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2012-12-26 06:32:56 PM  
Damn straight. Nobody updates the operating system on those, and you can't find any apps worth having.
 
2012-12-26 06:35:31 PM  
Mine doesn't.

:smug smile:
 
2012-12-26 07:53:44 PM  
I doubt mine does since it's a non-smart phone.
 
2012-12-26 08:49:14 PM  
Nokia flip phone checking in
 
2012-12-26 09:51:45 PM  
My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.
 
2012-12-26 10:25:41 PM  
I've got Norton running on my Galaxy.
 
2012-12-26 11:27:09 PM  
unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.
 
2012-12-27 01:11:57 AM  
This is what I use.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-27 01:13:49 AM  
I would actually really like to have an old timey rotary phone.
 
2012-12-27 01:15:01 AM  
"nvmac

My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses."


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!.................................... . .............no.
 
2012-12-27 01:16:16 AM  

serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.


They used to say that about Macs...
 
2012-12-27 01:25:13 AM  

serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.


And this is why Apple's app store is a tenth of the size of Google Play.

Also, I have some serious doubts about just how many viruses are actually out there and how easy they are to get. All of these apps come with a comments and rating system. If it comes with a virus, it's going to to advertised well before you download it. Viruses are also highly illegal, so if you're passing an app as a virus, then your name is going to be all over it.

Finally, a pet peeve:

There are two primary types of Android viruses: Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium numbers, and spyware, which sends information-contacts, for instance-from the phone to the spyware's developer.

Sorry, but nether of these are "viruses". Viruses copy themselves and infect other devices. At best, these are collectively "malware".
 
2012-12-27 01:31:57 AM  

Snargi: serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.

They used to say that about Macs...


Actually what they always said was "Nobody writes viruses for Macs." I was there. It's what people who know tech said.

The only people who say "Macs don't get viruses." are people who don't understand the how and why of viruses.
 
2012-12-27 01:34:11 AM  

blue_2501: serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.

And this is why Apple's app store is a tenth of the size of Google Play.

Also, I have some serious doubts about just how many viruses are actually out there and how easy they are to get. All of these apps come with a comments and rating system. If it comes with a virus, it's going to to advertised well before you download it. Viruses are also highly illegal, so if you're passing an app as a virus, then your name is going to be all over it.

Finally, a pet peeve:

There are two primary types of Android viruses: Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium numbers, and spyware, which sends information-contacts, for instance-from the phone to the spyware's developer.

Sorry, but nether of these are "viruses". Viruses copy themselves and infect other devices. At best, these are collectively "malware".


1/10 this size my ass.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/12/21/app-store-vs-google-play/

This isn't an Apple troll, but th Google Play store has neither the amount of phone and tablet apps as the App Store, nor makes anywhere near as much money.

There are *plenty* of real reasons to mock Apple without resorting to inventing things
 
unp
2012-12-27 01:35:13 AM  

serial_crusher: You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.


That's why Apple didn't notice that a flashlight app was allowing users to tether their phones until it hit the news.
 
2012-12-27 01:36:59 AM  
Malware has existed on both platforms, but I don't think there has been a single actual virus on the iOS platform. That's not to say there couldn't be, but there are some advantages to the "walled garden" approach. Though many will point out that a fair amount of Android malware is from side loaded apps.

Common sense is what is needed.
 
2012-12-27 01:37:05 AM  
Feeling just a little smug with my GoPhone and my Kindle Fire.
 
2012-12-27 02:09:31 AM  
Aging LG Tracfone, checking in..
 
2012-12-27 02:11:55 AM  

OriginalGamer: Malware has existed on both platforms, but I don't think there has been a single actual virus on the iOS platform. That's not to say there couldn't be, but there are some advantages to the "walled garden" approach. Though many will point out that a fair amount of Android malware is from side loaded apps.


Absolutely. As an Apple critic, I'm way more than willing to concede that Android is more open to malware, but you have to admit that with android you would have to go out of your way install something malicious.
 
