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1478 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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The more things change...

"Pretty much everyone got rich off the breakup of Acorn... except the community of enthusiasts and developers that had bought into and supported Acorn products for a decade or more.

... the more they stay the same. Who would be a developer???

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: Modern Interface, and other stupid comments

"/me swings a clue-bat and a cat-5-o-nine-tails at ANYONE calling that so-called 'modern' 2D FLAT crap "modern" [and actually believing it]"

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"TRUE tolerance acknowledges that people will do things that you disagree with. It means you tolerate them and treat them with the same respect..."

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Triggered...

"With Yaru, the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

Say it ain't so? Linux? With and *UGLY* *FLATSO* interface???

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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A couple of roles back, I once made the mistake of forgetting to lock my desktop before going to lunch... okay, I may have sent a couple of prank emails from similarly unlocked machines prior to this, and possibly have changed a couple of desktop wallpapers... you know, nothing malicious.

Oh, kharma... how sharp your teeth can be.

I got back and found that pretty much everything had been hit. Not just the things I had half expected on the way back from the sandwich shop when - in a moment of dawning horror - I realised what I had done, but everywhere.

I got the email signature switch before it could do any damage - but there are a few commits in that company's git repos that will forever immortalise that day before I spotted the vandalism...

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Ahhh, ringtones....

I recall at one point that there was a trend (in my area at least) to have a tune from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". I can't remember the name of it - it wasn't the main theme - but it was someone whistling.

I had a second job in a pub at the time. Every now and then, it was entertaining to start whistling the aforementioned tune myself, and watch half the punters diving for their phones...

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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'The 3.3-inch full touchscreen promises the “full Android experience.” '

Promise me a Google-free Android experience and I'm in...

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"I base my opinions on actual history..."

... because that worked sooooo well in Germany

"would be FAR LESS than the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS spent on moving to Win-10-nic"

To quote from the above link: "From what I've been able to glean, thanks to Google's translation facility, the problems that have been stated fall into three categories: hardware support, interoperability and training and user adoption."

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

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Five an a half months early...

"The aim, said Google, was to give journalists and those worried about surveillance a reliable, secure connection."

April 1st is over five months away...

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Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

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Security, huh?

cough*googleplus*cough

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: New search engine ???

"All that the court cases can do is to decide if Google or Bing is the dominant search engine."

I would say that the ruling against Microsoft for browser tying should set precedent here: upon first trying to search the web, the end user be presented with a series of search engines (in random order), and choose the one they want.

In an ideal world, there would be rankings for categories such as "quality of results" and "privacy" displayed for each as well...

... ah well, I can dream. Until then, I'll use DuckDuckGo...

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Google has surprised Google+ users – all two of them

"This amateur blog is a joke."

If I were a betting man, I would be willing to wager that you were one of the ACs who used exactly this "joke" every time Windows Phone was mentioned and just can't stand it when it gets turned round and used on google...

... amirite?

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Okay, I give up...

[Me]: Right Microsoft. This is about the most monumental "shoot yourself in the foot" analogy I can come up with. Surely you can't stuff up much worse than that.

[Microsoft]: Hold my beer...

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Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Of course...

"Google may have let Uber off the hook for possibly conspiring with its former engineers to steal its trade secrets but it sure as hell is not going to let its former staff off the hook."

Which is pretty much as expected - it's a lot easier to hound an individual into bankruptcy (or capitulation due to imminent bankruptcy) than it is another company.

What I would be interested in finding out is how much Google's search results for "Anthony Levandowski" have changed since (say) a month before this whole thing kicked off to how they appear now. After all, there have been previous reports of search results manipulation, and I for one would not put it past them to start serving up the worst dirt possible on the guy.

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Re: Confused...

"‘Don't be evil' to 'fsck it, give us your money'"

Well, I guess it makes a change from "give us your data"...

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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"if consumers still demand YouTube and Gmail, then Google wins"

... unless this is deemed as product tying, and therefore an anti-competitive practice - especially if Google insist on the use of certain development technologies as well as terms of use...

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Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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Re: Inclusiveness demands tolerance

"And you KNOW they wouldn't "accomodate" nor "embrace" your DISAGREEMENT. Because the people doing "that kind of thing" are ACTIVISTS, NOT satisfied until they _CHANGE_ you. By force. (which IS the problem)"

So next time we read anything about ".Not", "Win-10-nic", "UGLY FLATSO UI", etc., etc...

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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@COme to the Dark Side - respect for the Pirate Day post!

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Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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Re: "can be created and read, but not updated or deleted"

It does have that feel of "here's a solution, invent a problem for it"...

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Re: Despite coding in it ...

"So because he uses all that, you believe that he isn't right, even if he was?

Isn't that personal bias?"

It would be... had I actually said if I believed he was right or wrong.

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Re: Despite coding in it ...

"And so, I hope, there's more understanding of ".Not" now... and I really would NOT recommend tying YOUR success into one of Micro-shaft's control mechanisms."

... and there, with the persistent use of name-calling, caps and emphasis markers, and obvious personal bias, goes any possible credibility of your argument. If you can't be objective, stay shtum and just link wikipedia instead.

At least Eadon was funny.

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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle

"DuckDuckGoOnion, Palemoon, no phone, no social media."

Nice going. If I knew who you were, I'd salute you!

You're right - those things are not really needed for a happy modern life. But the fact is that the vast majority of people do use these things.

Given that we of the technical community are charged with the responsibility of leading the way in this field, the fact that there are so many who still quite happily use the likes of - and even advocate - Google, Facebook et al's services while whining about Microsoft's data policies and track record gives me a sense of dread. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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Hello pot, this is kettle

Oh no! Oh woe! The big bad Microsoft (insert name-calling substitute here if so desired) is going to slurp all our code! We can no longer trust Github! We must remove all our files right now...!!!

To all those making these kind of noises: what's your go-to search engine? browser? What OS does your phone run on? Do you use social media of any kind?

... just sayin'...

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Didn't ElReg just have a story about women-only coding camp?

"... me remembers high school.

Judging by this style of writing, that would be about two years ago?

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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

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"... which can now... ...read Latin alphabet text found in pictures."

A while back, I was required to send copies of various personal documents for a background check - we're talking passport-level stuff. The advice from the agency involved was "if you do not have a scanner, you can photograph these with your smartphone and send the images".

Fortunately, I have a scanner. However in the light of this, the idea that people might be taking photos of highly sensitive documents with their Android phones then sending them using their Gmail accounts now brings me a whole new depth of foreboding....

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Microsoft lights a fire under .NET Core teams, just in time for Ignite

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Re: what if you 'outgrew' ".Not" (aka ".Net") itself?

"I 'outgrew' '.Not' back in the early noughties"

Pity you haven't outgrown the mid-90s-AOL-esque use of caps and name-calling. Grow up.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

"there are a handful of people..."

Kind of like there are a handful* of people who will howl in abject horror at anything Microsoft does, regardless of whether or not is potentially beneficial, with or without precedent or there is someone else behaving in exactly the same manner on an even grander scale...?

... or how they insist on "cramming it up our rectums" how much better Linux/Chrome/[insert equivalent non-Microsoft technology of choice] is...?

*Okay, probably more than a handful. But at least the vast of them are mature enough to know that lots of caps, stars and other "emphasis" marks in a post just makes an argument look childish, no matter whether it is a valid argument or a straight-up tantrum.

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Using Python in Visual Studio Code? Microsoft has new toys for you

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"Still in preview, the tech will likely be sneered at by "proper" programmersthe usual "because it's Microsoft" suspects..."

TFTFY

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Re: How Does Cloud Work Again?

"Abandon ".Not"... C-pound..."

Name-calling aside: what, pray tell, would you propose as an alternative to these? C# continues to rank highly in the most in-demand programming languages (usually around #5 in the charts right now).

Unless of course you have some magical way of instantly training all these .NET developers...

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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"We’d encourage Oracle and its astroturf groups to work together with us to prevent real instances of foreign abuse – that’s how we work with other technology companies"

... however, we'll still knife you in the back if we don't like what you're doing.

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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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The "App Gap"

" A lack of apps ensured customers stayed away in their droves..."

Funny how people still pin the demise of Windows Phone on the "App Gap". Think for a bit - unless you have some kind of specialist area of interest or a specific game you're into, how many apps do you use per day on your phone? In my case, I know I'm normally in single figures, and two of them are "web browser" and "email client".

I would be more of a mind that Windows Phone failed because of Microsoft's utter failure to market it effectively, their continual switching of architecture and development requirements, and, above all, the insistence on calling it "Windows Phone"...

... okay, they could have done worse on that last point and called it a "Zune Phone"...

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"Thanks to a lack of meaningful competition from Microsoft..."

I think it was more Google splashing marketing call-to-actions all over their search home and results pages that brought about the rise of Chrome among the general populace than anything else.

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Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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Re: Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

You owe me a lung.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Poaching...

