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Comment Super Exciting! (Score 1, Insightful) 286

Let's run through that announced feature list.

  • Windows Ink: Windows Ink is without a doubt the best part of the Anniversary Update. It's essentially a central location to find built-in or third-party apps that work with your stylus. -- Irrelevant. Don't use a stylus on my Win 10 machine.
  • Microsoft Edge extensions: If you're a fan of Chrome extensions, then you'll be glad to hear that they're heading to Microsoft's Edge browser. -- Irrelevant. If I were a fan of Chrome extensions, I'd continue using Chrome. I wouldn't use Edge at gunpoint.
  • Cortana improvements: Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, debuted on Windows 10 last year, and the software maker is bringing it to the lock screen with the Anniversary Update. -- Irrelevant. I neutralized Cortana as effectively as I could as soon as I could, and the only improvement Win 10 Anniversary could bring would be the ability to completely uninstall it.
  • Dark theme and UI tweaks: You can switch on what I call even darker mode in settings -- Irrelevant, because I am not a emo self-cutter in black duster and unlaced combat boots. But, uh, yaaay for those guys?

So, a hugely marketed mixed bag of fail and irrelevant. I am soooo glad I upgraded to Win 10 on my guinea pig machine.

Comment Re:CAN I GET THE CAR THAT SPIES ON ME? (Score 1) 219

Clap your hands everybody
If you got what it takes
'Cause I'm Kurtis Blow and I want you to know
That these are the breaks

Brakes on a bus brakes on a car
Breaks to make you a superstar
Breaks to win and breaks to lose
But these here breaks will rock your shoes
And these are the breaks
Break it up break it up break it up!

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

Sure, except for the dog-in-the-manger ferocity of any incumbent provider fighting tooth and claw to keep out any new competition.

If it's an opportunity, it's an opportunity for the incumbent only whenever they feel like it. And if they can make as much money easier, they'll take that instead. But under no circumstances will it become an opportunity for anyone else.

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Saudi Arabia Revives 15-Year-Old Ban On 'Zionism-Promoting' Pokemon (timesofisrael.com) 326

An anonymous reader writes: Clerics in Saudi Arabia have renewed a 15-year-old ban on Pokemon, following the release of the highly popular augmented reality version of the game, Pokemon Go. According to Reuters, the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars reaffirmed a 2001 ban on the game. The Times of Israel reports: "While fatwa no. 21,758 makes no mention of the latest iteration of [the] game, it does list many sinful aspects of Pokemon. Firstly, the game is seen as a form of gambling, which itself is forbidden. Secondly, it encourages belief in Darwin's theory of evolution, and thirdly, the fatwa says, the symbols used in the game promote the Shinto religion of Japan, Christianity, Freemasonry and 'global Zionism.'" The ruling says: "The symbols and logos of devious religions and organizations are used [including] the six-pointed star: You rarely find a card that does not contain such a star. It is associated with Judaism, the logo and sign of the State of Israel, and the first symbol of the Masonry organizations in the world." Pokemon Go has been such a success that it has already doubled Nintendo's stock price after launching just two weeks ago.

Comment Re:Article is not even correct (Score 1) 183

As far as do it yourself electric dragster type vehicles that have been called "street legal" there are motorcycles that can do the 1/4 mile in the 6 second range.

You should probably correct the Wikipedia article, then, if you have concrete citations rather than faulty and exaggerated memory.

Model year Motorcycle Time (seconds) Final speed
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R 9.47 152.83 mph (245.96 km/h)
2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR 9.49 152.80 mph (245.91 km/h)
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 9.62 152.01 mph (244.64 km/h)[11]
2008 Ducati 1098R 9.75 148.6 mph (239.1 km/h)[39]
2013 BMW HP4 9.76 152.4 mph (245.3 km/h)[39]

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