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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

dos1 I don't follow (370 comments)

So what's so "tomorrow" about change from Lucida to Helvetica, which impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? Is that the definition of "tomorrow" now?

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

dos1 Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

This resolution, even if systemd remains default in Debian, is meant to prevent exactly that.

about 2 months ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

dos1 Re:Whoa (132 comments)

Looks like you have absolutely no experience in designing mobile devices. Arguments like "as cheap as RAM is" are bullshit. If you're not so big that you can design your own chips or at least be taken into consideration by manufacturers, you simply have to live with whatever is available on the market in quantities you need (and most of the options used by big gamers aren't even available on free market). For smaller projects (and I can imagine for a project like that with "as cheap as possible" constraint it's true as well), you're often limited to just a few SoC options, which in turn limit you further on available RAM packages (which aren't standardized in any way).

I'm working on Neo900 project and I know that finding 1GB PoP for DM3730 which wouldn't handicap our ability to connect NAND memory as well was a nightmare - and 1GB is actually hard limit on OMAP3 which was utilized only by a few devices out there. BTW, OMAP3's Cortex-A8 was actually meant for higher-end devices than A5 used in this phone.

about 2 months ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

dos1 Whoa (132 comments)

I think any OS that could run somewhat bearable on Openmoko Neo Freerunner would be a great fit for such cheap phones.

about 2 months ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

dos1 Re:IOT (118 comments)

I see some potential in some of its applications, but actually most of the time "LAN of Things" would be just enough.

about 3 months ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

dos1 Re:Why is this important? (136 comments)

There're also OpenBSC and OsmocomBB. However, even with all these projects there's still a pretty steep barrier to enter, which would disappear if open basebands in mobile phones would somehow become common.

about 4 months ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

dos1 Re:Why is this important? (136 comments)

Actually, knowing the state of security in cellular networks - especially old 2G and availability of "downgrade to 2G" techniques for newer ones - despite of being strong FLOSS and OH supporter I'm kinda glad that any tech-curious kid next door can't easily play with baseband in his mobile phone.

Sadly, there's also kind of people that won't care that it's illegal and with enough motivation will get all needed hardware, so we're not really protected either way.

about 4 months ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

dos1 Re:Why? (136 comments)

But how's that on-topic? What "rooting a phone" has in common with "disabling LTE cap"? (whatever you mean by that)
There is no "secret cap switch" that allows one to get ultra-speed while downgrading the connection to everyone else in neighborhood. The connection is managed by the modem with its own, closed and cryptographically signed firmware, which uses (or at least tries to use) 3GPP standards. It's completely unrelated to any "jailbreaking" or "rooting" that was discussed here.

Actually, when mangling with modem, "saturating LTE" is something you'd worry about as a last thing. There are much better things to do when you for instance force downgrade to 2G on your neighbors - then you can apply all sorts of man-in-the-middle, eavesdropping, spoofing, DoS attacks and much more. Cellular networks are built with an assumption that only certified hardware can transmit on them - and a lot of modems and BTSes blindly trust that this is really the case (after all, when you start to transmit with modified modem, like TI Calypso with OsmocomBB, you're breaking the laws, cause modifying its firmware made its certification void).

However, as I said, that has nothing to do with the concept of "jailbreaking" or "rooting". Maybe you know somehow the physical layer of GSM, but for sure don't really know how it's all implemented in modern smartphones.

about 5 months ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

dos1 Re:SIM locks? (135 comments)

It's a myth and I've already seen a lot of people from US debunking it. And even if it would be somewhat true, there are people in US who use their Openmoko Neo Freerunners and Goldelico GTA04s, or who preordered their Neo900, which were never (and never will be) locked to anything other than operating frequency.

Buying a phone in the US without simlock is far from being impossible. It's just a bit harder - well, for some people the difference may be negligible, but then no regulation will help them...

about 5 months ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

dos1 Re:Why? (136 comments)

You obviously have no idea how mobile internet connection works, don't you?

about 5 months ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

dos1 SIM locks? (135 comments)

I wonder why the comments are filled with discussion about SIM locks and operators unlocking or not the devices after the end of contract. SIM-lock issue is no biggie, you can always simply buy the phone without telco as middleman.

What's more important there is that without this DMCA exception, you can't legally "jailbreak" your phone, install your own operating system or some "custom ROMs". Without this exception, jailbreaking an iPhone to install Cydia is illegal; breaking into bootloader of some non-unlockable by default Android phone is illegal as well.

Without this exception, in America you're not free to choose the software to run on your own hardware if only the producer doesn't want you to. Duh, even worse - it's actually illegal to try to. *This* is the clue of this issue, not any silly simlocks.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

dos1 Nothing surprising (544 comments)

There's a reason why Neo900 is Neo900 and not Neo9.

about 5 months ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dos1 Re:Yeah (101 comments)

It's enough to have a friend PC compromised, where you connected your iPhone once, a year ago, to recharge your battery and you don't even remember that now. When his computer is compromised, your phone becomes compromised as well and vulnerable to remote attacks.

That's a bit different story than what you described above.

about 5 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

dos1 Re:DON'T PANIC (98 comments)

to not buy*, of course.

about 5 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

dos1 Re:DON'T PANIC (98 comments)

You have a choice to buy iOS, Android, Windows or BlackBerry phones.

My Openmoko, SHR, Maemo, QtMoko and Debian based phones are a nice example. And they all work pretty well! It wasn't always the case, especially in their early days, but things have stabilized pretty well over time.

If you don't want any "crap", support projects like Neo900. You do have a choice.

about 5 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

dos1 Re:DON'T PANIC (98 comments)

Android and Windows Phone aren't the only alternatives out there. There are even devices and OSes that are supported entirely by FLOSS community, like OpenPhoenux. There is a choice, you just have to keep your eyes wide open.

about 5 months ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dos1 Re:it's the future (101 comments)

True words. Sadly, people consider things that are trendy or have more raw power as more valuable, even if they don't really need that. When someone actually comes up with the device that you can control (instead of it controlling you), all he hears is "meh, too slow", "too expensive", "no capacitive screen? are you joking?"

You would expect people to be more sensible than that, especially in the post-Snowden era.

about 5 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

dos1 Re:DON'T PANIC (98 comments)

>I want these services off my phone.

How can you say that and yet still buy such devices? It's not like one doesn't have a choice...

about 5 months ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

dos1 Re:Anyone else remember... (126 comments)

With enough skill you can replace broken parts in "non-modular" mobile phones as well. That's not the problem.

Try to upgrade CPU on your laptop, let's say from Sandy Bridge to Haswell. Then we can talk.

about 6 months ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

dos1 Re:Anyone else remember... (126 comments)

Exactly. Replacement can be even done in current mobile phones, that's not a big issue.

about 6 months ago

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Neo900 reaches its fundraiser goal in less than week, now heading for 100k EUR

dos1 dos1 writes  |  about a year ago

dos1 (2950945) writes "The OpenPhoenux Neo900 project, which wants to create open successor to the Nokia N900 has reached its fundraiser goal of 25 000 € in less than week.

However, it's not over. The project has decided to continue the campaign, as they need as many "preorders" as possible in order to lower the price of the device (by producing more than just 200) and make production of some custom parts more feasible. Therefore their next goal is set to 100 000 €."

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