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Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9

An anonymous reader writes: What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?

Comment The worst is missing ... (Score 2) 459

The article on Ars Technica missed the worst thing about the new ThinkPad keyboard: what happened with the Caps Lock function.
To enable Caps Lock, you press the Left Shift key twice.

That's right, one press less than what is required for invoking Sticky Keys under Windows - which everyone hates because it gets invoked when you don't want it. Expect a shitstorm from angry Thinkpad users who will buy laptops with this keyboard.

Comment Re:Best keyboard (Score 1) 459

In my opinion, Microsoft's keyboards have awful key feel.
I used to use Key Tronic keyboards. From '97 to 2010 I have used ... *drumroll* ... two in succession for my home PC. They lasted that long, and without getting spongy. The last one had very shiny keys but there was nothing wrong with the key feel.

In 2010 I started getting into mechanical keyboards, and have been using mechanical keyboards exclusively ever since.

Comment Re:Ergonomic 'Split' Keyboards! :D (Score 1) 459

Have you considered getting a Windows 8 tablet with a separate keyboard? I have seen a guy use a Surface Pro with a Happy Hacking Keyboard instead of a laptop.

There are lots of small foldable bluetooth keyboards out there, for use with tablets and cell phones. I think that a manufacturer could make one that is properly split in the middle.
Last October, I submitted this design to a small competition held by Ducky (maker of good mechanical keyboards) and got on a shared fourth place.

Comment Re:"Innovation" needs to correspond to reality (Score 1) 459

The big problem with Microsoft's "Natural" line is that the angles are fixed. They fit some model person, but they are not ideal for everyone.

The solution is to get a keyboard that is truly split into two separate parts where the split angle, tent angle, inclination and distance between hands can be freely adjusted. Unfortunately, they are quite a bit more expensive.
Examples include Goldtouch, the Kinesis Maxim (rebranded Fujitsu-Siemens), Kinesis Freestyle and the Matias Ergo Pro (due in August).

Comment Re:Don't stop innovating keyboards yet, please (Score 1) 459

The problem is that with backlit keycaps the opaque coating around the translucent letters tends to wear through quite easily, turning letters into glowing blobs.

There are backlit keyboards with more durable keys for backlit keyboards (dye-sublimated or double-shot moulded) but those keycaps are much more expensive. We are talking the cost of a couple a complete MS 4000 for just the keycaps.

There have been lots of clones of the MS "Natural" from Logitech and others throughout the years that don't have backlighting.
Even better are the keyboards that are truly split in two separate parts without a keypad on the right side and with many more options for adjustment. These are Goldtouch, Kinesis Freestyle and the quiet mechanical Matias Ergo Pro (due to be out in August).

Comment Make it fun to Do sports (Score 1) 253

I think that what would be the greatest innovations in sports would be ways to get people to do exercise.

Exercise at a gym is a often a solitary and therefore boring experience, while exercise together in a group for a common goal or against other people at about the same level can be a great motivator.

When I was growing up, my sports teacher effectively snuffed out any interest I had doing sports. He did not provide education, only prodding, grading and humiliation of those who did not perform as well as his favourites.
I hear about other people having similar stories. This is something that could change, and the science required for this is only in how people work - not technology.

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