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Comment: Re:Culture and information matter. (Score 5, Insightful) 108

by MightyMartian (#48681777) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Because you can't check alternative media sources in the United States. No sirree, there's only one state broadcaster that plays nothing but pro-US government material all year long...

Fucking hell, you fucking moron. There's lots to condemn the US over, but I'd say it would be hard to think of a country with more diversity of voices, to the point of a loud braying cacophony.

Comment: Re:Nobel? (Score 2) 108

by MightyMartian (#48681745) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

That's utter BS. The UN released a report on human rights violations months before The Interview became a big issue. You should read it. The treatment of political prisoners (and christ, even unlucky bastards who happen to be distaff kin) is so harrowing that the only thing that really does come close was the Nazi death camps.

Comment: Re:Hopefully (Score 1) 108

by MightyMartian (#48681715) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

First Seth Rogen movie for you? I thought it was one of his better ones, though I still think it sucked. Still, despite all the schlock, it did make the important point that North Korea is a vile regime that condemns millions to near-starvation conditions while the elite live in astonishing luxury. It paints with a broad brush to be sure, but beneath it all there is a true chord playing.

Comment: Re:Why the 1st model starts at -800? (Score 1) 53

by TheRaven64 (#48681267) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January
I've flown first class before, but the value proposition isn't really there. Given the choice between flying first, or flying economy and keeping the price difference, I'd pick the latter (I'll happily fly first when someone else is paying and I don't have the choice of taking the money though). Economy (well, Economy Plus, but it's United, so Economy on any other airline) on the 787 was the first time I've been sufficiently comfortable in an economy seat to get productive work done - usually I just sleep or zone out and watch bad movies. The interesting thing was that the first and business sections didn't seem any different from the 777, only the cheap seats improved.

Comment: Re: Raise a stink and vote with your poket (Score 2) 49

by TheRaven64 (#48679235) Attached to: India Faces Its First Major Net Neutrality Issue
If this works the same way that it does in Europe, then even after you've gone through this you get a code valid for 30 days that you can give to another operator to port your number. This gives them a little window to try to change your mind and is a fairly good way to protest.

Comment: Re:I hate to do it (Score 1) 34

by TheRaven64 (#48679157) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

Apple got a lot of bad press a few years ago for massively overestimating their battery life and is now quite a bit more conservative. They've gone from claiming 6 hours to claiming 8, but at the same time they've shipped lower power CPUs and doubled the size of the battery. There was a Kickstarter for an open source compatible laptop with very similar specs to the MBP floating around last week: they were also claiming 8 hours on battery, but they were shipping a battery half the size of the MBP. I guess they think Linux users keep the screen turned off.

Adjusting the brightness has a big impact on battery life for the MBP. Cutting it to 50% can give you another hour or two. I have gfxCardStatus installed and so disable the nVidia card if I'm going to be using it on battery for a while.

Comment: Re:Not useful without more data (Score 1) 34

by TheRaven64 (#48679151) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...
A big part of the reason for short battery lives is people who don't realise that LiIon and NiCd are not the same and think that they get the best battery life by completely draining the battery then charging it. LiIon prefers partial discharge and then full recharge, although the controller typically wants a complete discharge cycle every month or so for calibration.

Comment: Re:5% less leg room? (Score 1) 53

by TheRaven64 (#48679147) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January
The 787 has more legroom than any other plane I've flown in and this is aimed as a 787 competitor. Note that it depends a lot on the airline though - they get a lot of say in the exact layout of seats, so you'll see different amounts of legroom for different carriers and the same aircraft.

Comment: Re:Why the 1st model starts at -800? (Score 4, Interesting) 53

by TheRaven64 (#48679123) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January

Hopefully the A350 can make up for the anemic A380 sales

The A380 is really huge. A lot of the long-haul flights that I've been on in the last couple of years haven't been full, even when they're the one flight of the day between two points and are on a plane with half of the capacity of the A380. It's a very economical plane to fly if you can fill it up, but if it's likely to be under half full then it's very expensive. The big-planes, infrequently model doesn't really work with the hub-and-spokes model popular in the USA, because it either needs more coordination with short-haul spoke routes, or layovers (and the cost of near-airport hotels means that these can often make it cheaper to book a different airline's flight).

I flew on the 787 (LHR - IAH, both directions) for the first time this year and it was such a massive improvement over earlier models that I actually enjoyed flying for the first time in ages. Even in the cheap seats, there was lots of legroom, lots of overhead space (so you didn't feel cramped), the air pressure stayed good for the entire flight, the seats reclined comfortably without invading someone else's space. I managed to get more uninterrupted work done on the outbound flight than any other time over the surrounding few months. I'm really looking forward to airlines using similar craft on all long-haul routes.

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