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Comment: Re:Pretty please (Score 0) 175

by Andy Dodd (#49492715) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

They are one and the same. Every person who has a leadership role in the CyanogenMod project is an employee of Cyanogen Inc.

CyanogenMod is trademarked, Cyanogen (in respect to Android operating systems) is trademarked - and Cyanogen Inc. (or Steve Kondik personally, I'm not sure, but he's CTO of Cyngn) is the holder of those trademarks.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 175

by Andy Dodd (#49492697) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Key being "Yet".

Every time Cyngn fucks up PR-wise, CM gets splash damage.

Why? Because for all you want to say Cyanogen Inc. != CyanogenMod - that's not true. Every person who has a leadership role in CyanogenMod and drives the direction of the project is an employee of Cyngn. That's a fundamental conflict of interest that cannot be resolved.

Yeah the MS junk won't be installed into CM just yet - but wait until that "Deep integration" Kirt McMaster keeps talking up starts happening - you're going to see architectural changes happen in CM designed solely to be beneficial to Microsoft.

Comment: Re:What alternative ROM would you recommend? (Score 1) 175

by Andy Dodd (#49492669) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Yeah. As much as I'd like to be as "massively open" as Replicant is (and the Replicant guys' work was HUGELEY beneficial with some of the nightmares that were Haxxinos, I have had some great conversations with Paul during the days when Teamhacksung was active), the truth is that as long as SoC manufacturers are douchebags (Sadly, Qualcomm is the most open of the viable vendors out there - for all of the bad things they've done for open source, some of which were the final straw that led to JBQ stepping down as AOSP lead, Samsung and MediaTek are FAR worse. I've heard good things about Freescale's ARM i.MX6 chips as far as openness, but their "newest" offering is a quad Cortex-A9...)

Reverse engineering all of that is a MASSIVELY time consuming effort, and it doesn't help that some of the best tools for reducing that time investment are incredibly expensive - Hex-Rays Decompiler for ARM is a few thousand dollars.

Comment: Re:This makes no sense (Score 1) 175

by Andy Dodd (#49492635) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

WAT? - They constantly talk about how they're all about an "open OS" and "open Android".

The problem is that their actions are always inconsistent with their talk. While they talk an Open OS, their reaction to Google moving more and more components of AOSP into GMS and abandoning the open-source AOSP variants is:
Take that list of applications and create their own proprietary versions or license them from someone else:
First Focal, and when attempting to use their CLA to obtain dual-licensing rights to Focal failed (due to their CLA fortunately lacking some of the nastiness found in other CLAs like Harmony - not all CLAs are created equal, as Koush learned the hard way with Focal), CameraNext
EmailNext aka Boxer
Now, Microsoft's suite of proprietary apps, ones which contribute further to the continued dominance of Office by encouraging use of proprietary formats prone to vendor lock-in (Google is, in contrast, pretty good about giving people who want to migrate away their data in open formats - )

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 1) 339

I live in one of those areas, which is why older vehicles that are still on the road in respectable quantities in Southern states simply don't exist here... Even with decades of improvement in corrosion control/resistance, vehicles in "rust belt" states like New York don't last nearly as long as the same vehicle would in a place like Georgia or the Carolinas.

Comment: Re:OnePlus not created by Cyanogenmod folks? (Score 1) 38

by Andy Dodd (#49413527) Attached to: Forking Away: OnePlus Introduces Android-Based OxygenOS

OnePlus was not the first to contract Cyngn to provide them an OS - they were the second.

Oppo was the first with the N1.

You'll see a trend of Cyngn partners dropping them as Cyngn burns them. Look at the job they did with the N1 - didn't get an official KitKat OTA until after Lollipop became available. (Nightlies don't count since they're unsupported.)

Also, OxygenOS is not an Android "fork" - I would not consider anything that passes Google's CTS and is in fact Google Mobile Services (GMS, aka gapps) certified to be a "fork".

It's Cyngn that's trying to fork Android to create a variant independent from Google.

Comment: Re:Tin foil hat time (Score 5, Interesting) 142

by Andy Dodd (#49397257) Attached to: TrueCrypt Audit: No NSA Backdoors

The only case I know of where an algorithm was actually backdoored was one of the random number generation schemes... The algorithm in question happens to be (IIRC) quite fast.

In other cases (DES I think??? I could be wrong.) the NSA recommended some oddball changes. No one could find a negative consequence of them so they went in - a decade or so later, it turns out that the original implementation of DES DID have a cryptographic flaw and the NSA recommendations fixed that.

Keep in mind there are two parts of the NSA, ones which have in many ways highly conflicting goals:
1) One part is tasked with compromising the information infrastructure of our enemies - these are the ones who keep on making the news these days
2) Another part is tasked with protecting our critical information infrastructure, especially with protecting data sensitive to national security. These are the people who do Type I crypto certification, worked on creating SELinux, etc. These rarely make the news but in general, from our perspective these are the good guys. You can tell that AES-256 is NOT backdoored by the NSA since they allow it to be used to protect classified information (NSA Suite B - you can assume anything in Suite B is solid since the NSA is using it themselves.)

Comment: Re:electricity only (Score 1) 317

Interestingly, Norway is the reason Denmark is one of the few countries to achieve more than 20-25% grid penetration for wind/solar - Denmark's neighbor to the north has EXCELLENT energy storage facilities due to their geography.

(When the wind is blowing/sun shining, Denmark sells surplus power to Norway. When it isn't, they buy it back. Note that they're usually paying far more than what they sold it for due to supply/demand economics.)

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 1) 317

Yup. FYI the hydro facility's output is throttled based on time of day to make the falls look pretty at peak tourism times.

I've seen claims that from 50-75% of the river's flow is diverted to hydro depending on time of day and season (more diversion is allowed in winter when there are fewer tourists) - There is not as much need for a dam thanks to consistent flow and the fact that there's a pretty hefty height difference, although there are dams downstream for large pumped-storage facilities (which provide an alternative to damming the river as far as storage goes) -

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"