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I'm quite frustrated with Google, right now.  I was writing this one my phone, but my phone has become unresponsive.  I've been wrestling with a performance issue on it for most of the week, and I find that I have very few tools available to help me solve the issue.  And it's important to note that I've had more such tools in the past.  The reason I have fewer tools to troubleshoot problems on my phone is that google has taken away access to the system logs and to information about wakelocks.

Both decisions were made over security concerns, and they aren't impossible to understand.  Application developers are often careless about what they leave in the logs.  It's not unusual for logs to contain passwords, account numbers and other information which be used to do a lot of harm if it gets into the wrong hands.  A common solution is to restrict access to the logs.  But ultimately, someone needs access to the logs.  Sometimes they are quite useful in troubleshooting.

It appears that wakelock information was mixed in with a lot of other system information, and Googles most direct option to keep some of that other information safe was to restrict all of it.

It seems to me that Google must think of these Android devices as phones with some other nifty capabilities.  Looked at that way, do the consumers to by these phones really need access to potentially sensitive data?

I have to say, though, that the palmtop computer that I often hold in my hands is tens or hundreds as times as powerful as the mainframe I used some times in college.  There's no doubt that this device is a computer, even if it happens to function as a phone.  I can easily run applications on it written by people neither I nor Google knows.  Those applications can, and sometimes do drain resources a lot more than they should.  And Google set up the ecosystem this way.

Setting up this open ecosystem of applications was the right move, I think.  But given the devices and ecosystem that comes with them, the owner of the phone is often the only system administrator that the phone has.  And I think Google is not taken that fact seriously enough.  Google is not offering support for these palmtop computers.  For the most part, customers must support themselves, or they must turn to other customer for support.

So I have to ask, why isn't Google more serious about making sure we have the tools we need to support ourselves and each other?

I have to admit, part of my frustration is due to the fact that Google gets so much right.  If we were talking about an iPhone or a Windows Phone, I don't think many of their users would even understand why I'm asking that question.  I suppose Google will simply have to live with the fact that, the better they get, the more their customers will get frustrated by the things those customers need to see get better still.

With all that said, Google, why are you making it harder for me to support myself?  What kind of sense does that really make?
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Fraser Cain talks about supernovae in this YouTube video.  Partway through, the following text appears in the upper left:

"Warning: Supernovas produce gamma radiation and high energy particles.  Do not use without adult supervision.  Once the fuse is lit, do not attempt to hold the supernova in your hand.  Do not taunt the supernova.  Supernovas cook any and all types of skin.  Should you come in direct contact with any stellar body, please consult the nearest emergency medical hologram."
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I'm job hunting.
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It can suck.  The consulting job market has been getting better, though, so I'm hopeful.
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Windows just decided to stop reading the keyboard, so I'm waiting the usual 20 to 30 minutes for it to reboot.

Surely I can't be the only one to see how awful this operating system is. Why do companies keep choosing this sorry excuse for an OS?
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I don't know. And because Window hides so much from me, I may never know. I'll take Linux over Windows any day.
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Signs of Pseudoscience

An imposter of science is pseudoscience: a set of claims that seem scientific but aren’t. In particular, pseudoscience lacks the safeguards against confirmation bias and belief perseverance that characterize science. We must be careful to distinguish pseudoscientific claims from metaphysical claims, which as we’ve seen, are untestable and therefore lie outside the realm of science. In principle, at least, we can test pseudoscientific claims, although the proponents of these claims often avoid subjecting them to rigorous examination.

(Source: http://goo.gl/bgL8T) #sciencesunday  
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true, true. and it is frustrating to see people twist things (and others just plain lie for their own gain).
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All of us alive Today began by being nurtured for some months in the womb of our mothers. How can any of us see the monstrous ways that the most devout of some religions treat the women who give us life and not turn our backs on those religions? What more reason could we need for declaring a belief system morally bankrupt? 
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I started a new job, this week.  It's good to be working, again.
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So send me an email and tell me all about it.  Hope all is good in Griffis world.
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This has to be the nerdiest game I've ever seen for Android. If you want to learn just what data in the LHC would indicate a Higgs Boson, this game will help you. 
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As I posted previously, I have been debating former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley on the Economist website. I didn't bother reposting my opening statement and rebuttal, because -- even thought I thought I did a really good job with them -- they were largely things I've said before. In my closing statement, I talked about specific harms post-9/11 airport security has caused. This is mostly new, so here it is, British spelling and punctuation and al...
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Jeffery, that ought to be true, and it often is true, but there are universities which appear to be set up by religious organizations for the purpose of allowing young adults to be educated but still sheltered from outside ideas. Outside of those institutions, I suspect you are largely correct.

Still, I don't remember ever hearing, in a college class, that our government's founders were specifically trying to keep religion out of government. I learned that from other sources, but I don't think my university ever tried to teach me that.
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