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Comment It's still about contacting uploaders (Score 1) 146

Either build a Flash decompiler to translate it to HTML5

Which would need permission from each uploader, and I'm not sure whether the submission agreement that was in effect at the time of each upload already granted this permission. I imagine it's not like YouTube, where transcoding is mentioned from day one as an expected part of video delivery. If not, how will Newgrounds manage to contact all authors of uploaded SWFs to seek permission to convert to HTML5?

Comment Re:Replace laptop when it stops working (Score 1) 265

the 10 inch 2-in-1s such as ASUS Transformer Book don't seem to work well with any X11/Linux distribution that I'm aware of.

have you looked at some modern PC tablets?

Perhaps I misunderstand what you mean by "modern". I looked at the ASUS Transformer Book, and all sorts of things are broken in Linux.

and yes you can put Linux on it.

Do Wi-Fi and suspend work? They do on my current machine, and I want them to work on any replacement once my current machine suffers inevitable hardware failure. I haven't seen one web browser whose capability to restore the previous session after a PC restart includes the content, not just the URL, of web pages open in tabs.

Comment To me, "working" includes suspend (Score 1) 265

From the linked article by David Elner about dual-booting Ubuntu on a Surface Pro 3: "Sleeping the system while running Ubuntu does not work. (Instantly wakes up.)" In a Disqus comment to that article, Emre Erenoglu called lack of suspend a "deal breaker." It is also a deal breaker for me. I want my session to be restored when I come back to the machine after having taken my seat on the bus, and I want pages open in tabs in the web browser to still be open and loaded even if I have no network connection. Shutting down in a desktop environment that supports session restoration and starting the computer once I have taken my seat is not a substitute, even if it is faster on SSD than on an HDD, because tabs open in the web browser reload to "Problem opening page: You are offline". The buses in my city do not provide Wi-Fi to riders. Has suspend on the Surface Pro 3 improved since December 2014 when the article was published?

Comment Re:Not all of these are in one's control (Score 1) 216

In particular, what to do if you become the victim of an accident, crime or natural disaster is beyond the scope of my previous post.

All I wanted to do is to give a few tips on how not to fall on the debt trap by yourself, things that are within your reach.

Thanks for the initial tips. They sound a lot like what Dave Ramsey recommends, and someone who doesn't already listen to Dave Ramsey's show could learn something. But as of right now, the largest cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is health care costs and lost wages due to serious health problems.

Comment Are laptops "desktop" or "mobile"? (Score 1) 265

And what is the market for mod making pc's? Hundreds of millions potential mod makers?

It's not only the thousands of mod makers but also many millions of mod users. Unlike PCs, locked down platforms such as iOS and video game consoles have cryptographic mechanisms to prevent the owner of a machine from installing and using mods created by other dedicated amateurs.

A desktop is slowly becoming a niche product, and in a market of niche products the race to the bottom doesn't exist. Those who really need a desktop spend money for good quality and support.

In this respect, is a laptop "desktop" or "mobile"? It's battery-powered like a mobile device, but it runs desktop applications on a desktop operating system. And a lot of these desktop applications are used by millions of university students on millions of laptops. For example, good luck finishing "Intro to programming and problem solving with C++14" on an iPad.

Comment Replace laptop when it stops working (Score 1) 265

It's like, when toasters first came out, everyone had to have one, and growth was steep. But now, everyone already has a toaster, and we only replace them when they stop working.

But in this market, even replacements can often be hard to find. I have a 10 inch Dell laptop running Xubuntu that I use to work on hobby coding projects while riding public transit to and from my day job. But since December 2012, it's hard to find a 10 inch laptop. With what should I replace it once it stops working? I looked around, and unfortunately, the 10 inch 2-in-1s such as ASUS Transformer Book don't seem to work well with any X11/Linux distribution that I'm aware of.

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