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Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 1) 428

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:Choose a CMS you like (Score 1, Insightful) 302

by TubeSteak (#48871959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

I know all the php/wordpress snobs on /. will dismiss this and laugh but personally if i'm building a site for someone (usually for no money and limited time) I just install wordpress, 'secure it',

I dismiss this and laugh because you think you can secure WordPress.

If you're using WordPress for clients, you better budget in the time you/they will spend upgrading WordPress to fix its latest security vulnerabilities.

Comment: Re:Those wacky subcontractors (Score 1) 136

by TubeSteak (#48853087) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

A drug company CEO taking this position, but not accepting any blame, disgusts me.

Not just any drug company, a drug company that manufactures antibiotics.

DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, formed together with the Sinochem Group in August 2011, is the global market leader in beta-lactam APIs such as semi-synthetic penicillins (SSPs) and semi-synthetic cephalosporins (SSCs), which represent the biggest class of APIs in anti-infectives. It is also a leader in other active ingredients such as nystatin [anti-fungals] and next generation statins.

Not surprisingly, a company with "Sino" in its name has manufacturing facilities in Asia (India and China specifically).

Comment: Re:what about bans on private competition (overbui (Score 1) 160

by TubeSteak (#48853005) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

That say this is because they are going into areas where Comcast or Time Warner has an existing COAX network. The new competitor builds a FIBER network. Comcast doesn't have a huge advantage since they also have to build their own fiber network to compete.

The technology already exists to crank up COAX cable speeds to 1Gbit.
Docsis 3.1 is allegedly going to be 10/1 Gbit capable, though it will depend on the quality of the COAX to your home.
The only catch is that the hardware isn't ready yet, it's still being designed and built

Comment: Re:Statism for the WIN (Score 1) 562

by TubeSteak (#48842361) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

changing the subject ("We had no justification to be in Iraq." "Saddam was a dictator! Do you support dictators?!"), and use other propaganda techniques designed to appear legitimate.

The correct answer to that question is "Yes, I support dictators and so do you."
Like, Rumsfeld once shook Saddam's hand because he was a valued ally in the region.

Even a cursory glance at the USA's current list of allies in Africa and Eastern Europe/Central Asia makes our support of dictators readily apparent. The list gets longer if you include Middle Eastern monarchies as de facto dictatorships.

Comment: Re:China, get into debt? (Score 1) 206

by TubeSteak (#48808997) Attached to: China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

They buy US treasury bonds, but issue their own bonds to pay for them. So yes, in fact, the Chinese government is borrowing from the Chinese people.

Before marking this down as a problem for China, you'd have to factor in the economic benefits of keeping the Yuan mostly pegged to the dollar.

If the Yuan really floated free, China's exports would get get much more expensive and their status as a manufacturing hub could evaporate.

Comment: Re:No. Hell No. Bad Idea. (Score 1) 480

by TubeSteak (#48795901) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

The summary also makes the assumption that low voter turnout is a big problem. This is an oft-repeated claim but there's zero evidence to suggest that increased participation rates equate to better results.

Low voter turnout breaks Democracy.
There are parts of the country with 1% or less voter turnout for primary elections.
This effectively means that only the most partisan candidates get onto the ballots.

If you don't see how that's a problem, you probably haven't been paying attention.

Comment: Re: Thanks, assholes (Score 1) 573

by TubeSteak (#48748323) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

It is a legal problem. The Second Amendment is perfectly clear â" keeping and bearing arms is a right. Any and all laws imposing licensing requirements turn that right (which can only be taken away by the Judiciary) into a privilege (to be granted and withdrawn by the Executive), are just that: Unconstitutional.

I was going to moderate, but I think a direct reply will be more productive.

The problem with this Constitutional argument is that it ignores history.
Both before and after the Constitution + Bill of Rights, there were restrictions on gun ownership and carrying.
These were restriction that the Founding Fathers did not find onerous, burdensome, or illegal.

The current school of purist 2nd Amendment ideology is an extremely modern one, showing up only in the last 40~50 years.
Feel free to educate yourself. Even the NRA used to support gun laws that they now claim are unconstitutional.

Comment: Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (Score 1) 81

by TubeSteak (#48725409) Attached to: FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

So it's better to have bureaucrats handling everything, except for the fact that bureaucrats regularly come from and return to the industries they regulate and can be bought off rather easily. Nice bit of reasoning there.

We could create new or strengthen existing laws about revolving doors in order to return bureaucrats to their role as non-partisan cogs in the machine of governance.

The entire concept of western bureaucracy was a direct response to previous western systems of government where nepotism and cronyism caused endemic incompetence and corruption.

In contrast, the Chinese had a (mostly) meritocratic bureaucracy for ~1000 years before it became firmly embedded in any Western Government. If you want to go back to the roots, about 5,500 years ago, the Sumerians invented writing so that they could manage their nascent bureaucracy. Within a few hundred years, the Ancient Egyptians also had a solid bureaucracy that existed in some form or another for ~3,000 years.

If our bureaucracy is going poorly, it's because we're ignoring lessons of the past, not because there's anything inherently wrong with bureaucratic structures (although Marx would argue that point).

Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 4, Informative) 265

by TubeSteak (#48664363) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

See: The Battle of Bretton Woods. It really is pretty fascinating.

A more useful answer is inertia.

After England's Sterling lost its place as reserve currency for the world, the USA's massive gold reserves (>50% of the world's holdings) let the US peg the Dollar to gold and everyone else pegged their currency to the Dollar (aka the Bretton Woods system).

Of course, (puts on flame suit) because gold standards are actually a terrible idea, the USA's overprinting of cash ended up causing exchange rate imbalances and Europeans started cashing in their dollars for gold.

So Nixon ended the gold standard and inertia + economic strength and maneuvering has kept the Dollar as the global reserve currency for 43 years.

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 3, Interesting) 628

by TubeSteak (#48644067) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

In particular, humans have done the best in countries that have automated the most.

Which countries?
What is their tax rate?
How much socialism (aka social support) is mixed into their social structure?

The "cost of automation" has been declining for centuries, and humans have been doing better and better.

This is a bit of a red herring, in that for centuries, the declining cost of automation mostly served to free up huge amounts agricultural laborers to do other work.

The issue at hand is that now automation is taking over much of the "other work."

Comment: Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (Score 3, Interesting) 177

by TubeSteak (#48640391) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Really? Apparently they quickly took control of almost every one one of Sony's servers and workstations.

Wired mentions (without giving a source) an interview with a self-proclaimed member of GoP who claims Sony's network was infiltrated for a year.

I'm not sure what you consider "quickly," but a year is a long time, even while rooting around in a corporate network as large as Sony's.

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol