Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Wed 27th Jun 2012 23:05 UTC
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

I'm very pleased to see Android 4.1 notifications catching up with the interaction support of KNotify and libnotify and anything that saves bandwidth is always welcome but through all this, I keep thinking that, if it doesn't already exist, someone really needs to:

1. Cook up an App Store specifically geard toward free software. (Sort of like how, on Gentoo with Portage 2.2, I can set a license mask so I have to individually whitelist packages which use non-libre licenses.)

2. Provide a build of Android specifically geared toward minimizing the amount of data Google receives about you while not compromising functionality. (At the very least, making sure that you can force logged-out operation on things like Google Search which don't require an account)

I don't know how Google Now works, but if it isn't possible to configure it to only perform pseudo-anonymity-compatible queries (things that take only a location as input, like subway and restaurant info), then I'd rather kill it than use it.

...but then what do I know. I'm the guy who owns an OpenPandora to complement my old Sony PRS-505 not just because I prefer native Linux apps and 1st-class hardware controls, but because I want an OS where, at worst, the only binary blob is a piece of the video drivers, safely wrapped in an open-source API-isolation shim and because I like to be able to have toggle-able WiFi without worrying about accidentally leaving myself visible to IMSI catchers, abuse of e911 tracking provisions, and the like. (No better way to avoid IMSI and GPS tracking than to not have the requisite chips in the device, after all)

It also helps that, as a Canadian student, I couldn't afford a cellphone data plan even if I wanted one.

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Jun 2012 04:32 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

So... What's stopping you?

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by Benjamin_Lebsanft on Thu 28th Jun 2012 06:01 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
Benjamin_Lebsanft Member since:
2005-10-11

1. Fdroid
2. Replicant or less free, Cyanogenmod

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