i have seen code where the comments were pretty much a discussion between developers over years. some comments were full arguments or mocking at somebody else's code.
i don't have amazon's claws in my phone. i have one app from them - app store.
In the past, you HAD to agree to permissions before installation. (unless you used cyanogenmod)
now, in Android 6.0, it disallows everything and asks you the first time it needs to access something. if you grant the permission, it is granted until you manually revoke it. if you deny it, it is denied until next time. if you deny it second time, it is denied forever (or until you manually grant it again).
i gave up on gapps (apps for google services). i run cyanogenmod without gapps with f-droid and amazon as my two package sources. if i need something from play store, i download it manually using RACCOON and install the apk. i use caldav-sync and carddav-sync to sync with google contacts and calendars.
It is a radical improvement to my life. No google tracking, longer battery life, fast bootup, longer battery life, phone uses less memory and i have a longer battery life.
Google do this all the time. EVERY EFFING TIME you install an application from non google-play source, it asks whether you'd like google to scan your applications for potential threats. there's no "Decline forever" option. google treat themselves differently.
I mostly don't care what terminal i use (i slightly prefer yakuake) as long as there is a font that looks good and a cursor that doesn't annoy me. I like the default terminal font OS X uses and love the red semitransparent cursor ChromeOS has. In fact, ChromeOS terminal also has a good font but OSX's is better. Does anybody know the name of that font?
The other font i'd want in my terminals is the pre-framebuffer-era vty font we all used. What's was that called?
i've tried cathode. once the novelty wore off and there were no more people around to show it off to, i stopped using it because of the same reasons we stopped using flickering monochrome CRT monitors.
every time i run gnome, i eventually start missing yakuake, so i install guake. and i'm always disappointed. inability to resize on the fly (with key combo), inability to split terminal horizontally and vertically, inability to rename tabs to something meaningful (and for the tab names to STAY that way).
i don't think you can make any money at those piracy levels. they way he described it was they ended up with loads of unfavourable reviews from people who didn't purchase the software and didn't use the latest version. people who were using buggy, malware ridden old versions were the loudest to complain.
a few months ago i watched a part of an interview with a CTO of a navigation software company (they have apps for ios/android/blackberry/wp8). i think it was Sygic but i'm not sure now. he said 92% of all android installations of their software were pirated vs a completely negligible percentile on iOS. they get telemetry data from the app so they know exact numbers. he also said that historically, the worst piracy was on symbian.
if i was getting such levels of piracy on my app, i'd just give up on that platform. with android 4.1, google announced paid applications will have apks encrypted with device specific keys so they can't be pirated but this is either not being used by many apps or somehow being circumvented. perhaps somebody could enlighten me?
i have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (very old in phone terms). i installed cyanogenmod 12.1 without gapps and use amazon appmarket for apps with caldav-sync and carddav-sync to sync with my google calendars/contacts. My phone boots up in 7 seconds unencrypted and 26 encrypted - that includes me typing encryption password. Battery now lasts 3 days instead of one.
If i need an app that's only available in google playstore, i use free java program called 'raccoon' to download it and install it manually. http://www.onyxbits.de/raccoon
have you clicked and read the descriptions of ANY of those? osx has had just as many of these "viruses that require the user to be stupid AND do most of the virus' work".
btw, does "flashback" ring any bells? it forced apple to remove the "doesn't get pc viruses" from its "why you'll love a mac" page.
let us not forget big iron also uses snapshots. thus making this encrypting thingy almost a non-problem.
The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison