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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.

Comment: Another LG TV owner here ... (Score 1) 130 130

Another LG TV owner here ...

I want to echo what the parent said. LG TVs are decent in general. The voice feature is just a gimmick added to make the company/product look cool. Perhaps it gains some WOWs when demoed in store. But in real life, its voice recognition is subpar, and the feature does not get used much. And yes, you have to press a button on the remote for the TV to listen (via a mic in the remote in my case).

Comment: Re:Speechless (Score 2) 49 49

That the earth was round, was known from the time of the Ancient Greeks.

In fact, the circumference of the earth was measured by Eratosthenes in the 3rd century BC, with considerable accuracy, using very simple means.

Here is Carl Sagan in Cosmos, on Eratosthenes measurement of the earth's circumference.

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 1) 215 215

I can't talk about Ukraine because I am not fully informed about it as I am about the other countries I listed. But from a cursory look, Russia accepted an independent vote from the Crimean penninsula, and annexed it based on that. If it is good for Crimea, then it is good for the rest of Ukraine.

But as I said, Ukraine is not what I can/want to discuss. I am specifically astonished to you characterizing these three Arab countries as having 'legitimately elected government" while the facts completely contradict this. These are dictatorships, and not legitimate at all. They were a brutal police states.

Moreover, the role of the USA in removing or trying to remove the dictators was minimal to non-existent.

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 0) 215 215

Mubarak was legitimately elected?
Gaddafi was legitimately elected?
Assad was legitimately elected?

If you are not joking, you have to be in an alternate universe, or out of your mind.

[I am Egyptian by the way, and know what I am talking about]

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.