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'Gorilla Arm' Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

meldroc Re:Does Microsoft make bad versions deliberately? (610 comments)

The Mac's menu-bar at the top of the screen was a Fitts' Law thing, the same reason why Windows (before 8) put the Start Button in the corner, and why Windows 95 was so brain-damaged for putting the Start button two pixels away from the corner.

In Windows

Hell, I'm using Kubuntu with KDE right now, and how is it set up? With the K menu in the lower right corner, ready to be quick-drawn at the flick of a mouse.

Though to be honest, the Mac-style menubars don't work as well as they used to. In the early days of the Mac, screens were smaller, trying to get multiple windows on screen just made it hard to get work done, so you maximized your window, had your menubar on the top of the screen, and for those early Macs with small monitors and lower resolutions, that was the optimal way to get things done.

Now with big screens, and multiple screens, people want to have multiple windows up. On my system, I usually don't have my web browser maximized, because it makes columns too wide that way, and makes reading harder, so I have it only vertically maximized. On systems with the huge amounts of screen real-estate, the top-of-the-screen Mac-style menu bar doesn't make as much sense anymore. It's too removed from the application. Some power users will still like it - they're all for quick-drawing their menus, but having the app in one window, and the menus for that app way off on the top edge of the screen is confusing.

And big monitors is why Microsoft's insistence on forcibly full-screening applications is brain-damaged.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Safe, Green Thorium Power Finally Ready For Prime Time?

meldroc Only if you can separate it from the U-232 (258 comments)

U-232 is also produced in LFTR reactors, and is HELLACIOUSLY radioactive. You can't work around U-232 with just a glove-box - you're gonna get a tan that way. It also poisons the reaction of a U-233 bomb, so you've got to separate it out, so you're back to centrifuges and the like, and you're gonna have to throw out the contaminated and radioactive centrifuges when you're done as well.

about a year and a half ago
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This Is What Happens When You Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

meldroc I learned that the hard way as a teenager. (164 comments)

My very first job, I worked at an A&W, and they put me to work at the deep fryer. The procedure there (OSHA would not approve) was to take a big bag of fries out of the freezer, cook some of them, put the fries back in the freezer, and repeat for a few iterations. They freeze-thaw cycles would cause the fries to get covered with ice crystals.

One particularly frantic dinner rush, I was scrambling to get fries out, and I jammed a whole bunch of ice-covered fries in the deep fryer. Of course, the crystals flashed to steam, and splashed my arm with napalm-hot frying oil. I still have the scars.

about a year ago
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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

meldroc Re:Hardly (362 comments)

That's the thing - it's more fun to play with friends than with random Internet assholes, whether the game is deathmatch or co-op. Play co-op with random people on the Internet, and you'll get some douchebag griefers who'll do things like team-killing just to screw with people. I have better things to do than deal with griefers.

more than 3 years ago
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Robotics Prof Fears Rise of Military Robots

meldroc Building artificially intelligent killing machines (258 comments)

What could possibly go wrong? I mean, we've had a whole 150,000 years since the last time we built Cylons and they rebelled, attempting genocide against the human race. Surely it can't happen again...

more than 4 years ago
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Spoiler-Free Review of Indiana Jones

meldroc Is there enough violence and gore in this one? (219 comments)

Ideally, there should be a Pat Roach fight in order to make it a true Indiana Jones movie. In any case, you can't do it right without some hapless bad guy getting chopped up by an airplane propeller or mashed in a rock crusher... Very important, you see.

more than 6 years ago

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meldroc meldroc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

meldroc writes "The White House, in response to Congressional subpoenas of emails on Republican National Committee servers including gwb43.com, claimed on Wednesday that it had "mishandled" some email accounts used by some two dozen Presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of emails concerning White House business.

Is anyone else seeing the ghost of Rosemary Woods here? This question is for those of you who work in ISPs and other places where you handle a decent amount of email. How likely is it that emails such as the ones in the story can be lost accidentally? How hard it is to "lose" emails deliberately? And assuming that computer forensics gurus can get a hold of those servers, as well as the workstations of certain White House aides (like Karl Rove,) how hard would it be to recover emails that had been "accidentally" deleted, or even deliberately wiped?"

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Playing with my new Palm

meldroc meldroc writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I just picked up a Palm m505 yesterday. Neat toy, except I haven't figured out how to get my Linux box (RH7.1) to talk to it yet. It came with a USB cradle which the kernal does not recognize on boot. It sees my other USB devices. I'm thinking I need to upgrade to a new kernel which may have a Handspring Visor driver that has been hacked to talk to Palms as well. I'm wondering if KPilot can be made to talk to my Palm.

Any ideas?

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