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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-16 05:40
Subject: [links] Link salad gears up for Reno
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Nice guys earn less, study finds — This explains a lot about my business career.

Law grads sue school, say degree is ‘indentured servitude’

Some in Lizzie Borden’s Hometown Think Her Legend Is Out of Whack

Radioactive sulfur in California ‘not a problem’ say scientists

Astronaut Snaps Spectacular Meteor Photo From Space

Are Keyboards on Laptops the Next Thing to Go?Infinitely re-configurable virtual keyboards with haptic feedback could do everything conventional input devices do — and so much more. This pushes my “hey, you kids, get off my lawn!” buttons.

Deloot London: The Opposite of a Boycott

Bachmann and Qualifications — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Michele Bachmann.

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder — If you have a paid vacation or a 40-hour workweek, thank liberals. If you’re a woman who votes, thank liberals. If your child has an education, thank liberals. If you drink clean water and breathe clean air, thank liberals. What have conservatives brought you except market crashes and richer rich?

GOP Candidates Sign Pledge to Create Anti-gay Witch Hunt Commission — Very nice. Because free speech is only for straight, white conservatives, apparently. (Via @twilight2000.)

?otD: How many twofers in your Tuesday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,400 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

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ubiquitous_a: ww-badwriting
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-08-16 15:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are Keyboards on Laptops the Next Thing to Go?


Seriously, as someone who does write for a living (though not fiction, admittedly) I would find it infinitely confining to not have a hard keyboard available for serious writing time. With that, I can type upwards of 70 wpm....without, I have no doubt it would be a far smaller fraction of that. Not exactly sure how someone can "touchtype" on a virtual keyboard, since it sounds more like it would be a neverending game of hunt-and-peck to me. This is why an iPad would never be my primary "computer", even if I had one.

When I bought my Acer netbook a few years ago, I realized I could do just fine without an optical drive, and I could do just fine with a smaller screen. But the one major thing I was checking when I shopped for my netbook was the feel, size, and placement of keys on the keyboard. If I can't really write easily on a computer, then it's basically useless to me.

So yeah....."Get off my lawn!" indeed.
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Max Kaehn: Hack
User: slothman
Date: 2011-08-16 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I’ve been quite pleased with Swype on my Android phone, and I think soft keyboards like that are going to become more common. I don’t think physical keyboards are going to go away, but they are eventually becoming to become specialized input devices for people who manipulate words for a living.

To be fair to conservatives, Eisenhower did the massive public investment of creating the interstate highway system and Nixon brought us the EPA, OSHA, and Clean Air Act. Of course, the modern GOP would call Reagan a tax-raising torture-and-nukes-opposing liberal wimp if they weren’t trying to canonize him...
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