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Comment: Re:My Preferences (Score 1) 186

by eepok (#49350749) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Like others who responded to my post, I posted with the hopes of finding an Intellimouse replacement. Your post is the first I've seen with a favorable comparison and a make/model. From what I can see, the only major difference is instead of having one button on either side of the mouse, it has two on either side thus making this a 7-button mouse.

Could you confirm?

And wow... a $70 price tag at Amazon.com? That's rough. Do you have a cheaper suggestion?

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 3, Interesting) 289

by eepok (#49348983) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

He's missing the point and still explaining an issue.

RSA doesn't want to promote the objectification of women any more.
Vendors are still willing to objectify women to have a chance at winning business.

So, let's say that hire and train those who would otherwise be hired as booth babes so that they're useful temporary representatives of products and companies. Let's say they show up dressed in business or business casual attire. And let's say a man goes to one of these conferences, see a beautiful woman, finds out she's a knowledgeable associate in the industry, and continues to ogle her for her secondary sexual characteristics while she convinces him to try some products.

Is any wrong done? If so, are you saying that attractive women are not allowed to represent a company or product?

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 559

by eepok (#49347095) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

They were more of audacious humor being taken as rude and thus made the BBC look bad. See this highly informative post I made that was quickly down-modded (http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=7156205&cid=49345691).

1. Drove a truck in the Arctic circle while having a gin and tonic. (No roads, international waters)
2. Called truck drivers porn-loving prostitute murderers.
3. Called the Prime Minister a one-eyes idiot.
4. Said the BBC was obsessed with hiring Black Muslim lesbians (commentary on the focus on diversity).
5. Told a story about a woman wearing a burka falling over and exposing a g-string and stockings.
6. Called a Ferrari "special needs".

And on and on. Within the context of the character he plays, this is all to be expected. It's all the joke of him being an ignorant buffoon. He plays this character on TV everywhere he goes, but his more intelligent normal self pops out from time to time such as on QI or on some of his specials.

Comment: My Preferences (Score 1) 186

by eepok (#49346993) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Light
Easy gliding
Replaceable feet/pads
Ambidextrous
5-buttons (2 regular, wheel button, button on either side for thumb and ring fingers)

Basically, I loved my old Microsoft Intellimouse Optical which is no longer available. I killed the main two buttons and the feet/pads on probably 5 or 6 of those over the years. I can't find anything to match that fit anymore.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 559

by eepok (#49346949) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I said nothing of the UK government (even though the UK government does restrict speech more than the US [http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/03/21/394273902/on-libel-and-the-law-u-s-and-u-k-go-separate-ways]).

My intent (and I apologize if not 100% clear) was to explain that in the UK, there is public outrage for anything that can be considered by some people as rude. For example, in the United States, Rush Limbaugh can say many, many atrocious things throughout his daily radio show. He can even lie. He can intentionally lie to the public without attempting to shock people with audacious humor.

In the UK, however, audacious humor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjIuPSuYSOY) is acted against by the public. People who take offense are empowered by weak-willed companies to silence things they don't like to hear... or more accurately, hear about.

Because most of the people who watch Top Gear do so with the expectation of audacious humor-- for the group's non-PC manner of conversation. Once one person says, "Clarkson said this last night..." all these other people who weren't watching call the Beeb and write them letters saying how offended they are. The few loud offended are then touted as "100% of the motoring public" (to steal from Top Gear) and then apologies must be made.

That's how the UK speech is more restricted than in the US.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 559

by eepok (#49346715) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I tend to agree. That's what should happen.

But it's not what normally happens. Especially with gravy-train stars.

http://www.ranker.com/list/cel...
http://www.thegloss.com/2014/0...
http://www.celebzen.com/8-cele...
http://www.suggest.com/movies/...

I assert that if Clarkson's audacious humor hadn't offended as many people, this most recent action wouldn't have resulted in his contract not being renewed. Instead, it would have been one of a couple more serious incidents and he'd still be doing Top Gear. He'd maybe pay some big fines, go to anger management, and/or make an official apology, but the BBC would still be riding his gravy train.

You can get away with a lot if you make people big money. If Hollywood isn't a good enough example, try the NFL or NBA.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 559

by eepok (#49346349) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Of course not. But all the other "offenses" were speech and had those other "offenses" not been considered offenses due to free speech, this would have simply been a fight. A damnable offense, to be sure, but not something a gravy-train star would have been let go for.

The "fracas" was the "last straw"... except 95% of all the other straw was Clarkson being rude, not actually harming someone.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 2, Insightful) 559

by eepok (#49345877) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Very much this. Most Americans don't understand just how restricted speech is in the UK by comparison to the US. The US has concerns about the PC culture, but the UK rides the PC horse like it's running from a posse. The mere mention of someone being offended or people sending in letters to complain require a company or station to react and make prostrating apologies.

The US has shock jocks, audacity humor-- look at what passes for news at Fox News!

Of course, physically assaulting one of your staff is inexcusable and he deserves the storm he gets for it, but the vast majority of his "offenses" are actually just people being offended by audacity humor.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 3, Insightful) 559

by eepok (#49345821) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

That's what stars do. They're spoiled brats. It's not good, it's not right, but it's certainly normal. People ride the star's gravy train and are, usually, willing to put up with it. See Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men or Christian Bale absolutely losing it while filming Terminator (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0auwpvAU2YA). Hell, I went with some friends to watch a taping of the show "Friends" over a decade ago and we were there from 10am to 9pm, watching very, very little of the show being taped because Jennifer Anniston was "having a bad day" and didn't want to come out. We weren't allowed to leave our seats to get food unless we were leaving permanently. That day sucked.

Moreover, it wasn't that "his food wasn't warm". It's that there was no regular dinner. They had finished filming at 10 or 11pm and the hotel cook staff had already gone home. All that was left was a cheese/meat plate. Clarkson was already drunk, so his inner asshole was more pronounced than normal. That's obviously no excuse, rationale, or justification, but it's a more correct appraisal of what actually led to whatever happened.

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