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Comment Re:Obesity is a recent problem (Score 1) 381

I recently read an article about this. Some of the things are compared to the stone age, but many of these are quite recent changes as well. First, we have excessive amounts of food available - that is an obvious thing: if you have to ration your food, you will eat less. Portion sizes have been getting bigger. According to the article, when increasing the portion size by 50%, people will eat 30% more and still think they ate the same amount as with a smaller portion. Our appetite is food-specific. Earlier, that helped to maintain a rich diet, but with the abundance of food choices in buffets etc., we can easily have reach to tens of different kinds of foods on a meal, so we eat too much. Also, the food nowadays contains more energy and in a form where it will be digested more easily and rapidly. For example, sugar is a fairly recent addition to our diet and even in the youth of my grandmother, it used to be more of a luxury product. We are getting large amounts of energy in our drinks, whereas earlier water was almost the only drink there was. And of course, we are doing much less physical work, so the consumption just is not there. It would be a wonder if this all actually *didn't'* lead to obesity.

Comment Re:What "living hell"??? (Score 1) 120

I agree that "living hell" is a far fetch. However, it is more than mildly annoying especially when viewing the desktop version on a mobile device. The banner takes a significant portion of screen real estate and sometimes also the dismiss button is difficult to hit. I think the savvy users already know cookies are used for tracking all over the internet and the less savvy ones probably will just ignore this. Essentially, after the first few times you see this, it is just additional noise on the web sites.

Comment Lighting level affecting voice control? (Score 1) 402

The disclaimer on the page says:

Voice Control performance may vary depending on language, local dialect, pronunciation, voice and ambient noise and lighting levels.

Is this a mistake? How can lighting level affect voice control performance? Or does the TV also use lip reading and also send video capture to third parties all times?

Comment Annoying update process (Score 3, Insightful) 320

The reason why I'm stalling sometimes with the updates is that the whole process is interfering with my computer usage. There are annoying popups requiring attention at about 30 s - 1 min intervals, activating a random time after computer boot and trying to install 3rd party software, so I need to be in a mood for installing those updates. Not even to mention that every software has its own update software with its quirks. And Windows also now notifies you to disable "unnecessary" start up software, which often includes these update checkers. These should all come from a single source and be handled much more like they are handled in Linux distributions or mobile app stores.

Comment Re:How can they afford it? (Score 1) 528

No, the schools that are free are compatible to community colleges in the USA so in that realm of classes you can take what they offer. Even then it is not free, Germany charges you around $2000 a year for the "free" colleges.

I'm not sure if you're referring to the ones in Germany or Europe in general. But at least in Finland, you only have a fee of some €80 / year, and I don't really think the community colleges compare to that. All of the courses are included. Although the new government is likely to add a fee for non-EU students in the coming years - it would likely be somewhere in the ballpark of €500 / year. The fee includes also health care in the YTHS (or FSHS in English; basic health services are free of charge; dental check-ups are free of charge and filling a cavity, for example, is typically some €20).

How can the state afford this and public health care? We have higher tax rates. How can we afford the taxes? We don't pay crazy amounts for private schools and private health care.

Comment Re:49 (Score 1) 76

Therefore I think each drive has to be chosen individually because with only 80 total positions the chances of any given drive playing consecutive semitone-spaced correct pitches would be small. So it would seem they've gone through a bunch of drives selecting the ones that have a track position that's nearest to each desired pitch to make up 49 semitone-spaced notes.

Actually no, since the frequency is not a property fo the drive and it actually doesn't have anything to do with the number of positions either. The frequency depends on the rate at which the drive head is moved. Most of the controllers used to have a software-controlled setting called "Step Rate Time" (or SRT for short) for controlling this frequency. But there are some drive-related characteristics that defines for example how quickly the motor can step and also what kind of resonant frequencies the drive generates. That mostly defines the usable frequency range for each drive.

Comment Re:Metro UI (Score 1) 223

You can replace that single color with a background image. With a properly selected image, it actually looks very nice. And of course applications can implement their tiles in colors they want (and there are also ways to replace a majority of the default icons with custom icons).

Comment Re:"correct settings" for your *oven*?!? (Score 1) 105

Seems there's Bake, Broil, or Convection

Actually in Europe, the ovens have more than just a couple of functions. It's quite typical to have lower, upper and combined heat, convection and grill plus some combinations of or alternating between those. Also some models have an integrated thermometer for meat etc. Not that setting them up would still require an Internet connection. But having the correct function, temperature and timer set ready perhaps reduces the risk of human error. But I'd actually rather see an oven that monitors the color of the food and informs me when the food has the correct hue.

Comment Re:Interface choices (Score 1) 117

Think of it like being in MDI mode all the time, in every application.

1. MDI doesn't make sense with every application. It works for programs where you have multiple content items and some common tools for them (like an image processing program) or if the application needs for some other reason to have multiple windows open. MDI stands for "Multiple Document Interface", so it's not a coincidence that it works well for such usage, since it was designed for it.

2. Even MDI applications can be closed by the closing the main window, which you don't have in the OS X applications.

Because that's how the MacOS GUI has worked since time immemorial.

Just because it has been that way for a long time doesn't mean that it actually is the optimal solution. It just makes it an old solution.

But hey, there are lots of apps which behave the way you seem to want them to behave, they pop up a window with some menu options when you close the last document.

There's a difference: The user closes the last window, the application closes vs. the user closes the last window, the application opens a new window. That is just counterintuitive.

Comment Re:Interface choices (Score 1) 117

well the mac app-menu-at-top-of-screen is just stupid if there's multiple apps in view at a time...

Why? You cannot physically perform actions on more than one app at a single time. The menu is active for the one you are presently using as indicated by where you have clicked the mouse pointer. It's not the only way to do things (or even necessarily the best) but it's perfectly sensible and logical and consistent.

What I hate about the menu location is that on a big screen I have to drag my mouse all the way to the upper left corner, even if the window I'm dealing with is in the lower right corner. Combine that with the lack of decent keyboard navigation for the menus, they are pretty much useless for anything else than looking up the keyboard shortcuts.

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