Yeah, one thing Microsoft does well - the only thing - is their anticompetitive strategy.
Wait, why would that be confusing?
It's not confusing, it's illogical.
"Times smaller", "times less" and their ilk are terrible phrases.
I agree - but if i ever express that, nobody understands the problem. I'm glad i'm not the only weird one!
The issue is how small is it to start with? We can easily express how large something is - there are units for that - but there are no units for smallness. So if thing A is 10 times smaller than thing B, how small is thing B? You can tell me how big it is, but you can't tell me how small it is.
Yeah, we all know what it means - but that doesn't make the illogicalness of it grate any less.
AGL or MSL?
I just got back from a vacation in Australia, and was annoyed that the in-flight display thingy insisted
on displaying everything in "correct" units.
Really? Every intercontinental flight i've ever been on (quite a few, but none in the last 5 years) has shown altitude, speed, etc, in both normal and retarded units. Switching entirely to metric must be new - and is a welcome change, because it was mildly irritating waiting for the miles to change to kilometers.
So, please, is this a site for imperial fucktards, or one for geeks and nerds who use the metric system like every other human being on this planet?
Slashdot has openly been a U.S.-centric site and has been from the beginning.
Ik woon in Nieuw Holland.
wouldn't it be easier to use a GPS receiver (Garmin, GlobalSat, Android phone, iPhone) to calculate an accurate altitude instead of using Google maps? Just asking.
That depends if you want height above ground level or height above the ellipsoid.
It's the 21st. Fortunately we stopped Napoleon at Waterloo, so the french system of units didn't take over the civilised (English speaking) world.
By "civilised" world, i assume you mean the USA - because as far as i can tell, all the rest of the English speaking world use metric. Even the backward Brits use it for most things - except beer and babies.
What century is this again?
19th in the USA, 21st everywhere else. Even the backwards British have mostly caught up now.
That's why i do it - it's expected!
At most I get like 400MB/s for an advertised GB connection.
400 megabytes per second (MB/s) is 3.2 Gb/s (assuming 8 bits per byte) – what are you complaining about?
If you mean "megabits", that's "Mb/s".
We can offer 6-18mbps down and 1mbps up, on a single line.
Fuck, you're all at it! The symbol for mega is "M", not "m". "m" is the symbol for "milli" – i.e., 1000th. "1mbps" means one millibit per second, i.e., one bit every thousand seconds. Remind me not to get an account with your ISP.
My broadband speed is only like 25mb/s which is way faster than 56k modem [......]
No it's not, 25 millibits per second is 40 seconds per bit – way slower than 56 thousand bits per second.
Maybe you mean 25 megabits per second: 25Mb/s.
I fail to see where any of this is saving me much time or effort compared to what I can do today.
It'll be like Slashdot's autorefresh gimmick - maximum annoyance for minimum benefit. It interrupts my reading to save me absolutely zero effort.