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Comment: Re:50% less destructible (Score 1) 495

by dwightk (#45577351) Attached to: I wish my cell phone was...

If you break an external case for your phone you can usually buy a new case for much less than the cost of a new phone, if you happen to break your "indestructible" phone you have to buy a new phone.

Screen protectors are pretty worthless (at least in my experience)

I also use no case (or a minimal case from time to time) myself, so I'm glad that I have the option to buy a nice thin phone that isn't "indestructible"

Comment: Re: Batteries (Score 1) 477

by dwightk (#45543047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

Perhaps I'm weird. I've owned quite a few laptops over the past 15 years and I only once ran into insurmountable issues regarding the battery. And, now that I think about it, it wasn't actually the battery that was the issue because I bought a replacement and it still wouldn't charge, so it was something else in the power chain.

I think many other people are like me in that they have a laptop and use it quite often while plugged in. As my laptops age, I just don't count on being able to use them away from a plug for long periods of time. Outside of the one unsuccessful battery replacement I mentioned above, I've never bought a replacement battery.

I can see how it is nice for people who do use their laptops daily, but if the 1000 charge cycles hold up, that's almost 3 years. If you use a computer that much every day, you might consider a new model every once in a while.

I do think I will miss the ability to add RAM (well, not in this computer since I maxed it out when I bought it, but, the idea of being able to upgrade) but again, assuming anyone else uses their computer in a similar way to me, it isn't a huge deal.

Comment: Re:Freedom isn't free (Score 1) 116

by Enderandrew (#45265309) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

I recall a few years back that they had a LTS release with a beta version of Firefox that was broken, broken Pulse Audio, and even worse, a bad binary blob in the Intel gigabit NIC drivers that would permanently brick your NIC if you loaded the driver.

LTS releases are supported longer, but that doesn't make them more stable on day one. Nor does it change the fact that the packages get the same polish the other fairly bleeding edge Ubuntu releases get.

Red Hat and Debian Stable seem to be overly cautious with sticking with old packages forever for "stability", even if known bugs exist in old packages. Ubuntu is very bleeding edge sometimes at the cost of stability.

I think there needs to be a fairly sane middle ground where each package gets reasonable polish, but you also get newer packages out somewhat quickly. But that takes a lot of package maintainers.

Comment: Re:Freedom isn't free (Score 2) 116

by Enderandrew (#45264153) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

I haven't checked it out recently, but Ubuntu doesn't necessarily have a reputation for solid bug-free packages that never crash. Ubuntu doesn't have as many engineers, developers or package maintainers as Novell or Red Hat.

Ubuntu's KDE packages were so famously awful that it soured a lot of people who assumed KDE must be buggy and unstable on its own (when openSUSE and Fedora KDE packages are rock solid).

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