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Comment Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 534

The Apple figures are for GROSS margin at 39.9%. it's operating margin is 28.72% and it's actual profit margin is 21.61%.

This is comparable with other hardware manufacturers (gross/profit) e.g. Samsung (electronics) at 39.87% / 11.76% profit, Blackberry 51.70% / 20.68%, Intel 63.7% / 20.95%, Nokia 44.46% / 24.12%, Cisco 59.89% / 16.25%.

TL;DR Apples actual PROFIT is comparable with similar companies and it's gross margin is way LOWER.

Comment Re:Not only iCloud at fault (Score 2) 336

I don't think there is one common link, or one blockbuster hack of a single service (which means Apple is getting some very unfair press right now).

Looking at the whole picture of data, dates, locations, resolutions, phone models, file names etc, it appears to be multiple hacks conducted quietly over a number of years and in a number of different ways. So it's possible this is the output of one or more collectors operating over a long time.

The backstory to this is going to be very interesting!

Comment Not only iCloud at fault (Score 2) 336

Looking at the EXIF data attached to the photographs, where it's available, and the structure of the filenames I can see that only some of them came from iPhones/iCloud. I can also see photographs from Android phones (Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy 5s) likely acquired via Google Drive, other photographs clearly taken from Dropbox accounts (the dumps include default dropbox files), and many clearly taken from Twitter and Facebook private messages (filenames are a dead giveaway).

Some of the filenames look like those you would get from a recovery or backup programme rather than an auto generated one, which chimes with what victims have said on Twitter regarding deleting the images months or even years ago.

In any case there are clearly multiple sources and as usual Apple Derangement Syndrome is in full swing.

Likely as not this was related to the heartbleed bug. Large amounts of passwords were acquired around that time, and were probably being used on multiple services. It's equally possible that this wasn't a breach at Apple et al but a breach of Amazon Web Services or Microsoft's Azure as those services are used to backup data from iCloud, Google Drive, and many others.

What's worse for some of the celebs is that the pictures contain GPS data that could compromise their homes.

Comment Re:Where have I heard this before? (Score 1) 157

I went for 'forms' rather than 'groups' because I thought it easier to understand and the distinction seems increasingly important to researchers, pharmacists, and patients. I'd classified MODY as Type 2, although looking back I probably shouldn't have. I'd probably also take back the use of 'cured', as the patients would have a normal range A1c but would still be considered diabetic by most Endocrinologists.

Comment This wouldn't surprise most diabetics (Score 1) 157

I was an undiagnosed Type 2 for a very long time, and since diagnoses it's become clear to me that brain function and mood are very closely tied to my blood sugar levels.

Undiagnosed I would experience bouts of temper or melancholy that came from nowhere in particular, and these have been mostly eliminated since I started to medicate.

When sugars a low it's very hard to think at all, you can't concentrate, and it's hard to coordinate movement. Those that think lows can be cured by simply eating chocolate haven't drunk 10 pints of beer and then tried to find a source of sugar in a three bedroom house!

When sugars are high you can be hyper for a time, before you begin to lose control of your body temperature and the slightest thing can send you into a rage.

Uncontrollable rage is very common indeed in teenage diabetics.

Comment Re:Where have I heard this before? (Score 2) 157

There are already five forms of diabetes. Type 1 (early onset, no pancreatic function, incurable); Type 1.5 (Late onset, no pancreatic function, incurable); Pre Type 2 Diabetes (insulin resistance building, possibly curable); Type 2 (late onset, insulin resistance, some pancreatic function, incurable); and Gestational Diabetes (hormonal imbalance create insulin resistance, temporary). So this might be a sixth.

Submission + - Is Slashdot relevant anymore? (

toomanyairmiles writes: Two things that would have been unthinkable five years ago happened today. First I noticed a /. homepage story regarding Richard Nixon's treasonous undoing of a peace deal, which was covered on the BBC news website 5 DAYS AGO. Second I discovered that Gawker has scooped /. regarding the CIA tech directors big brother remarks at GigaOM. Gawker! A gossip magazine! Sadly what used to be enlightening tech discussions often devolve into boring snark-fests, the site design, mobile experience, and Slashcode are now literally from another century. Is there a future for Slashdot?

