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Comment Yes, and for many months now (Score 1) 136 136

I have the same experience. For many months now, Gmail has been overzealous in marking stuff as spam. Stuff like daily emails from servers I manage with log digests. Emails about pending security package upgrades. Even when I specifically say that a certain subject string (e.g. "logwatch") is to be excluded, Gmail ignores that rule. It has been very frustrating trying to exclude stuff via filters in Gmail.

Comment Re:Who's gonna monitor the Saudi and Egyptian nuke (Score 1) 79 79

Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are signatories in the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). So, it would be very unlikely that either would start developing nuclear weapons now.

The general consensus is that it was a stupid move to sign for that while Israel, a neighbor and foe, did not sign the same terms.

Comment 2008 Toshiba Laptop (Score 1) 558 558

I am typing this on a 2008 Toshiba laptop. Nothing fancy. Intel Core2 Duo T6500 @ 2.10GHz. Upgraded the memory to the maximum of 8GB a year or two ago, and that made it fast enough. Of course it runs Linux (Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, yes KDE, not Gnome nor Unity). As long as it does the job, and fast enough, why replace it?

Comment Re:Don't care (Score 1) 128 128

Look at what was posted in the same thread about a serious bug in systemd that was not fixed by systemd developers, nor in Fedora, but was fixed first in Ubuntu, then in Debian 8.1. A mature well tested system should NOT have those kind of issues, which systemd is not.

Here is direct link.

Comment Very popular in third world countries .... (Score 1) 66 66

The cheap Nokia feature phones are very popular in developing countries.

They are inexpensive, durable, the battery last for many days, and they do the job. Moreover, accessories are dirt cheap as well.

Need a charger? Need a battery? They are sold in haberdasheries and corner stores for very little local money.

It would be really dumb if Microsoft just killed that revenue stream.

Comment Re:Linus Wins (Score 1) 72 72

They already make money from Linux! By collecting dubious licensing fees from Android phone manufacturers, including Samsung.

This amounts to over $2bn, as of over a year ago.

Granted, they are not writing apps for it (yet), but they are making money from a Linux platform.

Comment Other manufacturers too ... (Score 1) 45 45

Other manufacturers are doing away with physical buttons as well.

For example, my first Sony, an Xperia X10, had 3 physical buttons at the bottom. So did my next Sony, Xperia Arc.

Then my current Xperia ZL has no buttons on the front, just capacitive ones.

You get used to it though, and never miss them after a few weeks of adjusting.

Comment The hard parts is the integrated circuits ... (Score 2) 365 365

I would argue that fossil fuel is not the only determinant ...

The hard part is that we have become almost dependent on integrated circuits. This goes for any computer device, all control devices in manufacturing, and much more ...

If civilization collapses, how can we get back the IC fabs going with specialized material?

I wrote about it in a previous comment: 19th century technology vs. mid 20th century.

And expanded a bit on it in information readability and longevity in the digital age.

Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor. -- Edgar R. Fiedler

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