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Comment Re:Usability (Score 1) 158

There may not be any standard keys per se, but when you have a key that says,"del" right on it (on most keyboards), and that is used in many other programs, including the ones provided by the manufacturer, as a delete key, and which functions as a delete key at the system level and in most bioses, then I'd have to say, if it looks like a delete key, and quacks like a delete key, then it is a delete key.

Comment Re:Usability (Score 1) 158

In-as-much as the UI relies upon keyboard input (and non-standard keys at that - a la 'X' instead of [delete]) the previous poster cannot be gainsayed, because the keyboard shortcuts are, as he pointed out, non-discoverable. I won't even touch on the use of right-click selection rather than left.

Comment I'm sorry, but you're wrong. (Score 0) 94

Companies are, as you say, good at meeting "consumer demand.", but ONLY in the short-term. They are famous for having a 5 year outlook. They don't plan for longer than that because the CEO will be gone by then and won't make any money from profits that come more than 5 years away. Government can, or should be, looking for the long term. The space race is a case in point. The space race caused us to develop many, many, many spinoff that would NEVER have been considered worth developing by a company. The computer chip itself was developed as a by-product of the space race in order to save weight. Up till that time, although they had developed some multi-component chips, they had vever considered inplementing a computer on a chip. That caused home computers, cell-phones, Home video (As CDs, etc.) And that's just the computer chips (that consumers never demanded because they didn't know they COULD exist). There are many other spin-offs that were less earth shattering in scope, but important none the less to the US's bottom line.

Comment Re:Well, it was a nice run (Score 1) 813

Sorry, but calling stupidity stupid is NOT bigotry. Saying that a particular group of people are stupid might be, unless it is supported by the facts - as it is in this case. Your idea of arguing with them on the merits is specious. Zealots cannot be affected by reason - that's what makes them zealots.

Comment His noodley goodness, the Flying Spaghett Monster. (Score 1, Insightful) 813

Demands equal time!!!!!!!!!! From the Curch of Pastafarianism: So you want to be a Pastafarian Great. Consider yourself a member. You'll notice there are no hoops to jump through. You don't have to pay anything. How to help the church You can help by spreading the Word. Tell the people about Pastafarianism. Point out that we are the world's most peaceful mainstream religion, having started no wars in our God's name. As far as I know, there are no deaths attributed to our religion. Can I be a member if I don't literally believe in FSM? Yes, you can. For the same reason that many in other religions don't literally believe their scripture, you can be a Pastafarian without being a True Believer of our scripture. In other words, do you know Christians who don't take the Bible literally – but who consider themselves True Christians, nonetheless? So do I. In fact, True Belief is not often a requirement of religion. Most religions are comprised of a group of people with similar – but not exact – world views. Pastafarianism is no different in that regard. Whatever you decide, remember this FSM is a real, legitimate religion, as much as any other. The fact that many see this is as a satirical religion doesn't change the fact that by any standard one can come up with, our religion is as legitimate as any other. And *that* is the point.

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