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Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 406

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) 553

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) 422

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) 170

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.

Comment: Re:Download from the source (Score 1) 324

by dinfinity (#48806383) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

If you can settle for just updates, filehippo's update checker works well to get quick links to the original installers (also of older versions) for programs you have already installed: (The newer versions are supposed to be sucky).

Secunia PSI 2.0 is also good: -- 3.0 was more noob-friendly, last time I checked (Yes, I realize the irony of purposefully installing older versions of programs created to update software to their latest version).

They don't help in installing or uninstalling software and only Secunia supports automatic updates for some programs, but keeping programs up to date under Windows using these tools is at least acceptable.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 331

by dinfinity (#48789453) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Man, that was the least confusing part of your post. At that point I was still wondering how many Slashdotters own colleges.

After understanding what you wrote, though, it is indeed a solid easy strategy. You don't even need to have drives in the systems of your colleagues or family. Just place a NAS in their network and put BTSync or Syncthing (FKAPulseFKASyncthing) on it. With BTSync there even is a hidden method to create an encrypted key so that the data on the 'untrusted' nodes is only there in encrypted form:
Syncthing is actively considering adding this feature:

I haven't tested the BTSync encryption yet and am not aware of how secure it is, especially considering that BTSync is closed source, but this approach seems to me to be the future of small scale offsite redundancy (and of ad hoc file sharing in general).

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milkbone underware." -- Norm, from _Cheers_