Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Feb 2006 17:59 UTC
Mac OS X "[Last week], we reported on a Trojan horse for Mac OS X that is just like the entry for Earth in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in that it is mostly harmless. A new vulnerability targeted at Apple's home-grown web browser, Safari, is another matter entirely. A German security firm appears to have been the first to discover the Safari flaw, which allows for shell scripts to be executed after clicking a link."
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RE: Reality strikes back
by el3ktro on Tue 21st Feb 2006 19:13 UTC in reply to "Reality strikes back"
el3ktro
Member since:
2006-01-10

Definitely not. Well I'm on Linux (Ubuntu), not on Mac. But hell, you can't just count the security flaws in this OS, the security flas in this other OS and compare the raw numbers. You also have to take into account the TYPE of security flaw - and then it looks pretty bad for Windows. A security flaw that is not exploitable remotely is often pretty "useless" for hackers, at last on home PCs where YOU are usually the only one sitting in front of it.

About MP3 Players: All of them work with Macintosh, because they all act as a standard USB harddisk which ANY OS can read/write today. I always get frustrated when I go to a shop and all the MP3 players say that hey hav Win2k or WinXP as a "system requirement", making people think that it doesn't work on Mac or with Linux. This is just stupid.

Mac is still much more secure and stable than Windows, and I doubt this will change anytime soon. And please don't mention the words "MS" and "compatibility" in one sentence ...

Tom

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RE[2]: Reality strikes back
by MamiyaOtaru on Tue 21st Feb 2006 20:28 in reply to "RE: Reality strikes back"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

About MP3 Players: All of them work with Macintosh, because they all act as a standard USB harddisk which ANY OS can read/write today.

That's hardly true anymore. Sony's players need Sony software (windows only). iRiver's newer players need Windows Media Player 10 (a surprise change that bit me when I bought one, to return it later). iPods need iTunes. Sure files can be copied to them with explorer/finder/konqueror/cp but those files can't then be played. Most players today need the songs to be loaded into a database by some proprietary software before being used.

Some of Samsung's players remain an exception, which is why I use them. That and .ogg support (I must be one of the few with any significant amount of songs in .ogg format, if the usual comments on that subject are to be believed). The box still says they need Media Player 10, but that is only for DRMd WMVs. (the iRiver player I had for a short period needed WiMP 10 for everything).

All of that is hardly a reason to avoid purchasing a Macintosh of course. iPods (by far the most popular) will of course work, as will Samsung's and some others. It's far from true though that all MP3 players will work with OSX (or Linux, which is why it concerns me).

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RE[3]: Reality strikes back
by el3ktro on Tue 21st Feb 2006 20:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Reality strikes back"
el3ktro Member since:
2006-01-10

Well okay honestly I didn't know that. I know about the iRivers though, I saw a really cool one, but the guy at the shop told me it needs Windows XP (XP, not even 2k works!!). But I definitely avoid such crap, I mean damn, I want to use MY player everywhere I want. It happens that I go to a friend, he has a few good songs for my for my walk home and I want to copy them. With such players I first had to install some software on his computer - which is probably what this all is about, avoiding that you use your player too much in such a way. The number one MUST HAVE for an player for me is that it works as a standard USB drive, without ANY kind of extra software involved, and that it can play OGG files. So luckily, you found somebody who also has most of his music in OGG format - welcome to the club, we're at least two so far ;-)

Tom

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RE[3]: Reality strikes back
by Wintermute on Tue 21st Feb 2006 22:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Reality strikes back"
Wintermute Member since:
2005-07-30

Just for interests sake, could you specify which iRivir player you purchased? I have a H340 and it doesn't need any software at all. I just copy all my oggs/mp3s onto the drive and everything is cool. I haven't tried this on Linux, but on OS X it works just fine. I do remember iRiver talking about using WiMP10, but I think that applies only for ppl who can't sync music collections manually (drag and drops).

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RE[2]: Reality strikes back
by SpasmaticSeacow on Tue 21st Feb 2006 20:35 in reply to "RE: Reality strikes back"
SpasmaticSeacow Member since:
2006-02-17

About MP3 Players: All of them work with Macintosh, because they all act as a standard USB harddisk which ANY OS can read/write today.

... that's not correct. While it's true that many players function this way, it is incorrect to imply that they all do. For example, units like several of the iRiver models have firmware that implements its own protocol so that it can support the various radio and voice memo features. You can flash the firmware to turn it into a usb storage device, but at the expense of being able to operate the radio/presets/etc.

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