Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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I'm sorry to say...
by thavith_osn on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 21:21 UTC
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...but supporting Android will not give you "freedom" from anything.

Android connects to the... (wait for it)...internet...
Android connects to the...(drum roll please) networks...
If you have Android, iOS etc. then you are connected and "could" be being tracked.

Not only that, but Android comes with crapware from the carrier you bought it from. If anything, iOS could be considered safer (again, a big "could" here) :-)

Having said that, none of them are safe, you'd be silly to think otherwise.

But here's the thing. We can go around being "paranoid" and looking over our shoulders about all of this, or we can just live life. If the "authorities" in question are trying to take away our freedoms, then they will find a way. Sadly, there isn't a lot we can do. I have watched our freedoms being taken away for many years. 911 took away a few thousand peoples freedoms in a matter of hours. The governments (Australian included) have since used "the fight against terror" to take away millions of peoples freedoms (bit by bit) under the umbrella of keeping us safe.

I love what Bob Dylan said in a song "...instead of learning to live, they are learning to die". That really summed it up for me.

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v RE: I'm sorry to say...
by bonchbonch on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 21:47 in reply to "I'm sorry to say..."
RE: I'm sorry to say...
by stabbyjones on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 22:29 in reply to "I'm sorry to say..."
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The difference between IOS and android is that android can be altered in a significant way. While IOS is basically the poster child for doing what you're told.

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decision_theorist Member since:

How is cyanogenmod going to help you reach websites shut down by SOPA or not get arrested as a 'terrorist suspect' under NDAA?

This whole article is a non-sequitur.

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RE: I'm sorry to say...
by PAPPP on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 22:51 in reply to "I'm sorry to say..."
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The hackers know. They're working on it.
From the client side ( )
, protocol stack ( )
, and network ( sorry for the video link, talk from last week at 28C3).

I agree that connecting to the existing cellular networks inherently provides an avenue to snoop on you, but there is a remarkable amount that can be done to mitigate that... and who says you have to connect your mobile device to the cellular network?

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