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Borrow Your Laptop

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If used with software that could keep up, a scroll wheel mapped to send a stream of 'undo' and 'redo' events could be kind of cool.
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alt_text_bot
26 days ago
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If used with software that could keep up, a scroll wheel mapped to send a stream of 'undo' and 'redo' events could be kind of cool.
Fidtz
26 days ago
You can try this in any app if your mouse allows full re-mapping. Gaming mice (e.g. Razer) allow this. I don't recommend it tho.
jepler
26 days ago
yeah you'd have to make sure this was meta-bucky-mousewheel, not just plain mousewheel. all you emacs users out there know what I mean. On the other hand, I'm not sure what you do with software like vim that has a redo-forest instead of one and only one redo.
kbenson
25 days ago
Crap. Now I need to look up vim redo. To be clear, this is only a bad thing because I have a feeling I'll soon be kicking myself for shortsightedness that persisted for well over a decade.
infini
25 days ago
I have a Finnish language keyboard set to international keyboard which i'm able to use because I'm a touch typist. Today's cartoon speaks to me :D
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19 days ago
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Covarr
25 days ago
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You have to hold down the fn key to type letters, otherwise it treats them as though you are holding down alt.
Moses Lake, WA
Lythimus
25 days ago
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Ha, I have a very sensitive mouse, an ergonomic keyboard, and type in dvorak. I'm not proud of it, but at least no one will use my computer.
zippy72
25 days ago
I've been considering disembowelling one of my keyboards to make it an HCESAR layout...
matthiasgoergens
24 days ago
Ditch the mouse and go with a trackball---for extra nerd cred.
Lythimus
24 days ago
@matthiasgoergens I've only tried Microsoft's D67-00001, but I loved it. I'm using a Mionix Avior 7000 which is more suited for small hands with long fingers and am digging it.

Barack Obama Conspiracy Theories, Brought to You by Google Home

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This video is simply revolting.

Amazon Alexa says she doesn’t understand the question. Siri directs me to this article from ABC News, headlined “No, Former President Obama Isn’t Planning a Coup Against President Trump”.

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kyounger
23 days ago
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Gruber is now like the people that didn't understand Google Suggest.
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the7roy
22 days ago
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Those people vote
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Snapchat Shakedown

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Anthony Smith, reporting for Mic:

Snapchat told a gun safety charity it might run NRA ads on the charity’s anti-gun violence awareness campaign — which would have featured videos starring families who lost their loved ones to firearms — if the charity didn’t pay Snapchat for advertising, emails provided to Mic by a source close to the exchange show. […]

“I just learned our News Team is doing a Live Story on National Gun Violence Awareness Day,” Saliterman’s message began. “I would urgently like to speak with you about advertising opportunities within the story, as there will be three ad slots. We are also talking to the NRA about running ads within the story.”

In other words, if the nonprofit partnered with Snapchat’s editorial department instead of paying the six-figure fee to promote its event through Snapchat’s advertising department, it ran the risk of having its gun safety message countered by the NRA, which strongly opposes the reform Everytown promotes.

Creepy.

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kyounger
26 days ago
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How is this creepy? This happens to advocacy movements all the time. Just because you don't like guns doesn't make it creepy.
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glenn
27 days ago
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#deletesnap?
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Four short links: 24 August 2016

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Coop Handbook, Startup Engineering Management, Pokemon Go, and Availability vs. Latency

  1. The Loomio Coop Handbook -- see also the Q&A on the Hacker News comment thread.
  2. Notes on Startup Engineering Management -- every word of this is golden.
  3. Pokemon Go User Numbers Drop -- interesting line of thought, not explored in the article, is that the "cheats" people put in place ("show me where the Pokemon are") are what enabled the flocking and social congregations. Correspondingly, the social use has stopped now that Niantic has blocked the third-party "where are they" services without providing their own functionality.
  4. PACELC Theorem -- PACELC stands for: if there is a partition (P), how does the system trade off availability and consistency (A and C); else (E), when the system is running normally in the absence of partitions, how does the system trade off latency (L) and consistency (C)?

Continue reading Four short links: 24 August 2016.

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kyounger
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Bingo on #3
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Chrome Will Start Blocking ‘Behind the Scenes’ Flash Content Next Month

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Anthony LaForge, “curator of Flash in Chrome” (talk about a shit job):

Today, more than 90% of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it. HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites. […]

In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash. For those, you’ll be prompted to enable Flash when you first visit the site. Aside from that, the only change you’ll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience.

Finally.

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kyounger
231 days ago
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Meh, I actually liked how Chrome approached this whole flash deprecation thing better than Apple.

And "shit job"? Gruber, you're a pompous prick.
alexmoffat
230 days ago
There wouldn't be a "flash deprecation" thing if Apple hadn't started it.
kyounger
230 days ago
Right...
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sirshannon
231 days ago
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"Curator of Flash in Chrome" is the definition of "shit job."

‘Apple Watch 2’ With GPS, Barometer, Better Waterproofing

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Mikey Campbell, writing for AppleInsider:

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to investors on Sunday, obtained by AppleInsider, detailed Apple’s wearable timeline for the coming six months.

Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch two new Apple Watch versions in the second half of 2016, both of which offer moderate improvements over their predecessor. The first unit will be an iterative upgrade on the original Apple Watch and is expected to sport the same aesthetics, but with improved intervals like a TSMC processor built on the 16nm process. Waterproofing should also be slightly improved.

A second version, dubbed “Apple Watch 2,” is also expected to share the same general design as current models, but will include a GPS radio and barometer for improved geolocation capabilities. A higher capacity battery will be included to power the advanced components, but its size will prohibit Apple’s usual generational device slimming.

I can see Apple keeping the original Apple Watch models around (Sport edition only?) at lower prices. That’s what Apple does with old generations — keep them around at lower prices. But it doesn’t make any sense to me why they would both introduce a second generation model and upgrade the first generation model. Especially if they look the same.

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kyounger
232 days ago
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Can someone explain to me how a barometer helps with geolocation?
amilham
232 days ago
Barometer can work as an altimeter, so the watch could track the flights of stairs you go up. The iPhone already has one for just that reason.
wmf
232 days ago
The barometer provides more accurate altitude
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