Submission + - DARPA wants unique automated tools to rapidly make computers smarter (

coondoggie writes: "Researchers at DARPA want to take the science of machine learning — teaching computers to automatically understand data, manage results and surmise insights — up a couple notches. Machine learning, DARPA says, is already a the heart of many cutting edge technologies today, like email spam filters, smartphone personal assistants and self-driving cars. "Unfortunately, even as the demand for these capabilities is accelerating, every new application requires a Herculean effort. Even a team of specially-trained machine learning experts makes only painfully slow progress due to the lack of tools to build these systems," DARPA says."

Submission + - The US Postal Service Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon (

An anonymous reader writes: But as despised and problematic as it is, the Postal Service is one of the most important institutions in this country – it is essential to a functioning economy, and it is, thankfully, not going anywhere, any time soon. There have been plenty of loud declarations that Postal Service has failed and will be out of business shortly. But these arguments usually reveal how little people understand about what the Postal Service actually does – and how little they appreciate this institution’s amazing reach and scale.

Submission + - We did not need Google's Schmidt to tell us Android and Chrome would not merge (

Steve Patterson writes: Thankfully, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has announced that "Android and Chrome will remain separate." Rumors that the products would be combined emerged last week when leadership of Android and Chrome were consolidated under Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai. Schmidt stated the obvious, but if you are a developer and you took the bait and thought the rumors might be true, you already read enough of Google Chrome or Google Android documentation before Schmidt’s clarification and confirmed that consolidating the two products would be, well, stupid.

Submission + - Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft With Immediate Effect (

toomanyairmiles writes: The BBC reports that Microsoft's head of Windows division Steven Sinofsky has left the company with immediate effect. He will be replaced by Julie Larson-Green "Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the company and that Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller retains her roles as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "

Comment The DIY plan (Score 1) 225

I have some phone insurance through a fee 'premium' based bank account ( I also get AA membership, household emergency insurance and the like) - which has turned out to be a handy investment, especially when the heating broke down. On top of which I stick 25 quid a month into a medium interest savings account for the next/replacement phone - thus far this has more than covered my needs.

Comment Start with screen size (Score 1) 898

It really depends on your budget but the biggest single price issue is screen size - the best deals are for 15.6 screens but if she wants something larger or smaller then the prices for decent machines go up wildly. Look for a powerful processor with a good GPU that has dedicated RAM, as much non-graphics RAM as you can afford and x64 Windows 7 with good build quality and you should have a machine which will perform well and last a long time. is really handy for checking on what's good/not for processor and GPU deals Both Lenovo and Samsung make excellent machines which both look good (which could be important, quite a few of my female friends use Samsung) and have great build quality

Submission + - responds to IE6 petition (

toomanyairmiles writes: The UK government has responded to a petition, signed by over 6000 people asking it to upgrade away from IE6 as follows:-

" In response to the concerns of many people regarding the security of Internet Explorer 6 and the use of this software by Government Departments the Cabinet Office can confirm that the Government takes internet security very seriously. This has been reflected in recent changes to the Information Security and Assurance team and the Office of Cyber Security within the Cabinet Office which are in the process of merging together to lead a joined-up approach to information assurance and cyber security strategy and policy.

Complex software will always have vulnerabilities and motivated adversaries will always work to discover and take advantage of them. There is no evidence that upgrading away from the latest fully patched versions of Internet Explorer to other browsers will make users more secure. Regular software patching and updating will help defend against the latest threats. The Government continues to work with Microsoft and other internet browser suppliers to understand the security of the products used by HMG, including Internet Explorer and we welcome the work that Microsoft are continuing do on delivering security solutions which are deployed as quickly as possible to all Internet Explorer users.

Each Department is responsible for managing the risks to its IT systems based on Government Information Assurance policy and technical advice from CESG, the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. Part of this advice is that regular software patching and updating will help defend against the latest threats. It is for individual departments to make the decision on how best to manage the risk based on this clear guidance. Public sector organisations are free to identify software that supports their business needs as long as it adheres to appropriate standards. Also, the cost-effectiveness of system upgrade depends on the circumstances of the individual department’s requirements.

It is not straightforward for HMG departments to upgrade IE versions on their systems. Upgrading these systems to IE8 can be a very large operation, taking weeks to test and roll out to all users. To test all the web applications currently used by HMG departments can take months at significant potential cost to the taxpayer. It is therefore more cost effective in many cases to continue to use IE6 and rely on other measures, such as firewalls and malware scanning software, to further protect public sector internet users.

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