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Comment Why not just keep using Esc then? (Score 1) 334

For anywhere Esc makes sense, it would obviously still be present, just not a "real" key (though that does not mean no feedback when pressed).

However I think it's absurd to say chording is not ergonomic, there is no twisting involved to use Shift with other keys to do selection, or to hit Ctrl-A to move to the start of the line. In fact if anything your hand benefits from mild occasional stretching.

Comment Should lead to more use of function row (Score 1) 334

XCode uses F-Keys,

Sure but all of those F-Keys will be back as clearer named keys on the touch bar. Which even better could change between editing source code vs. using IB vs CoreData modeling tool... nothing like a key to shift bounding boxes to match constraints!

I think that will lead to more use of the function row for me. I also use Xcode for most the day, and I have to say I have never used the F keys at all because I simply have never taken the time to understand what they are mapped to - I use a lot of other key-combos with Xcode, just not those keys.

Comment Right because Apple has no experience with touch.. (Score 1) 334

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.

Actually what experience has shown is that Apple gets Touch right, every time.

For years Apple has the only laptop trackpad I could stand using.

For years now Apple has made touch the singular way people interact with mobile devices - one that work at every opportunity, not fail...

Apple has also been doing an excellent job of integrating haptic feedback with touch, on both the Apple Watch and newer trackpads along with the iPhone.

So all signs point to a haptic-feedback touch bar with great responsiveness and accuracy... certainly not the grim picture you paint.

I personally am really looking forward to having function keys I never used replaced by clean commands in most apps I certainly will use. It's like gaining an extra row of keys, not losing anything.

Comment No, Maximalism (Score 1) 334

What is the obsession with removing functionality?

What is the obsession with claiming something has been removed, when a million new things in a superset have replaced them...

They are taking away the top row on function keys (and Esc) and in return giving you an INFINITE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE KEYS. How is that less???

Many apps never need Esc so why would it matter if it is gone? Presumably when the desktop is up or any key that needs esc, it would present that opinion in the standard location.

None of this is being done because of aesthetic reasons, it's for improving control of software. Being older you should appreciate this!!

Comment Umm, actually Emacs is based around M-x... (Score 2) 334

I know you were joking but in Emacs the magic gateway to commands is M-x - which stands for meta-x. Yes Esc-x works, but you can also use Option-x in Aquamacs...

Sadly it seems like the terminal version of Emacs does rely only on Esc to get to M-x, Option-x inserts some special character. I hope they fix that default but it can be re-bound as needed.

Comment Use the keyboard Luke (Score 1) 334

Ctrl-E goes to the end of the line, Ctrl-A to the beginning. Thank you Emacs.

Shift-Command-DownArrow Selects from the current cursor position to the end of the document... Shift-DownArrow adds to the selection a line at a time.

I've never missed any of the keys you mention as a developer, because the Mac has a number of keyboard modifiers (ctrl-option-command-shift) and they almost always do an excellent and intuitive job being stacked. I cannot think of anything the four keys you mentioned do that I cannot do easily with keystroke commands, and on OS X almost any document dealing with text will have those keystrokes work the same way.

The ironic thing is Macs are pushed as productivity machines for professionals.

Hey Alanis, thats not ironic - they are far more useful systems for professionals because between hardware and software they are more reliable and consistent.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 315

The jump from debate to irrational hatred and ultra- closed-mindedness is one of my least favorite features of warming alarmist sheep.

I'll let you keep believing what you like then, then I would recommend you study the atmospheric patterns of at least the US so you can understand where water actually comes from and why droughts occur, which are usually unrelated to temperature.

You can respond but I've given you the kernels for real understanding of how a warming climate affects things, it's up for you to take and grow with that understanding.

Comment Wrong, not drought like (Score 1) 315

The American Midwest will have wetter winters and springs, but summertime temperatures will rise considerably, leading to drought like conditions which will harm many crops.

Just because the temperature is hotter does NOT mean there would be drought conditions, again it all comes down to ambient moisture... the Dust Bowl happened in part because of farming, but mostly because the temperature of one ocean LOWERED in comparison to another which shifted the airflow over the midwest...

It doesn't matter if it gets hotter in the midwest as long as the current sources of moisture remain constant, which they mostly would. Hotter would be a little tougher on humans but the plant life would love it being hotter and even more humid...

Remember a lot of the predictions of what would happen (like bigger hurricanes) have been total flops because lots of people who didn't really understand atmospheric science well just made a lot of assumptions about hotter average temperatures meaning something it really doesn't in real life.

Comment Re:Please use 'bokeh' in a more useful way (Score 1) 50

I'm not too worried about that. Not least because an important part of the "portrait" aesthetic that they're going for, here, is the more flattering portrait perspective. Which is achieved by shooting from a decent working distance. The focal length on phone-cams is far too short to even come close to filling the frame with a well composed portrait that doesn't over-emphasize noses and whatnot. There's no hard and fast rule about distance, but generally you don't shoot decent looking portraits from arm's-length selfie distances.

Further: it's going to be very difficult for software-faked shallow depth of field to handle things like stray hairs, raggedy clothing textiles and other detailed bits against exactly the sort of complex backgrounds that photographers use shallow DoF to throw out of focus in the first place. To the casual observer at relatively low resolution, the faux shallow DoF may appear at least more interesting than no treatment at all, but to an eye that looks at such things even occasionally, it's going to ring false. Further, it's going to be extra-not-good if there's an attempt to apply it to video, looking for a more cinematic result from control of DoF (racking focus, that sort of thing). No, there won't be anybody who bought a $1000 85/1.4 for their Canon or their Nikon suddenly wishing they hadn't because their phone can do the same thing. Just isn't going to happen.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 315

What is really sad is you, a brainless fucktard denier, yesterdays man, irrelevant to the modern world

Behold everyone! The pinnacle of someone who claims to be the "man of today", awash in such kindness, and humility - not to mention his boundless maturity!

Surely we should all believe everything this person does, as their intelligence is obviously without bounds and far beyond that of ordinary men, their minds immune to incorrect thought or being misled in any way.

Comment Why do you think that? (Score 1) 315

Some areas that receive lots of rainfall will continue to see lots of rainfall, and in fact will receive more.

Yes, exactly...

But other areas will become more drought prone and parts of North America that are currently arable will be, or already are, in that zone.

Why do you think that is the case? Remember that higher average temperatures increase evaporation from oceans, lakes, rivers, and those areas that have higher humidity already would just be warmer, but still have plenty of water. Dryer climates night have an issue, but even there the larger abundance of moisture in the atmosphere would probably compensate.

The mountains would get more snow than before, which means more water flowing down the rivers, so far from drying up the midwest would bloom...

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