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Comment: K350 (Score 1) 451

by WillgasM (#49275541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
I got a Logitech K350 a while back when they had a combo deal with the mouse I wanted. It's nothing all that fancy or special, but I like it. It's wireless, which is nice, though I don't really use it to its potential that often. I've never had any issue with lag (I play plenty FPSs), but I use a USB extender to put the transceiver right under the edge of my desk, less than a foot from my keyboard/mouse. The keyboard has never given me problems, but I didn't like the mouse's response with the USB transceiver plugged into the back of my PC. It's ergonomic without being clunky (I hate split keyboards). It's got a kinda wavy design, a good wrist rest, and concave keys that fit your fingers. It's got a few extra program buttons, but I honestly never use them aside from the volume buttons. It'll only run you about $50. I think I've only changed the batteries once over the last 2-3 years.

Comment: Re:not the first time (Score 2, Interesting) 136

by WillgasM (#49167705) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave
The brick is also a wave, it's just such a complex wave that it would be nearly impossible to express in those terms (it's just a sum of all its subatomic parts, after all). If we could express a brick in terms of a wave, the values would just be endless strings of numbers that make little sense to our human brains. Then, lets say we devise a way to visualize those values in a form more palatable for human consumption; you'd end up with a picture of a brick.

Comment: tenacity (Score 1) 532

by WillgasM (#49096483) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression
The thing that's made humans so successful is our tenacity. I imagine that tenacity would often fall short without some measure of aggression. There's plenty of times where it would be more logical to give up on a task, but we're too pissed-off to let it beat us. Aggression is what fuels that final push that often gets shit done. The problems arise when humans butt heads (or come up against an equally tenacious adversary). Two tenacious beings going at it will destroy their environment in the process of defeating eachother. If we could put differences aside and unite, our mutual aggression would be to our benefit. So, what humans most lack is empathy and understanding.

Comment: kid with a telescope (Score 1) 576

Obviously if there were an invasion fleet looming around our planet, it would first be detected by some misanthropic kid with a telescope. That would be the easy part. Then the kid would have to convince his alcoholic, ex-Air Force father of the impending invasion. Then the father would have to swallow his pride and contact his old partner (the one who was promoted after turning in the father for doing something that was technically wrong, but was undeniably the honorable thing to do in the situation), who now just-so-happens to head a clandestine wing of the military specialized in dealing with alien invaders. Obviously.

+ - Doctor Who Legos On Shelves This Christmas-> 2

Submitted by WillgasM
WillgasM (1646719) writes ""Lego has signed a deal with the BBC to create a Dr Who set with mini-figures, the Tardis and representations of many of the enemies he has taken on and defeated." It hasn't yet been decided exactly which characters will be released, but potential characters include "various doctors, including David Tennant and Tom Baker, alongside Billie Piper, K9 the robot dog, and versions of the Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels." exactly are they going to make the Tardis bigger on the inside?"
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Comment: Re:Broken Windows Theory (Score 1) 219

by WillgasM (#48794653) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers
I think it's more a matter of not letting cops have any discretion. I've had minor encounters with LEOs where, because I was relatively cool with the officer, I was simply told "pour that out" , "get your friend home" or "pull your pants up, sir". I'm grateful the officer didn't have a camera recording the whole time. If he did, he would have been far less likely to let me go. I see the argument that constant surveillance will lead to a more even application of the law. If they know their boss is watching they'll have to treat their best friend the same as a stranger, white males the same as any minority. But, this also means we're essentially eliminating the cool cop's ability to be cool. Every officer will be forced to become that dick sticks to the letter of the law to a fault.

Comment: Torrent Sites are Illegal? (Score 2) 130

by WillgasM (#48603241) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents
I was under the impression that the sharing of copyrighted material was the problem. I don't see what's illegal about Sony uploading an anti-piracy ad and naming it "DOWNLOAD Fury (2014) 720p BrRip x264" so long as they own the copyright on the ad. I mean, it's a pretty horrible name for an ad, but whatev. I was unaware that the protocol itself had been outlawed.

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