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Kernel Extensions in High Sierra

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Felix Schwarz:

Apple has softened its tone regarding #Kext blocking in #HighSierra:

  • No more stop signs
  • “User-Approved” instead of “Secure”. Progress!

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact: if the Security & Privacy prefs pane is already open while installing a new #kext, no “Allow” text or button is shown.

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact 2: other than what the TN suggests, #kexts installed together, but in different locations, are approved together. Sometimes. 🙃

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact 3: This is what happens when you try to “Allow” a #Kext using Screen Sharing: nothing. Remote admins will “love” this.

He’s filed a bug that goes into detail about some of the user experience issues and how it would be better if Apple provided an API for apps to request approval or had a review process for Apple-signed extensions to install without approval:

The “System Extension Blocked” alert gives the average user the impression that an app tried to do something fishy or dangerous and was stopped by the operating system. Or - even worse - that this is a trick alert brought up by the app that tries to trick users into opening System Preferences and removing safeguards there.

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In its current state Secure Kernel Extension Loading in macOS 10.13 does not provide a good experience for either users or developers. In fact, if this feature ships as it is now, shipping a kext becomes a risk for the reputation of legitimate developers due to the optics of this feature's implementation.

Previously: Little Snitch 4 Public Beta.

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peelman
4 days ago
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I love that the conversation is always “users” and “developers”, when the people most burned by this bullshit are systems admins trying to fix and/or administer machines that may be innumerable or thousands of miles away.

There should be NO way for a system security focused thing to make it through QA to general release without a corresponding set of capable, scriptable command line tools that can interact with every bell and whistle and preference and option the developers baked into the app.
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Dewalt Right-Angle Drill Attachment

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Dewalt’s right-angle drill attachment is a nifty add-on for any drill (not just Dewalt ones) that allows you to drill holes and drive screws in confined spaces. It’s a bit of a niche tool, but trust me, you’ll be glad to have one in your kit when the time comes. As one Amazon reviewer puts it:

An extravagant tool, but when you need it, you need it.

In case you’re wondering, any driver bits you use attach to this thing via a ring magnet rather than with a chuck. The attachment also has impact-rated gears that should last at least 2,000 life-cycles.

Get it for $23 on Amazon.

Buy Now

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25 days ago
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I love mine.
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Apple Now Accepting Donations to Southern Poverty Law Center Following Charlottesville Protests

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As planned, Apple is now accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based non-profit organization, through iTunes.


iTunes users in the United States can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 with a credit card tied to their account. Apple will transfer 100 percent of the proceeds to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says it is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, protecting civil rights, and seeking justice.

Following a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and supremacists clashed with counter-protestors over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Apple said it will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

Apple said it will also match two-for-one its employees' donations to those and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

Apple has also disabled Apple Pay support on websites selling white nationalist and hate group apparel and accessories. Apple's guidelines prevent Apple Pay from being used on sites promoting hate, intolerance, and violence based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook's full letter to employees was obtained by MacRumors:
Team,

Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and I’ve heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.

What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.

Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point — that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

I believe Apple has led by example, and we’re going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products.

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change.

Best,
Tim
Southern Poverty Law Center operates offices in four U.S. states, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Apple says iTunes Store credit cannot be used to make a donation. The fine print also says donations may not qualify for a tax deduction.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Those statues are about marking territory, not preserving history

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Some statues are better than others

The Internet has suddenly become full of self-styled statue enthusiasts and historical preservationists. Their specific focus of interest are statues in the public square glorifying Confederates who took up arms against the United States. The flurry of slippery slope, whatabout, and bothsides arguments is almost blinding in its intensity. They conjure up dire images of an Orwellian world where history is erased, forgotten, and repeated.

Taking these arguments at face value, good-natured people seeking a reasonable compromise say, “how about a museum?” This suggestion is mostly ignored. It’s ignored because the wailing about history is a pretext. We have a million books about the Civil War. The statue of a noble-looking Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson in a public place of honor tells you nothing about the men or their times.

These statues are about marking territory. They are about demonstrating who is in control of the public square and promoting their values. These statues mostly cropped up in the Jim Crow South and during the height of the Civil Rights movement. That’s not a coincidence. The people in control were sending a message by venerating this very specific slice of American history; by venerating men whose only notable role in our history was committing treason in defense of slavery. That message will not be communicated if those statues are in a museum, surrounded by information and context that gives perspective to their place in history.

Does this mean we have to take down statues of George Washington? No. Because we still value his contributions to this country. Who is the “we” that gets to decide these things? That’s the real rub, and the real source of anxiety and concern. The “we” who are increasingly leaning toward tearing down monuments to treason are different than the “we” who decided to put them up in the first place. But, mostly the folks who were so powerful in the old “we” can’t say that out loud. So, we get a lot of hand-wringing about historical preservation.

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iOS 11’s Emergency SOS Feature

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Juli Clover:

Emergency SOS is activated by pressing on the sleep/wake button of an iPhone five times in rapid succession. When the requisite number of presses is complete, it brings up a screen that offers buttons to power off the iPhone, bring up your Medical ID (if filled out) and make an emergency 911 call.

Along with these options, there’s also a cancel button. If you hit the sleep/wake button five times and then hit cancel, it disables Touch ID and requires a passcode before Touch ID can be re-enabled. Touch ID is also disabled if you actually make an emergency call.

I presume this is so that people can’t get into your phone after you call 911 and pass out. However, it’s also a way to temporarily disable Touch ID, so you can’t be forced to unlock your phone.

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peelman
32 days ago
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Me like.
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Frowning Poo and 66 Other New Emojis Proposed for Potential Release in 2018's Unicode 11

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While the new emojis of Unicode 10 have yet to launch, Unicode President Mark Davis this week revealed a collection of new emojis have been added as "draft candidates" for potential release in Unicode 11 in 2018 (via Emojipedia). The news came out of the quarterly Unicode Technical Committee meeting, and up next the Unicode Consortium will decide on the list of final candidates at its Q4 2017 meeting in October, followed by naming the new characters at a meeting in Q1 2018.

Emoji images via Emojipedia and Unicode.org

The 67 new characters proposed for inclusion in Unicode 11 include smiling face with three hearts, smiling face with party hat, blue face with icicles, grinning face with OK as eyes, and an inversion of the well-known poo emoji called "frowning pile of poo."

There's also kangaroo, cupcake, llama, bagel, broom, skateboard, softball, smiling face with cape, and serious face with eye mask and cape. Since Unicode 11 is still so far from release, the list of its included characters and their designs are subject to change.


Closer to release is Unicode 10, which Apple highlighted last month during World Emoji Day by looking at a few of the emojis coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later in 2017. New emojis include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Sandwich, Coconut, T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie, Elf, Star-Struck, Exploding Head, and more.

Apple didn't specify a date for the launch of the Unicode 10 characters, but they should appear around the public debut of iOS 11 or soon after. It traditionally takes Apple a few months to include support for new emoji. Last year, the Unicode Consortium released Unicode 9 in June 2016, and then Apple debuted those characters in iOS 10.2 in October 2016.

For a full list of the 67 new emoji candidates in Unicode 11, visit Emojipedia.


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peelman
44 days ago
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I think English is such a great language, with its complexity and nuance. I wonder what Emoji will be used to describe it when future generations study it 😔
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MotherHydra
44 days ago
Personally my money is on the newly proposed llama.
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