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Comment Security disaster (Score 1) 47

Why would anyone think that even having one of these treacherous so-called "smart" so-called "telephones" powered on is anything but a complete security disaster? Those are not telephones, they are locked-down computers, not under your control, running unknown quantities of unknown blobs of proprietary software doing who-knows-what and storing it all to blackmail you later.

Comment Treacherous Device Insanity (Score 4, Insightful) 232

...his (program) was removed from the (program) Store by Apple for being too similar to (another program)

Would Microsoft have ever permitted WordPerfect or Lotus 1-2-3 in the "DOS Program Store"? Anyone developing programs for these treacherous (allegedly "smart") devices gets what they deserve. It seems the entire world is suffering some kind of brain cancer or Stockholm Syndrome with these insidious devices.

"Apps" are the exact opposite of what Personal Computers are supposed to be. Stop giving them your time and money.

Comment Re:No basis in reality (Score 1, Flamebait) 212

How many people honestly run a mobile device with no app store?

My flip-phone serves all the functions of a telephone (you can talk on it). Honestly, how can anyone who reads Slashdot use one of those locked-down user-hostile spy-computers that the gullible masses have been tricked into calling "smart" "telephones"? "Smart" is just a euphemism for "Treacherous." Stallman was right.

Comment All my devices? (Score 2) 46

Does this include my (T-Mobile) flip-phone and my home and office VOIP telephones? In 1996, USWest (before they were Qwest or CenturyLink) gave me One Number service that would ring both my mobile (if it was on) and my land-line (if it wasn't busy) and have a single voicemail box between them. For the past 15 years, apparently, that would be too advanced of a technology for anyone to offer. Sad.

Comment Those are not telephones (Score 1, Informative) 215

Can we please stop calling these gadgets "telephones" --? Telephones are devices with embedded systems that can handle Telephony and not much else. These so-called "smart" so-called "telephones" are actually locked-down computers for the brainless masses: computers controlled by someone else and not you.

From that perspective, since the user already has no actual control of what their device is actually doing, why would anyone not expect the treachery be relentlessly notched up beyond its already intolerable levels?

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