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Comment: Re:Why QWERTY? (Score 1) 142

Instead of adhering to the qwerty paradigm that has its roots in mechanical typewriters, why no used a different layout? Or even get away from the whole keyboard mindset?

ok, come up with a new keyboard layout and see how long it will get accepted. I haven't done any research why the qwerty keyboard is layed out that way. I was talking with an old guy who learned to type using a typewriter with blank keys (I learned typing on mechanical typewriter but not with blank keys). Objective is so you don't have to look at the keyboard while you type. Start position is left fingers on "asdf" right fingers on "jkl;" as supposably those are most used letters, and fingers can easily reach other keys with next most used letters. I'm not sure were the semicolon came from unless I'm out of calibration. There are some people that learned to type without formal typewriter training (i.e. using the index finger of each hand, some of these people are blazing fast at the "hunt and peck" method).

Kind of reminds me why o why do we still use video framerate of 29.97 fps instead of even 30. It goes back to 1953 when they had to squeeze that color signal into TV transmission bandwidth (and not force people to upgrade to color TV which were very pricey). When computers came along, the CRT was an excellent display (common device everywhere). When computer monitors came along they had to be compatible with existing computers. When better computers came along (and sold by the millions), they had to be compatible with existing monitors (which number many millions). Of course there are some computer systems with specific monitors for specific purposes.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 2) 61

by k6mfw (#49614755) Attached to: Actress Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek's Yeoman Janice Rand, Has Died

I can't believe Kelley was screwed around like that.

I wonder if that's SOP by the studios. Pay actors, crew, whoever starving wages unless the particular person is in such demand is when studios will cave in and pay a livable wage. I was talking with a dancer who was approached by Dancing With The Stars production team, she turned it down because they offered something pitiful like $200 (yes, that is one "2" and two "zeros"). Though she does well competing Open Pro and coaching, she isn't that rich to abandoned that for a TV show. Fer christsakes, the stage has gillion dollar gear and a few folks making big bucks. Oh well, we all heard of "hollywood accounting."

Comment: Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 280

by k6mfw (#49587043) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Either compare flying a small plane to driving a car,

I remember seeing an advertisement in 1980s magazine comparing a small plane (Mooney I think) to a car:
"Faster than a Porsche, fuel economy as a VW, luxurious as a Cadillac. It's the perfect car for business travel and yet it isn't a car at all."

Article went on to say you don't have to worry about speeding tickets because when you fly you can go as fast as your equipment can do so. This seems such a distant world compared to these days. I also remembered browsing through Aviation Week looking at tables of small airplanes and helicopters, comparing range, payload, price, etc. Thinking about actually buying an airplane! When 1990s came along, poof! no more GA.

Comment: blame game (Score 1) 702

by k6mfw (#49578839) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
Well let's see here, California mountain snowpack is 5% of normal levels (where much of the drinking water comes from besides. Some argue, ITS ALL POLITICS! Oh c'mon you guys (or "alpha hotels"), in a perfect world we'd be debating how to mitigate this situation. There are other places in the world that are undergoing climate change and like California we are seeing it in person. Why are there deniers? We can debate if it is human caused (I think so as CO2 levels are much higher that can tip climatic balance). I wonder if Mayans debated politics including human sacrifices rather than organize a migration or deal with crops needing less water?

Comment: my worry is politics (Score 1) 678

by k6mfw (#49513965) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
A lot of wars began when the water supply dried up. Fortunately northern and southern California are not separate countries otherwise we'd be in a shooting war. But as water crises continues, we will also see a lot political nonsense. I'm sure there are cooler and more intelligent heads working this situation, but a licensed engineer is no match against The Shatner on the talk shows.

Comment: Re:Balance is the key (Score 1) 397

by k6mfw (#49380163) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
Obviously you got a 5 Score. Let me add that I'm old enough to recall ever since I've graduated from college in 1980s I have always heard "shortage of engineers!" cry (STEM is now the battle cry these days). What I noticed then and still notice is the ones calling for more STEM are the same types that screamed shortage of engineers. They are all non-engineers (sales, business, journalists, etc.). I don't push STEM as many claim "The Nobelist Of All Professions," but a career choice. And also let them know one can do many great things and also have to deal with hardships (demands of of ever-changing technologies, pulling all-nighters, getting tanked by marketing dept after much hard work developing a product).

Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 1) 269

by k6mfw (#49357339) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Where is the "question authority" sentiment now

it's there but when you speak out, you will get flamed for it as unpatriotic terrist commie pinko. or you get ignored. Getting back to media, nobody knows what is going on in Iraq or Afghanistan. Information is out there but difficult find. i.e. nobody in US knows the difference between a Sunni and a Shia. Or how did ISIS become so strong so quick. Information is out there but many articles either veer toward putting blame on someone (i.e. Obama's or Bush's fault). Or article is very long and very esoteric, will take many years to fully understand. Or what about all that money spent but infrastructure is still very third world country?

Comment: Re:trashing a dream job (Score 1) 385

by k6mfw (#49357239) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
150 lives lost is a huge tragedy and no doubt this is a case of mass murder that has effected many others beside those on board. I was highlighting there are many other pilots that could have been hired and this situation would never have occurred. But then humans are unpredictable, as itzly pointed out when someone no longer thinks rationally then normal rules don't apply. It appears next step is the 2-person rule like in other critical positions so if one person goes nutzoid, the other can prevent an irrational action.

Comment: trashing a dream job (Score 1) 385

by k6mfw (#49355499) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
There are thousands (and many more) pilots of outstanding skill, character, values, etc. that dream of being an airline pilot. No shortage of pilots, and yet here we have someone that has done something horrible and thrown that opportunity away. Ok so we all have problems, even pilots dealing with many airlines skimping on pay and benefits (that's another story). It reminds me of the unabomber who had top career choice of a math professor at Berkeley but threw away that job to move into the backcountry to build mail bombs.

Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 3, Insightful) 269

by k6mfw (#49355121) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate
I think for Korean War it was 1950s and less than 10 years since WWII, there was no counterculture/question authority types during that decade. Also wartime coverage was limited but skyrocketed during Vietnam War. Though video was 16mm film, it quickly be developed and broadcasted on TV (there was less TV sets in homes in early 50s than in 1960s). Also during Vietnam War, media had much free access to battle zones. If there's room in the Huey, a reporter or camera guy can hop on board. Military only denied them on special ops missions. Of course all that had major impact on opinion. Civilians can see what battles are really like (chaos, nobody knows WTF is going on,etc.) and not like choreographed battles in the movies. After Vietnam, military forces realized they need tight control of media. We witnessed that during Falklands campaign which news was sporadic with much unsaid, first Gulf War where CNN kept showing the same footage of a cruise missile impacting a rooftop door but not much on the biggest tank battle since WWII.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"