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Comment Linux Power Consumption (Score 1) 483

is a big one for me right now. I'd love to use a Netbook with Linux for serious work but 4 hours of battery life doesn't cut it for me. Hence I'm leaning towards getting a Mac once again. A current day MacBook it would be, even though they are really expensive. Apples power management still rules. My MacBook air from 2011 still gets 4+ hours out of one charge.

Comment Everything is dangerous ... (Score 1) 660

... to a certain degree.

So is carrying cash.

I'd feel uncomfortable carrying around more than 350 Euros in my pocket and more that 200 Euros for an extended period of time. It would take getting used to and I wouldn't do it for long. I usually have between 15 and 80 Euros in my purse. In Germany I usually have an ATM in the vincinity of 500 meters when I need larger amounts of cash quickly and we often pay with the typical "Electronic Cash" card that just about every grown up has in Germany. The only reason for me to use cash regularly is to keep track of my spending. Which, IMHO, is a good reason to do it.

Personally, I make a benefit/risk analsysis for everything I own and/or carry around.
If it's valuable, I try to be extra careful with it. Cash or thing, doesn't matter. The most valuable things I have are my MacBook Air (1400 Euros), my bike (650 Euros) and my smartphone (300 Euros). My bike is just below the line of "stealability" and I bought it with exactly that in mind. Decals removed, taped saddle, not that clean and well used. Because I have the largest lock I could get and I only lock it on to things in public places where it's tricky to attempt to lockpick it I'm fairly secure the chances of it being stolen are low enough. My MB Air I always keep around me as I do with my phone. My data is backed up and I've rehearsed what I'd do in a phone killed/stolen desaster.

Comment Re:Lack of Windows 7 support in new pcs is the rea (Score 1) 202

So... You have turned off the "Diagnostics Tracking Service", right? All users obviously do that. In the last month, I reinstalled two Windows 7 machines (first one, with a recovery disk restoring to a Windows 7 without service pack, the other with an install DVD that went up all to SP1). Before updating, I set the Windows Update settings in such a way it would not install recommended updates (only important).

I still ended up with "Diagnostics Tracking Service" on both machines. Granted, it's easy to disable but it means it's marked as an "important update" and cannot be avoided.

Unless you disabled that service, you *are* being tracked... assuming it's the only one that does. We don't know for certain.

Comment Re:I've never understood the saying: (Score 1) 202

What company doesn't have "share holders"? Think about it. A publicly listed company, means you can buy a "share" (a part) of that company. So, publicly listed have by definition "share holders".

A private company, which means: wholly owned by someone (or a family... or...). Think about it: they own 100% of the company... Or in other words: they own all "shares" (parts of the company). Hence, private companies, have -by definition- also shareholders. They're just the owners.

Can you propose a system where companies do not have "share holders", aka "owners"? I mean, one that works, not one involving gulags and planned economy (and even then, technically, the state would own the company and would be the "share holder", since they too, own all parts).

Comment Re:Frost piss. (Score 1) 202

True... I'm reinstalling my brothers laptop from 2010 right now. The disk was developing bad sectors, and we dumped a 500GB SSD in it. That's going to keep it rolling for another few years. It's got a quad core Sandy Bridge i7, 16GB RAM and now an SSD... Batteries can still be had for the laptop, so even that is covered.

I personally started just buying second hand machines. Lenovo X220? 159€ for a nice base configuration... Add in a small SSD and 16GB RAM and you have a really nifty portable machine for less than 400€. There simply is nothing that beats that kind of price/performance in the "new" market.

I've been saying for year we're at the "good enough" level... now, it's not only that, it's that several year old machines are "good enough".

Yes, I know, some of you do huge simulations, tons of virtualization, etc.... I'm talking for normal users, not you guys...

Comment If it gives me superpowers ... (Score 2) 561

... like making me fly, giving me the body of a well-trained Ryan Gosling and making all good looking girls wanting to have sex with me I would consider buying it for that price.

Other than that: No.

Just got a Moto G5 Plus. Still a compromise. I wanted a 6"+ phablet with massive battery live, rugged case, stock android and uncastrated memory. Huawei Mate 9 and Xiaomi Mi Max came resonably close to those specs but I steered clear for various resons. The Moto G5 Plus but it's the best compromise. 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, good camera, near stock android. Common and as such cases and protective glas easyly available. 280 Euros. Close to the maximum I'm willing to spend on a smartphone. I would've stuck with my Moto G2, but it only has 8GB memory - which is a drag.

Given that, at the current rate, I replace my phone roughly every 3 years spending 1200€ would be a waste of money.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment Re:I am sceptical (Score 1) 190

Yes, I understand that. And now again: for a security device, isn't it reasonable? Do keep in mind that Error 53 means "security check failed"... aka, a new fingerprint scanner has been found, which can indicate a serious intrusion.

Just swallowing that is a no-no. I'll formulate it differently: Had Apple allowed such swaps, without even a message, and someone used this to hack someones phone and steal their identity, we would all be yelling "Security Failure" at Apple. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'd rather have them defending the security of their customers.

Non-security related things can be replaced just fine. I'm on my third battery in my iPhone....

Comment Re:I am sceptical (Score 1) 190

Again, what does Apple Repair technicians do so that their repairs work? That's the crucial difference: they do something that allows genuine part to be recognised by the current hardware. Do the same, and Error 53 will never happen with your customers. Why didn't you do that step? If you say "it wasn't documented", it means there is a flaw in documentation... If you knew it was needed and you didn't do it: why? That's your mistake....

Comment Re:I am sceptical (Score 1) 190

Works too, even though that would open the way to trusting devices that just feign to be fingerprint sensors.... Again, I said they handled it badly. However, doing this without any warning would have been incorrect. They went the hardcore "deny" way.... In security, the default deny stance is considered "good practice". I can see why the developer chose that way.

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