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Comment Re:Protect yourself (Score 1) 41

basically you are saying that you'd have to treat the cell phone as simple a transport, only, and never a data entry or even data display device. it should not even be part of any encryption system other than normal cell or wifi. assume its weak and just consider it like UDP (lol). do all your data entry, display and encryption outside of the phone and the phone simply gives you a wifi AP.

if you think about it, that's a huge waste. such power and display, being ignored and using it just to convert cell rf to wifi rf. in fact, there are boxes that do that cheaper and better. you could get a $30 battery 'travel router' and have cell rf via usb and wifi also over another usb port. that gets you raw ip.

then, you need your trusted phone, but it can't be any kind of 'normal' phone. and this does not know or care about cell and only speaks ip/wifi. you can have a trustable touchscreen system that does that and it does not have to have any blackbox magic in it.

it still means you need 2 boxes. but really, since one box (the cell part) will never be 'ours' or trustable, might as well make it its own separate box, create an IP boundary and talk just IP.

if a phone can be repurposed so that no black magic is left in it and all code is known and trustable, then we could go back to using 'phones' as user interfaces. but really, if you need to trust it, you can't use phones as phones and UI devices anymore.

shame. really it is. but this is what we have.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 416

that does not go far enough.

apps can change behavior if you deny privs and even worse, fail silently and not tell you why.

best is to allow all privs and feed the apps JUNK FAKE DATA. everyone's happy. well, everyone that matters, anyway.

anything less is not good enough. no special cases for apps; let each app gets its 'data'; but let ME decide what 'data' means.

if apps don't like getting fed dummy data then maybe they will stop asking for the world. its a training thing; we have to train our app developers to STOP demanding the world just for a flashlight app!

xprivacy feeds dummy data. I have not been able to install it yet, though, as it needs a bunch of things that are not always easy. but this feature is what is needed in order to put the control back in the owner's hands.

permit/deny is the wrong approach. sorry, but its a stupid way of solving what is a broken architecture. apps writers are rogue (most of them) and we have to start treating them as hostile sources. sounds harsh but that's how it is right now.

Comment Re:Laughable (Score 2) 203

any western government (not the US) who is trying to 'shake down' google or FB gets my 100% blessing in anything they do to reduce the force, power and evilness of both of those companies.

anything that causes either of those companies PAIN is a good thing in my, uhm, 'book'.

corporations are evil and the biggest ones have the most evilness to them. anything that knocks down the evil corps even a little is a Good Thing(tm).

Comment Re:For me it is way beyond advertising... (Score 1) 116

I spend a lot of time removing crap from webpages.
sadly, this breaks things due to wildcarding a bit too much.

but I love having control over what the page renders to. in fact, it was the main idea behind the separation of content and format. the wizziwhig (lol) idiots broke the web when they refused to understand the CONCEPT of a tagged language that gets rendered to the USER'S liking, not the PUBLISHER's.


Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 5, Interesting) 123

google designed a faulty os, their update model is broken, their fragmentation is a nightmare and the fact that they broke vpn's for ALL of 4.4 is NOT a carrier issue, my friend!

I love to blame carriers, too; but vpn api being broken for a year and NOT BEING FIXED is a carrier issue to you? how in the world is that their fault when google, themselves, abandoned 4.4 for key bugfixes?

I'm supposed to jump on 5.0 and not expect MAJOR bugs to be fixed in just a few versions back; a still-current version for most people??

google owns this one. sorry if that goes against your narrative but vpns being broken in a whole version and never being fixed is a huge slap in the face.

Comment Re:Won't buy from Motorola or Verizon again! (Score 1) 123

I also valued the sd card and swappable battery. it was hard for me to convert over to an lg g2 (at a friend's request). the sd card this is not hard to deal with; a $10 OTG adapter gives you usbstick access or even micro-sd. it sticks out (dongle) but its not horrible.

battery wise, my phone can take new batteries but its a huge issue to open the phone and dig out so many things. the batt is not soldered it, but its pretty deep inside. still, a batt change would be needed every 2 years or so and when that time comes, I'll do the $15 batt replacement. in the short term, sigh, there's always those usb batteries that are very common now.

lg g2 bootloader is unlocked. its not a current phone but its buyable for $120 or so, refurb or clean-used, and that's not a bad deal for what was once a flagship and still is quite competitive.

