolt who can't read.

"Apple Services", which makes a lot of money, isn't "servicing" as in "repairing" its products. "Apple Services" is iTunes, App Store, everything that Apple sells that isn't hardware.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 4, Informative) 289

My credit card already indemnifies me against fraud, so the risk is already negligible.

Your credit card company may indemnify you, but it doesn't prevent credit card fraud. Someone is going to pay for it. With Apple Pay, the merchant (or it's thieving store employee) never gets your credit card number, so they can't use it for fraud. If the merchant's hardware is hacked, they still can't get your credit card number or your money. Hackers who manage to somehow decode the communication between iPhone and card terminal can't get your money.

Comment Re:26 out of how many? (Score 1) 106

How many reports were there? Showing me that 26 are likely false doesn't mean much if there were over 100 to begin with whereas if there are 30 then it's likely that there's no problem with the phone. Numbers are only useful when taken in context.

These are independent things. There are phones that start burning. And there are phone owners who are lying (or not even phone owners, you don't need to own a phone to make a false claim). I think the statement isn't "there are much less burning phones then you'd think", but "there is a huge number of liars". Which surely doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.

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