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Comment: The NSA has No American Style Checks and Balances (Score 1) 212

If our founding fathers were alive to learn NSA is doing, they would be grabbing their muskets from the walls!

Shame on you NSA.
Shame on you Congress for empowering them to do it.
Shame on us for re-electing them.
Shame on them for brainwashing us.

Comment: There is a downside (Score 1) 45

by BrendaEM (#49340351) Attached to: Researchers: Smartphone Use Changing Our Brain and Thumb Interaction

The downside is: having a thumb that is good for texting goes completely against the grain of what you want for the use of fine dexterity for other applications.
In most activities that require good dexterity, the thumb provides a steady rest, with only small but strong movements, using control.

Don't believe me?

Grab and apple and peel it.
Grab a pencil and write.
Hold a ratchet, a scalpel, a tweezers, scissors, a soldering iron....

Comment: Received Not the Same as Considered (Score 1) 236

by BrendaEM (#49262113) Attached to: Microsoft Has Received 1 Million Pieces of Feedback For Windows 10

Everyone hears advice, who listens to it?

For instance, I don't think people like square corners over round. The border-less buttons are slower for the eye to see. Drop shadows helped us figure out which window was on top. But the marketing people who are designing operating systems don't seem to care.

Comment: U's Not So Great (Score 1) 161

by BrendaEM (#49209655) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

Until, this series, my 3-year old 2520m was faster than any U series processor. The current crop just edges out a 3-year old chip. The intel integrated GPU is still a boat anchor, and if anyone thinks that a GPU like that is going to keep up with a good desktop GPU--even like the defamed GTX 570, then they are out of their minds.

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