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Comment: Re:This guy is priceless (Score 1) 406

by dinfinity (#49121751) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Considering how messed up the judicial branch of the USA is, it is hardly surprising. I was not aware of how retarded it has gotten, until I saw this segment on the most recent Last Week Tonight:

I mean: State Supreme Court Justices with their own fucking (insane) TV ads?? Shaking down lawyers and potential criminals for campaign contributions??
It's a fucking joke. And one that would be funny if it wasn't also reality.

Comment: Re:"Linked To" (Score 2) 365

by dinfinity (#49054477) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought

Thank you.

A small part of me died when I saw the headline. Slashdot is definitely (d)evolving into a mindless click-chasing news aggregator like all the others are.

Worst about this is that the (classic) misunderstanding is actually explained in TFA:
  "Correlation does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, so this kind of research is not considered as strong as experiments in which participants are assigned at random to treatments or placebos and then compared. But people cannot ethically be instructed to smoke for a study, so a lot of the data on smoking’s effects on people comes from observational studies."

Comment: Re:Projector (Score 1) 330

by dinfinity (#49039493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

I thought the same (they'll cost you at least thousands of dollars), but it's the title that is at fault here: 'HD/UHD/4K'.

Although I have no idea why anyone would want to buy a new HD projector nowadays. I've always felt that the resolution of projectors was terrible and that they would benefit most from a push for higher resolutions.

Comment: Re:Blame politics (Score 2) 514

by dinfinity (#48938683) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

A lot of science involves highly technical information. A bit of nutrition science about weight loss might actually involve biochemistry that is complex to understand for biochemists, let alone someone not holding an advanced degree in biochemistry.

That is such bullshit.

Some scientific matters are complex, but so are a lot of economical and political issues. The difference is that in the latter types, knowledge on the subject is valued: people look up to you at parties if you (seem to) be knowledgeable on the subject. Knowledge on the harder sciences is still 'nerd knowledge', i.e.: it won't get you any pussy ;-)

The result of this stance towards the different types of knowledge is that scientific matters are brought as coming from a weird outside group: it is 'their science', but 'our economics' and 'our politics'. This leads to the terrible unnecessary 'need' to explain scientific matters as if explaining something to a five year old, a foreigner or an alien. Slowly, with small words and with lots of colorful pictures.

It also doesn't help that most 'journalists' majored in things as far away from anything science as they could find.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 413

This AC is exemplary of the problem.

It is the mentality of 'each one is one too many', failing to see that completely eradicating all crime is only possible through the most dystopian police state or human genetic modification program one could imagine.

It is the classic form of guilting the other party into agreeing that no means are too far-reaching to prevent these terrible crimes: "If you don't support all of the 'solutions' I present, you support child abuse!" is very clearly a fallacy.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

Yeah, that can't be right.
A WebView can be used in pretty much any app. It may or may not be vulnerable, depending on whether certain features of the WebView are used, but a WebView has the potential to be the core of a complete (vulnerable) browser in any app.

More info on this matter here:

My guess (or hope, maybe) is that Google is responding the way they are to strongarm the handset manufacturers into (allowing) properly updating Android on their older products. A sort of 'this shit has been going on long enough: take some fucking responsibility for your products'. Either that or they really see no realistic way to fix this.

Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 1) 431

by dinfinity (#48895899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I remapped the side tilt clicks of the mouse wheel to the middle mouse button action (exactly because reliably depressing the mouse wheel without side tilting or scrolling is insanely difficult on it [Logitech Marathon Mouse] and it was annoying the fuck out of me).

This actually works that well that I recently mapped left tilt to 'Media next' and only right tilt to middle button. The lateral movement with either index or middle finger is extremely simple, reliable and a welcome variation to the vertical movements of typing and normal clicking.

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 5, Informative) 171

by dinfinity (#48873365) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

These bits from Engadget sum the most important elements up for me.

The negative:
"In practice, the resolution is sharp but the field of view is extremely limited. There's a rectangular area in the center of your vision that acts as your "window" into the reality HoloLens presents. It's this limitation that makes HoloLens not a VR headset, and also keeps it from being the Back to the Future 2 glasses we're all waiting for (I'm waiting for that, anyway). "

"The bigger issue for me was that the image was relatively transparent, which often made things look less than real."

The positive:
"Tracking -- which is to say, "how the headset interprets where your head is in relation to the world around you" -- felt the most fully-baked of any of the headset's sensors. Though the prototype was a bit finicky to move very quickly in, I had no issue turning around quickly or kneeling, or any other movements I tried."

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Comment: Re:My mouse gets really dirty... (Score 2) 165

by dinfinity (#48860733) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse

HDMI cables are (and will be) pretty stiff.
Considering that you'll probably need a HDMI->microHDMI-adapter 'on the go' to actually connect to the display at hand, I don't see this being very convenient as a mouse (let alone when attaching an external HDD to the USB-port as well).

Just clicking some standard micro-PC with some plastic hooks onto some standard mouse would be more usable and almost just as portable. In fact, if you buy this product, you'd be best off buying an actual mouse with it and connect it to the Mouse-box (there's an Inception-joke waiting to be made here).

Comment: Re:It's Microsoft tone-deafness that scares users (Score 4, Informative) 489

by dinfinity (#48850447) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Yeah, no, not really, though. Most consumers are a lot less idealistic than you seem to think. Even most of the guys who scream "this time they've gone too far! fuck 'em" eventually find a rationalization to stay with Windows.

The reasons for buying Windows 10 are pretty much the following:
- 'It was bundled with the computer'
- 'I needed the newest version of Windows to run x'
- 'They told me I should't use XP anymore and this was the Windows they sold.'

And then there's also what seems to be the largest part of consumers: the part that actually likes Windows 8.

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman