30 posts • joined 2 Dec 2009
It's in how they use the data.
WhatsApp is a paid service (albeit a very cheap one). In exchange for your money they won't sell your data to World + dog and bombard you with ads. Basically how most services worked in the last millennium.
"...and privacy policies would not change."
Looking forward to the next shareholder party.
"Yes, I spent 19 billion of your money on WhatsApp. That's $45 per phonebook for data that we're not going to use."
It's like an 80's rock star saying he bought that suitcase of cocaine just to look at it.
Was it a high-frequency control signal to cut off power to washing machines during the peak hour before lunch time?
Even though I agree that it's ethically questionable at best...
...is it wrong of me to still want to play with one, even if for just a couple minutes?
Paris, because she can probe my antenna any time.
Is it only me...
...or does that website look a lot like somebody let the domain expire and a domain grabber put up their standard 'search engine' landing page?
Paris, because she's an expert at being grabbed.
What bothers me the most...
What's the age of criminal responsibility in Finland anyway... IOW, how can you legally do this to a ten-year-old?
I mean, she didn't even succeed in downloading anything, and dad bought the song for her the day after, so clearly no damage has been done, thus there's no need for compensation. And criminal charges... pleease. She's a child FFS!
Apparently there's a 'safe place' somewhere in France...
...for UFOs to land or something. Girlfriend has suggested that if that place exists, we go there on the 21st to watch the doomsdayers gather. This could be entertaining!
It's almost beer o'clock here.
Using iGadgets to surf at home...
One could argue that Android owners are more likely to have enough money left to buy a proper computer for browsing.
Judging by the "girl"'s face...
...the python might just have been put there to hide "her" Adam's apple and crotch bulge.
This is going to be interesting.
I hope they close all Apple stores down, if for nothing else than a bit of trashy RL entertainment.
Cue millions of angry fanbois setting cities on fire when they realize they can't get this month's shiny-shiny.
Flame, because that's what the fanbois will do.
Seems like a rather nice idea, but...
...what do I do a couple years down the line when I want a bigger TV or the Blu-ray player dies?
+++ath0 seems to have a point...
/mnt/sdcard and all its subdirectories on my Galaxy Nexus look like this -->
drwxrwxr-x root sdcard_rw 2012-02-21 sdcard
That means everybody can read stuff, but only apps belonging to the group sdcard_rw can write stuff.
That would also explain why the image viewer works, and why the corresponding Android permission says "change/delete" and not "read/change/delete".
So Android isn't lying to you, but you might still get the wrong impression. Hmmm. I for one always (wrongly) assumed that apps also need that permission to *read* the SD card.
A chmod doesn't work, looks like the 0775 is hardcoded into the FS driver. I wonder if there's any way to keep untrusted apps away from my files?
Selective removal of permissions
If you're not afraid of rooting your phone, there are two excellent third-party solutions to this problem.
The first one is to install CyanogenMod. Then when you go to Settings --> Apps --> Manage Apps (or wherever you can view an app's details), at the bottom of the screen where the app's permissions are listed, tapping on any permission will toggle it. This is what Google should have added to Android in the first place.
Downside: this requires a factory reset.
A more elegant solution is LBE Privacy Guard, a simple app that requires root privileges but can otherwise be installed just like any other app on top of your existing system. Its permission management is not that fine-grained, but it has one huge advantage over CM - instead of actually giving the app a slap on the wrist when it attempts to use a permission that has been revoked, it'll intercept the API call and feed it false information.
I've used both solutions (separately) for some time and prefer LBE Privacy Guard because it's more elegant: ...
An app that wants to use a revoked privilege on CM will get an "access denied" message. Some apps aren't designed to cope with this and will crash.
An app guarded by LBE PG on the other hand will simply see an empty phone book, an empty message list, a phone serial number consisting of all zeroes, etc. depending on the permissions you've revoked. It's tricked into believing it still has the revoked privilege but there's simply no data worth looting.
In addition to granting and revoking permissions, LBE PG can also be set to ask or alert you each time an app wants to use a certain privilege.
Paris, because she's been rooted countless times.
Finally a realistic estimate...
The article's title says "Debut set for 2103." It's easy to blame a typo but it's obviously just the first time that Tesla have given a realistic release date.
Have a beer on me, realistic Tesla PR person.
Stupid, stupid scammer
DDoS'ing *three* websites chock-full of people whose favourite pastime is taking out scammers? That's a bit like getting stung by a hornet and kicking the nest in revenge. It may have seemed like a smart idea at the time, but I'd be surprised if that guy could open any new fake Amazon website in the foreseeable future without half a dozen experienced site killers falling over each other to shut it down the moment it's online.
Have a pint or two on me, baiters and warners. You volunteer your time and money for a very noble cause.
Already available unofficially
CyanogenMod 7 lets you modify the permissions of installed apps. Just tap on a permission in the list to grant or revoke it.
If you don't want to re-flash your phone, there's an app called LBE Privacy Guard that offers the same functionality but will also let you set it up so it asks you for permission every time it detects a potentially unwanted action. This works really well. Requires a rooted phone though.
Not 'just' rabbits.
This shocking image has just been handed to me by an informant in a dark corner of a parking lot. It's a snapshot from the experiment:
App permissions management
If your phone happens to be rooted, try LBE Privacy Guard. It runs in the background and lets you set permissions to grant/deny/prompt on a per-app basis. It also notifies you every time an untrusted app wants to use a permission you've blocked. I've been using it for 4 months and am very happy with it - no app crashes due to withdrawn permissions so far, and it allows me to install some useful apps that request a rather questionable set of permissions.
Paris, just because.
...When I saw the title I thought the Mx stands for Moderatrix and is an attempt to get Ms Bee back. In which case I'd totally support it.
Come back, Sarah!
BOFH and PFY must be getting old
Why take out the robot instead of watching it on CCTV doing its thing in the boss's office?
"But I also believe that it makes no sense to bring a class-action suit when the aggrieved parties know in advance that the bulk of any damages awarded (if any) will go to the trial lawyers"
I hope they get sh*tloads of cash from Dell. It's not like I'm a huge fan of lawyers, but to the beancounters at Dell the pain level is the same whether their money ends up in their customers' pockets or at some lawyer's Porsche dealer. If nothing else it might at least serve as a deterrent to other companies that think about saving money by selling dodgy kit.
Talking about craputers...
You win by mentioning Compaq. Have one on me.
Rhymes with hell
The title says it all, really. Did contract work for lots of shops with Dell gear. Few of them had many happy users, and even fewer had many happy IT people. Regularly saw 'identical' models with totally different hardware inside, because Dell love to solder together whatever remaining stock they can buy cheaply at the time they build your computer. Makes image and driver management a real joy.
Paris, just because.
Re: Apple hack
Change your password. Not that big of a deal.
Sent from my iPhone
Can we have...
...a Playmobil reenactment of that?
Beer, because it comes in a jug too.
Reluctantly upgraded to CM7 yesterday...
...and am still wondering what took me so long.
Stuff looks much nicer, there's a ton of free memory, Google spyware is only there if you choose to install it separately, and (subjectively speaking) stuff is much faster, too. Took me about three hours to install CM7, restore my data and reinstall the most important apps.
If you're planning to upgrade too:
* I've found it much easier to install ClockworkMod via Unrevoked (google it) than following the instructions on how to build a gold card though. It goes like this: Download Unrevoked, wait till it has automatically rooted your HTC, copy CM7 .zip file to SD card, reboot into recovery, reset to factory settings, click Apply Update, reboot.
* Check out MyPhoneExplorer if you want to back-up your data. It does everything HTC Sync does, except suck. (Not associated with it, just a very happy customer).
* The Google apps (Market, Gmail, ...) will need to be installed via recovery mode as well. It's on the CM7 download page, just remember to scroll down a bit.
Also, screw you, HTC.
Was buggy on my Desire
I liked Dolphin Browser (even paid a couple quid for it), but for some reason it became increasingly frustrating to use on my HTC Desire. Maybe the bugs have been fixed in the meantime. If you're looking for an alternative to the stock Android browser, you might want to take Miren Browser for a spin - it has all the Dolphin goodness plus some unique features, and I find it to be much more responsive on my HTC Desire.
The batteries come in handy when you need a lot of power (i.e. accelerate). They also allow for regenerative braking. Whether they financially make sense remains to be seen.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?