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Flawsome software: Making educated platform choices

The Macalope | July 31, 2015
The internecine warfare between Android and iOS continues to rage, leaving no one unscathed. This week brings another volley as researchers discovered a Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text.

Here's the bottom line:


No, wait, that's not the bottom line. That's just a line. Possibly the thin line between love and hate. Hard to tell. These lines used to be labelled but the Macalope left them on the dash of his car and all the labels peeled off. Anyway, the horny one has a final point to make before getting to the bottom line.

It's OK to recognize that Android is worse on security than iOS and still get an Android device. Because -- surprise! -- each platform has its own benefits and drawbacks. Shocking, right? Who knew that we didn't live in a black-and-white world? Gary, was it you? Why didn't you say anything? Sharing, Gary. That's what it's all about.

iOS really is more restrictive. Android provides more hardware choice. Most iOS apps are better designed. Android is a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities, the iTunes Store back-end is a toxic hellstew of impossibly complicated tasks. We could do this all day. But that would be a crappy way to spend a day. The point is, if you're supporting Android under the idea that it's more secure, you're simply wrong. The Macalope knows this drives open software proponents absolutely insane, but it's true.

Pick the things that important to you and go with the platform that better satisfies those requirements. But be honest. Much more for yourself than any other reason.

Bottom line.



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