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Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 1) 277

by Blaskowicz (#49756181) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

What's so bad? Contact name, number. That's it. You can either back contacts up to the SIM card, or default to storing them on SIM card. (some phones may e.g. store two numbers per contact, but that will map to two entries when on SIM card)
If you want more, there's pen and paper contact list or perhaps little tools that may come with a webmail. You need a back up anyway (a USB SIM reader may be another way to back up)

What you miss : dumb phone is half the size of a low end smartphone. They also don't get outdated and/or full of malware (arguably the stock OS is outdated when you buy a low end Android and it's debatable whether the bunch of apps that comes with it are malware already.)

Comment: Get one with USB (Score 1) 277

by Blaskowicz (#49756013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Old phones can be good or great (even the Motorola F3 is kind of old already) but the chargers problem is a plague, and you might want one to leave at one and one to carry with you. Having the wrong size of "samsung plug" or worse sony-ericsson is frustrating.
It's still an option but if you choose to go with a new, recent dumb phone, there are ones with USB - real, micro-USB. So you're set with just one USB charger at home, and on the move you'll easily find a micro-USB plug at friends's and family's, and you can always bring one with you (if only a USB to micro USB cable) if you really need it. No special USB either, you only have to care about 500mA current.

You will typically get internal SD card slot and 3.5mm jack output on these phones, though you can ignore those features. FM radio is useful (perhaps not in the US if I believe the comments on some stories)
Nokia 215 is such one phone, but it's a not-quite-dumb one with a mini browser baked in (okay..) and a facebook app (and twitter) baked in the firmware.. Crap! if that's what you want go for it maybe. But there are other, dumber phones. e.g. Wiko Lubi 2 and Lubi 3 (present in only some markets, including UK)
Well, have a quick look at what's available, brands vary by region but USB is becoming standard. Samsung seems to be an outlier.

Comment: Re:The art of doing more with less (Score 1) 163

There's even somewhat of a disaster going on. A year ago or more, flash 11.2 for linux got compiled with SSE2 and thus stopped working on processors that only support SSE - and the faster Pentium III or Athlon XP still are good enough CPUs. Adobe couldn't be arsed to provide two paths or just leave the damn thing alone (after promising security updates till 2017).

Comment: Re:Extension? F-Droid? (Score 1) 108

Can you delete or just hide the Google Play store? I'm asking this as a buddy will get a new phone and he would likely be interested in only ever installing F-droid apps (gmail is about the only hard requirement on google, with google plus but isn't that one a website anyway).

Comment: Re:I take two things from this. (Score 1) 98

Not earth-shattering, but Tonga which is GCN 1.2 is the GPU that needs most a re-release and I think they release a new GPU this year, Iceland. That one is low end 128bit, and is about what you need to run the new AMD linux driver - which sadly requires GCN 1.2 (?) from what I think I've read.

Comment: Re:Cygwin appreciation society! (Score 2) 215

by Blaskowicz (#49726509) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

I sort of like Teraterm Pro, I don't think it really does more than putty but it's self-contained (in regard to the GUI), tabbed and the set up is mostly setting up the font, font size and text color. With either putty or Teraterm, install Xming to do X11 (next/next/finish, then check a box in the terminal program's settings)

Comment: Re:Facebook isn't free (Score 1) 144

I should have left facebook.[your country tld] and www.facebook.[your country tld] in there and sure, all the other ones are missing, then there's stuff I don't know about. It's not that easy to find a list.
I would block the IP ranges as they're given in a post here, but investigating about how to do it on a linux desktop is boring.

Comment: Re:Facebook isn't free (Score 2) 144

Perhaps Privacy Badger is great but there are a few issues : knowing the extension du jour, possible browser slowdown (well, I think Mozilla Lightbeam did it), danger of launching an unprotected secondary browser or profile.

You can do something like this at the hosts file : perhaps this one has unnecessary duplicate entries but it works (in particular "connect", "login" and cdn" are blocked out)

127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 facebook.com
127.0.0.1 static.ak.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 www.static.ak.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.login.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 www.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 fbcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.fbcdn.com
127.0.0.1 static.ak.connect.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.static.ak.connect.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 threatexchange.fb.com
127.0.0.1 fb.com
127.0.0.1 www.fb.com
127.0.0.1 newsroom.fb.com
127.0.0.1 internet.org
127.0.0.1 facebook.net
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.net

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