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Comment: Re:Hardware Companies & Telecoms Have Too Much (Score 1) 79

by tepples (#49823879) Attached to: LG Arbitrarily Denying Android Lollipop Update To the G2 In Canada?

US Carriers can now hold up the over-the-air updates for Nexus.

Then buy the phone from someone other than a cellular carrier, and remove the SIM card when checking for updates over Wi-Fi. If neither the carrier-customized firmware nor a SIM card is present, what connection does the phone have to any carrier that would give the carrier power to hold up updates?

Comment: The phone's owner has a copy of the binary (Score 1) 79

by tepples (#49823839) Attached to: LG Arbitrarily Denying Android Lollipop Update To the G2 In Canada?

Tivoization refers to having source code but being unable to install it due to a locked bootloader. It does not refer to lacking source code in the first place. The owner of an Android phone already possesses a copy of the executable kernel on a flash memory soldered to the phone's PCB. This means that under the GPL, the phone's owner is entitled to a copy of the kernel's source code. The obligation to distribute corresponding source code to "any third party" if it does not accompany the executable was present already in the GPLv2.

Comment: Bug the manager to get it fixed (Score 1) 407

by tepples (#49822959) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

Wallmart and places used to have terminals setup in store for this but those are long gone - or still sitting there broken and never fixed.

Then be a squeaky wheel. Call the manager daily and recite the following script each time: "Hi, my name is [name], and I am interested in working at [address of store]. I noticed that the employment application terminal at that store was out of service on [date of last visit]. Has it been fixed yet?"

Comment: Subscription is broken (Score 1) 118

by tepples (#49822739) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

Slashdot used to offer HTTPS to subscribers, at a price of half a cent per page view (source: FAQ). But the subscription page is not only well hidden but also unavailable: "Buying or gifting of a new subscription is not available at the moment." The reason it was for subscribers only was that most advertising networks were HTTP-only, and browsers would block HTTP ads in HTTPS pages as "mixed content". Only in the past couple years did ad networks start to offer HTTPS.

Comment: StartSSL issues free S/MIME certs (Score 1) 118

by tepples (#49822649) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

CA-issued keys typically cost money

StartSSL issues individual S/MIME certificates without charge.

PGP is hardly common as it is, but it's likely more so than S/MIME.

Perhaps it's uncommon because its proponents have failed to give a clear answer to this question: If someone doesn't regularly fly to key signing parties, how should he get his PGP key signed into the strongly connected subset of the web of trust?

Comment: Re:Essential? really? (Score 1) 407

by tepples (#49822101) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

County libraries near me are open until 6pm MWF

So how should someone who gets off work at 5:00 catch a bus there and have time to do any substantial self-education or search for a better job? Using the Internet only on Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings isn't very helpful because potential employers who send a message on Friday morning usually expect a reply before Tuesday night.

along with all day Saturday

The county library branch near me is closed on Saturdays from late May through the end of August. (Source: acpl.info)

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