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Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 524 524

If human needs are met, then we all shouldn't work so much, and enjoy life more. Capitalism is very efficient at organizing people to produce increasingly larger GDP. In other words, it encourages everybody to work a lot. At some point, we've produced enough for everybody, so it's better for everybody if we just took a break and enjoyed life more. If automation is covering the basic needs, we should transition into an economy that doesn't require us to work so much. Let the production fall. Increasing production further just increases our consumption of natural resources and hastens our eventual destruction.

Comment Re:The three keys on the top-right (Score 1) 687 687

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) 687 687

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.

Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity. -- Robert Firth "One, two, five." -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail