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Comment Re:Have fewer babies. (Score 1) 131

We need both. The education programmes that reduce the birth rate are proven, e.g. Bangladesh went from around 9 in the 1960s to 2.2 today.

The problem is that there is a huge amount of lag before we notice the world population levelling off. New parents today are from a generation that had more children, and their parents are from generations where 9 kids were the norm. And they are all living longer, so there is more overlap of their lifetimes.

At the current rate we are on target for stability around 11bn people. Most of that growth will be in Africa and to a lesser extend South Asia. It's sustainable IF we have technology like this to make the best use of available farm land.

Comment Re:8% (Score 2) 88

That comic deliberately mis-interprets and contradicts itself to make a point.

For example, it quotes Mill's comments on the necessity of protection against the "tyranny of prevailing opinion." However, that doesn't mean freedom from consequences, it means that anonymous speech must be possible and protected.

It mentions "liberty of circulation" and "access to infrastructure" for minority opinions. That doesn't mean that Twitter has to host your bullshit, it means that the government shouldn't ban you from using public roads to deliver your controversial newsletter. If Twitter were part of the government you might have a point, but it isn't. At most, you could argue for net neutrality giving everyone equal access to the network in order to host their own material.

You can also argue that public infrastructure should not be privately owned (WARNING: socialism!) because private companies are not the government. So it sounds like the comic is arguing that Twitter should be nationalised and run as a government service.

The last two panels argue that minority opinions should be considered. I agree, as does Mill. However, that doesn't extend to being require to give them a platform. The "responsibility" to extend free speech rights to others only goes as far as not not silencing them through the government (e.g. with laws), it doesn't mean you have erect a platform for them to speak from in your garden.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley culture of cowboy design (Score 1) 85

They are willing to tolerate it with Tesla it seems. Tesla have been very clever, launching "beta" features like Autopilot and pitching the car as cutting edge technology. Customers are more willing to put up with faults (as long as Tesla fixes them) and it has allowed them to get into production far earlier than if they had been trying to be perfect from day one.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 291

It's not easy to offer both skeuomorphic design and a standard interface in the same app, because skeuomorphic design is about how the user interacts as well as what it looks like. That brings us to the general problem with it - it ignores ease of use for emulating how older, wildly different interfaces work.

Your book shelf example is a good one. It's not really like a bookshelf at all, where books are placed sideways. If it were the text and click area for each book would be too small, so they fudged it and made the books well spaced out on an infinitely tall stack of shelves. The lack of text labels is bad too, it makes your eye decode the random images and fonts on the faces of the books.

Comment Re:Calling this brexit when it's not even happenin (Score 1) 179

You don't seem to understand how currency is valued. The value placed on £1 is based on the net worth of the UK and its future economic prospects. The fact that £1 > $1 is meaningless, the two are not using the same scale.

The UK's prospects looked much better inside the EU, which kept out currency valued high. The English language, access to Europe and reasonable prospects all contributed. Then the markets noticed that we had thrown most of that away and were in the process of destroying our wealth in an effort to reduce immigration and "get back sovereignty", which they correctly interpreted as making ourselves less able to trade and compete in the world.

Comment Re:And... NO CONTRAST (Score 1) 291

Look at screenshots #3 and #4 on their site. The comments are way too low contrast. This seems to be a common mistake, comments are good anchors to help navigate code by sectioning things off, so they should stand out.

Similarly they use a bright yellow for strings, when strings are usually the least important part. Apart from printf style formatting they contribute nothing in terms of syntax or program flow.

Their use of dark red for keywords is a bad choice too. The human eye is less sensitive to red and especially blue, so dark colours with little green in them are hard to read next to bright white text. The eye has to recalibrate a bit.

It all looks like it was designed to pop out on their web site, rather than based on human interface or usability guidelines.

Comment Re:And... NO CONTRAST (Score 1) 291

Dark backgrounds don't go very well with syntax highlighting, that's the problem. With a white background you have have a lot of light and medium shades that are easy on the eye. With a dark background you are much more limited and it either ends up looking neon bright or too low contrast.

I'm no expert, maybe it's to do with typical monitor gamma values and poor rendering of darker colours, maybe it's just the way the human eye works.

Can someone recommend a good, reasonable contrast but not neon bright theme with dark background?

Comment Re:And... NO CONTRAST (Score 1) 291

I have found blue-cut glasses help with white screens, and I always turn the brightness way down. People ask why my screens are so dim, I tell them it's so I don't have to wear sunglasses indoors.

Black on light grey is okay, like printed paper. The only down side to paper is that it depends on ambient lighting, and a lot of bulbs have that horrible yellow tinge to match the old filament ones. 4000k seems to be ideal.

Comment Re:Something's fishy (Score 1) 179

The loss of well paid manufacturing jobs had little to do with the EU. We transitioned our economy to services, because manufacturing in the far East was getting too good to compete. Who wanted a rust bucket British car with crap electrical system when they could have a much more reliable, cheaper Japanese model?

These days the only well paid manufacturing jobs are provided for foreign companies like Nissan, who coincidentally are about to leave the UK due to Brexit.

Tourism may get a boost, but of course it makes it much more expensive for UK citizens to go abroad too. I've lost thousands of Pounds this year on the GBP/JPY exchange rate alone.

Comment Re:Something's fishy (Score 1) 179

We haven't seen the shrinkage really get going yet. Next month when Nissan announces that it will be running down Sunderland and moving new production elsewhere will be the first major causality, followed by various banks. The short term boost from the weak Pound won't help when the stuff simply isn't being made here any more.

Don't forget though that rising inflation counters a lot of that growth. Unless wages are going to start rising much faster than they have been, what little growth there is will only help the wealthy.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 47

more, the likes of Disney, Warner, HBO, and pals want it dead, and refuse to grant them content licenses. It isnt that they dont want to stream it to you, the media holders wont let them. Get it right.

Yes, and it's suicidal of them. There's no going back to pre-Netflix ways of distribution (unless maybe they make DVRs even more convenient and powerful, with remote sharing and stuff, which isn't something the advertisers particularly want to see happen) and nobody wants to maintain 10 different accounts to find stuff

Too bad, they're going to have to anyway. That's the model we're moving towards, and even if it fails, inertia will take us in that direction for some time. HBO and Disney in particular are both large enough to succeed with their own app.

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