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Comment: Re:Think that's bad (Score 1) 234

by adolf (#48570261) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

That is what it is being used for in your use-case.

Looking around in the Worx Gallery (which, I must say, the very concept of which sours my mouth), it looks like it can also do just about everything else, too.

Hence, why it needs all of the permissions in the world (or at least enough of them that arguing otherwise is a moot point).

If you don't like it (and I certainly don't, don't get me wrong), there's Xposed modules that can fix it. (And Xposed modules that defy root-detection. And, and, and. See also: Cat and mouse, Tom and Jerry, and DRM wars going back decades before DRM was even a TLA.)

Or, do it the old-fashioned way: One device for work, one device for other. Power off one or the other when not needed.

Comment: Re:Not about rap (Score 1) 436

by adolf (#48494653) Attached to: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

If a woman has had a violent boyfriend and he leaves Eninem's "Smack my bitch up" on her answering machine, that's a pretty blatant threat.

That wasn't Eminem. That was the UK-based group called The Prodigy.

(srsly. If you want to name names, please at least make sure that the names are correct.)

Comment: Re:It DOES have permission (Score 1) 234

by adolf (#48477197) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

I still haven't upgraded Waze since their new "social" integration required a ton more privileges, mostly to phone private info. And this despite running XPrivacy - I just can't be bothered to go through the whitelisting for it, when current version works well enough.

Chances are good that Google already knows everything about your contacts. Google wholly owns Waze.

What is the difference?

Comment: Re:Think that's bad (Score 3, Informative) 234

by adolf (#48477173) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

That, actually, doesn't look all too onerous for such a product.

Of course I want my fancy remote-everything program to be able to manage the network, see the status of the network, use the network, vibrate, pair with devices, manage shortcuts (shortcut to email on the homescreen?), change settings (so that the remote apps can, you know, do their thing), draw on top (notifications), take pictures, use a microphone, use the camera, access files (do you like attachments with your email?) and read phone status and identity (it knows you're on the phone, just like every other app that handles audio).

I don't know why it needs precise location, but sheesh. At least it's not like Pandora, which is just a bloody streaming music player:

        find accounts on the device
        read your contacts
        add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge
        test access to protected storage
        modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
        view Wi-Fi connections
        read phone status and identity
        receive data from Internet
        install shortcuts
        run at startup
        full network access
        pair with Bluetooth devices
        connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
        change network connectivity
        access Bluetooth settings
        view network connections
        prevent device from sleeping

Comment: Re:Li-Ion batteries aren't good for this role (Score 1) 41

by adolf (#48388423) Attached to: Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

Because nobody at Facebook is an engineer with enough knowledge to be capable of thinking of such things before endeavoring on a scaled test, right?

Oh, and by the way, maximizing the lifespan of a lead acid battery is a wee bit more complicated having them "fully charged and kept that way, and discharged infrequently."

But I'm sure you already know that.

Comment: Re:Manufacturers can help make this better (Score 1) 321

by adolf (#48337779) Attached to: Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

It's more convoluted than that.

In order for these cameras to be accessible on the Internet in a world of NAT and deny-by-default inbound firewall rules, someone (at the home) MUST have set up port forwarding explicitly...unless the cameras are shipped with UPnP enabled.

I've got mixed thoughts on UPnP (I both loathe and utilize it for different things), but I'm firmly of the opinion -zero- cameras should come with it enabled.

Comment: Re:Am I missing the point? (Score 1) 124

Indeed.

To further muddy the waters, DropBox supports (under Windows, at least) what it calls "LAN sync," with the goal of having data traverse LAN-WAN only once, no matter how many LAN clients want that data.

I do not know if it is default behavior. But I've seen it work just fine.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 291

by adolf (#48213491) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

When the price differential between 2Mbps and 75Mbps is large, some people elect the cheaper option.

I write this from a 2Mbps connection. It works well, even with Steam, blizzard, and who knows what, all at the same time, while running BitTorrent to get the newest Linux ISOs, and remote backing up my computer.

Sure, it's slow. Downloading those ISOs requires patience.

But it's responsive. Interactive things happen quickly, and that's what matters most for the user experience. Games work fine. Netflix works. Pandora works. Youtube works. Skype works. Throw random workloads at it, and it works.

How? Using the perhaps-poorly-named QoS adjustments in Shibby's build of Tomato-USB on an old WRT54G.

Light and interactive and latency-sensitive things get the first dibs at bandwidth (both headed out, which is easy -- and coming in, which is much less straight-forward). Progressively more-intensive things get pushed to the back of the bus.

My Linux ISO torrents get whatever is left after these other more-important tasks (as defined by me) get their share.

So, either $20/month with an old freebie router, or $100+ per month for enough bandwidth to do what I describe without perceived lag.

Some people are more willing to put a little bit of effort into such things, some people are more willing to open up their billfold a little wider. (And some people manually micro-manage what they do, and when, to keep latency low, but that's the path of madness and a generally unfulfilling Internet experience.)

Comment: Re:Why a government site? (Score 1) 120

by adolf (#48201701) Attached to: Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

You cant trust a manufacturer to be truthful

Re: Fight Club. In most instances, they (manufacturers) are the ones instituting the recall, presumably based on numbers and figures.. NHTSA (I'm in the US) will document the recall if it is justified, and the manufacturer is always the one paying for for parts and work and documentation and mailings and phone calls and....

In some cases, it seems the NHTSA will suggest -- or in egregious cases, demand -- a recall, but in -all- cases it is a manufacturer recall.

If the NHTSA demands that Toyota or Hyundai recall a lot of cars for something, then of course the NHTSA should be public with that -- as well as Toyota or Hyundai.

If Toyota or Hyundai recall on their own, then of course they should notify the NHTSA and then all related parties should also publish that.

But I should still be able to go to toyota.com, and get proper, up-to-date, recall information for a Toyota that I'm looking at buying or already own. It should be the first place I look, because (again) if Toyota is involved in a recall of their stuff, nobody will know more about it than them.

It's really no different than changelogs, errata, and bugfix releases on important software: We don't rely on the government for that, nowdo we?

Nay. If I want to know if AES is secure or not, I look to the vendor and peer-reviewed studies -- not the government. If I want to know if Windows 8.1 or 10 or whatever is a good step, I look to third-party reviews or the vendor website, not the government.

I propose that people aren't as dumb as you suggest. If they're smart enough to look for recalls before buying, then they're also smart enough to find those recalls without government intervention and expense. And a manufacturer, in any published recall, will always have more up-to-date information about a particular vehicle than any other party aside from, perhaps, the original owner.

If recall information is not published clearly and accessibly on manufacturers' websites,. then that is a failure of legislation and capitalism, not of a lack of a central repository.

Because again, if I'm looking to buy a car and I want to know what that models list of official issues are, why would I ask the government? The companies that both made and recalled the broken thing should foot the entire bill, even if it requires new laws to promote this behavior.

Comment: Re:Why a government site? (Score 1) 120

by adolf (#48200363) Attached to: Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Some people have found that government sites are relatively accurate, compared to the other sources, or at least more accountable.

There can be no source more accurate or accountable than the manufacturer, as they are the body charged with implementing the recall, and are also the ones with $billions at risk.

Which of the following is more accurate:

A. A group of people reading the same newspaper
B. An orator reading the same newspaper to the same group of people
C. A transcriptionist transcribing the orator's speech and posting that transcription to Facebook
D. ...ad absurdum

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