New Laws for Old?

Yesterday, one of my colleagues, Magnetic Inductance Force, sent me a [Link] to an article entitled “How to Keep Specific Android Apps from Auto-Updating.” Now this is a VERY useful article – as he pointed out – because like all OS, any specific instance of Android – I make the distinction because each cellular telephone manufacturer and service provider adds their own stuff – includes some actual and apparent CrapWare.

That is, apps or clients that you don’t want or don’t need and can’t get rid of. My example is that there are several Gooey utilities built into Android, so deepest source CrapWare, that others may use but I don’t.

So short of being able to delete the stercus, keeping it from updating is a mitzvah.

Why? Because unlike a real computer, slablets are basically portable devices with fixed instrumentality. That means you are limited to a battery and the memory (CPU) built in. And you can’t yet build-your-own slablet.

And since updates generally grow because patching is NEVER as efficient as writing, the apps just get bigger and hungrier. Bigger relative parasites.

So being able to minimize them for real is a boon.

But this article, which is mediocrely written and is something that should be in any decent OS documentation, put me in mind of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s “Laws”: [Link]

Clarke’s first law – When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Clarke’s second law – The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Clarke’s third law – Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

in the context of modern techno-society. One where all the politicians have gone into science denial/hatred and no one provides technical manuals any more. 

So my whack at the laws – revised – is:

  • First law – When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right and will be ignored, vilified, denied, or killed by the politicals.
  • Second law – The only way of discovering the limits of the impossible is to venture a little way past them into the possible, if you can find anyone who is willing to abandon their social reality delusions.
  • Third law – Any advanced, undocumented technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Enjoys your superstition if you are one of the decreasing few who can stomach religionist organizational fascism. Otherwise, stay home today and explore some reality. Not social reality. Not political reality. Actual reality.

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