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Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 1) 130

by gumbi west (#49186109) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

You could say I consented to Chrome being installed (it can't be uninstalled) but not connecting to that is the same as having an android device that is a brick.

"On the other hand, a lot of the 'control' over privacy in Apple products is directly in the hands of Apple, and there is no guarantee Apple will stay friendly."

Uh, all of the control is in Apple's hands, and I'd rather have the device that is currently friendly then the device that is currently taking a crap on me and laughing.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word.... (Score 1) 425

I knew of these but don't like them. It's really shitty to think that one would have to root the phone to get it to work at all correctly. I'm concerned about the security implications of installing non google play software and rooting the phone are also not trivial and I want to do things in my life other than fix a phone that was sent to me broken.

In other words, buying an iPhone is a more attractive option than this.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word.... (Score 1) 425

I'm an android user but I really hate the OS. About 1/4 of my apps (the ones I can't uninstall) require me to grant them the right to record voice without notifying me. It's really shitty. On the iPhone I'm in control of privacy, on Android, google is. But, I do use it because I pay a lot less for the service.

Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 2) 130

by gumbi west (#49090981) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Try anyone with an Android phone. On the play store, every google app (and several others) require the ability to record audio and video without your consent--and unlike iOS, you can't adjust the privacy app by app, permission by permission. We all know iOS isn't perfect, but they are way ahead of Google on privacy.

Comment: Re:One small problem... okay, two: (Score 1) 73

by gumbi west (#49070717) Attached to: Cellphone Start-Ups Handle Calls With Wi-Fi

I use republic and I have no such problem. At work, I use a password, and home, I use a password. But it really doesn't matter, Republic charges me $10 per month (maybe $11 or $12 with taxes?) and I still get unlimited calls and texts. If I upgraded to 3G, I'd be paying $25 (I think just under $30 with taxes).

Comment: Re: Backpedalled? (Score 2) 740

by gumbi west (#48964681) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

I would hope that claim of an allergy would have to be backed by a doctor to be viewed as worth anything. That said, I had one doctor tell me that my child was allergic to penicillin only to have another say that the presentation was all wrong and that he wasn't. The second was so sure he put my child right back on penicillin and he was, apparently, correct. Good thing too, you can get into taking some really nasty drugs (in terms of side effects / mortality rates) if you are allergic to penicillin.

Comment: Re:R wont run on linux soon (Score 1) 105

That's pretty good evidence that there is some relationship, you are right.

However, R is developed by a team out of the University of Wisconsin Statistics Department, lead by Doug Bates. I believe that the team at UW, not GNU, makes decisions about the direction for R's future development.

Nevertheless, your original point stands and I agree with you that I don't see that team moving from linux any time soon.

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