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Comment Re:Missed opportunity (Score 1) 191

Google missed an opportunity here. They should have programmed it to respond with something like "something almost but not completely unlike a hamburger" or gone with kickback money from McD's and said something like "a pale imitation of McDonald's quarter pounder" or even "hamburger royale".

Google was just quoting Wikipedia and it was swiftly edited:

Comment Re:Unity (Score 1) 104

That's fine, but it's different to "can't do it" and not different to what I described for Mint from the beginning.

Supported or not, upgrades are not always problem free even in systems that offer a supported path like Ubuntu, which is why Mint and Elementary don't in the first place.

Whenever you upgrade you should know what you are doing, but thanks to the dependency system it would be immediately obvious whether all dependencies are fulfilled, and you should get at prompt for each changed configuration file - regardless of whether upgrades are officially supported or not.

Comment Re:Unity (Score 1) 104

Thanks, but this is the same as I said about Mint: "even though they offered no GUI app for upgrading you could always do it with apt-get full-upgrade and at worst some manual dpkg usage just like any Debian-based system".

And in the mean time I also googled and confirmed that it can be done the same as any Debian system: change the distribution in sources list; apt-get update; apt-get full-upgrade. The danger is just that if they do not test it, the dependencies may be a bit bumpy. This is what dpkg is for. You will want a second machine nearby for the worst case.

Comment Re:Never had a globe? (Score 1) 321

Yeah but they are choosing a far worse projection. That is the issue please don't tell me you're friends with sonic

The Gall-Peters may not be the best choice, and Peters's own campaigning may have been annoying at the time, but it absolutely isn't worse than a Mercator, which is a really, really poor choice.

What about sonic???

Comment Re:Never had a globe? (Score 1) 321

You can preserve angles. Technically this is called a conformal projection, with the Mercator Projection being the best known example, though to depict the poles usually stereographic projection is used. Besides chartering the right course, the advantage is that outlines and shapes (at least locally) looks right.

You can instead opt to preserve area (instead of angles). But it is a mathematical fact that you cannot do both.

Correct, but as in a Mercator the shapes only locally look right, it is a poor choice for a world map when we are interested in political and geographical aspects.

Comment Re:Distortion is fact. (Score 1) 321

If you are teaching children stuff about geography and you are using a single projection, you are either a bad teacher or you have an agenda.
You should use globe for accuracy or multiple projections depending on what you need to be accurate at the time.

This is not about the teaching about projections, but about replacing the one map that hangs on the classroom wall. And from TFA: "Teachers put contrasting maps of the world side by side and let the students study them."

Maybe educate yourself before ranting about imaginary things

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