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2012-12-17 09:47:06 AM  
I knew there was a reason to stick with my Motorola Q. Mine is 6 years old.

// Oldest cell phone in use competition. Doubt I would win but who knows?
 
2012-12-17 09:55:50 AM  
just checked and my galaxy nexus isn't affected.
 
2012-12-17 10:31:56 AM  

notmtwain: I knew there was a reason to stick with my Motorola Q. Mine is 6 years old.

// Oldest cell phone in use competition. Doubt I would win but who knows?


The one I just turned in was 9 years old. Traded it for a Galaxy Note II (sad trombone).

But seriously, I love the Note.
 
2012-12-17 12:17:39 PM  
Well, I guess it's a good thing I went back to my evo 4g
 
2012-12-17 12:20:40 PM  
Good thing I decided to stick with smoke signals.
Just don't expect a call from me on windy days.
 
2012-12-17 12:23:32 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Good thing I decided to stick with smoke signals.
Just don't expect a call from me on windy days.


Every day is a windy one with me - and I REALLY shouldn't be close to an open flame.
 
2012-12-17 12:25:38 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Good thing I decided to stick with smoke signals.
Just don't expect a call from me on windy days.


I only use semaphore myself. I'll tell you more about it when I get done ordering pizza for lunch.

/leans out window and begins waving flags wildly
 
2012-12-17 12:26:01 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: just checked and my galaxy nexus isn't affected.


Reports are that the Nexus 10 isn't affected either. Also, NA Galaxy S3's shouldn't be affected, but international ones are.
 
2012-12-17 12:28:00 PM  
Affects the Exynos SoCs only, so any U.S. GS3 is unaffected. I believe the only thing in the US that has that SoC (unless you bought off contract for the international version) is the Note II.

/CSB
 
2012-12-17 12:31:18 PM  
I use animal bones to hit animal skins pulled taut.
It's short range but effective.
 
2012-12-17 12:34:04 PM  

oldfarthenry: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Good thing I decided to stick with smoke signals.
Just don't expect a call from me on windy days.

Every day is a windy one with me - and I REALLY shouldn't be close to an open flame.


They know it's an important message by the signal flare you send off?
 
2012-12-17 12:37:52 PM  
I only use notes tied to squirrels. Sure it's not fast like a carrier pigeon but it gets there during duck hunting season.
 
2012-12-17 12:38:50 PM  
I used to use the "note-on-a-squirrel" method, but they weren't surviving the shock of being launched out of the cannon.
 
2012-12-17 12:40:43 PM  

notmtwain: I knew there was a reason to stick with my Motorola Q. Mine is 6 years old.

// Oldest cell phone in use competition. Doubt I would win but who knows?


Razr flip phone... but it's only... (does the math) 5 or so years old.
 
2012-12-17 12:40:59 PM  

taoistlumberjak: I used to use the "note-on-a-squirrel" method, but they weren't surviving the shock of being launched out of the cannon.


You need a trebuchet, duh!
 
2012-12-17 12:45:18 PM  
Seems like a non-issue, security-wise. However, looks like good news for those in the community that want to root their phone.
 
2012-12-17 12:47:15 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: I only use notes tied to squirrels. Sure it's not fast like a carrier pigeon but it gets there during duck hunting season.


Apparently they have just discovered a new security hole with carrier pigeons, they can get stuck in a chimney for 60+ years.
 
2012-12-17 12:49:07 PM  

Honest Bender: Seems like a non-issue, security-wise. However, looks like good news for those in the community that want to root their phone.


Exactly what I was thinking. Root that sucker and break the chains!
 
2012-12-17 12:58:15 PM  

emocomputerjock: Tr0mBoNe: just checked and my galaxy nexus isn't affected.

Reports are that the Nexus 10 isn't affected either. Also, NA Galaxy S3's shouldn't be affected, but international ones are.


Yay, go team Nexus!!

**internet fist bump**
 
2012-12-17 01:26:50 PM  
Just don't install apps from Warez sites.
 
2012-12-17 01:29:17 PM  
yawn
products have security issues
news at 11
 
2012-12-17 01:31:47 PM  
My phone isn't on the list.

A video is unrelated
 
2012-12-17 01:32:12 PM  

Beerguy: emocomputerjock: Tr0mBoNe: just checked and my galaxy nexus isn't affected.

Reports are that the Nexus 10 isn't affected either. Also, NA Galaxy S3's shouldn't be affected, but international ones are.

Yay, go team Nexus!!

**internet fist bump**


yay thanks for letting me know my S3 is safe. got the update over the weekend, now I have Google Now on my Nexus 7 and S3. really liking it for traffic in the morning.
 
2012-12-17 01:33:07 PM  
Also, I created a folder of apps on my "home" screen on my S3. When I open it to select an app, launch that app and come back, the folder stays open until I click the back button. Any idea how I can make it auto close after selection? My Nexus 7 auto closes....
 
2012-12-17 01:37:42 PM  
Great! Someone get that video the skinny blonde MILF did for her hubby's trip!
 
2012-12-17 01:38:57 PM  

TXEric: Great! Someone get that video the skinny blonde MILF did for her hubby's trip!


And the one from Mrs Claus.
 
