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Comment: Re:Ultra Power Saving (Score 1) 312

by Eunuchswear (#49757277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

2) Traveling to a foreign country where the requisite power adapters have not been acquired or failed to make it into the pack. Bonus for traveling through intermediate countries that have different plugs than your source or destination.

Brute force can often deal with this problem. (French "type C" plugs can be forced into quite a large number of sockets that they're not supposed to be. ).

Comment: Re:FAQ (Score 1) 134

by Eunuchswear (#49750209) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

If I'm wrong and a light tap will always work, and a swipe will never be broken up into multiple gestures or ignored altogether, and so on, then I'd be delighted, albeit surprised the technology isn't being used anywhere else.

The N900 does have a stylus, but, personally, I only used it for non-mobile versions of some websites or running X programs that weren't written for touch screens.

Probably the reason the technology is not used elsewhere is that the screen is pretty fragile -- it's plastic, not glass, and soft plastic at that. Scratches do build up, and screen protectors do reduce sensitivity.

Also the N900 is single touch -- the dual touch "magic" didn't exist when the N900 was made.

Comment: Re:Hardly "Open" or Free Software Friendly (Score 1) 134

by Eunuchswear (#49744109) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

'd want them to have at least produced a distribution or version of a distribution without the non-free pieces. That way I'd at least know that its unlikely anything is spying on me (other than tracking when the phone is on).

You can, AFAIK, do non-accelarated graphics with no closed code. Don't know about WIFI.

I'm also assuming here the GSM modem doesn't have access to the CPU, ram, or flash on the device.

Your assumption is correct.

Comment: Re:Amtrak's existing signal system (Score 1) 393

A locked cockpit door could have prevented 9/11

And, since 9/11 has been a contributory cause to at least two crashes. (Helios Airways 522 and Germanwings 9525).

(P.S. before somebody trots out the old "9/11 was the last time a plane could be hijacked" meme check it out --- there have been 10s of hijackings since 9/11).

"Well I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy." -- Ellyn Mustard, about marriage