Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players," said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.

New regulations that fly directly in the face of the biggest player in mobile - Samsung. Odd, since we were told that Samsung owns the South-Korean government.

I do wonder where the line is drawn, though. Will South-Koreans also be able to delete Newsstand and Weather from iOS, or the Calculator from Android?

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RE[2]: And???
by AndyB on Mon 27th Jan 2014 14:45 UTC in reply to "RE: And???"
AndyB
Member since:
2013-03-22

So what's wrong with WGET or the equivalent in Windows to get the first browser of choice?

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RE[3]: And???
by Nelson on Mon 27th Jan 2014 14:54 in reply to "RE[2]: And???"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Having to wget a browser is insane, I honestly can't believe people still complain about this.

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RE[4]: And???
by m_abs on Mon 27th Jan 2014 15:51 in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
m_abs Member since:
2005-07-06

No one is suggesting using wget as a browser.

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RE[4]: And???
by Morgan on Mon 27th Jan 2014 23:42 in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Insane on a modern PC and OS, yes. On retro hardware/software, it's a different story.

Just this weekend the hard drive in my PIII laptop died. I normally run Windows 98 and BeOS on this old beast, for access to old games and BeOS nostalgia respectively. I had a spare hard drive but I hadn't gotten around to cloning the other one to it yet. So, I started fresh with a Windows 98 CD, my wireless drivers, and a tall glass of diet soda. All set, right? Wrong. The version of IE included couldn't render most sites well enough to navigate them properly; sometimes the scrollbars disappeared, and sometimes the browser just choked and crashed.

I finally managed to get wget downloaded, and using my phone I found a link to a really old version of Opera that rendered modern sites well enough to finish installing drivers and such.

I've backed up the drivers and apps onto a flash drive for safekeeping in case it happens again, and I could always have sneaker-netted them from my main PC. But it was good practice, and it's good to know I can use old school tools in a pinch.

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RE[4]: And???
by ichi on Wed 29th Jan 2014 08:45 in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Having to wget a browser is insane, I honestly can't believe people still complain about this.


About as insane as claiming you still need a browser to download another browser in the age of the app stores.

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RE[3]: And???
by twitterfire on Tue 28th Jan 2014 08:36 in reply to "RE[2]: And???"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

So what's wrong with WGET or the equivalent in Windows to get the first browser of choice?

Wget is just the GNU project trying to reinvent the wheel and using GPL license.

What's wrong with cURL bedside the fact it is licensed under a MIT/X like license and not GPL?

And cURL is the technically superiour software.

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RE[4]: And???
by meme on Tue 28th Jan 2014 09:58 in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
meme Member since:
2006-04-03

First release of wget: 1996
First release of curl: 1997

So how exactly wget reinvents curl's wheel?

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RE[4]: And???
by lucas_maximus on Tue 28th Jan 2014 19:32 in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Who cares, both applications work fine.

Edited 2014-01-28 19:32 UTC

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