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Comment Re:Well what do they do (Score 1) 523

It's quite possible that that could change. $1 PC apps never came into fruition because originally the brick-and-mortar distribution costs were too high, then there was always the risk of identity theft from entering your credit card details into a dodgy site. The existing model works for phones & tablets because Google and Apple operate trusted app stores. If Microsoft were to start doing the same for PC apps (which is quite likely with Windows 8), it's very possible that $1 PC apps could become the norm.

Comment Re:I dont have a phone (Score 1) 851

The N900, IMO, demonstrates what a smartphone should be like. Sure, it's not perfect, but it had an open OS that was very easily extended. I got an Android tablet this year, and I was appalled at how limited it was - I couldn't even compile code on it. Suffice to say, it now runs Kubuntu.

For those discussing the increased cost, I'm currently on a $10/month plan which includes 300 MB of data (which is far more than I need). But then, I live in an actual first world country with decent competition in the telco sector (Aus).

(I'm also looking forward to the release of Kubuntu Mobile, which uses the N900 as a reference model. Since Maemo/Meego is now a dead end, I'm hoping it'll become of the mobile OS of choice for Linux users.)

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 445

FWIW the single biggest factor they found which correlated to failure was heat. If your drive runs hot then expect trouble.

Or if the drive it sits next to runs hot. One of my drives crashed because it was sitting between two other drives, and the combined heat was too much for it. Since then I've moved them around so there's more space between them and added a fan, but the system still overheats when doing backups.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 445

Raid10 is in my future. When the drive prices return to "normal" that is.

That's going to be fun. Putting aside that most cases aren't big enough to hold that many drives, you can also run into heating issues. I have 5 drives in mine (not RAID though), and the system tends to overheat when I'm doing backups or anything else that's I/O intensive.

Comment Re:Gnome and Canonical devs; take note: (Score 1) 49

Agreed - this is one of the reasons I went to KDE after Ubuntu went to Unity. The other being that it is currently more customizable than Gnome 3 and Unity, while still having a fair bit of eye candy.

Looking @ it it looks like it could do a good job giving any challenger to Android or iOS a run for their money, should anyone want a tablet platform w/ a differentiating but competitive interface. There is no way I'd have used such an interface for my desktop, but I can certainly see myself using it on a tablet.

There's also a version of Kubuntu targeted at mobile devices (i.e. phones) in the works. I imagine that's one of the things prompting the work on Plasma Active.

Comment Re:We could learn a thing or two.... (Score 1) 561

What mythical president is it that will slash emissions by 20% + whatever increase there has been between 2005 and whatever year the reductions will start?

The sacrificial lamb. Consider the situation in Australia - Gillard (the PM) is going to push through an emissions trading scheme. She is widely considered a terrible PM, and is likely only being kept around in order to do so. Once the next election comes around she'll get kicked out, but the mess of tax breaks which are intertwined with the ETS will make it very difficult to remove.

Comment Re:Kubuntu Mobile (Score 1) 94

Not exactly so. CyanogenMod is what it says it is, a MOD aka Modding. CM7 use same Linux operating system what those OEM's offers unless they can compile Linux with correct drivers. And as Linux OS is GPLv2 OEM needs to release code for it so Community at least sees how they have modified it, even that they offer drivers only as binary blobs.

Switching from OEM Android to CM7 isn't same thing as installing a another operating system. That would be if someone would install Windows Phone 7.5 to replace Android or if someone could manage to swap Linux operating system to CE operating system in Android.

The fact is, people have got taste with Android that they can flash a custom Android to their phone. Removing all the OEM bundled applications and get Android to be slimmer and more bug free and then install wanted applications afterwards.

My point was that it takes a similar amount of effort and ability, and that the people who use CyanogenMod are the same ones who are likely to install a different OS. Admittedly, it's more analogous to switching from Ubuntu (Unity) to Ubuntu (Gnome 3).

And who dreams that at somepoint we could buy a empty phone and then install to it a wanted software system by sticking a MicroSD card in or choosing a version in store what comes such as preinstalled? That is a dream... Not even Microsoft want that to happen on PC side, so why it would want that happend on mobile devices?

I don't think anyone expects that to happen. But what I do see happening is that installing a new OS will be as easy as plugging it into your PC and flashing the new OS, similar to how installing a new desktop OS is as easy as booting from an installation disc.

It would demand that OEM's really understands that hardware system and software system ain't same thing and that if hardware gets broken, you need to fix it by warranty if software has nothing to do with it (like button brokes physically or MicroUSB plug gets broken).

This is legally required in many jurisdictions - warranties cannot be voided by modifications which are not related to the fault.

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