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I avoid installing the first major release of anything. Wait until nn.nn.02 comes out.
However, I do keep just behind the bleeding edge of kernel releases. (This netbook I'm typing on is on 5.6.2). And every time I've compiled a custom kernel, which I do for every machine I use, it goes smoothly. No errors or warnings. The new kernel boots perfectly.
I'm pretty impressed by the overall quality of the development process.
I used to have the terminal windows start up with black text on a white background. Then, recently, someone on this forum was reminiscing about DEC terminals. So I've now set it to be green on black.
The user prompt, however, is a blue "$" and the superuser prompt is a red "#", so what would that make it? A VT240?
That's the exact reverse of my point of view. Google Maps, for example, only really works if you have an internet connection. If you don't, well, you can't even tell if you're up shit creek or not. (You can cache areas in the Google app, but they evaporate automatically after a short time. Got to renew the snooping.)
I prefer a navigation app which is pre-loaded with maps of the places I'm travelling around.
On my 2-year-old budget phone (Nokia 5) the biggest battery drain is wifi. If I turn it off, except, say, for an hour's use a day, a full recharge lasts a week or more. Except if I forget to "force stop" Google Play Store after turning wireless off each time.
Bluetooth and GPS are permanently on. The latter means that Google are lying to us (quelle surprise) when they characterize GPS as high battery drain and sniffing wifi hotspots as low.
(Most of my day is spent with a computer in reach, so I don't need to use the phone so much for internet. Your lifestyle may vary.)
I thought this as well. Their "staged" plan doesn't make any sense: first we will block ".exe" files, then we will block ".zip" files, etc.
But, actually, by the end of the year, file name extensions become irrelevant (we're told) so non-Windows platforms shoud be equally protected.
Upvoted, but to be fair to the internet's semi-illiterate masses, "lose" is an anomaly in English. Spelled like that, you'd expect it to rhyme with "hose" and "pose". Really, it should be spelled "looze" (as in "booze") or perhaps "luze". The latter would work particularly well here in Northern Ireland.
1. "Ulster Unionist Party" is the name of a specific political party in Northern Ireland. It was the "Democratic Unionist Party" who were bribed by the Conservatives.
2. The supposed billion has had no visible effect on anything, and even if it really does exist, libraries are not a priority for austerity-obsessed politicians.
3. The Prime Mister was typically evasive when asked about the promised additional funding.
I think the plan was for PulseAudio to handle the entire sound stack, but when they found that it was difficult, and that there were many different devices to handle, the scope was reduced, so that it's just a layer on top of ALSA, and further development seems to have stalled. One thing you can do with PulseAudio that you can't with ALSA itself is to adjust volume per process. So that if you are listening to two things at once, you can... actually, why would you do that?
I've always disliked ALSA in that it's stuck on the side of the kernel source, and the configuration syntax is obscure and illogical. However, I've learned to live with it. You can do some powerful things, such as routing or replicating audio, which you might expect to have to use another daemon to do (I mean jackd).
I removed udev once it got eaten by systemd.
In its place I use mdev, which is one of the many faces of busybox. I know busybox smashes the rule of "do one thing well" but it's still small, and it works. In my case, there aren't many things I need after boot. Automounting USB drives; changing the optical drive for a hard disk in the dock of my venerable Fuji; changing a mouse or keyboard.
I did need to add some modules to the set loaded at startup, and I had to change some device permissions and ownership (in rc.local) but everything is stable and trouble-free.
Data-slurping is Facebook's core business, but by using a web browser with some useful extensions, I can use Facebook with the snooping at a level I'll accept.
If you try to use Facebook Messenger with a mobile web browser, it refuses to open, and tells you to install the mobile app. (Changing the user agent string still makes it work though.) Facebook would just LOVE a means to get users off the browser and onto the mobile apps.
(The Facebook and Messenger apps have less functionality than is provided by web access, as well as behaviour like hoovering up your contacts.)
I wrote the code running on forex telecoms consoles, and I had a "maintenance mode" which was called up by an obscure key sequence. At the top of the main maintenance menu, I'd programmed a random, irreverent one-liner to be selected from a short list. (I only had 128kb of EPROM for the whole suite.)
Well, obviously, one of the dealers carefully watched as a tech called up "maintenance mode" to fix something on his console, and then the magic sequence was passed round the dealing floor with great amusement.
They made me take it out from the next release.
I actually had the reverse experience. I paid for an item and thought "Wait -- did I just sign up to a 'free' trial of Amazon Prime." So I investigated all the available settings in my account, and it seemed that I hadn't. But anyway, I emailed Customer Service to confirm, and had a reply! confirming that I hadn't signed up.
I mostly don't use Amazon now because of their tax dodging; and also because their seach functionality is shit.
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