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Comment Some clarification needed (Score 1) 142

For £15 you can get a sim with 20GB of data to use in a month in the US

This is probably the solution... if you live in the UK and visit the US for short periods. Yes, any voice calls to/from US phones count as "international" but if you call home it just counts as normal minutes. Yes, even if you have the 'unlimited data' plan, you only get 25GB when you're in the US - but that's probably still better than the locals are getting.

However it only makes sense if you live in the UK and use Three as your regular network. ISTR you need to have been subscribed for a month before they'll enable roaming. I assume that you can't sign up without a UK address - even if you can it's not going to make sense. So its not going to be a solution for our Scandinavian OP.

Unless some Scandinavian networks are offering a similar deal....

Comment Re:Causation? (Score 1) 87

The more niche your research topic, the longer the title has to be to describe it,

Indeed - see A meta-analysis of synergies between urso-sylvanian scatology, denominational alignment of the Holy See and the role of constipation in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. by Capt O. B. Vios (2001).

Comment You lost 90% of PC users at 'type'... (Score 1) 394

It took me less than 10 minutes to type apt-get install and receive the packages.

I opened the internet and typed Apt - get and I just got a Google page with a lot of nonsense on it.
Try typing it in the terminal, you say? Er, it says something about a lock file... What's that you say? Pseudo? Suedo? Er, what's my password...? Look, on my Windows machine I just typed "Skype" into the internet and it gave me a thing to download and run...

Seriously, although I agree that TFA smells seriously fishy, and I've known non-techy people who were quite happy with a well-set-up Linux system, people who say "you just type apt-get" and such are completely, utterly out of touch with the abilities of typical users.

There's such huge inertia behind Windows that MS can get away with debacles like Vista, Win 8 and the Office ribbon. Linux doesn't have that advantage - it needs to be twice as easy to use as Windows to win.

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 44

Just like the oval clocks that were popular when I was a kid needed to have hands that changed length as they went around.

Who mentioned the hands changing length? Were the ticks for 5 through 7 o-clock sliced off? Was a major selling point of those clocks that you could download new faces? Did the face have limited resolution? Was it the most expensive part of the clock and did the unused space contribute to running the spring down? Was the oval face a nuisance when you read email or viewed maps on these clocks... oh wait, you couldn't.

Some things are not the same as other things.

Plus, what idiot buys a clock with an oval face, when you could have one in the shape of an owl with eyes that moved left and right as the pendulum swung?

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 44

and all that's cut off is some of the dashes marking minutes; the hand itself is still on-screen, but I expect that at 1:30 proper a few pixels for the edge of that hand might be cut off.

So... in what way is that preferable to having a face that fills the entire screen without bits missing?

Is anybody saying your watch is completely useless and you should saw your hand off at the wrist rather than look at the hideous "flat tire" face? No (well, this is the internet so maybe). Would it be better to have a completely circular face? Yes.

Comment Looks like a job for Voight-Kamph (Score 1) 268

To achieve this goal, Amazon said that it would introduce a new internal reporting system called EmpathyTrack, which will enable employees to secretly report on their colleagues’ lack of humanity.

Brilliant. I suggest hooking employees up to a steampunk polygraph machine and asking them what they'd do if they found a turtle lying on its back. Just don't ask them about their mother...

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 44

Why is this a bad thing?

Because screen real estate.

Most of what you want to display on a smart watch is naturally rectangular (text, photos, album art, digital time etc. and, of course, any app designed for a rectangular smartwatch) so it would be much easier to use all the space on a rectangular display.

The one, big plus to a circular display is to allow for a large, clear circular clock dial display that fills the entire face of the watch - because some people really like way of visualising the time. You could also base other aspects of your UI around a clock-face metaphor. Having a 'bite' out of the bottom of the display means the face has to be reduced in size and off-center (introducing a lot of other dead space around it).

Comment 10.11 should be immune anyway (Score 3, Insightful) 127

but is not in the newest 10.11 El Capitan beta – suggesting that Apple developers were aware of the issue and are testing a fix.

10.11 has a new SELinux-like 'rootless' security model that should mitigate against any privilege escalation attack like this. Odds are it was naturally immune..

Comment Re:Smart (Score 1) 291

It doesn't make a lot of sense, though. The price ($85) is not worth it, it's just easier to wait 30 minutes for a supercharge.

I suspect that quite a few Telsa owners bill their time at $170 an hour, catch plains, drive to important meetings, have sudden emergency overnight drives (before the evening charge) etc. and would appreciate an occasional fallback solution for when all the superchargers at a station were in use or the power socket that your hotel had assured you would be there was broken.

Comment The issue is Unicode Consortium mission creep (Score 1) 194

I like the idea of standard labels and icons.

Only the trolls are objecting to that idea per se. Ignore them.

The real argument is that it is the Unicode Consortium's job to define the encoding of existing symbols and not to try and invent new ones in a field where they have no expertise. As others have pointed out, Unicode defines codes for abstract descriptions of symbols - they have no control over the rendering. If you're going to have international allergy symbols its fairly critical that (a) they're based on sound medical judgement, (b) their actual appearance is standardised and (c) there's a publicity campaign to get them recognised, ideally tied in with regional laws such as food hygiene training and workplace posters.

Once the symbols are known then, yes, it would be a jolly good idea for Unicode to assign them codes.

Comment Re:the low markers arent all deserving. (Score 2) 236

Replicants are sentient beings.

And there's another wrinkle that didn't make it into the film: In the book, most humans follow a contrived religion, Mercerism, that is all about reverence for animals, fatalism, and "empathy". The supposed indication of the replicants' inhumanity is that they lack empathy and can't participate in Mercerism. The V-K test, with its questions about torturing tortoises and eating monkey brains might be somewhat unpleasant, is basically about good a Mercerist you are rather than anything objective.

The point of the book is not the "is Deckard a replicant" controversy from the film - Deckard is human. His memories are his own, but by the end of the book so much that he values has been shown to be sham and artifice that those memories might as well have been implanted.

Comment Re:the low markers arent all deserving. (Score 1) 236

Read on: its a bit ambiguous but they are biological, more like vat-grown clones based on genetically improved humans than machines built from scratch. I think its reasonable to argue that artificially growing a biological brain isn't what is generally meant by AI.

Comment Re: Why do this? (Score 1) 363

Those are all contributing factors, but a city council that seems openly hostile to automobiles can't be discounted.

No, those "contributing factors" are precisely why the city council is openly hostile to automobiles.

Policies like the 4 way red significantly slow down traffic and contribute to the gridlock problem.

They make it much nicer for the pedestrians who have, sensibly, left their cars at home, though.

Trouble is, attracting more cars would also contribute to the gridlock problem. Cities like London just don't have the space for everybody to bring their car.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard