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Comment Re:Interesting post (Score 1) 82

I agree. Tablets are really useful, and there is clearly demand, but very little on offer in the quality tablet space.

There is Apple, there is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and there was the Sony Xperia Z Tablet series (now discontinued). The Kindle Fire HDX also has aspirations. Dell never played in the same league.

2-in-1 devices are certainly more flexible, but I find Windows really off-putting. It may be more powerful, but the App market is very sorry looking, and real Windows programs just do not scale properly for a tablet.

Comment Re:Super majority (Score 1) 634

> maybe those old geezers having been around the block a few times actually know a few things the young naive whippersnappers don't.

Possible. Or maybe if you are 65+ and retired, you do not care much about jobs, while people age 18 certainly do. I think the young people have a point, even if they should have turned out in greater strength.

Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 1) 634

> although it should be noted that the EU bureaucrats choose who gets "their" largesse

You seem to imply that is a bad thing. What makes you so sure that the UK administration is better at allocating funds than the EU administration? I can see absolutely no evidence for that assertion.

And the EU also spends other countries' contributions according to common interests, including UK interests.

Together we stand, divided we fall. And at the moment, the UK is deeply divided, It could even become the Kingdom of England and Wales.

Comment Re:Never let a tragedy goes unexploited (Score 1) 396

> For the foreseeable future, a gun is the only device that is a true "equalizer", that allows the weak to defend themselves from the strong. If nothing else, that is one excellent reason to allow people to carry guns.

True, but there is a serious side effect. If guns are prevalent, every time somebody goes crazy, somebody dies (often the same person, often not). And yes, people can go crazy without warning.

In places with much more limited access to guns, people also go crazy, but usually that causes much less harm.

Given that gun ownership is going up in the US, and at the same time being shot is the leading cause of death for working age people, I wonder whether this is the right way to go.

Comment Re: More context (Score 1) 228

Indeed. I wish we could drop the term "range anxiety" from our vocabulary - it sounds too much like blaming the user. Often (not always) the problem is range rather than anxiety.

That being said, 50 miles round trip should be perfectly possible in good conditions, but you if things go wrong, you would need a charging point along the way.

Comment Re:I'll probably hold out a while longer. (Score 1) 150

A lot of them are useless,but four are not:

ext4 may not be the most existing file system, but it is the default, solid, and good enough in most situations.

XFS is faster (especially for big files), but it has a few issues. reiserfs is quite good, and more space efficient for small files. Neither are clearly superior to ext4, unless you have specific requirements.

ZFS is taking it to the next level, and as such it may well be worthwhile. It remains to be seen how reliable it is on Linux, but in terms of features it is a clear winner.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 284

Yes, when it comes to writing serious documents, most office packages struggle.

Word has been getting a lot better, especially the new equation editor is miles ahead of the competition, and although not quite as good as LaTeX, good enough for most purposes.

Styles are a contentious issues. LibreOffice has a very logical implementation of styles, but it only works if you are 100% disciplined and approach your styles with great planning and foresight. Microsoft styles have been getting a lot better, and they have always been easier to use. Again, Microsoft is good enough in most applications.

Tables are painful in any program I have used, but Excel and the LibreOffice spreadsheet can deal with them reasonably well.


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