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Comment Re:Android versions prior to Jelly Bean, version 4 (Score 1) 166 166

1. There is no company called "iPhone".

The legal name of the company is Apple Inc. It has the authority to update system software on iPhone and iPad brand devices. When people refer to "iPhone", they refer to the division of Apple responsible for iOS updates.

Just like there is no company called "Android".

A company called Google Inc. acquired a company called Android Inc. But there is no one entity with authority to update system software on devices. This is delegated to device manufacturers (for Wi-Fi-only tablets) or to carriers (for phones and tablets supporting cellular data service).

Comment Discrimination against ex-felons (Score 1) 132 132

Yesterday I just got my first ex-felon to mysteriously add me to his G+ circles via youtube

"Ex-felon" means he's not a felon anymore. He's done his time; he's rehabilitated. Why should society give him what amounts to a life sentence?

Comment Android 2 vs. Android 4 (Score 1) 132 132

Android Market in Android 2 required specifically a Gmail account and gave the "aeris@example.com does not use Gmail. Add Gmail to your Google account" registration for a Google account associated to any other email address. Google Play Store in Android 4 or later allows use of any Google account but requires a Google+ profile in order to leave a review of an app.

Comment Bootstrapping reputation (Score 1) 132 132

I'd like to see a responsibility system put in place. Something like Stackexchange where it is easy to have an account, but you have to earn privileges to post or comment

According to this walkthrough of Stack Exchange, you first earn 10 by improving formatting or grammar in five posts. This gives "participate in meta", allowing you to ask for clarification of a site's scope, and "remove new user restrictions", allowing you to cite sources in questions and answers, provide screenshots in questions and answers if necessary, and answer protected questions. Then you earn 40 more by providing useful answers to a couple questions. This gives "comment everywhere".

In your vision of ResponsibleTube, how would a new user go about earning enough points to comment? Would initial reputation be based on an invite tree (like the field trials of Orkut, Gmail, and Google+), a valid enrollment in higher education (like the field trial of Facebook), a valid subscription to mobile phone service (like Yahoo! and current Gmail), or a months-long waitlist (like Google Contributor)?

Comment Re:Keeping a roof over game developers' heads (Score 1) 76 76

If you bought a TV, and the first thing it did was prompt for your credit card, would you actually do that?

Perhaps if it was a device specifically intended for use with electronically purchased copies of works of authorship, not a device primarily intended to decode and display HDMI or ATSC signals. A Kindle reader, for example, needs an Amazon account.

Comment Does British Petroleum follow best practices? (Score 1) 324 324

Setup with a noVNC web interfaces, and sshkey management in the web management panel (so users can employ their personal ssh keys post-deployment

[Unbalanced parentheses.] Which guide to configuring keys in popular SSH clients does your documentation link to?

However I was (redundantly) asking why someone who calls themselves a security professional and system administrator does not follow BP.

Because BP got hacked by Chinese? Naaah.

Comment Keeping a roof over game developers' heads (Score 2) 76 76

They promised [...] freedom [...] for everyone to develop.

When I finally got mine, I turned it on and the first thing it did was ask for my credit card number. Tried to skip it but it was not possible.

If no one is willing to pay for games, then how should everyone keep a roof over their heads while developing games? Or by "freedom" did you mean free as in FSF, with all games having DFSG-free code and assets?

Comment Re:Mobile password entry; acting on user's behalf (Score 1) 324 324

the user won't need to type in that 60-character password on their mobile device. The user can just unlock the password manager and paste in the saved password.

How would the user get the long password into the mobile device's password manager in the first place?

The password manager should run on the user's own PC

Provided the user has an own PC. Good luck logging in at a public library or Internet cafe.

If an app needs to perform an action on behalf of a user, it should get its own distinct, revocable API key.

And store this "own distinct, revocable API key" in what secure manner? Client applications distributed as free software have already run into problems with how to store an OAuth 1.0a or 2.0 client ID and client secret.

Comment 128 different apps (Score 1) 229 229

Yes, and how many of those apps ask for a copy of your address book ? I don't mind sharing if needed for a function, web privacy being a lost cause, but if you want to d/l my 5000 plus contact professional contact list, uh, NO.

Some people want to use a function that requires location; others don't. Some people want to use a function that requires the address book; others don't. If there are seven different permissions that can be used by an optional function, do you expect the developer to make 2^7 = 128 different apps, one for each specific combination of optional functions?

Comment It's about physical size (Score 1) 229 229

A 1024x600 pixel netbook's screen is still physically larger than those phones. To actually read text on those without changing the layout, you'd need a magnifying glass. This is why the web browsers on these devices tend to interpret CSS 1px as 1.5, 2, or 3 actual pixels.

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