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Too little, too late: Intel's legacy is eroding

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Earlier in "Comments", it was stated, "...the US government is never going to give up on an American Tech giant.".

Forget the "Tech" part. There is absolutely nothing about the fact that Intel manufactures processors for computing machines which makes them 'sacrosanct', or untouchable, or worthy of saving under any set of circumstances.

So; the "...the US government is never going to give up on an American Tech giant.", eh?

What, exactly and precisely, makes Intel any different than all those 'giants' which the US government did 'give up on', whatever that particular phrase is intended to mean.

Because of the context, "give up on" appears to mean, "allow to fail".

What about The US Government's "giving up on" the likes of---for an extremely, very extremely short list---Eastern Airlines, Burlington Northern, K-Mart, Studebaker, TWA, Motorola Semiconductor...and, of course, KODAK?

Intel simply does not get a 'free pass' because it was, once upon a time, a brilliant innovator with a very large portfolio of diverse semiconductor products, and certainly not because it is now one of the very last of US manufacturers of an extremely myopic range of semiconductors. Its 'catalog' of semiconductor offerings is limited to an very narrow range of what is needed by the world's designers of electronics and consumers of semiconductors.

The electronics world runs, for the most part, on plebeian components such as diodes, transistors, and 'dumb' integrated circuits; and not on sophisticated computer processors.

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No ICs to be found? Perhaps if there were still a Fairchild, a National Semi, a Motorola...

The US created the semiconductor industry (cf. the invention of the transistor, Bell Labs; the invention of the IC, Texas Instruments).

The doors to the US Patent Office were thrown open to the world in the 1990s.

There is no more US semiconductor industry, nor the hundreds of thousands of jobs---directly and indirectly---it created. All gone, and we'll never get that back...

"The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes.

We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.”

― Aesop, The Eagle and the Arrow

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"Too little, too late: Intel's legacy is eroding

Can Pat stop the rot – or is the chip giant facing a Kodak moment?

This is an easy one.

Intel was founded by engineers, its success was built by and depended on engineering (coupled with a very healthy dose of shrewd marketing)...and then the bean-counters took over.

Kodak moment.

Intel experiences another kind of meltdown

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"...Earlier this month, we reported that Intel plans to raise its chip prices..."

Ever heard the one about the farmer who started mixing sawdust with the horse-feed, in ever larger amounts, to cut down on expenses?

It worked, too, right up to the point when the horse died.

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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"I have found that the reason a lot of people are interested in 'artificial intelligence' is for the same reason a lot of people are interested in artificial limbs: they are missing one."---David L. Parnas

"Asking if a computer can think is like asking if a submarine can swim."---Edsger Djikstra

Hackable hardware PineBook Pro finally starts shipping again

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Re: No Thanks - PINE64 Community Rules and Code of Conduct

The Pinecil appears to be one of Pine Microcomputer's success stories; it works very well and has all the requirements to fill a deep need---and do it very well---among those who use this type of tool.

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Re: No Thanks - PINE64 Community Rules and Code of Conduct

Every time I have almost "pulled the trigger" and ordered a Pine product, some quirk of fate---a posting in a forum, for example, complaining of a 'wart' in a product---has mercifully appeared just in time. The PinePhone and Pinebook Pro are 'victims' which came within a hair's breadth of being ordered.

Two years ago, or more, I posted a question on a Pine "official platform" asking about a problem I had seen while perusing the Pinebook Pro forums. It (the question) went something like this:

"Has the Pinebook Pro's problem of not being able to "Resume from Suspend" been fixed?"

The question was taken down in a matter of hours. I have not been able to post any comment to Pine's "official platform" since, no matter how effusive and compimentary.

I suppose I was banned, but Pine never had the decency nor common courtesy to tell me that I had been---and certainly not why.

I keep reading the "Forums" though, and am amazed at the number of comments regarding dis-functional products (what do you expect, when Pine depends on "The Community" to write--and keep updated--the software to make their product actually work); and dis-functional organization (ordering, returns, "where's my product after all these months?") appear there, and get no answer.

