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  • If you have an iPhone with AT&T, there's a good chance your info has been stolen

    A company I used to work for stores the ssn in the free and clear in their database.  I also proved to them they had several SQL injection attack vectors.  Did they want to fix these things? Nope. Probably a combination of things: they didn’t care, moving too fast for their own good, fixing it wasn’t as sexy as a new feature, too cheap to pay someone to fix it, or all of the above. All of this and definitely more probably still they’re waiting to be exploited to this day.

    This is why we can’t have nice, aka things that work to protect us.

    Needless to say, but I no longer work there.
  • If you're using a Magic Keyboard, you've opened up an attack vector

    chasm said:
    Yes, Bluetooth is flawed and should be fixed.


    It’s worth pointing out that this alleged “attack” can only work if the attacker is within 30 feet of you — so at home this is probably a complete non-issue, and even in public you’d probably only be a real risk if you were attended a black-hat hacker convention, or a Starbucks in Silicon Valley.

    I concur with AppleZulu about the risk factor on this. Good to be aware of the vulnerability, very VERY low odds of it being a practical thread in the real world.
    Not necessarily.  One could conceive of a device such as a raspberry pi running off solar/battery that has both a Bluetooth and cellular radio that could be planted somewhere close to the house.  But regardless, this would be an attack that targets a specific person, not the general public, meaning, it wouldn’t be chance or happenstance. I’d think journalists, state officials, or other high value targets would have something to worry about.
  • Tim Cook confirms that Apple has been working on generative AI for years

    My primary problem with Siri is it doesn't remember context. So if I ask about where someone lives or the address of a company and it gives me the answer, I can't request, "Take me there" because it doesn't know what "there" means. I'm afraid I've gotten spoiled by GPTchat engines with which I can make backward references.
    I thought I remembered Siri was supposed to remember context, and had used that feature on occasion.  I think over time Siri has changed or at least I don’t use the scripted version in the 2011 keynote when Siri was introduced:


    I remembered Siri being a lot better then than now, but still prefer it over others, or not having one at all.
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  • Samsung leaks that Apple is still working on an all-screen foldable MacBook Pro

    geekmee said:
    And what problem does the foldable screen solve again?

    Keyboard mapping for any language.  Apple wouldn't have to make unique hardware keyboards for different markets.
    Easy, just make each individual key a screen.  Still have a physical key that can actuate, and have the dynamic nature of a display to change languages, show functions/hot keys depending on the focused program, etc. There have already been keyboards like this for over a decade.
    Like the Optimus keyboard? I don’t think that would be practical or cost effective. It would be an aesthetic nightmare as well. Apple is about simplifying the complex, not complicating the simple. 

    Besides. If Apple couldn’t even get the butterfly keyboard right…

    kidding! Just kidding. 

    Sheesh. Calm down people. 
    Lol no kidding needed.  Disliked that keyboard very much.  Not enough key travel, not to mention the key failures and repair cost.  I’ve gone mechanical and it’s been hard to go back to anything else.  As far as laptop keyboards go, their current design isn’t bad, but going to a completely flat, single pane of glass (even with haptic feedback) would be a step back for a laptop.

    I had not considered repair costs of a keyboard with screens on each key.  I bet that would be way more than the price to repair the butterfly keyboard.
  • macOS Sonoma beta review: Few major updates, but very welcome

    Xed said:
    I’ve never understood the desire for widgets.  I’ve tried using some form of them since the old dashboard back in snow leopard to ones currently in iOS (I’d rather have more room for apps on my screen than have a widget take up that space). The utility they add just seems too cumbersome, and at which point why not just open the app? Just my personal experience/opinion; I’m sure there are many who swear by them. 

    I guess somewhat related are the “complications” on Apple Watch.  I do use some of those on my watch faces.

    id be curious to hear about people’s use cases and workflows around widgets.
    I have mossed Dashboard widgets, especially when used with Hot Corners to quickly see various types of info at a glance, so I’m very happy with Sonoma’s ability to sue a Hoy Corner to call the desktop which can have various widgets which are much better than the web code-based widgets of the old Dashboard.

    As someone who only uses their Desktop as a temporary working location for files it’s almost always empty or nearly empty, so people who have hundreds of  unorganized files on their desktop may not like the new setup, but I love it.
    What widgets do you use?