Thursday, 12 May 2016

Why I love humans

This is a copy and paste from a facebook comment I made a few months ago. Simply, the topic came to 'do you love humans or not'. And when I answered it, I realised I had a prett good comment that I could upload to my blog. I hope you enjoy it.

"Ok, here it goes.

Well first some of the downsides: We still act tribally, we are still somewhat selfish and we still have wars.

But now, why do I love humans?

Well, firstly, every human(no matter how good or bad the person is) that you meet on the street is a being with his friends and family. He is a being with his own thoughts. His own story. His own fears and weaknesses as well as his hopes and strengths. He can have a bad day, or worse, he could have big problems in his life at the moment. Also he can have a good day, or he can even have the best time in his life. And the process of finding a girlfiriend/boyfriend or having a job or going to education is also stressful. 95% of those people are either members of the middle or lower class.
And yet with all those problems and drama 99% of people still find the strength to wake up each day. All of that makes humans interesting to watch.
When I think of strangers like that, those strangers do not seem like such strangers that much. At the end of the day, if someone dies there will very probably be some parent, widow, child or friend that will cry at his funeral.And to add up to all of this still each of us is somehow different from the other ones. Or to sum this paragraph up, I both can relate to humans a bit and I do indeed find them interesting to watch.

Secondly, humanity with all of its flaws, occasionally it does show signs of improvement... VERY SLOWLY. Compare it to how it was during and before WWII. How it was 500 years ago. 1000, 2000, 5000, 100000 years ago.
Fact is that humanity is the most dominant species of all time. We are more dominant than the dinosaurs ever were(not yet by much though). We are also the only species with a developed conscience(the only 'known' species if we include aliens). I have just recently read that scientists are pretty close to detecting which brain functions turns a normal person into a murdering psychopath and how to stop it. Not only that but we are so far the only known species that has left the atmosphere of its own planet. We are the only species capable of abstract thought.

Thirdly, I am a part of it, and so are my friends, you know the good people, or at least the ones I like. If humanity dies, I die and so do my friends. If humanity survives, I still might die, but there is a chance of survival.
To be honest, to me it probably is one of the few things other than my friends towards which I feel some kind of loyality. Nations and religions do not mean much to me.

Fourthly, there is also a sense of grattitude. I am alive because my parents wanted to have a child. And now remember paragraph 1. But I am also alive because a farmer had some animals, for which he worked hard to grow those animals big. This same farmer sold those animals to a butcher, who worked hard to process the meat. The same meat that I ate.
I am also alive because a policeman did his duty. And because the doctors whom I went to nursed me back to health. Then there are the firemen as well. They all have their bad and good sides. I have this comfy chair and my laptop because many people worked hard to make them in a factory. Even more people worked in mines to dig up the materials for them. Sure, they all were paid(I hope) more or less for what they did, but they all contributed."

Here I explained some reasons why I love humans. You may disagree with me, that is within your freedom. But those are the reasons why I think we should fight any opressors of human rights and any opressors of freedom. That is also why we should help feed the poor and why we should support the poor lower classes. Those are the reasons why we should fight for peace and a more free and simultaneusly equal world. Those are the reasons why we should fight not for a utopia, but for a better real world. But we must also never feel fear because trough fear they control us.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

How the radical right is helping ISIS

Basically, the european radical right is actually helping ISIS goals. What is their goal? ISIS goal is to create a WWIII between the muslims and the rest.

To understand that we must know 3 facts:
1) What we have today is not the largest migration ever. It is quite large, but ever since the Roman empire and the Huns we have had so many large migrations inside of europe that it is impossible to count all of them.
2) Nobody in history ever has been able to stop migrations. Ever. People even manage to migrate in and out of North Korea.
3) ISIS wants you to hate muslims.

