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Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 1) 423

by Misagon (#48895501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I use the middle mouse button mostly to open new tabs/windows in web browsing where invoking the scroll wheel inadvertently causes the page to scroll away from where I'm clicking. That is very annoying.

Most mice I have used use the same type of microswitch for the "middle button" as for the left and right buttons, but in most mice the buttons are levers with a rod on the microswitch.
These levers are usually the same on the left and right buttons, but very different on the middle press so the sensation is very different.

Input Devices

Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today? 423

Posted by timothy
from the hiding-with-the-egg-cream dept.
guises writes Ever since mouse wheels were introduced the middle mouse button has been sidelined to an inadequate click-wheel function, or in some cases ditched altogether. This has never sat well with me, a proper middle button is invaluable for pasting, games, and navigation. More than that, my hand categorically rejects two button mice — the dangling ring finger causes me genuine physical discomfort. I have begged Logitech on multiple occasions to make just one, among their many screwy specialty mice, to replace the Mouseman which I loved so dearly. I thought for a moment that I had been answered with the g600, only to find that they had put the right mouse button in the middle.

So my question to Slashdot is: where does a person turn for a three button mouse these days? I've only found two, both ergonomic and priced accordingly. I use the Contour and like the shape and wheel position, but would love to find something wireless and with a higher DPI sensor.
Security

The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password" 197

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-have-the-same-password-on-my-luggage dept.
BarbaraHudson writes: The Independent lists the most popular passwords for 2014, and once again, "123456" tops the list, followed by "password" and "12345" at #3 (lots of Spaceballs fans out there?) . "qwerty" still makes the list, but there are some new entries in the top 25, including "superman", "batman", and "696969". The passwords used were mostly from North American and Western European leaks.

Comment: Re:Easily my favorite modern features (Score 2) 180

by Misagon (#48811407) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

Yes, but instead of having a status register, you compare each item in one vector with each vector in another and get the results as a vector of booleans.
Then execute a SIMD instruction, where each component scalar operation is conditional according to each corresponding boolean.

Or, you could convert that vector of booleans into something else. For instance, you could count the number of leading 1's in the vector and store into a scalar, which would allow you implement operations such as strlen() or strcmp() with vectors.
(It is a bit like programming in APL, if you have tried it)

These types of operations have hitherto mostly been done by DSPs.
An architecture for general-purpose computing under development that would do this well is The Mill. Mind you, it is very interesting in other ways. There is a lot of stuff about it on the web site, and good talks about various features on Youtube.

Comment: Re:High resolution monitors with wide aspect ratio (Score 2) 162

by Misagon (#48760051) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

I agree with what you say, but I would like to add curved to that list of things to look for now that curved screens are coming.
While curved TVs are nothing more than a marketing ploy, having ultra-wide computer monitors be curved makes a lot of sense. I've never seen anyone use a two-monitor setup with both in the same plane - always at an angle to each other.

However, I have heard said that curved computer screens would be worse for graphics design/editing work. I don't know if that refers to them not being flat, or if accurate-enough colour reproduction isn't available in curved displays yet.

Comment: Well-designed stuff (Score 2) 162

by Misagon (#48757625) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

I want to see functional and well-designed stuff. Things that contain the capabilities that people like, those capabilities done right to modern specs and the absence of cruft.
Apple under Steve Jobs did manage to follow this ideal, except that they liked to lock people into their system and upgrade often. Lenovo has also followed this ideal, mostly.. except for their consumer space.

For instance, I am not interested in any Windows tablet without a stylus.
No curved TVs.
No laptop that requires you to open the lid to turn it on while it is "docked".
No "smart watches" that need to be recharged every eight hours, or every four hours after two years because the non-replaceable battery has degraded.

Please!

Comment: Re:Much like MTU handling (Score 1) 312

by Misagon (#48705995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

Indeed something along that line is what I think the Internet protocol needs. While IP is freely packet-switched and may appear stateless when you glance in the specs, TCP/IP routers and hosts are actually session-based internally and the number of concurrent sessions is limited.

It is not only intentionally malicious code that can cause denial of service: legitimate programs that are merely badly designed can also do it.
Then it is not the network and the other services running over it that should be punished by being throttled, but only the individual node or badly behaving program.

Also, what we don't need is something that could restrict innovation in new protocols over TCP/IP. If the Internet infrastructure would allow not much more than only email and HTTP/HTTPS (which some ISPs are doing in some countries), then attackers are just going to find another attack vector .. on top of a TCP/IP that permits it.

Comment: Biased summary (Score 4, Informative) 190

by Misagon (#48683759) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

These are better than the rubber domes found in membrane keyboards in a number of ways, including feel, responsiveness, and durability

No, that is not technically correct, and is somewhat of an elitist attitude.
Feel is something very subjective. Responsiveness and durability depends on the particular brand and type of switch that you use. There are some very good rubber-dome and scissor switches as well as there are mechanical switches that are crap.

Back in the '80s and early '90s when mechanical key switches was the norm there were more types available. These days, the market is dominated by the Cherry MX. It was one of the better mechanical switches then and now and it comes in several varieties. These varieties can feel quite different from each other, and you might like the feel of one, all or none of them - and that is OK.
The Cherry MX has also been cloned several times by other manufacturers, often in lesser materials and with larger tolerances.
The big durability argument with Cherry MX is not that they wouldn't break: because they sometimes do. The durability advantage is that you could replace individual key switches (or parts) that have broken.

Bitcoin

Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands 77

Posted by timothy
from the heirs-are-not-amused dept.
wiredmikey writes A Dutch entrepreneur has had two microchips containing Bitcoin injected into his hands to help him make contactless payments. The chips, enclosed in a 2mm by 12mm capsule of "biocompatible" glass, were injected using a special syringe and can communicate with devices such as Android smartphones or tablets via NFC. "What's stored on the microchips should be seen as a savings account rather than a current account," Martijn Wismeijer, co-founder of MrBitcoin said. "The payment device remains the smartphone, but you transfer funds from the chips." The chips are available on the Internet, sold with a syringe for $99, but Wismeijer suggested individuals should find a specialist to handle the injection to avoid infections.

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