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Comment Re:how much peer review is going on? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

It could be useful if you could install an app while denying it some of the rights it wants. Of course that could make the app unstable and useless, but at least you had the option to do so and it was your own free choice.

I agree in principle, but I think this would make life suck for developers. Would you really want to deal with the inevitable people saying "I paid for this app and it doesn't work" when the only reason your app doesn't work is because these same people didn't grant it the necessary rights? Supporting software is hard enough as is; we don't need to make it even easier for well-intentioned—but not technically-minded—folks to break things.

Comment Re:Bubby? Is that you? (Score 1) 859

Yeah, that's a fair point. I think a lot of it is history. It used to be much harder to get someone's personal information than it is now. Society's institutions haven't kept up with this increasingly open, public world. I agree that technology is the right place to look for a solution, but I think such technology will only gain ready acceptance when it's accompanied by a shift in society's views.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)