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Comment: Scroll-wheel buttons mostly suck. (Score 1) 431

by Len (#48895261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I've been disappointed with most of the click-wheel mice I've used. I guess it's hard to balance the stiffness of the wheel and the button - either the button is too easy to click by mistake when scrolling, or too stiff so it's hard to click without moving the scroll wheel. I've had problems with brands like Microsoft and Logitech.

My favourite mouse currently is a Razer Taipan. I got it for gaming, but I love it for general desktop use. It's got the best button feel of any mouse I've used, including the scroll-wheel button. It's not cheap, but I don't mind spending a few bucks on a tool I use all the time.

Comment: Re:Disclosure only with consent? (Score 1) 37

by Len (#42479341) Attached to: Dutch Gov't Offers Guidance For Responsible Disclosure Practices
What's not to like? How about a government agency enforcing a company's decision to conceal and not fix vulnerabilities? As far as I can see, there's no requirement that a company must agree to disclose at all; and white-hats who don't follow the guidelines are not offered any legal protection.

We've seen time and again what happens when "responsible disclosure" is abused to allow security holes to go unfixed and exploited. This is big step backwards.


+ - Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M-> 3

Submitted by Angostura
Angostura (703910) writes "Dice Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it acquired Geeknet Inc.'s online media business, including its Slashdot and SourceForge websites, for $20 million in cash.
The New York-based careers website company said the acquisition of the technology websites is part of its strategy of providing content and services geared toward technology professionals."

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Comment: Heuristic Algorithm (Score 1) 514

by Len (#37006930) Attached to: The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing

Examination of the example in the article suggests a heuristic algorithm that should provide near-optimal solutions and is suitable for real-time execution on neural wetware.

1. Start by mowing around the outside border.
2. Proceed going around, from the outside in.
3. When you reach a strip <= 3 mowers wide, clear it with short back-and-forths.

Proof of an upper bound on excess mowing vis-a-vis the optimal solution is left as an exercise for the reader.

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