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  • Man jailed for not unlocking iPhone adds fuel to device search warrant debate

     I see no dilemma here. If we are to have that freedom guaranteed in our Constitution, the Government is simply going to have to find a way to do their business without violating Constitutional Rights. Which is more important to you ?  Personal liberty or giving in to the road to a Police State ? Better ahundred guilty men go free than one innocent man be unconstitutionally stripped of his rights. This is still a "free" country, isn't it?
  • Disney World visitor claims $40,000 credit card fraud occurred after losing Apple Watch

    Xed said:
    ITGUYINSD said:
    As I read through the article, almost everything made no sense unless these people are absolutely clueless.  Who doesn't have alerts setup on CC accounts that notify you when charges are made?  Did they use "1111" as the PIN for the watch?  Did they ignore every best practice for keeping your information secure?  When does "theft" become negligence on the victim's part?

    Unlimited credit limit?  Sounds like they have more money than brains.  I know AMEX and most banks are very cautious of unusual activity.  Something is fishy.
    1111 isn't the only common PIN that people use, it wouldn't take long to try a lot of them as I don't think the Watch has a wipe after 10 tries. They do have a 1 minute wait after 5 incorrect attempts, but that means you can through 10 common passcodes in under 1.5 minutes.

    It's also possible that someone saw them put in a PIN on their Watch or iPhone previously. Regardless, the Watch with Wallet is a weak point in security so people need to take more precautions so these things are less likely to happen. (Note that I wrote less likely, not impossible—these things will still happen.)
    Yes, the Apple Watch DOES have an "erase data" after 10 failed login attempts. I just activated mine.  :) I am on version 8.5.1.
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  • Netgear has a new $1,500 Wi-Fi 6e mesh router

    mrstep said:
    My Orbi Router set (RBR50s) is the worst piece of kit I've ever owned (at least since the Lowes Iris smart home fiasco). Bad build, bad user experience, bad networking, bad app, bad customer service, what's there to like?
    I ended up going out and buying a Deco (been fairly happy with it) - my Orbi would consistently drop the WiFi connectivity of devices.  They'd claim to be connected, but have no data pass through.  Turn off WiFi, turn it back on, and you'd get data for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or two.  Of course, that meant you'd never know *when* it would stop, wouldn't see texts/mail in a timely manner... And it all started after some firmware update they did - it had been pretty good up until then.  After the update, I gave it about a year to get fixed, and it never did.  Awful to use at that point.  Maybe they've fixed it, I don't trust Netgear at this point.

    People seem to like the Google stuff, Deco has been been good for my house, I really wish Apple had stayed in the router game... But I'll never get near an Orbi again.

    I, too, would like to give a "pat on the back" to DECO. First rate performance, including the ability to "Blacklist" piggybackers, and set the operating lights on a schedule so they don't light up the bedroom at night. Spendid performance all around and easy to set up. DECO W3600 with Satellite.

  • John McAfee offers to decrypt iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorists, criticizes FBI

    It looks like everybody is missing something pretty incredible here. The government wants to essentially trash privacy forever on a one time fishing trip. This is just oo unbalanced to evev rate a discussion of "National Security" (what hogwash...) against personal privacy.
  • Apple details user privacy, security features built into its CSAM scanning system

    jdw said:
    Apple is still not making the majority of people feel comfortable with its plan, and as such Apple has the moral obligation to at the very least DELAY its plan until it can better convey to the public why they will be 100% protected.  That remains true even of some contend this is being blown out of proportion.

    Apple needs to explain IN DETAIL how it will proactively help anyone falsely accused of engaging in illicit activities seeing that Apple would be primarily responsible for getting those falsely accused people in that situation in the first place.  That discussion must include monetary compensation, among other things.

    Apple needs to explain how it intends to address the mental toll on its own employees or contracted workers who will be forced to frequently examine kiddy porn to determine if the system properly flagged an account or not.  THIS IS HUGE and must not be overlooked!  On some level it is outrageous that the very content we wished banned from the world will be forced upon human eyes in order to determine if a machine made a mistake or not.

    Only when these points have been adequately addressed should Apple begin implement their plan or a variant of it.  The next operating system release is too soon.

    Apple truly has done a terrible job of explaining what is actually happening and what actually does happen downstream of a photo being flagged. First, nobody is actually looking at your photo or any other photo. They are comparing a CSAM algorithm with an algorithm generated when your photo is uploaded. If your "photos" cross the threshold of too many suspect photos, a human confirms that the ALGORITHM of the suspect photos matches the CSAM algorithm. No body ever looks at your photo. This is not a case of someone looking at your pictures, and declaring that "to me, this is child pornography". 

    And, if you are still unconvinced and wrapped up in the hysteria surrounding this issue, all you have to do is System>Photos> iCloud Photos to OFF. Slide the button to the OFF position. There are numerous ways to back up your photos and have them available on numerous platforms anywhere in the world without using iCloud Photos. But...unless you totally rely on your own personal backup solution (I have a 2 Drive Synology NAS), chance are any other place you choose to remotely store your photos is most likely using the CSAM system already. 
  • US lawmakers call for universal charging standard - but not necessarily for USB-C

    My goodness. Standardization is not evil. I have to think long and hard about replacing an electric drill because all the battery packs are proprietary. What nonsense. A common charging standard, just like a common data transmission standard seems a no brainer. Travel a bit and you will find the USA does not have a monopoly on the best way to do everything.
  • Apple details user privacy, security features built into its CSAM scanning system

    The motivation behind this, in addition to the outright moral repugnancy of kiddy porn, is that Apple simply does not want their servers to host that stuff. What’s wrong with that? If you want to use their servers…..your choice….you must go through the CSAM filter. 

    YOU still control your data. Choose to use their servers or don’t. This hysteria is unbelievably overwrought.  
  • What Apple surrenders to law enforcement when issued a subpoena

    I, for one, hope I represent the wishes of millions when I say "Bravo Apple". Big Brother's side of 1984 cannot come soon enough for some governments. It is a sad, sad commentary that our government is one of them.
  • Mac mini, iMac, Mac Studio -- Which desktop Mac to buy at any pricepoint

    I am one of the guys that simply does not NEED the new Studio, but I wouldn't mind having one. I have a decent , souped up, 2019 21" iMac that does all I need. But... that price differential between a loaded M1 iMac and the Base Studio is not that significant. If I had a decent monitor, I'd opt for the Studio instead of the iMac, even though it is grotesque overkill for my emailing, web surfing, butt. 

    Those guys lamenting the lack of internal expansion slots seem to really be missing the boat to me. I GUARANTEE you some one (OWC ?) is working on an esthetically complimentary expansion chassis as we speak. One more small "box" connected via Thunderbolt and you have all the hardware you could possibly need. 

    Too bad I can't use my iMac as a SUPPORTED monitor. If I could, I'd order me a Studio just to play with it.
  • Netgear has a new $1,500 Wi-Fi 6e mesh router

    I, too, would like to give a "pat on the back" to DECO. First rate performance, including the ability to "Blacklist" piggybackers, and set the operating lights on a schedule so they don't light up the bedroom at night. Spendid performance all around and easy to set up. DECO W3600 with Satellite.