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Comment: Re:Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX (Score 1) 306

by Doug Otto (#48895041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?
The only problem with Logitech mice is the Logitech software. I hate, hate, hate it.

I've got a big, heavy, Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Ghost mouse.You can modify the internal weighting to your liking. It's got the scroll wheel but it's big and grippy. You could also map away the scroll entirely, or map a side button for that dangling ring finger. One caveat is their software too. If you're on OS X, you need to set the mouse up the first time in Windows. It's an annoyance but it's a really good mouse. Maybe you can get an old school Sun3 mouse before they went to a wheel. You'd have to build/buy an adapter but it's be unique.

Comment: Re:I didn't think they called them that these days (Score 1) 164

by Doug Otto (#48819755) Attached to: The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!
Then there is z/VM -- this is IBM's software crown jewel of mainframe software. This is where most shops run virtualized Linux servers. Create, start, stop, reconfigure guests as needed. You can reallocate storage among guests very easily. You can create software-only (virtual) networks for the guests.

Sounds like a wicked expensive VCenter cluster.

Comment: It's been going on for years (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by Doug Otto (#48804011) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
Even back in the 80s, I had a teacher fail me on a programming assignment because I was using things she hadn't taught yet. This isn't a 'new' problem. It's difficult for teachers to stay on top of the required curriculum and still have time to be continually training.

Comment: Re:And it was signed Kim Jong Un (Score 5, Informative) 81

by Doug Otto (#48508759) Attached to: FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets
The analysis doesn't blame Korea or anyone else, it's the media taking that route. The analysis just lists the file targets and the information you'd want to see if you have a match; e.g.

File: igfxtrayex.exe
Size: 249856 bytes (244.0 KB)
MD5: 760c35a80d758f032d02cf4db12d3e55
PE Compile Time: 2014-11-24 04:11:08
Language pack of resource section: Korean

It seems sans-bullshit to me.

Comment: Maths (Score 1) 525

by Doug Otto (#48497039) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
State Senator Scott Sales says he spent seven months working in the Bakken oil patch, driving back and forth to Bozeman regularly. "If I could drive 85 mph on the interstate, it would save an hour," says Sales. "Eighty-five would be fine with me."

Apparently you don't need to know math to become a Senator. Montana isn't big enough to save you "an hour" by going an extra 10mph end to end, let alone Bakken to Bozeman.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.