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Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 683 683

I guess it depends on what you're used to. I practically grew up with laptops, so I always type numbers with the upper row, even if a numeric pad is available. I also think the number pad is a matter of space and reach, even on a desktop, but especially on a laptop where keys are already crammed. I'm sure a lot of proficient typists also appreciate a centred keyboard on a laptop.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 683 683

My keyboard has two Ctrl keys in a rather symmetric orientation, and I like them that way, much like the two Shift keys. If the left Ctrl were in the place of Caps Lock, then its right counterpart would have to replace Enter.

It's not that I like having a Caps Lock around doing nothing, but it's not exactly a great place for a modifier which generally comes in symmetric pairs.

Comment Re:And Lattice wont shut this project down because (Score 1) 107 107

In my understanding, one main reason for this secrecy with FPGAs is a kind of DRM. A lot of gadgets out there use FPGAs, and they contain some proprietary design in the form of the bitstream. If this format were open, anyone could copy and modify the design, much more easily than copying actual hardware design of a chip. Thus the secrecy is in the interest of major FPGA users, not the manufacturers themselves.

IIRC, some FPGAs even provide a kind of encryption for bitstreams, but then there's your usual DRM problem of having the keys available somewhere.

Comment Re:I never understand the point of that (Score 1) 471 471

I understand the point with sun hats, I sometimes wear one myself. But besides the extreme weather, I hate wearing hats and hoodies. Most people here seem to favour comfort over businesslike style, and I understand that to mean something relatively loose and light. A baseball cap just doesn't fit into that kind of equation for comfort. Besides, a cap that doesn't cover your ears is useless for some of the basic things a hat should provide, i.e. protection from the sun and staying warm in the winter.

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