Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Apr 2011 21:59 UTC, submitted by Martin
Apple There's a bit of a stink going on - even in major media - about something iOS 4's been doing. Apparently, iOS 4 has been storing a list of locations and timestamps to a hidden, but readable file in a standard database format. The locations are triangulated using cell towers, and generally aren't as accurate as for instance GPS. Still, the file is stored without any form of protection on both your iPhone as well as your desktop.
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RE: why wait?
by darknexus on Thu 21st Apr 2011 23:44 UTC in reply to "why wait?"
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Why wait for apple to fix it when they want? You have to wonder.. it took effort to design and code this capability, one has to wonder why.

Get an open source OS and fix it quicker.

You would, of course, have a plausible suggestion as to how this would make a difference? The one open source phone os I can think of that is actually used is Android, and even if you knew how to change the code to prevent this in Android, you would have to:
1. Download the source, fix it, and rebuild it for your exact device. This entails installing all of the cross-compilation tools that are needed, as well as carefully considering whether your phone might be using proprietary drivers that you would lose. If so, you will have to live with whatever limitations that might be.
2. Flash the re-built Android on to your phone. The last time I heard, most phone manufacturers didn't exactly make this easy save for HTC. We'll see what happens with Sony/Ericsen.
3. Continue to roll your own updates from that point on.
From the end-user's perspective, this wouldn't help. They don't know what source code is, they don't know how to rebuild it let alone change it, and they won't want to roll their own updates. So, in practice, they can wait for Apple to fix it, wait for Google to fix it, or wait for their phone manufacturer to fix it. Either way, for most, it involves waiting and open source doesn't even enter into the picture. Before we start shouting open source at the top of our lungs, we need to consider whether it would make a difference to the people to whom we're preaching. Open source is not the cure-all, despite what some here seem to believe.

Edited 2011-04-21 23:49 UTC

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