I’ve been studying kernel keymaps in the hopes of getting the fn key to work (the given resources didn’t work). It appears as though the keyboard sends codes to the kernel, which get translated through the keymap into the actual codes before getting sent to the console. But it’s not clear whether X gets the codes directly from the keyboard or after they’re filtered through the keymap. Either way, one has to create two keymaps, one for the console, one for X, to get stuff to work.
[Politically-oriented rantings follow]
I also made the mistake of watching TV, specifically 60 Minutes:
Vice City made some kid shoot a cop. A doctor drags out evidence that brains aren’t “fully developed” until age 20-something. No statistical evidence was presented to show even a correlative link between video games and violent crime, particularly since violent crime has gone down every year since the mid-90s, when everyone started playing these “violent” games. Personally, I’ve played these kinds of games since I was 12 (Wolfenstein, Doom, Half-Life, Unreal, Quake, etc.), watched a thousand people get arrested for no reason, and been physically assaulted by the police, but I’ve never considered killing a human being a valid response. It’s entirely possible that this kid really was influenced by the video games, but how is that any different from being influenced by the Rambo series. After all, in the first movie Rambo killed a lot of cops and National Guardsmen, in the second one he assaulted a U.S. Senator, and in the third movie he was helping Osama bin-Laden. Nobody is suggesting censoring Rambo.
A Texas law which says the top 10% of all schools get guaranteed college admission is “too successful” because people who aren’t in the top 10% of their class in “competative schools” (which is code for “lilly-white rich schools”) are being beat out by people who are in the top 10% of schools in poorer immigrant communities. The University of Texas now has the highest freshman retention, SAT scores, and average GPA in it’s history, but somehow the students from the poorer schools are “unprepared” for college. <sarcasm>Oh my god, poor immigrants are getting into college while wealthy white kids given every possible advantage are getting shafted for taking their money and running to gated communities in the ‘burbs. Boo hoo hoo.</sarcasm>
Next up was a story on some dude searching for a new monkey species in Bolivia. While it’s interesting, there’s another story in Bolivia right now: peasants seizing gas fields and tens-to-hundreds of thousands of protesters who’ve blockaded the capital demanding nationalization of the hydrocarbon industry, the resignation of the president (he resigned a couple days ago), the disbanding of the parliment, and the banishment of multinational oil corporations (Exxon, BP, etc.). They could’ve easily spent their 60 minutes doing a brief history of Bolivian economics and popular resistance to the globalization of capital, but they had to get to their next story…
…Which was Andy Rooney emptying a kitchen drawer onto his desk and explaining what all the various utensils were for, finishing with how he couldn’t throw them out lest he need them in the future.
It was still an improvement from the last time I watched 60 minutes, when Andy Rooney was saying that he’d support ID chips implanted under your skin to cut down on airport screening time.