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Comment Re:Linux is getting much, much worse, too. (Score 1) 458

Informative? If I had mod points I'd rate this troll. It looks like getthefacts 2.0, kindly hosted by slashdot.org via the usual anonymous coward (there must be a reason why it's called anonymous coward). The critics of systemd is a moot point, it's got its shortcomings but at least is the first good effort at getting rid of that cumbersome relic from the era of the decline of Unix (the '80s) that is SystemV. It may not be the best thing, but at least it's better in every conceivable way than SystemV and its script, and than Windows and its register.

GNOME 3 did get a lot of criticism and I never used it, but KDE is good and no way slow (it's actually faster and more optimized than many lightweight DEs), XFCE is surely better than a few years ago, then there are Unity, LXDE, Cinnamon etc.: you have the choice.

LibreOffice is not very good, but find me a good Office suite. LaTeX, Scribus and LyX are what you need. GIMP is getting some really useful update, Krita too, and I'd like to know what Photoshop supporters will say once GIMP 2.10 is out.

Hardware support is getting better (thanks to Android, Steam and all that stuff), software is getting better, with a lot of open source and closed source software coming to Linux: I really don't know what you are talking about, mr Getthefacts.

Comment Re:I.S.I.S. (Score 1) 386

Long-term, fundamentalism fails. Remember how the Christian Church used to be?

There's at least one big, big, big difference: when the Christian Churches were fundamentalist, they were around the top of the human cultural development of their age, while this Islamist fundamentalism is at the bottom, at least from a western point of view.

I can't see a Thomas Aquinas or a William of Ockham coming from ISIS (or from Saudi Arabia), nor I can see ISIS employing the next Bernini and Borromini.

Comment Re:In Engrish, please. (Score 1) 28

To my understandings, it means that trade secrets are put under federal protection during a litigation, i.e. newspapers cannot talk about them. That is, Barnes&Nobles says that Microsoft extorts money "demanding equal to or greater fees than those it demanded for an entire operating system, Windows Phone, even though the patents covered only trivial and non-essential design elements of the Android user interface", but media outlets cannot talk about it, because what Microsoft requests is a "trade secret" put under a strict protection for reasons.

Comment Re:WTF is with the US utility tie-in? (Score 0) 156

The problem here is that there's a low-grade civil war brewing in Crimea after Russia's invasion.

There are no civil wars in Crimea right now, this disruption happened in Ukraine, outside of Crimea. Moreover this will harm more the faltering economy of Ukraine, that is paid for its supply of energy, than Crimea.

Comment Re:This is not news (Score 1) 165

An test aiming to measure support for modern "html5" should not award bonus points for non-standard (speech apis)

Webaudio is a W3C standard.

deprecated (keygen)

It is not deprecated in HTML5, it will be in HTML5.1, and deprecated does not mean removed.

outright rejected features (websql).

In fact it does not award points for it: it is listed, but its inclusion does not award any points. Firefox does not nahve it and it still gets 35/35 points in that test.

Comment Re:HTML5Test is not a test of standardscompliance. (Score 1) 165

The fact that keygen is deprecated in a draft doesn't mean that it shouldn't be supported. As of now, it must be supported, while, probably, its use will be discouraged in newly written code. But that again doesn't mean that it shouldn't be supported now or tomorrow: HTML5.1 will last at least a few years from now.

Comment Re:What's for cows (Score 1) 165

OK, but Edge misses many features that are standardized in both HTML5 and the draft of HTML5.1, like the template element or the output, keygen and meter elements. It misses OGG/Vorbis/Opus support because Microsoft opposed to their inclusion in the standard. It includes non standard features like Media Source Extensions. Basically Edge has the worst of both worlds: lacking support for standards and support for non-standard features.

Comment Re:Survey bias (Score 1) 143

That is not even close to be true. The number of autopsies in the western world dwindled since the '70s. Here an article about autopsies in the Canton Ticino (Switzerland, not a poor country by any means): 304 autopsies in 1977, 144 in 2007. The same trend is present in all the other University and Cantonal hospitals of Switzerland. According to this site in the United States before 1970, autopsies were performed in 40% to 60% of all cases involving hospital deaths, while in recent years, that number has decreased to approximately 5%.

So it is very likely that cancer cases can go unnoticed and that official statistics are based on an undersampled number of cases. This is quite evident in the case of Chernobyl, where the survival rate is exceptionally high, even though Belarusian and Ukrainian health systems are in a dire state since the '90s.

Comment Re:Survey bias (Score 1) 143

Still all of that is besides the point. When autopsies are performed, any cancers are noted even when the patient dies of unrelated conditions. For example almost ALL men over age 80 and ALL men above 90 have prostate cancer, although most of them die from something else. So yes you're right in that cancer can go undetected. But you are wrong in thinking we don't know exactly what the "normal" amount of cancer is in a population.

Are you suggesting that every dead person gets a full autopsy? Because that is not even close to be true.

About cancer and tumors: you're right, but I don't think that who wrote this article knows the difference.

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