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Comment Re:My Microsoft ergonomic keyboard has it on the l (Score 1) 240

Yeah, I had been using the right hand, but when I switched to MS split keyboards, they all have the 6 on the left side of the split, so I had to change. According to TFA, in the US, touch typing students are taught to use the right hand for 6; I learned to touch type in the US, so that must've been where I got it from.

Comment Re:What kind of stupid question is that? (Score 1) 240

If you're only typing numbers, that's fine. But it's inefficient to be typing letters then move your hand to the numpad just to type a digit or two. Same reason keyboard shortcuts are important in word processing and other keyboard-centric applications; you don't want to be moving between the keyboard and mouse all the time.

Comment Re:Let's do it! (Score 4, Insightful) 113

You expect every button in an application to have text on the button itself fully describing what it does?

Yes. Most people only read what is on the button itself, if even that. Expecting them to have read the entire page to know what it is that they will be doing (it's not even mentioned in the page title) is too much.

No, I think it's just you... you must have a huge problem when using any GUI interface these days--"OK or Cancel? OK to what?? Cancel what??? I have no idea what it's talking about!"

Comment Re:1,6-Dichloro-yadayadayada (Score 1) 397

Using sucralose doesn't imply that they don't know what they're doing. If you can't eat sucralose, OK--it's not supposed to be for everyone. But the sucralose is there for a reason (masking the bitterness of some other ingredients), and it's not a problem for the vast majority of people who can take sucralose.

Comment But Unicode doesn't standardize the actual glyphs (Score 1) 194

What would the point of this be? In general, Unicode standardizes codepoints and other abstract properties of characters, but it doesn't standardize how the character looks. U+0067 is "g", the "LATIN SMALL LETTER G", but exactly how that looks depends on which font you're using. Or more relevant, many emoji are very different between Android and iOS. I'd think that symbols for food allergies need to look the same everywhere if the point is for them to be used as warnings on food packaging, menus, etc.

Comment Uncommon email address? (Score 1) 213

Her email address is not a common one so we do not believe that it is someone accidentally using it;

Well I would hope that her address isn't common--it had better be unique! In any case, I agree with those saying that it's probably someone typo-ing their email address. If you really think that the cable company has her email address in their system, initiate your own password reset. The password reset confirmation email will go to her email box, and you can log into the account from there and see what's going on.

Comment Re:You need crappier doctors (Score 1) 191

The requirements are so high because of AMA lobbying: they keep them that way, limit medical schools, and make sure that patients must see physicians even for problems that could be addressed by nurses or pharmacists.

What kinds of problems are those? As far as I know, patients can see nurses for minor problems that can be addressed by nurses (specifically nurse practitioners). The clinics in pharmacies and supermarkets (e.g., CVS Minute Clinic, Walgreen's Healthcare Clinic, The Little Clinic, Rediclinic) are generally staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 86

Actually, this happens all the time.

I have purchased ads from Google, and I have never been given their address. Google goes out of their way to make sure there is no way to find a human for technical support. Same goes for Steam, eBay, PayPal. Today companies give you a forum and expect the community to support themselves. It's almost impossible to find them unless they sell a physical product.

Well, maybe you weren't given their address, but Google certainly doesn't try to hide their address or make it difficult for people to find. You can even Google for "Google Headquarters". But more on the subject of what ICANN's doing, their contact info is listed in their whois record.

As for getting a human for technical support on ads: Start at -> Advertising at the lower-left -> AdWords Help Center under Learning & Support at the bottom -> CONTACT US at the upper-right, followed by See local phone number. In the US, their number is 866-2GOOGLE, representatives available Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm Eastern Time, in English and Spanish. Doesn't seem like they're "[going] out of their way to make sure there is no way to find a human for technical support"

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

I've been hearing that same scary argument for 15 years. The market has spoken and nobody cares about IPv6. Can you even call up Comcast/Verizon/Charter/AT&T and request IPv6?

I don't need to request it from AT&T; they gave it to me last year without me asking. Pretty sure Comcast did the same even earlier. IPv6 is here today.

Comment Re:Indian Point == Ticking Timb Bomb (Score 1) 213

That's absolute genius! 6000 mile long superconducting transmission lines from the North pole. Of course, it only needs to be about a 24 gauge wire, since there is no resistance.

Superconductors have a critical current density, above which they cease to superconduct. While I don't know the actual numbers for common superconductors, I suspect that supporting the world's current draw through a 24 ga wire would exceed the current density limit :)

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 5, Informative) 306

The issue with Obama as it has been stated is that his mother was 18 at his birth and had not lived for five years in the US after she turned 18. So If your mother was under 19 you can't be president. For me, that fucking bogus. An obvious bug, written into the US constitution.

No, that is not an issue at all. While you have to be 35 years old to be president of the US, the age of your mother when you were born is irrelevant. The text of the US constitution is readily available online for you to see for yourself: "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

You seem to be vaguely referencing the requirements for citizenship at birth for someone who was born outside the US, but that's not an issue with Obama because he was born in the US, and is therefore a natural born US citizen.

Comment Re: Personally I like Microsoft hardware (Score 1) 452

Microsoft then screwed up their next natural keyboard called the Microsoft Natural Multimedia. It defaulted to using the specialized keyset MS had introduced (help, undo, redo, new, open, etc) rather than the standard function keys, which were on the same physical keys. Brilliant and forward thinking, right? Because soon everyone will be using those instead of the stodgy old F1-F12 keys. *bzzzt* Wrong! And of course, there was no way to change the default in software, so every time you turn it on or reset the computer, you had to remember to turn on your damned function keys. That keyboard sits on my audio workstation, because apparently I'm too cheap to replace an otherwise perfectly good keyboard that has just one irritating flaw.

I currently use the MS Natural 4000 model on my main workstation, and really love it. Hopefully they'll continue selling it for a long time to come. If not, I'll probably buy a dozen of them and hoard them for the rest of my life.

I also like and use the MS Natural 4000, but it has the same "F lock" behavior that you dislike about the MS Natural Multimedia. The F keys default to being Help, Undo, etc... and you have to press the F lock key for them to work as regular F keys. And apparently F lock always defaults to off and can't be changed through software (though apparently you can kludge something up with the Intellitype software that remaps MS's special keys back to F keys--but it doesn't work for programs that use the raw scancodes, e.g., games that use DirectInput).

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