20 October 2016

A reason why America is awesome

From a Pew Research Poll: You may think that Trump’s campaign indicates otherwise, but a recent Fox News poll suggests that the 2016 elections have led Americans to think about immigration and decide that it’s a good thing: What do you think should happen to the illegal immigrants who are currently working in the United States — do you favor deporting as many as possible or do you favor setting up a system for them to become legal residents? ... Read more

14 October 2016

Austin TX non-presidential candidates

Spent the evening going through my ballot for the upcoming election, looking at all the contested races and trying to find info on the candidates. It must be so convenient to be a partisan, just check the “straight party ticket” box and you’re done… Anyway, here are my preliminary notes and thoughts, in case anyone wants to try to convince me to vote differently or point me at more information. ... Read more

12 October 2016

US election manifesto

Here’s my pre-election position statement and argument. The TL;DR is that I’m absolutely not going to get angry at anyone who decides to vote third party, but I think that’s a terrible strategic mistake for this specific election, and I would like to explain why. The system is bent Let me start out by saying that I was a third party voter for years. In the UK, I routinely voted for the Liberal Democrats. ... Read more

5 October 2016

Go home, Google, you’re Pixilated

Google announced its new Pixel phones. They’re priced like iPhones (starting at $649), but will only get 2 years of software updates. Meanwhile, the new Android features Google showed at the event are not going to be made available to existing Nexus phone owners — they’re being kept exclusive to Pixel. And there won’t be any more Nexus phones. So, if you want an Android phone with regular security updates and no bloatware, you now have to pay iPhone prices. ... Read more

2 October 2016

E-readers vs paper books

Kretzschmar et al. did a study in 2013 that compared reading effort on three different media: a paper page, an e-reader (e-ink) and a tablet computer. They studied eye movement, brain activity and reading speed. The participants also answered a few questions to determine reading comprehension. The interesting thing was that all participants said that they preferred reading on paper, even though the study found no support for it being more effortful to read on digital media. ... Read more

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