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Comment: Re:Dvorak is better, but how much better? (Score 1) 663

by fuzz6y (#26512963) Attached to: Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY

I always read about how our QWERTY typewriters were designed to deliberately 'slow' you down. I even taught this to my classes of elementary and middle school students.

Do elementary teachers have a quota of old wives tales and myths to impart to their students? QWERTY typewriters were designed to avoid mechanical jams resulting from commonly used keys being too close together.

I pulled out my Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing manual (in the days when they came with paper manuals) to compare the results of these 5th graders with the Dvorak keyboard. I was stunned, as they matched almost perfectly.

You were stunned to learn that a layout based on statistical frequencies of English letters closely matched a statistical sampling of English letters?

If young children without a bias come up with the same result, there is a rightness and a logic to it.

Ha!

Enlightenment

+ - The Lure of the Straight Razor

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DingleBerryMcGee
DingleBerryMcGee writes "It seems that the most common getup amongst the tech savvy is a black polo shirt accompanied with a pair of wrinkled khakis overloaded with PDAs, and phones at the waist. Another common theme is a semi-smooth shave accentuating a pallor only five consecutive days in an unlit room playing World of Warcraft can provide. The Montreal Gazette goes into some detail highlighting the growing trend of Straight Razor shaving. The author discusses the necessary equipment, as well as his own experience learning an art so contrarian to technological progress.

Some of the major benefits to a straight razor over modern 'pull and cut' cartridge razors or electric shavers are: decreased ingrown hairs, razor burn and acne, smoother shaves, and the "what are you crazy?" expression on people's faces when they find out you shave with a straight."
Businesses

Cartoon Network CEO Resigns Over Aqua Teen Scare 710

Posted by Zonk
from the i-doubt-he's-laughing dept.
DesertBlade writes "Jim Samples, CEO of Cartoon Network, has resigned over the bomb scare prompted by the Aqua Teen marketing campaign. Turner (CN's parent company) ended up paying over 2 million in restitution to the city of Boston, and a man with a thirteen year record at the company has lost his job. Though many people have been citing this as 'the ultimate successful advertising campaign', there have obviously been real consequences from the incident." By virtue of the consequences of the campaign, was this now officially a bad idea? Or is your opinion that this is all far too much knee-jerking? Have your say in the comments.
Announcements

+ - Apple Introduces New Mobile Phone at MacWorld

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octavian755
octavian755 writes "Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs confirmed months of speculation Tuesday by unveiling a new mobile phone and a set-top box that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions. Jobs said Apple's iPhone would "reinvent" the telecommunications sector and "leapfrog" past the current generation of hard-to-use smart phones."
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+ - Ivan Drago: Justice Enforcer

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Nicky P.
Nicky P. writes "Unbeknownst to most, Ivan Drago (of Rocky fame) has been kept preserved in the Soviet Embassy waiting to be unleashed on U.S. streets to redeem our corrupted society. Take control of the "Siberian Express" in this flash game that embodies all things 80's. AWSD and arrow keys to control Ivan, experiment with key combos to unleash the super moves that will help you unlock the 2 extra playable characters and the mini-game. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/355796"
Networking

+ - Got Wi-fi leeches

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Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa writes "Hi, One of our articles got mentioned on Techdirt and Wired magazine. "Rather Than Arresting WiFi Freeloaders, Why Not Offer Them Coffee?" http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20061227/191906.s html "WiFi Leeches Not So Bad After All?" http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/networking/index.htm l Those article links to http://www.incentivemag.com/msg/content_display/ma rketing/e3i3eebab3a25f070800bc9308b6fc22cc7 Maybe this is something your readers would be interested in? I'm interested in knowing your thought. It seems like a very hot topic these days. Hope you had a great holiday. All the best, Tats"

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