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Comment Re:I needed something simple and (Score 1) 283

An interesting keyboard hack came up for the T430 :

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. 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 4, Interesting) 283

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 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:"safe and could withstand an earthquake" (Score 4, Insightful) 241

The building itself might be able to withstand an earthquake, but the ground it's built on might not. In SF, that'd be a concern - especially since the very fact that the building sinks indicates that the ground underneath might be of the type that loses its strength when shaken.

Comment Re:Did they ban VPNs, TOR, etc? (Score 4, Insightful) 251

You think so eh?

Well, they don't need to ban TOR: companies like Google and CloudFlare already make sure you can't access vast swathes of the internet from a TOR exit node. The powers that be don't need to ban TOR because it's effectively been rendered useless by unaccountable privately-owned companies.

In short, these companies do the government's bidding and they're pretty happy to do it - which, incidentally, is a trait of Fascism.

Comment Re: WaPo? (Score 1) 272
"Lord Bell ran $540m covert PR ops in Iraq for Pentagon"
The communications agency founded by Margaret Thatcher’s PR guru Lord Bell was hired by the US military to orchestrate a huge $540m “covert” propaganda campaign in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

In what is believed to be one of the world’s most costly PR contracts, equivalent to £416m, staff from Bell’s agency were based in Baghdad to disseminate pro-coalition material across the airwaves.

Comment More than this. (Score 1) 291

One ass I work with has a 90 minute commute to work.

He was apparently gloating to people at lunch that he watches videos on an iPad which he keeps on the steering wheel during the drive.

He's already totaled one car (luckily no one else was involved).

Frankly, I don't think too many people would be upset if he drove himself into a tree (he's not a particularly likeable person). My problem is if he hits another car on the road.

Comment Re:Impossible (Score 1, Flamebait) 105

This makes no sense. If it were true how did Trump get elected?

Actually it makes total sense: the reason why there's an apparent drop in cases of dementia in the US is because the rest of the population is getting it. When Americans select a dangerous populist as POTUS, clearly they've started to forget the past and behave erratically. If that's not dementia, I don't know what is.

In other words, when the entire country is starting to go gaga, the real gagas go under the radar. Hence the drop.

Comment Need? (Score 1) 123

Is there much need for this, even in the corporate world?

I think what's much more useful in the corporate world is screencasting, so that the screen is essentially agnostic and you can project any video source on it, not be limited to x86 phone apps. That way if you want to use a windows mobile app with attachable keyboard, that's fine. If on the other hand you use an iPhone or Android app, it will still work just fine.

Microsoft has to face facts: They've lost the mobile market and have to create standards that others are compelled (either due to corporate environment or actual user needs) to follow.

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