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Comment: Re:'fail-dangerous' device. (Score 1) 191

You can deny service (and thus the incoming call that activates the device) without removing the signal; all phones would remain attached to the network ("have signal") and none the wiser.

Of course, a smarter device could require as its dead man's trigger a recurring call and go boom when it no longer gets it for some time. The game goes on.

Comment: Re:Symmetric mouse (Score 1) 199

by arielCo (#49348995) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

I was (perhaps a bit pedantically) objecting to the apparent argument that any shape will do because your fingers will wrap around it. I can think of shapes that you could hold but wouldn't like working with.

I first grabbed a computer mouse in 1984 and I've been using them ever since, without hand pain. How long to I have to wait to find out?

That means that the shape(s) you've been using is/are adequate (possibly for most normal hands of roughly similar size). The ordinary mouse I use at work is symmetric and gives me no issues, but early mice wouldn't work as well for long hours, and I know from experience that tiny "laptop" mice kill my thumb adductors. OTOH (no pun intended), I know people who work *better* with tiny mice, either because they have small hands or because of injury.

Lastly, TFA is about gamers. They mouse like their lives depend on it (some do make a living off it) and it's not unthinkable that the situation resembles other activities like shooting or golf to some degree, where subtle differences in performance and myth complicate gear choices.

Comment: *sigh* (Score 1) 149

by arielCo (#49296271) Attached to: "Descent" Goes For a Crowdfunding Reboot (and a Linux Version)

They are working with a number of members of the current D1/D2 community to make sure the flight/gameplay feels "old school" and they are updating the technology and game to a new generation.

Which I hoped Firaxis would do with the X-COM series. Imagine, after the initial joy of seeing my shiny HD troop transport land, seeing that my guys can't pass, drop, throw or pick up an item, or do whatever the hell they want within their time. Which reminds me, I should check up on UFO:AI.

Comment: Re:Health risks? (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by arielCo (#49160105) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

No. There have been plenty of studies on the effects of non-ionizing radiation on health, and none of the realistic, unbiased ones have yielded any evidence of harm, so it remains a purely theoretical possibility. Furthermore, radiation power densities are going down (TFA is a shining example).

Comment: Mine (Score 2) 353

by arielCo (#49080591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Open in Browser: Because some sites insist that I should save that PDF to open it.
Session Manager: a.k.a. "task freezer". Save and restore any or all of your open windows and tabs along with their histories.
Google and TinEye Reverse Image search. TinEye's matching engine is more powerful; Google has a much bigger database.
Offline QR code Generator: the easiest way to send page/image/link URLs and arbitrary text to my phone: [highlight text if applicable,] right click on page/image/link, "Show QR", aim phone.
Restartless Restart: Because it's Firefox and Control-Alt-R is much faster than killing the process.
Context Search X: highlight, right click, "Search with", pick any of my engines. Very flexible; allows custom accelerator keys.
Context Highlight: highlight multiple words or phrases all over the current page. Not perfect but really useful.
Live HTTP headers: Disabled since Fx ships with devtools.
It's All Text!: Edit those pesky textareas in your preferred editor. Perfect for HTML boards and wikis.

And obviously Adblock Plus.

Not shown: custom search engines for Google Images, Wiktionary, Google Translate, Gmail...

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