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Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

TeknoHog Re:By diving in it (78 comments)

Attempt no landing^Wdiving there.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TeknoHog Rant mode (422 comments)

I don't have an answer, but I'm reading this with keen interest as I feel similarly about input devices. I recently wrote up some of my ongoing keyboard rants where scrollwheels are also discussed. One general issue seems to be that those who don't learn to use keyboards properly, will reinvent similar functionality in mice (arrow keys and pgup/pgdn -> scrollwheels).

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

TeknoHog Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

Yes, if you're happy chugging along at 20-35fps with dips into the low teens.

If you know what I mean.

5 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

TeknoHog Re:My take is different (39 comments)

and they charge their customers a small transaction fee in the form of an exchange rate difference.

So you lose money each time you use it? That sucks.

Not quite. It also costs money to process transactions with credit cards etc., and even cash when you account for all the handling work. These costs are absorbed into the price, so actually you lose money no matter what the payment method. Solutions like Bitpay are actually a little cheaper than CC processing.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

TeknoHog Re:Typical for Slash (263 comments)

IMHO, the sweet spot is having done it only once or a few times. Then you know what you're missing and you can be properly bitter.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

TeknoHog Re:Time for a UNION! (263 comments)

'If HR did chemistry hiring like HR does IT hiring we'd hear stories about people being underqualified because they used 50 ml beakers at school instead of 75 ml beakers at $job. Or "You used 2-propanol? Sorry we only hire people who use isopropyl in that synthesis."' -- vlm (69642)

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

TeknoHog Re:Wirthian syntax ... (643 comments)

I agree, it's not really an issue, at least for me. But it seems people sometimes get into trouble with it as they edit other people's Python in some random editors. For example, it's nice that people are using my code even on Windows, but apparently some portability issues remain :-j

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

TeknoHog Re:Wirthian syntax ... (643 comments)

While Python is my favourite language overall, I think the Fortran/Julia style strikes the best balance in readability. Blocks have clear start and end, but there is no messy punctuation. For example, line breaks are meaningful, so there is no need to have something like a semicolon after every statement. That's as far as the whitespace thing goes, so there are none of the indentation issues of Python.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

TeknoHog Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

How is that adjustable? Do you always have to work standing up?

It's not adjustable. A good question, though. My standing desk is for the computer only, and I have another, regular desk for paperwork. I find this a good, balanced setup, as I have quite a bit of paperwork due to studying math. I've also had full coding/writing days on the standing computer with no problems -- I do take breaks, after all.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

TeknoHog Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

I can personally tell that working at a standing desk involves quite a lot of movement. It's not like you have to stand in attention -- you can keep changing your posture, move your feet around, etc. while actually working/typing. I also feel like it solves ADD-type issues to a great extent, as you don't have to fight your body's natural urge to move.

It's true that standing for hours on end isn't great for you either. The idea isn't so much about sitting vs. standing, but not staying in one place/posture too long. When you sit down for a break from standing work, it feels much more like a break.

BTW, my standing desk consists of a coffee table on top of a desk. It's not quite perfect yet, but sure beats sitting down.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

TeknoHog Re:Nice laptop, but dislike the keyboard design (591 comments)

IIRC, the keyboard I had looked something like this. There's no clear indication what key combination I'd use to even simualte home, end, etc.

In contrast, all of the non-Apple laptops I've used either had those keys present (in 17" laptops), or had the keys silk-screened to indicate what key combo I'd use to simulate a home key, end key, etc.

I see, good points. I'm only familiar with older Apple keyboards that do have the indicators for simulating keys with Fn. For years, I've suspected there is a real trend to eliminate keys like PgUp/Dn altogether, as people learn to use scrollwheels and touch gestures for mostly the same thing. This might explain the lack of the Fn indicators in more recent keyboards.

I personally think it is dumb to move these things away from the keyboard -- better use different tools for different jobs, rather than force everything into mice and touchscreens. Particularly with the rise of keyboardless tablets, you'd think that the remaining keyboard market would become more sophisticated. Fortunately, this has actually happened to some extent -- I recently ordered a "gaming" keyboard as it was impossible to find a decent keyboard (with no numeric keypad, but otherwise full keys) any other way.

