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Comment Re:Passport numbers?!?!? (Score 1) 161

Traveling between countries in Europe is generally similar to traveling between US states (at least at the borders I've crossed). You would still want to carry internationally-recognized ID, and a passport would fit that purpose.

and from what I understand in one day you can drive and cross 2 or more country borders.

Yep. Imagine driving across the Eastern states. There's been more than one day in my life where I've briefly visited three countries.

How do they all get around if they don't' have cars to drive?

Public transportation is pretty awesome, when well-implemented. A lot of people in Europe have cars, but a lot of them don't. If trains, streetcars, buses, and such suffice to get you where you need to go, why pay for the upkeep of your own vehicle?

Comment Re:It's harder with laptops (Score 1) 256

That's part of the point that I was trying to make. Basically, that "just use Linux" has a ton of practical problems (whether originating from hardware or software) some users, but not others...but only commenting on a little hole in the way someone phrased something is kind of cheap, and doesn't really add much to the discussion. As I said, only an idiot would claim any solution to be truly one-size-fits-all; it's too easy to come up with a counter-example. It's more interesting to assume that the other person isn't an idiot and continue the discussion from that point, IMO.

Comment Re:It's harder with laptops (Score 1) 256

Probably the guy you responded to should have said "anyone who values privacy [above all else]", rather than omitting the bracketed text. You can always construct a set of use-cases where Linux won't be feasible, and no one in their right mind would argue otherwise. They might use a no-true-Scotsman argument that anyone who prizes a 10" 2-in-1 form factor over privacy doesn't truly value privacy, but that's a whole different argument.

Comment Re:No wireless charging (Score 1) 208

I charge my iPhone 6 once every day, about the same time that I charge my Nexus 5. They're each usually at anywhere from 5-40% battery, depending on how heavily I've used them during the day. The iPhone's cable doesn't interfere with much, but if I had a choice, it'd be sitting on a charging pad right next to the Nexus.

Comment Re:Good and bad about 5X (Score 1) 208

I'd be ALL OVER IT if Google produced a new Nexus device with a 4.5" screen, wireless charging, and a MicroSD slot. The move to non-removable media, both with phones and with laptops, makes no sense to me. Something seems wrong when the easiest way to get media onto my phone is by using scp.

Comment Re:I have a better idea (Score 2) 78

I am positive that every system emulated in Javascript already has native-code emulators available on those 3 OSes and more. Plus, they'll be available offline and use a fraction of the processing time to run full speed. This is a plus if I want to run some of them on my older laptop with a 4:3 screen, or if I want to use my kinda crappy tablet with its attached keyboard; neither of those systems is necessarily fast enough to run the emulators with the extra Javascript overhead (at least, it would limit me to the older systems, probably pre-90s).

If I want to try something out as a one-time thing, want to access it from multiple computers, or can't install software locally, then sure, I might choose to run the Javascript version of the software. Both ways have their benefits, and that's pretty obvious.

Comment Re:Avoid the Microsoft tax! (Score 4, Insightful) 308

No one who is a serious Pi user today will bother giving this a look.

Most of the people asking about Windows 10 in the Pi group I take part in are just interested in running "Windows 10" on a cheap computer, and they generally lose interest when they learn that it doesn't even provide a GUI. Developers actually talking about writing software for it have been few and far between.

Comment Re:Not everyone becomes scientists... but (Score 1) 300

I took some programming classes in high school, at a school that didn't have a typing prerequisite for those classes. The next year, at a new school, they waived the typing requirement because I'd already taken some programming, so obviously I must be able to type, right? In reality, I ended up learning to touch-type by instant messaging with friends during my last two years of high school. Imagining being a programmer while being confined to hunt-and-peck sounds extremely limiting.

Comment Re: System76 (Score 1) 236

I have a Sager NP5160, which is a Clevo chassis, dual-booting Windows and Linux Mint. The machine is fairly thick and heavy, but none of the hardware is soldered in, and you have easy access to the drives, wifi, RAM, CPU, GPU, and related heat sink+fan.

The only Linux problems I've had with it have been related to the Nvidia Optimus dual-GPU handling, but that was a bigger problem toward the beginning since it was a fairly new feature in 2011, and Linux support hadn't quite caught up yet. It's less problematic now.

Comment Re: Who's left? (Score 1) 134

You'll get no argument from me on that point, since it's statistically true. FranTaylor, in a different part of this thread, said something about a Lenovo data breach being a "WHEN (not if)" situation. I'm just pointing out that they can't have it both ways. That is, Linux can't be the malware panacea at the same time that a malware data breach is a foregone conclusion.

If we're talking about a BIOS-level rootkit though, a secure OS will only be of limited help, and if it were Lenovo's goal to deploy data-gathering software into a Linux system, I don't doubt that it would happen and be just as devastating as it would on Windows.

Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 1) 134

You mean except for all that Linux-based technology to slurp your data that Lenovo installed that no one has discovered yet, right? ;-) Linux is a great tool, but it's neither infallible nor impregnable. The same applies to any other OS that you could conceivably be talking about.

Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 1) 134

I don't know; what will you say WHEN the same happens to you? My employer cares about their data; it keeps them in business. If I'm working for a company that proves incapable of staying in business, I'll find a new employer. If my own information is leaked in a way likely to cause me some form of harm, I'd seek legal counsel to explore my options in that direction.

"Shit happens". If I worry about everything that every company in the world does wrong, I'll quickly find myself completely unable to function in any meaningful way in society. Sure, I can avoid Lenovo hardware on my own, request Apple hardware for my workstation, install FreeBSD or some other OS that they likely haven't tailored spyware for, etc....and then still lose my bank information to the hacked terminal at the grocery store. To cut to the chase: What is your point?

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith