...is not so good. Such an app store is more likely to abuse developers than Apple or Google (who themselves are no angels).
...Some Samsung executives saw a path for boosting profits by boldly and illegally fixing prices with competitors in some of their top businesses... competitors secretly got together in what they called “Glass Meetings” at hotels and resorts around the world... Samsung was fined $32 million in the U.S., $21.5 million in South Korea, and $197 million by the European Commission.
..but by 2006 the L.C.D. jig was up. Rumors began circulating among the conspirators that one of the victims of their crime—a company they referred to by the code name NYer—suspected that the suppliers were rigging prices. And Samsung executives presumably feared that NYer could spark a criminal investigation by the U.S. government; after all, NYer—in reality Apple Inc.—was pretty powerful. Samsung ran to the Justice Department under an anti-trust leniency program and ratted out its co-conspirators. But that didn’t lessen the pain much—the company was still forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle claims against it by state attorneys general and direct purchasers of L.C.D.’s.
...The decision to fess up to the L.C.D. scheme may not have been driven just by Apple’s suspicions. Samsung was already in law enforcement’s sights: sometime earlier a co-conspirator in another criminal price-fixing conspiracy had given up Samsung. That scheme, beginning in 1999, involved Samsung’s huge business for dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM, which is used in computer memories. In 2005, after it was caught, Samsung agreed to pay $300 million in fines to the U.S. government. Six of its executives pleaded guilty and agreed to serve sentences of 7 to 14 months in American prisons.
Kim Yong-chul, who made his name as a star prosecutor in South Korea before joining Samsung, blew the whistle on what he said was massive corruption at the company. He accused senior executives of engaging in bribery, money-laundering, evidence tampering, stealing as much as $9 billion, and other crimes.
In January 2008, government investigators raided the home and office of Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of Samsung, who was subsequently convicted of dodging some $37 million in taxes. He was given a three-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay $89 million in fines. A year and a half later, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak pardoned Lee.
...a Korean lawmaker claimed that Samsung had once offered her a golf bag stuffed with cash, and a former presidential aide said the company had given him a cash gift of $5,400, which he returned.
Android is critical communications infrastructure, and it should act like it.
RedHat released backported Dirty Cow patches for the 2.6.18 kernel in EL5 last Friday.
Why isn't Google using a RedHat kernel in Android, and applying the backported updates to
Why is the kernel "untouchable" by Google on non-Nexus devices? It didn't have to be this way. RedHat certainly makes kernel updates work with 3rd-party drivers. Oracle ksplice can even apply them without a reboot.
"Samsung was recently fined $340,000 by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for astro-turfing — hiring people to post fake comments supporting Samsung in online forums... The fine came in the wake of reports that Samsung was caught cheating on benchmark tests, then lying about it. In the most recent case, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looked for the presence of any benchmarking program and when it detected one, kicked into a special, high-power CPU mode in order to enable the phone to lie to [said] benchmarking programs. After this was proved beyond any doubt, Samsung lied about it and said they didn’t do it despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. The company was also fined recently by Taiwan’s FTC for lying in ads about smartphone features. This recurring pattern of stealing, cheating and lying by Samsung is creepy because they must know they’ll get caught and publicly called out. Yet they continue to do it."
Does "bending over backwards" include lawsuits and bribes?
A YouTube video of a GTA gamer using the phone as a bomb has been pulled due to a copyright complaint by Samsung — which given that Samsung doesn’t own the game or the modification makes rather little sense... According to some reports, Samsung tried to bribe one man to keep quiet after his phone began spewing smoke and melting in front of him. So perhaps it’s no surprise the company is trying to keep a lid on the fallout from the recall once these videos began circulating.
I'm going to have to save photos from a European trip on a smashed Galaxy Active in the near future. I would not be doing this if there was an sd-card. I am sorely upset that I will need a guitar pick and a new digitizer, and I am saying unkind things about the Galaxy Grenade line peddled by Samsung. These phones should not be sold.
Technical reviews of Samsung phones are now of (yet another) walled-garden that is horribly tended due to the vendor neglect of Android.
If Samsung relents, and allows their remarkably poor-quality code to be wiped, then technical reviews immediately improve. With market opinion eventually come sales.
This also involves Samsung growing a backbone against Verizon. That will never happen, so the stock price will continue to tank. More explosions might accelerate the effect.
If you want to (re)attain market leadership in phone sales, then you must:
If you do not do these things, then your days of market leadership are over, and they will not return.
Warmest regards from your user community.
Let's pick on Android's media player. Previous commentary from Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN President and Lead VLC Developer:
Don't start me on Stagefright and Mediaserver, I could rant for 2 or 3 hours non-stop! Seriously, the code over there is crap, and has insane concepts, like aborting the whole mediaserver (and all related media decoding of all other applications running at the same time), when it parses a file with attributes it does not know, instead of skipping the file. We discovered some issues in Stagefright (busy loops, device reboots, mediaserver crashes) quite early, but we never thought about submitting them. As for your second question, a media player cannot be secure, you MUST keep it with the minimum privileges possible. But VLC is a good program to include in an Android device, since it reads a lot of formats.
The Android Zygote process links in Stagefright, and runs as root. Stagefright should be running in a chroot() as an unprivileged user.
THIS DESIGN CAN NEVER BE SECURE.
For the moments that your phone is on, YOU decide if your apps can use the microphone.
This should be standard in the Android OS. Tells you something about Google that it's not.
The PSTN/POTS trust design is likely older than both of us combined.
Fortunately, autodialers also must trust "Special Information Tones" (SIT) that announce a disconnected number. I put this SIT tone on my voicemail.
Because I ported my longtime landline number, "Rachel from card services" was leaving me messages several times per day. With my SIT tone trick, she is now long gone. I really don't miss her.
Still, if I prevent human intervention for 48 hours, then I render a large portion of the country uninhabitable for hundreds (or thousands) of years.
This is not a reasonable risk. These devices should be retired. (And thanks for your corrections.)
"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin