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Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 1) 378

Assuming the hinges don't crack, the laptop doesn't get dropped, the power connector doesn't break, the RAM doesn't fail, there aren't any capacitors waiting to blow, and there aren't any hidden cold joints in a BGA socket somewhere, I guess you will have to find a new distro 7 years from now.

Most laptops don't come close to lasting 10 years. Desktops are a bit better, but most of them have been 64-bit since 2006 or so. I don't think it's worth wasting a free software project's time and money to support such a fringe case. I'm sure there will be a demand for 32-bit distros in 2023. You will probably be able to use Gentoo, CentOS, Debian, one of the BSDs, or else some enterprising people will create a niche distribution to fill that gap in the market. You will be fine.

Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 2) 378

No reason to stop. If it does what you need, go ahead. I'm sure source-based distros like Gentoo will still be fine. Distros that focus on long term support like CentOS and Debian will probably still provide a 32-bit distro as well.

I would also like to point out that your 10-year-old laptop is having trouble now. Add another 7 years to that and you will be compounding those problems dramatically. I don't see any (desktop or laptop) computers around from 1999 that are terribly useful today. Some parts from a 15+ year old PC are hard to find nowadays (unless you have a huge stash or like risking your money on feebay.) Think IDE hard drives and DDR1 or SDRAM.

Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 4, Insightful) 378

Well, in 2018, the 2006 MacBook will be 12 years old. 18.04 is an LTS release and will have 5 years of support and security updates. By the time there are no more security patches, the machine will be 17 years old and software exploits will be the least of the user's concerns if it is still his/her main machine.

Comment Re: Not Surprising (Score 2) 249

Ads in the app are one thing. Nobody is complaining about that. Taking over the lock screen and advertising to you when the app isn't open is something totally different. It's no better than the mid-2000s trend of including spyware, browser toolbars, etc... with shareware apps--scummy as hell.

FWIW, I CAN'T STAND in-app advertising at all and spend the couple of bucks on the pro version whenever one is available. Apps that don't have a pro version and insist on in-app advertising get uninstalled unless there isn't a better alternative (WIFI Analyzer, I'm looking at you!).

Comment Pedantry (Score 4, Informative) 68

I'm sick and tired of hearing about "The debate between privacy and security." It's total bullshit. It's pretty hard to have security online without privacy. It's not a balance of one versus the other, one depends on the other. The US Government argues my case all the time when bitching about how when Snowden breached the government's privacy, he adversely affected national security.

This brings me to my next piece of pedantry: I'm tired of hearing about "National Security Issues." Terrorism, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/IS/Whatever, Al Qaeda, Home Grown Terrorists, Lone Wolves, the Boston Marathon Bombers, etc... do not threaten the territorial integrity of the United States. There is no invasion and there never will be. The government isn't in danger of collapse. Terrorism is a PUBLIC SAFETY concern. Stop pretending otherwise. If we do that though, who is going to keep the money flowing in to the military/industrial complex?

Comment Re:Its useless junk (Score 1) 359

You conveniently skipped this part of the article

Note: Teen passengers donâ(TM)t have the same helpful effect with teen drivers.

You conveniently forgot all people in the world are not teens.

So the other live passengers physically present in the car are likely to help, whereas the on-phone conversation partner typically cannot.

First of all, there is no actual data indicating a passenger is helpful affect either in the article or otherwise. Passengers who don't drive (aren't old enough (teens)), or those who are looking up directions on their phone, or are otherwise not paying attention to the road while conversing cannot help pay attention to the road and negate the supposed helpfulness. Same goes for children or other passengers in the back seat.

The point I am trying to make is that even an article from a reputable source that disagrees with my position (as per the headline) can only use conjecture to argue that talking with a passenger is safer than talking to someone hands-free on the phone. Oddly, the don't show the number on the 1-5 scale for drunk drivers anywhere in the article either. Again, more conjecture. The facts speak for themselves.

Comment Re:Its useless junk (Score 1) 359

2.3=2.3 last time I checked meaning it's the same level of impairment. Also, 2.4 is negligibly more than 2.3 so it's exactly what I said.

You conveniently skipped this part of the article
[quote]Note: Teen passengers don’t have the same helpful effect with teen drivers.[/quote]

And this part about audiobooks:
[quote]radio measured 1.2 and the audiobook measured 1.75[/quote]
Again, 1.75 is almost 2.3.

Obviously you didn't bother to really read the article, you just took your pre-set conclusions, read the headline, and assumed the data supported them.

Comment Re:Its useless junk (Score 4, Insightful) 359

1) This is dangerous, regardless if it is done hands free

Talking to a passenger is dangerous. Changing the radio station is dangerous. Having a screaming child in the car is dangerous. Driving is dangerous, get over it.

2) A car radio with Bluetooth is much cheaper if it is not already implemented.

Cheaper than a free watch?

Comment Probably not much of a productivity difference. (Score 4, Insightful) 265

My experience (not personal, but second-hand) is that new parents--both male and female--seem to get next to no sleep for the first couple of months and don't get a heck of a lot accomplished at work. Staying awake seems to be the biggest challenge. Programs like this will go a long way to improve morale and employee health and might be a net gain (in profit) by the time employee retention and productivity are figured in. I'd like to see a study in a couple of years.

I'm also betting not everyone is going to take the full 20 weeks. I'm betting these new parents may want to go to work (or, more accurately, get out of the house) one or two days a week for a bit of a mental health break.

Comment Re:for $9k the specs are horrible (Score 1) 109

When you were in school, how often did the teacher / professor run out of space on the blackboard? And then either started writing super-small or started erasing what you were still halfway through copying down?

This is a never-ending zoomable, scrollable whiteboard that saves everything you're writing down.

You just described the Smartboards and Mimeos that have been in use in schools and universities for the past 15 years. Oh, and the projector versions cost a lot less (although the LCD display versions run around $8500 for just the display.) And you can upgrade the attached computer whenever you want.

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