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Comment: Re:Take these for what they are worth... (Score 1) 173

by DigitalCrackPipe (#36197532) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?
In regards to #7, what is the SU dialog? My app got a few comments about requesting SU or trying to get root access, but it doesn't. Nor do the permissions allow anything like that. I'm really interested to know what exactly they are talking about, so I can track down the source of the problem. I suspect that it only applies to rooted devices, but I'd like to verify.

Comment: Re:Wrong order. (Score 1) 178

by DigitalCrackPipe (#35205196) Attached to: Motorola Adopting 3 Laws of Robotics For Android?
The order is designed to protect users from themselves. Many phone owners will try to do harm to themselves and the phone through stupidity, ignorance, or impatience. Those same people will complain and cause the handset manufacturer and carrier lots of problems when the expected outcome of dangerous activities is achieved. What people think they want doesn't always jive with how much they like the outcome.

While there is a place for advanced tools for advanced users, the majority of users aren't advanced. Perhaps a hard-to-enable unlock mode would be appropriate to retain freedoms but not make it easy for people to make themselves unhappy.

Comment: Re:Ultrafast search and metadata filesystem (Score 1) 356

by DigitalCrackPipe (#35204352) Attached to: File Organization — How Do You Do It In 2011?
Directories as tags were my first thought when reading the parent post. The only way I'll every be able to convert to a tag-based system is if the existing work I've done to organize my files is leveraged into tags.

That, and some analog needs to be available for linking to a static set of data in a simple manner. "Just search for it" doesn't have the same level of simplicity as clicking on a shortcut to where I put an exact set of files for a particular task.

Comment: Re:Keep up or shut up (Score 1) 785

by DigitalCrackPipe (#34921622) Attached to: Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?
I would just get a toolkit that turns a language I already know into something that will run on the iPhone. We call that lazy and smart.

Sorry, I think they nixed the BASIC interpreter from the app store.

Seriously though, that is often a kludge that's great for rapid prototyping and awful for production code. Slow, buggy, and difficult to maintain aren't really fun. On the other hand, if the iPhone app is going to be a flash in the pan anyway maybe a rapid prototype is the right answer.

Comment: Re:Server location (Score 1) 721

by DigitalCrackPipe (#34411540) Attached to: Greg Bear, Others Cry Foul on Project Gutenberg Copyright Call
This isn't the Pirate Bay. The point isn't piracy, which is what your suggestion amounts to for US citizens accessing such material hosted offshore. The purpose of PG is to help people excercise their rights to public domain works, as well as to preserve access to them. Proper checks as to the legal status of a work before bringing it in would resolve this problem without resorting to going rogue.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 293

by DigitalCrackPipe (#34391146) Attached to: Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins
I think both sides should be worked - FF should prevent this kind of thing, and ALL reputable companies should be held to a moral standard to not try shady actions like that. Perhaps if that was the case, any company/individual that tries to circumvent security measures (and that arms race will always have temporary imbalances) should be considered malicious and be flagged by malware software.

Comment: Re:well done (Score 1) 1695

by DigitalCrackPipe (#33525966) Attached to: Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites
Apples to apples - a phone conversation is not equivalent to a web page.

Telcos have terms of service that will get you kicked as well. If you were running a call center out of your basement and war dialing people I would appreciate them cancelling your service as well.

It's also far easier to find another ISP than another telco.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 617

by DigitalCrackPipe (#33060948) Attached to: School District Drops 'D' Grades
Not getting credit for a course is the same as failing it, which is exactly why anything below a C is now an F. If you continue to give out Ds there will be parents who don't understand why their child is held back afte "passing" all of their classes - why waste the time keeping an ineffectual grade that would require reeducating the public?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.