Lesson here. Always flash your phone back to a known clean factory image. when you get in and then only install apps from F-droid, and don't include the baseband part of the flash cause that is a security nightmare.. which means no cellphonee funtion.. and in many cases. a non-booting phone (which makes it secure BTW :) )
Basically.. expecting you're cell-phone to be Secure is CRAZY unless you control the baseband firmware.
Apps like Signal, etal are ment to stop PASSIVE data collection.. If they are targetting you directly forget about using a smartphone.
Freemor at 2017-03-07T19:22:38Z
But thanks for the heads up.. I'll take a look at the actual release.. News outlets are terrible bad at getting this stuff right, and they are always way to hair-on-fire about stuff.
But I guess that a headline saying.. "Meh, Interesting but nothing new really.." wouldn't get much play.
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For a more indepth less hyperbolic look
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Berkeley Deletes 200,000 Free Online Videos to Comply with Insane Department of Justice Ruling
>> George Standish:
“I blame the policy here, and NOT UC Berkeley”
The policy of requiring thing to be accessible if not the problem here.. This is a clear example of why such laws exist. Without them we end up living in a non-inclusive distopia.
Let me illustrate.
UC Berkeley COULD fix this by stripping the audio off of all the videos as that would put everyone on an equal footing.. But people would scream and rail against the fact that the videos are now useless..
Why then should the videos be useless to a sizable chunk of the population. Remember hearing impaired isn't just the mainly invisible deaf minority. It's the elderly, those that have suffered trauma to their hearing apparatus.
All of us are one bad day away from being in that group. Or a couple of decades if you count age related hearing loss.
To say that requiring stuff to be accessible by all those people is, what, wrong? bad? unfair? Really. Pull the sound card out of your computer and see just how "fair" media content is. Don't even get me started on how the interwebs treat the visually impaired.
IMHO the only villian here is Berkeley's administration.
Ok I'll get off my soap box now...
>> George Standish:
“Inclusion is IMPORTANT, but it can't be the ONLY criteria.”
True.. But from what I've seen of this UC Berkeley a resource rich, connection heavy, institution didn't even try. Instead of putting in the smallest iota of effort they instead decide to pull it all down and create a controversy.
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Is that your photo or Bloomberg's? If that's an actual location, they've got some drastic merchandising problems. Besides, Cingular has been a dead brand name for almost a decade.
The wireless phone game killed the successor just like it killed the first one. Getting out of wireless would've been the smartest play even if it meant losing some of the market out there.
And since Aaron noted that that is Bloomberg's, I'll say that the picture dates to 2007 at the latest. That's that old of a RadioShack picture. Current stores, if you can find them, don't look like that.
Profit-wise mobile wireless initially drove the balance sheet hard. Through contraction in the market of of margins as well as simple saturation, it killed the company that depended upon it. The parts and batteries were reliable profit makers but not nearly as large as mobile wireless.
Hopefully the next people to get the name partner with DigiKey and/or Mouser along the Raspberry Pi Foundation to do something electronics-based again.
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Torrent Legend Mininova Will Shut Down For Good
In December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape.
This gaping hole was soon filled by the dozens of new sites that emerged to fulfill the public’s increasing demands for torrents. Mininova soon became the most successful of them all.
Mininova was founded by five Dutch students just a month after Suprnova closed its doors. The site initially began as a hobby project, but in the years that followed the site’s founders managed to turn it into a successful business that generated millions of dollars in revenue.
With this success also came legal pressure. Even though the site complied with takedown requests, copyright holders were not amused. In 2009 this eventually resulted in a lawsuit filed by local anti-piracy outfit BREIN, which Mininova lost.
As a result, the site had to remove all infringing torrents, a move which ended its reign. The site remained online but instead of allowing everyone to upload content, Mininova permitted only pre-approved publishers to submit files.
Now, more than seven years after “going legal” the site will shut down for good. A notice published on the website urges uploaders to back up their files before April 4th, when the plug will be pulled.
Mininova’s shutting down
The decision doesn’t mean that the legal contribution platform was a total failure. In fact, over 950 million ‘legal’ torrents were downloaded from Mininova in recent years. However, the site’s income couldn’t make up for the costs.
“All goods things come to an end, and after more than 12 years we think it’s a good time to shut down the site which has been running at a loss for some years,” Mininova co-founder Niek tells TorrentFreak.
Looking back, Mininova has many great memories. The site’s users have always been very grateful, for example, and there were also several artists who thanked the site’s operators for offering them a great promotional tool.
“The support from our users was especially amazing to experience, millions of people used the site on a daily basis and we got many emails each day – ranging from a simple ‘thank you’ to some extensive story how a specific upload made their day,” Niek says.
“The feedback from artists was great to see as well, many thanked us for promoting their content, as some of them broke through and signed with labels as a result,” he adds.
The file-sharing and piracy ecosystem has changed quite a bit since Mininova’s dominance. File-hosting services became more popular first, and nowadays streaming sites and tools with slick user interfaces are the new standard.
Torrent sites, on the other hand, show little progress according to Mininova’s founder, who believes that the growth of legal services could make them less relevant in the future.
“We haven’t seen many changes in the last decade – the current torrent sites look very similar to what Mininova did twelve years ago,” Niek says.
“With content-specific distribution platforms such as Spotify and Netflix becoming more and more widespread and bandwidth becoming cheaper, there might be less of a need for torrent sites in the future.”
The original founders of Mininova have moved on as well. They’re no longer students and have parted ways, moving on to different projects and ventures. Now and then, however, they look back at how their lives looked ten years ago, with a smile.
“Overall we’re happy that we have been a part of the history of the Internet,” Niek concludes.
“We want to thank everybody who has been around and supported us through the times! Without our users, there would have been no Mininova. So THANK YOU!”
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