M2M cellular contracts are really simple these days. You can buy embedded SIM cards that are "cold" and cost free (in terms of air time expenses) until you need them, you can remotely enable/disable them thereby switching air time costs on and off as required. The hardware required to put a simple GSM MODEM in place that phones home and checks for updates if it's SIM goes hot is fairly small.
Not to mention that ALL new cars in Europe will soon be fitted with MODEMs designed to phone the authorities if the car has a crash http://ec.europa.eu/digital-ag... so the lack of hardware in the car won't be a factor in Europe at least.
All-in-all this is not technically difficult to do, but my experience of the motor industry is that they are a bunch of cyber-peasants with very little will to implement any standard communication interfaces into their vehicles, they prefer brand-differentiating home grown solutions for in-car gadgetry and they're very slow to change.
I work on dual screen 1920x1200 at work and I use a 27" higher res monitor at home. Mousing to the top left of the screen in MATE doesn't require more than an inch of mouse movement with my settings on any of these machines. (medium sensitivity and a tiny amount of acceleration).
What is your mouse sensitivity set to? I'm genuinely interested rather than trying to troll you. Perhaps the aversion people feel to a global menu is something related to personal mouse sensitivity preferences and those of us who need to physically move the mouse over large distances detest the global menu.
As I said earlier, the global menu is the least of my problems with Unity, it's the fact that it keeps dissappearing to be replaced with a fairly useless window title that bugs me more
Diclaimer: I use Linux every day for work. I use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I don't use Unity.
The usability problem with Unity menus is not that they are either local or global, it's the fact they they disappear every time you take your mouse away from them, please don't make me have to mouse over the window title to get the menu to appear. While this sounds simple enough to do, it causes you to haltingly mouse over the general area of the menu bar, then wait for the thing to render, then visually locate what you want, then mouse over it and click. In the good old days, one could just mouse over to the precise menu location and click-it in a single move
Unity now provides the user with a choice as to whether they would like to break your menu in either a local way or a global way, sadly the problem still exists. Please stop breaking user interfaces with stupid design!
For the record, I use MATE as my desktop because all this new fangled sausage-finger friendly crap is simply not a productive place to work
Perhaps we could look at some examples from history and apply your ideas; The Rwandan civil war was arguably started by a leader being removed from power (his plane was shot down). The "remove the leader" method is one of your proposed solutions to war in general. The act of assassinating this bloke sparked off a genocide wherein around 800,000 people were killed. How do you decide who has the right to rule in this situation. Both sides had legitimate grievances (at least in their own minds) and both sides did terrible things (though one more than the other in terms of a body count). Who do you strip of their rights and punish with "trade embargoes"? how do you punish the "bad guys" when they are living in the same country as the "good guys"? Even if you decide who's right and who's wrong, you cannot selectively punish one side or the other without putting boots on the ground; doing so will put your personnel in the line of fire. This will lead to you having to chose between using force or ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away.
Consider Germany in the 1930's it was the application of sanctions and internationally enforced laws (treaty of Versailles) on the German nation that provided an ideal breeding ground for the sort of hatred that lead to the rise of Adolf Hitler. In fact it was precisely this treaty that gave Hitler a strong point of fact to rally his followers around. The only thing that stopped Hitler was gratuitous use of force, he was intent on military domination of all who opposed him.
In summary, I think that in some cases war is unavoidable; however, war should be avoided at all costs. I don't think we'll see an end to war until we have a world government and paradoxically I don't think this will ever come about except by way of war (at least in some part)
The Apple iDevices and game consoles draw that line too high to be useful for anything.
Clearly that statement is erm... rubbish. The millions of people who own consoles and iWotsits are doing something they find USEFUL with them. The fact that these products offend some people does not make them useless in general. I love open source stuff as much as the next geek but come on people, most humans out there couldn't give a rats ass about how open their console is, they just want to play games, or, more to the point, their kids do.
I think Valve is more interested in selling content at a price that makes consumers consume rather than trying to win a pissing contest with Sony and MS over who's got the best console. They have concerns however that Windows is heading the way of the Apple walled garden, so they're trying to provide alternatives to that garden and they're hoping that developers will jump on board. With a bit luck steam boxes will take off enough to get Sony, MS and Nintendo to at least drop the price of their games a bit. Console gaming is after all under significant price pressure from the £0.69 iOS or Android game at one end of the spectrum and now they are comming under similar pressure from Valve at the other. Compettition rocks!
Then again, I've been puzzled all my adult life by people who just don't care enough to learn anything about something new before they form an (often utterly stupid) opinion, it's way easier for sheeple to just believe marketing spin (or any other source of convenient bullshit i.e. religious leaders, politicians, the daily mail). So I suspect that the people with the marketing team best able to lie to the most people will win no matter which is actually technically better than the other.
Yeah, when I was working on healthcare software here in the UK my proposal was to simply store historic patient data in HTML as it was a jumbled mix of test results and notes in no particular format from a variety of software vendors. We had really good success in making simple plug-ins to eat data from a vendor and spit HTML that could be archived on web servers running on an intra-net accessible by all hospitals and gp's in a single health authority rather than a public website (for obvious reasons) this made finding stuff really easy for 99% of the people who needed the data because we indexed the pages google-style. Single search box to find everything by patient id or name or all the diabetics or similar. It was really cool. No managers or decision-makers wanted it because they didn't understand how it solved their problem, they were to intensly involved in modelling reality in paper-based forms and letters to GPs.
The people with the access control hang-ups and long list of other irrelevant requirements were suits representing patients rights and/or the government of the day, not actual patients or doctors, but theorists with no practical understanding of the NHS or the real world requirements for a healthcare system. They wanted to scrape all the data into a massive central national system designed by a committee that became the list of common factors from all the vendors i.e. crap with only the barest whiff of useful data, none of the good stuff that made the hospitals buy the software from the small vendors in the first place
While I feel the same as you on this point I am forced to acknowledge my experience of living in a country with no state benfits, the up-shot is this. The bumholes that defraud the benefit system on a long term basis and drug addicts picking up their state-funded high in our country are the same type of people that turn to (often violent) crime in countries where an effective benefit system does not exist. The simple truth of the matter is that having good social welfare systems in place keeps crime down.
Go live in Johannesburg for a few months and tell me which you would rather have
Think of it as modern Danegeld. Either the state buys Joe Schmoes new flat screen TV or he's comming to take yours
it wasn't just a database. It was a database that had to incorporate and interoperate with a vast array of existing legacy software written in every language you can possibly imagine. Not only this, it was a stupid idea to start with, because MOST patients don't move around the country and a series of smaller regional systems would have made a lot more sense for MOST of the problems in communication that could be solved by interfacing computer systems.
The project was hampered by problems of patient confidentiallity, and who was reasonably allowed to access patient records at any given time. Data needed to be tied to locations that the patient was frequenting e.g. my GP is allowed to see my records, the doctor in the A&E I've just been admitted to is allowed to see my records but a doctor at the other end of the country doing a bit of record-surfing is not allowed to see my records. except when he is?!?!
The hospitals themselves pretty much (quite rightly) tried to keep the national system at arms length because it was not clearly understood or believed to be core to their day-to-day activities.
All-in-all the government of the day would have done much better to define a minimum data set and standards for interoperation rather than interferring and trying to control everything centrally. Given a decent interface and data set spec the miriad of small (cheap) software vendors already supplying the NHS would have all been motivated to implement it so they could interoperate with each others systems in a more uniform (read cost effective) manner. Communicating between hospital departments and between the hospital and the patients GP then would have been a much more simple affair and this would have solved most of the communication delay problems that happen in the real world on a day-to-day basis.
is this some sort of mysterious zombie boob?