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Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48943685) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Ah, I see what you're saying. In all of those cases, I'd say Google shifted to working on a component that integrates with other Google services. It does happen that the service-integrated component largely duplicates the features of an existing OSS component, plus adds a lot, but I don't think that's because of any move to close Android.

At this point there's really no need for Google to maintain generic apps for all of those things; there are plenty out there in every category you mentioned. I'm less sure that there are open source apps in all of those categories... but anyone who wants is free to pick up that ball. I suppose it would be nice if Google were to do it, but that's no longer necessary for the success of the platform.

I reiterate that the above represents only my personal opinions. Google pays me to write code, not define platform strategy (except in my narrow area) and certainly not to act as a proper corporate spokesperson. When I say stupid stuff it reflects on me.

Comment: Re:why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48943619) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
It wouldn't be hard to do something nicer, but my Tasker profile is a pretty crude hack. Since I never connect anything that doesn't have its own volume control, I just have a profile that runs every minute and turns the volume up to max. So if anything turns the volume down, it quickly gets turned back up.

Comment: Re:why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48940973) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

The volume thing annoys me, too. I fix it with a Tasker profile.

As for navigation, try using voice to start the navigation. It's zero-click. I don't know that the maps team intentionally increased the number of taps in the non-voice case, but I think it may actually be a good thing for safety if it encourages more people to use voice rather than taking attention to poke at their screen.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 252

Sure, and the history of life on earth is one of massive, unexpected mass extinctions, which often followed those massive, unexpected perturbations

Mass extinctions which are, most likely, also the biggest driver of speciation and diversity :-)

I think the Holocene Extinction may be the exception to that trend, though.

Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48940887) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

That said, I fully agree with the people that are seeing a slow move towards AOSP becoming more and more closed source.

From within Android, I see no such movement. In the short term security concerns have motivated the movement of more stuff into GMS, where it can be updated by Google. Eventually I think the larger update problem will be resolved and that movement will be reversed.

Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 2) 262

by swillden (#48939919) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Google is quite happy to see CM and similar third party ROMs flourish

Flourish or tolerate? Honest question. I've seen entire ROMs stymied by small things Google could/should have done as just a decent vendor, regardless of the ROM in question. For instance, a couple years ago the Droid3 port fizzed because the then-Google-owned Motorola wouldn't talk to anybody about releasing specs to turn on the camera.

Flourish.

Your example just demonstrates that Google really did allow Motorola to operate as a separate OEM, not directly influenced by the Android team. It's also possible that Motorola didn't have the option of releasing the specs because of agreements with the camera manufacturer. (Note that I don't know anything about that specific incident, and hadn't even heard of it until you mentioned it. I do know that Google would like its Nexus devices to be much more open than they are, but can't get there without becoming a hardware manufacturer.)

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 252

If all life on earth was destroyed, there'd be one hell of a stable equilibrium, but probably not one many of us would like to occur.

If that were an even remotely-likely outcome, it would have happened. Life is extraordinarily good at surviving and evolving new equilibria.

Natural ecosystems can only be expected to be robust against perturbations they have faced regularly for a time, which usually doesn't include much of what humans do.

Meh, the history of life on this planet is one long series of massive, unexpected perturbations, ranging from ice ages so severe that the equatorial seas are covered with several meters of ice, to massive volcanic eruptions that block most global insolation for years, to massive meteor strikes. In addition, the ice core records show that the planet has undergone radical climate change (much faster and more extreme than what we're currently seeing) without any cause at all as far as we can detect, as recent as 60K years ago.

As long as we rely on nature to survive, we shouldn't scoff at the idea that our actions can have disastrous consequences on our own habitat.

Certainly. Equally, we shouldn't ignore the fact that doing nothing at all (assuming we could) will also have disastrous consequences on our own habitat. Earth changes all the time, in all sorts of ways. If we want stability we need to learn to actively engineer the planet.

Comment: Re: why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48939807) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Okay, but the issue you're complaining about (pocket muting or hanging up) should be impossible on proper hardware regardless of the screen lock status. So with that out of the way, you just disagree with the screen lock behavior. That's your prerogative, but I don't think it's clearly wrong.

Comment: Re:pot and kettle (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48939771) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system."

MS has a bunch of apps in the Play store. https://play.google.com/store/...

AFAIK, the only MS app Google has blocked was Microsoft's YouTube app, which violated the YouTube terms of service.

Yeah.. well, those "terms of service" was that they required Microsoft to implement their Youtube app in HTML5, while neither the iOS or Android Youtube app had such a requirement and was not implemented in HTML5.

As I recall it was about not making it easy for users to download copies of videos. I could be wrong.

Comment: Re: why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 262

by swillden (#48937619) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
The proximity sensor should make that impossible. Normally the proximity sensor detects when the phone is close you your head and turns off the touchscreen so you don't hang up or mute or whatever with your cheek. It should work equally well in a pocket... no need to muck about with locking. If your Android phone didn't do this, that's the fault of the hardware, not the OS.

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