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Comment: About the Cherry key switches (Score 5, Informative) 169

by Taco Cowboy (#48683735) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

As a touch typist I am very particular with keyboard

I have been using keyboard equipped with Cherry key switches for decades and there are five different Cherry key switches ...


All of them function differently. Some with 'clicks', some without. The 'tactile' feel is different as well

There is one site that I recommend --- no, not ad placement, I promise --- that gives you a brief description of the difference of the Cherry key switches

Hope this helps !

+ - Guess what North Korea calls Obama ?->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The saga behind the movie "The Interview" doesn't seem to be fizzle out soon

The latest salvo is from the North Korean regime, and their official description of Obama is something I wouldn't want to repeat here, suffice to say you can get it at the following two links:


Link to Original Source

+ - The Second Nuclear Age->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "SLD (Second Line of Defense) carries a very good article on what is needed to contemplate for the 2nd Nuclear Age by Paul Bracken of Yale University

There is a growing realization that we are entering a multipolar nuclear world. Despite U.S. appeals to other countries to give up nuclear arms, this isn’t happening. And there’s little sign that it will anytime soon

New missile and other weapons in Russia and China, continued nuclear programs in Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Israel, and India’s nuclear triad are hard to square with the conviction that the world is marching toward some kind of global disarmament regime

A forum has been set up to discuss this issue, and it is hosted at


Link to Original Source

India Faces Its First Major Net Neutrality Issue 53

Posted by timothy
from the right-to-pay-for-extras dept.
New submitter Siddharth Srinivas writes Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's largest telecommunications carrier by subscribers, will soon start charging users extra money for using services such as Skype, as Indian operators look to boost their data network and revenues. The Telecom Regulation Authority of India (TRAI) is no stranger to Net Neutrality, having sent a note to the ISPs in 2006 suggesting a position for Net Neutrality. TRAI had also recently rejected a proposal by Airtel and other operators the right to charge for free services such as Whatsapp. Consumers await TRAI's response to Airtel's new pricing. With no laws enforcing net neutrality in India. India's Net Neutrality discussions have just begun, with proponents rapidly trying to increase awareness.

Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers 86

Posted by timothy
from the aren't-you-glad-those-are-machines dept.
As reported by Reuters, Korean manufacturing giant LG's Seoul headquarters have been raided over allegations that LG employees sabotaged dishwashers made by rival Samsung. The Samsung machines were "on display at two stores in September ahead of the IFA electronics show in Berlin." From the article: On Friday, investigators searched the Seoul offices of LG Elec's home appliance head, Jo Seong-jin, and others and secured documents and computer hard disks related to the IFA fair, Yonhap News Agency said. They also combed through LG Electronics' home appliance factory in the southeastern city of Changwon, the report said. ... Samsung sued LG Electronics employees after the incident in Germany, and LG said the company has counter-sued Samsung employees on Dec. 12. Media reports have earlier said prosecutors banned LG's Seong-jin from leaving the country ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held January 6-9.

The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week 61

Posted by timothy
from the triple-digits dept.
An anonymous reader writes isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn't back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its "cause" is very much alive. So far, 372 "copies" of The Pirate Bay have been created thanks to the project. The torrent database dump, which combines content from isoHunt, KickassTorrents (via its public API), and The Old Pirate Bay, has seen 1,256 downloads to date.

Romanian Cybersecurity Law Will Allow Warrantless Access To Data 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-happens-in-romania-stays-in-romania dept.
jfruh writes: The Romanian Parliament has passed a bill that will allow its security services widespread access to data on privately owned services without a warrant, and once the president signs it, it will become law. The law would have widespread impact beyond Romania because the country is a hub for IT outsourcing.

Comment: Smartphone with 50 Megapixel CCD sensor ? (Score 2) 93

by Taco Cowboy (#48674567) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

The only way Kodak can really make a difference in the already crowded smartphone market is to equip the Kodak branded smartphone with its own 50 Megapixel CCD sensor

If Kodak can do that then it has a fighting chance

If Kodak can't, hey, it won't be that much difference from yet-another-reference-design smartphone, aka, the " white-box "

Comment: TFA is a big bullshit ! (Score 3, Informative) 32

by Taco Cowboy (#48672391) Attached to: Inside China's 'Christmas Factory' Town, Yiwu

I am from China, although I am an American now, I do run businesses and some of them are in China

When I read the " ... for a maximum of £200 to £300 a month" I know that TFA is a big bullshit !

The minimum salary for even an unskilled labor in the China's eastern shore is at least £500 a month

While that figure is still minuscule by Western standard, nevertheless that figure is still much more than that " ... a maximum of £200 to £300 a month" bullshit !

Comment: Weaker bones and refined minds are not related (Score 1) 110

by Taco Cowboy (#48671679) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

... what we get in weaker bones, we get in more refined minds ...

There are a lot of evolutionary trade offs, but weaker bones and refined minds are the two things that do not trade off against each others

A refined mind (for example, such as the one in Homo Sapiens Sapiens) consumes 20% - 25% of the total energy intake of the individual

To obtain a more refined mind one does not need to make one's bone "weaker" --- on the other hand, supercharging the intake process, for example, eating meat instead of digesting straws --- can supply the additional "energy consumption" that a refined mind needs

If there is one trade off for weaker bones is that we humans are becoming better swimmers

As our bones become weaker, our bones become lighter, and lighter folks can float/swim more easily in the water

It is thus no surprise that the vast majority of those who have won Olympic swimming gold medal are mostly from the Caucasoid tribe --- for the Caucasoids have (relatively speaking) the lightest bones among all the humans

Comment: Not everyone was worshipping Japan (Score 1) 263

by Taco Cowboy (#48665625) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Back in the 1980's when anything Japan, including the stinky sushi was the in thing, I shook my head in disbelieve

At that time I was still relatively new in America, and the "blindly following the trend" thing that was happening in the US of A was in some way, comparable to what happened in China back in the "culture revolution"

We human beings supposed to have enough brain power to think, but looking at how people were/are behaving, no matter if it's in the US of A or in China, sometimes I have to wonder if that defect in the human beings would one day cause our own downfall

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly