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Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 1) 74

People were waiting for the 5" phones with 1GB RAM and Firefox OS 2.x (e.g. ZTE Open L)

A big mistake was to go too much low end then fail to release upgrades fast enough. People were stuck on version 1.3, which doesn't actually offer privacy - no adblocking and no filtering. For those that were interested on technical and security grounds, it was a giant Osborne effect (that would still be going on : Web Assembly and Servo are not there yet). It did have e10s early on.
The best part is the phone didn't require an online acccount, nor even asked for one.

With today's phone CPUs it would be a kind of Chrome OS for the mobile phone.
The one low end friendly aspect was the OS and built-in apps used very few storage. Security patches were small and quick. (But actual upgrades required to download a community image and to mess with the phone, using a Windows program to flash it. Hence the normal end user experience was to run Firefox OS 1.3 forever, based on Firefox 28)

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 475

Other way to look at it.. PC hardware long has been advertising officially specified throttling, too. Most CPU except some but not all lower end ones have a "base clock" and a "turbo clock", so they're only promising you the base clock under sustained heavy load. Intel ran an ad to boast how their CPUs are smart and throttle "up" when they can.

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 475

Not necessarily. An "i7" rated for 15 watts will be a dual core CPU with lowish but decent clocks, slightly higher than those on a 15 watt i5 chip. It's a better bin i.e. for the same clock it can run at a very slightly lower voltage. So it's better, but throttling can definitely happen and has to do with how the cooling is made.

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 475

There's also nvidia legacy drivers for old graphics cards. Great job at supporting the latest distros while keeping high performance, but it was missing newer RandR support. This fest ended when the hardware died and I replaced it.
I am also sure something can be done about the text mode consoles, but I stopped trying to do anything about it. They run fine, but they're in 2048x1536.

Comment Re:Cannot be turned off? (Score 1) 475

If the SSD is soldered and the BIOS is locked down anyway - doesn't allow to talk to the SSD through a standard protocol like IDE, AHCI or NVMe, good luck with that.
What you'd possibly do is boot linux from an SD card. Have only SD card, USB and the network for storage, till linux has enough preliminary support to be able to use the SSD but not boot from it. Later, linux might support it well enough to boot on it and install on it, you will need a recent enough installer or live USB. Although the whole timetable for all of this can't be known.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 475

The GUI is great if you choose the one that works for you. Even Network Manager is rather great to take an example of something often derided or reviled.
What sucks is if you to try to run a recent (current) USB wifi dongle and it doesn't work at all, or your graphics driver is not great at all and the only solution is to change your graphics hardware. Even Quake 3 in Wine doesn't work properly, and to install or just try out software version n+1 or n+2 is a sysadmin task. Well, everyone knows that but I think the GUI is nice, it's behind-the-scene stuff that makes stuff not work.

Comment Re:Intel needs more pci-e lanes or amd will kill t (Score 1) 38

It's a bit trumped up (well, as in old card games we still play), as they run the same 16+4 set up as far as I know. But there is way more I/O built into the CPU itself. Some of it is four SATA or two SATA plus two PCIe lanes for an SSD. Some of it is USB, but additional USB or SATA or PCIe SSD on the chipset will "steal" bandwith still.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 475

Seriously, now when I go back to Win Xp, 7, 8. 8.1, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2) etc, I feel like I keep on beating my head against a wall as I have to recall where specifically on this version various settings are so I can tweak various things like my network connections, disk configurations and so forth. Consistency is definitely not MS's goal with new releases.

Yes, one fairly ridiculous thing is the network wizards or network "center" which just prevents access to basic network settings like turning wifi network cards on and off. Even in Windows 7 it sucks ball. I had to teach non-technical friends to type Win+R, then "control ncpa.cpl", or I created a desktop shortcut that does that. Then I get the same basic and useful window as in Windows XP!

Likewise, learn to type "diskmgmt.msc" or "compmgmt.msc" or Win+Pause or "devmgmt.msc", launch those from cmd.exe or win+r (I couldn't find a button to launch the run box on the Windows 7 start menu, wtf?). These mostly are GUIs from Windows 2000, NT4 or 95 albeit I would have to check if all of them still are there on 8.x and 10.

Comment Re:It's missing the full picture (Score 1) 198

Transmitting power a few hundreds kilometers or a thousand kilometers away has a high enough efficiency I believe. It's the infrastructure that costs a ton.
You can electrify all train lines too, but that will cost some billions likewise. Billions that need to be spent for power delivery network upgrades elsewhere.

What I like about the idea is it's a "range extender" for trains and could be one of very few real uses for H2 as a fuel, made from useless wind power.

Comment Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 205

There's a laptop shell that uses USB (Displaylink chip), even more low common denominator than VGA since phones are only really guaranteed to have USB as a working external input/output. No VGA out either on Raspberry Pi or this story's computer, unless you use an active dongle. But you'll likely want at least USB 3.0 on the computer you connect the "shell" to.
There's no real computer smarts inside to have it also do laptop operation, but that's a start.
It seems not available yet, too.

Pretty decent if you can get it to work with the small computer boards, desktops and whatnot that you care about but if you need some brain behind it without them, you plug a recent-ish smartphone in for basic tasks.

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