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Comment Re:I don't want to 'feel' it, I want it to be real (Score 1) 226 226

Wow, someone got out the wrong side of bed this morning...

I think it's pretty clear that by "feel" he means "is" in every practical sense. I mean... How do you make it "feel" fast without actually being fast? Paint go faster stripes on the side perhaps?

The "personal" bit was a little less clear, but he is referring to plug-in support. IE had it but it was shit, and other browsers all have it. Edge will get it soon. Personally I won't be using it until there is a port of uBlock and Privacy Badger or some similar tool, so I'd say it's a pretty important feature.

Comment Re:I found this bit quite funny (Score 1) 226 226

To be fair I do forget the names of apps some times, particularly these days where all the good ones are taken and we have to rely on stupid abbreviations and faux URLs. Developers also have a habit of giving odd names to sub-apps in a suite, e.g. you might have an electronics cad program with separate schematic capture and PCB layout apps. Fortunately Windows 10 is good at figuring that stuff out and showing it when you search for the app suite name.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 226 226

Don't forget the LGBT mafia who chased out one of the founders because he donated a small amount on his own money on his own time several years ago for a cause they disagreed with.

Are you seriously suggesting that his leaving contributed significantly to the downfall of Firefox?

Are you also suggesting that people who feel they could not support a company he was head of should force themselves to use Firefox anyway, or perhaps be mandated to do so by law? I imagine a lot of companies would employ bigots if that were the case, just to force people to use their products.

Look, I don't buy Sony stuff because they are a shitty company. I don't eat at certain restaurants because they serve halal meat. And I don't read books by authors who use the profits to fund causes I find abhorrent and immoral. Sorry, that's just the way the world is, you can't completely separate your private actions and beliefs from your professional life.

Comment Re: Is it still integrated with the shell? (Score 1) 226 226

They have moved to the Chrome model of bundling Flash and running it in a heavily sandboxed environment. It has worked well for Google; I don't recall a single Flash vulnerability that was critical for Chrome users.

It also means you don't need the exceptionally shitty Adobe Updater to keep it up to date either. Presumably Microsoft will update it via Windows Update too.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 221 221

You wouldn't even need to append a URL to the barcode, you just need an online database of barcodes that the manufacturers contribute data to.

Having said that, I think it would be a good idea to have all the information encoding in a QR code as well. No mobile signal/wifi required, and easy for apps to work with.

Comment Re:Classified Data (Score 1) 176 176

We can be fairly sure that the NSA has some serial dedicated hardware for cracking common encryption systems like AES. They will still be reliant on things like dictionary attacks because brute-forcing the entire keyspace is impractical (unless they have quantum computers).

How should we react to that? Well, obviously we need a good password that can resist dictionary attacks. Beyond that, unless you are a big enough perceived threat to warrant time on an expensive computer you probably don't have to worry too much. They certainly won't be using it to help out the FBI, risking its existence coming to light.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 4, Interesting) 103 103

That's it exactly. Back then things like frequency conversion and DC level switching had to be done mechanically. To change frequency you ran a motor that drove a gear that drove a generator at the new frequency, and did something similar for switching DC voltage levels.

Nowadays high voltage DC is used widely for transmission. Everything is solid state and highly efficient.

Comment Re:Why not both? (Score 1) 103 103

It would, and some specialist devices do support that. It's not clear if that is what Sharp intends to offer, or if they are going to be DC only. It might make more sense to do the latter use an inverter that can run in "reverse", i.e. using the mains AC to provide central DC when solar energy is not available.

AC made a lot of sense when solid state switching regulators didn't exist, but nowadays having a central DC supply in a home that also generates its own DC isn't a bad idea.

Submission + - Sharp announces sales of DC powered air conditioner, other products to follow

AmiMoJo writes: Sharp has announced that sales of DC powered air conditioners will begin by the end of the year. Most appliances use the standard AC electricity supply in homes, but as solar panels become more common switching to DC can save on conversion losses. Solar panels produce DC, which is then typically converted to AC before being fed into the house's wiring, and then converted back to DC again by appliances. Sharp has announced that it intends to produce a range of DC powered appliances for home use.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 601 601

I've actually done that on my machines. There is a Windows app called KbdEdit that lets you make your own keyboard layouts. I changed Caps Lock to an underscore character, and added a lot of alt-gr alternatives for useful symbols such as:

- Pi
- o and u with macrons
- Yen symbol on UK layouts and Pound symbol on Japanese layouts
- ohm symbol
- right and left arrows (you can type them with the Japanese IME but not in English)
- less/greater or equal to symbols
- delta and sigma symbols
- degree symbol
- multiplication symbol

Comment Re:Why Fight It? (Score 4, Interesting) 83 83

I get the impression that this is the prevailing attitude in the US. The company is just something that you use to get what you want, and the company treats you the same way.

My experience in Japan and Europe is that the better companies look after their staff and you end up feeling invested in them. You want them to do well so you make an effort to fix and improve things. Not all companies are like that, but some are.

My advice to the OP is to state their concerns clearly to management, along with solutions. Explain how things can be done differently and how it will benefit the company.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 601 601

I switch between English and Japanese keyboards every day. I don't find it a problem, I got used to it fairly quickly. The Japanese keyboard has a lot of differences to the UK one, like all the shift characters on the number row and most of the ones next to the enter key.

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