Now, I don't want to protect Islam in any way. Islam is a backwards religion, just like well almost any religion.(In fact the concept of religion itself is backwards)

Why does ISIS want you to hate muslims?
Well it is the same old cycle of hatred concept. Remember that the goal of ISIS is WWIII?
Step 1 of their plan is to cause terror. This will create a fear of muslims, and that same fear will create hate. They are trying to radicalise Europe into a muslim hating fascist state. So far unfortunately they have had some success, especially in some eastern/central european countries.
Step 2 of their plan is that European radical rightists start attacking muslims in their own countries. This will then radicalise those muslims. It will make terrorists out of moderate muslims and further reinforce step 1. Mistreated muslims and immigrants will become militant. It is easy to recruit a muslim who was mistreated by european nationalists into terrorist organisations. They will spread the news of what is happenning to the middle east too.
Step 3 is to use the news of what is happening in Europe to further radicalise any moderate muslims that exist in the middle east. The goals of steps 1-3 is to create two opposing sides, two armies of people that hate each other.
Step 4 is war.

So really, while the radical right is thinking they are fighting ISIS, they are really actually helping them, because ISIS actually anticipated their reaction.

What do I want you to learn from this? Well just a few things:
-Fear is the mind killer. By allowing yourself to feel fear you are allowing people to control you.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

A 'flaw' in Linux detected!

As a geek and wannabe system/network/whatever administrator I very much love to work with computers.
I have used Linux since 2010, used it as my main OS since 2012, and as my only OS since 2014(with an interrupt in fall 2014).

However linux has a big FLAW for me.
It is too boring. There is no maintenance. Back when I was on Windows I had to make myself useful by picking the right AV and firewall, regularly updating them. I had to constantly fix registry errors and clear the cache(CCleaner anyone?). I had to defragment regularly. I also occassionally manually checked for viruses.

However, when I completely switched to Linux, all of that disappeared. For whatever reason, desktop Linux malware is almost nonexistant. There is no registry,just an occassional dependency problem which happens once every few months(on average) and is easily fixable. Cache filling is there but it's effect on performance is negligible. Filesystem fragmentation is also negligible. Systems that have been running for 10 years get like 1% of fragmentation. Manual virus checks, well I do have Clam-TK installed but basically I have it just for fun because I am a crypto-geek. As for firewalls, it has the most powerful firewall built directly into the kernel, and it even has sane defaults most of the time(iptables).

The only solution I have to fix this problem is that I can try to customise my Linux install. The good news here is that the customisation options are limitless. I can spend anywhere from 0 seconds to months customising and I would still only be limited by my skill. If I want to I can even go into the source code, reprogram it and recompile it.

What is your comment on this big 'flaw' :P of Linux?

p.s. if you still haven't understood, that 'flaw' is just a sarcastic way of saying it is an advantage.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Why are radical feminists and radical SJW's a problem of the modern left, not a solution

Why are radical feminists and radical SJW's a problem of the modern left, not a solution?
Before I commence, yes I am definitely a leftie. At least I identify as one. However, lately, there is a rift opening on the left.

To think about this question, we should first think of what the political left really  is? What is the modern political left? What are its values? And what are its goals? We also need to know what are the goals of radical feminists and radical SJW's("Social Justice Warriors") and what exactly are they.

The political left can be most widely defined as a movement of people who aspire to bring untraditional philosophies and values to their society. The political right on the opposite wants to keep the traditional values or bring them back.

In modern times it means that the left is for progressivism. This usually includes economic ideas like Liberalism, Social democracy, Socialism, Anarchism. It also includes cultural ideas like Egalitarianism(equal rights for everyone), Multiculturalism, political correctness (a.k.a. social justice), Pacifism, Environmentalism, civil rights movements and feminism. And Liberalism and Anarchism can be described as both economic and cultural ideas. So yes individual freedom is a key component of leftism.

By now you could have concluded that feminism and SJW's belong to the left. While that is certainly true, I personally believe that modern feminist and SJW movements do more harm than good to leftism. But in a way also, recently they are starting to belong less and less to the left. Why is that so?

