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Comment: Be careful. Updates might re-enable autoplay (Score 3, Informative) 131

by zizzybaloobah (#47823935) Attached to: Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone
I participate in the beta for the Android app. We've had several updates that re-enabled that feature. smdh. It boggles my mind that not only did FB think this was an important feature missing from their application, but so important that it needed to be enabled by default. smdh again.

Comment: it's missing important options for Verizon plans (Score 1) 91

by zizzybaloobah (#44527805) Attached to: Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts
The calculator assumes all phones on the plan will be smartphones. On Verizon, 'feature' phones are $19.99/month vs $30/month for smartphones. I have unlimited data, but if I buy a phone at the discounted price, I must switch to VZW's Share Everything plan. Under that plan, my monthly cost goes up $80-100/month, partly because of the expensive data plans, and partly because the feature phones on my plan jump from $9.99 - $19.99 a month. That's an extra $1900+ or more over the two year contract. If i keep my current plan, I could buy 2 or 3 phones off-contract and still save money, and still keep my unlimited data. In other words I can't afford to buy phones at the discounted, contact price. I have resolved that I will no longer be buying phones from Verizon. Ever.

Comment: Google "Mobile Device Management" (Score 1) 229

by zizzybaloobah (#40171869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?
You can choose from any number of Mobile Device Management solutions, most of which consist of keeping the business stuff in its own encrypted area separate from the personal stuff. These solutions are especially in BYOD (bring your own device) situations which are increasingly the norm as users either want to carry a single device or prefer their device to whatever the organization provides (typically Blackberry). RIM's MDM solution, and others have the ability to manage iOS, Android, Blackberry OS and other mobile environments. You get features like remote wipe, jailbreak detection etc. At work, we are migrating away from Blackberry at work to iOS (at least at first) and will likely include Android devices, as well as BYOD. It will mean a significant savings in support costs in the long run. If I can remember the name of the MDM solution we selected, I will post it here. Also, even if you don't like (or don't choose) Good's MDM solution, their website has a lot of good background information and white papers.

Comment: There is some truth in this article (Score 1) 525

by zizzybaloobah (#38970131) Attached to: RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"
"the Protect Intellectual Property Act (or PIPA) was carefully devised, with nearly unanimous bipartisan support" YES! It was indeed carefully devised. It had all the bipartisan support that MPAA, RIAA, and entertainment money could buy, and the exclusion of opposition testimony from legislative hearings. So there you have it. A broken watch telling the correct time.

Comment: Obama doing his usual thing (Score 2) 517

by zizzybaloobah (#38701696) Attached to: White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN
This is Obama playing both sides of the fence. I recently read an article that aptly articulated Obama's modus operandi for issues like this, where he needs to placate the opposition, esp. when it comes from those within his own party: Issue statement via WH staff or other outlets without actually saying anything himself. In this case, the 'White House statement' attempts to placate SOPA opponents, but without Obama himself actually saying anything himself that might be an offense toward the big money interests (i.e. Hollywood, the MPAA, etc., and their deep-pocketed lobbyists) he can't risk losing, especially in an election year.

Comment: Google has been very speedy supporting this (Score 2) 125

Even though it is a HUGE requirement for anybody that wants to use Android on WiFi behind a proxy. It was a top-five issue for some time on the Android Issues forum (http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1273), with nary a word from Google. Lots of work-arounds are discussed in that thread, none of them worked for me using an original Droid, or the original Nexus phone. Finally Honeycomb 3.1 was released and finally added support (see http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.1-highlights.html#UserFeatures - search for the word 'proxy'). Too bad if you didn't have a tablet. Hopefully this will be included in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) which will be loaded on both tablets and smartphones.

Even with the Honeycomb support for WiFi Proxy, apps or may not be able to take advantage of the new proxy support, and might have to be updated (at least at that time, that was case). Common example: set a proxy on your XOOM and your could browse the internet, but the mail app, and other apps that relied on http connectivity, would not necessarily work without modification by the developer).

Motorola (and perhaps other manufacturers) have included proxy support in their phones. My Bionic has it, but I no longer need it, and haven't tested it. I'm not sure who else provides it. I think some of the other tablets, may be the Galaxy Tab include a way to set the proxy, but again, if the app doesn't know how to take advantage of it, it's gains you nothing, beyond web browsing.

Even the oldest of Blackberries I used supported proxy settings on WiFi. It boggles my mind that Google would allow such a glaring omission to last for such a long time, especially when it has a huge effect on Android's adoption in the enterprise.

