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Comment Re:Laws of reality (Score 1) 116

"One iPhone app, Pumpkin Maker (a pumpkin-carving game), transmits location to an ad network without asking permission."

That is flat out impossible. I am an iPhone developer; there is no way for an application to obtain user location without the user being prompted if that is OK.

It makes the rest of the conclusions very suspect to me. Just how would an app get age and gender? Again I cannot think of a way that is even possible on an iPhone without being asked; no-where on my iPhone is my birthday or age stored.

Impossible? Anything's possible. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/12/19/how-one-apps-sees-location-without-asking/

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Submission + - Cracking PGP in the Cloud (electricalchemy.net)

pariax writes: So you wanna build your own massively distributed password cracking infrastructure? Electric Alchemy has published a writeup detailing their experiences cracking PGP ZIP archives using brute force computing power provided by Amazon EC2 and a distributed password cracker from Elcomsoft. Full article at http://news.electricalchemy.net/2009/10/cracking-passwords-in-cloud.html

Comment Re:other PKI options (Score 1) 171

Instead of disabling CRL's, you should publish them to a directory, rather than an HTTP server. In the case of MSAD, the CRL will be replicated to every domain controller in the domain. The CRL can specify a ldap:///path_to_crl.crl CRL which will allow a client to lookup the CRL from any domain controller which is up.

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