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Comment: It needs Root to work (Score 1) 118

by Henrik Gullaksen (#49089513) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

As the article state it needs Root to do it.

And it do not say how you gets it.

So it's some code that need root access to mess with your phone.
So you properly just need to root your phone. And install an app that you have downloaded from some suspected webpage.
So is it a Trojan or just a feature from a rouge app/programmer?

Do not root your phone if you do not have any idea what you are doing and installing apps from every that you find.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

You do not understand. You can't just upgrade to Kit Kat, or Lolipop is the manufactures did not make an update. And they often do not.
Don't blame the carrier for that.

Sure the carrier locked phones sometimes gets the update later. But lets take the Samsung S3 (mini).
My sister has the mini and it's unlocked, and carrier free but she cant upgrade it to kitkat or lolipop. Because Samsung has not made an update.
That has nothing to do with the carrier, but the manufactures

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

And yet there is no update.
If it was only the carriers fault then there would be upgrades for the phone that was not carrier locked.
that is why I say that the manufactures are also to blame. And most of the time only them.

If the manufactures made upgrades and released then to all the phones that were unlocked at carriers that would allow a upgrade. Then the carriers that would not allow upgrades would get angry customers. And a chance to loss them if they had a choice to pick someone that would allow upgrades/updates.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

It's not just carriers. It's also manufacturers. I Europe it's common to buy phones off contract but they are not upgraded either.

So the manufactures are also to blame. And I offend think that it's the manufactures fault. And not the carrier. For why else would they not make the updates for the rest of the world?

Comment: Re:Isn't iMessage already (somewhat) open? (Score 1) 307

No. then you are using SMS/MMS.

iMessage and other IM out there is that it has nothing to do with you cell operator.
So you can use it via WiFi when you are travelling and don't want to use expensive roaming data. And IM send pictures in higher resolution then MMS.
And the groupe message funktion that iMessager has do not work over SMS/MMS

Comment: Re:Dalvik goes away in Lollipop (Score 1) 437

by Henrik Gullaksen (#48769051) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I would say 99% of the apps works under Lollipop. It's only if you write something really specific outside the normal SDK that it will not work.

And in that case I would blame the programmer for that app.
ART was released 2013 for developers. and a few month before the release of Lollipop Google said that ART would be the only runtime in Lollipop. In case people had not figured that out.

So developers had over 1 year to prepare for ART. So I would blame the developers for not supporting ART. And not because that it's new

Comment: Re:The Problem (Score 4, Insightful) 332

by Henrik Gullaksen (#46035965) Attached to: Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

I would say "The Cat" is right.

The more persons that uses Bitcoin the more coin's will be lost.

The time between finding new Bitcoins is getting longer and longer. And they do not replace the lost ones they are just generated.
So if Bitcoins becomes a every man/woman thing. Then the value of a single Bitcoin will raise to something insane before it will just die because the number of persons actually having coins will be to small to function as a currency.

Comment: But no one told me (Score 5, Informative) 53

by Henrik Gullaksen (#45212313) Attached to: Users Slow to Update Netgear ReadyNAS Boxes Open To Remote Exploit

I have a ReadyNAS Pro 6
But I have not received any message from my NAS that there was a firmware update.
I get an E-Mail from my NAS everytime it runs it scrubbing. But have not received any messages about firmware updates.
I just logged in to my NAS and asked it to check for updates. And there was one.

If they want to get people to update the firmware. Then they should inform people that there is updates.


Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the now-and-forever dept.
sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

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