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Comment What about imparements and videos? (Score 2) 54

What happens if someone suffers, say, stroke and part of the face is paralysed. Or they have Botox?
I suppose there has to be a backup to allow someone to reset their password in such cases, or in cases where they forget it. This backup may prove to be a weakness.

What happens if I record a video of my boss uttering his password, and then show the video to the camera?

Comment ambiguity (Score 1) 331

The arguments on both sides of the oxford comma debate are generally around removing ambiguity.
Certainly, in this case, there is ambiguity, and the addition of the comma would remove that ambiguity immediately.

I think there are some cases where the addition of the comma can cause ambiguity, but there are an awful lot more cases where it removes it.

So the case has to revolve around the ambiguity caused by the lack of the comma, and to whom this ambiguity benefits.

(I'm on the side of the drivers! Oxford Comma for the win!)

Submission + - Study finds porridge/oatmeal to be good for the heart and gut (www.rte.ie)

Tomahawk writes: Research carried out by Irish based scientists has shown that porridge is good for the heart and the gut.

The scientists, based at the APC Microbiome Institute in Cork, discovered that beta glucan — the fibre found in porridge — can help reduce cholesterol and body weight.

They also found that it can positively alter the make-up of the microbes and bugs living in our intestines, known as microbiota, and how they work.

Previously is has been shown that porridge may protect against cancer: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sci...

or be a key to long life: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Comment Location based research (Score 1) 352

Has there been any research done based the distance a person is East and West of the 'noon' meridian upon which their timezone is based? And based on distance from the equator?

Twice a year, when the arguments resurface, i wonder this. I've seen positive affects to DST where changing the time really does make sense, and never really any negative (apart from having to get up an hour early one day in a year).

Certainly where I live, in winter without DST we all be sitting in work an hour before sunrise. With DST, it's bright web we get to work. That makes Winter a lot less depressing.
In Summer, without DST, the sun wouldn't set until around 11pm, which makes getting to sleep more difficult.

I'm convinced that the majority of people who argue for the cons don't see the benefits, don't care about others who are affected, and only think about how this minor inconvenience once a year affect them.

So, have any location based studies been done to show just where benefits, where doesn't, where people want it, where they don't? I could almost guarantee that we'd see patterns, certainly stripes on a map gradieating from ones polar view to the other, and then a sudden switch close to the edge of each timezone.

Comment WASD (Score 2) 42

I never liked the WASD keys. I understand the reason, but I find that to use those keys I'm twisting my wrist - even with just positioning my hand that way as I type this I can feel an unnatural strain.

Personally, I always remap these to DSXC, which is a more natural angle for my hand, and the keys seems to fit more comfortably under the fingers too, especially as I normally would be using forward, left, and right mostly, and not using back a lot. It generally means mapping some other keys too to fit around them as these are normally mapped with WASD in mind.

Yeah, not really a lot to do with this story in general, but I do wonder if others do something similar...

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