Well, there are at least 2 reasons. The first one is the fact that popularity is very important in politics. Even in non-democratic systems once you reach a certain point of unpopularity you are going to have an uprising. Feminists and SJW's, the way most of them act on the internet is like a victim. While that is fine, a radical core among them has formed. That core isn't just fighting for equality. That core is trying to switch from being the victim to being the aggresor. And the wider public has recognised this. As a follow up the wider public is also often thinking about the rest of leftism like that. And since popularity is so important in politics it translates as a problem. Radical feminists and SJW's are acting increasingly like some kind of mini dictators, and the wider public is not receiving it well. They want tolerance but they are not prepared to give it back.

The second one, and the reason why those 2 movements are getting increasingly distant from the left is the fact that those movements are more and more starting to act like single issue politics. Single issue politics are fine, but only as long as they affect only that single issue. Feminists and SJW's while they stress their one single issue, they are trying to affect a much wider area of politics indirectly. Their approach on other leftist ideals has shifted from friendly to 'laissez faire'. If you ask a feminist or SJW about the importance of personal freedoms he will probably say something like he likes it as long as it does not cross their beliefs of social justice or feminism. While that is certainly fine, as soon as you read their blogs you will soon notice that they never advocate personal freedoms and that other leftist ideas are something that they often stomp on. In fact they often act as irrationally as some traditionalists except that feminism and social justice has become their tradition. So while they are on the left, they have become quite irrational, a decade ago the main argument for the political left against the political right was that the right is too irrational. Radical feminism and SJW's are like a political right that has grown inside the political left.

So while as a leftist I believe that their issues and concerns are valid, they resemble Stalin a lot(in a very negative way), the funny thing is that although Stalin was a communist his regime had elements of rightism. Their approach to solving their issues is terrible. With the way they think they have become the same close minded monsters that leftists despise. Plus they often sound very much like '1st world problems'.

So what approaches can the left take to fix this?
Well, there are only long term approaches IMHO. So think in decades not in years.
One approach would be an approach of re-education. Leftists should approach them, tell them that they understand their issues, but that there are other issues that are just as important if not more important than that, like personal freedoms, general progressivism and other leftist ideas. I like this approach the most. I like it because ultimately there is no problem with teir ideals, but there is a big problem on how tthey approach those same ideals.

A second approach would be to adapt to them. Of course, this is my least favourite approach, because that would mean the abandonment of the ideals of personal freedoms andthe abandonment os some other leftist ideas. It would also mean becoming increasingly authoritarian. Liberalism would become a completely rightist thing. Also it would mean that the political left would become increasingly irrational and emotional, where until now it was a cool-headed and rational political ideology, fighting for the little man.

A third approach would be to marginalise them. Which would mean to do to them what they are doing to the rest of the left, not abandon their ideals completely, but to consider them less important.

A fourth approach would be to cut ties and go against them in discussions and trying to prove them wrong. Cut ties with them and let them become the single issue politics that they want to be or 'pass the hot potato' by letting them go full right. I don't like this approach at all, because it would mean making enemies out of them. Plus it would mean the abandonment of many leftist ideas. But at least we would be rid of the dead weight.

And there are probably countless other approaches.

Now, does this mean that the left is weak? Absolutely not. Such infighting happens regularly both on the left and right of the political spectrum. It means that both set of ideals are evolving and becoming stronger. It means that the very thing that the left likes which is change, is currently happening on the left. Eventually, something will be done and all of this will just become a part of history.

What is your opinion on the matter.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

GUI vs CLI:KLM speed analysis


I have decided to analyze what is faster in terms of actual speed of use, the GUI or CLI? In this post I will describe my process, and I will display the results of the various scenarios. All the scenarios describe on how a user would update the software on his computer.

Important:In this test I did not measure the speed of the actual software. What I measured was the total time of how many seconds did the user have to interact(user actions) with his computer to complete the desired goal while using the GUI or the CLI. In other words I am not measuring the speed of the software but the speed of the usage of said software. That is we are measuring the speed of the hand movements and similar(which can cause the carpal tunnel syndrome).

