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Comment: Think about it (Score 1) 116

by Ilgaz (#49554073) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

here we go...

Guess it's time to change my email address...

The base of everything that will effect the number one operating system on portables (Android) and possibly "internet of things" has been upgraded after 24 months of work by individuals and Fortune 500 and all we will discuss is systemd.

If they weren't involved, it is like winning lottery for Microsoft and they didn't even purchase a ticket.

Comment: Re:Just works? (Score 2) 286

by MobileTatsu-NJG (#49553299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

What does "just works" even mean? Do you want it to be able to reliably make phone calls without having to worry about software failing? Get a non-smart phone.

Ha! I had a number of "non-smart-phones" back in the late 90's and early 00's. After a while they'd develop some sort of problem that destroyed their usefulness. Sometimes it was general software crappery, occasionally it was something like the battery door had come loose and it'd jostle in my pocket and shut it down. On too many occasions I looked at the display, everything seemed okay, but it turned out the phone was frozen and needed the battery removed to be rebooted. I could not rely on these phones to act as an alarm clock, that's how bad they were. I eventually got a Palm Treo. It was less reliable than those, but at least it made up for it by having access to email and web browsing... sort of.

When my contract was up with the Treo the iPhone was on its second revision. I didn't expect much but I switched over to it. It wasn't long before it became my primary alarm clock. I can honestly say that I have never had an alarm on any of my iPhones fail to go off*. I've never missed a call because the phone decided not to tell me. (That happened a LOT with my "not-smart-phones".) In the last 7 years I think I've only done a hard-reset twice. If I had to do it again I'd have to look it up.

What I'm saying is I didn't have a reliable phone until I got a smart phone. Frankly if I had to switch to Android at some point, I'd go in quite confident I'd end up with a similar tale to tell.

Now was it all sunshine and roses? No. Wifi is finnicky on Apple devices. It's a common complaint and I can tell you I've personally experienced it. Also, between iOS 7 and 8, the quality of the operating system has gone down. I don't know what's going on over at Apple, but either the switch to 64-bit was a much bigger problem than they let on or they're just not giving a shit. Yes, my phone always rings and my alarm always goes off, but it's only recently that I've actually seen glitchiness on these phones. Apple's promising that iOS9 is the 'reliable' version. I hope for their sake that they manage it.

But I'm sorry, I found your comment funny. Maybe I'm not representative of a large group of people, but dumb-phones generally are crap.

* I do, however, be extra careful when daylight savings time comes and goes because Apple has screwed that up multiple times. I don't know why it takes three tries to write alarm code that can survive an hour disappearing or reappearing.

Comment: Re:None (Score 1) 286

You laugh, but old school rotary phones could still call for emergency help if the power went out, they didn't hang, they didn't get viruses, they didn't get firmware "upgrades" that stopped them from working properly or at all, they didn't run out of their own batteries in the middle of a long call...

For once, I'm 100% in agreement with Khyber. Smartphones in a world with modern laptops, tablets, headsets and feature phones just look like a mediocre compromise to me. About the only thing they seem to be better at than any of the numerous other devices available is letting someone check Facebook every 10 seconds without actually having to take anything out of a pocket. At least until someone updates something remotely for them and breaks that functionality, anyway...

Comment: Re:systemd, eh? (Score 1) 453

by serviscope_minor (#49551369) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Now? Nothing.

However, the F1 key works and the FN key works, so in other words, the physical key works perfectly. And the sleep key worked perfectly before the upgrade to systemd. So, it seems overwhelmingly likely that systemd is the problem since it subsumed control over ACPI events from acpid.

Comment: Re:A sad day on Slashdot (Score 1) 195

by serviscope_minor (#49550901) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

I just bet you were so stupid you would keep doubling down.

Ah so we are back to trading insults. Troubly is you're not very good at it, because it requires more than de-coupled invective to be effective. You see the little narrative you have rattling round inside you brain is actually just inside your own brain and makes no sense to anyone else. That of course does reveal plenty about the nature and quality of your brain as well.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.

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