Posted May 17, 2012 7:13 UTC (Thu) by gmatht
In reply to: Tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich
Parent article: Tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich
Even for Android some popular programs need root. Most desktop applications should be easy to implement in a CapDesk like environment, where e.g. documents cannot be opened except via a trusted file open dialog box. Even some existing GTK applications may be able to be partially limited this way by Plash. For those rare applications that really do require bypassing these security measures, maybe requiring them to either be packaged by engineers with 2+ years experience, or only be run on devices that have been explicitly "rooted", isn't such a bad thing.
Also, when I think of "general computation" I usually think of Turing completeness. Running a Turing machine is as safe
or safer than loading a webpage.
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