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Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Take these for what they are worth... (173 comments)

In regards to #7, what is the SU dialog? My app got a few comments about requesting SU or trying to get root access, but it doesn't. Nor do the permissions allow anything like that. I'm really interested to know what exactly they are talking about, so I can track down the source of the problem. I suspect that it only applies to rooted devices, but I'd like to verify.

more than 3 years ago

Motorola Adopting 3 Laws of Robotics For Android?

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Wrong order. (178 comments)

The order is designed to protect users from themselves. Many phone owners will try to do harm to themselves and the phone through stupidity, ignorance, or impatience. Those same people will complain and cause the handset manufacturer and carrier lots of problems when the expected outcome of dangerous activities is achieved. What people think they want doesn't always jive with how much they like the outcome.

While there is a place for advanced tools for advanced users, the majority of users aren't advanced. Perhaps a hard-to-enable unlock mode would be appropriate to retain freedoms but not make it easy for people to make themselves unhappy.

more than 3 years ago

File Organization — How Do You Do It In 2011?

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Ultrafast search and metadata filesystem (356 comments)

Directories as tags were my first thought when reading the parent post. The only way I'll every be able to convert to a tag-based system is if the existing work I've done to organize my files is leveraged into tags.

That, and some analog needs to be available for linking to a static set of data in a simple manner. "Just search for it" doesn't have the same level of simplicity as clicking on a shortcut to where I put an exact set of files for a particular task.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

DigitalCrackPipe Untested? (2254 comments)

Please try testing in IE next time. It doesn't work for me, which makes this more of a downgrade, than an upgrade. I know nobody likes IE, but remember where many people read /.

more than 3 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Keep up or shut up (785 comments)

I would just get a toolkit that turns a language I already know into something that will run on the iPhone. We call that lazy and smart.

Sorry, I think they nixed the BASIC interpreter from the app store.

Seriously though, that is often a kludge that's great for rapid prototyping and awful for production code. Slow, buggy, and difficult to maintain aren't really fun. On the other hand, if the iPhone app is going to be a flash in the pan anyway maybe a rapid prototype is the right answer.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Offer iPhone Users Unlimited Data

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Competition again? (327 comments)

I would say not being on AT&T already counts as a win. I wonder how many what percentage of the business will be new iPhone users and what will be existing iPhone users who are finally able to jump ship (without jailbreaking).

more than 3 years ago

Greg Bear, Others Cry Foul on Project Gutenberg Copyright Call

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Server location (721 comments)

This isn't the Pirate Bay. The point isn't piracy, which is what your suggestion amounts to for US citizens accessing such material hosted offshore. The purpose of PG is to help people excercise their rights to public domain works, as well as to preserve access to them. Proper checks as to the legal status of a work before bringing it in would resolve this problem without resorting to going rogue.

more than 3 years ago

Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Yes (293 comments)

I think both sides should be worked - FF should prevent this kind of thing, and ALL reputable companies should be held to a moral standard to not try shady actions like that. Perhaps if that was the case, any company/individual that tries to circumvent security measures (and that arms race will always have temporary imbalances) should be considered malicious and be flagged by malware software.

more than 3 years ago

Patent Supports PSP2 Rear Touch Pad Rumor

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Rear touch pad? (49 comments)

I call prior art.

more than 3 years ago

Unions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie

DigitalCrackPipe Re:eh? (576 comments)

I thought they screwed Peter Jackson out of his pay with that creative accounting too, so it surprises me that he'd want to be involved in this affair.

more than 3 years ago

Airbus Planning Transparent Planes

DigitalCrackPipe Underpants salesman (488 comments)

I figured out what step 2 is!

Sell underpants to passengers who freak out when they can see the ground 30,000 feet directly below them.

more than 3 years ago

Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

DigitalCrackPipe Re:well done (1695 comments)

Apples to apples - a phone conversation is not equivalent to a web page.

Telcos have terms of service that will get you kicked as well. If you were running a call center out of your basement and war dialing people I would appreciate them cancelling your service as well.

It's also far easier to find another ISP than another telco.

about 4 years ago

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria?

DigitalCrackPipe Give me your lunch... code (425 comments)

Well, at least the bullies will only have to beat up the other kids once, instead of chasing them down for their lunch money every day. I'm sure they can think of other reasons, though.

about 4 years ago

School District Drops 'D' Grades

DigitalCrackPipe Re:How about... (617 comments)

Not getting credit for a course is the same as failing it, which is exactly why anything below a C is now an F. If you continue to give out Ds there will be parents who don't understand why their child is held back afte "passing" all of their classes - why waste the time keeping an ineffectual grade that would require reeducating the public?

more than 4 years ago

US Pirate Movie Site DNS Seizure Fail

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Other countries should start policing Internet (343 comments)

Either you are very misinformed, or your understanding of the issue is impaired by your outrage.

The domain *registration* occurs in the US, therefore the seizure occurs in the US as well. Your examples of China and North Korea are unrelated, as neither country controls the TLDs for .com. Those countries can indeed remove sites on their own TLDs.

This isn't a case of someone sneaking across international borders to blow up a server.

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

DigitalCrackPipe Re:bars (534 comments)

The last time I tried AT&T they must have applied the same BS algorithm to the Motorola phone I had. Two out of four bars, and it couldn't even do something as simple as transmit voice when connecting a call. More bars indeed. Similar attitude involved with the AT&T rep telling me they were about to get a repeater in the store so the signals would look strong in the store.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Opposes Plan To End Saturday Mail Delivery

DigitalCrackPipe Re:Skip Wednesday instead (504 comments)

Was about to sat the exact same thing. With Wednesday dropped, there wouldn't be more than a day before service resumes at any point in the week. With Saturday dropped, there are two days with no service at all, which is much more of a disruption.

more than 4 years ago

New Sony OLED Display Can Roll Into Cylinder

DigitalCrackPipe EFC (73 comments)

I was wondering if I was the only one who remembers (or will admit to having watched) Earth Final Conflict. The only good thing that really came from that show was the communication devices - they pulled the screen from a cellphone sized object to make a reasonably large full-video screen (like pull-down blinds).

The power supply doesn't need to by flexible to solve the old problem of balancing phone/device screen size with overall size when you're not using it.

more than 4 years ago

Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

DigitalCrackPipe Re:shame (396 comments)

Google won't delete it from your phone. If you are worried, you can back up the app (using something like aston file manager) so you can reinstall it from your memory card later. As you can install apps from other app markets this doesn't really forbid the app for everyone, it just makes it impossible to find for the majority of users who only shop at the main app store.

more than 4 years ago


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