It would make sense for people who drive to work, and leave their car in the parking lot from 9-5. These people will not be home to accept delivery because they're at work. That's the subset of people that this idea targets; not everybody.
I wonder if that We The People petition had anything to do with this..
Might work for showers, but not for people filling bathtubs and washing machines.
Who's going to notice? Are the numbers available such that an interested person could verify the computation of the average?
I can't speak for android, but BB10 gives pretty good control over permissions. There are a bunch of categories that you can control access (GPS location, phone, contacts, email, text messages, stored files, internet, etc). Many apps that request permissions will still run without them, for example a weather app can get location from GPS if you allow it, otherwise you specify the location you want the weather for. Of course, some apps won't run if you don't give them all permissions - these get promptly deleted.
> It seems these days most apps are hostile to the users, it's time we treated them as such and stopped letting them have the run of our computers.
Well that the tradeoff when it comes to closed source software. You have to trust that the provider of the binary is Not Evil.
> It's time we eliminate this idea that every app has access to every file on our computers.
Mobile has made some progress here with "App Permissions", such that you can limit what an app can do. It's easy to do this when you build a new system, apps have to conform to it. With PCs, the "app can do whatever it wants" has been standard for years and it'll be hard to change it.
> For all the rest, it shouldn't even matter.
This is so they can "target" advertisements better.
A morning's worth of developer wages collected over half a year? Plus it's not money, the effort to get that converted into money is probably more than a morning. Why bother?
What? GPS receivers don't transmit. How do you track a GPS receiver?
is not to play the game. The rise of creative commons and the like will end this oppressive copyright regime. Free software and free culture is the only way to go.
You're right, the cost of fraud is spread out thinly over a variety of things, and yes, we're a bit less well off than we would be in a fraud-free scenario. It's very much like insurance, although less explicitly spelled out. A loss due to shady criminals, or a loss due to lightning strike, it's still a loss.
> It could be useful in theory, but in practice it's a lot less accurate than you're giving them credit for.
You're fixating on the current version. Don't think it'll get better with time?
Ah fair enough, didn't realise it was the merchant got stiffed. But the main point still stands: the consumer doesn't eat the fraud.
That will not effectively stop credit card fraud.