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Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 5, Insightful) 230

The only reason Linux is perceived as more secure than other operating systems is because most hackers don't care enough to spend time working to crack it, so there are less attempts.

Linux is a major server OS (arguably the largest), very big in embedded systems, and completely dominant on smartphones. Hackers are spending very significant time working to find exploits.

Comment Why is this even legal? (Score 1) 60

In the US we were smart enough to restrict commercial usage of drones.

Not only that, but flying over traffic causes a hazard; what if one of those drones loses power and lands on (or IN a car! convertible?) or distracts a driver causing an accident?

I'm surprised the Mexican authorities aren't all over this.

Comment Re:Or stay on LTS (Score 1) 78

I'm using LTS for all my work machines. The last round I rarely felt I missed out on anything compared to my updated machine at home. I think it's perfectly reasonable to stay with LTS if you want. You can still update to newer versions of, say LibreOffice and similar applications using snaps if you need it.

Comment Re:It's scary that they can't figure out the cause (Score 1) 145

Very few Apple phones have gone up in smoke, and for the few that have the cause has been physical damage. Usually people putting their phones in their back pockets and sitting on them. The repeated stress of your entire body weight compressing and twisting the phone eventually damages the battery and causes the fire.

Even then, the number of fires has been so small that it's not a statistically relevant problem.

Comment Re:$300 or $400 for map update (Score 2) 310

I always wondered how they can justify charging more for a map update than the cost of an entirely standalone GPS unit.

People keep their cars a lot longer than phones. So while the phone keeps getting faster and better over the years, the car stays the same and the onboard navigation starts to feel dated.

This is why I nearly laughed at my dealer when they suggested I get the car with navigation for $1000 more. Umm yeah, no. That's more than I pay for a whole new phone. Join the present!

Comment It's scary that they can't figure out the cause. (Score 4, Insightful) 145

The fact that they can't determine why these phones are going up in smoke is scary. In a way it's understandable; the ones that do end up exploding burn up so there's no system logs or other evidence that could be checked to determine the cause.

And don't think that we are immune if we use non-Samsung phones. It's probably only a matter of time before Apple, LG, or some other manufacturer has a similar problem, and also can't figure it out because of the total destruction involved. A lot of energy density is being packed into a tiny space.

Comment Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 2) 176

I can totally understand banning Wifi hotspot access points at big crowded events like this. Just a few dozen in the same area is enough to completely use all available bandwidth in the form of beacons. Performance will suck for EVERYONE, including the venue WiFi.

Why not just use a cable? Most phones support tethering over USB, and it'll even perform better than WiFi hotspot mode because it's a direct cable connection so the only RF you're doing is cellular. I always try to do USB tethering when possible to avoid polluting the airwaves with my needless access point.

Comment Re:Bah....! (Score 4, Informative) 81

I recall that when Apple decided stop selling the Apple IIe, school districts were genuinely upset because they were still using them heavily. They had very large educational software libraries that would now become obsolete as they could no longer buy replacement systems.

If the market is there and willing to pay, Apple would have been foolish to not serve it. They could have probably continued selling IIe systems well into 1995 if they wanted. It's pretty crazy just how entrenched the Apple II was in schools.

Comment Re:Softare and wording problem (Score 1) 210

The first generation Xperia phones actually did something similar. They kept the battery at above 90%, by charging up to 100% then letting it fall to 90% again before recharging it again. Much better battery lifetime than keeping it at 100%.

But lots of people complained that Sony had a lousy battery charger system that couldn't even keep the battery topped up. So to avoid the bad press they changed it and kept it at 100% all the time, like the rest of the manufacturers.

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