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Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 1) 431

by 3choTh1s (#48896429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?
I have both a MX Revolution and 2 Performance MX's. I prefer the weight of the MX revolution's wheel especially when doing free scrolling. The Performance MX does let you use the scroll wheel as a middle button and has a separate button to make it switch between click/free scrolling. I also really like the Revolution's thumb wheel which they got rid of for the Performance MX, but now they have somewhere to go when making an ultimate MX mouse! Either way they are fantastic mice all of them.

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 917

by 3choTh1s (#32933182) Attached to: Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems
The fault in the logic here is that them saying .5% of people reported the problem, people think that .5% of the people actually have the problem. This one is actually belongs to both Apple and media. I have an iPhone 4 and have the problem. I already live in a poor reception area and having a phone that can be slightly better than average or significantly worse than average reception kinda makes my head spin.

But I didn't report it! Why you say? Because it's already a big deal to the media who's been schlepping this story around for the last month. I didn't think I needed to report it. And everyone I know who has an iPhone talks about the news stories about the terrible reception, but again never report it. They figure if it's this big a news then Apple should be able to see it's more than just a few thousand people having the issue.

Again this is both sides' fault, but I guarantee the number of problem phones is a bit greater than .5%

Comment: Re:Step 1. (Score 1) 1197

by 3choTh1s (#31250070) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
About the heart thing. I know it might be several different factors but it does sound a lot like what I have. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachardia. Just for information if anyone else suffers from it. It's a problem because it's so sporadic that figuring out what it is from a normal doctor is crazy hard

The link shows a technique to stop it when it's happening and it's helped me nearly every time. It takes a few times but eventually it goes away.

Now everybody this has helped go ahead and send me a few bucks so that I can afford to go back to the doctor and tell him I'm doing his job for him. =P

Comment: Is that 3,727 requests to the http server? (Score 2, Insightful) 271

by FoolishOwl (#31250026) Attached to: Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

I noticed a few people reacting to the 3,727, as if it was some sort of brute-force attack to get a URL.

If that was 3,727 requests to the http server, I think that wouldn't be very much. That is, reading a web page with graphical elements would, I would think, involve a dozen or so http requests -- more if there were lots of little icons and what not. Two journalists looking at a dozen such web pages a few times each would run up that number pretty quickly. (Can someone with more networking experience than I have check my thinking?)

And, of course, a decent firewall logs all requests, including legitimate requests.

So, I would guess that this is just the politician grabbing a number that sounds large to him, and ascribing significance it doesn't have.

Comment: Re:Heomeopathy = Placebo (Score 1) 507

by CharlyFoxtrot (#31249472) Attached to: NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

Which is why I'm in two minds about this. Placebos are effective in a number of cases, and belief in the effectiveness of the placebo has been shown to increase this. If giving people a glass of water and telling them that it's magic pixie juice boosts their immune system and avoids the need to give them antibiotics, why not do that?

The dilemma of the white lie. Ultimately it's a question of personal moral philosophy but I think it demeans the person being told the lie in this case. It also undermines the authority of the medical practitioner if you can't trust them not to lie to you "in your best interest."

Comment: Re:Just like desktop linux. (Score 1) 636

by tepples (#31248532) Attached to: Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

Sure, someone might have to change a few things in the code to make the program they wrote for the Hero usable on the Droid, but then you just float 2 versions of the software on the android marketplace

Then the problem becomes how to pay for all the phones on which to test your app and the service plans that come bundled with the phones. For a small business, this adds up fast.

Comment: Re:windows 7 has flaws too (Score 1) 864

by 3choTh1s (#26511941) Attached to: Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's
They'll only have huge problems if they are afraid of change. Which means that they shouldn't be doing the very thing you are proposing they should do. Which is to change their operating system.

So forget changing them to any other system, whether it be OSX or some distro of Linux. But lets take a look at those who can change.

Grouping applications under one icon makes a lot of sense, especially when you start opening up a lot of applications. Maybe they shouldn't, maybe they don't care, but keeping the taskbar clean is the only way to take care of many applications running at once without going to some other application management.

The icons can have text if you want them to, just one more option. The point of the icons pinned to the taskbar is that people DON'T NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S RUNNING. If you want to have Firefox open, click the firefox icon. If it's not running it'll start running. If it is running then it'll just go to the last instance of it. Either way you get what you want, which is to a firefox window.

The taskbar will append applications to the end as long as they aren't already pinned to the taskbar. Need to have your applications one after the other? Just don't pin anything to the taskbar(although I don't really understand the point). The icons are pretty big. I don't think people are that dumb(and if they are why are we arguing here it won't matter) that they can't figure out their Excel spreadsheet is under the excel icon which the icon looks a little different now that it has an active window. Give them a second, I bet they can figure it out.

I doubt they're gonna be really confused about the mouse gestures. To activate Aero Shake, you really have to shake it like you mean it. Unless they are doing it just for fun. Maximizing by dragging it to the top isn't confusing. Move it to the top and they see the window maximize move it down a bit and it reverts back. I really wish the window would snap to the side full screen so i can have a side by side view of two windows. And there is Aero Snap, which is very convenient even to the most staunch. Did I mention if you don't like any of this, you can just turn it off?

And yeah it's the same basic interface, but many people use their own style, moving the taskbar to the left or right of the screen. Which is very nice for widescreen monitors which are becoming all the rage. And the icon based taskbar works very well on the side there.

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