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Comment Re:Google Response (Score 1) 245

Yeah, nice DoubleSpeak, that.

"We don't collect the data..." vs. "We only collect the data when..."

Yeahrightsure. And you only get the option to "Opt In/Out" when you initially set-up the system.

Yeah, buddy. I feel SO much safer now...

Comment Re:What I'd Like To See (Score 1) 245

is things do one thing well. You know, that old UNIX tenet. It nicely extrapolates to life as well.

I'd really like to see a mobile device that is not tied to any ecosystem. I've rather grown tired of Apple, Google, and Microsoft sticking their noses where they don't belong. I really do hope Blackberry can make a comeback. I miss the relative privacy of a Blackberry.

I don't know about the rest of them, but leave Apple out of it, willya? They simply DON'T do that shit, and when they do, they at least give Users a nice, GUI way to turn it off.

Prove me wrong, or GTFO.

Comment Re:Not necessarily malice (Score 1) 245

For some values, it would make sense for Google to not just collect, but also use it. Google Maps is commonly used for navigation. One of its useful features is its predictive ETA based on live traffic data. Collecting speed and location gives data to feed that model and give better accuracy on current traffic conditions in a given area. I'd say that's a good use of it, as long as it's anonymized.

Which of course neatly explains things like Coolant Temp.

Coolant Temp?!? WTF, Over???

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 2) 245

But you kinda-sorta already know Apple's been angling at the "you're not the product" aspect for privacy the past couple of years or so as a way to compete with Google.

You're mistaken.

Although Apple has come to realize that they can "Market" their Privacy Policy, it was already in place long before people started getting sensitive to being data-raped continuously.

Apple sells hardware (primarily). They have no need nor interest in monetizing your data. And they freely admit that "iAd" is the (really, really miniscule) exception to that rule.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score -1, Redundant) 245

Information about the car is what CONSUMERS want. Google is asking for it because we are asking for it.

Umm, no. Google is asking for it because Google's CUSTOMERS want it.

Hint: You are NOT a Google customer. You are Google's PRODUCT.

Google's CUSTOMERS are INTERNET ADVERTISERS looking to strip mine your life for data.

Google's business model is to turn your privacy upside down, shake the shit out of it, and collect everything and anything that falls out.

Then they go through your privacy's pockets looking for loose change because it's completely dead.


Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 2, Insightful) 245

Yeah. This is useful for lots of automated diagnostics functions.

Also, SOME of that data (not all of it) is highly beneficial for augmenting navigation systems (most notably, vehicle speedometer and steering position). Google even explicitly mentioned how this data would be used by Android Auto in a presentation somewhere (I don't have the link to it now...) It's hinted at a bit past one minute in to but I'm fairly certain I saw a presentation somewhere explicitly stating that vehicle GPS, steering position, and wheel speed would be used for location sensor fusion.

Yeah, everyone wants minute by minute logging of their Coolant Temperature and Throttle Position.

If that was Apple, Slashdot's Apple-Haters would be setting the Internets on fire with the hate-posts.

Comment Re:Continuum - Finally (Score 1) 79

That was the LapDock which ran a (crippled) Desktop Linux distro when you put the phone in the dock. The dock itself supposedly was useful for turning Raspbery Pi's into fully functional laptops when they went on clearance, but unfortunately I broke my HDMI connector on the dock and only got to try that for a few minutes . . .

Niiiice. (Not!)

Things like that make you wonder how they ever get off the lab bench.

Comment Re: Continuum - Finally (Score 0) 79

Nope. They did not advertise a Windows PC in your pocket. There was also Playbook which was the most poorly designed device ever. The only really bad part of this device is that it runs universal apps. I'm coding one now and am finding file system access poorly documented and confusing. Pretty sure I'll sort it out

So, MS has a couple of DECADES of Failed Tablets that tried to run full WIndows. Apple comes out with the iPad, that had a purpose-built OS and Apps, and it sells like gangbusters.

So what does MS do? They repeat the same failed experiment, and expect a different result.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen