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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

‘Fess up now: Does anyone actually prefer the tap-to-click cursor/click behavior that’s become the default for Windows notebook computers?

I had the misfortune to be saddled with such a machine during my workday today. Worse luck, the necessary drivers for turning off that behavior weren’t loaded onto this particular machine (believe me, I spent far too much time in the Settings confirming this). Downloading a fix wasn’t an option, so I had to deal with this wonky “feature”. Nothing disastrous happened, but I was on pins and needles all day.

Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? Some idiot engineer who never actually types on a keyboard, but instead navigates onscreen via single-swipes and one-clicks? I know I’m not alone in my disdain, since forums seem to be full of workarounds. So I’m not the only one who, y’know, lifts his finger off the touchpad simply to reposition the cursor — not to suddenly tap out a click. Last time I checked, that’s what the left and right buttons were for. I really fail to see how you gain efficiency by combining two different interface actions.

I think the reason so many people take an instant dislike toward truly functional touch interfaces like the iPhone is because they assume it’ll be as annoying as what’s found on PC laptops. A whole generation has been ruined for the next wave of intuitive navigation, thanks to a poorly-crafted industry standard.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/10/2021 11:09 PM
Category: Tech
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It’s all well and good to be packing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in your personal karaoke repertoire. But be sure your rendition is a flawless tribute to Old Blue Eyes before performing it in Manila:

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Whatever the reason, many karaoke bars have removed the song from their playbooks. And the country’s many Sinatra lovers, like [Rodolfo] Gregorio here in [the city of General Santos], are practicing self-censorship out of perceived self-preservation.

Even accounting for the Chairman’s notoriously bare-knuckles lifestyle, I doubt he’d approve of the disproportional response to a few off-key notes. Although I’m thinking that if he weren’t already dead, Sid Vicious would be the latest victim of this cover-song slaughter rule, thanks to his famous turn at this Sinatra standard:

And yes, the Goodfellas placement of Vicious’ version is most apt in this instance. If Scorsese had to remake his film, he’d probably include a whack-job episode involving misuse of “the final curtain” lyrics.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/10/2021 09:01 AM
Category: Pop Culture, Society, True Crime
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