2012-12-27 02:15:24 AM  

FlippityFlap: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!.................................... . .............no.


Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha yes

Apple cannot get viruses because of the mother hardware

The virus cannot recognize the retina display

I hope this expanation is clear

Posted from my iPad
 
2012-12-27 02:23:16 AM  

blue_2501: serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.

And this is why Apple's app store is a tenth of the size of Google Play.

Also, I have some serious doubts about just how many viruses are actually out there and how easy they are to get. All of these apps come with a comments and rating system. If it comes with a virus, it's going to to advertised well before you download it. Viruses are also highly illegal, so if you're passing an app as a virus, then your name is going to be all over it.

Finally, a pet peeve:

There are two primary types of Android viruses: Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium numbers, and spyware, which sends information-contacts, for instance-from the phone to the spyware's developer.

Sorry, but nether of these are "viruses". Viruses copy themselves and infect other devices. At best, these are collectively "malware".


Fred Cohen called. He said you should pull your head out of your fourth point of contact.

/Fred drives Macs.
//Ya, really.
 
2012-12-27 02:24:56 AM  
My flip-phone doesn't get viruses because of this virus-defeating rock I got.
 
2012-12-27 02:25:51 AM  
 
2012-12-27 02:30:29 AM  

jonny_q: OriginalGamer: Malware has existed on both platforms, but I don't think there has been a single actual virus on the iOS platform. That's not to say there couldn't be, but there are some advantages to the "walled garden" approach. Though many will point out that a fair amount of Android malware is from side loaded apps.

Absolutely. As an Apple critic, I'm way more than willing to concede that Android is more open to malware, but you have to admit that with android you would have to go out of your way install something malicious.


Common sense is definitely what is needed more than anything. I think the problem is a decent amount of people using the Android side loading feature are doing it for piracy, and then hitting up sketchy Chinese or Russian APK sites.
 
2012-12-27 02:43:37 AM  
My phone is such a slut.
 
2012-12-27 02:55:31 AM  
Nobody should say Apple's OS can't get malware but there are so few incidents that when a new one appears, it's actually news, and Apple will issue a fix themselves. It's almost like herd immunity. Outbreaks are so rare and isolated they get stamped out before they amount to anything.

"Apple can't get viruses" is certainly not true, but at this point nearly all users have an experience that's the same as if it was true.
 
2012-12-27 03:23:36 AM  
If your OS is prone to malware - perhaps you need a new OS?

/really - Windows 8, OS X, iOS are all pretty safe OSs these days
//notice I didn't say android
 
2012-12-27 03:23:43 AM  
IT MAKES CALLS, IT RECIEVES CALLS, AND I CAN CLOCK A BURGLAR WITH IT.

Leave my goddamn rotary alone!
 
2012-12-27 03:43:48 AM  
About using common sense, I've seen advertisements for "home security systems" that you can control from your phone, including locking your front door remotely just in case you weren't sure you really did when you left.

It's not a virus, but such a thing had better be secure, otherwise in theory the potential exists for someone to unlock your door and disable the alarm.
 
2012-12-27 03:50:58 AM  
gingerjet: If your OS is prone to malware

A trojan is a trojan, and nothing in the world is going to prevent a stupid user from running that trojan.

Ohh look, I downloaded somecoolapp.exe from the web, but it's requesting admin privileges, well, I want to see what it does, better grant it.

//why write a virus to circumvent protections and automatically copy itself when you can get stupid users to do it for you?

// hell, it could be as simple as getting neophyte linux users to type rm -r / in a terminal
 
2012-12-27 03:56:49 AM  
The virus on any smartphone is the meatbag installing "free" apps.
 
2012-12-27 04:02:35 AM  

doglover: Snargi: serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.

They used to say that about Macs...

Actually what they always said was "Nobody writes viruses for Macs." I was there. It's what people who know tech said.

The only people who say "Macs don't get viruses." are people who don't understand the how and why of viruses.


