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Comment iOS10 is much better than iOS9 on an iPhone6 (Score 1) 71

iOS 10 blows chunks on an iPhone 6 even

My wife has an iPhone 6 and iOS 10 performs pretty well on it, and has a number of substantial improvements from iOS9... if nothing else the messaging app is much better and what do most non-technical people use anyway?

On top of that are the invisible things like allowing call management apps and other app improvements possible on iOS10, and it has been nicer for her than iOS9 was.

We'll see if that continues to hold through other iOS updates but she'll keep the phone 2-3 years more probably, Which will be fully supported unlike Windows phone going forward...

Comment Re:App is not gone (Score 1) 117

Nope. That's not how it works. An app installed with permission to open a port can't open that port until you run the app. That alone proves you wrong.

That proves you either cannot read, nor think. The original post is complaining about an OPEN PORT you doofus, which means the app HAS BEEN RUN. I'm not saying anything about the app before it is run, I am talking about where there is OPEN PORT there is a security risk.

Also, the app will shut the port when the app is closed.

What is really funny here is that it just goes even further to prove what I was saying, that an open port on Android is a security risk. What you are saying is that that there cannot be an open port without an app behind it which means 100% of the time an open port on Android is a security risk.

Which is what I said.

So thanks for the support, even if you don't understand why it went that way.

The other way is to leave a connection open permanently. This uses more resources and data than an open port.

Innocent question - why would a malicious app care about using more resources and data?

Comment Books are tangible. (Score 4, Insightful) 165

I still get hardcovers if the topic seems interesting enough and appears to have a long term value.

I don't get DRM ebooks, they are a pain and a burden. I tried one amazon ebook "reamde" for kicks and one google playstore book, a thick WP devguide. DRM turned me off quickly in both cases. Reamde I'll get as paperback some day if I want to read it again and got the WP book as a zero-fuss PDF.

I do have my fat Oreillys as PDF too - way easyer to lug around on my tablet. But getting them through official chanels is prohibitively expensive.

Bottom line: I'm a tablet guy ( 10" Yoga 2 with Android) and even I distrust regular ebooks to an extent. So I'm not really surprised about about this news.

Comment Re: But how will I trick investors!?! (Score 5, Insightful) 255

I can design a system that is a Star Trek style Communicator that is also a computer more powerful than today's multi-million dollar Supercomputers, fits in your pocket, and will run on battery power for days*.

* Circa 1970

Today's "youth" have no perspective. It's you know your technology history you DO NOT doubt such claims. Do you have any idea how far we have progressed in less than half a human lifetime? Do you not get that the advancement of technology has far been non-linear to the point of being almost exponential?

Comment Not torture, also laughter (Score 1) 156



The death penalty is public torture and it does not stop murder.

For some time now the death penalty has been the opposite of torture, with great lengths gone to to insure it is eater painless or instant.

I think we all want a "shadow" internet that includes all the features of the current one except that it would be off limits to monetization.


Comment App is not gone (Score 1) 117

u are hand waving a bunch of dumb shit like "app opens a port and then the app is gone

There's the exact problem though. Why do you THINK the app is gone?

If the app has permission to open a port that means it had permission to have a long-running service sitting on that port.

Why else would it open the port if it were not going to do just that?

Most non-technical users rarely if ever delete apps...

I mean, I agree that android phones are utter shit

They aren't at all, they work really well.. it's just that they ALSO bring the same security risk as any PC to a group of users who by and large have no technical ability to understand, or deal with the risk they are taking on. Sp it propagates the decades of horrible security flaws the PC world has enjoyed, like bank account being compromised, or identities stolen.

It bullshit to claim that is OK, that it's not really a problem when it is a massive problem that affects the people who can least afford to deal with it.

Comment Read Original Quote (Score 1) 117

What is the difference between an open port on an Android device and the dozens that are open on your personal computer? Nothing.

That is absolutely correct, and we all know that personal computers are rife with security flaws.

Part of that is because services are sitting at a number of different open ports, every service that is doing so increases the chances of a successful attack vector being present on your system,

So now we bring forward this same, known to be failed and dangerous, security model to the phone? Remember the original comment was talking about how open ports "are not dangerous" - with the implication that nothing is necessarily behind those open ports. But just like the PC we all know today, if something opened those ports that almost certainly means there is a service sitting there, listening, possibly vulnerable...

Or would you like to ignore decades of failed PC security?

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