Of course, laptop keyboards are still problematic. At the moment, the trends seem to be split between a full layout with the numeric keypad, and the minimal Apple style. I don't like the full layouts either, mainly because the actual typing space is forced towards the left side. Also, there are still space limitations which makes the overall feel very crammed -- no space around arrow keys, for example. I'd much rather take the 15"..17" space with no number pad for larger and better-spaced keys.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

TeknoHog Re:Nice laptop, but dislike the keyboard design (591 comments)

A recent employer issued me a new 15" MacBook Pro. I really liked the weight, battery life, screen quality, and the feel of the keyboard. But the non-PC keyboard layout drove me nuts. I.e., the absence of stand-alone keys like home, end, page-up, alt, etc.

This is not exactly a Mac-specific problem, in my experience.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

TeknoHog Re:take my wife... please (218 comments)

FYI Mods, parent is not a troll, just European (Scandinavian I assume).

Could be a Scandinavian troll.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

TeknoHog Re:Or Slackware, Gentoo, or Devuan (403 comments)

This. IMHO, the whole point of Linux has always been the unlimited possibilities for customization, so I don't get this recent trend of threatening to leave Linux altogether because _some_ distros use Systemd _by default_.

Personally, I had a brief stint with NetBSD around 2003, and I was momentarily hooked by the Unix purity after all these flashy mainstream Linux distros. However, I soon learned I can a lot of the same experience with all the Linux goodies (such as hardware compatibility) by running Gentoo, so that's what I've used ever since.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

TeknoHog Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (893 comments)

The elephant in the room is that Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably offensive to Christians because they say Jesus was not the son of God. There is nothing more blasphemous than denying this fundamental tenant of Christianity.

IMHO, claiming that the Tenth Doctor isn't the all-time best Doctor comes pretty close.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

TeknoHog Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

Yes, what we need is 10 laws, inscribed into stone. That way there could be no argument over their meaning.

But there sure could be an argument over their total number.

about two weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

TeknoHog Re:Fiat Currency? (109 comments)

USD and EUR are Fiat currencies. Bitcoin is a Ferrari currency.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

TeknoHog Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (490 comments)

Complaining about the irrelevance of stories is a time honored tradition here, along with grammar nazis and tired memes.

That should be grammar Nazis.

Remember the recent nerd rage on "starivores"? You should not mix languages within technical terms. Since "Nazi" is a German word (short for "Nationalsozialist" - which is funny because the "nati" part is already pronounced as "na-tsi"), the term you're looking for is "Grammatiknazi".

about three weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

TeknoHog Re:Fuck the Nanny State (319 comments)

Better to live under a Sharia theocracy than a tyrannical nanny state.

Why?

Neither would be my first choice but if they were the only options I'd take the beer.

FTFY.

about three weeks ago

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Startup by ex-Nokians will keep Meego phones alive

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TeknoHog writes "A team of former Nokia employees behind the N9 has revealed plans for an upcoming Meego phone. According to the press release, "Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. Together with international private investors and partners, a new smartphone using this MeeGo based OS will be revealed later this year.

Jolla Ltd. has been developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011. The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.""

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Microsoft worms to patch software

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TeknoHog writes "According to New Scientist, Microsoft researchers at Cambridge, UK are studying the use of computer worms for spreading software fixes and fighting malevolent worms. From the article: "Software patches that spread like worms could be faster and easier to distribute because no central server must bear all the load." Not that there aren't other ways to avoid the server bottleneck, even from Microsoft itself."
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TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TeknoHog writes "European scientists have developed a system for tracing the position of fingers on any surface. From the New Scientist article: "Two or more sensors are attached around the edges of the surface. These pinpoint the position of a finger, or another touching object, by tracking minute vibrations. This allows them to create a virtual touchpad, or keyboard, on any table or wall.""

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