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Comment Re:The more you tighten your grip... (Score 2) 315

My PCs all have US English keyboards.

To type accented letters, in Windows I hit Start+Spacebar to toggle back and forth from the English International keyboard layout. (It ships with Windows, but you do need to install it and possibly activate the hotkey.)

The English International layout allows you to type most European accents with easy to remember mnemonics, like typing double quotes plus a vowel to put an umlaut over the vowel, or typing a single quote plus a C to put a cedilla under the C.

I know OS X has keyboard shortcuts for most of the accented characters, too, and surely there must be an easy way to achieve similar results on Linux, so I'm not sure what the problem really is.

Maybe what's needed isn't a new keyboard, but simply more education?

Comment Re:Grease can be used as fuel. Why would you dump (Score 1) 189

It isn't too much of a surprise that the economics of producing biodiesel from used restaurant oil are shaky; and it also wouldn't be much of a surprise if on-site/near-site illicit dumping by individual operators looking to avoid paying for collection would be pretty common; but I am a little surprised that, if you are going to go to the trouble of collecting the stuff, it isn't economic to burn in less demanding applications.

Could be that their fuel tax has something to do with it:

With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas tax in Washington is now 62.9 cents.

A free barrel of grease used for fuel now costs $18.69 in Washington State.

Comment Re:God I hate to say this, but (Score 1) 562

basically identical

Why don't you just use the word "similar," if it is not precisely identical? Perhaps your point is thin. As much as the plot is like IV, it is like I and VI, because he plots of I and VI are indeed very similar to IV. In regards to similar plots, the original 6 have similar plots as well. Even smaller scenes can be compared to the larger acts, in similarity. Sometimes, the shots from one of the films is entirely duplicated in another. Lucas created his masterpiece like a musical piece. Do you complain that the 3rd movement of a musical piece is "basically identical" to its 1st movement?

Perhaps you believe you are insightful, but your observation is as shallow as it gets. Basically, your insight is worthless. Let me rephrase that. Your insight is worthless.

Comment Re:Good time to be an Android developer! (Score 4, Interesting) 215

The difference between OpenJDK and Java JDK is meaningless (In Android), so nothing will break

If that's true, why haven't they been using it all along? The first commercial Android phone was unveiled in late 2008. The OpenJDK class library was pretty complete by then.

Comment Re:Can a corporate security officer comment (Score 1) 314

Indeed, MS is most likely obligated to turn those keys over.

Not in all cases. One particular one that I'm aware of was where a US court ordered Microsoft to turn over one of its customers' data, but Microsoft responded that the data in question was not hosted in the US and therefore the court had no jurisdiction to seize it. I think Microsoft is still battling it out with the US government on that one.

Comment Re:Can a corporate security officer comment (Score 1) 314

Besides, using Win 10 without a touch screen kinda defeats the point of having it at all.

You're thinking of Windows 8. Windows 10 tries to cater to desktop machines more, and in the process it actually degraded the experience on tablets in various ways (smaller onscreen controls, gesture actions removed, onscreen keyboard acts in unpredictable ways, etc.)

Comment Re: Karma! It IS a bitch! (Score 2) 245

I don't care much for the affordable care act, and I'm in favor of allowing people to buy medication from wherever the hell they please. There's no "doublethink" here. I'm just a free market guy.

The question is not really what they're allowed to do, because they seem perfectly content to import foreign medicines illegally. The question is why should they feel compelled to do that if the US healthcare system is so perfect it shouldn't be tampered with?

Comment Re:Karma! It IS a bitch! (Score 3, Funny) 245

This is really pretty interesting. My parents have trended pretty seriously right wing since moving to Arizona for retirement. They absolutely hated the idea of Obamacare, every single healthcare reform that the Democrats proposed they would shoot down. But they buy their prescriptions in Mexico. That, friends, is literally what George Orwell called "doublethink." And damned if I know how to break its hold.

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