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Comment Re:Which is why you don't let this stuff connect.. (Score 1) 98 98

(1) I'm not sure on the specifics of phones/watches but in my country, one can claim as a tax deductibility a 'salary sacrifice' if equipment is used for work purposes. e.g. that $70/month shiny iPhone 6 plan might be subsidized by the government if you BYOD but maybe not if it's purely for personal use.

(2) I'm surprised hypervisors with dual SIM haven't caught on yet. i.e. you run your own personal stack as the host OS and work provides you with a secure encrypted image to load as the guest OS. That way they only have control of the virtualized environment which is remotely scrubbed on employment termination or theft.

Comment Re:A month with a Ubuntu phone (Score 4, Insightful) 118 118

Well I for one am content with a 'dumbphone'.

I have a desktop PC for my computing needs and the cloud services I need while in transit are adequately served by the web. If I'm restless on public transport I'll whip out my e-reader and read a chapter of a book rather than fiddling with an app.

Comment Re:A month with a Ubuntu phone (Score 1) 118 118

nice cartoon!

I'm still Google-OS free after nearly a year of Firefox OS.

The inbuilt email client mightn't be quite as slick as the Gmail app but it's way more usable than Google's mobile mail web page. Facebook feels lighter than the app on my old HTC. I use the web interface of the old reader since I never found an RSS reader on Android I was comfortable with. Here Maps from Nokia does the job, even if it's not Google.

A heavy app user would feel cheated, I guess. But I'm a cheapskate who never *purchased* a single app from Google Play and 90% of the time I am more than content with a dumb phone running on bleeding-edge Gecko, which is smoother than Android browsers on similar hardware.

That HTC runs Kitkat via cyanogenmod, which I've since donated to my 73yo mother. She finds Android heavy and confusing - her daughter-in-law thinks she'd be better off with a shiny new iPhone. As an experiment, we recently swapped handsets - she found Firefox OS cleaner and more intuitive and was reluctant to give it back after a week, except for the apps she'd be missing - mainly from MS (Office for viewing mail attachments and Skype)


Speed-Ups, Small Fixes Earn Good Marks From Ars For Mint 17.2 69 69

Ars Technica reviews the newest release from Linux MInt -- version 17.2, offered with either the Cinnamon desktop, or the lighter-weight MATE, which feels like what Gnome 2 might feel in an alternate universe where Gnome 3 never happened. Reviewer Scott Gilbertson has mostly good things to say about either variety, and notes a few small drawbacks, too. The nits seem to be minor ones, though they might bite some people more than others: Mint, based on Ubuntu deep down, is almost perfectly compatible with Ubuntu packages, but not every one, and this newest version of Mint ships with the 3.16 kernel of Ubuntu 14.04, which means slightly less advanced hardware support. (Gilbertson notes, though, that going with 3.16 means Mint may be the ideal distro if you want to avoid systemd.) "This release sees the Cinnamon developers focusing on some of what are sometimes call "paper cut" fixes, which just means there's been a lot of attention to the details, particularly the small, but annoying problems. For example, this release adds a new panel applet called "inhibit" which temporarily bans all notifications. It also turns off screen locking and stops any auto dimming you have set up, making it a great tool for when you want to watch a video or play a game." More "paper cut" fixes include improved multi-panel options, graphics-refresh tweaks, a way to restart the Cinnamon desktop without killing the contents of a session, graphics-refresh tweaks, and other speed-ups that make this release "noticeably snappier than its predecessor on the same hardware."

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