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Submission + - US Border Control Can Seize Your Phone and Force You to Given Them the Passcode (

linzello writes: "The next time you plan to cross a border, leave your phone at home."
That is the rather startling advice in a blogpost that is being widely shared right now.
Its author, Quincy Larson, is a software engineer, who has previously written about the importance of protecting personal data. He now fears that data could be at risk every time you cross a border.
His concerns were sparked by the story of Sidd Bikkannavar, an American-born Nasa engineer, who flew home from a trip to Chile last month. On arrival in Houston, he was detained by the border police and, by his own account, put under great pressure to hand over the passcode to his smartphone, despite the fact that the device had been issued to him by Nasa.

Submission + - Is Kitkat killing Lollipop uptake?

BarbaraHudson writes: Remember how Windows XP was "good enough" that people took forever to upgrade? The same might be happening with Kitkat vs Lollipop. "According to Google's latest Google Play Store results for early January 2015, less than 0.1 percent of all Android devices were using Lollipop. Ouch! By comparison, the last major Android release 4.4, KitKat, reached 1.1 percent of its audience in its first month out. In January 2015, almost two months in for Lollipop, KitKat is still number one with 39.1 percent of the market. It's followed by the various Jelly Bean versions, 4.1.x with 19.2 percent; 4.2.x with 20.3 percent, and 4.3 with 6.5 percent. Trailing them is Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.03-04 with 7.8 percent, followed by antique Froyo, 2.2, with 0.4 percent."

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This must be the weakest set of arguments I've seen on /.
I'll point out just a few flaws here and leave the rest of the /. community to tear apart the remainder.

I don't think that's the biggest reason.

Apples and oranges. You can't just say platform independence is less important than garbage collection, they're not comparable.
The main point of this discussion is that a browser OS's could make apps platform independent - please read the second sentence of the original post.

... one of the bigger reasons Java failed is Microsoft delivered a broken JVM ...

How many people think Java failed?
I'd say Java succeeded, despite Microsoft's attempts at sabotage. Of course IE no longer comes with a JVM, but that's because once MS realized their sabotage attempts had failed and they decided to use their OS dominance to win the war by simply removing Java. Considering that MS still have 81 percent of the OS market, I think Java is doing rather well.

I've taken recent code written for Java6 and had it fail to run on Linux because the code was littered with hardcoded backslashes

Coding like this is just dumb. Using it as an argument is even dumber. If you plant to say that Java shouldn't leave you open to shooting yourself in the foot like this, then you're on rocky ground. Java has less ways of shooting yourself in the foot than most languages.

But if you want your HTML to work, you need to at least support the latest Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and maybe IE and Opera. If you've done that, there's a good chance you've coded more or less to the standards,

And this is how you'd like the future of coding to be?

the only reason Java can maintain anything approaching a standard is because there is exactly one implementation

There are loads of different VMs out there, with far far less compatibility problems than there are between browsers.

If Java was more like HTML, then Dalvik would've been pressured to become more and more standard, and where it got the standard and OpenJDK didn't, OpenJDK would be fixed -- but instead, Oracle sued.

Dalvik is not a JVM, didn't you know that? Oracle don't need a reason to start suing someone.

Everyone already has a browser, and most people have a fairly decent browser, other than, maybe, office drones stuck with IE6

Try looking at some statistics before coming out with comments like this.

It also helps that JavaScript doesn't suck nearly as much as Java, as a language.

Talk about destroying any hint of credibility that you might have had left.

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