Ribbon was driven directly by monitoring how actual users were using the software. There's a fascinating series of blog posts about where it came from and how it developed. And although my initial reaction as a "power user" was similarly sceptical, the fact for me is that most people I know who've tried it came around to preferring it after a short time.
The fact of the matter remains that while the Ribbon is clearly superior to toolbar buttons for organizing shortcuts, it should have never completely replaced the menu system. For the 20% of the time you need to find the one function that isn't immediately obvious on the Ribbon, you spend about 80% of your time hunting fruitlessly for it. If they had simply hidden the original menus with the Alt key -- the same way they did for Internet Explorer and everything else in Windows 7 -- it would have made Office more tolerable.
I won't even get into Word's continued inability to manage any sort of list, or its propensity for fucking up formatting that LibreOffice manages to handle just fine. I have refused to touch Office since 2003, and would rather switch jobs than be forced to use that horrible monstrosity of an office suite.
Mechanical losses are a major issue with cars, particularly when dealing with power losses through differentials. Friction will quickly make you its bitch, which is why everything must be kept well-lubricated, and even then you have to keep the viscosity to an absolute minimum to avoid fluid load.
A completely electric drivetrain, if done right, can eliminate almost all of the moving parts that contribute to power loss. Electricity, wires, and motors. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
Water is hydraulic, so even if it's not touching the bottom it's still susceptible to an earthquake that pushes a column of water up.
Where, pray tell, might we find such a thing?
You prove my point. You preferred all those cars over American cars. American cars are just not as well put together as European and Japanese cars. That's why you hardly see any American cars in Europe.
Right, because Opel, Vauxhall and Ford don't sell anything in Europe. Oh, wait.
WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined together today to introduce legislation that will establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs.
"Create jobs", of course, being the catch-all euphemism for enriching Big Media."
The AOSP has the code for this, and many distros integrated that feature, for example CyanogenMOD.
I can confirm this. CyanogenMod 11 nightlies (Android 4.4.2) contain the AppOps code and the available launcher continues to work.
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It's puzzled me for some time that ISPs are so eager to help with these piracy measures. Can someone explain to my why they are so eager to please when there is no reasonable legal threat against them? (IIUC, the DMCA safe-harbor clauses immunize them.) The same goes for YouTube. Why is Google so eager to go above and beyond the DMCA(*)?
(*) I am aware of Viacom v. Google, but my understanding is the appellate judgment in many ways reaffirms the DMCA safe-harbor provisions.
Easy: Two of the biggest ISPs are also content owners. Time Warner and Comcast.