^ one more reason why i love doglover. excellence in posting is rare. +1
 
2012-12-27 04:21:21 AM  

Ed Finnerty: The virus on any smartphone is the meatbag installing "free" apps.


^ So much this. The malware people want to make money, not spend money writing complex viruses. It's much easier just to trick your average user into installing the malware themselves.
 
2012-12-27 04:28:56 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: Mine doesn't.

:smug smile:


img.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-27 05:21:00 AM  

Notabunny: Gecko Gingrich: Mine doesn't.

:smug smile:

[img.photobucket.com image 500x384]


Influenza, Newcastle's, West Nile, EEE, WEE, Infectious bronchitis, Avian Pox
 
2012-12-27 06:00:27 AM  
WP8
 
2012-12-27 06:38:07 AM  
Example of an infected smartphone:

p.twimg.com
 
2012-12-27 06:45:02 AM  
What a rotary mobile phone might look like. Notice the well polished design....

www.benjaminkanarekblog.com
 
2012-12-27 07:07:15 AM  
lookout
 
2012-12-27 08:03:19 AM  
My one is once had a virus but a Z-pack knocked it out.
 
2012-12-27 08:19:04 AM  
 
2012-12-27 08:23:15 AM  
If you need antivirus for a walled garden device, you need a better device.
 
2012-12-27 08:42:53 AM  

Ceiling Moran: Example of an infected smartphone:

[p.twimg.com image 600x800]


Infected by Love and Tolerance.

This thread could use more of it.
 
2012-12-27 08:55:54 AM  
I have an iphone subtard
 
2012-12-27 09:05:34 AM  

The Man Who Laughs: I would actually really like to have an old timey rotary phone.


Here you go:

"Portable" Rotary Phone, just add SIM card.
 
2012-12-27 09:11:27 AM  
Good thing I still use a BlackBerry
 
2012-12-27 09:13:51 AM  
I enjoyed the old rotary phones. Especially with phone numbers that contained plenty of 9s.

My phone did have a virus. Tends to happen when you use an old pay phone as your own.
 
2012-12-27 09:27:56 AM  
The only way my phone can get a virus is that if I lend it to someone who is sick with flu.
 
2012-12-27 09:32:42 AM  
Remember, if you are one of the smaller percentage of people using an iPhone, you are a follower.

That is all.
 
2012-12-27 09:35:58 AM  

Great Janitor: I enjoyed the old rotary phones. Especially with phone numbers that contained plenty of 9s.

My phone did have a virus. Tends to happen when you use an old pay phone as your own.


Or plenty of zeroes!

(Fun fact: Area code assignment in the 1960s was based on number of clicks on a rotary phone, combined (approximately) with the city's importance or population. Thus New York was 5 clicks (212), LA and Chicago were 6 clicks (213, 312), Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Detroit were 7 clicks (412, 214, 313), etc. Less populous areas were assigned the area codes with a 0 in the middle, as 0 was 10 clicks. TMYK.)
 
2012-12-27 09:43:28 AM  

nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.


Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.
 
2012-12-27 09:44:51 AM  

way south: If you need antivirus for a walled garden device, you need a better device.


Not sure which 'walled garden' device you're referring to. Android devices are hardly 'walled garden', since you can install apps that are not in the Google store.
 
2012-12-27 09:52:28 AM  

natazha: Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.


Yeah, thanks to bitter, disappointed android users.


I kid.
 
2012-12-27 09:54:09 AM  
I'm an avid Android fan but the "Play Store" is awful and very very rarely use it to "browse" for anything. All my apps I find googling "Best ____ app" or recommendations from reading XDA.

Filtering through the 8,000,000 clone ripoff versions of farmville, Angrybirds, coin pushers, words, (you get the picture), games made in the basements of Nigeria is annoying.

OH LOOK HONEY WURDS WIT FRIENDS 2K14!! The description says it "The #1 wurds game on the market". This looks legit!!
 
2012-12-27 09:57:16 AM  

Snargi: They used to say that about Macs...


'They' still do... Reality doesn't affect 'They'.
 
