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Comment Re:I needed something simple and (Score 1) 247

An interesting keyboard hack came up for the T430 : http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/...

The T420 (which I'm using heavily as a lab machine (16G RAM, 512G SSD, 1TB HDD, + empty ultrabay) has a CPU which runs a bit hot and has poor battery life. The T430 changed the keyboard layout, but better CPU, the T440 has an insanely bad touchpad design with no physical buttons. This meant for a while if you wanted a reasonable touchpad and keyboard on a Thinkpad, you had to look backwards to the T420.

Compared to other manufacturers though, the T440 and T450 at least have home/end/ins/del/pgup/pgdn and prtsc reachable without fn-key combinations, Why they put prtsc next to ctl is beyond me though, but at least they stopped screwing with the design for a while, refined the T430 design instead (grouping function keys by 4s etc.) and they didn't follow the Apple to put the power button next to backspace.

...now the T460 threw out the ins key... I think for an oversized delete and oversized escape next to all their already undersized function keys. "Improvements". Maybe they'll fix it in the T470...

Comment Re:Asus UX305CA (Score 3, Interesting) 247

Running the kernel is no problem.

Having working sound, volume controls, 3d support, wifi, touchpad w. multi-touch, Bluetooth, suspend, hibernate (and resume), etc, etc. is another matter.

For me, having a keyboard which doesn't mix up Fn and Ctrl (with no abilty to remap), or disposes of home/end/pgup/pgdn in favour of putting prtscr next to Ctrl, or forward/back buttons over the arrow keys, keeps function keys as function keys and possibly has a mouse with three buttons... these are the difference between an crappy Linux laptop and an ok Linux laptop.

Give it 8h battery life (genuine 8h, not pretend 8h), upgradable RAM, upgradable storage, and a high resolution display with good viewing angles, HDMI out (or similar)... then we're talkign a great Linux laptop.

This might only be the XPS13 or circa 2011 Thinkpads.

Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 62

No, that's 2D, not 3D. It knows the direction your eyes are facing, but not how far away they are, which is needed to project an overlay correctly.
Google glasses can do it because you're always the same distance from the screen, but when driving you aren't, unless someone straps your head to the headrest.
So you need 3D head monitoring, not just 2D. And that's not here yet.

Comment Re:No possible problem with this at all. (Score 1) 62

Perform this thought experiment. You are in a large lecture hall. There is a computer projector displaying a circle on the screen at the front of the room. The projector electronics have taken the angles into account and distorted the incoming video signal so that the displayed image is a circle on the screen. Now move about the room so your perspective of the screen changes. The image on your retina will change based on your angle to the screen, but your brain will still see a circle.

Counter-example: Walk along a school road, and look for the SCHOOL marking in the street. From the side, it's so distorted that it's very hard to make out what it says.

Comment Re:Just what people need, more distractions (Score 1) 62

I'm piloting over a tonne of metal moving at speeds capable of inflicting instantaneous death upon anything in my way; don't fucking distract me by putting on a pretty light show on the road ahead!

Indeed. And this includes strobo lights on bicycles, which are banned in some more civilized countries precisely because they cause accidents for others than the selfish bastard using them for their own protection, fuck everybody else.

Cooperate, and don't distract people who try to control heavy objects at high speed.

Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 62

The correct way to do this is with a heads-up display.

That works great if it's calibrated to your head position, and you don't move your head a lot. Not so much for Wayne and Garth.
Head tracking and a fast computer might help, once it not only tracks a 2D head position, but also distance from the windshield.

Comment Re:No possible problem with this at all. (Score 1) 62

The problem is perspective. The road is flat, so what's projected on it will not appear as the same shape for someone looking on it from elsewhere.

Also, roads are seldom ballroom floor flat. Which paint can overcome, but a very shallow angle light can't. Even a very small hump in front of the target, small enough to not even notice when driving over it, can block the light.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 504

Only 92 million Americans are out of work. A number that haven't changed in four or five years.

Currently as of November 2016, 59.7 of the adult population is employed. That means that out of the 245.3 million adult Americans (also per November 2016), 98 million are unemployed.
But that figure isn't too useful alone. It doesn't reflect either those who live on their fortunes (including pensioners), nor does it account for those who are underemployed.

And as for the number not changing, look at the statistics. There's a small but significant and near linear climb in employment rates for the last five years. It's not big enough to make up for the toll the 2009-10 recession took, but it's certainly pointing upwards.

Comment Opensteetmaps, Apple Maps, Google Maps (Score 1) 44

I'm in a major North American city and Google maps has almost no data on the construction in town. Some of it weeks after it began.

I also don't trust Google maps for traffic. They seem to mark a route "Red" as heavy traffic faster than Apple maps, to the point that I ignore their statements on traffic density... the roads are usually not as bad as they say they are.

Apple maps are quicker to read, faster to load, give me better traffic. OpenStreetmap gives me better detail on streets, walking paths, geography and cycling paths. Google maps are better than all of these at finding addresses, and nobody has anything better than Google Streetview.

We can't forget that Apple is making money, and a lot of money, selling phones. You're paying for that mapping sofware. Google is an advertising company, they make money selling your location and other information about you. The privacy reasons keep my feet out of Google as much as possible, but the alternatives have advantages.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 179

But that's the problem - you can decide who you sync with, but you cannot decide who others sync with.
A time discrepancy is a problem in either case.

The most obvious solution is that the bourses should provide time synchronization, and that everyone else sync to their time, right or wrong.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 179

I suspect very few here will any any sort of sympathy for people who do low latency stock trading.

That's short-sighted thinking. Low latency traders exist, whether we like them or not[*], and it does not affect just the traders, but the stocks they trade, the companies, and other stock holders not involved in low latency trading. Their ability to do harm to others is affected when the playing field shifts, giving advantages to some. They're at war with each other, and the playing field being level helps maintain status quo, and prevent stocks from crashing or soaring when they shouldn't.

[*]: I too think they're scum. I'd like to see all stock trades have a delay of one business day.

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