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Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 668

by Anne Thwacks (#48039101) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
However, I can normally guess the temperature to the nearest degree centigrade. Two degrees if tired, hungry, confused or drunk. No hope of guessing the nearest Farenheit degree, Nearest 5 degrees appears to be common for those used to Farenheit. (I have lived in the UK for over 65 years).

I have no problem measuring things in inches or metres, centimetres or millimetres - my measuring tapes are marked with all of them. I learned pattern cutting (for clothes) in metric. Imperial machine tools are superior because of the way the lead screw is made (it has a completely different thread to metric ones. You can cut metric parts on an imperial mill/lathe - just put the correct gears on it).

I have a serious problem with US gallons being short measure.

Cameron is seeking re-election. Move along now folks - nothing to see here.

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 1) 408

AFAIAC Hangouts, Playbooks and the music thingy are defintiely bloatware. Dont know about Nexus5, but my Nexux7 went to CM solely because the bloatware was over the top. SGS3 same way. Yes I have donated to CM, and hate Google+ as much as anyone else.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 275

by Anne Thwacks (#47980161) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
Yes, but in this part of the world, the "funerary brigade" is the family. There is no other. So you are requiring the entire nation not just to have, but to understand how to use, a bunny suit. If they could afford one, they would probably instead use the money to feed the family who will otherwise starve to death, or to get the hell out - taking Ebola with them.

Comment: Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (Score 1) 275

by Anne Thwacks (#47980097) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
Western societies generally don't touch the dead, unless required to do so.

No, but you touch a lot of people who may have been sick for up to 20 days with no visible symptoms. (Shake hands and then touch your own eyes, nose or mouth is the problem). Big sports events could be a major killer.

Comment: Re:Limited Excel Model (Score 1) 275

by Anne Thwacks (#47980063) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
If the model is right within +/- 50%, then another 4 months and its 5 billion or so infected. As there are only 10 million in the affected area, that means it will have a good foothold in Europe and America.

So far all suggestions for containment have taken more than 6 weeks to implement, by which time, even the viable ideas are only 25% of the scale required.

Its time to sent in Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and "the great white Ninja".

In the middle ages, the answer was to build enormous stone churches and pray like mad. "To be sure it won't make a #@!! of a lot of difference, but nor will anything else, don't ya see".

Of course the data and the maths are probably wrong, the question is are they wrong enough to make a gnats piss of a difference?

Comment: Re:Liberia Population (Score 1) 275

by Anne Thwacks (#47979993) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
block the roads and shoot anyone trying to escape a contaminated area.

Novels with that kind of approach are written by people who have never left Holywood.

Fiven the nature of the areathe roads barely work in good times, and more people "trek through the bush" than use the roads even when there are no checkpoints - the checkpoints that are there are probably keener to extort money than stop people, and probably are only issued three bullets a day.

Imagine trying to isolate Mexico ...

Comment: Re:ObBillGates (Score 2) 252

by Anne Thwacks (#47977539) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?
how would YOU have divided that up?

Certainly not the way the PC did it. The standard practice at the time was to do I/O space down from the top, and memory up from the bottom, so that when you got more address space, and Moore's law was well established by then - so you know it would ahppen pretty quick, you added the extra memory in the middle.

Also, most machines too cheap to have proper memory management supported memory banking, where the same address space addressed different memory based on a a "bank select register". Obviousy, if you were in banked memory when you flipped the switch, you went into hyper-space. but you knew that, didn't you (if your hardware was half-way decent, it didn't let you do it anyway).

The truth was, IBM did not want the PC to compete with "proper" computers, and did not put the effort into designing it properly. Hence the complete fail of an interrupt structure.

Besides which, even Bill Gates could not afford 640k at the time.

Comment: Re: Simplification, n. (Score 1) 184

by Anne Thwacks (#47955105) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity
I'd much rather pick one thing I like from a list of ten than make ten binary decisions about ingredients.

However, the ten choices we get will never include the ten I want, or the ten you want - they will be what get offered by the Gnome dev team this release, and once we have got used to them, a completely different ten.

Granted being able to choose (unlike in Unity) is good, and if the options exist, someone will want every possible combination. (2^10 is only 1024 combinations, and you gotta hope more than 1 million people will use your GUI).

Best bet is to have both an easy way to pick a "skin" from popular choices (with a high contrast default that works regardless of LCD, CRT, or whatever is next, no matter how ugly - not that ugly should be the design objective) and a more complex "fix the feature that bugs you" - clearly marked "advanced users only" and with a way to save your choices and export them to other machines (by email?).

The worst possible is to pretend your desktop is a 2011 smartphone. Hell, I want Gnome-fallback-shell on my Samsung Note 4. Dropdown menus worked on 320x240 (as well as anything could on a Crap Graphic Array).

I definitely want to have multiple desktops, resizeable windows, and hierarchical menus on my Android phone. Icons are all very well for ten choices, but a complete failure for 1024 choices.

Hierarchically structured words big enough to read no mattter how many there are, are way better than, tiny, meaningless pictures you can't recognise no matter how few.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.