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I am incredibly happy that Apple is opposing the FBI's request for an iPhone back door. Hopefully this issue gets lots of BALANCED media coverage and that Americans don't go into "but it's in the national interest" mode, because not only is putting a back door in the iPhone NOT in their national interest, it's in NOBODY'S interest!

This case impacts ALL Apple customers (and, ultimately, all smartphone users), not just Americans, so let's hope Apple is able to hold out and doesn't get compelled by some twisted/arcane US legislation to abide by the FBI's request.

I really like how well this letter is written. It is respectful and considerate, but also firm and clear.
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What a monumental security fail this is!!!
Chip and PIN was designed to prevent fraud, but it also created a new opportunity for criminals that is taking retailers by surprise. Known as “forced authorisation”, committing the fraud requires no special equipment and when it works, it works big: in one transaction a jewellers store lost £2...
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Social engineering at its finest!
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TL;DR: Shred your used boarding passes!
The next time you're thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead. Two-dimensional barcodes and QR codes can hold a great deal of information, and the codes printed on airline boarding passes may allow ...
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What a surprise. Another non-value-adding-huge-money-sapping-mega-corporation takes a tough stance on people reverse-engineering their code. I don't know which is more striking - Oracle's ignorance or its arrogance.
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This is just stupid.

Wireless hot-spot in my car? Why? WTF do I need that for? I already have my mobile phone with me and when the whole family travels we've got at least four hot-spots in the car. And why connect ANY part of the running gear to ANY system that is connected to a system that is connected to the Internet?!? That is just dumb. Plain dumb.

No doubt there are other, more nefarious reasons why car makers want Internet access to your vehicle. And I'm sure they will argue that apart from this one small vulnerability, the system will be quite secure. Bullshit. No software is perfectly secure and no software ever will be. Shit, no physical security device is perfectly secure either! All locks, safes, gates, fences, doors, etc have flaws.
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
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That's pretty worrying Jimmy. Hackers will always find a way in. You can envisage a 13 year kid accidentally killing a family after hacking a car for kicks.

Even if it can be made "reasonably" secure, if it is in any way reliant on manual action by car owners you can imagine how many people are going to have gaping holes in their security, not just the new ones that hackers discover.

The worst part is that you can see that it won't become illegal to sell "smart cars". It sounds like it is too lucrative - "monthly revenue stream" jumped off the page. The captains of industry will just keep rolling on at the cost of public safety. 
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Having recently researched 4K TV's and coming to the conclusion that they just weren't worth it, and having known for many years that true picture quality comes from dynamic range rather than resolution, I am hopeful that HDR TV's become a reality sooner rather than later.

As much as I like Apple products, I really hope they don't buy Dolby and end up "owning" HDR though, as I really don't think that will result in an optimal outcome for consumers.
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Is there no limit to what the corporate marketing militia will do to track us?
Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.
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If you can help us out by completing the questionnaire (it will take roughly 15 minutes), you’ll receive a free assessment report and emotional intelligence development guide valued at $350.
We will also be running free webinars for everyone who participates. These webinars will cover the research outcomes and how to apply emotional intelligence with others at work.

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This article raises an interesting point about the overall efficacy of anti-virus programs. Not only have there been viruses recently that have targeted the anti-virus programs themselves, it seems companies can also submit files to TotalVirus that look like they are malicious but are actually very similar to files needed by the operating system. Other anti-virus companies update their databases to consider these files as harmful and boom - your anti-virus program is deleting essential system files. Not cool!
Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software
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This dude probably should have used a less deadly type of force to take out the drone hovering over his back deck, but good on him for taking a stand. (I know, I know, he actually went to the effort of using his least deadly gun. Such a considerate chap.)

I reckon a radio jammer running on the right frequency probably would have been a better solution - then you can just blame it on equipment failure or pilot error.
"If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting."
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You'd think this would spell the end for Ashley Madison, but the site still seems to be operating. I wonder if (A) many of the users even know about the hack and (B) if they actually care.

If you think about it, in order for a cheater to get caught as a result of their information being leaked their spouse would actually have to go looking for it, which is not straightforward for non-tech people. So unless someone grabs the leaked database and builds a web site that makes it stupendously easy, there is probably not much real risk for AM's users.
Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company's user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging ...
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