[maemo-users] Someone has tried Devicescape?

From: John Rudd john at rudd.cc
Date: Wed Oct 10 20:15:40 EEST 2007
I don't think stupidity is a better answer here than malice :-}  It's an 
application that handles my passwords.  Stupidity can be as bad, or 
sometimes even worse, than malice, in that arena.

And, by viral, I was comparing it to computer viruses which continually 
re-add themselves to a registry, or real world viruses that hide and 
replicate in your cells so that your immune system has trouble finding 
them, and they keep coming back after you've fought the initial 
infection (ala chicken pox, which can come back as shingles).

It _could_ just be that their "be sure we're activated" part of the 
installer always runs when the PDA comes up, instead of only doing that 
the _first_ time the PDA comes up after installing the app.  But I still 
find it to be an extremely inappropriate behavior.

David Rudder wrote:
> You know what they say. "Never attribute to malice that which can be 
> explained by stupidity".
> I'm a software developer and I've made exactly these kinds of mistakes 
> more than once. DeviceScape doesn't strike me as the sort of company 
> that would intentionally disobey your settings. It seems to me like more 
> of an oversight.
> Also, "viral" usually means that it spreads itself to other machines. I 
> don't think DeviceScape is doing that. It's just losing preferences.
> -Dave
> John Rudd wrote:
>> I downloaded it, and installed it.  Didn't find it immediately useful 
>> to my situation, so I turned it off, thinking that I'd try it again 
>> later when I was able to get them specific information for the wifi 
>> login page at work, so that they could support it.
>> And it turned itself back on when I next powered up.
>> And I turned it off again, and unchecked it in the Navigation control 
>> panel.
>> And it turned itself back on when I next powered up, having also 
>> re-enabled itself on the Navigation control panel.
>> So I did it again, in case I had missed a step.
>> And it did it again.
>> So I uninstalled it.  And wont ever use it again.
>> Anything that decides to over-ride my decision to not use it is a 
>> complete piece of crap.  On the basis of its viral nature alone, I 
>> heavily recommend against using it.  Who knows what other nefarious 
>> things its doing under the hood (and, yes, I consider "re-enabling 
>> itself", after the user specifically and directly disabled it, to be 
>> "nefarious").  Or if it's not doing it now, what things the company 
>> might add to it once you're comfortable with it over-riding your 
>> settings for you.
>> Jose Manrique Lopez de la Fuente wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> have anybody tried this app?:
>>> http://www.devicescape.com/pub/download.do
>>> Thanks and best regards,
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