2012-12-27 10:02:24 AM  
AVG had an antivirus app over a year ago that Microsoft pulled from the marketplace because there are no viruses for Windows Phones, and the AVG software was sending data to their servers that it really had no business acquiring.
 
2012-12-27 10:02:47 AM  

Harry_Seldon: What a rotary mobile phone might look like. Notice the well polished design....

[www.benjaminkanarekblog.com image 406x386]


Now that's what I call a Smart phone.
 
2012-12-27 10:03:49 AM  

styckx: I'm an avid Android fan but the "Play Store" is awful and very very rarely use it to "browse" for anything. All my apps I find googling "Best ____ app" or recommendations from reading XDA.

Filtering through the 8,000,000 clone ripoff versions of farmville, Angrybirds, coin pushers, words, (you get the picture), games made in the basements of Nigeria is annoying.

OH LOOK HONEY WURDS WIT FRIENDS 2K14!! The description says it "The #1 wurds game on the market". This looks legit!!


What in God's name are you talking about? You must have a different Play Store on your phone than I have on mine.
 
2012-12-27 10:05:03 AM  
Aside from Firefox and monster RPG 2 I've only downloaded things from the f-droid open source app store thingy for however safe that is.

Other than making sure the apps are open source I'm not actually sure of the amount of vetting done. Oh well
 
2012-12-27 10:05:10 AM  

blue_2501: Finally, a pet peeve:

There are two primary types of Android viruses: Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium numbers, and spyware, which sends information-contacts, for instance-from the phone to the spyware's developer.

Sorry, but nether of these are "viruses". Viruses copy themselves and infect other devices. At best, these are collectively "malware".


My pet peeve as well. Regular malware gets as far as a bad user, and can easily be removed. Viruses turn good programs into malware.
 
2012-12-27 10:09:58 AM  

doglover: Actually what they always said was "Nobody writes viruses for Macs." I was there. It's what people who know tech said.

The only people who say "Macs don't get viruses." are people who don't understand the how and why of viruses.


No, that's what people that don't know tech say.

Macs don't get viruses, because the OS doesn't allow it. Viruses aren't trojans, which is another thing people that don't know tech can't seem to figure out either.

/There are more apache servers than IIS, yet IIS is compromised more. Why would hackers focus on the system with smaller numbers, if we are to believe people write viruses for MS instead of Mac because of the numbers?
 
2012-12-27 10:10:21 AM  
 
2012-12-27 10:30:46 AM  

Huggermugger: Believe it or not, there was even a time when rotary phones were brand new.


Back in the 80's I used to dial out on "answer only" phones that had no dialer by rapidly depressing the hook switch to simulate rotary dialing. Most people had no idea that rotary dial was simply a rapid disconnect-reconnect series of pulses, so the only protection from dialing out on such phones was the lack of a dialer.
 
2012-12-27 10:53:07 AM  

natazha: nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.

Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.


[Citation Needed]

I mean, there might be 8x the number of Mac viruses now than there were a decade ago...so like 8 total?
 
2012-12-27 11:01:12 AM  
I use one of these... just to be extra safe.

i236.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-27 11:06:28 AM  

nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.


It was an 85 MPH fastball down the middle of the plate, but you sent it 500 feet. You even managed to instigate the always-fun viruses vs. trojans debate. 8/10.
 
2012-12-27 11:21:12 AM  

natazha: nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.

Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.


[Citation needed.]

AFAIK there are no "in the wild" viruses for OS X or iOS.

.. Looking around shows that there have been incidents of Windows viruses attached to emails stored on OS X user's systems, but no OS X viruses.

I know this comes up every time, and there is much emotion spread around on this topic, but again as far as I can tell there are not currently any viruses in the wild for OS X or iOS. If you have specific evidence to the contrary, please feel free to provide it.
 
2012-12-27 11:39:00 AM  

illegal.tender: natazha: nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.

Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.

[Citation needed.]

AFAIK there are no "in the wild" viruses for OS X or iOS.

