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Comment Windows 10's user-interface is still half-assed (Score 1) 66

What Windows needs in way of user interfaces are not more pieces of flair but actual improvements in interaction that would make it possible to use touch, pen or mouse and keyboard everywhere in the operating system. When Windows 8 came out, the support was half-assed for either.

They did restore the mouse and keyboard part a few bits in Windows 8.1 and then more in 10 because mouse and keyboard is what users were used to using and were yelling the loudest at Microsoft for.

But even now after the latest Windows 10 update, trying to perform anything but the most basic of basic tasks on a Window tablet using only touch or touch and pen is a very frustrating exercise. For instance, most standard apps and dialogue boxes, such as in the File Manager and the Control Panel are still made for mouse and keyboard only.
A pen or a mouse (and sometimes a physical keyboard) is therefore still a necessity .. and then most tablets have only one USB port that also doubles as charging port, so you can't borrow a mouse or keyboard from the desktop PC. And don't get me started about not being able to transfer files from another computer to a tablet over otherwise OTG-capable USB ports...
It's sad, really. I can still not recommend a Windows tablet to anyone, no matter how fast the CPU is or how much RAM, storage or pixels it has.

Windows 8 became available to developers in 2011 and available to the public in October 2012. That's four years - that's ridiculous!
Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot... Windows for Pen Computing came out in 1992! Knowing Microsoft's that's probably older than the (inexperienced) programmers who will be tasked with whizzing up Metro.

United Kingdom

London's Mayor Wants Volkswagen To Pay $3 Million In Lost Tolls (citiesofthefuture.eu) 214

dkatana writes: Since the U.K. government has done nothing to make Volkswagen pay for Dieselgate, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is asking VW to come up with 2.5 million pounds ($3 million) to compensate the city and its residents for the 80,000 diesel cars fitted with cheat devices. "I want to see a proper commitment from them [VW] to fully compensate the thousands of Londoners who bought Volkswagen cars in good faith, but whose diesel engines are now contributing to London's killer air."
The money will be used to fund a new air-quality program for London's schoolchildren, and Mayor Khan is also asking the government to create "a national diesel scrappage" program to help replace vehicles.

Comment Is it time to start isolating USA? (Score 1) 1066

The world can fight climate change only if it can keep uninfluenced by the anti-science movement in the US.
That can happen only if we deny them influence over global politics and the global economy. The rest of the world has relocate its interests elsewhere, and learn to stand up and say no to USA.
It may seem radical and impossible and not particularly constructive.. but I don't see any other way forward.
The point is to allow the civilized world to stay constructive and progressive about the climate issue.

Trump and his supporters does not want global trade? Fine!
They want a wall against Mexico. Then let's build one along the Canadian border to USA as well.
Welcome Californa and New York as free states in the new world if they chose to leave the union. By all means, let the Red(neck) states keep to themselves as much as they want. They chose disaster for themselves. We should not let them chose disaster for us.

Comment Re:Not broken, so don't fix it. (Score 1) 1081

I think the best solution would be to have a ranked voting system where each voter gets a first, second (and maybe third) choice.
That way people could vote for other parties as their first choices without the votes being "wasted".

One setup would be to divide a state into a constituency per elector seat and have a ranked voting system for choosing that seat.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 1081

There are two issues of inequality here.

The first is that small states' votes are weighted higher, and you tote that as something being good. I see the point in your argument for that: It makes the president take the entire country into account and not just the populous states.

The other inequality is that all elector seats in one state goes to the winner in that state.
The biggest issue is here not with the small states but with the large states having majority votes.

Otherwise, the electorial college is just granularity, quantization into 540 steps.

Comment Re:No. The electoral college serves as a firewall. (Score 4, Insightful) 1081

The right for convicted criminals to vote should be a fundamental right in a proper democracy.
Otherwise, evil people in power could just make sure to outlaw, arrest and convict their opponents for whatever felony they could invent.
It is not as if political opponents have not been classified as outlaws throughout history, and it is happening right now in for instance Turkey and Egypt. Those places may be far away, but remember the McCarty era in the US? Remember how important it was to be "patriotic" in the years following 9/11?

