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TO ALL SHIPS AT SEA: NAVY DITCHES CAPS LOCK
Or at least, you're now allowed not to use it
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
US WARSHIPS CONDUCT EXERCISES ALONGSIDE THEIR SOUTH KOREAN COUNTERPARTS IN THIS FILE PHOTO.   (AP Photo/South Korea Navy via Yonhap, File)

(Newser) – UP UNTIL APRIL, THIS IS WHAT ALL OFFICIAL NAVY COMMUNIQUES HAD TO LOOK LIKE. YES, LIKE YOUR MOST ANNOYING UNCLE, THE NAVY HAS LONG BEEN ADDICTED TO CAPS LOCK, HAVING GOTTEN HOOKED BACK IN THE DAYS OF TELETYPE. BUT IN APRIL, US FLEET COMMAND SENT WORD THAT SAILORS WERE "AUTHORIZED TO USE STANDARD, MIXED-CASE CHARACTERS," THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS.

BUT THE NAVY HASN'T TOTALLY KICKED ITS HABIT. "RECOMMEND CONTINUE TO USE UPPER CASE IN LINES BEFORE REMARKS," THE MESSAGE CONTINUED. THE CHANGE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A SWITCH TO A MODERN SYSTEM THAT CAN HANDLE THE HIGH-TECH WONDERS OF LOWER CASE LETTERS—AND WILL SAVE THE NAVY $15 MILLION A YEAR. AND GOOD THING, BECAUSE THIS WAS PRETTY EXHAUSTING TO READ, NO?

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 15, 2013 8:03 PM CDT
The PSK system the navy uses on HF and LF radio is typically not conducive to character case because it has to send extra bits The navy's receivers were set up to only display upper case regardless of the sent message. They surely have not been sending upper case messages, but the display was set up that way. Most important communication is by satellite anyway so it was obvious the switch was overdue especially in message decoding. M is mega and m is micro. K is thousand and k is kilo. They spelled it out to prevent misinterpretation.
KVASIR
Jun 13, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Caps Lock gets NONE.
flapstick
Jun 13, 2013 6:28 PM CDT
you actually get used to it.. and then even start to write in all caps. I hate it.