Customs roms aren't really about escaping Google, they are about escaping the lockdown carriers tend to put on their phones.
Cyanogenmod started removing features as soon as they sold out. One of them was root.
I've seen this posted a lot, but I haven't seen it. I download and install the latest nightly version every morning after I wake up. My phone still has root and I haven't seen any mention of removing it in any of the change logs.
Because using the internet and illegal drug use are the same thing.
I have complied with between -549 and 451 requests.
They would probably go with the angle that the clients you upload to don't identify themselves to you, so there is no way to know who has permission. As far as your client knows the other client is anonymous, it could be anyone. That at least shows intent.
Out of curiosity, couldn't bittorrent clients be tweaked a bit to facilitate a "fair use" defense?
Let's say a given peer in a large swarm (where peers>>pieces) greatly prefers to seed only one "piece" of the torrent. Could that be considered infringement? I mean, one "piece" out of hundreds, that sure seems like fair use to me. It's just a snippet of the whole copyrighted work.
And if each peer chooses one "piece" like this, couldn't the entire torrent be downloaded by someone without any of the seeds ever sending over anything more than a "fair use" snippet?
Obviously the initial uploader would still be guilty of infringement, but what about all the other seeds in the swarm?
I'm not a lawyer, but that plan sound suspiciously like a conspiracy to commit a crime.
Not when you have to go through the "justice" system.
If you are a copyright holder, or acting on his/her/its behalf, and you seed a torrent for me to download, you have, in fact, given me the file. Since you are the copyright holder, that file was given lawfully. You cannot now turn around and sue me for taking from you what you have lawfully given. Your harm, such that there is, is entirely self inflicted.
Honeypots are a useful tool to learn techniques that the other side uses, but they are, by and large, useless as a technique to sue over copyright infringement.
They won't sue you for downloading the torrent, they will sue you for uploading to others without permission.
Some features are disabled on rooted phones (including cyanogenmod) I think its mainly the DRM on their music store means they won't let you buy on rooted phones. It is entirely possible they will disable other features future and I don't really see the need for me to change.
They have disable nothing as far as I can tell. I can buy music, books and apps. The only thing even remotely like you suggest is that Google Wallets pops up a banner tell me that my device is "unsupported". Wallet still works perfectly though
The CAPTCHA is influenced by what you do after you exit it?
My guess is that Google watches what you did after the PREVIOUS captcha and uses that to determine how to display upcoming ones.
This could be useful to detect capthca farms where people sit all day and just solve the captcha for spam bots. If you immediately move from one to the next to the next without spending any time looking at content then it's time to serve you something that takes more time to solve. If, on the other hand, you solve only a few captchas a day they can give you something easy.
Horses don't go trotting down the road, and neither should bikes.
Never been around the Amish, have you?
4: Leave the link congested, build a reputation for low quality service from light and heavy users alike.
But continue to sell new subscribers on the congested link, while still promising them "unlimited internet!" in the advertisements; and then blame the problem on the people trying to use what they bought.
1) Where the heck did they hide the option to set which version of
It's right there in the very first page of the project properties for me, where it's been ever since that was a configurable option.
Replace android with cyanogenmod. You can then install these apps, and selectively retract such permissions. So you can deny the app access to camera & contacts. Maybe it'll work anyway, but it won't be able to spy on you.
Another great use is to retract internet permissions for games like angry birds. That way, no more ads . .
They new versions of Cyanogen actually go a step farther. Instead of just blocking the permission, and possibly crashing the app, it actually serves "blank" data, depending on what was requested. If the app tries to read your contacts it just gets a blank contact list. If it tries to use the camera it just gets a black png file. The application has no idea that it is being fed blank data, so it just keeps on working as it normally would, just without the spying.
Most apps can't get the MAC on Android either. But rooting is becoming very popular, and applications running as root would have access to the MAC.
Does the MAC ever leave the local network? (Honest question; from my understanding it is only needed in the local network, so propagating it further makes no sense, but then, I'm no networking expert)
It does if an app running on the phone sends it outside the network.