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Submission + - Apple removes ESC key new Macbook "Pro" (theverge.com) 2

fyngyrz writes: The Mac "Pro's" ESC key, used by many at the console / shell level, has apparently succumbed to overwhelming... courage. Er, design intent. Yeah, that's it. You have to admit, Apple is brave. No console-friendly person will be happy with this. I suspect that will be true to a degree where they'll be happy with... something other than a Macbook "Pro." BTW, those aren't "scare" quotes. Those are "no, wrong word" quotes. I could have gone with "pro[sic]", but... oy. Oh. And hey. You didn't want function keys, did you? Of course not... Okay, one hopes these missing features will at least sometimes, possibly, appear on the new touch bar, there to blunt the ends of your fingers as they use a key-striking habit to stomp on a touch surface.

Comment Re: What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 275

Right. And that mechanism is handled via some kind of software in a chip somewhere on the board. Rather than a physical switch yanking the power.

Well, conventionally that sort of thing is referred to as firmware. First press is all software: it notifies the OS and the OS can do what it likes. Long press is handled by some embedded mechanism and then cuts the power.

Comment Some stories of note (Score 1) 1

There's the story about the government demanding repayment for recruitment bonuses. I figured this would be *really* big, but it's just a footnote in the MSM right now.


Also, Obamacare premiums are going up by tens of percents. That's being made into an election issue, but regardless of who's elected everyone will be paying out the nose for the next couple of years.

Comment Re:Ah, minimialism (Score 1) 275

Alright. This this X1 is bristling with extra buttons, finger sensors, track pads, track pad buttons and other pointing devices. They went too far though I don't need that stuff, but I do use esc. My existing mac book is fine without extra buttons for volume or power but it has esc in the right place.

Perfection would be the happy hacking layout with control where caps lock usually is. That's why I use a happy hacking keyboard at my desk.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 506

I see you've dropped your weird Trump related ramblings. Getting a little forgetful, perhaps?

No, but I got you to check it at least once like a sucker, lol.

Uhm... I copied and pasted it from my browser so of course it worked for me. You see I'm perfectly capable of copying and pasting links, whereas you seem unable to click on them reliably. I think it's becoming increasingly clear precisely why you "retired" from computer related jobs.

Comment Re:Ah, minimialism (Score 1) 275

>Lenovo did this with their X1 Carbon a while back too. What is the obsession with removing functionality? Sure, Mac users probably don't use the Escape key too much, let alone the function keys. However, Esc has always been the equivalent of Cancel on MacOS and Windows dialog boxes, and terminal-based applications still use it.

I'm typing this on my Lenovo X1 Carbon, complete with its escape key on the keyboard. What are you talking about?

Comment The end of computing (Score 2) 275

It seems in the mad rush to monetize everything and everyone developers and designers have been forced to foreswear anything resembling common sense.

As we have seen over the decades, Microsoft slowly but surely hid basic functionality from the user through every iteration of its operating system. I have a W95 machine where I can get to things faster than I can on my W7 machine, and substantially faster than on my dad's W10 machine.

For its part Apple has liked to see itself at the vanguard of elegant computing, specifically the design of a computer. As we are all aware, nothing is let out the door of Apple which hasn't been dissected to the nth degree.

While its operating system works, its flaws and quirks are just as numerous and like Microsoft, with each iteration they further disassociate the person from the OS, thinking they are making things easier. As the decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone showed, nothing is simpler when you remove basic functionality.

Now comes their latest foray into the schizzle: no ESC key or power button. Nothing physical at least. Only some vague, wispy area to touch which one hopes will do what they want but will, as time and experience has shown, fail at every given opportunity.

As the last two stalwarts slug it out for eyeballs, Linux plods along, years behind in functionality but always with the same mantra, "This year will be the year of Linux on the desktop!", as if saying the same thing over and over will make it true. Sorry, you are not Dorothy and you do not have a pair of red shoes.

We arrive now at the beginning of the end for computing. Where once people could do what they wanted with what they purchased, where getting something done was held above what shade of font to place against a white background, now we must overcome the need to show how clever we are through our brilliance of design which lacks anything resembling ease of use.

Within the next decade we will see how our vain attempts to design the most perfect machine will thwart the progress we so ruefully wish for. As is always the case, the more complicated a machine the more easily its performance can be degraded through simple acts. As the most recent attacks on high profile web sites have shown, thanks to the very technologies we claim will make our lives easier, we are now progressing to an age where we have made it much easier for those who wish to subvert or destroy that which is built.

All because developers and designers are more interested in eye candy than functionality, reliability and simplicity.

Comment Interesting Spam post (Score 1) 1

This is clearly a spam post, and I think it would be interesting as an article.

I'd *love* to see what the community thinks about this, so I upvoted it in the firehose.

(And I'm not affiliated in any way.)

Submission + - Hackers for hire (besthackers.net) 1

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Comment Re: Hmm... (Score 1) 199

With automated interstate driving, you could send a truck from NYC to LA in about 1 day.

I have no idea how you think a truck can go across the country in 1 day. Sure, some guys recently did the Cannonball Run in just over a day, but that was at high speed and with plenty of tricks to not be stopped by police.

Google maps shows the time as 41 hours, and that assumes no traffic and traveling the posted speed limit. From my recent perspective of having driven large amounts of miles while on vacation (4,100 this month and 3,600 in May), I can guarantee you need to add a few hours to whatever Google says, especially since these trucks will still be limited to the posted speed limit.

Submission + - Ukrainian Hackers Release Emails of Putin's Gray Cardinal, Vladislav Surkov (foreignpolicy.com)

An anonymous reader writes: CyberJunta, the group behind the alleged hack, released late on Sunday email exchanges belonging to Surkov, a scan of passports belonging to Surkov and his family, and 22 pages from documents outlining a plan to support nationalist and separatist politicians and to encourage early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, all with the aim of undermining the government in Kiev.

Oleksandr Tkachuk, the chief of staff to the head of the SBU, Ukraine’s intelligence service, said on TV Tuesday that experts from the agency examined the documents released by CyberJunta, and believe them to be real.

“We only have access to the files released to the public and do not have contacts with the hacker group that released them,” Tkachuk said. “So, we don’t have the ability to determine whether the documents were changed after they were received by electronic mail.”

Little is known about the group behind the hack and their origins and motivations. However, CyberJunta says that it is working in conjunction with other hacker groups known as FalconsFlame, RUH8, and Trinity and that they plan to release more documents belonging to Surkov in the coming days.

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