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Comment: In other news... (Score 4, Funny) 269

by clickety6 (#48027553) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
Microsoft found that the J, K, W, X and Y keys were rarely utilised by Italian users and so has replaced those characters in the Italian version of the operating system with Unicode characters representing hand gestures. The Italian keyboards are also more compact. "It really wasn't worth supporting them when they are only used 0.1% of the time", said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Comment: Can't understand it (Score 1) 377

by clickety6 (#47529429) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
Where is all that water going?

"Few would dispute that Arizona, with golf-rich cities such as Scottsdale and Phoenix is one of the world's premier golf destinations. Arizona's golf courses are as diverse and spectacular as its landscape. Across the state there are more than 300 courses, From traditional links-style layouts to target courses, Arizona possesses an obscene number of courses to challenge your skills and provide you with some unbeatable vacation leisure."


Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 128

by clickety6 (#47521585) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing

They register domains similar enough to the company and often related (support-raytheon for example) so that even people that look for questionable URLs can be fooled.

It doesn't help that legitimate companies that should know better do the same. I recently got a survey from PayPal, but rathet than going through their verified site at, the links in the email directed only to It looked like a classic phishing scam but was apparently a legitimate survey request.

Comment: Curiosity shocked the cat (Score 1, Interesting) 333

I wonder if the test would be the same if they had let people shock themselves ponce beforehand and then asked them to sit in there for 15 minutes. It seems to me that if you put a big red shiny button in front of them and tell them to ignore it, you're testing their limits of curiosity and self restraint more than their ability to sit and think quietly. It's a "Don't think about punk elephants!" situation.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 579

by clickety6 (#47369479) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Go to agree with you about the American driving licenses. Took my original test in the UK in a manual shift car (do it in an automatic and that's all you're licensed for). Hill starts, emergency stops, 3 point turns, reversing around corners, reversing into small spaces, instructors trying to catch you out by telling you to take the next available right just as you come to a one-way street that you can't take, tests done during rush hour through winding streets, and more.

Some years later, took a test in Arizona. A few simple questions I crammed the night before, an eye test (Can you read the letters, sir? Yes, I can. OK, you pass), once round the block in my automatic (taking all right turns) and then reversing into a space I could quite easily have driven in head first and still had enough room for second car. And that was it!

It's obviously designed to get people into cars and not to weed out bad drivers.

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