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Comment Do THIS (Score 1) 968

The problem as I see is that often users (like my mom) will experience great grief as they mash their keyboards frantically - enabling their caps lock without really noticing. Whereas users who know how to use the thing often don't because, WHO THE HELL TALKS LIKE THIS?

I suggest a GREAT solution! Re-purpose the "caps lock" key for something useful and assign "keyboard gestures" to keys.. I suggest that one of the shift keys be altered, to, by convention, upon being "double clicked" (or maybe triple or held for a long time, etc), it will enable a caps-lock, and the effect "fades off" after inactivity. Have an LED continue to indicate the state of the "key".

I provide this idea free for all to use and implement. So, Microsoft, Apple or whomever that wants to retro-actively patent this idea, can SHOVE IT for trying to continue to abuse the nature of the patent system. This is a free, open idea. That said, it would be nice to get verbal credit or something. But really, just do this (and variants for other barely-used keys) and let's move on!

Comment Moodle 1.x != Moodle 2.x (Score 1) 57

So Moodle 2.0 was finally released about a week ago. Suffice to say, there are massive differences between Moodle 1.x and 2.x - as such I'm not sure of how helpful this book would be to anyone who's already upgraded (or will be any time soon). I'm far from a Moodle expert, but as a newb admin of a Moodle deployment I feel a bit sorry for this book's authors. Hopefully the impact of 2.x isn't so great in the case of extension dev. I don't know.

(*all the pandas suddenly cried out*)

Comment Awww, nuts... (Score 1) 356

Aww, this news makes me sad. I have Songbird installed on all of my 4 Ubuntu Desktops.. I quite like it. Yes it's not perfect, but it's damn fine and I shed a lone tear to read they're not going to be continuing official Linux support. Maybe I'll just go back to "mp3blaster", or "mpg123".. or records for that matter.
Games

Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes 362

A feature at Gamasutra examines one of the foundations of many MMORPGs — the idea that class roles within such a game fall into three basic categories: tank, healer, and damage dealer. The article evaluates the pros and cons of such an arrangement and takes a look at some alternatives. "Eliminating specialized roles means that we do away with boxing a class into a single role. Without Tanks, each class would have features that would help them participate in and survive many different encounters like heavy armor, strong avoidance, or some class or magical abilities that allow them to disengage from direct combat. Without specialized DPS, all classes should be able to do damage in order to defeat enemies. Some classes might specialize in damage type, like area of effect (AoE) damage; others might be able to exploit enemy weaknesses, and some might just be good at swinging a sharpened bit of metal in the right direction at a rapid rate. This design isn't just about having each class able to fill any trinity role. MMO combat would feel more dynamic in this system. Every player would have to react to combat events and defend against attacks."

Comment The right answer (Score 1) 811

Here's the best answer I think you could get: "You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped".. From your brief blurb, it sounded like he's quite sensitive to the situation, so that to me suggests awareness. The anger you refer to sounds to me like a complete rejection of any help and at the end of the day, if he doesn't want help, he can't be helped. Good luck

Comment TI-83 Emulator (Score 1) 776

If not using my brain..... then.. I usually use my TI-83 emulator since I know that calculator so well AND since it's such a good calculator. In Linux I run it on Wine. If I'm in a pinch then it's python or a gui calc as a last resort.
Portables

Submission + - Macbooks cost about 15% more if you're Canadian

Jaymus of Snell writes: "According to the Bank of Canada $1CDN is presently worth $1.0704USD (closing of Nov 2nd). On the Canadian version of Apple's website, Macbooks are listed at start at $1249.00 while on the US site they start at $1099. So IF the exchange rate was 1:1 then Canadians would still be charged an extra $150, though when you factor in the current rates, it's even more offensive. The base Macbook Pro costs ~$200 more and Mac Pros are ~$300 more for Canadians."
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Releases Updated Macbooks

Jaymus of Snell writes: "Apple has released an updated version of their staple macbooks. Unlike recent past updates, the video system has been overhauled sporting a shiney new Intel X3100 which they report will allow a max of 144MB shared system memory, 80MB more than with the recently replaced GMA 950. Of course the machines look the exact same on the outside. Get the full specs here."

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