Life's too short.

Oh, and I almost forgot...

After all these years, has "Resume from Suspend" ever been fixed on the Pinebook Pro, Pine Micro?

Why the end of Optane is bad news for all IT

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Absolutely superb article in all respects.

New Outlook feature: It freezes up when dealing with tables in emails

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'Think' is a new four-letter word.

"...and think too little..."

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."--Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Garuda Linux 'Talon': Arch, but different. Dare we say it? Better

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"What do you want on The Register?...let us know what you'd like to see more of on The Reg"

What I do not want to see is anything from the following list polluting and ruining a good thing.

El Reg, you need to get rid of the wunderkind, overpaid bean-counters, click-counters, and "executives" who are trying to force a change of course.

Are you not aware of how many venues, and really good technical writers---which/who used to publish exactly this same type material---are no longer to be found?

Want a list of bull-shit, nonsensical topics to start emphasizing, all you over-priced El Reg "executives", who have ZERO clues as to what your readership wants? Start with the following:

Cloud: Off-prem infrastructure, compute and services

Code: Building software, from IDEs to DevOps

No-code: Creating biz apps with no and low-code tools

Networking: The Ethernet and SDN form, not social

Applications: Big enterprise apps that power your business

Since you asked, what I would like to see is more of the same, but better; be an Ars Technica, only better; YOU get the scoops on everything technical: space, medicine/medical, paleontology, cosmology...---only faster, and in more depth.

Did you ever wonder, ever think, for even a microsecond, El Reg wunderkind. why Ars Technica let some of their---supposedly---"high-powered" "high-tech", "supremely important" writers go (at least they thought they were "high-powered", "high-tech", "supremely important" writers)? No?

Then you need to seriously think about it, and...

You need to be very careful what you wish for.

Upgrading what might be the world's oldest running Linux install

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same ol' axe...

"...relatively modern hardware, running a nearly 30-year-old OS install that's now pretty much current...."

See this axe? I've had it for 30 years. Only changed the handle three times, and the head once, but it's still the same ol' axe...

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop

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"...Dual boot ain't worth it anymore."

This, coming from a confirmed Linux user of many years (and becoming more "confirmed" with every indignity Microsoft inflicts on us)---

With all due respect, and no matter one's personal feelings, there really do exist applications which require Windows in order to run, or run properly. It simply is not enough to depend upon, nor resort to the use of Wine---it is not a flawless solution in a lot of situations.

In these (thankfully) few cases, it is always good to have a copy of Windows at one's disposal; consider it simply one more tool at your disposal should you ever need it.

If someone wants to give you a general-purpose tool which you possibly will need one day, discretion--as well as a healthy dose of common sense--suggests you accept it and simply keep it out of the way until it's needed.

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Very easy solution---

One buys a laptop on which is Linux is guaranteed to install and run.

My personal choice is a refurbished Lenovo from a certified, guaranteed refurbishing house, and purchased from a high-quality vendor who will back you up on any issues you might have with the refurbisher (never had any).

I have three: T420, T430, and T430S. All were set up to dual-boot with the original, brand new copy of Windows7/10 which was installed by the refurbisher.

Never had a problem. Don't anticipate ever having one.

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Re: Pre-installed

...and you got down-voted exactly WHY?

Because you're too smart to jump through all these hoops which were predicted to happen when UEFI was introduced?

I am absolutely surprised that the article did not mention the fact that it is a matter of record that there are some Windows laptops on which you cannot even install Linux, period, no matter what you do.

Microsoft has really done its homework.

I've been fired, says engineer who claimed Google chatbot was sentient

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..."Lemoine didn't get in trouble for holding his controversial, eyebrow-raising opinion on the model. Instead, he was punished for..."

...being dumber than a box of rocks.

Rocky Linux 9 and its new build service enter the ring

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Re: I don't get it

No.

