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Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 1) 91 91

You're not listening to me. This has nothing to do with Android. It has to do with the ROM on your phone that came from the phone maker. You need to swap out your ROM for one that is more open, and that allows root access so that you can do these kinds of updates. My Cyanogen ROM can pull updates on a nightly basis if I so choose.

Comment Re:Honest question. (Score 1) 91 91

The reason is because when a core system process crashes on android, the system automatically restarts it.

This is normally a good thing - but if you have a scenario where you've done something that will cause a process to crash on start (which is what this thing is), the process restarts and restarts over and over indefinitely, essentially locking you out of the UI. Command line access via ADB is unaffected.

Anyone who has messed around with custom ROMs has likely seen this behaviour many times by flashing an invalid Google Services for the phone.

Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 3, Interesting) 202 202

I disagree. It will put pressure on all the cell phone manufacturers and carriers to stop dragging their feet and release updates in a timely fashion.

This way Google and the group can say "we warned you" if a bunch of Verizon Samsung customers get exploited because Verizon would not allow the release to be published. No carrier wants that kind of news item.

Comment Re:"Pocket dialed"? (Score 1) 179 179

"Siri Dialed" or "Google Dialed" is just as common nowadays. IE, for whateevr reason your phone Media volume is down low and meanwhile Google has decided that you asked it to call someone while your phone is in your pocket - in various situations this doesn't require any button presses at all. Happened to me.

Comment Re:Is there a browser that doesn't try to be a nan (Score 2) 199 199

Except the OPs other example, Chrome, offers no workaround. Chrome removed all support for NPAPI, and therefore Java, from the Linux codebase. There is no command line flag or back-end setting to bring it back This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to use Chrome for work purposes by a huge number of people, and forced us all to Firefox.

The only way to get it back is to build it from source yourself, since no one has created a fork yet.

Comment The publisher does not get paid faster on pre orde (Score 1) 223 223

I don't know why so many commentors are under the impression that PUBLISHERS get money from pre orders... They don't. The publisher doesn't get paid until you pick up the game on launch day. Until that time, Walmart or EB or whoever you ptreordered from is just holding the money.

  Think about it, if it worked the way you'd day, then cancelling a pre order or switching it to another game would not be possible. But it is, with every retailer I know of anyway.

Hell, Amazon doesn't even charge your credit card at all until the game ships.

Comment Explain why this is a bad thing (Score 1) 292 292

Why is it a bad thing for me to not know who other people are planning to vote for? Shouldn't I be making up my own mind on election day, not just "going with the flow"?

Why is it a bad thing that politicians don't know how their latest soundbytes are playing with the public? Shoudn't they just be being themselves and representing their platform?

I can't wait for accurate polling to die. All it has done over the past 50-60 years is ruin the democratic process.

Comment Re:Is this for real? (Score 0) 122 122

The robo-calls were not for advertisements, they were for collections.

IE - you would get a robo-call saying your bank account was overdrawn and you owe Paypal $5000.

The only difference between what Paypal wants to do and what all other collection agencies do is if a human is on the other end of the phone.

Comment Actually... (Score 2) 113 113

Actually, you're dead wrong, except for the fact that Blackberry is probably way too late for this to make a difference.

Blackberry should have released an Android phone YEARS ago instead of dumping tons of money into BBOS 10. If they would have instead spent that money on Android by adding working full device crypto and out of the box BES support, they would have dominated the enterprise market and also been able to move into consumer by touting the privacy features.

Instead, they wasted all their time and resources writing this other OS that no one wants to write apps for and implementing an Android emulator on top of it because it is the only way to get anything decent. It was a horrible, stupid move from beginning to end.

And before you say "hindsight is 20/20", I have been saying Blackberry should move to Android since 2011.

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