Stichwort 'Englisch'

Windows 10 on Trekstor Surftab Twin 10.1

Montag, 13. Juni 2016 - 10:26

I bought myself a TrekStore Surftab twin 10.1 with MS Windows 10. The price is very low. Presently you can get it for less than 200€. Don’t buy it if you want to boot it from external media. But it is a fine little netbook computer – if Windows 10 is just what you need.

Seemingly on MS Windows Tablet computers, the UEFI and MS Windows is 32bit (So I installed 32bit LibreOffice etc.) even though the CPU is 64bit. There is no BIOS emulation available for booting from bootsticks with MBR. As fot UEFI, they want to make it really difficult to boot from external media. I don’t know of a Linux distribution with 32bit UEFI. Also they seem to have sabotaged the Windows 7 rescue CD utility (which still is available in that Windows 10 and could be used to make a bootstick with some external tools) which throws a 0×80070057 error even after performing the fixes recommended by MS.

Of course there only is a cheap 32GiB eMMC storage. No complaints, you can’t expect more for the price. I added a fast and rugged 64GiB MicroSD (the device can handle up to 128GiB MicroSD) and use VeraCrypt-Containers.

The microUSB connector is for the power supply only.

Windows 10 is ok. I need it anyway for iPhones etc. Compared to LinuxMint (with Mate dektop), there are two things I don’t like about Windows 10:

  • There is no process monitoring applet for the tool bar. Windows 10 doesn’t show a sandclock (or anything like that) when loading applications. It does have a monitoring app which you can use to see that the computer does something, bit that is a waste of desktop space.
  • Language settings determine the available keyboard choices. Keyboards and input methods cannot be added as independently from language settings as offered by my Linux distribution, where I use the IBUS input methods (in a multicultural family).

Otherwise MS did a good job this time.

PS: The TrekStore Surftab 10.1 with my Windows 10 installation didn’t recognize a 3TiB Intenso “Memory Point” external hard drive. The drive got the type number (Artikelnummer) 6031211. Windows reports an USB issue. (Linux Mint, however, recognizes the NTFS file partition without problems.) Intenso didn’t respond to my inquiry, but then I fixed the problem by inserting an good USB hub between the external hard disk and the computer.

Thomas Cranmer’s Boojum

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2016 - 22:53

And now for something completely different:

The center left image is a detail from an anti catholic propaganda print Faiths Victorie in Romes Crueltie (top; published by Thomas Jenner, c. 1630), which shows the burning by his foes at the stake. The bottom left image is a +135° rotated detail from Henry Holiday’s illustration (right side) to the final chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (published in the year 1876).

This is one of the reasons why I believe that the “vanishing” of the hero in Lewis Carroll’s and Henry Holiday’s The Hunting of the Snark is an allusion to the burning of Thomas Cranmer.

Snark hunting grounds:

Choice of Inequality Measures

Samstag, 16. April 2016 - 23:38

A tweet by Erich Michael Johnson guided me to these links:

By the way, what is called the “absolute Gini index” in one article, can be expressed by the “welfare function” very well. As far I know, Amartya Sen came up with that measure. Fore income distributions, it is computed as W=meanIncome *(1-Z), where Z is an inequality measure. Amartya Sen initially took the Gini inequality measure for Z, James E. Foster proposed an Atkinson inequality measure.

And yes, global inequality if incomes has “exploded” in the last decades.

I think that the critizism of the “Gini index” in these article misses the point. All those inequality measures (with Gini’s, Theil’s, Atkinson’s, Kolm’s measures among the 50-or-so inhabitants in Coulters zoo) are fine, but we need to know, what those inequality indices mean to people. Here experiments can be used to check the theories: Yoram Amiel’s Thinking about Inequality: Personal Judgement and Income Distributions (1997) could help you.

(“Choice of Inequality Measures” comes close to “Ungleichverteilungskoeffizientenwahl” in German.)

How Mainstream Economics Helps Businesses Manipulate our Minds

Samstag, 16. April 2016 - 21:22

By John Komlos

A major oversight of standard economics is that it begins the analysis with adults. This is convenient, because this strategy enables the discipline to ignore the crucial and pernicious influence of powerful mega-corporations on the formation of the mindset of children and youth during their formative years. By disregarding the crucial first 18 or so years of life, mainstream economics can simply assume that tastes are already formed when a person enters the market place and by then they know perfectly well what they like and dislike. In other words, they enter the economy as adults with tastes fully formed, so businesses do not influence them in their childhood. The technical term for this is that tastes are exogenous. So economists do not have to worry about tastes because that is determined exogenously, i.e., outside of the economic process. [...]

They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals

Mittwoch, 13. April 2016 - 22:45

Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria
They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.
By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr [...]

2016-02-23 CET
Updated 2016-03-16 CET


Xubuntu 16.04 LTS beta 2 on EeePC 901

Mittwoch, 30. März 2016 - 06:55

“Xenial Xerus” beta 2 is available in versions for 32 bit and 64 bit systems. My old EeePC 901 needs the 32 bit version. However, it has issues with Lubuntu: It does not detect the display data. Ubuntu-Mate is fine, but for such an old device (like the EeePC 901) Xubuntu is better. The only hickup was a missing dmsetup. After installing that, VeraCrypt worked well.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Release schedule:

Being poor is too expensive

Donnerstag, 22. Oktober 2015 - 02:15

Creeping Dictatorship

Montag, 19. Oktober 2015 - 17:19 Layout Changes

Samstag, 19. September 2015 - 00:04

2015-09-18: layout changes: The thumbnails are nice, but some good things from the former layout are missing. All my posts disappearded, also a post which contained links to different papers on J. E. Millais.

The former right and left colums where quite helpfull and well organized. The site lost valuable structuring elements. Has been downsized?


  • 2015-08-xx: In the article views INFO more|less does not work with vanilla Firefox. So readers can’t read the abstract. But it works with browsers like IE, Midori, QupZilla and Vivaldi.
  • 2015-09-19: Clicking on *own* articles now ads this access to the statistics. Related bug: Clicks to some links within lead to pages which say that I am not logged in anymore.


Neoliberal Science

Dienstag, 4. August 2015 - 06:23

STS (Science and Technology Studies) and Neoliberal Science
by Rebecca Lave, Philip Mirowski and Samuel Randalls
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In this special issue, we focus on the particular impacts of neoliberalism as a regime of scientific management. Drawing on a wide range of studies from other fields, as well as the four cases in this issue, we argue that while there are important differences in how neoliberalism has been implemented across nations and disciplines, there are a set of key principles and common outcomes that can serve a heuristic function for STS scholars attempting a more careful examination of neoliberalism. These common outcomes include: the rollback of public funding for universities; the separation of research and teaching missions, leading to rising numbers of temporary faculty; the dissolution of the scientific author; the narrowing of research agendas to focus on the needs of commercial actors; an increasing reliance on market take-up to adjudicate intellectual disputes; and the intense fortification of intellectual property in an attempt to commercialize knowledge, impeding the production and dissemination of science. Taken together, these shifts suggest that the impact of neoliberal science policy and management extends far beyond the patent system into the methods, organization, and content of science. We thus urge STS scholars to undertake a detailed exploration of exactly how the external political—economic forces of neoliberalism are transforming technoscience.

Keywords: commercialization, neoliberalism, political economy, privatization