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Comment Re:Emoji allergy symbol (Score 2) 190 190

Yes, this. If I wanted to communicate using little drawings I'd learn to read and write chinese.I find it much simpler to read the word 'peanut' than to try to remember and identify a potato-looking 8-pixel high symbol. As for remembering the keyboard combination to actually draw it, good luck. Oh, BTW, I hate icons too.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 687 687

It's possible to remap the menu key to a different hardware key (such as Ins, Pause, or even the weird 'Calc' key I have on my Dell 17"), but it's harder to remap than most other keys, which you can do easily in Linux (In KDE it's in the advanced options in the keyboard settings).

Comment Re:Because it toggles an LED! (Score 1) 687 687

In a KDE Konsole terminal, it's the same as Ctrl-S / Ctrl-Q, so in other words a real scroll lock.

I also use it to switch out of a virtual machine in VirtualBox.

But back to the original question, in Linux, replace Caps-Lock with a Compose key by setting it in [Settings][Input Devices][Keyboard][Advanced][Position of Compose Key][Caps Lock] and then enjoy being able to type any accents or weird letter very simply.

And also for the idiots who never use right-click or the Menu key: you are an idiot and should never be allowed to hit two stones together to try and make fire. (Dell, I'm looking at you for removing the Menu key even from 17" laptops!)

Comment Re:Probably not useful (Score 1) 92 92

Plus there's this gem:

The possibility to manipulate gamma ray coherence, even to a small degree, would be interesting

You don't say... A friggin' gamma ray laser and scientists aren't jumping on it like maggots on peanut butter ?!?

Comment Only in a VM (Score 3, Informative) 260 260

Been using Linux for 15 years now. I run an instance of XP in a VM because there are exactly 3 pieces of licensed software I need that run only on Windows. And I recently learned that one of them is EOL on XP, so for the next update I'll need Win10. What I already would like to know is how to XP-ify Win10 ? How to remove all the gimmicks and leave only a no-nonsense static user interface ? Some utility that can do that in one install ? Note: I've never used any Windows after XP.

Comment Re:Think like a soldier in the next war for a mome (Score 1) 311 311

When I go to war... I go to WAR.

I wonder if we are still going to war. We do a few 'surgical' drone strike that take out one or 2 guys and leave the rest of the family alive (and angry). But it used to be that you'd burn to the ground entire cities, where the few survivors would be only too relieved to see you coming and not shoot them afterwards. I wonder if we are going towards a state of perpetual low level warfare. At least when you wipe out an entire country you have a generation or two of peace afterwards. I think we are improving but I'm not so certain. Remember, a massive amount of violence solved the nazi problem.


Scientists Identify Sixth Taste: Fat 90 90

New submitter shuheng writes with news that a study out of Purdue claims to have identified the sixth distinct taste known to humans: fat. The scientists say it should be called oleogustus which means "fatty taste" in Latin (abstract). Professor Richard Mattes said, Most of the fat we eat is in the form of triglycerides, which are molecules comprised of three fatty acids. Triglycerides often impart appealing textures to foods like creaminess. However, triglycerides are not a taste stimulus. Fatty acids that are cleaved off the triglyceride in the food or during chewing in the mouth stimulate the sensation of fat. The taste component of fat is often described as bitter or sour because it is unpleasant, but new evidence reveals fatty acids evoke a unique sensation satisfying another element of the criteria for what constitutes a basic taste, just like sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.

Comment Why so many flash sites ? (Score 3, Interesting) 93 93

I normally have a "no flash start" plugin, meaning I have to click on videos to get them started. That's fine.

But with the recent security zero-days Ubuntu implemented an ask first policy. And I now see the message on virtually every friggin' website, even text-only sites. Why do so many websites use flash for things that the user doesn't need ? I can understand for videos or games, but for a forum...

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