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[#] Thu May 24 2012 12:26:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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The computer is your friend. At least it was this time around.

[#] Thu May 24 2012 13:52:47 EDT from fleeb

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It better not find out that I have the Computer Empathy skill, or it might try to kill me.

[#] Thu May 24 2012 14:36:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It just wants to be loved.

[#] Wed May 30 2012 20:21:52 EDT from kc5tja

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Somebody needs to start licking some boots.

[#] Fri Jun 01 2012 18:12:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I suppose most of you know by now that Oracle basically got their asses handed to them in court yesterday. Not only has Google been declared not guilty on everything that matters (there was some minor infraction involving $300k in one-time damages) but the precedent has been set that API's are not copyrightable.

This is a BIG win for the good guys. (And yes, zooer, Google are the good guys here.)

[#] Wed Jun 20 2012 15:52:27 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Time to updrade the smartphone and tablet.  My only 3 specifications are that I have no intention of rooting, don't want an iAnything, and am stuck with Verizon Wireless for the moment (due to work).

What do folks recommend and what are you enjoying most these days? 

[#] Wed Jun 20 2012 16:09:56 EDT from Spell Binder

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I just got a Samsung Galaxy Note and have been very happy with it, but I don't see it listed on Verizon's web site. I've got the AT&T-branded model, but I know there's a "global" model available as well. I don't know if that would be compatible with Verizon's network, though.

I do see they have the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is similar in specs to the Note, except for a smaller screen and no stylus. I'm always seeing commercials for the Droid, and though I've not heard anything bad about it, I haven't heard much at all about it.
Droid Binder

[#] Wed Jun 20 2012 17:18:22 EDT from dothebart

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$GF just got a samsung galaxy ace, and is very happy with it. its her second android, so she's already fammiliar with it, but this one is faster, bigger screen, better touch recognition... ;-)

and its not to pricy.

[#] Wed Jun 20 2012 21:35:39 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.  The Samsungs do seem to have good navigation.  I hear that the batteries are not accessible though, which seems odd.  Have you heard of any screen/os freezing issues?

[#] Thu Jun 21 2012 13:53:19 EDT from Spell Binder

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The battery on mine is easy to get to. Just pop off the back and there it is.

No freezing issues, but then I've only had my phone for just over two weeks, now.

[#] Thu Jun 21 2012 15:36:05 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Good to know, Spell - thanks

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 18:38:00 EDT from Soulskill

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Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Free software lawyer and activist Eben Moglen plans to give a talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York next month on the need to apply Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics to our personal devices like smartphones. Here's a preview: 'In [1960s] science fiction, visionaries perceived that in the middle of the first quarter of the 21st century, we'd be living contemporarily with robots. They were correct. We do. We carry them everywhere we go. They see everything, they're aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots, they mediate an information stream about us, which allows other people to predict and know our conduct and intentions and capabilities better than we can predict them ourselves. But we grew up imagining that these robots would have, incorporated in their design, a set of principles. We imagined that robots would be designed so that they could never hurt a human being. These robots have no such commitments. These robots hurt us every day. They work for other people. They're designed, built and managed to provide leverage and control to people other than their owners. Unless we retrofit the first law of robotics onto them immediately, we're cooked.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2012 18:49:18 EDT from dothebart

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well, we've been discussing the apple kingdom, googlE (no my dvorak doesn't have han euro sign...)  overlord or mico$~1 room who's evil and who's doing what.

this suggestion brings a more generic view to this; what do we expect from our mobiles, and what do we expect from them not to provide?

IMSOC doesn't have to oppress us tv screens everywhere... there is no Sam Lowry working on tiny screens with fresnel lenses.

we've got these screens in our pockets, and they "know where we are". At least in .de even the lowres tracking of the GSM base stations is sufficient to get a rather good profile of our daily ways.


what do you think, do we need a "law" for that? and.... should it maybe be one of the first laws that should be also valid in china?

[#] Tue Jul 03 2012 11:00:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

Subject: Re: Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones

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Quite simply, we need mobiles that are cheap enough that the carrier subsidies disappear entirely, the devices are shipped completely unlocked and we can load an OS that has the level of transparency we want.

Sadly we are moving in the opposite direction ("Secure" Boot)

[#] Tue Jul 03 2012 14:56:17 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Does sometimes feel like we're moving in that direction, Bart.  Especially if we've got rogue apps making choices for us on the fly.

[#] Mon Aug 20 2012 22:17:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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On a whim, I did my occasional Google search today for any news on ICS for the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II (which I have). I discovered that it's been out since June ... but there were no plans to distribute it over the air. WTF?

So I had to go find a Winbloze machine, download Samsung's really bad connectoid program, and update my phone over a USB connection.

But ... I can haz ICS !!

[#] Tue Aug 21 2012 07:42:01 EDT from zooer

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It is a shame that T-mobile doesn't offer a signal where I live. I might have switched.

[#] Fri Aug 24 2012 17:46:09 EDT from Spell Binder

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IG: AT&T did the same thing with the ICS upgrade for my Galaxy Note. No over the air update was made available, so I had to install Samsung's Kies software. I've not used Kies for anything other than backing up my phone and then the upgrade, so I can't really comment on it's quality, but it did the job I needed it to do.

Now we just need to pester Samsung to get Jellybean ported over.
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[#] Sat Aug 25 2012 21:15:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Samsung has bigger problems right now. Crapple just beat them in court over a bunch of bogus design patents. They're going to be spending a lot of time now redesigning their phones to work around those bogus patents.

[#] Thu Sep 20 2012 22:28:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm really annoyed that the latest phones don't allow you to disable "Presidential Alerts." I don't want Big Brother in my phone, thank you very much.

(Let's see how long it takes before this gets abused.)

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