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Comment Re: Oh, Okay (Score 2) 587

On the Beach is considered sf by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

"Shute's two Australian sf novels remain his best known works of genre interest."
...
"Much closer to the bone is the famous On the Beach (1957), adapted for BBC Radio as On the Beach (1957) and filmed as On the Beach (1959), a Near Future tale (see Holocaust, Post-Holocaust) in which nuclear World War Three eliminates all life in the northern hemisphere, as confirmed by an Australian submarine sent north to trace a mysterious radio message, but finding the Pacific Rim, including San Francisco (see California), entirely desolated."

It's a story concerning the future and the end of the world, clearly sf.

See the whole entry at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com...

There is also an interesting entry on Speculative Fiction.

Comment Re:Seems like more marketing nonsense (Score 1) 216

"To this end, the 5G solution will not consist of a single technology but rather an integrated combination of radio-access technologies. This includes existing mobile-broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE that will continue to evolve and will provide the backbone of the overall radio-access solution beyond 2020. But it also includes new complementary radio-access technologies for specific use cases. Smart antennas, expanded spectrum – including higher frequencies – and improved coordination between base stations will all be crucial to fulfilling the requirements of the future" See http://www.ericsson.com/news/1...

Comment Re:hahaha! (Score 2) 932

there has been no increase in global temperatures during his entire lifetime.

Please read this Scientific America article, titled "Has Global Warming Paused?": http://www.scientificamerican....
Here is an extract:

'So as a measure of global warming, surface temperatures are not a good yardstick, because the atmosphere can only hold a small percentage of the heat that is trapped, he said.
Rather, the oceans should be the primary barometer of global climate change.
And they are certainly changing. Sea levels are going up "like gangbusters," Willis said'

Comment Re:Duh (Score 2) 818

According to the Democracy Index which attempts to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, Norway comes up on top as the most democratic country in the world, followed by Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. Australia is in 6th place and the US comes in at 21. North Korea is (no surprise here) at the bottom and Russia was recently downgraded to an authoritarian regime.

Comment Agree (Score 2) 237

I agree. The consequence of odd fonts and excessive padding is less information per page, and you end up scrolling a lot more than with the old design. Another con:
- I find gray text slightly harder to read. Why is text gray and not black? Probably to distinguish a comment from its title which is black.

Comment Re:I wish they'd stop fucking with the layout (Score 1) 153

You do realize that you can close the find bar by pressing the Esc key, and that search next/previous is available as F3/shift-F3 or ctrl-G/shift-ctrl-G. It's a matter of taste, but I think the new search bar is an improvement. And that the find bar is now local for a single tab is more logical, IMHO.

Comment Just my 2 cents. (Score 1) 1191

There are some nice improvements but I prefer to be able to view all recent stories on the main page by scrolling a little bit, which works great with old design because it doesn't have a fixed width. Also I don't like the new fonts because the appear to take more space. And I miss the ability to filter the comments. Previously one could filter to only see, for instance, the insightful comments, or easily decide to view the -1 comments or not. Those controls are no longer available. Please remove the fixed width and bring back the old fonts. And consider making the images on the front page somewhat smaller.

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