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Comment Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 517 517

Firefox, Chrome, OpenOffice (or pirate MS Office), a torrent client, dropbox, google drive client, skype, flash plugin, vlc, something to unzip rar, proprietary client for netflix, some music streaming service, itunes to put a song on your mother's iphone (noticeable performance drop here), 4GB software suite from samsung to copy a pictures from you galaxy phone, a decent text editor a tetris clone.

In addition to these you'll get 8 toolbars (because you got some of the software from cnet or download.com instead of the official web site), 3 suspicious pieces of software that keep installing each other, one bitcoin farming worm

Comment Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1, Insightful) 517 517

The install of windows itself is easy. The problem, is that afterwards you have to install 45 utilities, that you have to download from 27 different sites, and each one tries to install its one adware, or ask for a 86 digits activation key. On Linux (pretty much any modern distribution) it winds down to taking note of two or three additional repositories and a list of packages, you can restore everything with on command line

Comment Re:Good luck ... (Score 1) 107 107

The only way you can be guaranteed your stuff is secure is to encrypt it yourself, and cut the cloud out of the process entirely.

This is completely true, the best you can get are some self-hosted services that work almost as seamlessly as commercial Clouds.

I use Bittorrent Sync, it is fast and has a good mobile app. You need to have a server running if you want availability. I have two: a 150€ NAS in my home network and a Linux worstation at work (I never turn it off anyway in case I need to work from home, and it restarts in case of power failure).

The only feature you miss is the possibility to one-click share a single file with some random guy, but for that there are the usual Clouds, I do not need to encrypt a file that I am sending around anyway.

Comment Re:Decrypted? (Score 2) 546 546

AFAIK, the encrypted versions weren't widely distributed; chances are that the documents weren't force-decrypted by RU/CN. I mean, if a cracker gets access to one of the few computers who holds the encrypted documents, he for sure can wait just a bit until the encryption key is entered into a keylogger. Snowden using weak keys? seems unlikely.

Either that, or the encryption used contains a backdoor that Snowden was not aware of, but some Chinese and/or Russian secret services were. If this is true, it would justify all on its own Snowden leaks.

Comment Re:Some good data... (Score 2) 434 434

Since at leas 5.0, you can disable pre-installed apps (preferences->apps->all, select an App, if it is preinstalled you will have an "uninstall updates" button, you click it ones, then it changes to "disable"). I would prefer to uninstall them completely but disabling is already enough to prevent battery and data usage, and possibly spying.

Comment Re: Because you call it Spartan instead of IE (Score 0, Troll) 62 62

Here is an idea, how about yes, let forget about the past until give spartan a try for while before you rip it apart. The product hasn't gone gold yet and you are already complaining about it.

Man, it's MSIE we're talking about, can't we complaint about MSIE anymore?

The constant complaints about this or that browser has gotten old and no one cares any more. You are not even forced to use spartan, just install something else.

Nobody is forced to install MSIE, oh wait!

Comment Re:Evens are evil (Score 2) 198 198

Of course it will alternate even and odd, the article is incomplete...

I don't think it will, at least not daily.

What you think does not matter, the reality is that they will alternate if the measure lasts more than one day. The measure is even called "circulation alternée", let me not translate that for you.

Comment Hardware and Software (Score 1) 385 385

I've a master and a PhD in physics and I've been working as a phisicist during the last 5 years, this is my insight.

First of all, not every kind of phisicist does software development, if you don't any laptop and even a chromebook, would do. However, this is getting increasingly rare, only really outstanding scientists can afford this luxury, so chances are that she'll need a real laptop of some kind

Windows, Mac and Linux all have some advantages and some disadvantages, here are the nost important:

Windows: you have all the graphical software you need, whatever field you are going to study. Some communities rely on specific commercial software which are typically only available for Windows and Mac. On the other hand, developement on windows is going to be difficult: all the developers use Mac or Linux for a reason, just installing python on Windows is a pain, let alone using makefiles or similar.

Mac: it is a good tradeoff, you have almost every graphical software and a developement environment which is relatively well supported. Between ports and fink and homebrew, installing developement software on a Mac is always on the hedge of becoming a mess, but not as bad as windows. On the other hand, you'll have to spend big cash on it. Not just for the hardware, also software tend to be more expensive, i.e. the Intel compiler suite is free for academic use on Linux and Windows, but for Mac you only get a reduced version (and it used to be 150$ until last year!).

Linux: by far the most powerful development environment, ad everything is pre-packaged and tidy, you waste no time installing packages and fixing dependencies like on mac. You trade off by not being able to use some specific proprietary softwares, popular in some communities; it is better to keep a windows partition just in case. You may need to do some tweaking in order to get it to work properly on your laptop, and battery performance may never be on par with the same laptop on Windows (or MacOSX).

Personally, I do a lot of developement. I would never use anything else than Linux on the desktop, but I'm sort of tempted to go for a Mac for my next laptop in a couple of years. My main problemd on the Linux laptop (a 2nd gen XPS13) is that skype for linux sucks. Or maybe in a couple of years I won't have the need to buy a laptop anymore, I'll just buy a tablet and take out my old laptop those few times I need to ssh from home. When I was a student, I used a cheap (still 1k$ at the time!) HP laptop and dual boot it with Linux and Windows, I could write my PhD thesis on it no problem, I liked that it was quite bulky with a big keyboard, suspend to ram never worked properly.

Comment Re:Breakthrough? (Score 1) 445 445

How can they earn back their $6.4 billion investement in Nokia with $40 smartphones? Marketshare isn't everything here. Someone who buys a $40 phone buys it to make phone calls and doesn't want a data plan (like my mum). They will not load the phone with many apps, if any at all.

They won't spend a single penny on their phone, but they will kick and scream if they don't get windows & ms office at their workplace.

Comment Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579 579

Also battery life is allright, and usability is not worst than Samsung craptastic interface. Just at providing updates they really suck . Also note that they said they one major update was coming, then they retracted.

And still I would not mind, if it was not for unpatched vulnerabilities.

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