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Comment Re:Could it be? (Score 1) 41

Yep. The actual secret ingredient (at least for a Flint-style coney, which is my fave) is finely ground beef heart.

BTW, nobody I know in Michigan calls the sauce "chili." If you want a chili dog, by all means have one 'cause they're tasty too, but don't confuse it with a coney dog.

Outside Michigan? Everything that claims to be a Coney dog is just a dang chili dog.

Comment Re:Turn Them Off (Score 1) 125

The most important thing for me is absolute addressing of workspaces. Don't think of them as 'going to the next or previous one (or worse, a grid). No, think of it as "My browser is on tab 4", "My chat client and music client are on tab 5". "My editor/IDE is on tab 1", etc. This makes switching between contexts insanely fast and completely painless. You don't need to hunt&pick with your mouse, scroll through lists, etc.


For me on Windows it's: Desktop 1 holds email, mostly "read-only" stuff, and administrivia; Desktop 2 holds the web browser; Desktop 3 is where all the coding happens; Desktop 4 is 'priority-interrupt important task' if it arrives. This was driven by the fact I could only have 4 desktops when I first started using virtual desktops on Windows thanks to the Win9x era PowerToys.

In UNIX / Linux environments, where I too have been using virtual desktops since the OLVWM days >20 years ago, I usually have 6 desktops in a 3x2 arrangement. Similar breakdown, except desktops 1 and 3 are my "primary coding desktops", each w/ usu 3 xterms open on one of two projects, desktop 5 is my primary overflow desktop, and desktops 4 and 6 are for long-running background things that I end up leaving open for months, and/or hot-topic quick one-off things I need to go do w/out disturbing all my other desktops.

Since I went multi-monitor, I've found it actually works really well with virtual desktops if you can pin some windows to be on all desktops. If you have some status-y things that you want to see all the time or nearly all the time on one monitor, while paging through multiple desktops on the other, you can move all those windows to the one monitor and pin them to always be visible on all desktops. It works really nicely for me.

Comment Re:Actually, I just barely threw mine out last wee (Score 1) 284

How do you just barely throw something out? You toss it at the trash can, and it almost misses, but it narrowly goes in? You haul it to the curb just as the trash man's coming by. The trash man starts to drive away from your house because you took too long to get to the curb, but you manage to wing the boxes into the back of the truck anyway as he pulls away?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Comment Re:This just pushes the problem overseas (Score 1) 492

That sort of tariff, namely, a wage- and environmental-parity tariff, is a good idea, as it would also bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from countries like China, where companies are able to save money by employing de facto slave labor and spewing poisons into the ground, air, and water. Once the economic advantage to outsourcing is thereby neutralized, the jobs will come back.

Submission + - Facebook allows Turkish government to set the censorship rules for billions (facebook.com)

feylikurds writes: Facebook has been blocking and banning users for posting Kurdish or anti-Turkish material. Many screenshots exists of Facebook notifying people for such.

You can insult any single historical figure that you like on Facebook except one = Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal "Ataturk". However, he should not receive special treatment and be protected from criticism, but rather should be treated and examined like everyone else.

In order to be accessible within Turkey, Facebook has allowed the repressive Turkish government to set the censorship rules for billions of their users all around the globe. Facebook censors Kurds on behalf of Turkey. To show the world how unjust this policy is, this group discusses Facebook's censorship policy as it relates to Kurds and discussions on how to get Facebook to change its unfair and discriminatory policy.

Submission + - Hacker's Device Can Intercept OnStar's Mobile App and Unlock, Start GM Cars (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Security researcher Samy Kamkar posted a video today demonstrating a device he created that he calls OwnStar that can intercept communications between GM's RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar cloud service in order to unlock and start an OnStar equipped car. Kamkar said that after a user opens the OnStar Remote Link app on his or her mobile phone "near the OwnStar device," OwnStar intercepts the communication and sends "data packets to the mobile device to acquire additional credentials. The OwnStar device then notifies the attacker about the new vehicle that the hacker has access to for an indefinite period of time, including its location, make and model. And at that point, the hacker can use the Remote Link app to control the vehicle. Kamkar said GM is aware of the security hole and is working on a fix.

Submission + - Kentucky Man shoots drone that was hovering over sunbathing 16-year old girl (wdrb.com)

McGruber writes: Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his Sunday afternoon: "Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard," Merideth said. "And they come in and said, 'Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.'"

Merideth's neighbors saw it too. "It was just hovering above our house and it stayed for a few moments and then she finally waved and it took off," said neighbor Kim VanMeter. VanMeter has a 16-year-old daughter who lays out at their pool. She says a drone hovering with a camera is creepy and weird. "I just think you should have privacy in your own backyard," she said.

Merideth agrees and said he had to go see for himself. “Well, I came out and it was down by the neighbor’s house, about 10 feet off the ground, looking under their canopy that they’ve got under their back yard," Merideth said. "I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property.’"

That moment soon arrived, he said. "Within a minute or so, here it came," he said. "It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn't shoot across the road, I didn't shoot across my neighbor's fences, I shot directly into the air."

It wasn't long before the drone's owners appeared. "Four guys came over to confront me about it, and I happened to be armed, so that changed their minds," Merideth said. "They asked me, 'Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?' and I said, 'Yes I am,'" he said. "I had my 40mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, 'If you cross my sidewalk, there's gonna be another shooting.'"

A short time later, Merideth said the police arrived. "There were some words exchanged there about my weapon, and I was open carry – it was completely legal," he said. "Long story short, after that, they took me to jail for wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief...because I fired the shotgun into the air."

Submission + - Genetically modified rice makes more food, less greenhouse gas (arstechnica.com)

Applehu Akbar writes: A team of researchers at the Swedish University of AgriculturalSciences has engineered a barley gene into rice, producing a variety that yields 50% more grain while producing 90% less of the powerful greenhouse gas methane. The new rice pulls off this trick by putting more of its energy into top growth. In countries which depend on rice as a staple, this would add up to a really large amount of increased rice and foregone methane.

Submission + - Facebook told to allow the use of fake names (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Facebook comes in for a lot of criticism, but one things that managed to rub a lot of people up the wrong way is its real names policy. For some time the social network has required its users to reveal their real name rather than allowing for the adoption of pseudonyms. This has upset many, including musicians and the drag community.

Now a German watchdog has told Facebook that its ban on fake names is not permitted. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority said that the social network could not force users to replace pseudonyms with real names, nor could it ask to see official identification.

The watchdog's order follows a complaint from a German woman who had her Facebook account closed because she used a fake name. She had opted to use a pseudonym to avoided unwanted contact from business associates, but Facebook demanded to see ID and changed her username accordingly. Hamburg Data Protection Authority said this and similar cases were privacy violations.

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