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Comment: Re:Google services are overrated anyway (Score 1) 332

Allowing carriers to nerf operating system functionality is as unacceptable as allowing your ISP to nerf your computer when you use the Internet yet they are still getting away with it.

The absolute worst is when carriers disable tethering or hide it behind a tethering plan at extortionate prices. They have absolutely no reason to care whether the traffic coming through my phone originated from the phone or from my PC. If my subscription allows me 5GB of data traffic per month, it should not matter one bit which device it is used for.

Comment: Re:Not suprrising really (Score 1) 332

Putting the Play Store icon right on the default home screen is a very sensible move. Smartphone equals apps, and people don't want to hunt around for the app store.

At least all of the other stuff is in a single folder that's easy to remove from the home screen. I know the apps are still installed, but maybe I'm just getting older and less reactionary, because I don't really care about the 200MB or so they take up. I haven't even come close to running out of space on an Android device yet.

Comment: Re:Knee Jerk Reaction? (Score 1) 332

That's how the Google apps appear at first when installed along with Cyanogenmod. An icon for the Play Store, and then everything else in a folder, which is just one swipe to remove from the home screen. Personally, I think at least putting the Play Store icon pretty much front and center is a good idea. Smartphone users want apps, and the first thing they do when they get a new phone is install all of their favorites.

Comment: Re:When they a) unlawfully b) abuse c) monopoly d) (Score 1) 332

android as shipped on virtually all devices is a closed ecosystem, windows is not. windows users have choice of program to run and dont have to jump through hoops to do so, most android devices require rooting or other tricks to run apps not sanctioned by google... and some jurisdictions consider rooting a mobile device to be illegally breaking its drm.

You can install any .apk package that you want, if it's not "sanctioned by Google", you get a message that you have to enable installation of packages from unknown sources. It's a single checkbox to enable it. Of course, the alternative app stores aren't available in the Play Store, but they're just .apk files like any other Android app, and easy to download and install. So you have security with an official app store for the common user, and flexibility with alternative app stores for the power users. Hell, there's even an app now for installing Cyanogenmod, and it's super easy to use.

The only hoop to jump through is a single checkbox. That's how the stock Samsung firmware was in my Galaxy S4 Mini, and that's how it is in Cyanogenmod as well. Then you can scan all the QR codes you want, and download and install any third-party apps. The official Humble Bundle app sort of functions as an alternate app store for games/ebooks/music you've bought, and that's actually available on the Play Store, despite offering an alternate "store" for games already on the Play Store.

The illegality of rooting a device is a legislative problem, not a Google/Android problem.

Comment: Re: Unfortunately (Score 1) 178

by KozmoStevnNaut (#48000471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Didn't I just specifically mention that the only reasonable way to have mailing lists is for people to subscribe and unsubscribe themselves?

Unfortunately, if you've ever worked closely with anyone in management at a larger company, you would know that even this "ideal" solution is doomed to fail. Managers in general cannot be bothered to "do all that technical stuff" and will always ask some underling to do it for them.

They only understand powerpoint presentations made specifically to their individual needs and whims, with plenty of colorful graphs. They're a bit like overgrown babies, actually.

Comment: Re: Unfortunately (Score 2) 178

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47996723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Because managing a mailing list for each individual report is bullshit work, a waste of time that can and should be avoided. The managers in question can either set up and manage their own mailing lists, or log into a dashboard that remembers their custom view settings. They can even have the dashboard mail a copy once a week, but they have to check the boxes themselves. It's pull versus push reports.

The first option is never ever going to happen, no manager can be bothered to maintain mailing lists. The second option for the custom dashboard is the best solution, because it gives the managers the customized views they want, without the time-wasting activity of maintaining mailing lists and custom reports. It's a matter of 30 minutes spent once for the manager to set up a dashboard filter, compared to hours wasted every week maintaining mailing lists and custom reports. If they can't figure that out, they're not fit to manage other people.

I've been doing monitoring and reporting for the last 7 years, I know all of this from experience. Report mailing lists turn into uncontrollable messes quick, but a simple webpage where people can choose for themselves exactly which info they want and/or see them on a dashboard is the only sensible solution. Mailed reports are fine, as long as nobody has to waste time managing the mailing lists.

Comment: Re:Because... (Score 1) 252

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47978297) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Before I bought my current phone (Samsung GS4 Mini), I specifically checked for CyanogenMod etc. support. It's just received the update to 4.4, but it's very likely that no more official updates are coming from Samsung's hand, since they're probably focusing on the S5 generation and beyond.

I really didn't want to add to the semi-monoculture of Samsung-made Android phones, but it was objectively the best choice compared to the competition. It has 1.5GB RAM instead of 1GB, a user-replaceable battery, perfect size, known-good build quality, CyanogenMod compatibility and so on, plus it was on half-off sale with no plan attached at a local electronics chain store. But the CM compatibility was the biggest factor.

Comment: Re:Me too. (Score 1) 408

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47959173) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

That makes sense for cost reasons, actually.

I'm still using my 2003-vintage T42 that I bought way back then for school usage. It's been lugged all over Europe and has lived up to countless software experiments including running at full tilt in my backpack because my suspend scripts were messed up. Didn't even phase it one bit, though it was seriously burning hot when I pulled it out.

Best piece of hardware I have ever spent money on.

Comment: Re:Me too. (Score 1) 408

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47959151) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Not hating at all, you gotta admire the sheer bullheadedness that Apple sometimes displays.

"No ones done this before because it was too hard/complicated/expensive? Fuck that shit, we're Apple and we're doing it!"

Sometimes it doesn't pay off, but usually it does, and Apple products are at a price level where they can afford to use unconventional solutions if they see a benefit. If there's no benefit (sapphire screens for iPhones), they'll drop it again.

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