Thanks for asking, though, Liam, and understand that my answer is most definitely not a reflection on your abilities, which are considerable...and which would be wasted on such an undertaking.

It is simply not worth doing.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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Re: "The electronics have sunk out of sight"

"I don't care if it works on your machine; we're not shipping 'your machine'."---anon

Big Tech bosses call for computer science to be taught in all US schools

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Re: The big tech firms leaders are unqualified to pontificate on what's needed in education.

"...Oh, I dunno. Writing a COBOL program can be a bit like writing a long-winded novel..."

A very well-paying long-winded novel.

Just keep on NOT writing COBOL. Thanks very much.

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The big tech firms leaders are unqualified to pontificate on what's needed in education.

From one of the best---

"Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer."---Edsger Dijkstra

...seems to me that Edsger Djikstra, one of the pre-eminent computer scientists of our times, was arguing for a good grounding in readin', writin', and 'rithmetic---something that is sorely lacking in the 'educational system' of the US.---as THE basics for good programmers, and nothing else.

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?

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A minor oversight...

The question posed by the article's title was not answered by the article.

One of the tenets of the newspaper industry has always been, "If the headline asks a question, the answer is always 'No'."

I, personally, don't think the answer is "No", but thought I'd submit this observation for the Reg's consideration and future (more) attention to detail.

CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Re: Disk Operating Systemt

"...A Disk Operating System is never intended to do Operating System tasks..."

Because it is such a painfully obvious question, and It hasn't been submitted, here it is:

The author of this (full) comment quite obviously does not consider MS-DOS to be "real" operating system?

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Re: Hand soldered...

Just as every IBM PC came with an editor, edlin, in ROM, so too every one came with a very capable, if minimalistic, assembler, called asm, in ROM also.

Most people assembled their code to start at xxxx:100.

The only drawback, of course, is that one had to be comfortable working at the command line.

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Re: Disk Operating Systemt

...the very first time I have ever heard anyone hold forth on the supposed difference (?; ¿; ‽) between an "operating system" and a "disc operating system".

What's next? Challenging (pontificating on) the use of the term "computer" for an 8-bit machine?

"...Disk Operating Systems where[sic] only intended to make basic computing equipment usable at all, not to give anything even remotely like what we can expect from anything IT related today. For most people nowdays[sic], that is deeply hidden in the haze and foggs[sic] of history.

Besides that omission, the article is interesting and well written."

You---and your "where"; "nowdays"; and "foggs"---are too kind.

The enlightenment is deeply appreciated.

See the icon.

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Just one tiny thing...

If only Lifeboat Associates could stage a comeback...

When one had a CP/M machine and Lifeboat Associates' extremely comprehensive catalog, nothing else was needed; one already had the answer to The Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

[The reason Deep Thought took 7½ million years to arrive at its answer was because it was not a CP/M machine]

Linux laptop vendor Slimbook updates its ranges

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Re: Keyboard choices

It appears, from photographs of the original Slimbook (from approximately four years ago), that the original device's keyboard contained an embedded numeric keypad, with the requisite 'NumLock' key, of course.

The auto industry refers to this practice of removing features as "de-content-ing".

I suppose Slimbook is "de-content-ing" its offerings, for our benefit.

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"He has the ability to speak, but not to have a conversation..."

From "VTAMguy", above---

"-10 for telling me your personal preference is required for me to be productive in this industry..."

I, in no way nor manner TOLD YOU that a personal preference of mine is required in order for you to be productive. I would never presume that you are productive, nor presume to tell you how to be productive---particularly in light of this post of yours.

I suggest you read the following article on reading comprehension; it cannot do anything except serve you well:

Reading comprehension is a big problem in open-source

Updated: February 24, 2016

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-reading-comprehension.html

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Re: Keyboard choices

"Worse than useless to you."

From Liam Proven:

"...Just because *you* do not see a need for something doesn't mean that there isn't a need for it."

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Re: Keyboard choices

I simply do not understand the current trend of not providing a keypad (embedded and/or otherwise) on keyboards.

Wait...yes, I do: most all electronics these days are NOT bought for the purposes of doing useful, productive work, but are bought for the same reason as $1500-$2000 "smart"phones---so that one can be seen with the device---and that's IT.

If I can't easily use a keyboard for doing spreadsheet work, or even simple repetitive calculator work, it is worse than useless.

Since I can't do it any other way, here are your ten up-votes:

+10.

x86 Raspberry Pi Desktop is a great way to revive an old PC

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Re: Free Math!

No, Mathematica cannot be used "for free" on a 32-bit desktop machine. It is only licensed for "free" use on 32-bit RPi hardware.

Yes, due to its complexity, it is only a novelty on any RPi 32-bit (ie, all of them) machine.

Stephen Wolfram was very quick to anticipate the popularity of the Raspberry Pi, and make his "free" offer to the RPi group as a way of promoting Mathematica and the Wolfram Language, knowing full well that offering Mathematica on the the woefully under-powered (for the purposes of running Mathematica) Rasberry Pi machine would present absolutely no problems to Wolfram's marketing efforts of Mathematica, and only add highly-desirable visibility to his product and organization.

Eben Upton was, of course, delighted to add this high-powered application to the stable of what is offered as a "...learning tool for eight-year-olds..." (it should be noted that Eben Upton, to this day, claims that the Raspberry Pi can run Windows10 with no problems; that the Raspberry Pi makes an absolutely fantastic desktop computer; and that the RPi Group has not developed a 64-bit Operating System---in support of the long-available 64-bit Raspberry PI---because of the worn-out excuse "...that would break backward compatibility...").

In the meantime, Eben Upton, just where IS that 64-bit Raspberry Pi Operating System? I want to run LibreOffice 7.4. On my Raspberry Pi.

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Re: Power consumption

Congratulations...you've just created a 'logic-equivalent' of the mixed metaphor.

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"For a fat guy, you don't sweat TOO much...", and other examples of 'damned by faint praise'

Perhaps a knowledge of what other more-serious Linux distributions are available would be an asset, when writing an article such as this.

The closely-coupled antiX and MX-Linux have been available for years, and work extremely well on older laptops and netbooks, as do other Linux distributions.

From the article:

"...We found installation very slow, but to be fair, we were trying it on two very old PCs...

"For a low-end PC for a not-very-technical user, Rasperry Pi Desktop is a great little OS. It won't magically make an old PC quick again, but it works pretty well. Programs launch slowly from old rotating hard disks, but once they stagger into memory, they run quite usably. It can handle light web browsing, for instance, but for bashing out emails or basic productivity duties, it should cope fine..."

From

"MX Linux MX-18 & 10-year-old EeePC netbook - Fantastic"

Updated: April 1, 2019

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/eeepc-mx-linux.html

"...What really matters is how the netbook behaves. And it behaves oh so well. It's fast and responsive. LibreOffice, which wouldn't even start previously, opens within about 10 seconds. Firefox takes about 20 seconds to launch, but then it runs fine. I tried 720p video, and the playback is quite all right....”

“...MX Linux MX-18.1 Continuum has restored life to my netbook. It runs beautifully fast, it's elegant, loaded with real, practical goodies. The tremendous part is really the speed. This mini-laptop was weak even when I bought it, but to be able to keep using it in a nice fashion a decade later is truly an achievement...."

There are other serious alternatives.

AI inventors may find it difficult to patent their tech under today's laws

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"EXPERTS often don't know why a model behaves the way it does..." How about "ALMOST NEVER"?

"...Neural networks aren't easily explainable. The number-crunching process that seemingly magically transforms input data into an output is often opaque and not interpretable. Experts often don't know why a model behaves the way it does, making it difficult for patent examiners to assess the nitty-gritty details of an application..."

"Artificial Intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers."---D.L. Parnas

People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO

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I didn't bring the subject up...YOU did.

"We're not talking about crazy people or people who are hallucinating or having delusions," the company's founder and CEO...told Reuters.

