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Just a heads up for webmasters out there. If you are going to intentionally or unintentionally rate-limit Google crawlers, make sure to do it with a 5XX error instead of a 4XX error. I decided that a 429 response (aka "Rate Limited") was better than a 503, but Google now lists them long-term in webmaster tools as "Other Errors." If I send a 503 then it is reported as a "Server Error" and Google will try that url again shortly rather than putting it in the long term "Other" category. Needless to say I switched our rate-limiting error back to a 503. Perhaps this should only be used as a response to an API rate-limited error.
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All of that graduate degree work in sensor networks finally paid off, I'll be attending the #projectara  conference in April! Is anyone else coming to this event? Trying to figure out the best way to take advantage of being there in-person; I'll be doing some posts and videos for +xda-developers but also evaluating the technology overall. Looking forward to it!
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I'm really jealous man. I wish I could go. Money is too tight though. 
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"All we can say is: Wake up USA! How on Earth did a country, which we Europeans have always seen as “The Land of Opportunities”, become a replica of Rome in its last days. Completely systematic, bureaucratic and oblivious to opportunities."
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+xda-developers just received this from YouTube for officially hitting 100k subscribers! Thanks to all of our viewers, and if you haven't already, consider subscribing to for mobile development news and tutorials!
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Wow, this is a beautiful gift! :)
I did not even know that Google gives presents to successful people on YouTube
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Just received a Galaxy Note 12.2. The multitasking capabilities are really impressive. Android tablets are becoming more and more desktop-like! The screen estate on here is incredible. A+ would recommend.
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My question will be for anyone that gets the one without the pen... If that's a better deal. 
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Does anyone have a invite they would be willing to share?

A friend hooked me up. Thanks!
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Will let you know!
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Color schemer just isn't good enough for people any more. Have to get fancy with it. 
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I can verify that external storage does not have write permissions on Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, it is running 4.4.2 out of box. 
KitKat will make your SD Card completely useless: per the Android API specification, apps can no longer write files to your SD card.  And Samsung is following it.

This only applies to dual-storage devices, i.e., devices with a user-writable internal flash storage AND a removable SD card.


"The WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission must only grant write access to the primary external storage on a device. Apps must not be allowed to write to secondary external storage devices, except in their package-specific directories as allowed by synthesized permissions."

If your device has user-accessible internal flash storage, your SD Card is a "secondary external storage device".

What this means is that with KitKat, applications will no longer be able create, modify, or remove files and folders on your external SD card.  As a for-instance, you can no longer use a file manager to copy files from your computer to the SD card over a network.  This ability, which has existed since the beginning of Android, has been taken away.

The only stated reason for this removal of functionality is that, "Restricting writes in this way ensures the system can clean up files when applications are uninstalled."  I do not pretend to understand this logic.  Apps are still allowed to write in arbitrary directories on the primary storage (with the appropriate permission), but are denied the same access to external storage.

Samsung has implemented this feature with their KitKat OTA updates.  Note3 users are now complaining that FX File Explorer can no longer write to their external SD cards.  There are solutions to this problem for users with root access.  Users without root access appear to be screwed.

I'm not quite certain how Google intends for you to place files on your SD card.  Perhaps you have to use proprietary Google apps that contain permissions unavailable to the rest of the developer world.  Perhaps you're supposed to put everything on the cloud and pay carrier data fees to get it there.  Perhaps you're supposed to use some kind of WIRE to attach your WIRELESS device to your computer and have the computer do that work for you.

In my opinion this is a horrible misstep by Google and the Android Open Source Project.  Functionality has been removed without reason, to the severe detriment of users and developers alike.

I apologize for not bringing this to everyone's attention when KitKat 4.4 was released, but it was not mentioned in the Android 4.4 changes document:  It's only mentioned in the article on  I was only made aware of its existence from user reports as a result of Samsung implementing this change in its KitKat OTA updates.
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+David Drager This is a sad direction for +Android.
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This is such a horrible deal for consumers. Since Comcast invests heavily in FCC commissioners, offering many high paying jobs after they leave the board, the cynical me says they will get the approval.

Since net neutrality is now off the table, expect even more of a chokehold consumer 'rights'. TV/Internet is often an effective monopoly or duopoly in many markets already. 
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Yup the issue is internet. TV is secondary since it can be piped over the internet. 
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