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Submission + - Cyanogen Mod forces tracking of user devices (cyanogenmod.org)

CRC'99 writes: In what was hoped to be an April Fools Day prank, Cyanogenmod just committed a change to the 10.1 git that removes the option of counting all devices installed with Cyanogen mod. Details reported by the stats service include the devices unique ID, the device name, the active carrier, and the country the device is located. While this is being touted as "anonymised data" by Steve Kondik, it is common knowledge that the unique device ID is unique for a reason. What effects does this have on privacy for CM users?

Submission + - Electronics warranties in todays age.

CRC'99 writes: With the current state of global trade, it has never been easier to shop from the comfort of your own home and have the latest and greatest shipped directly to your home. With these options though, what has happened to the warranties of various electronic devices? After recently suffering at the hands of HTC for a faulty phone, I'm wondering what other global companies offer true warranties for their products. What experiences have people had with other tech companies with a presence all over the globe? What suggestions do people have for companies and warranties in the age of Internet Shopping?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead