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Comment: Just block them (Score 2) 130 130

One basic problem seems to be that repositories are providing downloads of known vulnerable components.

Once a bit of software has a known vulnerability, it should *immediately* be deleted from all repositories. Responsible developers will post a fix in a timely manner; hacks will wait weeks/months/years to update, Eventually people will move away from the badly written bits of software - because they aren't available. Problem solved.

Comment: Re:Not compatible with my Nexus 5 (Lollipop 5.1) (Score 2) 173 173

C++ for Android is an interesting challenge, because there are multiple processor types out there.

Remember when Apple was shipping MacOS for both Intel and PPC processors? C++ programs worked just fine. There's not much in computer science that hasn't already been solved.

Comment: Other reasons (Score 5, Insightful) 306 306

by sunderland56 (#49910439) Attached to: The Danger of Picking a Major Based On Where the Jobs Are
Seems like the biggest reason not to pick your career based on the economy is this: you'll probably won't like the job. So, instead of doing something you enjoy, you get to spend 50 years doing a job you hate. Now, if you guessed right, maybe you'll hate your job, but at least make some money. But if you guessed wrong - you'll have huge student loans to pay, and a lifetime of misery, all because you' placed money above your happiness.

Comment: Re:WTF are you trying to do, exactly? (Score 1) 99 99

"I use a laptop, but I rarely do local compute on it, only cloud-based stuff; so I'm willing to spend $400+ on a device that arbitrarily limits me to ONLY doing cloud stuff, and can never do any useful local compute if I need it".

Car analogy: I only use a maximum of 63 horsepower in my daily commute, so I'm going to go out and buy a brand new car with a 63 horsepower engine.

Comment: Free Car (Score 1) 290 290

by sunderland56 (#49407915) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?

So once I did the accounting system for a car dealership..... in short:

if ((firstname == EASTER_FIRST) && (lastname == EASTER_LAST))
        discount = EASTER_DISCOUNT;

and hey presto, if I bought a car there, instant 15% discount.

Bad news: It was a GM dealership. In other words.... it was *still* better to buy a Honda.

Comment: Define "harmful app" (Score 1) 91 91

An app that you don't want, is completely useless, that consumes storage space, but is not removable - that, to me, is harmful. By that measure, 99.9% of Android phones contain harmful apps.

Just wait until one of the cannot-be-uninstalled apps comes up with a major security vulnerability. That's going to be fun to watch.

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson