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    As I mentioned originally, I pretty much agree with you.     I was only trying to point out that Apple and Microsoft and others aren't so cavalier about social engineering hacks (and that's a good thing). Take for example:   Every major browser will attempt to block phishing sites automatically via a daily downloaded blacklist, despite the fact that phishing is a classic pure example of social engineering. Apple's Xprotect system will block known trojans found in...
    My mother-in-law would fall for this scam.
    I don't know if I would go as far as calling it completely fallacious.    For example, most malware out there that relies on at least some bit of social engineering (think: phishing sites, or malware that parades as a free program for editing PDF’s).  That doesn’t mean that the browser is absolved of not blocking such phishing sites.  Or the OS from blocking known malware.   That said, in this particular case, I agree that this is a pretty edge-case scenario; unlikely...
In it's current form and function (streaming movies, airplay, etc), the current A5X processor has proven to be perfectly capable of decoding/playing 1080p movies. It's a bit hard to fathom what advantage a "faster" chip would provide. Apple seems to want to use the AppleTV as an 'adapter' (so to speak) for getting content from your iPhone/iPad or iTunes or computer to the TV. Unless Apple breaks this cycle, I don't really see the need for ever putting a faster chip in...
  Man, I couldn't agree more!  No mention what app, what was shared, the testing criteria, etc.    I'm quite comfortable with the privacy settings in iOS.  I have a couple free apps (like Flashlight) that tries to use my GPS information, but my phone very obviously prompted for permission (which I denied).  And other apps have requested access to contacts (like Skype).  It's all trivially managed, which makes me wonder what they heck they were doing.
  I don't know why you think your network situation is so unique.   Yes, every individual school, or company, or organization is going to have their unique specific needs.  But just because you're a school district with remote schools and extremely tight budgets doesn't make your situation a whole lot different than what everyone else has to contend with.  Yes, of course you don't let students or teachers have install rights; but I don't know why you'd assume that...
    Ah yes, I like how you leaped to the conclusion that I must not work in an IT environment.  As a matter of fact, I do – for a corporation that has offices in Chicago and Atlanta, as well as dozens of remote telecommuters. I've been doing IT for a couple decades now (to give a hint at my age), at both the university and corporate level.  I've seen just about everything. And additionally have a RHCE certification, so I'm proficient on three major platforms.   Needless...
    So you're saying that you would rather have X number of machines on your network with known vulnerabilities than have to deal with a user that whines that Flash is broken.  Ooookay.  I'm glad you work at an educational institution and not a bank or company that handles personal client info.  For us, a known vulnerability on our network simply isn't tolerable.
    Yeah, the problem with "user choice" is that most users choose not to update.  I oversee a lot of Mac and Windows users, and I see this happen all. the. time.      Particularly with Java on Windows, where it prompts the user to update seemingly every week.  When I ask, they say they've just learned to ignore it because it pops up all the time.  My solution is to uninstall it.  I tell them, "There, problem solved.  You don't need it."   For the sake of the Internet at...
I'm glad Apple has taken an aggressive approach in disabling vulnerable plugins (first Java, now Flash). Me, I've uninstalled Flash altogether and haven't looked back. If there's flash content I need to view, I'll fire up Chrome, which has Flash embedded. Then when I'm done viewing, I switch back to Safari. I will not have my machine infected due to some crappy plugin! BTW, most newer YouTube videos work in Safari HTML5 just fine.
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