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Comment: Disapproval of creativity as expressed in copyrigh (Score 1) 71

by tepples (#48201101) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?
Asimov wrote:

The world in general disapproves of creativity

We can see evidence of this in how copyright treats derivative works. All works build on other works, as Asimov wrote when he described connecting A to B to C, yet some forms of such building are forbidden by law.

Comment: Re:android = windows (Score 1) 109

by tepples (#48196219) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Show me a single app that will work on one of these versions but not the others.

Any application that requires Windows XP Mode, SUA, or more than 16 GB of RAM will work only on Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate according to this table. So does any application that is accessed remotely through Remote Desktop.

Comment: Re:android = windows (Score 3) 109

by tepples (#48195899) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files
If the malware didn't need root to enable itself as a device admin, then you don't need root to disable it. Most Android malware that makes the news is not the alleged "malware" installed by carriers, and besides, that's easily avoidable by buying Nexus or Google Play Edition devices and avoiding VZW and Sprint.

Comment: PPA (Score 2) 109

by tepples (#48195879) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Because that is putting time and effort into developing features to support competitors.

Canonical put time and effort into the Personal Package Archive system, which supports competitors to the official Ubuntu repository. Each PPA is a Debian repository with a public key to verify packages, and a Canonical-managed PKI ties them together. True, a lot of that comes from the Debian project, but Canonical still polished it into PPAs starting in Ubuntu 9.10.

Comment: Re:So you have to install an app... (Score 1) 109

by tepples (#48195783) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files
Yet because Apple rejects useful applications such as MozStumbler and any web browser that isn't a Safari wrapper, users end up having to deal with a platform that allows use of unsigned binaries without payment of a recurring fee to the operating system publisher. They have nothing to do with each other technically and everything to do with each other politically.

Comment: Showing how they're equally fragmented (Score 3, Insightful) 109

by tepples (#48195735) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

My laptop came with Window 8, which has a radically different interface

You could always install Classic Shell, an aftermarket launcher for Windows, to put the S back in Window 8.1 and give you an interface that's closer to Windows 7. Android likewise has aftermarket launchers.

of course I pulled out the HDD, installed an SSD and put Linux on it

Which is like installing a custom ROM on an Android device: there's ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY that all peripherals will be supported. I still haven't got my laptop's Bluetooth working in Xubuntu.

Oh, and there's 32-bit and 64-bit

And ARM vs. MIPS vs. Atom.

and Home and Pro and Basic and Ultimate and...

That's more a matter of which OS component repositories you're allowed to access than actual OS fragmentation.

Comment: Re:This sounds rather convoluted (Score 1) 109

by tepples (#48195643) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

I don't get why they think people would believe they need to open some random app just to view an image...

Because not all images are single-layer PNG or JPEG. There exist a lot of image formats a viewer for which is not included with all major operating systems. Compare to a common tactic used by Windows trojans: a web site displays a video with an "unsupported codec" and then ships the trojan disguised as a codec installer. Does Windows even come with a PDF viewer?

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