The fine might be "only" $250k but they'll still have to give back the rest of the money. That's not a fine but rather restitution.
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Caltech takes billion-dollar bite out of Apple, Broadcom for using its patented Wi-Fi tech without paying a penny
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Colorado cryptocoin execs spark up blunt '$722m ponzi scheme' criminal charges after investments go up in smoke
Wouldn't know about MS, but banks...
HSBC at least I'm certain is storing my password in plain text.
How do I know? Each time I log in they choose a random subset of characters from my password which they want me to enter. I'm not clear on what the point of this process is (making password managers harder to use would be my guess, because their IT security staff apparently live in backwards-land) but unless they've stored a hashes for every possible combination of 4-character subsamples of my password (which wouldn't be a whole lot better, mathematically) then they're storing it plain-text.
I've seen this in the US
I'm stuck with Comcast here, and I have a Netgear router. The other day my Windows 10 machine was getting an IP address in a wrong subnet, and there was some truly weird stuff in the arp cache. No, of course renewing the DHCP lease didn't fix anything. I suspect with basically no evidence it's something to do with IPv6 support since about that time I also started seeing DHCP allocating me an IPv6 address on the internal network.
Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?
Re: Almost every app I consider for installation
With android M, permissions are granted at runtime and the app gets an exception if it isn't granted the permission. Older apps still get their permissions up-front at install time, but a savvy user can disable them before first run. The reason the old K permissions manager was disabled was, put simply, because it broke too many things if you actually used it, and it broke them in unpredictable ways that were very difficult to debug.
As stated, of course, pretty much everything has network access permissions. But pretty much every app needs those for one reason or another (at the very least for ads in the case of the flashlight apps, which why are you even installing that if you're on L or M? It's built into the OS!). And one doesn't want to ask users about a permission that every app asks for because that just contributes to people ignoring the permissions warnings.
Unfortunately the new permissions framework on M doesn't help much since most people aren't on devices which have been upgraded to M. That's Android's real problem relative to Apple - most users don't care about permissions and privacy settings, but they do care about apps. And fewer apps get written, and they have fewer features, when only 10% of the phones have the latest OS.
Re: Those are some pretty detailed numbers...
No, they don't report every keystroke back. What do you think this is, Windows 10? However, https://src.chromium.org/viewvc/blink?view=revision&revision=202463 added a counter specifically for backspace to collect data to inform this change, as you can see on the discussion on https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=413395. Nothing secretive or nefarious to see here, move along.
Re: Are these dynamic dependencies really a good idea?
Point taken, but that's what version numbers are for. That's why introducing a new leftpad at version 0.4 didn't fix everyone who depended on 0.3. On the flip side, it does mean that it could take a very, very long time for updates to propagate up the dependency chain, and in the mean time you'll have multiple versions of a package in your project, pulled in as dependencies of other dependencies which haven't upgraded yet.
Re: Brain Encryption
The first amendment argument (which is their weakest one probably) is not about encryption per se, but about whether the government can force Apple to say something. In this case, that something is "this is an authorized version of iOS" and the way of saying it is by signing it.
If you've ever worked at a company anything like a car company, you know how many reviews and design needs to go through before it's put into production. A lot more than "a few" employees would need to have been in on it, and if no one from such a large set felt the need to run it by a lawyer I'd be shocked. Far more shocked than if I heard the lawyer was told, offered an opinion, and was overruled.
What's the point?
The reason the wifi bands are unlicensed is precisely because they don't have much range. Unless you put a very powerful transmitter in, of course, which you don't want to do on a mobile device. So LTE-U will only get to use that spectrum for people very close (probably not much more than 100m) to the tower. Seems like they'd be better off focusing their efforts elsewhere.
Re: Don't they know anything?
No, not the main deflector. That's for weapons fire. You're thinking of the navigational deflector, which while sufficiently powerful to deflect pretty much any 21st-century weapon, isn't capable of deflecting things like photon torpedos with kilogram-scale antimatter warheads.
As fans on the expanded universe know...
Luke's hand ended up in an imperial storehouse, where it was used to create the evil clone Luuke.
And there were waaaay more than just the 2 failed superweapons. In addition to the two death stars and the prototype, there were the eyes of Palatine, the sun crusher, the Tarkin, and the galaxy gun, just to name a few. Turns out diversification of military assets is something the imperials never caught on to.
Lying is still not always legal
Just because you can't tell the truth doesn't mean you're allowed to lie. If, for example, you are an executive at a corporation, making statements about company activities which are later shown to be objectively false is actually illegal under SEC regulations, and you can end up in prison for that (though more slowly than you might for telling the truth). The only thing that you can do with impunity is refuse to comment.
Does not follow
I don't understand what the big deal is for people here. Yes, they consulted with the NSA. The NSA also contributed code the the linux kernel. Not everything the NSA does is evil (just most of it). Furthermore, it's simply bad to confuse technical issues with personal attacks - in this case, the technical question of whether a crypto standard is secure has nothing directly to do with the provenance of the math. The crypto standard process was still open and public, and the NSA was one of several contributors.
The analogy to MS/ISO is false. There was clear evidence that the ISO was not taking its job of managing the standards process seriously, instead just rubber-stamping something from MS.
The best long-term solution
In the long term, it's been proposed that the best solution would be to have people who launch into orbit post a bond for $X which they get back if and when their satellite deorbits successfully. It's far cheaper to reserve a small amount of extra fuel for a final deorbit maneuver than it is to send up a second rocket to do it for you, but right now there's little incentive to do that. If you make $X be the amount it costs to remove space junk by other means, then that encourages "insurance companies" to develop cheaper methods to deorbit misbehaving satellites.
Of course, that doesn't help for all the junk that's already up there. That is what we call a Hard Problem.
Re: Waste of Energy
That isn't how thermodynamics works. Modern coal plants get almost as close to the carnot efficiency as our metallurgical limits allow us to get.
"Heat" is energy, it's true, but to be useful it has to be at a temperature sufficiently above the ambient. Once the temperature of the exhaust gases are close enough to ambient, the efficiency with which work can be extracted becomes so low that the returns of adding additional steps to try to capture it become prohibitively expensive. Coal is expensive enough to make that point very late in the game, but pretty much the only thing you can do with the remaining waste heat from a coal plant is heat an apartment building... and who wants to live that close to a coal-fired power plant?
Re: Oh no!
"If portable is your aim then Java is best."
Except we're talking about the mobile market, where iOS has nearly half the market and doesn't allow java to run. So that's a very strange definition of portable.
The prohibition against interpreted code on iOS limits things to platforms which can be AOT compiled, such as .NET (see http://www.mono-project.com/Mono:OSX). Ironic, that.
Re: Giant degausser
Modern drive heads don't actually read absolute magnetization. Instead, they read relative magnetization from one sector to the next. Those sectors are very, very close together so any macroscopic magnet is going to hit all of the neighboring sectors almost as hard as the target sector, meaning no change in relative magnetization. Once you hit saturation, you can start breaking data, but experiment shows that the fields needed to get to that point are sufficient to physically rip the platter apart. Your best bet by far is the sector-local fields you can generate with the write head of an operating drive, even compared to physical destruction.
This is not to say that magnets are harmless to hard drives - they can cause head crashes in a running drive. But if you're worried about NSA-level data recovery efforts, a giant degausser will do nearly nothing to corrupt the data.
Photons are spin-1 particles
Spin-1 particles have 3 spin states, only two of which are observable along the axis (right-handed or left-handed, or horizontal or vertical, depending on how you build your detector). While you can vary the mixture of photons in your signal, you don't get extra multiplexing out of that because within each channel you'll still get the same old interference. Doubling your bandwidth is nice, but I don't see how you can get more than that without violating quantum theory.
What I'd like to see
Re: Roll your own
I faced this problem
I faced the problem of wanting a way to store my photos, with metadata, in a form I had personal control over and wouldn't just disappear. I decided the best solution is one which stored everything on a local filesystem (but could be put on the web) with metadata in semi-human-readible format (eg some forms of XML) with a web browser front end for display, and wouldn't depend on too much infrastructure to view (eg no web server required). So I wrote a solution. And I put it on sourceforge. And I won't link it because 7 years later I look at that code and I'm just embarrassed. By now there are probably lots of other solutions out there, too.
The point is, if you want to keep that stuff, buy a NAS and manage the data yourself. It's the only way to be sure.
Re: Cold water alert
Wait, better off sending it to Mars? Mars is a complete waste of time and effort. While we could plausibly establish a long-term manned presence on the moon in the foreseeable future, a trip to Mars would be purely for show. If we want to look for life on other plants, Mars is still a waste of time compared to Europa and Ganymede (you know, places where some of the water might still be liquid?).
What do you have against bloggers?
Or is it lawyers, or New Yorkers, who you automatically lump into the pile of people you can't have sympathy for, no matter the situation? Not all lawyers are amoral bloodsuckers. Not all New Yorkers are (also possibly bloodsucking) investment bankers. Not all bloggers are vacuous.
Please, provide an explanation of your standards for who deserves sympathy for government invasion of privacy.
Ubisoft has been making some really interesting-looking games lately, and here I am forced to boycott them.
As a software developer myself, I certainly understand the desire to be paid for your work. I don't pirate software. But neither to I buy software with intrusive measures of the type Ubisoft pursues. They're just insulting.
That, and they never seem to patch the many, many bugs in their games.
I don't really see the contradiction
My reading of their statement is that IE was not designed as a cross-platform browser, and thus by implication is more optimized for Windows in terms of speed (even if that's not true based on benchmarks). This says nothing about the *content* being displayed as being not cross-platform. That HTML 5 is platform and browser agnostic doesn't mean that the browser needs to be platform agnostic.