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Comment Re:a nice Linux trick (Score 1) 658 658

Swapping Caps and Escape has changed my life to the extent I would consider carrying little stickers around for all the keyboards I remap. Unsurprisingly, I'm a fairly heavy vim user...

If you swap caps with control, then in vim you can use Control-[ for escape, which is also a pretty good option. (That's what I do.)

On Gnome 3, I have recently switched from using xmodmap to setting org.desktop.gnome.input-sources.xkb-options to ['caps:swapescape'] in dconf-editor. Much easier.

The problem I had was I wanted to map the CapsLock key to Control, and the LeftCtrl key to Hyper. There are built-in xkb rules for doing both, but they don't work right when you try to combine them, and the documentation available for xkb is hard to understand, to say the least. I finally got it working by hacking one of the rules definitions in the system-provided definition files to do what I wanted -- I gave up trying to figure out how to do it the "right" way.

Comment Re:a nice Linux trick (Score 1) 658 658

Unfortunately it's hard to get xmodmap to play nicely in cases like hotplugging keyboards or using Gnome, at least under Linux. There is a standard option for swapping caps lock and control (or escape, or several other similar options), but if you want a layout option that isn't built-in, then prepare yourself for a world of frustration.

Comment SubjectsSuck (Score 3, Interesting) 658 658

I can I invest in a real alternate keyboard with a different layout...

You could also invest in a tool to remap the key next to 'A' to "Control," like God intended. You don't need to get a whole new keyboard. Write on the key with a marker if you're the kind of person that looks at key labels when you're typing.

Comment Twitter (Score 5, Insightful) 429 429

If you click through to the "article," you'll get a long list of ten-word sentences formatted as tweets. When did this become an even remotely acceptable way of presenting something?

Good lord. If you work for Google, can't you figure out how to create a blog? My mother did it.

Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 208 208

"look for them here in earth. Use them to sieve the thousands of stories about aliens"

That truly would be a complete waste of money.
All these loonie stories kidnapping, anal probes, etc, etc, is why serious SETI gets treated as a joke.

Anyway,it's been done.
The answer is 99% proven nothing happened, 1% unknown.

Use your brain. If aliens are visiting us with such frequency, WHERE IS THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE?
Any artefact made off-earth will have a different isotopic ratio, even if we don't know what it is.
Where is one drop of alien sweat with their DNA or equivalent?

Comment Re:Futile search? (Score 1) 208 208

"If the search for extraterrestrial life leads to that life deciding to destroy all life on earth, would it
still be a "good investment" ?"

The proposed plan is for listening only, not broadcasting a "here we are" signal,.

If there are indeed malignant and hostile aliens who extermiante every other species that pops up, it would be even more important to know all we can about them.

Comment Re:Futile search? (Score 1) 208 208

"Too many variables to know what is really going on atm." Yes.Which is why actually doing some legwork rather than just theorising makes sense. $100m is nothing compared to the potential consequences of discovering ET life. Even if the chance is 1 in a million, it's a good investment.

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 446 446

I think you mean "this legislation will ensure that Americans have no way of knowing they're being sold GMO food."

Unless for some bizarre reason you are purposefully trying to avoid non-GMO food, then you shouldn't care.

If you want to ensure that you are buying non-GMO food -- which is what the anti-GMO activists want -- then all you have to do is buy food that is so marked. This law doesn't change that at all.

Comment Re:The real story is even worse (Score 1) 178 178

And years later someone came across that piano arrangement, found that a copyright had been registered on it, and (presumably being ignorant of the actual history of the song), thought they owned a copyright on the song and started trying to enforce it.

When it comes to copyright, never attribute to ignorance that which can be adequately explained by malice. They always try to enforce the rights further than they know they are entitled to.

"Virtual" means never knowing where your next byte is coming from.