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  • I designed a compact keyboard (*).

    , figuerres wrote

    Tenkey layout is something many keyboard users learn.\

    breaking that seems like a bad idea.

    drop the trackball and the pad, most folks that need a small kb really only want the kb anyway.

    Drop the trackball AND the numeric-keypad AND the navigation keys, and replace them all with a touch-screen. It can switch modes between nav-keys, numeric-keys, track-pad, and specialized functions, depending on the requirements.

    Navigation-Keys and Numeric-Keys do not normally require the tactile feedback of the Qwerty pad, and so a touch-screen can suffice. This would also allow customisation of the layout - e.g. I am so used to the modified MS keyboard with the large delete key, that I have problems adapting to the standard layout.

  • KDE Plasma 5.0 released

    , bondsbw wrote

    *snip*
    Version 4.0 was the first to be named iOS
    *snip*

    Apple licensed the rights for the name 'iOS' from Cisco - in June 2010 - i.e. they re-named iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4

    Interestingly enough, they also had to licence the name "iPhone" from Cisco (but only after Cisco sued them for infringement) and bought the name iPad from Fujitsu just a few days before its launch - apparently testing their resolve to litigate until the last minute.

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*
    I don't think you get it. They wont start thinking of a new plant right after the first one complete. After plant is built, they will rejoice for a year or two.

    No, that's not how civil engineering projects work. 

    Firstly, a planning authority will typically have multiple projects and plans on the go at any one time. However, even if we say they only have one, they will start the planning process for the next project, once they have finished their planning work on the current project - i.e. once it has started the construction phase - and they will do so with knowledge of the estimated construction time-line for the current project. To do otherwise, puts themselves out of a job - a very un-government-like decision.

    Obviously, the more common-place the technology, the more accurate the forward estimates of demand, capacity and construction time, and transfer of technology from developed to developing nations can mitigate much of the risk-management in this area.

    Your last point is incorrect, in that it assumes the onus is on developing nations to shoulder the financial burden of the decision to use renewable tech. The onus is on the DEVELOPED nations (i.e. where *I* live) to subsidise the choice of renewables, if this is the outcome they want. It should not be viewed in terms of what THEY will choose, but in terms of what WE will choose.

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*
    hmmmm... You do realize your timeline already shown it started this process on 2006, not 2009 right? And you do realize the government is interested in having one more power plant to even begin the pre-qualification. The requirement is there, so they don't have to open another pre-qualification before the first power plant completes.

    Planning, Funding and Construction are separate limitations.

    Ivanpah was obviously in Planning/Funding for the period before construction commencing in 2009. You don't suddenly get to a point and say - oh s**t we need a new power-station... let's start thinking about it. All govts are constantly planning for the future. In the case of California, it is part of their 33% renewable target for 2020, and they have multiple solutions in the mix.

    If developed nations want developing nations to use renewable energy, the solution is pretty simple - subsidise it for them.

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    , magicalclick wrote

    Here are the system requirements.
    ...
    3) Energy production must meets the current demand and 10 years down the road because they have to give themselves enough time to make more power plants, which takes years.

    10 years is perhaps a bit long.

    California's Ivanpah solar power plant was 4-5years from construction start in 2009 to coming on-line in 2013

    Obviously, the thing cost megabucks, and at 390MW is relatively small-scale, but this is cutting edge technology, which should get better and cheaper as more are built.

    Ivanpah TimeLine

  • Do you use Linux?

    At home - no.

    At work - CENTOS - to support various services

    Running it as a guest on Hyper-V is well known and we found easy enough to implement for simple single-service requirements.

    e.g. We (not me personally) implemented a virtual squid array when we moved off TMG after MS pulled the plug on it and would not support it on Server-2012.

  • wireless power

    Yeah yeah... but when do we get those hover-boards ?

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , magicalclick wrote
    It is too late though. Sikorsky screwed it up..

    Sikorsky ?  The Helicopter guy ??

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    If MS want to avoid Win7 becoming the next XP, the need to provide a direct upgrade path from Win7 to Win9 (or whatever they choose to call it). Needing to go through Win7-->Win8-->Win8.1-->Win9 or doing a complete nuke & install, is just going to discourage upgraders.

  • rename this place ....

    A common approach is to use spam-rules for deciding if a post is auto-approved, or requires admin-approval.

    Telligent have a system that seems to work pretty well, based on assigning points to a posts, to decide if it's likely spam, and sidelining posts above set "suspect" values. Basically, if a post scores above the "suspect" limit, it requires admin approval to be posted.

    User Account Age
     -- Deduct points for posts from older (more trusted) accounts

    Known Spam Terms
     ++ eg 'viagra'

    User Creation IP Frequency
     ++ More points if the IP address is repeatedly creating users.

    Status Message Duplicates
     ++ Recent duplicate status messages and replies

    Status Message Flood
     ++ A user has recently created many posts

    Comment Length
     ++ If comments do not meet a certain minimum length

    IP Address Frequency
     ++ If a given IP address attempts to make repeated posts

    Emails in Comments
     ++ Regex matches in the comment body

    Forbidden Words
     ++ Site configured rules based on acceptable content

    Recent Duplicate Spam Rule
     ++ Duplicate username, title, body, etc.

    Links in Comments
     ++ Links to known or suspect bad places.

    Regex
     ++ Regex matches in username, title, body, etc that match known values.