One of the things I hate is Nannyware – systems that feel they have to warn you when you’re not being politically correct. And Google’s Android is no exception. First they started with the “unplug your charger to save electricity” even if you were using a solar powered charger. Now it’s “Listening at a high volume for a long time may damage your hearing”.
I just upgraded my Motorola RAZR M (XT907) to Kitkat and the warnings started. Fortunately I found a way around it and it should work on all phones. There’s a setting that’s internal to the phone what sets the volume % threshold. And I found an app that sets it.
So – here’s what you do. Install this free app from the play store called “Fine Volume Control”
Then go to the setting and set the warning threshold to 100%. If you want to keep the app after that is up to you but after you make this change you can uninstall the app and the problem is fixed.
I F___ing hate Nannyware. I’m quite capable of making my own choices. In this case when I get in my car to use bluetooth I have an automated task using Tasker that puts the media volume at 100% so that it is a consistent setting for when I drive. I then use the car’s volume control to set the loudness to what I want.
The idea that Google thinks it has to nanny me is very disturbing. I really don’t need this crap.
Another example – under Linux I installed Google’s Chrome browser. I try to run it as root and it’s “no no – you can run this program as root”. They don’t seem to understand that I have a Linux OS installed on a flash drive on my key chain that I use as an emergency server repair kit. When I’m fixing server I’m running as root. And if I bring up a browser it’s because I’m doing a search on the web to try to solve some problem or look up some error code.
But they have this ancient idea that running as root is something holy and you should never run as root, even though I configure most all my servers to have no other real users and root is all there is. No problem – I uninstalled Chrome and run Firefox because it does what I want to do. Not what Google wants me to do.
I wouldn’t mind it so much if they just had a way to turn it off. Maybe I should write a “Shut up I know what the fuck I’m doing” app/