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Comment Re:Also thwarted by changes in symbol frequencies (Score 1) 663

I used the Dvorak layout for about a year and a half (going back and forth between qwerty and Dvorak, touch typing on both) and found that my hands did feel better typing on the Dvorak. I "converted" an ergonomic keyboard to Dvorak.

However, as I pointed out last time this came up here, writing a letter to your grandma on the Dvorak layout is a pretty neat experience. Your hands hardly move from their "home" position when talking about the weather, what's going on at home, etc.

Typing anything we blog or discuss in IM today on Dvorak is a nightmare. Acronyms, computer terminology, and programming in Dvorak take a LOT of getting used to.

Plus the typos in IM are very difficult for others to understand. When you slip one letter in qwerty, most folks know what you mean. On Dvorak, they have no idea WTF you're typing.

I noticed that thing about the brackets too... basically, if it's not regular ol' words, Dvorak can be aggravating for the first few months.



Submission + - Dear UN: Get used to global warming. Love, Science

gregger writes: This Open Letter to the UN General has been making the rounds of almost every right wing environmental defamation, er... "news" site on the Web. Except FoxNews... huh? Just who are these 100 scientists that are saying that:

In particular, it is not established that it is possible to significantly alter global climate through cuts in human greenhouse gas emissions. On top of which, because attempts to cut emissions will slow development, the current UN approach of CO2 reduction is likely to increase human suffering from future climate change rather than to decrease it.
Now others are joining, and it's oddly sourced out of Canada. What gives?
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Submission + - A speaker system made out of broken hard-drives

zeroburn writes: "Afrotechmods has published an interesting mod on how to turn a series of hard drives into a speaker system. Their article features movies of the system in action, and promises that the quality of the audio is actually a lot better than what their camera captured. If you have some spare time (and hard drives!) you can build this yourself quickly. Its quality sure doesn't get close to a proper speaker system, but it's lack in fidelity is well compensated by its coolness factor!"

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