.. Looking around shows that there have been incidents of Windows viruses attached to emails stored on OS X user's systems, but no OS X viruses.

I know this comes up every time, and there is much emotion spread around on this topic, but again as far as I can tell there are not currently any viruses in the wild for OS X or iOS. If you have specific evidence to the contrary, please feel free to provide it.


A simple Google search for "Malware on OSX or IOS" will show you how very wrong you are. Additionally, Snow Leopard came with its own built-in anti-virus.
 
2012-12-27 11:51:28 AM  

The Angry Hand of God: A simple Google search for "Malware on OSX or IOS" will show you how very wrong you are. Additionally, Snow Leopard came with its own built-in anti-virus.


Malware, not viruses. Viruses are pieces of software which replicate over a network with no user interaction. As far as I am aware there is not now, nor ever has been, a virus for OS X or iOS.

Malware, software which can damage the system in various ways, typically comes bundled with user-installed software. There is little that can be done against this on systems where the user is free to install whatever software they wish.

Malware and viruses are different things. The former has been a problem over the past few years for OS X. The latter, though, never has and still is not.

If you have specific evidence to the contrary -- i.e. something more specific than a Google search -- please provide the details. The name of the virus would be best.
 
2012-12-27 12:05:00 PM  

The Angry Hand of God: illegal.tender: natazha: nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.

Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.

[Citation needed.]

AFAIK there are no "in the wild" viruses for OS X or iOS.

.. Looking around shows that there have been incidents of Windows viruses attached to emails stored on OS X user's systems, but no OS X viruses.

I know this comes up every time, and there is much emotion spread around on this topic, but again as far as I can tell there are not currently any viruses in the wild for OS X or iOS. If you have specific evidence to the contrary, please feel free to provide it.

A simple Google search for "Malware on OSX or IOS" will show you how very wrong you are. Additionally, Snow Leopard came with its own built-in anti-virus.


malware =! virus
 
2012-12-27 12:05:14 PM  

The Angry Hand of God: illegal.tender: natazha: nvmac: My iPad doesn't need it.

Apple can't get viruses.

Always amused by this, Apple computers were the main target of viruses for a long time. And it's starting up again.

[Citation needed.]

AFAIK there are no "in the wild" viruses for OS X or iOS.

.. Looking around shows that there have been incidents of Windows viruses attached to emails stored on OS X user's systems, but no OS X viruses.

I know this comes up every time, and there is much emotion spread around on this topic, but again as far as I can tell there are not currently any viruses in the wild for OS X or iOS. If you have specific evidence to the contrary, please feel free to provide it.

A simple Google search for "Malware on OSX or IOS" will show you how very wrong you are. Additionally, Snow Leopard came with its own built-in anti-virus.


You may be right about the malware on OS X part, but on iOS the last time I checked with Google there were something like 5(?) total in the entire life of iOS. Compare that with the article linked in the headline of 15,000 on Android over just a few months.
 
2012-12-27 01:35:43 PM  

lordargent: // hell, it could be as simple as getting neophyte linux users to type rm -r / in a terminal


It'll stop you from doing that. At least in Linux mint.
 
2012-12-27 01:38:36 PM  

Mike_LowELL: FlippityFlap: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!.................................... . .............no.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha yes

Apple cannot get viruses because of the mother hardware

The virus cannot recognize the retina display

I hope this expanation is clear

Posted from my iPad


And even in a worst case scenario, if some evil genius at Micro$oft or $am$ung somehow penetrated Apple's incredible defenses, it wouldn't matter, because everyone just gets a new device every year anyway.

Posted from my iPad
 
2012-12-27 01:48:28 PM  
This is why I keep my phone in a condom.
 
2012-12-27 02:19:22 PM  
I have a jail broken 4s, and use plenty of apps. In general the community hits people pretty hard if something comes up iffy on cydia or another repository. Seems to be about as trustworthy as the actual app store. Even have a few apps that watch what other apps have access too.
 
