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Native American protesters are preparing to take a “last stand” against the Dakota Access pipeline this week. The Standing Rock protesters in North Dakota have been fighting the $3.8 bn pipeline since April but were dealt a blow last week when police raided their camps and arrested hundreds, paving the way for construction of the final stretch of the controversial oil project. “There isn’t much land left between the water and the equipment,” said Cheryl Angel, a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. “They’re right there. They have breached our sacred ground.”
A pro-tenant group says a landlord who has a seat in Oakland’s housing cabinet is also the top evictor in the city, where a housing shortage has reached crisis levels. William Rosetti and his firms have filed more than 3,000 eviction notices, the first step in removing a tenant, making the Bay Area real estate executive Oakland’s No1 “mega-evictor”.
Beside the sun-bleached bones, the tangles of human hair and greying piles of clothes exposed by wind and rain, a leaflet newly dropped by the Iraqi army fluttered in the wind. “We are coming to save you from Isis!” the text announced. Too late for those buried in the mass grave below, writes Emma Graham-Harrison. Sinjar, a centre for the minority Yazidi group and symbol of their suffering under the Islamic State, was liberated nearly a year ago. The whole area still feels ghostly and abandoned, still waiting for life to return.
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The W flag is what the Cubs traditionally fly at Wrigley Field, writes Greg Couch, and it went up on Sunday night when the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in Game Five of the World Series – the first time the team has won in the series at home since 1945. It must be an incredible feeling to be a Chicago Cubs player, Couch writes. You walk around town and everyone is talking about you, cheering you, thanking you, loving you, telling you how fantastic you are, naming breakfast cereals after you. The series stands at 3-2 to the Indians: Game Six is on Tuesday in Cleveland.
A couple of years ago, we heard news that the population of all vertebrate species had fallen by 50% in 40 years. On Thursday, we were told that by 2020 the figure is likely to rise to 66% of all vertebrates. It’s no wonder conservationists are shouting. They are desperate to get their message heard. Animals, it seems, are on the way out. And no one appears to much care.
Mezcal, tequila’s stronger and smokier relative, has become a staple spirit in trendy bars across Mexico and the US, and it has inevitably attracted the interest of global alcohol giants. Traditionally produced in small batches by farmers who use artisanal methods, the agave-based drink has struck a chord with the growing sector of consumers passionate about slow food, farmers’ markets and craft drinks. Local growers, though, are worried a unique spirit is under threat.
On a UK tour promoting his autobiography, Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen says politics is about the way you live your life – a system of belief he learned from his mom. “My mother was basically decent, compassionate, strong, willful,” he told the Guardian’s Michael Hann. “She insisted on creating a world where she could make her children feel as safe as possible, even though she certainly had her faults in that area. But she was consistent. You could count on her. Day after day after day. And she was very strong.”I suspect I know what your answer will be, but does anyone still make a laptop with a 4:3 aspect ratio screen? My six-year-old 14.1in Toshiba is starting to fail. Other than browsing and email, it's used almost entirely for text and spreadsheet work. The extra depth of a 4:3 screen is ideal for both of these. I've tried widescreens, but the depth at 16:9 is much less. To match the existing 9in, I'd need an 18.5in screen. Also, I'd like the screen to be non-reflective matte. Otherwise, I don't watch films or play games, so most modern machines would surpass what I have. Any hope?
Richard LawsToshiba and probably most other laptops from around that time had non-reflective 4:3 screens, but the industry switched quite quickly to PCs with glossy 16:9 widescreens. That might have had something to do with changes in the TV industry, where sales of widescreen LCD TVs were booming. Also, the PC market was still expanding beyond business users and targeting consumers who wanted to watch DVDs on their laptops. Either way, the cost of widescreen LCDs kept falling as manufacturing volumes went up, and now 4:3 screens have almost completely disappeared.The good news is that you can still get that sort of laptop from Fujitsu and perhaps other business-oriented suppliers. The bad news is that these machines are harder to find and usually more expensive than mass market laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Samsung.But there are two issues to consider. The first is the physical size of the screen, where bigger is usually better … unless you have to lug it around.
