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Comment Re:oh duh (Score 1) 301

I type 130wpm using only 6/10 of my fingers.

I sometimes use different fingers for the same key - entirely subconsciously. I find it fascinating how my brain automatically computes the movements needed based on the word I'm about to type. That's the catch, though - I actually need to know ahead of time what I'm about to type, so I'm not nearly as good at copying material as I am at typing put my thoughts.

"Touch typing" is hardly the only "correct" way of typing.

Comment Re:Also true of Sysadmins (Score 1) 161

I had one of these where the keyboard involved was wireless. The keyboard was haphazardly stored in a stack of junk near the computer (after the user installed a new keyboard, apparently), with the receiver still plugged in, and then books were placed on top of it.

Seeing the situation after responding to the complaint about the beeping, I immediately knew what the problem was, but it took me some time to actually find the keyboard.

Comment Re:C-like C++ is the way to go (Score 1) 333

Even in C++98, it is possible to write a local function equivalent like this:

void foo() {
  struct { void operator()() {
    printf("I'm local, yo!");
  }} localFunction;


However, the anonymous struct cannot be used as a template argument, severely limiting the usefulness of this construct.

Comment Re:Alessonislearned (Score 1) 321

Although I don't think it qualifies as best of 2012, since it's updated just once in 2012, it's still very good. I also didn't know it updated, since it hasn't in years. Thanks for the heads up!

The art is done by the artist (David Hellman) who did the art for Braid (which was right after the comic stopped updating).


Video Hackers Hack Handcuffs at H.O.P.E. (Video) 172

Have you ever been handcuffed and wish you weren't? Even if you haven't, what if you plan to demonstrate at a political party convention in the next couple of weeks? Either way, you need to watch this video, shot by Timothy Lord and unknown_lamer at H.O.P.E. (Hackers on Planet Earth), which will teach you the rudiments of unhandcuffing yourself -- but on purpose leaves out the fine points. For those, you'll need to buy several pairs of handcuffs and practice on your own. At worst, you will probably embarrass yourself no more than Timothy does as he tries to shimmy his handcuffed hands from behind him to in front of him, starting at about 5:18.

Comment Scunthorpe Problem (Score 5, Informative) 185

There is a Wikipedia article about this issue:


"The problem was named after an incident in 1996 in which AOL's dirty-word filter prevented residents of the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England from creating accounts with AOL, because the town's name contains the substring cunt.[1] Years later, Google's filters apparently made the same mistake, preventing residents from searching for local businesses that included Scunthorpe in their names.[2]"

There is also a stub article about a specific instance of the replacement effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medireview


Submission + - Google Maps Directions Adds Real Time Traffic Estimates (blogspot.com)

constpointertoconst writes: If you use Google Maps to calculate directions, you may now notice (if your route is covered by their traffic data) an "in current traffic" travel estimate for current route. Some may recall that Google Maps had a similar estimate in the past, but it was removed last year due to poor accuracy.

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