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Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 204

Tell that to the average Apple fan who when you tell them that an iPhone lacks the ability to do X, Y, Z, they respond "just jailbrake it man".

Does the average Fandroid have more or less self-awareness on this topic, after rooting his Android device to disable carrier locks and remove bloatware?

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 204

I simply don't understand jailbreaking an iPhone.

Adding the option to turn on and off cellular data alone is worth the price of admission to battery misers. Speaking of batteries, you can install a tweak that will disable the alerts that start locking your screen at 20% until you click "ok".

Other bennies: being able to scp files to your phone, use your phone for tethering without paying the carrier extortion fee, and mute camera noises.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 204

iPhone 4 devices were sold until September 2013 and can't be updated to iOS 8, which was released in September 2014.

Which was four years after its release, if you're picking the cherries half full.

both were, admittedly, bough near the release of the next model

Products purchased at the end of their life cycle, when they are discounted to be free-with-contract, have a shorter period of support than the current model? Zounds.


Smartphone Malware Planted In Popular Apps Pre-sale 41

An anonymous reader writes with news from The Stack that makes it a little harder to scoff at malware on phones as being largely the fruit of dodgy sideloaded software, game cracks, et cetera. They report that even phones marketed as brand new, from well-known brands like Lenovo and Xiaomi, have been tampered with and "infected prior to sale with intelligent malware disguised in popular apps such as Facebook." (To U.S. buyers, those makers may be slightly obscure as cellphone vendors; the scheme this article addresses involves handsets sold by vendors in Europe and Asia, involving more than 20 different handset types.)

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 262

Their entire system of government is designed to set up a relatively reasonable set of rules.

There's nothing reasonable about using Star Chamber's or holding suspects incommunicado. Sweden might have hippy health care, and they might not execute prisoners, but their justice system is otherwise straight out of the middle ages. They will detain you and deny outside contact, even to speak to a lawyer.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 262

Swedish legal procedures have been discussed here often enough that I have to assume you are engaging in wilful distortion.

Yes, they have, but that wont stop you from repeating the same debunked Zombie Lies.

Swedish prosecutors have interviewed other suspects abroad without first dragging them back to Sweden, and they could promise at any time that Assange wont be handed over to the United States. They have refused to do so, which means this is not about any alleged rape.

So, on this wilful[sic] distortion, are you using a cannon or a howitzer for your projection?

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