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Comment: Affordable ($80) Ergonomic Mechanical (Score 1) 310

by falcon9x (#34023464) Attached to: Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

Unfortunately the subject is a little misleading, because of how hard it is to get the particular keyboard I'm talking about. I'm lucky enough to have family and friends in Korea, and there was a company (which looks like it went out of business) called ARON Tech or ARON Digital that made mechanical keyboards. One of their models was an ergonomic (split middle) one, which I managed to snag. I love it. When I purchased mine, it ran for about $60 after the exchange rate. The USB version (which is what I should have gotten) ran for about $80, IIRC. Unfortunately it is supposedly tough to find these keyboards in Korea now.

You can see a photo of the keyboard here:
Web archive also has a good set:

The reason I mention this is because it looks like ARON just farmed out their manufacturing to a Chinese firm, and it appears that you can still get these keyboards:

I'm also interested in a mechanical ergonomic, specifically for the USB interface. My current mechanical ergo is PS/2, and while it works great, and will for the foreseeable future, I'd also like to have a USB one.

Comment: Re:A point to note (Score 1) 565

by falcon9x (#31481420) Attached to: Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

I'm not too familiar with the Catholic way of doing things, but I can say that the Presbyterian Church (at least PCUSA, the denomination I'm familiar with) has a democratic process where deacons, elders, and other positions are elected.

Some requirements might be necessary for certain positions just as a person running for judge or DA should probably have a law degree.

I know it is a favorite pastime of Slashdot to bash on religions, but I would like to remind those who do so that not every Christian is a radical right-wing Christian, they just happen to be the loudest. Just as I recognize that not all Slashdot posters bash on religion, those that do just happen to stick out.

And as others have pointed out, most mainstream religions do not require any payment for access to religious materials (perhaps other than the cost of creation) or for attendance. The Bible, the Quran, the Torah, the Talmud, and most other religious works are available for free for public perusal without the worry of infringing on copyright (most works that are copyrighted have very liberal licensing terms). This may not have always been the case, but it has been for quite some time.

The Internet

+ - Donating money to charity, a few cents at a time

Submitted by
BadERA writes "Change Round-Up is a for-profit startup dedicated to raising money for non-profit charities. They've taken the concept of the spare change jar at a brick-and-mortar store, and adapted it to e-commerce retailers. With a simple point-of-purchase option to "round up" your purchase at participating online retailers, you can choose to make a tax-deductible donation to the charity of your choice. Their administrative fee of 10% is better than the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance standard of 35%. It costs the retailers and charities nothing to participate."

+ - Viacom Sued Over YouTube Parody Removal

Submitted by A self aware computer input device
A self aware computer input device (250413) writes "Just a week after Viacom sued Google over copyrighted material, Civic Action and Brave New Films LLC have sued Viacom claiming the cable network company improperly asked the video-sharing site YouTube to remove a parody of the network's "The Colbert Report." Couple this with the iFilm fiasco reported earlier on /., and you have to question how a company like Viacom can cry fowl when it can't even accurately account for its own copyrighted material."

+ - Sole Survivor of Heaven's Gate Cult Speaks

Submitted by whatevski
whatevski (1078907) writes "Today is the 10th anniversary of Hale-Bopp's closest pass by Earth, when the members of the Heaven's Gate cult killed themselves wearing matching black jumpsuits and Nikes. Remember them? Seems like so long ago. Turns out there was one survivor of the cult, and he broke a long silence to give the LA Weekly an interview. He's still a true believer, and is even trying to sell a screenplay that he and his fellow cult members started writing 10 years ago. The article also has embedded video excerpts of DO and his follower's "exit statements" that they recorded before they "exited their vehicles" to move on to "the Next Level." Spooky, but fascinating."

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.