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Comment: Re:so many problems with this idea (Score 2) 65

by DerekLyons (#48897051) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

allowing an organisation that is answerable to none but the United States Supreme Court to regulate a virtual currency that is in direct competition with its own pet, the Almighty Dollar.

As I've said many times before - so long as you follow a few very simple rules and you pay your taxes in dollars, the US Goverment doesn't care if you conduct your daily business in dollars, Bitcoins, or jars of pickled hamster poop. They whole idea of "competition" has been created out of whole cloth by the Bitcoin Tinfoil Hat Society. It's an ego trip thing, if you're being persecuted, you're obviously Important and Sticking It To The Man. That The Man has pretty consistently ignored them is nothing short of infuriating to these small minded ignoramuses. (Going after criminals who use Bitcoin is *not* the same thing as going after Bitcoin, no matter what said Tinfoil Society tries to tell you.)

Comment: Re:Social Networking is a mess (Score 1) 58

by sumdumass (#48897041) Attached to: Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

Imagine the article loading in its entirety, so you can start reading it, before there's even a single image tag on the page; then, well-written javascript popping the images in as you read. The content loads and renders faster and you have an over-all better experience, especialy if you happen to be on a mobile device or slow connection.

I don't have to imagine that. Every time I turn no script off, I almost always hit a site like that and the images constantly move the formatting and content to fit the images in making reading more than the first couple lines almost impossible. This, if the logic isn't obvious, defeats the benefits you expose very readily. Of course these sites could be the one that do "when not used properly" but I cannot tell the difference.

It's even worse when trying to view in a non standard browser or on a phone or something with a limited screen and slower connection.

Comment: Re:That makes sense! (Score 1) 88

by ScentCone (#48896591) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Bringing a fighter jet to a bomb threat. That makes sense!

You don't have much of an imagination, do you? Or pay any kind of attention to actual events, pretty much ever?

Escort aircraft can make observations and help with communications and recordings that can't be made any other way. One of the threats suggested the bomber was on board, implying the possibility that he might make demands which could include, possibly, making that aircraft into a weapon aimed at a metropolitan area ... which might require destroying the aircraft before that could happen. Fighters are routinely deployed when other aircraft stray from where they're supposed to be, cease communicating, etc. Which you'd know, if you paid attention.

Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 1) 304

by TubeSteak (#48896269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Indeed, some mice have a harder to press mid-button/scroll wheel, but there are some which are easier to press. I have a G700S and the middle click requires greater finger pressure than I'd like,

All the mice I've taken apart have one of several setups:
1. click pressure is controlled by a 'spring' inside a microswitch
2. click pressure is controlled by a tactile switch that is soldered to the PCB
3. click pressure is controlled by a spring that supports the scroll wheel axis or the full assembly

As best as I can tell, your G700s' scroll wheel has... 2 and 3.
You can see it here at 6 minutes into the video.
The tactile switch is the gold disk on the left of the screen, with two springs on each side of it.

You could try replacing those springs with weaker ones.
And/or you could desolder the tactile switch and replace it with one that requires less force to operate.

If it's hardware, there's no reason you should be permanently stuck with some focus group's middle of the road choice.
/tactile switches cost pocket change
//microswitches are expensive when ordered as single pieces, so find a place that already has a thousand of them.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1) 413

by sumdumass (#48896259) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I don't know what you think that says but Lee Atwater was a local South Carolina politician/campaigner who didn't even get involved in a nation wide race until after he made those comments. His entire interview is basically him saying he thinks one thing but Reagan didn't do it or need to before he ever worked on Reagan's reelection.

And the paragraph you did cite is talking about how this racism accusation is so abstract that you cannot even recognize it.

I find it completely funny that people have to cling on to ideas that are barely recognizable in order to maintain some worldview. But hey, it's what makes politics fun I guess.

Comment: What is there on a fighter that could help? (Score 1) 88

by istartedi (#48895859) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

What is there on a fighter jet that could possibly help? It's a bomb threat. Fighters have... bombs, guns and missiles. Well, since we already don't want an explosion at the airport, bombs don't help. Missiles, pretty much the same deal except there's a nice WhhoooooOOOSH before it hits something. Seems bombs and missiles would only make matters worse. That leaves guns, typically used air-to-air or for strafing. Since they aren't under threat of air attack, strafing seems to be the most likely course of action, should the fighters actually engage.

That doesn't make a lot of sense though. A device, if found, will typically be removed and detonated or detonated in place after the area has been cleared.

Maybe, just maybe... the logic is something like, "Hey, can we strafe the bomb this time?". CO: "No, EOD is going to follow procedure". Pilot: "Damned EOD. Maybe we'll strafe the bomb next time".

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 625

by Curunir_wolf (#48894521) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

No, it's a question of degrees. If you think people are stupid now, do away with education and see how bad it gets. I guarantee you that eventually the population will make Honey Boo Boo look like a PhD.

So requiring state education (a.k.a. banning home schooling and private schools) is the same as "doing away with education"? How does that work? You SAY "it's a question of degrees", yet you reject any notion of individual rights. You clearly want no compromise at all, and have no interest in limiting the authority of the state. That's why I called you a statist and it's clearly completely accurate.

Comment: Re:Ppl who don't know C++ slamming C++ (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by hey! (#48894501) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

Well it's been many, many years since I've used it, which was back in the late 80s and early 90s. My impression from this time is that C++ is unquestionably a work of genius, but that I didn't particularly like it. Part of that is that we didn't really know how to use it effectively. In that era most object oriented programmers used concrete inheritance way too much. Part of that is due to aspects of what we thought an OO language should have that turned out to add complexity while being only marginally useful in practice (e.g. multiple concrete inheritance and operator overloading).

But in terms of meeting its design goals C++ is a tour de force of ingenuity -- even if some of those goals are questionable by today's standards. The very fact that we know some of those features aren't necessarily ideal is because they were taken out of the realm of academic noodling and put into a practical and highly successful language that could tackle the problems of the day on the hardware of the day. It's hard to overstate the practical impact of C++ on the advancement of both theory and practice of software development.

Any prize for contributions to OO programming pretty that didn't include Stroustrup in its first recipients would be dubious.

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 255

by Bob9113 (#48894453) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Your car is broken. And that's a piss-poor reason to be against automated driving aids.

It came from the dealership that way. It is not a good reason to be against the theory, which I am not. It is, however, an excellent reason to be against their ubiquitous deployment as currently practiced. A point made exceedingly clear in the last paragraph of my post.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 255

by hey! (#48894185) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

I have an even better idea: let's find a way to fix human beings so that they're perfectly consistent in their behavior.

While certainly taking demonstrably bad drivers off the road is a no-brainer, even good drivers have lapses. My teenaged son is learning to drive, and whenever someone does something like cut us off I make a point of saying we can't assume the driver did it on purpose, or did it because he was an inconsiderate or bad person. Even conscientious and courteous drivers make mistakes or have lapses of attention.

It's the law of large numbers. If you spend a few hours on the road, you'll encounter thousands of drivers. A few of them will be really horrible drivers who shouldn't be on the road. But a few will be conscientious drivers having a bad day, or even a bad 1500 milliseconds.

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

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