The method

I have used the KLM(Keystroke-level model), it is a method that tries to predict on how long will it take a user to accomplish a routine task while using an interactive computer system. This method assumes that the user knows how to do the taks in question, and it also assumes that in the measured scenario no errors were made by the user.
Keystroke-level model 
I also should mention that although I have used Ubuntu 15.04(Unity) as my reference operating system, I consider that my results are usable on most modern operating systems, because the process of updating the software is very similar with 2-3 common steps:
1)Search for updates
2)User authentication
3)Install the updates

The goal of my measurement was to be system agnostic, so I have simply assumed that the system response time = 0.
Some scenarios however cleverly automate 1), which is perfectly ok for the purposes of this test.
As for the KLM, I have used 4 of its six operators in my scenarios:
  • K - Keystroke or mouse button press-I have assumed that the user is an average skilled typist - 1K = 0.2s
  • P - Pointing to a target with a mouse - 1P = 1.1s
  • H - Switching your second hand from the keyboard to the mouse and vice versa - 1H = 0.4s
  • M - The mental preparation for the execution of physical actions - 1M = 1.35s
I have ignored the D operator because I did not use them in the scenario and I have ignored the R operator because this measurement was system agnostic so the system response time was just assumed as 0, as that is not what I intended to measure. The length in seconds for each operation was scientifically established by monitoring many users of different skill levels.

Each of the operators(K, P, H, M) represents one single user action.
In total I have measured 5 scenarios. Each of the 5 scenarios was first broken down to several steps which were then separately measured by the KLM method. When analyzing the steps I will not describe every single user action, instead I will just write down the neccesary operators and the resulting time.

In the GUI scenarios the user starts with an empty desktop with no windows open. The user in those scenarios is using both the keyboard and mouse. In the CLI scenarios the user starts with an empty terminal. In those scenarios on the other hand the user only uses the keyboard. In all of the scenarios the user starts with both his hands on the keyboard. At the begining of each scenario there is one 'M' operation.
The scenarios are:
  1. GUI - The user has to find the software update dialogue. He also has to check for the updates,authenticate and install them.
  2. CLI - The user has to manually search for updates, authenticate and update his system via the CLI. 
  3. GUI - The user gets a 'notification' which leads him to the software update dialogue. The user has to click on the icon, authenticate and install the updates.
  4. CLI - The user has to update his system via a script file. He has to start the script, authenticate and approve the updates.
  5. CLI + i3wm GUI - the peculiarity of the i3wm GUI is that it promotes keyboard only usage. This scenario acually uses the CLI and the same script from scenario 4. The i3wm GUI however is only used for launching the CLI terminal with the script preloaded onto the terminal. Everything else is pure CLI.

The actual measurements
1)The 'long' GUI scenario

In this scenario the user has to first do 'menu hunting'  until he finds the neccessary system update dialogue box. Then he has to authenticate and search for the updates. After that the user ends his actions by pressing the install updates button.

Here are the steps that I have used to separate everything into smaller chunks:
  1.  Finding and activating the 'start' menu: 2M+H+P+K=4.40s
  2. Searching for the 'software update dialogue'(typing in 'update' into the search box): H+M+6K=2.95s
  3. Activating the 'update software dialogue'(running it): H+M+P+K=3.05s
  4. Searching for the updates: M+P+K=2.65s  
  5. Authenticating(8 letter password + shift + enter):  P+11K+H+M=5.05s
  6.  Installing the updates: H+M+P+K=3.05s
Total: 21.15s 

2)The 'manual' CLI scenario

In this scenario the user has to completely manually input the neccessary CLI commands in order to update his software. The commands used were 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get upgrade'
Here are the steps:
  1. Search for the updates: 2M+20K=6.70s
  2. Authenticate(8 letter password + shift + enter): M+10K=3.35s
  3. Starting the install process: M+21K=5.55s
  4. Review and allow the updates: M+K=1.55s
Total: 17.15s

3)The 'notification' GUI scenario

In this scenario the user gets a notification on his GUI that allows him to directly skip into the 'software update dialogue'. Also the 'search' for updates step can also be skipped as it was done automatically by the system.

