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Submission + - What's the best Linux Laptop?

sconeu writes: This came up in the "Which laptop could replace a Macbook Pro?" story. It was rightfully marked off-topic there, but I thought it might make an interesting discussion.

I'm currently looking into replacing my 10 year old Toshiba Satellite with a newer laptop. I'm looking to run some flavor of Linux (probably KDE based UI, but not mandatory) while using a VM to run Win 7 (for stuff needed for work).

For me, personally, battery life and weight are more important than raw power. I'm not going to be running games on this.

I've been considering an XPS 13 Developer Edition, or something from System76, ZaReason or Emperor Linux.

What laptop do you use? Do you have any suggestions?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Windows 10 a HIPAA Violation Waiting to Happen?

sconeu writes: Given Windows 10's notoriety for phoning home, should it be used in medical offices?

My SO is an orthodontist, and is looking at upgrading her office computers. Unfortunately, many of the applications her office uses are Windows only. She asked me for advice about new computers, and the first thing I told her was get Windows 7 (or if necessary 8), but to stay away from 10.

When the inevitable HIPAA lawsuit comes, will the DOJ come down on MS for this, or just on the doctors (who are usually unaware of this issue)?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best pay-as-you-go plan for text and voice only? 1

sconeu writes: My wife uses an assistive communciation device. She wants to use it for SMS texting... We currently have Verizon, so we don't have a SIM. The computer will take a SIM. I'm looking for a pay-as-you-go plan where I can take the SIM from a cheap phone and put it in her computer. Any suggestions?
United States

Submission + - John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff 1

sconeu writes: In an op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, former presidential candidate John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff Voting.

Who is Anderson? Most Slashdotters are too young to remember, but he was the maverick Republican candidate who went independent in 1980. He was considered a spoiler, in much the same manner as Perot in '92 and Nader in 2000 and '04.
Space

Submission + - Astronaut Wally Schirra, Dead at 84

sconeu writes: Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts, pilot of Sigma 7, commander of Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 died from a heart attack in La Jolla, CA at age 84.

Schirra was also a commentator for CBS on spaceflight coverage.

The only two of the Original Seven left are now John Glenn and Scott Carpenter.
Portables

Submission + - Dvorak on mobile phones

sconeu writes: "As we all know, John C. Dvorak is almost always wrong. Therefore we need to realize when he gets it right, such as this rant on mobile phones.

His call for the death of the mobile phone industry may be a little overblown, but I'm willing to chalk it up to hyperbole in this case <grin>, because I happen to agree</grin>."

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