The second is the screen resolution, which is the number of pixels (picture elements) on the screen. If the screen size stays the same, then increasing the resolution will make text and images smaller. If the resolution stays the same, then increasing the screen size will make text and images bigger. You need to decide whether you actually need bigger characters, or more lines of characters. For example, is it important to see 38 lines of a spreadsheet on screen at once, rather than 32, or whatever?You are correct in noting that you will need a much bigger widescreen to get the same physical depth as you have today. However, if you buy a laptop with a standard widescreen, you probably will not lose any resolution. Laptops like your Toshiba typically ran Microsoft Windows XP with a 4:3 screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which is known as XGA (eXtended Graphics Array). Today's standard resolution is 1366 x 768 (WXGA) on a 16:9 widescreen laptop, so the vertical resolution is exactly the same.
You will get the same number of lines of text in a word processor and rows in a spreadsheet, though the text may be slightly smaller, depending on the size of the screen.Since you have a 14.1in screen at the moment, I would expect a laptop that shows 1366 x 768 pixels a 15.6in screen to be an acceptable compromise. This is currently the most common option, and generally the best value for money. Also, Windows 7 lets you make text bigger. (The options under Make text and other screen items larger or smaller are Medium 125% and Larger 150%.)Of course, you can now buy laptops with even more vertical resolution. If that appeals, look for something with a screen resolution of 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), which is a 16:10 ratio, or 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). These resolutions are more common on 17in screens, which means wrestling with a much bigger, bulkier machine.You will usually pay extra for a laptop with a 17.3in screen, but prices have come down a lot since you bought your Toshiba. For example, you can buy a Lenovo G770 laptop with a 17.3in 1600 x 900 widescreen for £469.99 from Amazon.co.uk, which compares with £399.97 for the Lenovo G570 version with a 15.6in 1366 x 768 widescreen.My son uses a higher-spec Lenovo with a 17.3in screen, so I can confirm that the screen is not unbearably shiny and that the keyboard is above average quality.
However, you should look at some 17.3in laptops in a shop to make sure you are happy with the size of text on the screen.If you really want something closer to what you have now, one option is the Fujitsu Lifebook P701, which has a 12.1in WXGA (1280 x 800) anti-glare screen. However, this is sold as a business ultraportable and, like old IBM X series, lacks a DVD drive. A P701 with an Intel Core i3-2310M processor and 2GB of memory costs £501.85 from Amazon.co.uk (£306.69 off), though I notice the blurb fails to mention the screen resolution. Searching for P701XMF011GB will find other sources.It seems to me that you would be paying more and losing out in other areas for the sake of 32 extra pixels when compared with a mainstream 1366 x 768 widescreen laptop.I work as a specialist electronic note-taker for deaf people, which means I type a comprehensive précis of all that is said in the room, using a laptop linked to a separate monitor for them to read in real time.
Qualified electronic note-takers type at very high speeds, with no breaks, for up to an hour at a time (sometimes longer in settings where people clearly don’t consider us to be sentient beings). We are at real risk of RSI.Like many fast touch-typists, I just cannot work well on the new Chiclet keyboards.I’ve used Toshiba Tecra A9 laptops for about eight years -- after a university I worked for insisted we used theirs – and they are great to type on. However, I’m now on my third, which I purchased refurbished last year. It’s incredibly tatty and it looks dated and unprofessional. I don’t mind spending a fair sum on a modern laptop that is very robust (it’s out and about constantly), has long battery life and, above all, a keyboard that works for a fast typist with a light touch. Having tried a lot in stores, I just can’t find anything that will do. I fear having to give up work once this one dies. JaneKeyboards are partly a matter of taste: some people like springy, responsive ones while others prefer flat, Chiclet keyboards. The problem is that laptop manufacturers no longer cater for people who like springy, responsive ones … unless they are buying big, expensive gaming laptops where keyboard speed, accuracy and N-key rollover are a matter of (virtual) life and death.You have three main choices: (1) find a new laptop with an old-fashioned keyboard; (2) buy an old-fashioned laptop; or (3) buy a tablet and use an external keyboard.It would be nice have another choice, ie (4) get another Toshiba Tecra A9. But even if you could find one in mint condition, the A9 is quite thick (1.5in/38mm) and very heavy (6.3lbs/2.9kg) by today’s standards, and probably limited by its 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor and 2GB of memory. The charger adds another 15oz (425g). At best, this would probably just postpone the problem for another year or two.