Date: 2016-05-15 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Does freedom even enter the debate? It seems that Free services can be convenient and secure (well, so long as convenience isn't defined as the kind of ubiquity that only Big Daddy G can muster) at the same time as proprietary services can be inconvenient and insecure. Indeed non-freeness implies a condition where security cannot be ascertained, which from a practical standpoint is as good as known insecure.

Really the problem is that Google has a whiz-bang service built into all Android clients, and the use of this service is tied to proprietary horseshit. Consequently all alternatives will be technically inferior (i.e. wakeups, power consumption) or require rooting a handset and so forth. It's Microsoft tier secret API leverage for competitive advantage all over again.

Spose Google's itching for an antitrust action?
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Power management, mobile and firmware developer on Linux. Security developer at Google. Ex-biologist. @mjg59 on Twitter. Content here should not be interpreted as the opinion of my employer.

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