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Comment Even Google doesn't do this (Score 1) 281

For all the "but Google!" BS, on Android I've never been spammed on my home screen or in apps that are a part of basic phone functionality. Any of the ad-supported apps I've installed are upfront about it.

The more I read about Windows 10's bullshit, the more I'm glad I dodged that bullet. When Windows 7 dies, my last Windows partitions will get nuked or else isolated from the net. I already run Ubuntu+Cinnamon on my important desktops.

Comment Having run some CentOS 7 boxen... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

...my take on systemd is this: As an init system, I actually like it - far better than other SysV replacements, especially SMF on Solaris and friends. Where it goes off the rails, though, is the ever-expanding mission creep into things that really aren't an init system's purview.

If systemd would just be an init system and get out of the way, I'd cheer it on. But one of the first things I do when I set up a CentOS 7 server is to shut off firewalld and use iptables directly. Firewalld is OK on a laptop where you're connecting to a variety of different networks, but leave it off my servers, please.

Comment Phone GPS is not necessarily reliable (Score 1) 96

...the US requirements which require access to 911 without an unlock code and the E911 requirement (which is such incredible BS, even last year when calling 911 from my phone the operator still asked me my location and city, I was calling in to report black ice on a state route in a city I'm not familiar with, I wasn't sure exactly which jurisdiction I was in, the freaking phone is REQUIRED to give them lat and longitude, it should have come up on their screen before they even picked up my call ffs)

The phone I have has an especially wonky GPS, since they combined the GPS and NFC antennas and put them on the removable back. If the pins on the phone don't make absolutely perfect contact with the antenna, it will get a poor signal or no signal at all, and the location guesses tend to be downright laughable. Sometimes, its location data even gets "stuck" and my weather widget keeps reporting a faraway location I had been earlier. Indeed, after avoiding flagship phones for a long time, I'm ready to go ahead and pop for a G5, because I'm so pissed off at this phone's GPS performance.

I'm not surprised the 911 operator asked for your location.

Comment Am I smelling astroturf? (Score 2) 294

Seems like there's been an awful lot of hate exploding against the Mozilla folks lately, and it seems that a lot of it is politically motivated. Politics aside, there have certainly been missteps, but Firefox has worked well and I don't have much to complain about. I'm not especially happy about the recent bloat (I've never once used Pocket, for instance), but at least it has stayed out of my way.

Well, what do I switch to, then, haters? Do you have a better solution? I need a browser that offers this:

* A rich selection of add-ons (adblock and script controls are security features these days, and there are other useful extensions I use)
* Cross-platform (I use Windows, Linux desktops, and Android)
* Open source (even if I never have occasion to build or modify the browser, I want to be able to)
* Address bar is separate from the search bar (when I type in an intranet URL, I don't want a search query going out, FFS)
* Performs well enough for me (I've never seen the horrible performance that some people allege)

If someone comes up with something significantly better and offers all of the above, I'd consider giving it a try, but for now I'll stick with Firefox.

As for Thunderbird, I'm glad to see it being picked up... yes it works, but there are a few things that have long needed fixing (like the mystery progress bar on IMAP accounts).

Comment Overall, I'm in favor, just barely... (Score 1) 105

...but only because it can be turned on or off by the customer. I keep it shut off on my account, but I rarely stream video anyway. Watching video on even a large-screen phone just doesn't have much appeal to me. If I'm at home, I want a large screen, and if I were using a Chromecast I'd be on Wi-Fi anyway. If I'm away from home, there aren't many places I'd be wanting to watch video at all, especially on a phone. Indeed, I find autoplay videos infuriating.

My plan is soft-capped at 3 GB/month, and I rarely go beyond 2 GB. T-Mobile's service now is vastly better than it was three years ago, and as long as features like this are impartial and user-controllable, I have no real problem with them.

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