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  • Apple only supports Safari for their iPhone 6 Annoucement

    The idea is that this is supposed to be a benefit to their existing customers, not an a "free ad" for everyone. Still lame, but I get the idea.

  • Fake cellular towers found spying on calls, texts, in USA

    Oh no, there's still something to report. Legal or not, these "IMSI Catchers" (if that's what these are) are still something most people don't know exist and are a security concern to say the least. If they are regularly being used around military bases, that's information worth knowing, and we certainly should be asking why and by whom. While it could be the military monitoring it's own base, it just as easily could be "the bad guys" trying to spy on our military. Even if it's the military, don't you think we should know that they are doing it?

    There's plenty of news here. I just think too many people (possibly even the reporters) are jumping to conclusions. Heck, the articles are written so poorly that even I may be totally wrong and there may well be giant cell towers erected here. I just find that unlikely for all of the reasons already pointed out.

  • new info around Midori team

    , JohnAskew wrote


    Is it safe to assume that M# will be merged into C#? New namespaces? And Midori perhaps replacing or merging into the Windows kernel?

    It's unlikely M# will be merged into C#. The kinds of things they are doing don't sound like they'd be backwards compatible (i.e. existing C# code might not compile with the M# compiler). IOW, this would be like merging C++ into C.

  • Fake cellular towers found spying on calls, texts, in USA

     Nothing really new in that article. The map indicates where "towers" were found by the CryptoPhone. It doesn't say that the physical towers are located there (hard to word this so it makes sense). Each one of those pins could be a location where a backpack sized box was placed on top of the tallest building in the area. No FCC or FAA violations. If you watch the video @blowdart posted you'll see this demonstrated with a rig that is 100% legal (so the presenter claims) so long as the operator has a HAM radio license.

    I'm not claiming any of this is good and that we shouldn't be concerned and investigating. But the idea that somehow giant towers have been erected just so the government can spy on us sounds like a massive over reach based only on what we do know.

    There's towers and there's "towers". :)

  • Fake cellular towers found spying on calls, texts, in USA

    You know that gigantic FM radio tower regulated by the FCC with lights mandated by the FAA? Here's the equivalent in a device that costs around $10 and is a couple of inches in size: http://www.amazon.com/Patuoxun-Transmitter-Adapter-Galaxsy-Charger/dp/B00GLPG03Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409857476&sr=8-1&keywords=fm+transmitter. The only practical difference between this and the tower is the distance in which it can transmit. Cell towers are more sophisticated, but not overly much. I know nothing about them, but it's easy to believe boxes exist that are small enough to fit in your pack back that can act as a cell tower within a fairly large radius that could be detected by these CryptoPhones.

  • Fake cellular towers found spying on calls, texts, in USA

    The article is calling them "cell towers", but I believe what @blowdart is saying is that much smaller devices, like the stingray, can appear to cell phones to be a cell tower. The CryptoPhone just detects fake "towers", it doesn't somehow actually verify that it is a physical tower. I know nothing about this other than what I've just Googled, but I presume these devices are small enough to fit in a backpack and cheap enough to build or buy for hackers to play with them. I can imagine military bases utilizing such devices to try and locate possible terrorist activity in or around the base. Whether such practice is legal or a good idea is certainly up to debate, but it doesn't sound like it's a concerted effort on the part of the government to snoop on its citizens.

  • new info around Midori team

    @felix9, you don't post often enough. You really should start a tech blog for this stuff where you could make money on your scoops. I look forward to every time you post on here.

  • Why do some programmers write code this way?

    Such bad terminology used. What's meant by synchronous and asynchronous? Each of those calls are made asynchronously, but they are made one after the other in a synchronous fashion. Probably not necessary and you could improve things by not awaiting until all of the calls have been made. Regardless, nothing "blocks" here. We don't see the rest of the code, but I'd assume the View is displayed with no data until after the ViewModel is finally populated by all of these async calls. It would be far better to make these calls internally in the ViewModel. Regardless, one would hope that the UI is reporting we're busy during all of this.

    Several bad practices all in a single statement. Gotta love it.

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

    Microsoft demoed windowed metro apps at //Build, so I'd say it's a bit more than rumor.

  • The Windows Desktop is dead

     "There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have the desktop. You either have the desktop or you have the Modern UI, you cannot have both. As reported around a month ago, the Start Menu for desktop users in Windows Threshold can 'act' like a full screen Start Menu however, meaning if you want that functionality you can have it on the desktop. This will be helpful for devices like the Surface Pro 3."

    Hugely stupid. It may make sense to remove the start screen for obviously desktop devices (though I do know a number of non-techie people who like the start screen on desktop computers). However, for hybrid devices it makes no sense to not support both. Full screen or not, a start menu desktop approach would stink when using a Surface Pro as a tablet/consumption device. I use my Pro for both scenarios, and appreciate Win8 as it is today for enabling me to efficiently do either. Make a hard distinction in the OS here will kill hybrid devices like the Surface Pro.