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    I live on the South Coast of England and for me mobile connection is totally patchy.

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      Folks, I’m pretty sure this is an April Fools' joke.

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          What makes you think that?

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          hey why were the tags changed to satire? it’s not…

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            Poe’s law

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            Ubuntu is a fully bundled experience with automatic driver setup etc… A distro like this is rarely fully Free Software.

            Trisquel being the exception I guess.

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              This is a legal question about the “Intellectual property rights policy” Canonical has published. End user experience and the availability of proprietary software for the distro has nothing to do with it.

              I assume this question cannot be settled without getting lawyers involved.

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              or we just do it by making crosses on paper, which has all properties one wants.

              if that doesn’t work, there are other problems not related to the voting mechanism.

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                The problem is you get a lot of invalid ballots. People don’t fill in the circle, they draw an X. They fill in the circle, then erase it a little. They fill it in, then scratch it out and draw an arrow pointing at the other candidate.

                Electronic ballots have the potential to be type safe, in programming terminology.

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                  I think perhaps the advantage of electronic voting is just that the votes would be counted quicker?

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                    Cheaper, too. There are great, obvious benefits and tremendous, nearly-invisible risks.

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                  I’m pretty sure what he means when he says “federated” is exactly the opposite of what everyone else means when they say it.

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                    What word would you use?

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                      OK I think you’re right. You’re more thorough than the people I got to proof-read the article before publishing it.

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                        Well, right after posting my comment my wife pointed out that I’d used the expression “nothing to shake a stick at” incorrectly. So I guess what goes around comes around!

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                      Trust a westerner to buy one just to write a blog post about how it works.

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                        What is that supposed to mean?

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                          Well I imagine the manufacturer won’t be very happy someone published a blog post about how it works.

                          It’s an example of how our freedom of speech annoys the Chinese.

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                            I doubt that the factory making these has the kind of pull with any censorship ministry that you’re implying. This could easily be (and probably is) a post on Tianya.

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                              I think if I Chinese person made this post they would get death-threats from the manufacturer. What’s Tianya?

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                                http://www.tianya.cn/

                                The China we’ve experienced are very different. In mine, no one cares about the very common teardowns and reverse-engineering posts about a host of products.

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                                  Forgive me, I don’t know your background or familiarity with China. Having lived there for years I can only say that our understandings are clearly very different — in the China I know no one would be getting death threats for posting a tech breakdown on a BBS (Tianya is a very popular all-subjects BBS).

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                                    Are you suggesting that the manufacturer is morally right to create this device intended for fraud, and to make death threats to people who talk about it (if they do in fact do that), and that people who talk about it are morally wrong?

                                    Or … if it’s not meant as a moral statement, I don’t understand why else you’re using terms like “freedom” and “annoy”. Those words don’t really make sense in a sentence together, either, they seem to talk about fundamentally different things.

                                    I’m not really sure how to interpret these comments, and honestly kind of confused. It seems clear we’re coming from very different world views, which I have no problem accepting, but I don’t even understand the difference. I’d like to understand, if you feel like elaborating.

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                            Once I tried using eLinks for most of my browsing for a few months. Obviously half the web does not work in eLinks but I loved having uniform fonts and colors.

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                              Disallowing webfonts dramatically improves a significant portion of the web (basically, all of it that uses webfonts). I assume there are extensions out there to enforce a minimum level of contrast; fortunately for me, my eyesight is quite good, so by the time text contrast is low enough I have difficulty with it, whoever designs and QAs it will be far past the point of illegibility.

                              In general, the less freedom the web designer has, the better the ultimate design is.

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                                I’ve disabled the ability for websites to use their own fonts in Firefox for years now. However, the last two(?) years icon fonts have become more popular and this again makes websites more unreadable / unusable.

                                I haven’t found the easiest way to handle this yet. So far I’ve been using the Stylish plugin and enable icon fonts on a per site basis.

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                                  FWIW, icon fonts look like they may have been a passing fad, replaced with SVG icons. Most developers now agree it’s much easier to make SVG accessible, and it’s easier to add an icon to an SVG icon set than it is to add an icon to an icon font.

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                                I always had very bad experienced with Ubuntu. It was the first non-Windows OS I used (2008) but I found it very buggy.

                                Then I tried it again a few years later and it was even worse. A normal update nuked grub and made the system completely un-bootable!

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                                  I have to say I really think it’s quite stylish! I like the textures.

                                  edit: this comment was based on the second screenshot

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                                    I don’t like PHP but this post helped me to take it seriously.

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                                      The problem is partly web browser defaults. I didn’t specify the font-size on my blog’s CSS and it turns out quite small.

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                                        It really amazes me that they even provided replacements that still had the same problem… it makes it look like they don’t know what they’re doing at all.

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                                          Engineers under pressure thought they’d found the issue and turned out they hadn’t. Or maybe even they did find and eliminate one of the causes, not realising there was another issue that resulted in a similar failure mode. Many of us have been there (though hopefully in cases where the consequences were less severe).

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                                          My favorite keyboards are low-profile ones with a small amount of key travel. I don’t know why but I just like them. Cheap too.

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                                            I prefer x86 because it’s so much faster. My 2008 AMD desktop is faster than the 2016 Raspberry Pi 3.

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                                              Not a fair comparison. A current iPhone, or an ARM server board, is probably faster than your 2008 AMD desktop.

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                                                8 year advantage though

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                                                  Consider pricing. It’s 35$ vs. whatever an Athlon 64 X2 cost in 2008.

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                                                    People are reporting me as a troll. Seems ARM vs x86 performance is a touchy subject on here.

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                                                      Yes. Clearly, that is the only possible reason the community are calling you a troll.

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                                                        Your comment may have been made in good faith, but it sounds trolly. Obviously desktop chips plugged into a wall outlet will have a huge advantage over phone chips.

                                                        ARM vs Atom chips would be a more fair comparison.

                                                        And of course, ARM wins on performance/power.

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                                                          As you scale up chip sizes and performance, power consumption is a draw. Decoding logic is a minuscule part of the chip.

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                                                Well done Apple, well done.

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                                                  It’s great that people are working on stuff like this.

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                                                    I think this is one of the most important software projects of the decade.

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                                                      Thanks MS this was really interresting.

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                                                        sarcasm?