Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 03:57 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption The Safari 4 beta is having a little bit of trouble cleaning up after itself, as has been revealed by C. Harwic on his blog. Safari 4 is still in beta, so it's easy to forgive the browser for this rather sloppy housekeeping, which left gigabytes (!) of browsing data in weird places all over your filesystem, even after cleaning the caches or history. Still, this does raise a few questions.
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It isn't about pr0n...
by merkoth on Tue 26th May 2009 04:30 UTC
merkoth
Member since:
2006-09-22

It's basic software behaviour: To follow the user's orders. If I say "delete everything" the software must do as I say.

But this is what betas are meant for: Getting the thing on the user's hands so they can let the developers know what they think about the software. Fixing this should be trivial for Apple.

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RE: It isn't about pr0n...
by Delgarde on Tue 26th May 2009 04:51 in reply to "It isn't about pr0n..."
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

It's basic software behaviour: To follow the user's orders. If I say "delete everything" the software must do as I say.


At which point it does what you say, and wipes the disk. ;)

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RE[2]: It isn't about pr0n...
by Buck on Tue 26th May 2009 06:34 in reply to "RE: It isn't about pr0n..."
Buck Member since:
2005-06-29

Haha, that's a good one!

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RE[2]: It isn't about pr0n...
by merkoth on Tue 26th May 2009 10:30 in reply to "RE: It isn't about pr0n..."
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

"It's basic software behaviour: To follow the user's orders. If I say "delete everything" the software must do as I say.


At which point it does what you say, and wipes the disk. ;)
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If it carries the Apple brand, probably not ;)

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RE: It isn't about pr0n...
by steogede2 on Tue 26th May 2009 11:05 in reply to "It isn't about pr0n..."
steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

>> It's basic software behaviour: To follow the user's orders. If I say "delete everything" the software must do as I say.

Not in the world of Apple - the Apple product I am most familiar with, the iPhone has several caches which can't easily be deleted. Safari will delete most of your private data if you tell it to, but it won't delete your google search terms, unless you switch your default search engine to Yahoo and back. So far as I can tell there is no way to the various bits of history held by the YouTube and Google Maps apps. This isn't because the software is beta, it is because they are morons.

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