I wen with vzn, as well, due to their coverage. sucks, though, that there are different physical phone models for each carrier. even the case you buy for the phone has to match the vzn version or the att vesion. absurd!

phones really are stupid. I blame the kids who basically don't know the history of how computers COULD be and SHOULD be, and ignored all this shared wisdom we had over the past decades (in computer theory and useability) and basically started from zero and made all those same mistakes again that could have been avoided if they only hired some folks who have been working in software for more than a year after college ;(

thru and thru, android shows that it was not well thought out and is one kludge over another.

is android linux? not really. take a linux admin who has lots of experience and give him an adb shell into a phone. have him poke around. are there syslog files? man pages? can you even friggin run ifconfig -a? no. nothing of the sort. its not like any linux I've been on. whatever I tried other than df, pwd, ls (and such) didn't work. its not really linux as we know it. it COULD HAVE BEEN but the children in control decided against it for some reason.

really absurd. shame what this could have been but wasn't.

Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 1, Troll) 123

I continue to hate on google.

a friend convinced me to try a 'new' android phone (older used one but a few gens back so its now affordable). my one and only android, the N1, is stuck at 2.2 or something equally ancient and I'm tired of that being such a POS.

refurb phone came with 4.4. I rooted it (lg g2) and installed twrp recovery (not easy at all, for some reason) and then a custom rom based on 4.4, supposedly with lots of fixes.

I then find out that vpn is broken (by design) in ALL 4.4 codebases. everyone complains about this, if you search on it. google broke an api or something and nothing works anymore for vpn.

I bought a 2nd phone of the same type as a spare. that one came with 5.0 installed. tried the custom rom for that version and vpn works; but the led indicator won't work (at all) for newmail or unaswered calls.

so, I get to pick which version I run; broken vpn but all else (mostly) working or broken led but vpn does work.

sigh. this was supposed a good phone, too. its been out long enough so it should be stable but its not. god know what else is broken but I have not found it yet.

stock os is not any better and has bloat which needed to be removed, anyway.

when I searched for the vpn issue, it seems that google has left this open for more than a year, unfixed! their reply: essentially saying 'go to 5.x and abandon 4.x'.

great. just great. I can do that but many others can't, and the led indicator is broken on 5.x, with no fix in sight that I can find.

android is a fucking mess. a total steaming pile of shit. the reason people put up with this is because there are not many other choices. few want any part of MS anymore, many (like me) don't love apple; and so there's nothing really left anymore but android ;(

a year and no vpn fixes. 4.3 worked (from what I've read). 4.4.* broke it. there is nothing newer than that in the 4.x train (is there?). 5.x is a mess, as well.

this does not even address the security issue (SF). if I want a fix for this, I'm essentially on my own. I have not seen any fixes for this phone yet and since its 'old' now, I doubt I will.

thanks google. you are THE 'short attention span' poster child of the century. you have the talent to be a good vendor but you seem to not care! how sad. strong ability but you lack focus and you give up on things PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE and just move onto the next shiny thing.

sigh. android will continue to be a mess and a nexus does not guarantee anything about patches or support. google just has no reason to care about you. they don't get paid by you, they are not working for you and whatever they throw over the wall, the fanboys will think its great no matter what.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

destroy a lot of wealth?

sounds good! anyone WITH 'wealth' these days likely got it by being a sociopath.

people with 'savings' are normal people. people with 'weatlh' are lying cheating bastards and that's the only way, now, to get 'wealth'.

I'm half serious. that's what's sad; this is not a joke. the redist of weath is one of the biggest crimes of this century. resetting that could only be a good thing.

Comment Re:easy (Score 1) 93

if its true that they can't be used if 'cut off'; does every thief who might TRY this, know this?

it actually matters less if it works. what matters is if anyone ever still thinks it can work and is willing to do this evil deed.

again, why even take the chance. there is risk and it seems like its not worth any risk at all, with other alternatives being better in many ways.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel