Google Pixel 2 with Android 8.1.0 vs iPhone 6S with iOS 11.3
To be updated with more info as I discover it.
In Android, all the settings are nicely grouped and have small summaries of the settings in each section.
In iOS, the settings are groped all over the place and in a seemingly nonsensical order.
In IOS, if you want to search settings, you have to scroll down and then scroll up to get the search box to appear. Android just shows you the setting as soon as you open it, and can show you recommended settings, or special override settings you've currently got enabled and quick actions for them.
In Android, to search for mail, there is a dedicated search button on the Gmail app.
In iOS, to search, you go into a full, pull down to refresh, and then the search box will appear - it's not visible without doing this action first
Navigating between apps
Android has a dedicated back, home and switching button - very easy to get around and you can snap windows top and below
iOS - to go back, you have to tap the very top-left of the screen. Home is the home button, and switch is double-tap.
Windows Updates come out every second Tuesday of every month (Patch Tuesday or Update Tuesday). 6PM UK time is 9am for Microsoft in the USA though, so the UK won’t get the updates until Tuesday evening – so depending on your work shift, you may get the updates through on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Set System Restore to enabled and create a point before installing them
Start, type “cmd” and right-click the Command Prompt result, then click Run as administrator
Enter the commands:
Manual reset of Windows Update
Start - Run - services.msc
Stop the services ‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service’, ‘Windows Update’ and 'Update Orchestrator Service'. If you can't stop them, set them to Disabled, and reboot, so they don't start on boot
Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution, and delete everything in the folder (but not the folder itself) (make sure you have 'Show hidden items' and 'Show operating system files' enabled so you can see and delete all files)
There is a known issue with Windows Update for some users (see Computer World, ZDNet, Microsoft Answers), I got stuck with the message below. The issue occurs because the
update repository appears to have expired on 03/12/2017 and Microsoft didn’t
renew it. I don’t see this issue resolving itself though and just rebooting it
doesn’t work. There is also a FixIt
from Microsoft, however this doesn’t resolve the issue either.
Start - Run -
Stop the services
‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service’ and ‘Windows Update’
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution, and delete everything in the folder (but not
the folder itself)
Restart the PC
Check for updates
again – it may take 30-60 mins to scan and rebuild the repository
Your updates will now
be valid from 01/12/2017 to 01/07/2025 - this can be found in the file C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\AuthCabs\authcab.cab\authorization.xml
New dates, which is probably enough seeing that patches end for 7 in April 2020.
Focusing on UK government but extending to cover other systems where necessary.
Individual leaders (prime minsters, presidents, chairmen) have too much power and use it to make bad decisions. For example, spreading fake news, creating a cult of personality, and controlling sectors like military.
Example: Kim Jong-Un is a selfish dictator
Example: Putin took Crimea, permitted fake news stories about Hilary Clinton and Brexit
Example: Donald Trump, someone unqualified to make good decisions, had influence in all bad places, is sexist, misogynist, and corrupt, and generally had no respect for others
Solution: No country is appointed a single individual leader.
Method: A jury is selected at random from the electorate. Collectively, they must all agree to a decision. This is called citizen oversight.
Compare to: An oligarchy. Oligarchy are typically considered to be comprised of wealthy individuals with power. However, a randomly selected set would not have this issue unless individuals are promised returns after their roles. In this case, all decisions must be recorded and checked for ulterior motives. Communication outside is not permitted and warrants immediate removal.
Oligarchy means anarchy can be created and the system overthrown. Solution would be to appoint a new person, randomly selected, from a prepared group, who again, are randomly selected.
Solution: There are no leaders, and all decisions are purely down to the public.
This leads to the tyranny of the majority - people who are uninformed or able to exert influence can cause poor decisions.
Countries fail to comply with agreed laws
Example: Kim Jong-Un plans military weaponry
Example: Several countries including US, UK, Japan etc have nuclear weapons
The UN have very limited power, and being a member is optional
They do have the power to cease trade
Countries fail to make progress on meeting demands of climate change
Example: China is a developing country which gives it free reign to use fossil fuels like coal, even though this is hypocritical to other countries already reliant on renewable energy. The entire world suffers because of making exceptions and excuses.
Related: Black cabs are exempt from congestion charges in London, even though they are perfect candidates for hybrid and electric vehicles on short trips
Referendums can end up with highly negative consequences
Cause: Improper education to the public on both sides of the debate
Cause: Lack of promise or clear definition as to the consequences
Solution: Think tanks x 10. A better description would be 'Idea Banks'. Anyone from any background or age, regardless of being in the electorate, is able to submit ideas for policies and decisions. No education is required. Such a system would require curators, who sort, de-duplicate, organise, and qualify every idea submitted. Ultimately this results in a more manageable set of ideas, grouped into topics such as education, health and transport. Each idea then is classed with an upvote system.
Additionally, certain groups of individuals are expected to feed ideas into the system. Example: historians, futurists - people who know what bad decisions have been made in the past, and what decisions are most likely to help us to a better future. There is no longer a concept of a politician.
To become a curator does require knowledge and training, but all actions are observable and traceable by the public.
Platforms such as debate.org an be used to discuss topics and sides, on a bigger scale.
Solution: Electorate are required to demonstrate an understanding of consequences of their decisions, by passing competency tests and ensuring they are shown how any decision they make can influence. For example, swearing on a Twitter account looks unprofessional and means poorer career choices. There should be a compendium of these nuances of society, and people should be tested to ensure they are aware of these 'so what' consequences.
Some good recent videos about life and its meaning.
My thoughts summarised:
- Life is a chance to experience, to enjoy, and to discover. We might be the only life in existence, but that gives us the power to define our place and our destiny. If we can all do something to advance our species towards a hopeful future, be it solving problems or having fun, and potentially become the masters of the stars themselves, it will have been worthwhile.