The demographics in the group of ex-cons that can't vote is already skewed, with people of African-Americans descent being overrepresented.

Comment Sweden is Canada (Score 1) 2837

You can move to Sweden english is not a problem here, I don't know how fast you can become a citizen. But a friend, who has been living here for 7 years, applied directly after Brexit and got it this october. Getting an appartment is kind of hard.

Comment Re:Hmmm well (Score 3, Insightful) 2837

Bush Jr held back the fight against climate change for eight years.

First this year, Obama finally ratified a global treaty, sorry: "agreement", on the climate -- one that does not really commit to anything, and if countries even followed it would be too little and too late.

And now the US elected a president that "does not believe in global warming" that wants to tear that up.

And you still say that we can survive?
If Gore had been elected back in 2000, there might have been a chance.

Comment Re:Holy Shit (Score 1) 243

AMD's GPU are in general larger in transistors and compute-units than the closest competitor from Nvidia.
The difference is that while AMD's offerings should have been giving better price/performance if you only look at the numbers, Nvidia's hardware and software have been more optimized and therefore more capable in practice.

In August, one of those optimizations were revealed by tech site Real World Tech:
Nvidia does a kind of tile-based rasterization of opaque polygons to avoid having to run shaders for pixels that will be overdrawn. They also adjust the tile size to keep as much in cache as possible. Real World Tech also shows that this is something that AMD cards don't do.

Earth

National Geographic Releases Alarming Climate Change Movie 'Before the Flood' On YouTube (youtube.com) 693

dryriver writes: National Geographic's Climate Change movie "Before The Flood," featuring actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, can now be viewed freely on Youtube. One of the most interesting points in the movie comes at around the 23 minute mark. At 23 minutes, scientist Michael E. Mann, famous for co-discovering the "hockey stick graph" via eigenvector based climate field reconstruction (CFR), recounts how media like the Wall Street Journal demonized him for his research, how he received death threats from unknown sources, how Congress grilled him about whether his scientific methods are credible, and how he even received an envelope in the mail with strange white powder in it. The movie is worth watching because it shows very clearly that a) man-made climate change is happening and that b) the negative effects of climate change are already impacting many areas of the world.

Comment Re:GPU? (Score 4, Informative) 197

There are three models. The i5/8GB and i7/16GB models has GTX 965M w/ 2GB mem.
The i7/32GB model has a GTX 980M w/ 4GB memory.

Note that NVidia's mobile GPUs in that generation (900-series, "Maxwell" architecture) are lower-specced chips than the non-M desktop chips.

Meanwhile, there are laptops out with NVidia's next generation of GPUs (10-series, "Pascal") and those do not have different chips in the mobile GPUs, they are only binned and clocked slightly lower, not as a significant difference.

Crime

US Police Consider Flying Drones Armed With Stun Guns (digitaltrends.com) 163

Slashdot reader Presto Vivace tipped us off to news reports that U.S. police officials are considering the use of flying drones to taser their suspects. From Digital Trends: Talks have recently taken place between police officials and Taser International, a company that makes stun guns and body cameras for use by law enforcement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. While no decision has yet been made on whether to strap stun guns to remotely controlled quadcopters, Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said his team were discussing the idea with officials as part of broader talks about "various future concepts."

Tuttle told the Journal that such technology could be deployed in "high-risk scenarios such as terrorist barricades" to incapacitate the suspect rather than kill them outright... However, critics are likely to fear that such a plan would ultimately lead to the police loading up drones with guns and other weapons. Portland police department's Pete Simpson told the Journal that while a Taser drone could be useful in some circumstances, getting the public "to accept an unmanned vehicle that's got some sort of weapon on it might be a hurdle to overcome."

The article points out that there's already a police force in India with flying drones equipped with pepper spray.

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