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Comment: Re:Wait What? (Score 1) 190

by FireBreath (#45876351) Attached to: Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack
As a Canadian I also find the US system weird and unfortunate that it leaves so much financial burden on those who are sick or injured. Our private system is similar to the Australian one. The private hospitals/clinics don't offer any different quality of treatment (the money the hospital can (legally) receive from the government is fixed for each treatment/process, and they cannot charge the patient beyond this) but private facilities can charge over the top for things like private rooms, personal nurses, shorter waiting queues, etc. (Some/many private facilities require you to pay for a room in order to receive treatment there.. and thusly they make their $). The cost of the treatment itself is covered by OHIP. Drugs and prescriptions are not covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan). For this, most of us have 3rd party insurance, personally I have this as part of my benefits package at work. Even from when I was working as a teenager part-time at a national pizza chain we had access to benefits packages that would cover this insurance for reasonable deductions from your pay ($20-40 month). If you break your arm, and are one of those that don't have their own insurance for prescriptions/drugs, the hospital isn't going to turn you away with nothing.. I've been in this situation myself between jobs and they've hooked me up with a free bottle of (prescribed) tylenol 3's to get me through it. From what I understand there are programs set up to get people access to the basic drugs they need if they're in such a situation where they can't afford them otherwise... From my perspective, the system just works, and its crazy that the US hasn't adopted something similar sooner! (The above applies to taxpaying citizens in the province on Ontario at least.)

Comment: The problem is in the fine print (Score 5, Informative) 118

by FireBreath (#36206322) Attached to: CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack

Yes Cyanogen is great, I run it on an Android phone or two and love it to bits. But that's not really the point...

The question here was about shipping a phone with CM preloaded, and that comes down to a number of business concerns.
In order to get the real penetration that this would need to get off the ground, CM would obviously need to pair up with a hardware OEM in order to get a handset crafted (or repurposed) and then they would also need carrier backing in order to get the sales penetration needed for a sustainable plan.

The major issue carriers will have with CM is the fact that the OS is rooted out-of-the-box and that carriers have a multitude of requirements imposed on handsets they'll slap their brand name on. Carriers tend to have business needs that require them to preload certain content on the device, rooting a device allows the user to quickly remove this content (something a carrier might have to swallow from the more knowledgeable users, but not something they would be willing to allow their userbase to perform at the flip of a switch). Rooting also opens a whole mess of security questions, which a carrier would tend to want to stay away from:

User: "My personal info was stolen from my phone!"
Carrier tech support: "Well your phone is rooted and you downloaded some nasty apps that captured your private data"
User: "But you sold me a rooted phone."

You also face issues like some of those mentioned in the comments here to the tune of "CM7 makes it easy to use Netflix". This is one example of many, but Netflix is currently only supported on select few handsets. I can imagine the lawsuits if a carrier were to sell and sponsor a device that "allows user to easily bypass device restrictions" put in place by app vendors. I'm not saying I don't have fun tinkering and hacking around apps in my spare time... but opening those doors to the masses and being liable for such a product is a whole different story.

Now the carrier is faced with having to support and guarantee a product that in the hands of an ignorant or unknowing customer can go horribly wrong.

Sony Ericsson has tackled this issue lately, allowing them to certify phones with carriers and have a secure out-of-the-box experience, but allow the customer to void his/her warranty by punching in their handset's IMEI on a website, obtaining an unlock code for the bootloader allowing full modification of the device. Forcing the customer through a lengthy agreement that renders all warranties null and void makes the carriers and OEMs safe from fallout if the user screws up their device from that point forward.

Cyanogen mod has quite a ways to go yet until they're ready to play in a commercial (and corporate) world where legal implication and stupid users require everything to be dumbed down and secured for consumption by everyone from preteens to seniors. I look forward to the day when I can sign up for my wireless plan and walk away with a Cyanogen handset, however I fear that if they look to commercialize the product they will end up taking away all that is great about CM in the first place.

In my opinion CM will thrive best staying where it is, being the best after-market mod/distro for Android devices.

Comment: AT&T is slow... (Score 1) 153

by FireBreath (#29562721) Attached to: MMS Arrives For the iPhone — Will It Crash AT&T's Network?
Rogers Wireless in Canada has had MMS enabled on iPhones since 3.0 software came out (July 17th 2009)... and has seen no negative impact on the network. In fact, because MMS is such an old technology and only allows messages up to 300k to be sent (600k on WAP 2.0, but not on iPhone), images must be compressed and shrunk. For this reason, most users will still prefer to attach a photo or sound clip to an email and send it that way... I'm really not seeing a reason why AT&T has been so slow to join the game.. and ontop of that, why they're seeing such a huge impact to their network. MMS was never originally included on iPhones because of it's limitations and backwards thinking.. Apple assumed people would smarten up and just use email. They caved and introduced MMS in software 3.0 because of user complaints.. but I'm still not seeing why anybody would use MMS nowadays.
Cellphones

+ - Bell launches mobile content filtering in Canada->

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FireBreath
FireBreath writes "For $5 a month, Bell Mobility is launching the ability for concerned parents to filter and limit the web addresses accessible on phones under their account. Little Jimmy may not be able to find pipe bomb instructions on his Sidekick anymore, but this feels like we're getting one step closer to Australia and China."
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Comment: Re:"500" (Score 1) 121

by FireBreath (#24147925) Attached to: Apple Launches ITunes App Store With 500+ Apps
I do support for pdas and get asked daily by somebody who's not tech-savvy enough to "find the good stuff" (however that might be) for somewhere to go to get new apps/ringtones/etc, for their phones. With the release of the iPhone tomorrow, having an official place to suck these types of people into, and likely being backed by every service provider that's selling the iPhone, tons of folks are going to blindly stumble into the Apps Store and spend because it's easy, and because it's there. Cost is less of an issue if you're led to believe that you're in the best (or the only) place to get something.
Security

+ - Unofficial URI-patch for Windows->

Submitted by dg2fer
dg2fer (1114433) writes "For more than two month, the vulnerability of parsing URIs is known for several Windows programms, including Outlook, Adobe Reader, IRC clients and many more.

The latest Microsoft patches published for October did not include a solution for the URI problem, so according to an article on heise security hackers started to solve the problem theirselfes and published an unofficial patch which cleans up the critical parameters of URI system calls before calling the vulnerable Windows system function."

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