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Comment: Re: Meanwhile OS/2 and Xenix existed (Score 1) 155

by Billly Gates (#49756699) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0


People back then were neophytes amd corporter users.

Corporations cared for just software. Users who were neophytes used what came with work amd found these, machines intimidating and didn't like change.

The 19 80s were about us geeks. The 1990s were the suits and Joe Six packs driving the market

Comment: Re: Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

It was great... until the other filesystems caught up while it was not under development.

It was great... until it went on a rampage and murdered your data. I kid, but I'm also serious. When it was in current development, no other fs was as efficient with small files, and there's a lot of those on the average Unix system so that's of great interest. But it also was the least reliable filesystem in common use. So it was really never worth using.

Comment: Re:How about ... (Score 1) 477

by drinkypoo (#49754419) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I can't opt out of paying the advertising tax (through everyday higher prices of every single damn object I purchase).

You can't opt out completely, not if you want to be a functioning member of society, but you can mitigate the issue by choosing to buy as many products as possible which are not advertised. One of the nifty things about the web is that you can actually find those products now...

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 251

by drinkypoo (#49754355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola made an e-Ink candybar phone for India at one point, is that still around? Would it be useful in any other countries, given the frequencies? It was supposed to have more or less best-ever battery life, like a month of standby or something nutty like that, and days of talk time.

Comment: Re:Extended battery (Score 2) 251

by Grishnakh (#49754345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I looked into one of these (can't remember which brand now) for the Samsung S5, and all the reviews said the new replacement back sucked, wasn't waterproof like the old one, and worst of all, killed the speakerphone functionality because they didn't bother putting a hole for the microphone I think.

Your suggestion sounds good in theory, but in practice it seems like the replacement back/battery makers do a lousy job with engineering. It's too bad the phone makers themselves don't offer OEM batteries and matching fat back panels.

Plus, it doesn't help that the trend now is to eliminate removable batteries altogether. The S5 was the last Samsung with one; the S6's battery is non-removable. It seems that most consumers are just too stupid to appreciate removable batteries, and only care about how thin a phone is, and really don't care how long the battery lasts. Apple was right.

Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by Grishnakh (#49754307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Exactly. You can't have it both ways. If you want a good camera, then you're firmly in smartphone territory, and recent phones too. Even my 4-year-old smartphone's camera sucks.

What we need to be doing is figuring out how to make our own smartphones that actually work well. The key to this (since we can't build them ourselves obviously) is to back some of the open-source community projects like CyanogenMod (or any better ones, I'm open to suggestions) and get those working well, just like OpenWrt works well for a lot of routers. If you want a good router that doesn't have any spyware or other BS from the manufacturer, you don't *need* to build your own router from the ground up, you just need to find a cheap consumer router that's supported by OpenWrt and install that, and then you're set. We need to do the same for phones.

There's always going to be limitations, however. Phones only come with batteries that are so large, but by customizing the software some of that can be mitigated, by removing all the bloatware and making very stripped-down builds which don't have much running in the background. Obviously, the phone makers and carriers are not going to provide what we want for us, at any price, so if we want this stuff we have to do it ourselves. And, there's already projects in existence with goals much like this, so it shouldn't be that hard to piggyback onto one of them.

Comment: Re:It's not a risk (Score 1) 216

by Grishnakh (#49753837) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

Back then, we had far more resources because they hadn't been tapped out. People also knew how to live without technology and agriculture back then. Not any more.

It's not like we'd suddenly go back to peacefully living like they did thousands of years ago. The survivors would be fighting over what little resources are left.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson