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Comment: Re:It's a still a nice PC. (Score 0) 337

by coldsalmon (#47648935) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

The only thing that comes to mind after seeing those outdoor pictures in the article: please give us a model with a matte display. I dislike glossy screens in general, but on tablets that will probably be used outside in the sun they are positively horrible. In the photos you can hardly see the screen for all the glare.

This. I'm using mine outdoors right now, and the display is really suffering from reflection. This is unfortunate, because it's the ideal machine for me to use if I want to take my work outdoors on a pleasant afternoon. It's still usable, but less so at certain angles. And it helps if you wear a black shirt.

Comment: Re:Pick your poison (Score 1) 337

by coldsalmon (#47648901) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

My Surface Pro 3 keyboard is actually larger (i.e. wider) than my full-sized desktop keyboard. I find it to be a very good keyboard, but it's a matter of preference. I find the keyboard on the Macbook Air to be irritating, and a lot of people like that keyboard very much. You can always get a separate bluetooth keyboard that you like better. This is probably the reason that MS didn't bundle the keyboard with the device.

Comment: Writing this on a Surface Pro 3 (Score 3, Interesting) 337

by coldsalmon (#47648773) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I got a Surface Pro 3 last month, and I totally love it. I do a lot of document editing, and the stylus makes it very easy. After a week of using OneNote, I was completely off paper. In fact, I'm on vacation right now doing business from my hammock, and I'm more productive than I usually am in my office. The screen is almost the same size as a piece of paper, and the high-res display makes it pleasant for reading. The fact that it's so easy to split the screen between two different documents makes it extremely easy and intuitive to input edits. I can't really say whether it's good for entertainment or gaming, because I have never used it for that. But for the office, it's perfect for me. I started using Linux in 2004, when MS was at its worst. Since then, they've improved tremendously and have won back my business. I still run Debian on my office server of course.

I got an Android tablet for the office last year, but I ended up never using it; doing anything useful was incredibly awkward. The Surface Pro 3 is what I hoped that tablet would be. The thing is, MS can afford to throw $1.7 billion at a problem until they get it right, and they have now gotten it right.

+ - Want to have a real impact on climate change? Then become a vegetarian.->

Submitted by mspohr
mspohr (589790) writes "A thought provoking article in today's Guardian makes the case that raising meat for human consumption is one of the most climate damaging human activities with studies showing that between 18% and 51% of climate change is due to human meat consumption.
"Raising animals to eat produces more greenhouse gasses (via methane and nitrous oxide) than all of the carbon dioxide excreted by automobiles, boats, planes and trains in the world combined. "
"Yes, quitting meat can reduce your carbon footprint significantly more than quitting driving.""

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Comment: Re:As compared to what..? (Score 1) 631

by coldsalmon (#46358531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

How much trust did you have in our financial system circa 2008, right after the financial meltdown?

Quite a bit, since prices for goods and services didn't change at all. I said to myself, "Oh well, the Fed will take care of it with monetary policy." And they did. There was a real estate crash, but there was no currency crisis.

Comment: Re:What is the advantage of a Bitcoin bank? (Score 1) 232

by coldsalmon (#46348893) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

A Bitcoin bank could theoretically make a lot of money by manipulating the market. The bank could sell all of the money it borrowed from its depositors (deposits are loans to the bank), crash the market, then buy back the devalued Bitcoins at a lower price and return them to its depositors. In an unregulated, inefficient, and ignorant market like Bitcoin, a big player using other people's money could do a lot of things to enrich itself. Oh wait, were you asking about the advantage of USING a Bitcoin bank rather than BEING a Bitcoin bank? Can't help you there.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin is akin to early American banks (Score 3, Informative) 232

by coldsalmon (#46348805) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

Of course, even that system was constricted by the gold standard, and governments ran out of money for bailouts during the depression. To really achieve mainstream adoption, Bitcoin will have to stop being deflationary, and allow a central authority to control the money supply in the event of a crisis. Bitcoin is great fun as a teaching tool, because it shows exactly why all of the institutions surrounding modern currencies have developed. Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it, to the great amusement of everyone else.

Comment: Re:misleading (Score 4, Informative) 317

by coldsalmon (#46323477) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Here is a copy of the complaint:
It is a municipal zoning issue, which mentions fracking in passing in paragraph 6.04. As far as I can tell, the main objection is to the height of the water tower and the fact that it does not comply with zoning ordinances.

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