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Comment Re:This has long been settled (Score 1) 240

I am a keyboard geek, and I collect all info I can get on split ergonomic keyboards.
I found that among different keyboard brands there is about a 2:1 ratio of having the '6' key on the left vs. right.
I suspect however that most brands have it on the left, because of Microsoft. (Above, I counted Microsoft as one, and discarded all direct clones.)
On keyboards with columns instead of rows, the '6' key is always on the right side, in the same columns as 'Y', 'H' and 'N'.

I know of one keyboard with the '6' key on both sides:
Kinesis Evolution.

Comment Re:They Lie (Score 1) 417

Actually, even back in the 1970s there were more scientists who were inclined to believe in global warming than in global cooling. It is just that cooling was more interesting to put in the news...

For instance, Global warming was one of the more important topics of the Stockholm Conference in 1972 (the biggest conference on the environment in the 70's) , while global cooling wasn't even hinted at.

Of course not all of the world is warming right now.
Some parts of the world are indeed cooling (temporarily) because of warming having disrupting ocean currents that would otherwise warm those areas, or from warming having caused some areas to be cloudier and/or rainier.
That is why climatologists prefer to use the term "Climate Change" rather than "Global Warming".

Beside the effects of carbon compounds in the atmosphere, there is also the effect of increased aerosols from human activity and those do cause a bit of climate change in form of more clouds, which cool. It has been theorized that this had contributed significantly to the Ethiopian famine in the mid-1980s - again, the effect in one part of the system causing a different effect in another. Ethiopia got a draught while another part of Africa got more rain.
But while carbon emissions take thirty or more years to make a measurable difference in the atmosphere, aerosol cooling is very temporary. The white condensation trails from airplanes do contribute to cooling (cue the tin foil hat people :-P ) and that is only because how they are artificial clouds - and clouds cool. Back in September 11, 2001, airplanes across the USA were grounded causing the airspace above USA to be clear from condensation trails for the first time in decades - which had a measurable effect on the weather that day. But it was back to "normal" a couple of days later.

Comment Re:"Only" 22 seconds (Score 1) 664

What is new is:
1. Auto-stabilisation, so it does not require as much skill to handle as before.
2. Realtime video feed, so you won't need to keep the helicopter in your line of sight at all times.
3. High-quality cameras are cheap and light: lighter weight means cheaper helicopter. Back 15-20 years ago, the kind of model helicopter that could carry a reasonably good camera had to be larger than the hobbyist norm just to be able to carry the weight.

I have an early, cheap quadcopter without auto-stabilisation and video feed. It takes hours to learn how to fly one of those things and still after you have learned how it requires your complete concentration to do it.
With one of the new breed of drones, you can buy it at the local gadget store and be filming nude children in an hour with no previous skill.

Graphics

OpenGL ES 3.2 & New Extensions Unveiled 46

An anonymous reader writes: With kicking off ACM SIGGRAPH '15, The Khronos Group came out with several big announcements, including the release of OpenGL ES 3.2 (which incorporates Android AEP functionality), confirmation that Google will support Vulkan on Android (when released), new desktop OpenGL extensions, and updates to the existing OpenCL 2.0 specification. They stopped short of releasing the heavily anticipated Vulkan Graphics API and also refrained from releasing a new desktop OpenGL version. They hope to have the Vulkan specification and its implementations released before year's end.
Businesses

Counterterrorism Expert: It's Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities 220

itwbennett writes: Juan Zarate, the former deputy national security advisor for counterterrorism during President George W. Bush's administration says the U.S. government should should consider allowing businesses to develop 'tailored hack-back capabilities,' deputizing them to strike back against cyberattackers. The government could issue cyberwarrants, giving a private company license 'to protect its system, to go and destroy data that's been stolen or maybe even something more aggressive,' Zarate said Monday at a forum on economic and cyberespionage hosted by think tank the Hudson Institute.
United States

Obama Unveils Major Climate Change Proposal 413

An anonymous reader writes: Two years in the making, President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions today, calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change." The "Clean Power Plan" includes the first ever EPA standards on carbon pollution from power plants. CNN reports: "Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. The plan also includes an incentive program for states to get a head start on meeting standards on early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency."

Comment Re:Brilliant (Score 1) 89

Another way that makes it look dated is that the aesthetic design has glossy white and translucent blue plastic is like a 1999' Apple iMac.
Maybe someone at Samsung has nostalgia for those. I really don't.

It appears that this monitor is a very small update of last years' S29D390H with a new stand. That screen has got pretty bad reviews for its build quality.
The stand does not only lack a VESA mount, it is not height-adjustable either.

It has AMD FreeSync though, so I suppose that the intended target demographic is gamers.
For gaming, the resolution is good enough. (BTW, screen resolution is measured in pixels-per-inch, not pixels per total: that is video resolution)
For desktop work in 2015, I agree that it is not.

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