Methinks he protesteth too much.

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'Artificial Intelligence' ranks right down there with spoon bending, telekinesis, ear candling...

I wonder: to how many people it has occurred that the phrase, "Artificial Intelligence", is one of the more elegant examples of an oxymoron.

"My artificial flowers died because I didn't artificially water them." [paraphrase]---Dave Barry

The only people who believe in 'artificial intelligence' are the Artificial Intelligentia.

"I have found that the reason a lot of people are interested in artificial intelligence is for the same reason a lot of people are interested in artificial limbs:‭ ‬they are missing one.‭"--‬David L. Parnas

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Re: @FeepingCreature - Maybe

"You don’t seem to understand what “understand” means."

"What do you mean by mean?"---Bill Clinton

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I can fully believe that.

"People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient..."

I'm just as certain that people who regularly talk to chatbots not only start to believe that they are sentient, but---also---often do not seek much-needed psychiatric care. After all, someone has to assure them that they just might be sentient.

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook

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Just checked my Driver's License...

Anyone who falls for this train-wreck deserves exactly what they are going to get---absolutely guaranteed. Everywhere one looks and no matter which way one turns in trying to get a rational handle on this so-called product, a red flag pops up.

Oh...my Driver's License confirmed the fact that I wasn't born yesterday. If you are even remotely considering this device or its <charitable>perpetrators</charitable>, you need to check your Driver's License.

Running DOS on 64-bit Windows and Linux: Just because you can

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Re: Why?!

One needs to make a distinction between "old tech", and "useless old tech".

(MS)DOS is an extremely powerful, very viable operating system used in far more places---and important places, at that---than you might imagine.

Not making any judgements, mind you, but your sentiments sound perilously close to those of millennials (Gen-X/Y/Z-ers)whose mantra is, "if it's not the newest, it can't be any good." But, seeing as how you have the extremely good judgement to be a reader of this venue, I'm sure this doesn't apply to you.

Oh, and by the way---I'm sure you've heard of that 60++ year-old system called COBOL, 50+ y.o. language called FORTRAN, and 40-something y.o. system called UNIX.

There are really great applications and uses for (MS)DOS. You simply haven't found them yet...nor encountered them.

Warmest...

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All you need to know to know, if you want to run a (now much better) MS-DOS.

https://www.freedos.org

What's a good indicator of attention-to-detail? They've even improved edlin ! !

[An old, OLD UNIX one-liner: "Not having sendmail is like not having AIDS". Not making any comments or references, mind you.]

Not much of this actually from 'China anymore,' says Northern Light Motors boss

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Re: Sourcing everything from the UK

From @Alumoi---

"...one of the most egomaniacal, sociopathic, narcissistic, insane individuals...Which one?"

Why are you so limiting?

To be perfectly clear, I specifically wrote, "...ONE of the most...".

ps: you could do much worse than starting your new, expanded compendium of egomaniacal, sociopathic, narcissistic, insane---and extremely dangerous---individuals than beginning that list with "Donald J. Trump".

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Re: Sourcing everything from the UK

"...WW2 is over. Almost all the perticipants[sic] / perpetrators on both sides are no longer with us...

Ever hear the admonishment, "Those who forget history are bound to repeat it" ?

Simply because the participants/perpetrators are dead is absolutely NO reason to forget that one of the most egomaniacal, sociopathic, narcissistic, insane individuals to ever inhabit this planet brought untold suffering, misery, and death to untold millions; and would have continued on his path of death and destruction, strictly in the service of his ego, were it not for the unwavering commitment, dedication, and bravery of those who valued freedom over conciliation.

Someone (no name) tried to pull off a similar scenario in the United States, recently. The same thing as happened in Germany still could happen in the US. You think the Germans didn't embrace Hitler wholeheartedly, without giving any thought to the consequences? They embraced the charisma.

