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Pretty freaking sweet of an idea if you ask me 

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Features and Things

CM is a constantly evolving organism, powered by sleep deprivation and the blood of developers. We're constantly changing to improve not only the code, but also the experience.

When a new version of Android is released, we have to do an enormous integration that affects the entire codebase and every single device. After doing this so many times, we realized that this is the right time to do reevaluation of existing features, code refactors, and other major changes since we might as well just get all the breakage done up front. Because of this, when you make the jump from a well-established version to a zero-day development version there is precisely zero chance that much of anything is finalized or complete!

If you're running a nightly build of 10.2, there are major improvements happening. Device Parts was a big one- we've talked about extending the Android HAL to support the special features that are device specific and shared between several models. Arcee took the leap into it and it's coming along nicely. 

When we look at features we want to keep, drop, or change, there are a number of factors that come into play.. Did Google do this for us in the new version?  Do people actually use this? How many people use this, and if it's just a few is there someone around who is going to port it forward?  We want to have a solid feature set, but we do have to weigh the cost of maintaining it vs. other factors. 

CM has traditionally spent the majority of our time on just getting devices working properly- I personally spend vast amounts of time on this.  This is something that will never change, but the team has grown substantially over the years, giving us more capability to polish the user experience and build things that you won't find elsewhere. I want something that I can not only hack on, but something that is awesome to use every day and I think we are finally starting to get there. 

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Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their "just" powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts, invade our privacy and take us from our homes. Many of these problems don't exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract . This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or place of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge . Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you are trying to create/pass a law, The Stop Online Piracy Act & Protect IP Act (SOPA/PIPA), which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis etc. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In the United States (and eventually the entire globe), you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty & freedom by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries, your dinosaur business model(s) would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech, song & video itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another corporate industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

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You suck at parking windshield cards.

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Anybody else think facebook is fucked like me?
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