If one of the the biggest banks in my country pulls in background images from http, on there https secure account login page, this can't be a security risk, can it?
It can be, if the bank's using that as the "known image" so you "know" you're on the correct page. Phishing attacks would become easier if attackers could use this to figure out which images were associated with which user accounts.
In my experience the EPA figures have usually off by several MPG, with "American" cars typically having lower MPG than the EPA estimates and "foreign" cars typically higher. It's odd that I don't see GM and Chrysler being investgated. Or perhaps the EPA itself needs to be investigated...
This used to be true. The EPA revised how MPG is calculated a few years back (2008 I think). It's more-accurate now. That's why you'll see a people posting below that they get better than the EPA estimate.
I'm really sicked by people that make those arguments that the poor don't have it so bad since they have a TV. Oh it's so hard to acquire a TV. Let's just chuck those old CRT's in the landfill then while we buy our new flat screen TV's rather than give them to people that lack one.
The complaining's not about the poor having TVs. It's about the poor paying for satellite or cable TV when the basic channels are free over-the-air (that's the theory anyway - assuming they have a good antenna).
Point 2. The Tyranny of the Activity
Android, by contrast, pushes you to design everything as small, self- contained mini-applications
That sounds a bit like the old UNIX principle. And what's wrong with having applications that do small things and do it well. I don't want a picture application with it's own twitter functionality, I have a proper twitter client for that. etc.
The biggest reason he gives while this is bad is because it destroys then recreates an activity upon rotating the screen. What I've noticed on my droid is that application refresh the screen when the screen is rotated. To get around the refreshing, developers have to hack around google's API.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.