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Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 0) 142

I understand why people hate systemd, it is like a metastasized and contagious cancer that affects all internal systems and also spreads to new distributions.
But there are still a few that haven't succumbed yet.

Being mostly a KDE user, I don't know why everybody hates GNOME 2, can anybody explain this?

KDE has problems, one of which is the disconnection between developers and the rest of the community. The community wasn't happy about the whole "semantic desktop" thing pushed down our throats, but the developers, in complete denial, (of course, they always know better) disregarded this.

This is an interesting reading (read the comments).

Comment Re:Book of numbers (Score 1) 332

Next dunce: Iran, as they just gave up 90% completed nukes in exchange for a piece of stamped paper with, which they can't even cleanse their posteriors, because muslims use water for that purpose. Soon they will be bombed back to stone ages by Tel-Aviv.

First of all, the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, not Tel-Aviv.

Israel could have nuked Iran a long time ago already, but they opted for a less deadly alternative, the Stuxnet virus. The problem is that Stuxnet, just like the recently signed deal, can only delay the bomb, not prevent it.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

I share your feelings, I would never buy a phone without an integrated keyboard. I don't care if it adds 5mm to my phone. Unfortunately that limits my options quite a bit.

I also don't understand why phone makers are so obsessed with keeping them thin. I would gladly trade in a few mm for more battery life.

Comment No thanks (Score 1) 79

- too expensive for what it is
- too heavy
- the touchpad is too big and not centered
- numeric keyboard is useless most of the time
- 3 usb ports? for this size I expected 4
- mini-displayport? why not hdmi?

I would rather buy a normal laptop (2 Kg or less) and a docking station connected to a nice big screen, keyboard and mouse to use at home/office.

And this being a Lenovo, the BIOS is artificially crippled to limit upgrades to just Lenovo "approved" cards.

No thanks.

Comment Re:Automatic update service (Score 1) 208

When will they fix the automatic update service?

Hopefully "fix" by removing it entirely. I don't want each and every piece of software to phone home looking for "updates". (That wastes time at startup when you wants things to be quick - especially when travelling and using slow networks. And when I want to browse - the last thing I want is an upgrade offer. "No, I am not about to waste time now - I STARTED the computer to read som mail/news/..."

Upgrades are very competently handled through the distribution these days. I decide when it it time to deal with upgrades, and then I have all sw on the machine upgraded simultaneously. Not just one particular browser. Perhaps windows users are not so lucky - but make an "upgrader addon" specifically for windows then. Don't bother the rest of us with such bloat.

The updating function can be removed at compilation time. I guess that most Linux distros do this.
To remove it just add "ac_add_options --disable-updater" to your .mozconfig before compiling.

In windows they have the normal updater (help / about will trigger a manual update), and the Mozilla updater service. The service concept is nice, but it just doesn't work.

Comment Automatic update service (Score 2) 208

When will they fix the automatic update service?

Every time I check my relative's computers, their Firefox and Thunderbird are outdated, and I have enabled the Mozilla automatic update service.

And I could live without Pocket, Sync, Marketplace, or the useless chat system in Thunderbird.
All of these should be addons.

Sync is a good idea, but it should be possible to run your own Sync server using standard software instead of a half-baked python script.

Comment Denial (Score 1) 135

We should not ignore historic events just because they don't paint a rosy picture of humanity: the inquisition, the holocaust, the armenian genocide, etc.

Spain will soon approve a law to grant citizenship to the jews expelled from Spain in 1492, this is the right attitude to correct mistakes, not to ignore them. I wonder if Germany will follow.

Comment Thinkpads are not really customizable (Score 4, Informative) 219

After buying some Thinkpads X230, I discovered that I can only use the mini-pci slot with cards approved by Lenovo, and included in their stupid BIOS whitelist.
I won't buy a Thinkpad again until Lenovo stops this abhorrent practice.
And please, no more excuses for this behavior.

This could never happen with an opensource BIOS.

Comment Re:The unfortunate thing (Score 1) 134

I was also watching the Neo900 project for a while, but they made some bad decisions.
It's too expensive because they didn't want to compromise on anything, and they decided to add a separator will make a thick phone even thicker.
I would have bought it if the price was around 400 euro and it didn't need a separator.
Now I'm placing my bets on the Pyra

Comment Re:It. Will. Fail. Period (Score 1) 134

You are ranting about something that you have no idea about.

480 Euro? More like 900+.
0.5 Gb storage? That is just NAND, on top of that you have MMC and microSD.
You can play freeciv while on the train, then rsync saved games to continue playing on your PC.
Its basically a Debian tablet with phone capabilities and real keyboard.

Comment Re:It's all about competition (Score 3, Informative) 208

That is not true if you use Lenovo.

Lenovo doesn't want customers to be able to upgrade their laptops, so they implemented a list of approved mini-pci cards that can be used in them. It's called "bios whitelist".

Therefore if you have a Lenovo laptop you will have to change the whole laptop. Presumably to a different brand that doesn't pull this crap.

For those who do. Not.

Comment Re: Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 2) 161

I just bought the Lenovo Edge Flex 15 and on Linux the Wifi card doesn't work, period. The only "fix" is to wait until 3.20 kernel adds support. Piece of shit OS or piece of shit Lenovo for not ensuring Linux compatibility? (Anyway, the keyboard sucks, so don't buy it)

You could upgrade the wifi card to something that works in Linux and get 802.11ac at the same time.

See page 39 of the hardware maintenance manual:

Just make sure you get a wifi card that is in the BIOS whitelist.
The BIOS whitelist is a list of PCI devices that have been approved by Lenovo for each laptop. If not in the list, the BIOS will refuse to boot.
This is just an imposed restriction by Lenovo, decent laptop makers don't do such a thing.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.