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Submission + - Schneier: US Will Overreact to Moscow Airport Bomb (

mattnyc99 writes: This morning we talked briefly about Moscow's additional security in the wake of a terrorist attack on its airport. But the bombers did, in fact, dodge security checks that were already in place, you can bet America's Homeland Security people will come back with the equivalent of a baggage-claim body scan. Security guru Bruce Schneier has weighed in on Esquire's politics blog: "This is the sort of thing that yes, people are likely to overreact to, and do all sorts of things that'll do nothing to solve the problem but make people feel better.... it doesn't matter how much money Moscow spent on security checkpoints and passenger screening and ID checks. All that was irrelevant. The attackers said 'Oh yeah, airport security's too hard. I'm going to go someplace else.'

Comment RSI mobile, positions (Score 1) 178

Had a pretty crippling episode of RSIs in both hands about 12 years ago, but have mostly kept it in check since then.

For pointing devices, I just bring a fullsize mouse with me when I work mobile. I'd suggest Razer Diamondbacks, MS Sidewinders, or even Apple's Mighty Mouse, but those are just what work for my hands comfortably. If you have smaller hands, try a Logitech VX Nano, or if mice in general give you problems and your thumbs are good try a Logitech Trackman Wheel. Crank the sensitivity up so you can work with minimal movements.

For keyboards, I don't have a really good suggestion for mobile. I used a Kinesis split keyboard for a few years while recovering from my initial RSIs and think it helped, but it collects dust now and is kinda bulky to carry around. I also tried a Twiddler (single-handed chording keyboard) which was about the only thing workable when my left hand was completely out, but it sounds like your hands are in better shape than that at least and it didn't work well for me as a long term keyboard replacement. Mainly focus on reducing repetitive tasks by scripting/macros.

IMHO your chair and desk are more likely to cause problems when you're mobile than the devices themselves - pay a lot of attention to how you set up your mobile environment. Slapping a laptop down at a coffee shop on a too-short table and sitting in a "we want the customer to leave in 20 minutes or less" chair isn't going to be good for you. Generally the "temp desks" and leftover office chairs in companies have been just as bad. Empty conference rooms, however, often have better chairs and desks.

Especially watch your wrists and elbows in those cases - keep your wrists from being cramped or at unnatural angles and keep your elbows off hard surfaces (esp. corners). When my RSIs were really bad, I found that rollerblading wrist guards helped tons - they were better padded and kept my hands in better positions than the off-the-shelf medical braces and even looked slightly less gimpy :) Also found ErgoRest arm rests to be very helpful, but they're also bulky to travel with and only work on certain styles of desks.

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