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latest lameness, lunacy and laughter from the Net.
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Just "a Couple of Hundred Dollars"
As BugBear continues to bite millions of Net users world-wide it is perhaps
time to consider the advisability of extending cellphone technology to the
point where executable code can be downloaded and run.
Take, for example, this story
published by IDG earlier this week in which it is revealed that Telecom
is evaluating the use and provision of Qualcomm's
BREW is an acronym for Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless -- it is also
a clever twist on Sun's Java in both concept and presentation (compare the logos).
Like Java, BREW supposedly offers a safe, secure way to deliver extensible
functionality to wireless devices such as cellphones -- well that's the theory.
However, we all know that even the mighty resources of Sun couldn't stop
Java from developing its fair share of security holes (aka hacker
vulnerabilities) so why should we believe that Qualcomm's offering won't
I suspect that most Aardvark readers are tech-savvy enough to disinfect their
own PCs if the are unfortunate enough to become infected by a virus -- but
could they fix an infected cellphone I wonder?
It seems that one of Qualcomm's approaches to reducing the risk of malevolent
code being shipped in BREW format is to require all apps to be tested by
them (for a fee) before being approved for general use.
An eagle-eyed Aardvark reader emailed me to point out that
a Telecom "suit" is quoted by IDG as saying that the BREW development kit is a free
download, and that it only costs "a couple of hundred dollars" to get
a game approved by Qualcomm -- after which it will be placed on Qualcomm's
servers and made globally available.
Hey, "a couple of hundred dollars" doesn't sound too bad does it?
Sorry Telecom but the sky must be a funny colour in your world. Check out
the *actual* testing fees
seem to range from NZ$1550 to NZ$6,500.
Oh, and as the reader also points out, don't forget to add NZ$800 or so for
the mandatory Verisign certificate as well.
The Java/Vodafone option sure looks a lot more attractive to small developers
Hmmm... I wonder if Telecom could lend me "a couple of hundred dollars" -- I promise
to pay them back $200.
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