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Comment Re:what's the point with e-ink keys (Score 5, Interesting) 159

I live in a trilingual area. When you buy a computer you have to decide which layout you will be most typing in and then stick with that. For many people who need to switch a lot between languages it would be nice to be able to set and see the keyboard layout according to the language used, like one can do on mobile phones and tablets. The same goes for shared computers at home (bilingual family here), in offices or on production floors.

Personally, I use Apple's english international keyboard layout as that gives me full access to the characters needed when coding, while allowing me to generate special characters (accentuated, grave, acute, umlauts) easily enough when needed, and I can't see myself switching keyboard layouts for different tasks.

Some other possible points:

- Applications with particular needs can offer special keybindings and display them on the keyboard directly.

- Some manufacturers sell their laptops only with the "national layout" - people who want that brand have to buy a new keyboard with the desired layout and then switch their laptop's keyboards (potentially voiding the warranty).

- Logistics for the manufacturer - it is no longer necessary to have different keyboard layouts for the major languages. That depends on the cost of the keyboard, though.

Comment Re:So, what's her other option? (Score 2) 412

So, what should she do if her parents refuse to remove photos, including her "sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot"?

You're telling me it's "absurd" for her to sue, and she should "Grow The Fuck Up (tm)". But you're not telling me what she should actually do. What choices does she have other than suing?

Easy, she should post 500-odd embarrassing pictures of her parents to Facebook, make sure they are all properly tagged, and then wait for her parents' offer to mutually destroy all pictures.

On a more serious note, I find it sad that her parents value their social media status higher than the well-being of their daughter. If she doesn't want the photos online - whether she was sitting on the toilet or on a bench under a tree - her parents should respect her wish. Those who say she should "Grow The Fuck Up" should note that this is exactly what she is doing: Talking to her parents apparently didn't work; short of hacking into their account or taking resort to violent means, suing them looks like a "grown-up thing" to me. I'd never have done that myself, but then my parents are sensible persons that would never have put me in such a position.

Submission + - MuckRock and LilSis launch campaign to track how police monitor social media (

v3rgEz writes: Wondering if the last thing you shared on Facebook might get you on a watch list? Find yourself thinking twice before retweeting? You're not alone, and you might have good reasons: Increasingly, local police departments are tracking social media usage and monitoring individuals based on what they say, the pictures they post, and even the pages they like. FOIA site MuckRock and influence tracker LilSis have teamed up to launch a new project that helps uncover which police departments are monitoring social media, what their policies are, and more. Check out the project here, and if you're interested file a request of your own.

Submission + - Huge ATM Scam in Japan Nets $12.7 Million

AppleHoshi writes: The BBC is reporting that convenience store ATMs in Japan were used to withdraw 12.7 million dollars during the course of two to three hours on a recent Sunday morning. According to the Japan Times' coverage of the thefts, the withdrawals were made across Japan in a total of 14,000 transactions, using credit cards created from data leaked from a South African bank. Police believe that around one-hundred individuals were involved in the heist.

Comment Re:The open-source Telegram had them long ago (Score 1) 166

I have Telegram on various devices, and chats are always synced on all of them.

Did you sign up with the same phone number you used on the first device? This works very well on non-phones (laptops, tablets), too: a confirmation message containing a code is sent to your primary phone number. Once you insert that code on the device to be installed, all your chats on that device will be in sync with the chats on your "first" device.

Comment Re:Thanks For Nothing (Score 1) 147

Just how much energy has been wasted mining bitcoins over the years.

Probably less than one billionth of the amount of energy that's been used to view porn on the internet over the same period of time.

One of those two activities has eventually brought satisfaction to individuals. The other one has kept the hand-lotion-and-kleenex industry thriving for decades.

Comment Re:Crypto wars go way back (Score 1) 68

I remember the time when US Export Regulations prevented PGP to be exported legally. In order to lawfully bring PGP to other countries, the source code was printed in books which were then exported, scanned and OCRed. Interested parties could follow the progress on a website (# of pages scanned/OCRed/proofread). This went on until 1999, at which point export controls on cryptographic software were lifted.

There's actually an informative page about this which sports the same yellowish background I seem to remember from the nineties.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 2) 78

I have set up a few of these (Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with the camera module), and they work quite well and reliable.

You may want to install mjpg-streamer, which can be used to stream JPEG files over an IP-based network. That alone will already allow you to watch the camera's images as a stream over the local network. Make sure you limit access either by using mjpg-streamer's settings or by setting up a firewall/iptables.

You can then install motionEye, which is a web-based frontend for motion. There you can set up a number of IP cameras and define when and where you want the streams to be recorded. For example record camera1 between 22h and 06h, record camera2 whenever motion is detected, 24/7.

You can connect one camera module to each Raspberry, and a motionEye setup can - depending on the hardware it is installed on - support multiple cameras.

To the GP: It's true, the cost is slightly higher than going with a cheap IP cam, but the hardware can be used for other services, too. The video stream stays local (unless you open up your router or connect via VPN), and you are not depending on a 3rd party, which may or may not be available next year. The setup is straightforward and doesn't take much time.

I wouldn't use this solution in a professional environment, but it is more than enough to keep an eye on my garage, should the bastard who stole my bike ever decide to give it a second try.

Comment Depends on the sector (Score 2) 127

I've been working as a contractor in industrial automation for the past 15 years; not in Silicon Valley, though. Purely based on personal experience by working daily on the production floor of a manufacturing plant (machines are developed, constructed and implemented in situ), I'd say that few people have been replaced by the technology that we create. Some people have retired and have not been replaced, some people have been let go, some job descriptions have changed - but most of the people are still there. Actually, technology has allowed the company to expand into new markets, and whole new departments and jobs have been created.

In this specific case, hardware and software is developed in-house, employees (and contractors!) that are willing to learn are nurtured and given opportunities to grow. No in-house gym or similar perks, just solid jobs, an open mind and a certain level of trust that people know how to do their jobs and don't need to be micromanaged. I thinks that's a good recipe. Of course a lot depends on the sector the company is working in.

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