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Comment Re:The three keys on the top-right (Score 1) 593 593

On DOS, CTRL+break was used sometimes to attempt (usually futilely) to exit from a hung program. I think there's actually some difference between ctrl+c and ctrl+break, but in practice I don't think it amounts to much. For some reason, in Windows, they decided to use ctrl+alt+del to bring up the task manager. It used to reboot the computer. It would have been more consistent if they used ctrl-break for the task manager.

Comment Re:Because it toggles an LED! (Score 1) 593 593

Scroll lock is somewhat useful in Excel to switch between cell movement and page movement. For some reason, Word hasn't adopted a similar feature for character movement versus page movement.
Hell, browsers could make excellent use of scroll lock to switch between caret movement and page movement.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 634 634

You're right, but you assume they have only good effects. They do not, they have negative effects as well.

True. It's perhaps easier to quantify the negative effects because they are measured in dollars. Diversity isn't really measurable in dollars so it takes some value function to compare the two, and that value function is different for everybody.

Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 634 634

Just because laws do not stop 100% of discrimination from going on doesn't mean that they don't do anything. If it stops 25% of discrimination, it's still doing a lot, and the effects are somewhat cumulative because people are going to become accustomed to seeing more diversity, and companies are having to make greater efforts at compliance to avoid appearing discriminatory. It's hard to prove that laws were a cause, but workplaces are a lot more diverse now than they were in the past. It used to be that flight attendants were just single young ladies, but I see a fair number of men now, and people of various ages.

You know, when people make these arguments ad human nature, I'm pretty sure they are talking about themselves. It's human nature to cheat and steal--I read as--I cheat and steal. It's human nature to only hire white people == I only hire white people. Human nature isn't some unchanging universal thing. Human nature in 1915 was quite a bit more bigoted than human nature in 2015. Laws certainly aren't responsible for the entire shift, or even the majority of the shift, but I do believe they played some part.

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.

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