How The Linux Foundation and Fedora are Addressing Workstation Security (Linux.com)
Posted Feb 14, 2013 23:21 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Feb 15, 2013 1:56 UTC (Fri) by mmarq (guest, #2332)
Doubt anyone could do any useful work while they are walking, so the ultre-thin ultra-book concept makes much more sense...specially if by some way you could hook a mobile phone (anyone call it what they like) and softphone anywhere(which is only one functionality possible).
Posted Feb 15, 2013 9:51 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
On the radar
Posted Feb 15, 2013 14:30 UTC (Fri) by pboddie (guest, #50784)
Posted Feb 18, 2013 13:25 UTC (Mon) by ibukanov (subscriber, #3942)
As a big bonus the complexity of software on the phone is much less than what is available on a typical smartphone so I can trust it more.
Also a smartphone
Posted Feb 19, 2013 18:59 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
Posted Feb 21, 2013 1:22 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Feb 15, 2013 12:55 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
* Take decent photos.
* find stores. Find store times. Find phone numbers. Look up prices while at store to see if it's a good deal or not. See review of products. Look up technical information when buying computer parts.
* Keeping track of phone numbers.
* Be able to communication with a number of people via their favorite method. Some people are most easily reached via text message as they don't answer their phones usually. Some people prefer to get stuff via email. etc.
* Calenders. Reminders. Notifications.
* Maps and other things for determining speed, direction, location, etc.
* Looking up how to do something. If your in the midst of working on your car, plumbing, heart surgery, or whatever then you can easily find videos, howtos, and guides for most anything quickly.
* playing videos games. Playing card games with others. reading stuff. Watching videos, movies, television shows, listening to the radio, listening to online radio, listening to mp3s, listening to streaming mp3s, podcasts, books, newspapers, magazines, etc.
* Being able to be easily reached at any place. Easily being able to disable being easily reached at any place.
Generally speaking they are pretty awesome. Ultimate use of functionality depends on how often you are out and about.
Most people buying them probably do it to do email, facebook, and surf the web while at work since most businesses do quite a bit of filtering to prevent virus infections at work and other issues.
Posted Feb 15, 2013 18:34 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
* Be able to communication with a number of people via their favorite method.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 13:33 UTC (Mon) by nye (guest, #51576)
I submit that this is largely selection/confirmation bias.
There are at least a couple of *billion* people with smartphones, the majority of whom are entirely non-technical and have no trouble using one as a phone. If the situation were even remotely as bad as you suggest, it would be very obvious.
Posted Feb 15, 2013 19:48 UTC (Fri) by Lennie (guest, #49641)
Posted Feb 16, 2013 3:42 UTC (Sat) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Feb 18, 2013 13:49 UTC (Mon) by nye (guest, #51576)
Battery life if obviously a trade-off against what you want to do. If you want to do those things, it's not reasonable to expect that battery life will not be reduced.
(To take the argument ad absurdum, I could suggest that it's stupid to have a mobile phone at all when a landline never needs charging, but almost everyone acknowledges that having the extra mobility in exchange for the necessity of charging batteries is a worthwhile trade-off.)
If you literally never need any of those facilities, then of course a smartphone is a bad choice; that shouldn't even need saying.
If you *might occasionally* need them but don't use them in the normal course of events, the battery life is likely to be on the same order as a dumbphone. It will be less, to be sure, but not ten times less - you might be looking at around a week versus two weeks. The reason a smartphone's battery life is typically less in practice is that it turns out people want and use those features.
This isn't theoretical BTW; on some very rare occasions I've left my phone largely unused for a week or more and not had the battery run out, and it's an HTC Desire which is now pretty long in the tooth and wasn't particularly known for its stellar battery life even new.
(Random addendum: the real battery-killer is of course travelling, as the phone desperately tries to find a connection presumably by boosting its output power, then has to do it all over again 30 seconds later. Back when I had a non-smart mobile phone, it would have a battery life of around two weeks, or three hours on a train, which is a bit of a bugger really. Things don't seem to have improved much in that department.)
Posted Feb 21, 2013 1:45 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Feb 21, 2013 11:54 UTC (Thu) by nye (guest, #51576)
Posted Feb 22, 2013 3:51 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Bacteria on cellphones
Posted Feb 19, 2013 19:07 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
Looking up how to do something. If your in the midst of working on your car, plumbing, heart surgery, or whatever then you can easily find videos, howtos, and guides for most anything quickly.
Posted Feb 16, 2013 3:21 UTC (Sat) by idupree (guest, #71169)
Posted Feb 18, 2013 13:33 UTC (Mon) by ibukanov (subscriber, #3942)
Insecure in what sense? A typical application on Windows/Mac/Linux PC can read/change all my data, but this is not so on Android. The only advantage of a PC AFAICS is the hardware visualization so OS can run wireless and other complex drivers isolated from the rest of the system. But such advantage is mostly theoretical as very few PC utilizes that.
Posted Feb 21, 2013 3:59 UTC (Thu) by draco (subscriber, #1792)
Posted Feb 21, 2013 10:20 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
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