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Comment Re:Bigger problem: stupid 'optimizations' (Score 2) 447

While I agree with you about premature optimization, stop and think for a minute how many trillions of trillions this one bit of code has executed. If you do the math (left for the reader), then there is a real world cost to not optimizing this code. Electricity and time usage are affected.

Comment Re:Does everything need to be smart? (Score 1) 128

The smart feature is the one they disabled. It is a feature called wave to dismiss. It's the entire reason I bought one. My wife often burns things in the oven and sets off the smoke detector. The wave to dismiss feature gave us an option besides taking out the battery.

I hear you thinking: get a smarter wife and not a smarter smoke detector. C'est la vie

Comment Re:Hard to have this happen on Android... (Score 1) 137

Got it. I had always assumed infection was at an operating system level. A single installed app with overreaching access to public spaces and services is a pain, but not the windows virus experience I imagined.

The ability for a process to launch at boot makes this a worse problem. iOS 7's new backgrounding is close to the same problem if / when malware gets into the Apple App Store.

Nice to know that simply deleting the app will remove any trace of the Mal-Ware.

Thanks for the expert information.

Comment Re:Hard to have this happen on Android... (Score 1) 137

Thank you. I didn't realize device specific keys are fused into the processor itself. This would, of course, render my comment about access to the flash chips incorrect.

Storing it in the keychain (with the correct protection class) would prevent access even for an unencrypted backup.

Also, specifically asking for per file data protection would prevent access for an unencrypted backup.

Basically, doing anything other than the bare minimum would have prevented access to the Starbucks data.

Does anyone have any answers for my Android question?

Comment Re:Hard to have this happen on Android... (Score 2) 137

iOS is actually very similar. Without an application like PhoneView or Xcode, just connecting a device will not provide obvious access to per application data that is not explicitly shared. If the device is locked, then access is unavailable even to those methods. If the application itself requested data protection, then even physical access to the flash chips would prove useless. Of course, a developer who decided to store everything in plain text would probably not take the extra strep to request encryption. I just wonder why they didn't use the system Keychain. Easy to use and the OS takes care of all these problems.

Android question... I realize that an app by default doesn't have access to other app's per user data, but can an app request root or access an other's data in a permissions request presented to the user? My concern with Android security has always been that lay people do not read or even understand the implications of permission dialogs presented to them. So, could another malicious app gain access to the Starbucks data through laziness or ignorance of the user?

Submission + - High Wire Stuntman Wallenda Steps Across Gorge (

An anonymous reader writes: Facing strong winds and a terrifying view, Nik Wallenda, a daredevil from the famous "Flying Wallendas" family, stepped across a quarter-mile-long wire strung 1,500 feet above the Colorado River Gorge in Arizona with only his sense of balance to fend off a fall and certain death.

Submission + - PlayStation 4 Will be Running Modified FreeBSD 1

jones_supa writes: This discovery comes nicely along the celebration of FreeBSD's 20th birthday, for all the UNIX nerds. It has been exposed that the operating system powering the PlayStation 4 is Orbis OS, which is a Sony spin of FreeBSD 9.0. It's not a huge surprise FreeBSD is being used over Linux, in part due to the more liberal licensing. The PlayStation 4 is x86-64 based now rather than Cell-based, which makes it easier to use FreeBSD. BSDs in general currently lack manufacturer supported full-feature AMD graphics driver, which leads to the conclusion that Sony and AMD have likely co-developed a discrete driver for the PS4. Some pictures of the development kit boot loader (GRUB) have been published too.

Submission + - Geek franchises that changed everything ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: With Avatar taking more than $2.7 billion in box office receipts, science fiction is one of the entertainment industry's biggest money earners. But it wasn't always that way. Since the 1982 release of Tron which was the first game that made more in auxiliary sales than in the film itself, entertainment franchises have become big business. This list of the top ten geek entertainment franchises includes some of the most groundbreaking and enduring, from movies (2001) to games (Halo, Warcraft) and TV (Red Dwarf). Amidst all of them, the influence of Star Trek is undeniable. The show broke many boundaries in TV, it was ground-breaking in its themes, and then followed up by some excellent spin-offs such as Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. It basically underwrote the slash fiction, created a language, Klingon, and has had eleven films based on the franchise.

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