  1. Pressing on the notification: 2M+H+P+K=4.4s
  2. Starting the install process: M+P+K=2.65s
  3. Authenticating(8 letter password + shift + enter): P+H+11K=5.05s
Total: 12.1s

4)The 'scripted' CLI scenario

In this scenario the user has to start a script that automates the processof searching for the updates and starts the process of installing the updates. It is assumed that the script itself is finished and ready to use.

  1. Start the script( './' + enter): 2M+13K=5.3s
  2. Authenticate(8 letter password + shift + enter): M+10K=3.35s
  3. Review and allow the updates: M+K=1.55s
Total: 10.2s

5)The 'combined' i3wm + CLI scenario

The i3wm GUI promotes keyboard only usage. It is something that is called a 'Tiling window manager'(Tiling WM ). I3wm functions in such a way that often you can think of it as a visual extension to your CLI. It is definitely not a traditional GUI. This scenario acually uses the CLI a lot more and it uses the same script from scenario 4. The i3wm GUI however is only used for its keyboard shortcuts to launch the CLI terminal with the script preloaded onto the terminal. Everything else is pure CLI. In this scenario the user has to press the keyboard shortcut that opens a CLI with the same script that was used in scenario 4 preloaded. After that the user only has to authenticate and review the updates.

  1. Input the keyboard shortcuts: 2M+2K=3.1s
  2. Authenticate(8 letter password + shift + enter): M+10K=3.35s
  3. Review and allow the updates: M+K=1.55s
Total: 8s

What have we learned?
Well we have learned that the above picture depicts the truth. However there are other things that we have learned as well...
Is the CLI faster in usage?
Definitely. But I will admit that it is a few seconds slower than I expected it to be.
What about those nifty 'Tiling WM's?
Those are also awesomely fast, however in the workflow their nature is closer to being extensions to the CLI. Had we avoided to use the CLI, then we would have had to go trough the same 'menu hunting' process as we did with the traditional GUI(Unity) and that would cost us a lot of speed.
Does that mean that the CLI is superior to the GUI?
Absolutely not. It only means it is faster in usage. Plus there are many other scenarios to test. For some situations and users it is better to use the CLI, for others it is better to use the GUI.
Ok, but what are the advantages of the GUI then?
Intuitiveness and interactiveness. The GUI uses our 'intuitive knowledge' to make it easier to use computers. I.e. you can take apiece of paper, grab it and throw it into the trash can. The same way you can take an icon, grab it and throw it into the trash can. The CLI on the other hand is a lot like 'casting spells' you have to learn the commands and tell them to the computer. 'rm -rf' is very similar to 'Avada Kedavra' :P
Oh and another thing... Notice how the scenarios with 3 steps are faster than the scenarios with 4 and 6 steps...

In the future
 Further research should be done:
1)Further research should be done on many other scenarios
2)UX designers should try to decrease the number of steps neccessary to complete scenarios.
3)UX designers should implement more keyboard shortcuts for its software even when it is not marketed only towards experienced users.
4)When designing GUI's for advanced users, UX designers should try to integrate the CLI into the GUI.  A good example would be how the file manager named 'Dolphin' has a CLI extension(picture below):

5)Tiling WM's are nice and they are something that should be looked into.

6)The strength of the GUI is in its intuitivity. However when it comes to doing more with less the CLI has the advantage. That means that the GUI world must not stagnate, in order to start doing more with less UX designers must do 'wild exerimentation'.
7)Where are NUI's in this whole mess?

Monday, 23 November 2015

Multiculturalism and why I love it.

Phew, this will be my first blog post that is not related to technology this year. I have gone 11 months without writing about anything that is not related to technology.

