Google - speed bumps - Android

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 22:29

Google's motto was "Don't be evil". Alphabet's motto is "Do the right thing". Both are examples of corporate mendacity. 

Android Marshmallow and Nougat introduced a feature which requires an arcane incantation to unveil much of the underlying power of the world's most popular operating system. As an example, enabling MTP, the USB transfer mode which allows Windows to download photos from your smart phones camera, requires the following:

  • Find "Settings"
  • Scroll down to "About"
  • Repeatedly tap on the build number and eventually you will be granted "Developer Options"
  • Scroll down to "Select USB Configuration"
  • Select MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)

The speed bump was invented by Arthur Compton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for the Compton effect which managed to confuse physics students for generations by conflating wave and particle explanations of electromagnetic radiation. In the meantime, he contributed to the Manhattan Project to which we owe "duck and cover", our governments advice on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack or a presidential election.