"HTC was playing footsie with Google, which is where many engineers ended up after a deal last year"

In the aftermath, it sounds like a thinly-disguised raid by Google to poach HTCs people...

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?

"... for reasons unknown to me

Well, there's little things like the streetview cars scanning for wifi, scanning email contents, anticompetitive behaviour, product tying, "illegally" using NHS data without consent, attempting to patent material already in the public domain, tracking locations of Android users despite said option being "switched off"... you know, little things...

I can provide links if needed...

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Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?

"But never explains how fortnite dodges the Apple tax????

Probably because they're not. But that's not to say that they would not if the option was available - as you quite rightly point out Reaps, "Apple stops anything that attempts to do what apple does" - so unless you're willing to jump through the hoops of a jailbreak, there's no easy alternative to loading an app than via the app store.

However, this exact same level of lockdown makes it a lot harder for me to do something like creating a malware app, making it look suitably close to the official Fortnite branding, and floating it on the store. So security is not an excuse here, it's a fact. In fact, having made mobile games myself and seen how easy it is to put a fake app up on Play, I for one would feel more confident about side-loading an APK that I had downloaded from the official Fortnite site than hoping I'd found the right one in the store.

However, as the article points out, avoidance of the 30% "tax" is at least part of the reason behind the decision, as the CEO freely admits. And why not? It's just business - and like I said, I bet if the option were there on iOS, they would do the same.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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A bit of context...

"Google found the flaw, told epic, gave them 7 days to sort their ..."

To put a bit of context on this: in December 2008, a group of researchers found a collision attack on MD5 hashing that undermined SSL certificates in use at the time - in this case, a one week responsible disclosure period was applied.

So I guess either Google rate this threat as highly as the compromise of every web browser out there, or this is just sour grapes... and it's not like Google haven't got form for pulling the trigger on disclosure when it suits them as opposed to when is responsible...

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Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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Re: Windows 95?

Probably a plot by Google/Facebook attempting to divert all the negative attention they've been getting of late by re-igniting hatred for Microsoft among those in the technical arena...

... I'll get me coat - it's the one with the tinfoil hat in one pocket and the trollface mask in the other

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Android data slurping measured and monitored

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Re: 'The nature of some data may also surprise. App developers receive your age and gender'

"Again open-source is your friend"

The fact that so many of the anti-Microsoft brigade trumpetted about the virtues of Android being open source only makes this statement so much more ironic...

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"Google Analytics is used by more than three quarters of the top 100,000 most visited websites (including the one you're reading)"

... which is why my blockers are all running hot for el Reg and subsequently you're not getting any advertising revenue from me.

Okay, the huge "full background" ad in the area that I would normally click to de-focus things I had previously clicked on, and the side-ad that slides with the scrolling also play their part. Strip it down to just the top banner and bottom-right square, take off all the tracking and you'll get whitelisted...

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Re: Apple will end up like Nokia

It really depends... since the only real alternative on the market is Android, and the latest instalment of their "blatant disregard for privacy" saga is beginning to drive home the message that Google are not to be trusted, it is entirely possible that it could go the other way - unless we finally do see some healthy competition arrive in the mobile OS market.

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Back to school soon – for script kiddies as well as normal kids. Hackers peddle cybercrime e-classes via Telegram

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Distraction technique

Clever... give a whole bunch of new script-kiddie wannabes enough basic knowledge to do a bit of damage and let them go stomping round without the experience to properly cover their tracks.

The security bods and law enforcement will be too busy trying to track down and round up all these new small timers to notice the veterans quietly and secretly doing the real damage...

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: Android user here

"Do be do be do" -- Sinatra

... sorry.

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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"...cashing in on the hard work of open source contributors"

I thought that was Google's trick?

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Small footprint OS

Strip out all the tracking and monitoring, that should shave a gig or so off, easy!

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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What's the betting...

"... the Google Chrome security team has proposed the death of cookies to be replaced with secure HTTP tokens.

What's the betting that these tokens will be an absolute nightmare to block compared to cookies?

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Re: EU Antitrust people will love this

Good point, but I'm afraid I can't upvote someone who still spells "Microsoft" with a dollar sign...

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Apple far worse

"On Android, a Google account is entirely optional"

... until you want to install any kind of app on it

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Re: can't compete with a much more up-to-date platform, iOS

"Android system applications"

Actual applications that are part of open-source Android, or all the proprietary stuff that Google have tied to it to make it almost impossible for the average Joe to use Android without having their data harvested?

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