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Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 2) 425

by Megol (#48895035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Less ergonomic: the middle "button" isn't shaped right and it can be hard to position a finger to be in the correct position.

Less exact: the button mechanism works different than the other buttons, partially because it tend to use a different kind of micro switch (often actually a collapsing dome switch for the middle button) and partially because of the mechanical design required for the scroll wheel.

Less reliable: a middle-click can be translated to scrolling or tilting unless pressed exactly right.

Comment: Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (Score 1) 376

by Megol (#48892425) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Here's this in a version even you should understand:

Let's say I have a "do not pee in my kitchen" policy (actually I have).

A friend decides that he should pee in my kitchen. He does so.

I say "that's it - you can't go into my kitchen anymore".


Substitute pee with sexual harassment according to the MIT standard. Substitute kitchen with courses associated with MIT. Substitute me with MIT.

There is no need to apply the rules of the juridical system for something like this which should be obvious for someone that actually have some social skills. The level of proof for someone to hinder someone else of peeing in the kitchen is less than the level of proof required by a criminal court.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 3, Insightful) 592

by Megol (#48844287) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Right... If one can find a position where the screen glare doesn't ruin it all. I personally can't use an Apple as the glare drives me insane unless seated in a pitch black room - not the best way to do some work...

In fact that isn't true at all - PCs often have better colors, contrast and/or brightness. Just don't buy the bargain basement level of stuff, select computers with IPS screens.

Comment: Re:Mainframe vs PaaS and SaaS (Score 4, Informative) 164

by Megol (#48818605) Attached to: The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

And yet, if you open up a mainframe, you will see that on the inside, it is exactly a vastly distributed system with thousands of nodes.

No it isn't. Even this latest monster doesn't have that many actual processors in it.

The main advantage to a mainframe is its ability to shovel around vast amounts of data very rapidly. IBM has offloaded a lot of the I/O work onto the peripheral data controllers ever since the System/360.

Technologically, mainframes are lagging. This is the first IBM mainframe that has had the ability to run multiple instructions at once on a single core the way Intel chips have done for many years now. The processor clock speed isn't anything outstanding for the day, either.

Eh... No.
The Z196 processor (2010) implements superscalarity (5 wide, 3 decode) and out of order execution at 5.2GHz.
The Z12 processor (2012) have 7 wide execution and runs at 5.5GHz.
They are top of the line products.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl