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Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 1) 46

by ChunderDownunder (#46775377) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

my linux distribution already includes the kitchen sink for many of these services.

Perhaps they're not packaged in a 'personal' context to enable you to run the next facebook on chrooted debian running on your smartphone, using various peer-to-peer encryption protocols. Is that the intent? Or a full-blown linux server that runs in a Hyper-V container from you Win 8 Pro desktop? Sounds very "hand-wavey'.

So, I'm just curious as to why a project with vaguely defined goals and no obvious roadmap or system architectural document ends up as a front page Slashdot submission?

I have coding skills, I can't contribute docs for a project that can't elucidate its purpose to laypeople on their homepage.

Comment: Re:Stay away from my school please (Score 1) 101

It's a platform that restricts the available choice of software, forcing content to be rewritten for a web interface.

Pre-existing content isn't an issue just for Chrome OS. e.g. A friend's grandchildren were forced to use an iPad for classroom use. Turns out they couldn't do a homework exercise because the educational material targeted flash.

Comment: Re:Sad, and not black and white either (Score 1) 351

by ChunderDownunder (#46702691) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Not helpful??

Think of the plants in the rainforest with which local tribesmen use to treat illness. Synthesising these compounds may be crucial in treating the next batch of superbugs.

Think of terra preta, a fertile soil mix found in the Amazon, whose synthesis could be the key to 21st century crop yields devastated by climate change.

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1109

by ChunderDownunder (#46701901) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Telefonica, the main Firefox OS licensee.

As well as their native Iberian peninsula, Portugal & Spain (where Geeksphone originates), a main market is in same-sex-marriage friendly South American nations, e.g. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

So there's potential backlash in these markets where FFOS handets are to be introduced.

Comment: Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (Score 0) 294

The 20th century called - how often does the typical user *need* to shutdown?

An ACPI device should, when idle, suspend to RAM after 15 minutes and hibernate after an hour.

I have a fossil-fuel guzzling noisy desktop PC in my sleeping quarters that I shutdown every night but a modern PC should snooze on minimal juice.

Comment: Re:Non-touch devices aka (Score 1) 294

Laptops running Windows make up more than 1% of the PC market. MS aren't just pitching to replace the hundreds of millions of ten year old office PCs running XP.

By 2015, the percentage of Windows laptops sold without a touch-screen will be single figures, as the differential between the cost of production diminishes and manufacturers compete based on value-added features.

Watch the TV ad for Windows Surface Pro. A boss buys his entire staff a tablet, so they enjoy a 'fringe benefit' of a lifestyle device outside work hours. This tablet also docks to a keyboard, so that they can run standard business programs; a free gift of a convertible tablet enslaves the corporate user to be connected to the workplace 24/7 - evil genius.

Comment: Re:It's a start (Score 1) 294

Another promising idea killed off by improper sandboxing? :(

How is 'Little bits of random HTML' any more insecure than browsing the web using IE 11, I wonder...

I'm cheering for Mozilla at this point. Latest builds of Firefox for Android promise seamless integration of HTML apps. If they did the same for Windows, you'd see the HTML5 market expand.

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