2012-12-17 01:52:46 PM  
Color me confused, but what can an app do with root that it can't do on its own*? The other issue I had was parsing that "multiple users" bit. Its a phone: there are easier ways to get at your porn stash than rooting your phone.

*this has always irked me about PC security. Unless you only run apps in rootjails (like SELinux) with specific restrictions, I care far more about my work/data (user level security) than anything about configuration details (root level security). Personal computers tend to invert the typical "the sysadmin is God, who cares about the drones" security mindset.
 
2012-12-17 01:57:27 PM  

cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Good thing I decided to stick with smoke signals.
Just don't expect a call from me on windy days.

I only use semaphore myself. I'll tell you more about it when I get done ordering pizza for lunch.

/leans out window and begins waving flags wildly


www.deutscheoptik.com 

For all your line-of-sight communication needs.
 
2012-12-17 01:58:10 PM  
More proof that Apple sucks.
 
2012-12-17 02:08:59 PM  
I picked up one of the rugby smart phones, after having non-smart phones for well, ever. Its definitely equal to the standard rugby that I used the last few years as far as being tough and durable.
 
2012-12-17 02:10:43 PM  
I used to use Ziploc bags full of bees or caterpillars to signal people. Bees mean Yes, Caterpillars meant No. Unfortunately I ran out of bees so the only thing I could ever tell people was No. So obviously my messaging system was buggy.
 
2012-12-17 02:15:31 PM  
so then no worries for att galaxy note i717? (snapdragon)
 
2012-12-17 02:29:00 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: I care far more about my work/data (user level security) than anything about configuration details (root level security).


...If root level access is compromised, then so is everything else, including your personal work/data.
 
2012-12-17 02:37:31 PM  

phedex: I picked up one of the rugby smart phones, after having non-smart phones for well, ever. Its definitely equal to the standard rugby that I used the last few years as far as being tough and durable.


I read this as rugbyjock smart phone

preinstalled images I'm sure, and I wouldn't care to see what store you got that from
 
2012-12-17 02:41:01 PM  

moistD: Also, I created a folder of apps on my "home" screen on my S3. When I open it to select an app, launch that app and come back, the folder stays open until I click the back button. Any idea how I can make it auto close after selection? My Nexus 7 auto closes....


The beauty of Android is that most of it is customizable.

If the stock launcher isn't to your liking, you can simply go on the play store to download one to your likely. If you want the stock nexus 7 homescreen, I'd take a look at Nova Launcher or Holo Launcher. There are more like TSF or SPB mobile shell, but they're more for showing off =P
 
2012-12-17 02:49:29 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Color me confused, but what can an app do with root that it can't do on its own*?


The difference between wiping your home area and wiping your entire drive. In your *, you acknowledge this and seemingly wave it off because it is not important to you. Others may feel differently, but it's a substantial difference that may mean the difference between reinstalling a couple apps and having to take your phone to "your nephew who knows computers". The tangible differences are numerous.
 
2012-12-17 02:52:58 PM  

Honest Bender: Seems like a non-issue, security-wise. However, looks like good news for those in the community that want to root their phone.


This was my first thought.

Also it was posted by an anon user? Can we wait until it is actually confirmed before posting to Fark? Are the Apple trolls that desperate for a story that isn't about Apple's sales and stock being down 25%?
 
2012-12-17 03:12:10 PM  

Bullseyed: Honest Bender: Seems like a non-issue, security-wise. However, looks like good news for those in the community that want to root their phone.

This was my first thought.

Also it was posted by an anon user? Can we wait until it is actually confirmed before posting to Fark? Are the Apple trolls that desperate for a story that isn't about Apple's sales and stock being down 25%?


And being P0wn3d by Samsung for chip prices?
 
2012-12-17 03:31:37 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: I only use notes tied to squirrels. Sure it's not fast like a carrier pigeon but it gets there during duck hunting season.


Wabbit season!
 
2012-12-17 04:26:44 PM  
I have a Sidekick 4G. is that affected? If there's a list sorry for the dumb question. Perhaps a link? :)
 
2012-12-17 05:13:20 PM  

king of vegas: I have a Sidekick 4G. is that affected? If there's a list sorry for the dumb question. Perhaps a link? :)


The exploit works on Exynos 4210 and 4412 devices

Exynous 4210
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I777

Exynos 4412
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
LTE Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9305
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
LTE Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010
Meizu MX

From the looks of it, you're safe.
 
2012-12-17 05:31:15 PM  

IC Stars: Just don't install apps from Warez sites.


Yeah, you can trust Google to vet all the apps on their market.

Just like you can trust Samsung (and other companies) to never release anything with security holes.
 
2012-12-17 06:27:05 PM  

Happy Hours: IC Stars: Just don't install apps from Warez sites.

Yeah, you can trust Google to vet all the apps on their market.

Just like you can trust Samsung (and other companies) to never release anything with security holes.


dailygrindhouse.com
 
2012-12-17 10:31:13 PM  

loonatic112358: phedex: I picked up one of the rugby smart phones, after having non-smart phones for well, ever. Its definitely equal to the standard rugby that I used the last few years as far as being tough and durable.

I read this as rugbyjock smart phone

preinstalled images I'm sure, and I wouldn't care to see what store you got that from


I'm thinking a surprise meat market.
 
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