So open the thing up already, or 'jailbreak' in that silly apple-related lingo. Why subject yourself to the whims of a for-profit company which clearly has its sights set on your 'ancient' hardware, ready to pull the trigger? Make a backup which *you* can restore without any interference by them. Take a sledgehammer to that wall surrounding the garden before winter strips it of its fruit...
Then again, you can buy many Android tablets for the price of a fruitpad. While you are often guaranteed not to get any software updates *from the vendor* for these things, you are free to drop whatever custom distribution from the 'net on them. As the hardware in these things often is not that dissimilar to others using the same SoC it is fairly easy to create a new port. I made one for an rk3066-based tablet in less than a day. That tablet can be had for the price of less than 1/4 of a similar apple tablet.
In short, while apple might excel when it comes to creating a solid product which is likely to be supported for a few years, they fail when it comes to pricing that product and allowing their customers to use their (the customers') purchase in any way they please.
If these comparisons make you think of an earlier example of apple tightening the thumbscrews a tad to far you're right. It is quite comparable to the early PC scene vs Mac heads. Back then the clones won the war...
If pilots are doing 500+kts at altitudes reachable by grasshoppers, I'd be worried about the dents caused by trees. And small children.
You could encounter a grasshopper flying at more than 700 m so this is not that strange. Stranger is that it only leaves a dent in the leading edge, I'd have expected more damage...
Usually this can be remedied using remote control (VNC et al). If remote control from Windows does not cut it, use remote control from a Linux boot disk/stick - next time you visit your parents bring one and configure the PC to boot from it when present. This gives you full access to the machine. Don't subject your parents to the whims of those 'computer repair shops' unless you know for sure that the shop they'll take it to is legitimate. Yes, it takes some time to help. No, you should not feel the need to do this for all your friends.
This also works for Android devices by the way, handy to know in case they decide to get a tablet and manage to mess that up. Just connect the thing to the PC and access it through adb and/or a remote control program like teamviewer.
My parents live in another country yet I still manage to help them from the midst of the Swedish forests...
The rise of China is one of the great humanitarian stories in history
Don't you have that somewhat backward? China used to be pretty advanced compared to most other parts of the world for a long time. They lost this advance due to many reasons, eventually culminating in the wars which led to the communist takeover and the series of tragedies that followed (cultural revolution, etc). While the party in control of China still calls itself communist they don't have much in common with what Marx et al philosophized about. Maybe China will eventually be more advanced than the surrounding countries again, maybe not - time will tell.
At this point, I consider all Android or iOS (but especially Android) devices untrusted.
Why trust a closed system more than a partly open system? On Android you can at least verify and adapt the open part of the system. On iOS you are completely at the mercy of Apple, a company which might gain favours (like presidential veto's, lenient judges, stacked juries...) or lose them. While Google might be under the same pressure, at least you don't have to trust as you can verify...
The uncanny valley also seems to cover religious doctrines - any religion which is almost, but not quite like theirs is the spawn of Satan, in this case literally. It is a sad state of affairs when Homo Sapiens Sapiens - the 'thinking thinking humanoid' deliberately avoids using that brain power and instead ruts for whatever 'ultimate truth' their tribal elders have burdened them with. Thinking man, indeed.
It is rather incomprehensible that
Quoting F*SSpatents on patent issues is like quoting McDonalds on healthy eating habits or deBeers on the real value of diamonds. Maybe a warning could be added for the unwary?
'-SLASHDOT WARNS THAT READING F*SSPATENTS IS KNOWN TO CAUSE TEMPORAL DISTORTION OF TRUTH-'
Nope, it is spelled Bering Strait, named after Vitus Bering, a Danish-born Russian explorer.
we are heavily armed and educated. Everything we need to track down and hang the 1%.
Whoa there, with talk like that you'll soon find yourself on the business end of a pair of 'FBI special investigators'. I don't know what is more threatening to them in your call to action but I suspect the 'heavily educated' bit makes 'm chomp at the bit for adding your name to an alphabet soup of watch lists. No more fairground rides for subversive you!
That app better also recognize gangsta rap glorifying crime... and hate preachers of any denomination...
To make it perfect, add Justin Bieber to the list to make the world a safer place for all mankind.
Now excuse me while I'm trying my hand at the latest North-Korean hit songs entitled "We Shall Hold Bayonets More Firmly" and "The Joy of Bumper Harvest Overflows Amidst the Song of Mechanisation"...
Cases are for iPhones and similarly fragile design statements - a phone should not need one. This does put some constraints on the freedom the designers have - no glass to the edge, a buffer zone between fragile materials and the casing (which should not be made of a fragile material), etc. As the phone is first and foremost a tool this is not an unreasonable restriction.
We use Motorola Defy phones here on the farm. They seem to survive just fine without needing a case. They look rather similar to most touchscreen phones so the compromises needed for survivability are not that onerous.
Nonsense. The source is there, anything can be disabled, changed, added. The only thing keeping Android from being completely open is the amount of blob code needed to access device-specific hardware. Google has as much control over your phone as you want, from 'none at all' to 'they know who I'm about to meet'. The choice is yours.
The KK launcher ('home screen app') in Google apps is built around Google search. Don't want it? Just use another launcher, there is one for every need, some of them free software, others closed. The choice, again, is yours.
Play services does not equate Android, nor does Android need it. My Android-based devices do fine without any Google apps. While I mostly push stuff to them through adb (the Android Debug Bridge) I also have FDroid (an alternative, all-free-software) repository installed 'just in case'. Everything works fine. I build the distribution myself - except for the rather large quantity of binary blobs needed by the hardware, alas - and install it myself, disabling stuff I don't want (ThrottleService in ServiceManager, FM radio transmission, etc).
While Android has its quirks it is still an open system. the Google apps are not open but they are not necessary either, alternatives for just about any service they provide abound. The source is there for you to peruse, modify, build and distribute. The binary blobs are annoying and often a source of bugs and battery drain and most likely full of holes which enable the TLA to listen in on anything you do so if you want to tackle a *real* problem go ahead.
As to whether Google will start to use patents the way Apple and Microsoft do remains to be seen. Thus far they have not used them offensively unlike Microsoft and Apple (and many others). Microsoft and Apple abuse patents, Google thus fas has not done so. Yes, I intentionally write Microsoft and Apple in full rather than stating 'they' have abused patents because the fact is that Microsoft and Apple abuse patents while Google has not done this so far. They might start at any time but they have not thus far. The sheer amount of Google bashing going on on just about any venue in any language I read lately is flabbergasting, as to whether it is just performed by mindless trolls or by paid shills I don't know but they all have in common that they seem to ignore the real and present patent abuse by Microsoft and Apple while they try to portray anything done by Google in a bad light.
Notice that I advocate to remove Google services from your Android device so it does not make sense to start claiming I'm just another 'F-android' or some similar straw man. I keep my friends close and my enemies closer.
Liars - such as those who accuse others of misdeeds performed by the likes of Microsoft and Apple are neither friends nor enemies. They are just unwelcome.
With a sign reading 'beware of the leopard' on the door, I assume?