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Comment: Re:Protected relationships (Score 1) 296

by sjames (#49356937) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Why should a relationship between a priest and anyone else be a legally protected one relationship?

One last chance for someone to be talked out of doing something we wish they wouldn't do? Separation of church and state? (The sanctity of the confession has existed much longer than the U.S.)

Comment: Re:Race to the bottom... (Score 1) 262

by sjames (#49349771) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

That's where the capriciousness of Apple's review process comes in to play. It's hard to justify spending the kind of resources necessary to produce an app that competes on quality when you have no way at all to know if the app will EVER reach even a single customer. That makes cheap throw-aways the best bet and even that is a losing proposition for most.

Comment: Re:I have a solution (Score 1) 167

by sjames (#49348909) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

The hope is that the schools, law abiding individuals and corporations will obey the law and not pay (admittedly, the corporations might be problematic, not a lot of respect for law there).

The idea is that if the targets won't pay because they aren't willing to break the law, then the crooks end up with an all risk but no reward scenario and move on to something else.

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 713

by sjames (#49348143) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

But looking at the comparative benefits, a lockable door still wins. Let's say the door could be unlocked with a oin. Copilot physically jams the door, still no entry. Pilot manages to force the door anyway, copilot overrides everything and barrel rolls the plane to death.

Bottom line, if the person currently controlling the plane wants a crash, there will be a crash. No door design will change that.

OTOH, if terrorist wants control of the plane, a locked door rules that out.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 190

by m.dillon (#49347505) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Not sure what that guy was complaining about but I love my Razer Blackwidow ultimate (2013) keyboard. I grew up on heavy n-key-rollover IBM keyboards and then had to make due with horrible light, cheap, keyboards for many years until I found the Razer. It's worth the price for me. And I've gone through probably 30 or 40 keyboards over the last 35 years.

* Heavy, it doesn't move around.

* USB extension port on the right hand side is perfect for my wireless mouse's transceiver plug.

* N-key rollover that actually works, solid tactile (mechanical) response. I can type at 80+ WPM again.

* And doesn't have thousands of useless extra buttons.

Since a Razer engineer is listening. My suggestions:

* Have a usb port on the left side as well as the right side.
* Change the middle-bottom symbol. I don't quite remember... it might have been backlit before and I took the keyboard apart to disconnect it. It was a distraction.
* Don't reverse the upper and lower-case symbols on the keycaps. That was kinda silly.
* The bottom feet could be a little more robust.

In terms of mice, I use a simple microsoft or logitech wireless mouse now. Simple three button w/wheel... I don't like extra buttons or left/right buttons and when I play games I tend to map most features to the left-hand side of the keyboard rather than to a complex mouse. That way I can bang the mouse around without accidental button pushes. I prefer wired mice but for the last few years I couldn't find any at the stores I frequent.

The wireless mice are fine as long as (A) the tranceiver is within a few inches of the mouse, which it is hanging off the keyboard's RHS usb port. and (B) You use a AA alkaline (non rechargeable) battery. Rechargeable batteries just don't last due to charge leakage. And of course keep a spare battery within reach or replace every month whether or not it needs replacing.


Comment: Re:Why? Because... (Score 1) 522

Once you get out of elementary school, you might learn that for the purposes of market capitalism, 2 players doesn't suffice for competition. They will inevitable fall into a sort of tacit agreement to keep prices high and service low.

It's also notable that many of those included in 'ilk' seem also to have a tacit agreement to stay out of each other's staked out territory meaning there may be several such providers but only 1 in a given area. That fairly neatly explains how there can be more than one and still not even minimal competition.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure