This Ars article also mentions that Android is open—except for all the good parts. Almost all of the modern APIs and functionality are Play store based and tied to Googles closed-source applications like Photos, Maps, Calendar, Hangouts, and more.
Are concludes, "While Android is open, it's more of a "look but don't touch" kind of open. You're allowed to contribute to Android and allowed to use it for little hobbies, but in nearly every area, the deck is stacked against anyone trying to use Android without Google's blessing. The second you try to take Android and do something that Google doesn't approve of, it will bring the world crashing down upon you"
You mentioned security and privacy aspects... but what about the piracy aspects?
One reason not mentioned as to why Android developers get paid less than iOS developers lies in the fact that Android allows side loading... and too many people use it to avoid paying for applications. Instead the find a "store" that has ripped off versions of those apps and they download them and install them for free. Which is also where we get most of the aforementioned "malware-loaded" applications.
Side-loading is promoted as being "good" for developers who'd now have a "choice" in using different payment processors and fulfillment systems. But in reality I suspect that most would start losing money as customers too cheap to spend a buck for an app would begin mirroring the same exact behaviors we see on Android.
Did he just want more donations? According to reports Donald was watching and delaying the decision to send in the National Guard.
So... what bothers me is what would have happened had they broken in, been just a minute or two faster, and actually managed to capture Pence and Pelosi? Or AOC?
Would they still be alive? Would Donald, watching from afar, have instigated martial law to "contain" the issue? And then used the disruption to call for more elections after he'd had a chance to get more of his minions in place to "ensure" the process was "fair"?
We joke about this and about guys like this now... but it was that close from not being very funny at all.
We have tons of photos and video of the protestors, some even taken by themselves as they posed for selfies inside the Capital. They should be tracked down, arrested, and charged. Further, the charges should reflect the fact that people died because of and during their actions.
The same for those that instigated the attempted coup. And that includes, especially, the Instigator in Chief.
I'm tired of hearing about "healing". If there are no penalties for this then we're just going to see more of the same.
I wrote a Medium article describing several of the reasons why I thought people shouldn't use Flutter, one of Google's cross-platform development tools.
And high on the list was the fact that Google rather notoriously runs hot and cold on projects. What's up-and-coming one month can be flushed down the drain the next. Often with little to no warning.
As we see again here. Software, Servers. APIs, Hardware. Doesn't matter. It doesn't meet some internal threshold for success and boom. You're outta here!
"... and the alternative stores will have a vested interest in keeping their offerings clean."
Or not. If there's one thing most of the alternative Android stores have shown it's that people seem to prefer "free" to "safe".
Please make the big bad Apple take less of our money and we, like AT&T, Sprint,Verizon, and many other proud US corporations will definitely consider passing on at least some of those savings on to our customers.
Seriously. We promise to think really hard about it!
Of course, the idiot doesn't realize that all China needs to do is take his precedent and use it to force Google, Facebook, et al, to sell their Chinese business operations to Chinese companies.
It's not really like we can do much about it. The people at the top proposing the mergers are doing it to make even more money. The people in government approving the mergers came from the industries they're "regulating" and will return there to reap their rewards once they've served their function.
They mitigate the risk of health coverage by distributing it over all clients... and all too often they maximize the profits by refusing said health coverage to as many of those clients in as many cases as possible.
In an "ideal" world, they'd collect premiums and pay... nothing.