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Submission + - Nokia Dismantling It's Smartphones (

DonZorro writes: Nokia Dismantles and Moves Symbian Software Team to Accenture. This is the perfect formula to kill a viable product that has great potential. So the Symbian OS Development Team are moved to Accenture payroll, while the Symbian OS Intellectual Property is left to rot within Nokia. Too bad that current smartphone OS now presume that the user data belongs to the company, while Symbian OS model has been to allow the device owner total control over their own data. You've already bought your phone, why should your personal data (location and browsing pattern, etc.) be sent back to the phone manufacturer?

Comment Nokia must get Qt onto WP and S40 (Score 2) 95

Nokia has been kicking developers around for the past couple years.

and then developers were promised that Qt would allow great portability. Qt showed great potential.
Now, when developers started to invest considerable time with Qt, Nokia sends mixed signals or releases statements that are plausibly deniable about their commitment to Qt and Symbian's future.
Elop issued the burning platform memo to condemn Symbian, instead of allowing staff to work through the Symbian UX issues.
Recent releases and updates have shown considerable improvement with Symbian UX issues, just when the CEO gives a strategy to turn the big Nokia ship into the Microsoft vortex or whirlpool.

Developers need Qt as the life raft or life jacket to help them stay afloat in these turbulent waters.
Nokia should get Qt to be supported on WP and S40 phones.

Without any such concrete action from Nokia, most developers will move to Android or another platform.


Submission + - Ripple effects of China net censorship (

DonZorro writes: China was almost officially accused of manipulating international net traffic in the Nov 2010 report to Congress about the US-China Economic and Security Review.
The report is also covered by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal
In early 2010, two incidents demonstrated that China has the ability to substantially manipulate data flows on the Internet. First, for several days in March, China'(TM)s Internet controls censored U.S. Internet users. Second, in April, a Chinese Internet service provider briefly hijacked a large volume of Internet traffic. Com- puter security researchers observed both incidents but were not able to say conclusively whether the actions were intentional. Nonetheless, each incident demonstrates a capability that could possibly be used for malicious purposes.
"If a server in an out-of-the-way location, such as China, advertised a route that claimed to be the most efficient path to transfer data from California to Texas, other servers in the transaction might well pass those data across the Pacific for a hop in Beijing before the data ultimately reached their intended destination. While in Beijing, those data could conceivably be monitored, censored, or replaced with other data. This could take place quickly enough to go unnoticed by the computer user."
"Perhaps most disconcertingly, as a result of the diffusion of Inter- net security certification authorities, control over diverted data could possibly allow a telecommunications firm to compromise the integrity of supposedly secure encrypted sessions."
For a brief explanation of the vulnerabilities associated with the current Internet certificate authority regime, see Danny O'(TM)Brien, "The Internet's Secret Back Door", Slate, August 27, 2010.


Submission + - Google Execs Spared Extradition To Thailand

DonZorro writes: Apparently Google execs know the fear of extradition, Thailand has an extradition treaty with the US for criminal offences. TechTree reports the near closure of a month long battle between Thai authorities trying to enforce lese majeste laws via the criminal justice system. The Register reports another lawsuit by the English Football Association to enforce copyright laws.
There is great contrast in laws that value copyright (the right of the publisher to copy an artist's work) and laws that value respect (Thai people hold their King in high regard). Also, laws that value privacy would presumably prevent Thai police from obtaining the ip address of the insulting videos Bangkok Post

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