2012-12-27 03:50:57 PM  
Rockstone: It'll stop you from doing that. At least in Linux mint.

Yes, this is the age of a kinder, gentler linux.

IIRC, they have to sudo as well.
 
2012-12-27 03:51:14 PM  

Rockstone: lordargent: // hell, it could be as simple as getting neophyte linux users to type rm -r / in a terminal

It'll stop you from doing that. At least in Linux mint.


Fine, fine...

sudo rm -r /
 
2012-12-27 03:57:47 PM  
OriginalGamer : sudo rm -r /

In ubuntu, mint, etc, it will actually still warn you, even with the sudo.

The gnu version of rm preserves root unless you pass the no-preserve-root option.

// back in ubuntu 7, the no-preserve-root option was passed by default :D
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/coreutils/+bug/174283
 
2012-12-27 04:38:17 PM  
I love articles like this.

"According to this company that sells a product that is advertised as being able prevent THING X from happening, THING X happens to such-and-such percent of people who use items without this company's product."

Maybe I'd worry more if the ones saying there's a risk weren't the ones who are also trying to sell me the product that will allegedly lessen the risk they say exists.
 
2012-12-27 04:43:27 PM  
unless you're still using a rotary phone, which is a whole other set of problems right there

Hey Now! Rotary dial got us to the moon, and we haven't been back since.
Not once has my rotary dial phone been infec.. click click click click ted.
 
2012-12-27 05:20:08 PM  

UseTheForksLuke: unless you're still using a rotary phone, which is a whole other set of problems right there

Hey Now! Rotary dial got us to the moon, and we haven't been back since.
Not once has my rotary dial phone been infec.. click click click click ted.


Ha. That reminds me of an old Buffalo Dick sketch.

Raymond: "This is an AT&T phone. They're indestructible. You know, you can throw an AT&T phone onto the groun-"
SILENCE
Dick: "Raymond? Raymond?!? Hm. He's gone."
A few moments pass.
RING RING
Dick: "Hello?"
Raymond: "Wow. It smashed into a million pieces!"

/paraphrased from memory
//does anyone even remember the Buffalo Dick radio show?
 
2012-12-27 06:39:52 PM  

ZeroCorpse: //does anyone even remember the Buffalo Dick radio show?


I remember Ho Ho the Clown on TV, he wanted children to send in drawings of thier families, and then he censored them with black electrical tape; but that is a bit off subject.

Niow back in the Rotary Dial days we only had to dial four numbers. That is unless we were calling long distances to such far away places such as Kansas. In which case we had to tell the operator what number we were calling from so they would know who to bill the call to. "I'm calling from (any four digit random number I can think of)" or somebody's number we didn't take a liking too. That was the 'Caller I.D.' of the time. Our custom ring tone was two shorts and a long. Voice mail was when the neighbors picked up the phone on your ring because you were not answering. You could call yourself if you dialed your own number and hung up real quick. We even had * and # functions which used numbers 11 and 12. Call transfers and forward you just hung up the phone and dialed the destination number. We had texting but you had to use a teletype machine that weighed about 100 pounds, but at least our little thumbs were not curled up like most kid's thumbs are today. You may laugh but I've yet to see anybody with an iPhone or Android using it on the moon. The Saturn V rocket was flown with rotary commands, nothing to get infected or go haywire. I think we really went wrong by making everything totally digital. You kids with your fire and your wheel and cellular radios.
 
2012-12-28 09:26:14 PM  

Snargi: serial_crusher: unless you spend so much time vetting each app you install that you're completely confident it's legitimate and virus-free

You know who spends so much time vetting every app I install that I'm completely confidant it's legitimate and virus-free? Apple, that's who.

They used to say that about Macs...


"they" used to say that Apple had a curated app store for macs (well, they have since 2011 I guess), and that the macs were locked down to only run software approved by that app store?  "they" are idiots then.

/ yes, malware has gotten through the app store
// then they caught it and removed it.
/// Combining their curation with my common sense, I think I'll do alright.
//// Would do alright with an android phone as well...
 
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