Comment: Android doesn't meet many enterprise requirenents (Score 1) 197

by zizzybaloobah (#36635000) Attached to: RIM Responds To an Employee's Open Letter
Android, while it may offer an improved UI, and more/better apps, it doesn't meet many needs of the enterprise:
  • Security and encryption
  • Enterprise device management
  • Intranet access

These are things that have always set Blackberry devices apart, and both iOS and Android are still playing catch-up. What would be nice is if RIM could make Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) deliver all the benefits to iOS and Android devices also. But even here, Good Mobile Messaging (GMM) has already become well-known for providing enterprise features across a wide-array of mobile devices.

Comment: They had the secret to Android success (Score 2) 384

and have ignored it. The original Droid (which I bought the day it was available, and still use) put Moto on the Android map, and yet they have done everything they can to vary from the things that made this device a huge success: No Motoblur, no locked and/or encrypted bootloaders, and a mostly vanilla Android experience. One need only read most any Android forum to see how many people regret 'upgrading' from the Droid 1 to another Moto device. I know I was originally excited to hear about new Moto Android phones such as the DroidX and Droid Pro, then being supremely underwhelmed with the devices' performance. The hardware was either improved or virtually unchanged, leaving the main difference: Motoblur, and loads of bloatware. Jha should get his own Motoblur house in order before he starts critcizing other apps for degrading the Android experience.

Comment: Involved in BHO's re-election campaign? really?! (Score 1) 252

by zizzybaloobah (#36309132) Attached to: Google's Schmidt Says He 'Screwed Up' On Social Networking
He says Google worries about dictators and governments using Google technology for the wrong reasons, then says he'll be heavily involved in Obama's re-election campaign. wtf?! Obama has not only continued many of the horrendous abuses initiated by Bush, but has gone extraordinarily further in creating an imperial Presidency. He has claimed the right to assassinate U.S. citizens without charges or trial, and he has continued to erode our Constitutional rights through signing of the Patriot Act, and also his 'secret interpretations' of it (which are not subject to the scrutiny of even the courts, much less 'we the people').

Comment: Does Princeton not requires use of proxy servers? (Score 1) 309

by zizzybaloobah (#35868114) Attached to: Bug Forces Android Devices Off Princeton Campus Network
My understanding is most enterprise and educational policies requires the use of a proxy, which oddly enough, is a feature that has been ignored by Google. The lack of proxy settings for WiFi has been the #4 Android issue for over two years now, w/no official response from Google (http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=1273). As you can see from almost 1500 responses, proxy support is a key prerequisite of using Android in the enterprise. It's been on other devices for years. and even in Gingerbread and Honeycomb, it's still not there. A select few manufacturers have modded into their phones, and even if you root Android to get proxy support, many apps still won't work. You'd think Google would be making this a priority instead of handing over all that market share to Apple.

Comment: Death by a thousand scans (Score 1) 890

by zizzybaloobah (#34332364) Attached to: Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems
Here is my daily commute (from Baltimore to a government building in DC): light rail to train station, train to DC, walk to government building. Reverse in the PM. If they start scanning public transportation, that means at least 2 scans a day for me, even more if they start doing light rail. But it won't stop there, because the next vulnerable perimeter needs to be protected, so they'll surely start using these scanners in buildings and public spaces. Now we're up to multiple scans per day. Considering I travel between two very busy train stations, first of all, my commuting time increases significantly to account for the extra screening (which doesn't happen now at all, so any screening of any kind will impose a burden). Secondly, these devices that are supposedly safe (but everything I read indicates that actual exposure can far exceed what is considered 'standard'). Even at 'safe' levels, how many scans per day til you cross into dangerous territory? Don't forget that these scans are ineffective for any number of reasons, as are the alternative gropings. All this expense, frustration, and exposure for very little (if any) benefit (beyond subjugating the masses of course). Clearly there are forces at work here attempting to accomplish something -- but it ain't the safety and welfare of Americans.

Comment: I totally agree with you (Score 1) 1268

by zizzybaloobah (#33240352) Attached to: US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign
I have a degree in Mathematics Education, and daughter just starting her sophomore year in college. 12+ years of figuring out what they were trying to ask from kindergarten phonics workbooks to high school algebra and pre-calculus. I can't begin to describe how many times when I was asked to help w/homework only to be met with cries of 'we can't do it that way', 'if I do it that way, it won't count', 'that how my teacher said to do it'. wtf are they trying to do and who came up w/these cockamamie teaching methods?

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