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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

feds skype ads (177 comments)

why they don't start removing unwanted advertisements from Skype instead?

about 4 months ago
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German Court: Open Source Project Liable For 3rd Party DRM-Busting Coding

feds unreviewed code (178 comments)

Actually this is worrisome for the open source community not because they ended up in court but because Appwork accepted code without reviewing it and actually without even knowing what it does. How can they assure users that installing the application they don't become part of a 15 million users botnet?

about 8 months ago
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Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

feds Re:Critical flaw of campaign (113 comments)

I guess the Ubuntu picture on the back is not the same ;)
anyway there are other/bigger flaws:
- expensive: sure, it's a dev edition but I've been reading articles in the Interweb about the market pushing for cheaper phones, not more expensive (talking about big numbers here, not just a few thousands hard core fan)
- too far in the future: in one year there will probably smart watches around, and who knows what else!
- user experience: I don't think a dual OS device gives a good user experience, Jolla capability of running android applications without android sounds better
- monitors: I can carry around a keyboard/mouse (well a laptop too...) but a monitor? the main feature of the phone is usable only at home or office (if businesses jump on the wagon but considering how conservative they are I doubt it)
- Canonical and the community: Canonical is not good at communicating/convincing the community, maybe they are good in the business sector, I don't know, but here they have to convince the community to pay for their R&D...
- Is it really that useful? anyone with a proper personal computer can already have data perfectly synced with the smartphone. Launching the smarthphone applications on the desktop would be cool though...
- This is not the Linux way: well, this is just a personal opinion, but creating a custom closed solution doesn't sound right. A software stack that permit to use a smartphone as a server for a client computer could be a better solution. The software stack would let the desktop get data from the phone and applications as well to be launched on the client side. The hardware is already there, any smartphone (even not powerful ones since the client wound have it's own CPU/GPU) and a thumb PC (let's call it Ubuntu Wedge, so if it breaks can be recycled to stop doors).
Advantages:
* cheaper, definitely less than $32M
* any Ubuntu Wedge could be used: I could simply attach wirelessly to any Ubuntu Wedge available and connected to a monitor and automatically have a desktop at my disposal.
* if it becomes a standard the Ubuntu Wedge could be easily embedded in any monitor and have the Ubuntu Wedge Inside sticker ;)
* way more powerful than Ubuntu Edge solution since there would be no strict power/size constraint on a device attached to the monitor (MHL or external power brick)
* better user experience, if the smartphone is flashed with ubuntu-touch or the same OS that is in the Ubuntu Wedge there would be no dual OS bad experience
* the software stack could be used on any existing desktop/laptop, as much as the difference in platform permit (I'm talking about the capability to launch android apps on a x86 client). This is a major advantage since would make the adoption MUCH faster
Disadvantages:
* another device to carry around (the Ubuntu Wedge) ... I'm already carrying keyboard and mouse for the Ubuntu Wedge, I can live with that. Actually, instead of a thumb PC make it a keyboard with the thumb PC inside it, and add a few usb port to connect other peripherals, and ethernet port for some serious bandwidth... wait, add mic and webcam in the keyboard too! now we are talking :)

about a year ago

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