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Comment Swap Caps Lock and Escape (Score 2) 605 605

I love the Caps Lock key. I just happen to swap it with Escape, which is very handy when using vi or many other programs (even bash, where some key combinations use Escape). I was very sad when Google got rid of it on some early Chromebooks. I think it's great that such a prime piece of keyboard real estate is unused, because it let's people repurpose it for whatever they want.

Comment I've already been doing this without this product (Score 1) 85 85

My garage door came with a liftmaster 877max keypad, which already supports this kind of functionality. You press PIN + * + TEMP-PIN + ENTER + { HOURS + *, TIMES + # } to allow TEMP-PIN to be used for HOURS hours or TIMES times. Works for enabling a code that you put in UPS my choice (which is easy to do because UPS emails you the day before you get packages). FedEx I've had more trouble with, but I don't see how this product will fix that.

Basically the big innovation here is just parsing the email to set the code automatically. But as a result you have worse security, because the PIN is only 3 digits (always ends #), and it's the tracking number so the sender knows it as well. If I want to break into your house, I just send you some UPS package and then use the last three digits of the tracking number to get in.

Comment Depends on the felony (Score 1) 720 720

The misdemeanor convictions likely won't hurt your career, but depending on the nature of the felony you might have a hard time. For example, I've seen a felon with a computer fraud and abuse conviction get all kinds of great job offers. Conversely, at my company we tried to hire someone who had been convicted of murder and served his time, figuring he'd paid his debt to society and that this was now irrelevant, but our hiring decision was overruled by the legal department. Finally, there may be specific felony convictions that prohibit certain job functions. E.g., if you've been convicted of any kind of embezzlement, you may be barred from jobs that involve managing government grants. Sex crimes obviously carry a huge stigma. And though the drug laws are a bit out of control, I'm not sure how bad drug convictions, at least if you aren't working with kids. My company is required by federal law to be a "drug free workplace," which forces us to sign documents, but the content of those documents isn't as restrictive as you might think--basically we have to agree not to use, possess, or distribute drugs at/during work, but what we do on our own time off company property is our own business. A past drug conviction wouldn't be a problem.

Comment MIT prof has strong hunch proof is invalid (Score 3, Interesting) 457 457

Well, Scott Aaronson has written: "If Vinay Deolalikar is awarded the $1,000,000 Clay Millennium Prize for his proof of PNP, then I, Scott Aaronson, will personally supplement his prize by the amount of $200,000.

"I’m dead serious—and I can afford it about as well as you’d think I can." See his blog.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.