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Comment: What? (Score 3, Informative) 184

by tyroneking (#44457453) Attached to: A Climate of Violence?

I think either the BBC article or the /. summary is incorrect. It's well known /damn obvious that extreme climactic events cause violence in society. What's new is that they can correlate with numbers, "for each 1 standard deviation (1) change in climate toward warmer temperatures or more extreme rainfall, median estimates indicate that the frequency of interpersonal violence rises 4% and the frequency of intergroup conflict rises 14%." The /. summary is misleading and could cause the casual reader to pass by the article because it seems over obvious.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 249

by tyroneking (#44457381) Attached to: New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday

In England the change over of Dr Who actors is now treated like a big celebrity event - it's in all the papers, TV, magazines. The BBC knows what it's doing - Eccleston taught them that lesson --- lots of publicity and celebrity news for what is a pretty weak show in many respects. Obviously Eccleston was the true inheritor of Tom Baker's mantle, but that's just for us to agree on... ;)

Comment: Re:Who the hell wants an Ubuntu phone? (Score 1) 113

by tyroneking (#44457329) Attached to: Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

Sadly, it'll never come back - all those generations of kids who won't look in wonder at smooth scrolling orange-on-black text user interfaces - I feel for them ;) Though you know I actually feel much happier about well designed touch interfaces --- they have the same magic for me. I think WIMP - especially M - has failed, and Touch is the true descendent of text user interfaces. Not sure why I feel like that.

Comment: Re:Who the hell wants an Ubuntu phone? (Score 1) 113

by tyroneking (#44455187) Attached to: Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

I think it doesn't suit everyone, but it's not just newbies who like it - I'm no newbie myself and I've used vast numbers of systems (CP/M, DEC, AS400 thru to NeXT and Windows) and whilst I still long for the days of lovely orange screen character-only UIs, I actually have grown to love Unity.

Comment: Re:Comparison... (Score 1) 446

by tyroneking (#33764102) Attached to: Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits

When I was 14 we put together electric circuits on a cheeseboard; the capacitor on mine blew up and a fragment would have hit my eye and blinded me if it wasn't for my sturdy NHS spectacles. Those were the grand days before we had sissy things like safety specs.

Of course I'm being a bit precious here - an eye patch for life would have been cool right?

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