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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

daviee Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

1) A user review a long list of permissions and what it means per app, then grants/denies them individually
2) Group things into familiar/simple terms so even a non-technical user can easily see "this doesn't look right"

about 7 months ago

Flying Bicycle Is Real, Takes First Flight

daviee ET transporter (123 comments)

If they can make it last longer than 6 minutes to fly over the cliff.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Considering Buying Texas Instrument's Chip Business

daviee Re:Not getting into the chip *making* business (108 comments)

Maybe good for TI, but not sure about other companies/products that depend on the OMAP. Amazon after all has not yet demonstrated they are a good R&D/chipset company. It's also (not yet) one of their core businesses. Unless you're developing a one-off product with not too much plans for future evolution, would you develop it based on a chipset that has an unknown future? Will Kindle requirements become the main driving force of future OMAP updates?

Amazon has the money to take a snapshot of the OMAP design now, but do they have the drive to continue to invest R&D to make future revisions (OMAP5/6/7/8) that others depending on OMAP may want? Will the current state be the technological peak of OMAP?

more than 2 years ago

Toys R Us Unveils Android Tablet For Kids

daviee Need to change the name... (163 comments)

From TRU's website: "Over 6,000 free downloadable apps available in the Tabeo Store"

Google search for "Tabeo Store" and most results are not kids friendly at all!

As for the tablet itself, it would be quite useful if their app store is already optimized for kids app and their bundled apps are full versions of fun and education apps.

more than 2 years ago

Railroad Association Says TSA's Hacking Memo Was Wrong

daviee Re:How inconvenient for TSA (121 comments)

How can TSA help with cyber attacks/hacker issues on railroads. Are they going after railroad workers and IT staffs to make sure they follow security protocols; then station TSA staffs at train control room doors?

more than 2 years ago

Intel Demos Phone and Tablet In New Mobile Chip Push

daviee Re:Why I care as a developer (99 comments)

This is in terms of application developer. The x86 for Android is much faster than the one with ARM emulation, but is the ARM emulation speed that much of a hinder for usual development?

What about the actual application usage by end-users? Will the x86 Android phone come with an ARM emulator to run applications that has native ARM libraries (at least until there are enough generic or x86-specific Android apps)?

more than 3 years ago

Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

daviee Re:so? (770 comments)

Unless the OS level it comes with is buggy or lacking some features that one is let to believe it'll be fixed because Android is so open... but then again, some of the official OS updates for older Android devices are half-baked...

more than 3 years ago

Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

daviee Re:Upgrades. (770 comments)

Even if you move up to Gingerbread, some official releases (e.g. HTC EVO 4G) still doesn't have the up-to-date version of it that supports Google Talk video chat.

more than 3 years ago

The Enterprise Is Wrong, Not Mozilla

daviee Re:Think of it as 4.0.2 (599 comments)

If only they started this versioning convention before FF gained popularity with people/companies coding based on it, this wouldn't have been a problem.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs

daviee Re:Status bar? (181 comments)

It was horrible at the top. The space used in the URL box for that was way too short for screening the link before clicking on it...

more than 3 years ago

Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

daviee Or too many article dupes (356 comments)

Google search results are driving me crazy sometimes. Not sure if it's Google's through or "article duplicator" sites. Search for recent tech articles (e.g. specific CES product details) and it just comes back with many hits of the exact same article duplicated by many not-so-legit looking websites. I wish they have a "site blacklist" user feature where I can tell it to not bother returning results from that site ever again.

A few months/a year back, there were those *.info domains search hits too. Some sort of dynamic page generation that aggregates pieces of paragraphs with the search term. The whole article seems randomly composed, taking sentences from unrelated articles and mixing them up so that it "looks" complete... until you start reading through it and figured it doesn't make sense...

Google, please give me an "unlike"/"thumbs down" button for your search results, so that these junk site can forever disappear from my search radar... Equivalent to "Adblock" like or an option to "prompt for cookies" so I can manually get rid of it!

Results on specific tech question searches on the other hand are pretty good (e.g. gcc issues, etc.)...

about 4 years ago

Free Software, a Matter of Life and Death

daviee Re:Makes sense (197 comments)

Do you think any civil engineers with a degree can just walk to any construction site and get full compliance from the site people to give them anything they need to analyze whether their design, construction, etc. are safe?

Now open that up to let anyone walk in...

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

daviee Re:With such a simple solution at hand.. (507 comments)

Nintendo's issue with the Wii is really more of a user error.

Apple's iPhone 4 issue is truly a design flaw with it's primary designed function when the user used the phone properly as intended.

more than 4 years ago

Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

daviee Re:Obvious. (555 comments)

No, it's only too lax on the part about connecting a personal computer to their network. IMO, it should be prohibited even if you encrypt the whole hd.

For web email access requiring total hd encryption on the client machine; that's unreasonable. If they go through that step, mind as well disable web access altogether.

This seems like a brute force approach to encryption/patient privacy concerns. It has no affect on actual network security.

more than 4 years ago

Man Tries To Use Explosive Device On US Flight

daviee You downplay the roles of TSA too much... (809 comments)

At least there is a higher chance of normal/unarmed passengers taking back control if the captors do not have superior weapons.

about 5 years ago

School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

daviee Re:Wow (785 comments)

Or when they have a real job. Asking others for help doesn't always mean asking others to do the job for you.

When I was in school, there are individual assignments and group projects.

more than 5 years ago

Company Denies Its Robots Feed On the Dead

daviee Re:What a waist of time... (154 comments)

Do it quicker this time; else you'll need to develop an emergency robot-eater-eater plan.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Ordered To Testify In 'Vista Capable' Case

daviee Re:Hmm (235 comments)

At the end, it still comes with and runs a version of Vista.

There are true marketing scams, but IMO, this is not one of them.

more than 6 years ago


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