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Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 118

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:This is because of net neutrality (Score 1) 464

Rules not allowing differences in rates between residential customers prevent cable companies from recouping their investment effectively on more remote connections. They also don't allow apartment owners to do things like offer cable as an amenity for 1/2 of what it would cost to buy.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 464

No on what you said, yes on what you meant. It is either or. T1 is a specific standard of how you use analog copper. VDSL is another way to use copper. So it is either / or for the telco. However... those high frequency DSL signals won't make it to the LEC, he's likely too far for VSDL2 to work.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 464

The business license is no big deal. And the $600 / mo / 1.5m is probably reducible with an agent. So something like $250 / mo or 5mbs for $600 if he prices out different options.

That isn't highway robbery though. While there is lots of old copper at 24 lines per 1.5mbs offering people good modern bandwidth chews up a ton. Say 88mbs is 56*24 lines. It is a limited resource.

Comment: buy business not consumer class (Score 1) 464

It is tough with inaccurate broadband maps. The government site is terrible. People really need to confirm.

First off he needs to get an agent this is not something that an individual is going to be able to successfully navigate easily though it is possible. This Seth guy doesn't seem to really understand what he's doing which is understandable but he's in over his head. The article mentions he is 1/2 mile away from Comcast's access point. That's going to be an expensive buildout, the $50k-60k he's objecting to sounds right. That doesn't mean that Comcast might not eat a percentage of the cost for example neighbors also want broadband.

There may also be other fiber near him, for example that CenturyLink fiber. If he's marked as on net there may be another access point for Comcast near him (for example fiber that Comcast is selling to a 3rd party provider who might thus be able to give him access)

His comment about XO at $600 / mo being exorbitant is crazy. If there is no fiber in the neighborhood then the internet over bundled copper (which the article doesn't say they are doing but XO specializes in and makes sense given they started with a T1 quote) seems reasonable. Again he might be able to bring that down by engaging an agent to something like $200 / mo / 1.5mbs but he's not getting 50mbs for $50 / mo other a copper bundle.

Comment: Payouts and application revenue (Score 1) 253

by jbolden (#49339939) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

The main thing that's happened is that simple horizontal applications are approaching a price of $0. The answer is don't code simple horizontal applications if you are looking to make money. That doesn't mean the whole model is broken but that there is massive oversupply of particular types of applications.

Apple app store payouts are about $5b growing at a rate of about $1b / year. I'm having a hard time seeing a medium sized and rapidly growing revenue stream as not existing. It is absolutely concentrated though that's true. Where it isn't concentrated is money from vertical and custom applications which far exceed the app store payouts.

Comment: That will be amusing (Score 1) 246

by m.dillon (#49339395) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Whenever Radio Shack asked me for my address I just said I wasn't interested in giving it to them. But a friend of mine did one better... he always wrote down the address of the White house and signed it Mickey Mouse. And the sales person dutifully entered it into the computer, no questions asked.


Comment: Never happened. (Score 1) 54

Never did - here's the Wikipedia about the Indiana Pi Bill. The crackpot proposed a bill that would acknowledge his collection of R33lY k3wl mathematical discoveries and let Indiana schools teach them free (in return for royalties from other user, if I'm reading it right), it snuck past the Indiana House, and a Professor Waldo told the Indiana Senate how bogus it was. It was close to passing there anyway, but one senator pointed out that it's not the Senate's job to establish mathematical truth. And now you know Where Waldo Was.

Comment: Whistleblowing about the local mayor (Score 1) 54

Back in the 60s, my father-in-law ran a weekly paper in his small town. It eventually got shut down by the police on some bogus excuse; the actual reason was that he wasn't just writing that the mayor was taking bribes, but had the bad taste to say who they were from and what for. Corruption does also exist in the US, and so does censorship. (I didn't see much censorship when I lived in New Jersey, though - just corruption.)

Comment: Re:Countries without nuclear weapons get invaded (Score 4, Informative) 215

by billstewart (#49338009) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

The Iraqis got their chemical weapons from the US for use against Iran. The US still hasn't destroyed their own CBW program products (though they do occasionally retire old unstable chemical weapons, as they've done recently.)

And both the US and Russians still have their hoards of smallpox, pretending they need to keep them to develop vaccines in case the other side uses theirs to attack, even though cowpox ("vaccinia") is good enough for a vaccine and not good enough for a weapon.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.