Quit embracing the charisma, read the history, and do not relax your vigilance because the act of simply 'forgetting'---of NOT thinking--- is the easiest thing to do

"You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour. You shall have war."---Winston Churchill to Neville Chamberlain, whose only tactics regarding Adolph Hitler were to appease him---which led to WWII.

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."---Thomas Jefferson

Ubuntu Touch OTA-23 is coming: Do you have one of the older model phones that can test it?

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From "3arn0wl", above...

"...Something happened between Pine64 and UBPorts - I'm not privy to the details - such that Ubuntu Touch seemed to get sidelined on the phone, and development of Lomiri - the Linux version of Ubuntu Touch - seemed to be somewhat downgraded...”

Perhaps this, from the UBPorts' website will go very far towards explaining what that "something" was, which happened between Pine 64 and UBPorts:

“Features & Usability"

"Automated Usability (beta)"

"The device is not able to perform as a phone. If you need complete calling and cellular data functionalities, consider choosing a different device.”

https://devices.ubuntu-touch.io/device/pinephone/?pk_vid=095f76c5c238223f165616178477dbfc

Remember that UBPorts has a very deep, vested, and un biased interest in the evaluation of phones on which to run its software. At the moment, at least seventy phones have been evaluated, with all phones being given an objective evaluation---not only as regards to being a candidate for the use of UBPorts, but simply a very good evaluation of each phone, in general; a good summary of general suitability-to-purpose.

https://www.ubports.com

---a very good read.

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Be very careful in believing what you'd LIKE to be true...

@KZM-AZ---

Not worth it. -- Not that great

I've got a pinephone. Thrown pretty much all of them on it. Ubuntu touch has the disadvantage of not working all that well in general..."

Absolutely nothing works all that well in general---and in most cases, and in particular---on the Pinephone.

This is due in very large part to Pine's explicitly-stated business model (?) of being a great source of product for hackers only---of building product (all kinds of product) which, on the surface, look very appealing from a hardware standpoint, but which lack that one major ingredient to make it (all their product) work: the software!

Want a good example?---the Pinephone's keyboard option. It's a great-LOOKING keyboard; it's just that it's had all sorts of problems which require software (and hardware) fixes to remediate. Oh...and the keyboard has to be supported by the distro you choose to use. Does UBPort's OTA-23 support the Pinephone keyboard?

Pine Micro is so convinced that "the community" will be so enamored of their products that it will jump right in and write the necessary software (and keep writing software updates), that it (Pine) will not admit that software development---and, most importantly, on-going software development, at that---is THE major portion of any processor-based product. The result? Well-known Linux distro developers, and even Pine's own internal "work-for-free" types, becoming tired, disheartened, and ultimately abandoning their efforts.

Caveat emptor.

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

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With this individual, how would one know the difference between "before" and "after"?

"Fruit and Nutcase

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Zuckerberg first

Let see him being experimental subject #1 - undergoing long term immersive tests. If he does not become a gibbering idiot..."

Brave roasts DuckDuckGo over Bing privacy exception

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"Et tu, DuckDuckGo?"

"DuckDuckGo slammed by Brave CEO over supposed Microsoft deal"

"Harsh words being exchanged between the two CEOs"

TechRadar

By Sead Fadilpašić

https://www.techradar.com/news/duckduckgo-slammed-by-brave-ceo-over-supposed-microsoft-deal

The CEO of crypto-oriented browser (opens in new tab) Brave has slammed rival DuckDuckGo over its affiliation to Microsoft and the wider online tracker (opens in new tab) controversy.

For the uninitiated, DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser was recently discovered to have been permitting Microsoft’s trackers (opens in new tab) to operate, while blocking those of Google, and Facebook. Zach Edwards, the security researcher who first discovered the issue, later also found that trackers related to the bing.com and linkedin.com domains were also being allowed through the blocks...”

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What do you get when you cross a lawyer with a need for financial support?

I liked what DDG was spouting when it first became available (and has continued to spout, minus any reference to 'cozying-up' to Microsoft.)

I've been using it for a very long time.

