Secure and private communications for consumers and businesses (video, storage, mail, chat, voip) hosted in #iceland .
Still in beta, but it's definitely going in the right direction: #lattice based #ntrue #encryption , secure clients for #ios ( #android soon to be released) and code will be made open source.
Be sure to check it out.
Well written, extensive, article though. Here are some fun sections:
Vic Gundotra, recalling Andy Rubin's initial pitch for Android:
He argued that if Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice. So, to help in the fight against the iPhone at a time when Google had no mobile foothold whatsoever, Android was launched as an open source project.
In that era, Google had nothing, so any adoption—any shred of market share—was welcome. Google decided to give Android away for free and use it as a trojan horse for Google services. The thinking went that if Google Search was one day locked out of the iPhone, people would stop using Google Search on the desktop.
Android is open—except for all the good parts.
Google Calendar/Music/Photos were one of the more recent apps to get the closed source treatment. The way this process is pitched to the Android community is always rather amusing: The stock calendar is now available to everyone! We can now do updates from the Play Store! There are more features! (Oh, and by the way, it's closed source now.)
One way for an OEM to experiment with a Google-free existence without incurring the wrath of Mountain View is to produce alternative versions of Google's apps. This is what most of us dismiss as "bloatware." Bloatware works as a software engineering "what if" thought exercise, where OEMs set out to replicate all of Google's core apps to see just how hard life outside of the walled garden would be.
Google's real power in mobile comes from control of the Google apps—mainly Gmail, Maps, Google Now, Hangouts, YouTube, and the Play Store. These are Android's killer apps, and the big (and small) manufacturers want these apps on their phones. Since these apps are not open source, they need to be licensed from Google. It is at this point that you start picturing a scene out of The Godfather, because these apps aren't going to come without some requirements attached.
A "look but don't touch" kind of open
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.
Originally a request by for The World's Stupidest Firewall, dubbed Ethernet Condom.
Luckily the name got changed to #isowall and the nifty thing it runs on our beloved 35$ linux-powered computer: the #raspberrypi !
The concept: the security guarantee of isowall rests on the fact that there is no TCP/IP stack bound to 'eth1'. Isowall has it's own TCP/IP. Today's firewalls fail because they are extensions to the existing network stack of the operating system. This introduces a huge attack surface and a lot of complexity, meaning hackers can attack the firewalls themselves, and users will misconfigure firewall rules. What isowall does is separate the two duties: TCP/IP firewalling is done wholly separate from the Linux TCP/IP stack.
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