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Fresh snow in the high country...winter is coming...
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I suppose you're all wondering why I've called you here today...

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We missed our last week status call..let's have it now ! 
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Maybe the lazyweb can help me out here...I need a new keyboard.

I do a lot of typing in a day, and I'm highly sensitive to the keyboard I use.  Your typical cheapo PC keyboard will slow me down a lot, and, possibly, make my hands hurt, and I don't think any of us want that.  For some years I've used a Logitech diNovo Edge, a ludicrously expensive but well suited device.  But, naturally enough, it was too good and Logitech, after making the product worse for a while, stopped making it altogether.  And mine has done its time.

What I want is a high-quality, low-profile, low-travel, quiet keyboard.  Something closer to a typical laptop keyboard, really, than the sorts of things they sell for desktop machines.  Searching around on the net turns up lots of expensive, allegedly wonderful keyboards with your choice of blue, red, purple, or mauve polka-dot switches, but there's no place around here where I can actually try one. 

I get the sense that the people who buy a lot of those keyboards never quite got past the day when their VT100 died, but that's not the sort of device I'm after. 

Does anybody have a good suggestion for how to replace the diNovo Edge with something available on the market now?
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+Jonathan Corbet​ OK, interesting, thanks for the update. IIRC, the trackpad rubber comes off those Lenovo keyboards, if you don't like them.
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One might think that Trump would have lost his ability to shock by now, but, somehow, I find the prospect of him publicly asking a foreign power to use its espionage apparatus against a political opponent ... shocking.  This really isn't funny anymore.
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Oh, it's now "sarcasm". Yeah, that's "OK then".
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A little while back I posted a somewhat grumpy note detailing my problems using the Project Fi phone service in Italy.  So I figure I ought to put out an update saying that I've just spent two weeks wandering over much of Japan, and the service was rock-solid the entire time.  Everything Just Worked from the moment the plane landed.

That's a good thing.  If things worked as badly as they had in Italy, my plan was to switch away again.  I like the idea of Project Fi, but things need to actually work.

The recent announcement of Three as a partner in the whole thing will, hopefully, help things to work better the next time I find myself in Italy.

Meanwhile I found one other highly remote place with poor service: don't expect things to work well in much of Wyoming, away from the larger (in a Wyoming sense) cities.  For most of the stretch along I-25 there is voice service, but no data.  Things get better at the border at either end.
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Worked fine for me in Florence, Siena, Carbognano, Orvieto, and Rome. Worked great in Paris as well, calls and data. 
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A little while back I posted a somewhat grumpy note detailing my problems using the Project Fi phone service in Italy.  So I figure I ought to put out an update saying that I've just spent two weeks wandering over much of Japan, and the service was rock-solid the entire time.  Everything Just Worked from the moment the plane landed.

That's a good thing.  If things worked as badly as they had in Italy, my plan was to switch away again.  I like the idea of Project Fi, but things need to actually work.

The recent announcement of Three as a partner in the whole thing will, hopefully, help things to work better the next time I find myself in Italy.

Meanwhile I found one other highly remote place with poor service: don't expect things to work well in much of Wyoming, away from the larger (in a Wyoming sense) cities.  For most of the stretch along I-25 there is voice service, but no data.  Things get better at the border at either end.
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Three has the worst service of all in Italy outside of big cities, I had to force my tmobile phone to go 3g and use another provider (TIM) to get service as I move around outside Milan.
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Even after a redeye transatlantic flight, I'll stay awake for a hop over the Alps.
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Wow. That is unreal. I've flown over the Alps a few times and never had that view.
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Would you like to write full-time for one of the smartest and most interesting audiences out there?  LWN is currently looking for a new editor/writer, and we would like to hear from you.  Please see the job description below and drop us a note if you'd like to be a part of LWN.
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- A strong opinion in the Emacs-vs-vi debate — as long as it's for Emacs.
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Of all the appalling things this guy has said, this stuff may be some of the most insidious; he's trying to arrange for an angry, perhaps violent mob to hang around after he gets his ass kicked.  We're going to be a long time recovering from this election regardless of who wins.
Donald Trump declared Friday that there's only one way he could lose the state of Pennsylvania: if he's cheated out of it.
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Your points are well taken, but I do think most americans are pretty ignorant of voting systems in other countries and never question theirs as making sense or not (which is harder if you don't even know of the multiple other better systems out there)

It's not entirely their fault, I'll add that Americans are routinely brainwashed with "you are so lucky to be in the best country in the world" that many believe it and don't apply any critical thinking.

For what it's worth, I had to learn how the political systems and elections worked in several other countries outside of my own, worked, when I went to high school.
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"I believe in science" should be a fundamental, necessary qualification in a candidate for a major political office, not a differentiating factor.  But these are the times we live in, I guess.
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I don't "believe" in science, I understand science. Belief has no place in science. 
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So why didn't I think of this?  How did we ever get by without it?
Rollaboard luggage trailer-hitch for your butt
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Another invention that became useful since phones aren't usable with one hand anymore.
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This weekend William Davis, apparently a developer at Google, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while cycling on Jay road, a few miles from my house.

I did not know him, but the violent death of a cyclist on a road where I often ride is a shock just the same.  So I rode over there this morning to pay my respects, for what little they are worth.  I feel for his wife and kids, who have had their family so abruptly shattered.

Self-driving cars can't  get here quickly enough as far as I'm concerned.  Even knowing what I know about the quality of software, I feel it can't be as bad as what we have now.
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Bill Davis is survived by his wife and three kids. Donations can be given to "Bill Davis Memorial Fund":
https://www.gofundme.com/2bdebfw
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