I'm beginning to lose confidence in DDG, and any purity in its motivations.

...may be time to face the reality that Microsoft---and FaecesBook---has everyone in its/their hip-pocket(s)...

End-of-life smartphone? Penguins at postmarketOS aim to revive it

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The rush to get in a personal "Me! Me! opinion is always provides high entertainment.

@Cliffwilliams44---

Read much? Do you COMPREHEND what you DO read, much?

"Your[sic] wrong, and the primary distro that proves your[sic] wrong is Fedora!..."

What is it about

"Most all major AND minor Linux distro houses..."; or

"Almost NO Linux distro house..."

that you don't understand?

You hold up the fact that a derivative of a billion-dollar (BEFORE the IBM take-over) Linux distro does respond to bug reports (possibly; your word only) as evidence that my comment is wrong? Grow up.

As both Fedora and Red Hat say:

"Fedora is developed by the Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat..."

"To create Red Hat Enterprise Linux, some version of Fedora is forked and enters an extensive development, testing and certification process to become a new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

I would suggest that you read---slowly---the following:

"Reading comprehension is a big problem in open-source"

Updated: February 24, 2016

https://heuneburg.schlegel.ovhwww.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-reading-comprehension.html

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What a breath of fresh air !

This is one of the most refreshing articles seen in a long time, by someone who obviously (a) knows what he is doing, and (b) knows what he is talking about---and who is a hard worker and a good writer, to boot!.

Most writers of this calibre, and of this particular leaning, have long since given up---and disappeared---because of the "move fast and break things" mentality and modus operandi of most ALL of the current crop of crap---filled with regressions and incompatibilities with even the last "offering"--- 'offered' by what are considered to be "the mainstream" Linux distros---driven, of course, by the 'know-nothings' whose only metric---and mantra-- is "If it ain't the newest, it can't be any good"---with a good helping of "bigger is always better" thrown in.

Bug reports? Get serious! Most all major AND minor Linux distro houses are too busy working on the NEXT greatest, biggest, fastest, most feature-filled distro to pay ANY attention to any of your bug reports, no matter how serious; don't even waste your time. "Bug Reports" are now handled via the simple expedient of "IGNORE". Almost NO Linux distro house has the incentive, will, nor the desire to do Q-A or validation-testing any more; there's simply NO time available. Your well crafted, well-thought-out, well-researched Bug Report is handled very deftly by "DELETE".

Here's hoping we see a lot more from you, Mr. Proven.

Minimal, systemd-free Alpine Linux releases version 3.16

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What a breath of fresh air ! !

This is one of the most refreshing articles seen in a long time, by someone who obviously knows (a) what he is doing, and (b) what he is talking about---and who is a hard worker and a good writer, to boot!.

Most writers of this calibre have long since given up---and disappeared---because of the "move fast and break things" mentality and modus operandi of most ALL of the current crop of crap---filled with regressions and incompatibilities with even the last "offering"--- 'offered' by what are considered to be "the mainstream" Linux distros---driven, of course, by the 'no-nothings' whose only metric---and mantra-- is "If it ain't the newest, it can't be any good"---with a good dash of "bigger is always better" thrown in.

(Bug reports? Get serious. Most all major AND minor Linus distro houses are too busy working on the NEXT greatest biggest, fastest, most feature-filled distro to pay ANY attention. "Bug Reports" are now handled via the simple expedient of "IGNORE". Almost NO Linux distro house has the incentive, will, nor the desire to do Q-A or validation-testing any more; there's simply not time.)

Here's hoping we see a lot more from you, Mr. Proven.

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it

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What am I missing here?

This is a "keyboard" which is implemented in (that is, created by...) SOFTWARE!

What's the big deal?

Somebody, who is bitching about the lack of a really great SOFTWARE KEYBOARD, either write the NGK (Next Great Keyboard), or cause it to be done.

Just ask the software gurus, or, better yet, their managers: software can solve all problems; it can even build a new airplane.

Does 737 MAX ring a bell?

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