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Comment Obligatory (Score 3, Interesting) 559 559

That aside, just don't screw with things. You mention caps lock, which I don't use, but any change is likely to just screw with muscle memory and not have any practical benefit except as some symbolic gesture against caps lock. For example, see second gen X1 carbon which replaced caps lock with home and end keys.

There is also the troubling by the way mention of the right mouse button. For the love of god do not advocate screwing with the right mouse button. You don't often need it, but when you do, all the schemes that try to de-emphasize it's footprint really screw with you and again *nothing of value is gained*.

Comment Re:nice, but they remove your games if you update (Score 3, Informative) 57 57

The more troubling question is why an application should feel forced to do anything in the face of a platform upgrade in order to work at all. A modern Windows desktop can still run 10 year old software without a hiccup. Going back 20 years you start needing something like dosbox to use a lot of the applications, though still doable. I haven't tried firing it up in a while, but last time I tried the commercial package of quake 3 under linux, it still worked on a modern distribution. Same for linux neverwinter nights. As an application maintainer for some linux stuff, the only things that I can recall forcing my hand to change something for things to work were systemd and python changes.

Android (and to a significant, but somewhat lesser extent Apple) are not doing that good with respect to application and/or hardware compatibility into the past. It's a tiring situation for developers to have to follow an upgrade treadmill in order to cater to new system sales, just to keep the current applications workable as-is.

The Military

US Military Stepping Up Use of Directed Energy Weapons 80 80

An anonymous reader writes: At a conference on Tuesday, U.S. officials explained that all branches of the military would be increasing their use of lasers and other directed energy weapons. Lieutenant General William Etter said, "Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense." The Navy's laser deployment test has gone well, and they're working on a new prototype laser in the 100-150 kilowatt range. "[Navy Secretary Ray] Mabus said Iran and other countries were already using lasers to target ships and commercial airliners, and the U.S. military needed to accelerate often cumbersome acquisition processes to ensure that it stayed ahead of potential foes."

Comment Re:...actually that's kinda cool. (Score 1) 86 86

Still want a VoIP desk phone with a Qi charger, bluetooth cellphone and headset connectivity. Something where I could charge my phone, use the better handset/speakerphone of my VoIP phone and a bluetooth headset. A perfect world would also allow multiple phone ringing for inbound calls, some contact sync, and possibly calendar/task sync as well.

Comment Re:Does this work for any phone? (Score 4, Informative) 86 86

It is Qi so most will work it's pretty much the winner. It's only 1080P (ish since it uses AMD's sync protocol). It's a PLS panel so none of the IPS goodness.

Pretty much is a fairly meh monitor with a qi charging puck shoved into the base they are literally a few bucks added to the BOM.

Plenty of people have modded bases, keyboard, desks etc etc etc to add qi charging this is just a cheap gimmick to try and make a meh monitor look cool.

Comment Re:Free speech isn't the only right in play here (Score 1) 298 298

The restriction was prior restraint of a particular speaker. Insuring you have adequate security, cleanup insurance etc is fine.

Oh I would say the event people intended to have the cops stop it for the PR value rather than going to the courts in the first place.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 0) 298 298

Why should the state be allowed to put such restrictions on permits??? If the fugitive showed up they should arrest him possibly some of the event team for aiding and abetting (though that is a broken law). This is the state restricting speech on public property.

Comment How about those backdoors (Score 1) 80 80

Exploits that were watermarked to the client that your sold them to.

These are not tools that should ever be in police hands. Requiring that outside firms do this sort of thing and thus need to keep the paper trail of warrants that allowed each and every event. Require that they be audited and a special prosecutor look into any apparent/potential breaches of law and prosecute them to the full extent (no plea deals). Require that all security vulnerabilities be disclosed to the public in 30-90 days. Tighten up these warrants in the first place and full public disclosure of the same after a reasonable investigatory period say 90 days.

The NSA etc should have these tools and a very big firewall between them and law enforcement.

The Internet

Secret Service Agents Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet 169 169 writes: Josephine Wolff reports at The Atlantic that Secret Service Internet Threat Desk is a group of agents tasked with identifying and assessing online threats to the president and his family. The first part of this mission — finding threats — is in many ways made easier by the Internet: all you have to do is search! Pulling up every tweet which uses the words "Obama" and "assassinate" takes mere seconds, and the Secret Service has tried to make it easier for people to draw threats to its attention by setting up its own Twitter handle, @secretservice, for users to report threatening messages to. The difficulty is trying to figure out which ones should be taken seriously.

The Secret Service categorizes all threats, online and offline alike, into one of three categories. Class 3 threats are considered the most serious, and require agents to interview the individual who issued the threat and any acquaintances to determine whether that person really has the capability to carry out the threat. Class 2 threats are considered to be serious but issued by people incapable of actually follow up on their intentions, either because they are in jail or located at a great distance from the president. And Class 1 threats are those that may seem serious at first, but are determined not to be. The overall number of threats directed at the first family that require investigation has stayed relatively steady at about 10 per day — except for the period when Obama was first elected, when the Secret Service had to follow up on roughly 50 threats per day. "That includes threats on Twitter," says Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service. "It makes no difference to [the Secret Service] how a threat is communicated. They can't take that chance of assuming that because it's on Twitter it's less serious."

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 1) 157 157

Oh we know how, it requires time and thought.

Now the ECM should be able to send things to the BCM and Infotainment gear. The reverse should be very limited, pretty much remote start and that should be thoroughly checked for sanity. Old school would be serial in one direction yea there are some hardware hacks but not that problematic.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten