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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

BenJury Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

You're really not reading the link are you?

Look, GITMO is a *bad* situation with solutions that are only worse. Remember these guys are effectively POW's by international law, but it's not the Saudi's we are at war with so to where is he returned? If the Saudi's don't want him and the place he was picked up doesn't want him what do you do?

To answer, lets read the article...

He has permission to live in the UK indefinitely because his wife is a British national. They have four children and live in London.

Mr Aamer's case was raised by Prime Minister David Cameron in talks with US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit in June. [2013]

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Mr Aamer's case remains a high priority for the UK government and we continue to make clear to the US that we want him released and returned to the UK as a matter of urgency."

He said the case had been raised with both Mr Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, adding: "We are confident the US government understands the seriousness of the UK's request for Mr Aamer's release.

about 7 months ago
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SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

BenJury Re:Same shit, different day (177 comments)

Wasn't that the point? That as soon as EA touched it, it turned to shit?

1 year,19 days
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John Carmack Joins Oculus VR As CTO

BenJury Re:This will help the Occulus Rift A LOT!!! (125 comments)

Aye, me too, I'll be queueing up to get my hands on this on a consumer release. Personally I see anything that will speed up getting this to market is all good.

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

Nope, not a Mac in sight here. See my .sig for more info... ;)

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

I agree it's not perfect. But there are some really nice points, like how the the west parts of the Picadilly Line, Central Line and Metropolitan Line all meet. I also have a big soft spot for how he has incorporated the underground 'roundel' logo into the map.

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

The transit lines for a city generally go from the centre out in all directions so you fill the whole page. NYC seems different as it starts in Manhattan and spreads out 'upward' and to the left, which also makes it perfectly suited. The remaining space is easily filled with the key.

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

No, because its not the point of the map. its purpose is to make it easier to navigate the transit system. For example when your on a train, do you want a clear and concise diagram of the system so you can see where to change lines, or do you want a map that is geographically correct but is all squished together?

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Re:Useless (124 comments)

But that's the point, these stylised maps are to navigate the transport system, not to get around at a surface level. They serve different needs. When you've a map where all the lines are geographically correct it makes it hard to understand how to get from station A to station B, make out the station names and there is a lot of wasted space! Have a look at the London underground geographical map vs the actual tube map for example.

Far better to have a map that fits the purpose. If you want to navigate at the surface level, buy a proper map.

about a year ago
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

BenJury Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

The circular tube map, in my opinion, is much better than the square one we have now. Since the original was created quite a number of lines have been added, as well as tram lines and the overground lines which has caused it to be come quite cluttered. The circular map seems to solve this and give a much better indication of where the line actually goes. I'd hope TFL look at it closely.

I don't know much about the NYC subway system but one thing is obvious, they really need to rethink the colours for the lines in Brooklyn, as they're far too similar!

about a year ago
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LibreOffice 4.1 Released

BenJury Automatic Update (157 comments)

Have they fixed the automatic update system yet? Or do I need to go and do it manually again like its the 90s?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

BenJury Re:The thing is (550 comments)

But for most home users, they are a gadget without a purpose.

Not true.

Its a cheep, small, light device for consuming media.

There are many cases where a tablet is better than a laptop for me:

  • Surfing the web while on the sofa. Laptops are too large and cumbersome. Really don't need the keyboard here.
  • Entertaining kids. While not being water proof, they are at least jam proof. Easily cleanable and the size makes it easier for kids to use. A laptop is much more susceptible to accidental damage.
  • Portable media. On a train\bus\plane\holiday a tab is perfect for watching films or TV.
  • At £160 (For a Nexus 7) its not that expensive that it would be the end of the world if you lost it. It's also not likely to have all those important documents on that you've not backed up either!
  • Easily charged. If you own a non-apple device, it can be charged via a standard USB cable, so if it runs out of juice (AFAIK they've much better battery life than a laptop) its simple to recharge than a laptop with its custom cables.

That's not to say I don't need another device, as they don't do everything. But to say they don't have a purpose simply isn't true.

about a year ago
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties

BenJury Re:Great graphic from Information is Beautiful (301 comments)

None, Spotify would be paying for the bandwidth and infrastructure. Obviously other mediums that would be the case, also there is of course the physical artwork and the like. But via Spotify? You'd expect it to be a little more equal.

about a year ago
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties

BenJury Re:Great graphic from Information is Beautiful (301 comments)

What's really impressive is how much more the label takes. For Spotify: 0.16c to the label, 0.029c for the artist. (~85%/15% split) That's a huge chunk for something that someone else is distributing etc.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

BenJury Re:Depends on what you are applying for (358 comments)

If you have a Facebook page, the business may demand your password.

For what it's worth, that would be illegal in the UK, and presumably the rest of Europe. I believe it is also illegal in some parts of the US.

about a year ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

BenJury Re:BBC cannot win (487 comments)

This is no better solution to what they had, which I guess you know because you posted as AC. The whole problem arose from some peoples local clocks being wrong, so using them in any way will result in the same issue.

about a year ago
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Banking Malware, Under the Hood

BenJury Re:Most of the exploits.. (92 comments)

Its true. :( In reality all my passwords are '1234' so they match my luggage.

about a year ago
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Banking Malware, Under the Hood

BenJury Re:Most of the exploits.. (92 comments)

Well done for pointing that out. If you can't remember the previous logo, then you might just have to press that 'forgotten password' button. Ye gads, the horror!

about a year ago

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