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Comment Re:Open Source (Score 1) 163

I prefer the option being "default deny" rather than "default let users execute whatever shit they find on the net". On windows, there are tons of sites, with varying reputability, and even the larger ones offering you to install you some bloatware of theirs. On android you only have google (note the "only have", google is an ad company after all). I consider this better for the average person.

Comment Re:Android != Play Store (Score 1) 163

Except for the part that alternative ROMs usually update their ROMs longer than, hardware vendors. Not without reason it's called "aftermarket" firmware.

They aren't like PCs where you still have Linux if you want to control your machine.

If your phone is well supported by a third party ROM vendor, the situation is IMO actually comparable to the PC world. Most of the stuff you want to run won't work (like MS office, the Adobe tools, or games), but the basics _do_ work.

The existence of alternative (open source) ROMs is only on Android. Not on iOS, nor windows mobile.

Probably there is one difference: In the PC world a far larger percentage runs "truly" open devices (where the full application/OS layer is open source), than on android, which has a strong inclination towards gapps. Google basically moved the border closer to them, and getting many open source developers write for their platform only.

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 1) 163

AOSP follows the "cathedral" approach of open source. gapps are closed and proprietary, that's true, and most apps require one or another gapp. Google has managed to get most apps rely on their services one way or another, even though they published most of the OS as open source. This can't be said for microsoft, or iOS (yeah, the compiler, browser engine and the kernel are open source, but what else?), so kudos to google for this.

Yes, Android is proprietary, but I still like that almost the whole OS is open source. Anyways, I wouldn't want to use the proprietary components anyways, e.g. their maps app, which sends the position I am interested in to google's servers. I use osmand, and have the full map on my device. I don't need to send google my position every time I look at the map, or tell google which route to drive, or etc. Or take the GCM service, which is good in thought, I don't deny that, but I don't trust an advertising company to run it, I prefer to have a free choice over this.

I'm comfortable with the fact that these apps are proprietary. I don't want spyware on my device. I don't want it to be integrated into the system and my ROM creator doesn't care to remove the spyware features. Its already now pretty common among CM users to download gapps onto their phones, even though its illegal, imagine the pressure from the community if the devs removed a spyware component from the open source part that rendered 90% of all apps unusable.

Comment Re:Awesome ... (Score 1) 25

The security of a cloud platform right now depends on whether the creators of the cloud platform care for security, and whether they know what they are doing. Google for example does both, their security is one of the best in the industry. And for IOT devices, usually one of the two criteria is wrong.

My major issue with IoT is about giving up control over my things to different entities. That's unfortunately what the term "IoT" stands for, even though "internet" is in theory a neutral medium without centralist "cloud" authorities.

Comment Re:End anonymity for cash (Score 5, Interesting) 158

Some people really want this, as bad as it sounds. With even the last anonymous payment method gone, the state is happy as it can tax precisely what its worth (of course only those people who can't afford to have all their companies owned by a holding in the crocodile islands), and the banks are happy as they can sell precise data about their customers to various people (perhaps even legally). They are even happier as now they can also introduce negative interests on the money you store at the bank. It can be used to "keep money in movement", to stifle the economy, and fill the purses of the banks: You now rather tend to take loans and pay those back with interest, because collecting the money in advance got more expensive.

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