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Comment Re:It's time.......... (Score 1) 134

then in some cases deal with their slow billing systems that still use the old info and charge you fees for returned funds and then for being late.

So you cancel the automatic payment on the old card, set the new one up, and make manual payments on the due date until it kicks in. Still less work (and safer) than writing a check every month.

If only that actually worked--because that's exactly what I did with DirecTV. When their billing system runs it captures the billing information--even if it's a full two weeks prior to the actual draft date. Within that window you apparently *cannot* successfully alter what it will do--despite attempts to do so, and despite it saying that it *did* and *would* alter its behavior according to your changes. In short, some systems just suck--and the customer suffers (and pays) for it.

Comment Re:Not nearly forever (Score 1) 179

Yes, but this technology does not need any refresh cycles--so the only changes it would incur are actual data value changes. But the point still stands, RAM access in typical high-load server process is going incur lots of changes--too many even for this technology to touch as a viable replacement even without refresh cycles.

Comment Re:Still not as good as my kinesis. (Score 3) 46

To elaborate:
Just looking at the layout I can already tell they haven't done a deep enough analysis. Comparing to my kinesis (which I'm typing on right now), in order to press enter requires radial flexion--so while it will still help, the kinesis requires virtually no radial flexion at all, and at most some ulnar deviation (and only to hit shift, one of the lesser-used, and not for any other key). 101-qwerty keyboards don't generally require any radial flexion at all, but incur a lot of ulnar deviation--so this much change in habit may feel better at first but may also just move symptoms around after a while for anyone with an existing injury.

Furthermore, by default they require a modifier for F keys, thus to do a normal modifier+F-key combination is now a 3-key chord-- Ctrl-F5 is now Fn-Ctrl-F5, with both modifiers on the thumb--so now it takes either both hands or an awkward thumb motion pressing it down flat to hit both keys. This would make emacs an impossibility. Compare that to a kinesis with dvorak layout. Ctrl-X and Alt-X are nearly a pinching motion between the thumb and first finger--about the most natural motion our hands ever do, and perfectly comfortable to do all day long.

I cannot make a judgement on the effectiveness of the depth of their keys, but it looks much shallower and likely to require curling the fingers more than the Kinesis does. My guess is the extra curl may become tiresome. The kinesis is "just right"--fingers completely relaxed just fall right on top of the home row, and the majority of keys are merely a single key away from home row. In addition, the keyboardio loses the bottom row, which makes it even less efficient for placement possibilities--requiring more keys to be only accessible via an additional modifier combination.

Their thumb keys arguably align a little better with keeping the hand and wrist in a neutral position, but they wholesale miss the great opportunity of using a second row of thumb keys--it is one of the most agile digits we have. Kinesis gets this right by putting backspace, delete, enter, and space, four of the most used items as the main keys for thumb access, plus an additional row for modifier and navigation keys--put those thumbs to good use. (Compared to a 101-qwerty that relegates both thumbs to share the singular duty of one key... the space bar--WTF--why is it a full on giant key--as if our thumbs are so poorly coordinated they have trouble aiming?)

I would definitely prefer one of these over a qwerty, but will continue to vote for kinesis until something even better comes along.

For people that aren't so picky, or like the bling-bling flashy lights, or need the loud clicks to feel good about typing I say go for it and tell us how you like it.

Comment Re:One thing to keep in mind... (Score 4, Informative) 244

I totally agree.
I've seen countless man pages that don't even bother to say what the command *does*, let alone *why* you would want to do that. They assume it is all self evident (I'm guessing the author's logic was: "or else why would you be reading about the flags if you didn't already know you needed it and for what?").
Also, sometimes explanations are vague--being precise about the behavior (especially if it is altering data) is important.

Comment Go outside and play! (Score 1) 147

Haven't we all heard our mom's yell this at us?
How many people actually have any appreciable time away from technology in any given day anymore?
Our cars have radios, touch screens, navigation, and are interactive and immediately present when we sit down.
Our homes are filled with tablets, desktops, phones, and TVs with DVRs--so no more waiting through commercials even--we get *exactly* the stimulus we want *now* when we want it.
Seems we just inundate ourselves with stimulus.

Challenge: walk outside and sit on a park bench for 20 minutes a day with no batteries in sight. I bet it would help reset our internal patience reserves. Can you do it without squirming?

Comment old stalwarts (Score 1) 267

Cobol -- there's old apps that keep on running that are valuable enough to companies to keep maintaining, yet they aren't willing to rewrite
RPG4 -- same boat as Cobol--although arguably one of the least pleasant language environments
CL -- many existing apps, plus there are companies writing brand new stuff with it, it's just as powerful as ever, and quite nice to work with
I'm sure there are others

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