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Comment Re:Microsoft Key - Useful (Score 1) 666 666

I use most of those as well. I also assign various Win+Function keys to my media player's global hotkeys, and use AutoHotkey to make Win+Up/Down a bit more to my liking. Incidentally, here's the AutoHotkey script I developed, in case anyone finds it useful.

; Disable Win+F1 opening Windows help - have it mute the volume instead
#F1::Send {Volume_Mute}

; Win+F11/F12 control the system volume
#F11::Send {Volume_Down}
#F12::Send {Volume_Up}

; Win+Up toggles maximise instead of always maximising
#Up::
WinGetPos, width, height, , , A
if ( width < 0 and height < 0) {
        WinRestore, A
} else {
        WinMaximize, A
}
return

; Win+Down always minimises, instead of sometimes unmaximising
#Down::WinMinimize, A

Comment Re:The power button (Score 1) 666 666

I suspect that's the very point GP was trying to get across. The summary notes that the context menu button is used roughly 0.1% of the time and ponders whether it might be a good idea to remove it, but that is poor reasoning because the fact that you don't need to press it anywhere near as as often as alphanumerics or the spacebar doesn't diminish its usefulness.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 666 666

Pressing the Windows logo key is equivalent to Ctrl+Esc - it opens the "start" menu on Windows 95 and later operating systems. It also functions as a modifier key which is all-but-guaranteed not to have a meaning imposed by specific applications (unlike Ctrl and Alt, which apps all use for internal shortcuts) so you can safely use it for global hotkeys. Windows has several of these built-in - for example, you can press Win+E to launch Explorer, or Win+R to open the Run dialog, Win+D to hide all windows to expose the desktop, Win+T to give keyboard focus to the taskbar (this is extremely useful, but not widely-known) or Win+L to lock your computer.

It's a handy key, but is horribly-positioned on the keyboard - especially the one on the left, and especially when playing games.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 666 666

It might be useful to have capslock switch the minus and underscore iff the cursor is in the middle of a word. I'd like to see how that works out in practice. In fact, I've been wanting to try my hand at making Sublime Text Editor plugins for a while and a small tweak like this might be just the thing for a first project :)

Comment What does"welcome-to-the-majors dept." mean? (Score 1) 42 42

What does"welcome-to-the-majors dept." mean? ODF was an ISO/IEC standard since 2006. The ODF 1.1 update was published by ISO/IEC in 2012. But now that the second update has been published they're considered "in the majors" for some reason?

It's certainly worthwhile to know that 1.2 is out and accepted as the new version of the standard, so I'm not complaining in a "why is this news" sense, but the " from the welcome-to-the-majors dept." byline that was added makes no sense - it's as though Soulskill was under the impression that ODF wasn't already an ISO standard the whole time.

Comment Re:that's right (Score 1) 352 352

You are incorrect. I have not confused "ape" with "great ape". Here's a Wikipedia article which explains the terms "ape" and "great ape" and contains plenty of relevent information to help you with your misconceptions on the topic. Read it and educate yourself before making yet more wild assertions.

Comment Re:that's right (Score 4, Informative) 352 352

Richard Dawkins is a biologist. he would never say something so stupid.

I'm curious what you feel is stupid about that straightforward statement. Regardless, Richard Dawkins did, in fact, say exactly that.
Gaps in the Mind, by Richard Dawkins
"We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes."
"In truth, not only are we apes, we are African apes. The category 'African apes', if you don't arbitrarily exclude humans, is a natural one"
"'Great apes', too, is a natural category only so long as it includes humans. We are great apes."

I did a search for the words "dawkins" and "ape" and the first result was a video of Dawkins saying that he is an ape. I challenge you to find any living biologist that claims otherwise.

we are all hominids, and we are certainly not apes.

Gorillas are hominids, and all hominids are apes. Humans are apes and hominids, just like gorillas.

Comment Re:Why still 1080? (Score 2) 63 63

Economy of scale. The HDTV standard settled on 1080p. That was worse than the 1200p that was getting quite commonplace at the time, but close enough that manufacturers could justify consolidating their product ranges into mostly making 1080p for everybody, thus reducing their operating costs. Price of 1080p went down, and the price of 1200p was raised as manufacturers' inclination to supply them dwindled, causing a resultant reduction in demand, and so 1080p became standard. It's a pity because 1900x1200 really hit a sweet spot. Still, consider that modern games tend to go so overboard with pixel shaders that people now complain about 1900x1080 being a too-high resolution.

Comment Re:Yes, I agree, but no shortage of stupid GUI (Score 1) 564 564

As far as I'm aware most people find the grouping on the taskbar useful. Fortunately Microsoft did the right thing here and not only made a helpful feature but also remembered to make it optional. I wish they'd do that more often.

To disable it and have a separate button on your taskbar for each window, right-click on your taskbar and click "Properties". Look for a combo box labelled "Taskbar buttons"; it should have a value of "Always combine, hide labels" by default. Change it to one of the other values and press "OK" - no more button-grouping on your taskbar.

Comment Re:fair? (Score 3, Informative) 143 143

What if my project requires custom licensing terms?

If you require terms that reduce or eliminate the 5% royalty in exchange for an upfront fee, or if you need custom legal terms or dedicated Epic support to help your team reduce risk or achieve specific goals, we’re here to help. See the custom licensing page for details.

Fill out that form and Epic will get in touch with you to negotiate terms for a custom licence.

Comment Re:Is RDP really the answer? (Score 1) 189 189

RDP is still 10 times quicker than anything linux has to offer in this area

Except for RDP, of course. Linux offers RDP, and this protocol is obviously not 10 times quicker than itself ;)

Pardon my pedantic attempt at levity. I haven't actually used RDP in Linux for ages, so I don't know how current implementations compare to those used in modern Windows, but I glanced on Wikipedia and found something you might find interesting: "In 2009, rdesktop was forked as FreeRDP, a new project aiming at modularizing the code, addressing various issues, and implementing new features. FreeRDP comes with its own command-line-client xfreerdp, which supports Seamless Windows in RDP6." Seamless windows is the thing you're looking for, so maybe give FreeRDP a try.

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