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Comment: A tale of two phones. (Score 1) 349

by emil (#47389527) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Here is my phone. Notice that it has been dumped, it has 768mb of ram, and a 1ghz CPU.

Compare that to the Samsung Fascinate, a very similar phone that is still supported despite having less ram.

What you can see is a developer bias: Qualcomm technology is (already) preferentially terminated.

For myself, I need to start buying Samsung, and I need to make sure that it has as little Qualcomm technology in it as possible.

Comment: Dump MORE Snapdragon? (Score 3, Interesting) 349

by emil (#47385055) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Does Cyanogenmod need even more encouragement to dump Qualcomm processors? Odd that the Nook Color is still supported, when many faster Qualcomm chips have been shown the door.

I already have to run an unofficial release of Cyanogenmod on my vivow. Now what is the likelyhood that I'm going to get a Towelroot patch when you are nuking the source repositories?

I still won't buy Motorola products because of their past behavior. Am I about to add Qualcomm to that list?

Comment: Umm no (Score 1) 158

by emil (#47174901) Attached to: Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

The combined T-Sprint will have to maintain both CDMA and GSM networks for some time. I hope that the tower hardware costs have dropped and dual CDMA/GSM hardware is available. I bet there will also be significant frequency waste.

Both carriers are dragging along a wagonload of MVNOs, so customers of several other companies will see migration impacts.

Verizon is dumping CDMA for their own customers, but keeping it for the MVNOs. This will become more problematic, as Android is dropping support for CDMA, so everything on the Sprint side is going to get a bad case of bitrot.

Comment: Consider Swype (Score 1) 711

by emil (#47157105) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Because a Cyanogenmod user was able to monitor this application, it was discovered that Swype was requesting location data several thousand times per day.

The vendor responded with a reasonable explanation.

In any case, if you run an Apple device, you will never know if your vendor begins doing such things, either for innocuous reasons, or otherwise.

p.s. You can now buy phones loaded with Cyanogenmod as the native OS.

Comment: Android phones are also more secure. (Score 5, Insightful) 711

by emil (#47155915) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

And this conclusion has been peer reviewed. With Cyanogenmod, you even get a line-item veto (privacy guard).

Malicious software has appeared in the iTunes store. Android, in contrast, displays everything that an application will need to access so that users can decide themselves whether to go ahead with an installation.

To compare these two security models, Han and co-workers identified 1,300 popular applications that work identically on both iOS and Android. These applications, such as Facebook, often access code libraries on smartphones called security-sensitive application programing interfaces (SS-APIs), which provide private user data or grant control over devices such as the camera.

The researchers found that 73% of iOS applications, especially advertising and analytical code, consistently accessed more SS-APIs than their counterparts on Android. Additionally, the SS-APIs invoked by iOS tended to be those providing access to sensitive resources such as user contacts.

The results imply that by allowing users to control permissions, Android may be better at preventing stealthy applications from getting hold of private information. Notably, Android also intentionally avoids using SS-APIs if non-security-sensitive APIs can be used to achieve the same functions.

Comment: The solution. (Score 2) 1198

by emil (#46880931) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

The state should not have the power to sentence an individual to death, but death should be available to those who would choose it.

Our government should not kill. A maximum sentence of life in prison is all the force that it should be able to employ against any individual.

If a person sentenced to life does not wish to continue the sentence, then they should have the option to request an end to it. After suitable mental evaluation, and assuming they are resolute, they should have what they seek.

This brings morality and transparency into the process. This is the right thing to do.

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