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Why is DJI Assistant 2.dmg bundled with HoRNDIS?
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28wins
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The DJI desktop software feels incredibly spammy by Apple's standards.

No explanation is given as to why the HoRNDIS is required.
I declined to install it by just terminating its installer.

DJI, if you are reading this, please clarify and get rid of it.
@ DJI Grace
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  1. HoRNDIS is a kernel extension ("kext") that makes it possible to use your Android phone's built-in USB tethering support on your Mac OS X system.  In order to use it, you will need:

  2.         •        a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later (i.e., Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, or Sierra);
  3.         •        an Android phone that supports USB tethering natively;
  4.         •        and for the USB tethering feature on your phone to be enabled (either by your carrier, or through third-party firmware).

  5. For support, please visit [url=http://www.joshuawise.com/horndis.]http://www.joshuawise.com/horndis.[/url]

  6. You will be guided through the steps necessary to install HoRNDIS on your Mac.[/i]
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And then when launching DJI Assistant 2, macOS picked-up on this attempt:

        
Do you want the application “Assistant.app” to accept incoming network connections?


Again, why is this necessary?

Finally, you plug-in the aircraft and macOS picks-up on a different attempt!

        
Do you want the application “VisionStarter2” to accept incoming network connections?


What is VisionStarter2???
I didn't install that.
If it is part of DJI Assistant 2, no explanation is given.






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eYeSkYeYe
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OMG, that's horrendous! LOL

DJI drones run Android.... does this clarify?
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28wins
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eYeSkYeYe Posted at 2018-2-14 12:39
OMG, that's horrendous! LOL

DJI Drones run Android.... does this clarify?

It may begin to. Why doesn't DJI include some sort of descriptive write up on the splash screen to explain what's going to happen, BEFORE it happens during the instal?

Why is that kernel extension required/ offered by DJI?

And why the pings/ incoming connections macOS firewall is catching (and which I denied!)?
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28wins Posted at 2018-2-14 12:41
It may begin to.

Why is that kernel extension required/ offered by DJI?

Probably off-label use as an usb driver for cheap (free ).
Yes, DJI GO 4 and DJI Assistant do send a lot of user data in unknown direction, but that's known fact.
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eYeSkYeYe Posted at 2018-2-14 12:43
Probably off-label use as an usb driver for cheap (free ).
Yes, DJI GO 4 and DJI Assistant do send a lot of user data in unknown direction, but that's known fact.

Fine but there is no explanation as to why it's needed/ offered.

DJI you should do better than this.

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28wins Posted at 2018-2-14 12:45
Fine but there is no explanation as to why it's needed/ offered.

DJI you should do better than this.

I would certainly not admit to doing billions and playing cheap.
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eYeSkYeYe Posted at 2018-2-14 12:48
I would certainly not admit to doing billions and playing cheap.

You mean playing fair/ clean?

So annoying.
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28wins Posted at 2018-2-14 12:56
You mean playing fair/ clean?

So annoying.

I am yet to see DJI release sources for all the GNU stuff they use in their eccosystem. GPL mandates that, but...
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Here is another thing: I am updating the aircraft firmware to v.1.0.2 and it's been stuck on 7% for 20 minutes.
Is the spammy DJI Assistant 2 uploading the contents of my laptop SSD to DJI's servers?


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28wins Posted at 2018-2-14 13:00
Here is another thing: I am updating the aircraft firmware to v.1.0.2 and it's been stuck on 7% for 20 minutes.
Is the spammy DJI Assistant 2 uploading the contents of my laptop SSD to DJI's servers?

Could be... have no idea...
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eYeSkYeYe Posted at 2018-2-14 13:04
Could be... have no idea...

@DJI


Ended up turning the aircraft off and terminating DJI Assistant 2.

Tried again and the second time, the update went through within minutes with the aircraft restarting several times.


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I am sure DJI will have some explanation. Electrons need to warm up or something like that.
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stevefa
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I recommend Little Snitch (https://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html) if you care about apps phoning home.
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IceBox-Murdock
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Yeah! I panicked when I saw this. Didn't install it though. I thought my iMac was being hacked.
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leopulce
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Hello everyone,
I'm trying to update the firmware of my P4P via Assistant (on a Mac), but as I connect the AC and click on P4P icon, it fails loading the firmware list.
And if I try to do a Facttory reset it says that is not possible...
I'm waiting for your precious suggestions... PLEASE HELP!!!
Thanks. Leonardo
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asaw
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I decided not to install DJI Assistant 2 for Mac when I saw that they have a .pkg on the link labeled DMG. PKG is a kind of installer that can do anything with the system. I install such packages only if it is really necessary (if I need to install a driver for instance). Why would DJI need this?
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djiuser_6Mu8OFVmDKbB
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Crap man. I freaking allowed this on my Mac for the fpv assistant and it requires a restart and now my computer won’t load to turn on!!! Seriously?!
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Jeff402
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This is an unbelievable INSTANT FAIL for considering DJI products!
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