Well... What I want to write about is why I am such a big fan of multiculturalism. To talk about multiculturalism first we need to define what exactly it is:
Multiculturalism describes the existence, acceptance, or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an ethnic group. This can happen when a jurisdiction is created or expanded by amalgamating areas with two or more different cultures (e.g. French Canada and English Canada) or through immigration from different jurisdictions around the world (e.g. Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, United States, United Kingdom, and many other countries). 
Multicultural ideologies and policies vary widely, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group to which they belong. - From Wikipedia-multiculturalism

I would just add one more thing, multiculturalism is a goal, not a means or a process. This is not a discussion on how well multiculturalism currently functions in place XY. In recent events it certainly takes a lot of strong will to keep your hope in humanity and the idea of multiculturalism.

I think that the best way to explain on why I like multiculturalism is to mention some of the opposites of multiculturalism. So, what do we have at the opposite side of multiculturalism:
-prejudice, intolerance, inhumanity, brutality, isolationism, misunderstanding, wars, authoritarianism, big brother, dictatorships and ultimately all of that leads to nazism. And that is only just among other things.

Also the argument that some cultures are superior to or more valuable than others is moot. Firstly it is very subjective on which culture is superior. Secondly, sure the west might be superior in some ways to other cultures but only at this moment. 1000 years ago for instance the Islamic world was more progressive both culturally and technologically, there was tolerance to atheists, different religions and tolerance to different cultures.  Meanwhile in Europe at that time we had forced baptizing, an all out war against heretics and everyone who was "different". It was a culture of violence back then. What happened to islam is that all the bad things that I have mentioned in the paragraph above had take over. So, you can't guarantee that western culture will be 'superior' in 100 years. Furthermore if we let the bad things take over we might become just like modern islamic culture, defensive, stuck in our ancient ways and aggressive.

But that is enough about the negatives, let's talk about the positives. 

Multiculturalism promotes peace. Let us look at the example of Europe. Before WWII, Europe was the continent that was the most riddled with wars and with intercultural hate and misunderstanding. After WWII the people in Europe(myself included) and their leaders have finally learned their lesson and they decided that they must do something to stop the wars in Europe. So they decided to form the European union, with multiculturalist policies at its heart. As a result Europe became maybe even the most peaceful continent of modern civilisation.

Another very important and my favourite reason on why I like multiculturalism is that multiculturalism 'expands' my perception of the real world. I.e. if you were born in the English speaking world, you probably know English. And you know your way with people in the English speaking world. Everything else is actually pretty closed for you. However, I who also know German, I also know my way around the German speaking world.  I can go to Berlin as a tourist and enjoy everything that Germans do. I can read German newspapapers, I can read German web sites. I can go to German forums and take part in flame wars on German. I can even make German friends, easier than to force them to speak English. I even took part in a beginner class of Japanese, though my Japanese skills are still not that good.

The conclusion about multiculturalism is that you should think long term. Very long term. You should think in decades and centuries. You should also think about, how could we ever reach the famous "star trek society".

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Ubuntu Q&A 6.10.2015.

Hello everyone.
This time I will write about the Q&A that happened on the 6th.October 2015. This miniseries will be overviewing the regular weekly Q & A's held by the Canonical community team. I don't promise to do this miniseries regularly because of my own time constrictions. I also will not write about every question that was asked, I will only write about questions and answers which I consider interesting. And I will only indirectly report what was asked and how it was answered. You can find those details in the video of the sessions themselves. I will however put a link to the videos(if I forgot the link, please tell me so in the comments). So let's start with the first question.

20:00 What are their user names on twitter and irc?

21:06 Will Kubuntu exist after 15.10?

21:45 Do you think patreon is the answer for the adblock for chrome browser, they have joined adblocks acceptable ads program?
They have no opinion. 

23:30 What do you do before the stream goes live?
You don't want to know. They prepare the announcements, they chase guests.

24:15 What year do you predict the postal service will have an Ubuntu snappy app?
Next year.

