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Comment Re:I tried Dvorak once (Score 1) 663

You should see people freak out when they try to type on my Das Keyboard II, with the Dvorak layout activated.

But to your point: I recently learned to type fully pointed Hebrew using a layout designed for academic work (SBL Tiro, FYI. It is based upon the modern Hebrew typewriter layout). Not having the keycaps, I avoided making incorrect associations between English and Hebrew letters. I'm reaching for a daleth or a gimel now, and not a D or a G.

Comment Re:it will never die... (Score 1) 663

I predict that people will still support the Dvorak layout for years to come, regardless of evidence for or against it's usefulness based purly off being differnt or a desire to believe that stupidity stops people from seeing Dvorak's improvements and thus anyone who does use the layout is a better human being.

And as long as there are Dvorak users around, there will be people like you who cannot tolerate the existence of happy non-conformists, and feel obligated to get in their face. And when they happily tell you, "I'm fine, thank you. Now piss off," you can feel content that there are people in the world obviously more ignorant than you.

Comment Re:Firefox extension? (Score 1) 308

“Absolutely” it is possible — if the Chrome developers would do something so utterly foolish as to spend hundreds of hours writing an API emulation layer for Chrome, add tons of hooks into the base browser code to support the emulation layer, add massive code bloat, slow the browser, find some way to make this jive with their multiple-process execution model, probably only work with a limited number of extensions, and saddle everything they do to the design decisions that Mozilla may make in the future. In short, yeah, if they re-write Chrome to be no different than Firefox, and thus erase it's entire reason for existing, it would work.

How in blazes are “installed by the end user” and “deeply tied to Mozilla's internal API” contradictory? Do you even know what an XPI is? Evidently not. Go Google it and stop making such a fool out of yourself.

Comment Re:The Memristor is NOT Fundamental (Score 1) 86

Actually, I would like to understand this point as well, so I'm not sure about all this "HP Conspiracy" stuff. Sounds like an honest question to me.

If components were ever discovered that could couple Flow and Charge, or Flow and Flux, why would those not be "fundamental"?

Why was there only one missing circuit element? Why not three?

Comment Re:Firefox extension? (Score 1) 308

No, this is completely false. You are confusing plugins with extensions. Plugins are compiled to architecture-specific machine code, and Chrome already supports them.

Plugins allow you to display content types that your browser does not natively support. Flash is a plugin. So is Java applet support. Extensions extend the browser itself, and are deeply tied to Mozilla's internal API.

Mozilla extensions are written in XUL and Javascript. Chrome does not and will never support XUL. And, as the Javascript in Extensions calls into the Mozilla/XUL object model, that won't work on Chrome either.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 426

OS X has a habit of introducing radically new APIs in newer versions of the OS, such as Core Animation in Leopard. There are usually lots of goodies that developers can't help but play with, which then make their apps non-backward compatible. This then cascades to the end-user purchasing OS upgrades from Apple. Now, I may be wrong, but I doubt that there is anything in Core Animation that requires Leopard. Apple could choose to create installable versions of the newer APIs for Tiger (and perhaps Panther). However, they have no financial incentive to do so.

Now, Microsoft also introduces new APIs. The difference is that Microsoft has historically back-ported APIs to previous versions of the OS. For example, WIndows XP shipped with DirectX 8.1. When DirectX 9 came out, Microsoft released it for both Windows 2000 and XP. The same can be said for .NET. (2.0 supports W2K, 3.0 does not - but it does support XP). Of course, now Microsoft is following Apple's lead, and DirectX 10 only installs on Vista.

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