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Comment: Re:Pandering (Score 1) 741

by DrXym (#48034945) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
Hopefully it will stay that way. Of course the conservatives might get so scared of losing that they do something incredibly foolish such as ally with UKIP or come to an agreement where they don't contest certain seats to ensure the other one wins. Of course that might mean they lose voters from the centre who would be horrified by the prospect of UKIP getting anywhere near the reins of power.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 741

by DrXym (#48034915) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I don't agree with his policies or his party ideology either, but I think it is incorrect to call him an idiot. He knows very well what he is doing, and I think he is leading the country competently, in the sense that he is not blundering around stupidly and making the overall situation significantly worse for the whole nation.

Cameron has been a competent prime minister. He hasn't screwed up in any major way, the economy has significantly recovered, he's survived the Scottish referendum and the coalition has been successful in moderating his party's reforms. But his party and Clegg's are doomed in the next election.

We keep using imperial in our daily lives because they are easy when you don't need great precision or a deep understanding of the science behind; 1 pound is about the weight of a large handful of something - easy to relate to and precise enough for many purposes.

As generations are born and die, the old system falls out of use and people use the new system instead. I don't see that as a reason to keep on using it when it was gotten rid of for a reason. If I want to approximate something I can always say a litre, or half a kilo, or 50 meters or whatever.

Comment: Pandering (Score 4, Interesting) 741

by DrXym (#48034703) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
The Conservatives Party's electoral base is being undermined by UKIP and measures like this are simply pandering to voters who might be swayed by the far right rhetoric, nationalism anti-immigrant and anti-EU whargarbl that UKIP is putting out. It's popularism pure and simple. They're trying to outdo UKIP in the popularist soundbites. Expect to see Cameron standing around for photo-ops with a pint in one hand.

It's very unlikely the Conservatives will win another term thanks to UKIP, not because UKIP stand a chance but because the first-past-the-post system ensures Labour will win a handy majority.

Comment: Re:"Multi-touch" tells me all I need to know (Score 2) 249

by DrXym (#47991699) Attached to: GNOME 3.14 Released
Don't be ridiculous. Supporting a multi touch input device says absolutely nothing of what the experience is like for someone using that way or what the experience is like for someone using a mouse and keyboard.

As it happens GNOME 3 is perfectly usable for someone with a mouse and keyboard. It's also discoverable, forgiving, easy to use and simple to learn which are the main goals of it.

Feel free to install Cinnamon or an entirely different desktop if you don't like it.

Comment: Is this really surprising (Score 1) 421

by DrXym (#47982653) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
Aluminium is a terrible material to make a phone from and I bet Apple have milled it to within an inch of its life. Maybe it doesn't matter so much for a smaller device but these phablets are so big that they are going to suffer increased leverage and bend forces. Perhaps it would have been better to use plastic over a steel frame like most other phones. It might not look so good but it would probably be stiffer and more resistant.

Comment: Re:Other hackable things (Score 1) 70

by DrXym (#47982217) Attached to: Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

Of course this isn't going to stop people here ragging on TouchID.

I think it's quite reasonable to rag on it given that Apple are claiming they encrypt data on the phone. Maybe they do but if you can get at it with a fingerprint then it's not hugely more secure than before. Not that I would single out Apple for all the heat here - most phones are only protected by a short pin and even alternative authentication schemes are likely guessable in some way - e.g. Microsoft's photo login and Google's pattern unlock can probably be inferred just by looking at the finger smears on a screen.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 2) 156

by DrXym (#47944171) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
I guess the problem that Apple & Sony demonstrate is that going to the manufacturer doesn't necessarily get you a better price even without a middleman. They just use it as an excuse to have bigger margins.

The proper form of competition would see the manufacturer required to sell its products at a wholesale price in a transparent and unbiased way. If the manufacturer wants to sell its own product it would have to set up a subsiduary company which would be subject to the same rules as everyone else.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 156

by DrXym (#47943963) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
I think I'd have more sympathy for dealers if they sold cars for the price on the sticker with no negotiations, no hidden extras, no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay. It would be better yet if they did this online where they can't bamboozle people with figures or promises they won't keep or with high pressure sales for extras.

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