25:00 Is the unnamed US phone manufacturer still coming?
They can not say anything. They might invite the product management team on the Q & A.

25:50 Why haven't we got all the default scopes on BQ and Meizu on the store yet?
When they released the first phone they decided to give the phones some exclusive value. They are now having an initiative to open source some of those scopes.They open most of the scopes. There will probably always be some exclusive scopes in order to please the manufacturers.

28:00 How many Canonical developers work on Ubuntu phone?
At least 100+ people.

29:40 is it possible to suggest topics for UOS?

31:30 When the new Ubuntu installer comes, will it still support the small console output for troubleshooting purposes?
They don't remember seeing it. They won't take out the logging.

33:00 When do you expect to see Ubuntu pre-installed in stores for phones or desktop?
You can buy some laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed.

34:00 In your opinion what are the priorities that the application openfoodfacts should have?
Congratulations for being one of the winners. All judges added lots of comments with feedback. There is no settings dialogue.

36:50 What is the feedback from BQ and Meizu about their recent phones regarding sales and customer feedback? Are they happy about it?
Overwhelmingly positive. They don't know the numbers. For them return rates are the most important, and the return rates are very very low. So everyone is very happy with it. Canonical also helps them with customer support. They can't disclose any information, but more phones will come.

39:00 What can help speeding up Ubuntu convergence development?
One issue is that not all Ubuntu phones can run convergence.Another issue is that Unity8 on desktop is not yet stable enough for testing apps.

41:45 Is canonical going to be run over by Germans?
Germans love Ubuntu.

42:50 When Ubuntu personal gets released will the deb version with unity7 get a new theme just to keep visual consistency?

43:30 On convergence, how does Ubuntu.layout and the new adaptive page layout fit together?
Ask someone from the SDK team on the IRC or the mailing list.

44:30 Do you perhaps have the information that when the convergence phone comes,will it be packaged with a dock? Also will it support VGA and DVI screens?
They don't have the information.They probably won't have DVI and VGA support.

47:00 Will Canonical put commercials on TV to get a bigger view from Ubuntu. Not many people in the UK have heard about Ubuntu, And I imagine it is the same in the USA. I feel like a lot of Ubuntu users are preaching to the choir when they are promoting Ubuntu.
Yes Canonical is trying to get awareness of Ubuntu. In the past there were commercials on billboards, commercials on airports. And they are working with partners that are pre-installing Ubuntu, like Dell and Lenovo. Commercials on TV are extremely expensive though.Right now they are trying to get the phone out there first.

49:40 Do you think it would be good for the phone industry to create something like a 'BIOS' standard so that we can install any OS on a phone the same
They completely agree with the question. They never understood why we can install any OS on a phone or a desktop while we can not do the same on a phone. They can do the same thing but the user is forced to use the one OS with which the device came with, if he goes to great lengths the user can maybe substitute it with another version of the same operating system.But I can't install Ubuntu on a random phone. Some devices are even locked down. It would be nice to have, and finally something like that is coming, ARM is making such a standard specification.But as long as the manufacturer modifies its OS, interests are colliding. Similar situations were also with PC's and laptops and there it was escalated to the regulatory agencies in order to force everybody to stop trying to build monopolies, maybe that is necessary for phones as well.

52:30 When will we have apps running in the background on the Ubuntu phone? way we can do it on the PC?
It is a big problem.It will have to be done eventually. It is very hard to do right.

This post might be the last post I am doing on this miniseries. Well, probably not the last, but I don't want to do it for every Q&A session from now on. I might do it again sometimes but that is it. One of the resons for this is that the viewership has dropped rapidly. The first post in this series had almost 2000 views in its first two weeks. The last post in this series before this one did barely even reach 200. A more important reason is that I want to reroute my time and effort to something else,still mostly Linux related stuff, like this for example:

And here is the link to the video:

Phew... I am not a journalist(I m an IT student), however I must give a heads up to all the professionall journalists, good journalism is indeed a hard job, keep your chin up :)