I haven't tried a whole lot of games yet, as I don't often play games on my phone. The only "large" games I've tried are a few of the Angry Birds games, all of which worked fine. If there's something specific (and free) you'd like me to test for you, let me know and I'll check it out.
They're already shipping to much of Europe.
This. I've got a Jolla in my hand right now (in Europe), and I'm loving it. It's not the world's most powerful hardware by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great attempt at a new approach to UI and it's really nice to see a phone that caters to the geek market at the same time as being very usable to those who aren't so interested in what's going on under the hood. The ability to run Android apps (which it does very well) is the icing on the cake. I'm a very pleased customer so far, and looking forward to what's to come.
I'd make popcorn in Professor Hathaway's house, of course.
Last I checked, the Kindle is capable of reading and displaying quite a few non-DRM formats. You're stuck with DRM if you purchase books from Amazon, yes, but nothing about the device itself locks you into DRM.
As of 2011, Russia uses feet.
Flight Levels in China and Russia are also specified in meters.
Incorrect. In China, they do not use the term "Flight Level", but merely specify an altitude in meters. In Russia, they use foot-based Flight Levels as of 2011. See here.
Apparently you're full of shit, who'd have thunk it on Slashdot...
You were saying something?
Interesting point, 300m is a slightly awkward value, I wonder if 250m (~820 feet) would be enough separation with today's more accurate autopilots etc.?
It probably would, but it's still easier to work with muliples of 10. That is, after all, the entire idea behind the metric system. It just happens to work well in this application using Imperial.
It's a bit academic, since we're pretty clearly stuck with what we've got, and it (usually) works.
The original Spaceship One went something like five or six times higher, so I presume these are just "low altitude" test flights before they try for "space".
You are correct. They're (wisely, I think) taking baby steps to get there, observing the performance of the engine and the vehicle with each increment and making any necessary enhancements and improvements based on returned data. The most recent test was a 20 second engine burn. IIRC, the eventual goal prior to passenger flights is a 90 second burn, so it'll be going much, much higher.
That is for passenger convenience/understanding. The pilots are talking to ATC in feet and in English, no matter where they are in the world. I prefer metric for almost everything, but like it or not, this is an accepted side effect of the United States pioneering commercial airplane traffic.
Also, it's actually somewhat convenient because 1000 foot vertical separation for flights in opposing directions is a good distance. There's no metric equivalent that's as easy to compute, so this is a rare example of Imperial actually creating easier math instead of harder.
You can find information about the functions of the Equadorian Coast Guard (which is part of the Navy) at http://www.armada.mil.ec/fuerza-operativa/coguar/ . Health emergency-related airlifts would fall under the first of their tasks, "Salvaguardar la vida humana en el mar." The map of what they consider "el mar" can be seen at http://www.coguar.dirnea.org/images/stories/guardacostas/mar_ecuador.jpg .
Airlifting people with medical emergencies from the Galapagos Islands to the Ecuadorian mainland is part of the Equadorian Navy's job description. You'd have received the same treatment and so would I.
Now, the quality of the medical care you receive afterwards might be affected by your wealth or influence, but the airlift is something they do for anybody who needs it, and it happens all the time. The only reason this is "news" is because of the notoriety of the patient, not because of the airlift.
FTFA: And any game hoping to top this list would have to beat off strong competition from World of Warcraft, perhaps the best online role playing game.
Yep, you lost me right there.
...or you could live in a country where it's absolutely commonplace to use BIC/IBAN to transfer money for all payments, both for bills and for individual-to-individual, and the banks don't charge a cent to do it. The concept of a cheque simply doesn't exist here.
If a friend asks me to loan him 20 bucks, and I don't happen to have it in cash, and don't want to tell him to fuck off, I'll say, "sure, just give me your account number" and it'll be in his account in seconds. Easy peasy, no charges, no Bic to bust out.
Of course, this wouldn't have been so easy before ubiquitous smartphones, but what with the majority of people here having smartphones and dataplans (and my bank having a pretty kickass mobile app so I don't have to use a clunky phone browser), it's really the way to go.
Hahaha. Oh wait, you were serious? Let me laugh even harder.
It takes absolutely no talent to waste power like this. Well, perhaps it does, to use so much power while getting so little useful result.
Think about carefully next time you're driving down the road in a vehicle that gets around 12% effeciency from the gasoline it burns.