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Comment Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (Score 3, Informative) 357

You're really not reading the link are you?

Look, GITMO is a *bad* situation with solutions that are only worse. Remember these guys are effectively POW's by international law, but it's not the Saudi's we are at war with so to where is he returned? If the Saudi's don't want him and the place he was picked up doesn't want him what do you do?

To answer, lets read the article...

He has permission to live in the UK indefinitely because his wife is a British national. They have four children and live in London.

Mr Aamer's case was raised by Prime Minister David Cameron in talks with US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit in June. [2013]

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Mr Aamer's case remains a high priority for the UK government and we continue to make clear to the US that we want him released and returned to the UK as a matter of urgency."

He said the case had been raised with both Mr Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, adding: "We are confident the US government understands the seriousness of the UK's request for Mr Aamer's release.

Comment Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (Score 4, Informative) 357

Did you even click the link?

The Saudi national, who has been held for 11 years and is one of 164 inmates, has not been charged with any offence and has been cleared for release from the prison in Cuba.

He was cleared for release in 2007, still hasn't happened.

Comment Re:Circular Tube Map (Score 4, Insightful) 124

No, because its not the point of the map. its purpose is to make it easier to navigate the transit system. For example when your on a train, do you want a clear and concise diagram of the system so you can see where to change lines, or do you want a map that is geographically correct but is all squished together?

Comment Re:Useless (Score 5, Informative) 124

But that's the point, these stylised maps are to navigate the transport system, not to get around at a surface level. They serve different needs. When you've a map where all the lines are geographically correct it makes it hard to understand how to get from station A to station B, make out the station names and there is a lot of wasted space! Have a look at the London underground geographical map vs the actual tube map for example.

Far better to have a map that fits the purpose. If you want to navigate at the surface level, buy a proper map.

Comment Circular Tube Map (Score 3, Interesting) 124

The circular tube map, in my opinion, is much better than the square one we have now. Since the original was created quite a number of lines have been added, as well as tram lines and the overground lines which has caused it to be come quite cluttered. The circular map seems to solve this and give a much better indication of where the line actually goes. I'd hope TFL look at it closely.

I don't know much about the NYC subway system but one thing is obvious, they really need to rethink the colours for the lines in Brooklyn, as they're far too similar!

Comment Re:The thing is (Score 1) 550

But for most home users, they are a gadget without a purpose.

Not true.

Its a cheep, small, light device for consuming media.

There are many cases where a tablet is better than a laptop for me:

  • Surfing the web while on the sofa. Laptops are too large and cumbersome. Really don't need the keyboard here.
  • Entertaining kids. While not being water proof, they are at least jam proof. Easily cleanable and the size makes it easier for kids to use. A laptop is much more susceptible to accidental damage.
  • Portable media. On a train\bus\plane\holiday a tab is perfect for watching films or TV.
  • At £160 (For a Nexus 7) its not that expensive that it would be the end of the world if you lost it. It's also not likely to have all those important documents on that you've not backed up either!
  • Easily charged. If you own a non-apple device, it can be charged via a standard USB cable, so if it runs out of juice (AFAIK they've much better battery life than a laptop) its simple to recharge than a laptop with its custom cables.

That's not to say I don't need another device, as they don't do everything. But to say they don't have a purpose simply isn't true.

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