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If you take control of your device rather than allowing your service provider or the OEM to control it, you can do just that. On my rooted Android devices, I revoke any permissions that I don't want an app to have.
Uh, yeah. By definition.
Do you even know what that means?
And "keys versus macros" was simply an example of signal length and complexity. Cheap remotes often only handle short, simple sequences while more capable remotes can handle more longer and more complex signals, including pauses. Not that you need specific signals for this application... just an open keyline.
So, the problem is simply that the IR signal involved is outside of the receive/transmit band of the specific universal remote he used. But that does not mean it is outside the receive/transmit band of every universal remote ever made, which the writer implies. The writer made an expansive, definitive statement based on a single example. If, by chance, the writer had used a better remote he might have made an expansive, definitive statement that universal remotes do work for this, and been equally wrong. Because some can work, and some cannot.
Good (and expensive, of course) universal remotes do not have these limits and would work fine.
The writer erroneously made a definitive statement based on a single data point.
If you use a capable, programmable remote that can capture very long strings of signals across very wide frequency bands (like my trusty old Pronto TSU-7000), it could work as well (or maybe even better) than that toy.
Of course, since the toy is a far, far cheaper solution, use that.
Of course all those notions of checks and balances, democracy, social contracts, rule of law and basic self-determination all existed prior to the common availability of firearms.
The practice of those notions, unfortunately, was extraordinarily rare until firearms put the weak on equal standing with the strong. We have all those things today, things to be proud of, in great part due to guns.