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Comment: Re:Thrift store (Score 1) 403

by houghi (#48903123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

It is inferior in that when trying to do a middle click (e.g. for a paste function in Linux) you also do a scroll up or down. This means that you paste it to the wrong place.
As this did not happened when there was no scroll.

If something is not an issue for you does not mean there is no issue for anybody.

I solved it by using a multi-button trackball and assigning the middle click to another button.

Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 1) 403

by houghi (#48903085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I use a trackball where there are more buttons. Using a mouse gives me personally more strain then using a mouse.

Using the scrollwheel as a middle button is not very precise as sometimes you will scroll before you paste.

So I have turned one extra button into the middle button for the paste. The middle button and the other extra button I use for volume control.

Comment: Re:Under Search Warrant (Score 1) 131

by houghi (#48902743) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

If the data was in the US, not so much. The fact that the data was ALSO on non-US servers would not matter.
I could imagine that Google has a LOT of duplicate information around the world, so that it can serve the customer as fast as possible. Just like Amazon has several warehouses and not just one.

Comment: What do you need the 3D for? (Score 1) 96

by houghi (#48898825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Just curious. No flame bait. What do you need the 3D for? I have 3 screens and don't do anything 3D related. I just have the cheapest cards that I can find. I use NVidea as I like the nvidia-settings sofware.

I use three (differnt) cards. Each connected to a differnt monitor running in standard mode (no xinerame, no mirrors). Cheaper to have three cheap cards then one that could do all three easily. And by cheap I mean the cheapest that is available and for the connection that I need. Under 50EUR for 3 cards.

So I am curious what you need the 3D for.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 643

by houghi (#48885001) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Not that hard of a question, I think. A company should NEVER have any say in what I do with my health, other then what is done by the law.

They should not even KNOW if I take vaccinations or not.

If the general public decides that not having a vaccination should be a reason to not give you a job, then put that into the law. The companies then follow that law.

I once had a cow orker who was told he could only keep working if he would take antabuse. They are NOT a doctor. They can NOT prescribe medication. One day he was fired because they said he did not take his medicine. He had a field day, because he was able to take them for everything he was able to.

So no, a company should NOT be able to decide on medical issues, except those provided by the law. And those are mainly directed towards the safety of the individual, not of the company. e.g. sleeping time for long haul drivers. Maximum hours work. Minimal hours of breaks. Not working when it is too cold or too hot. Providing free drinks at certain temperatures.

That said, they might encourage you to get e.g. flu shots. Where I work they will pay the flu shot for you if you want, but nobody can be fired if you don't. And never would they DARE to oblige you to go. That would be such a huge invasion in the privacy, that they know they would loose any lawsuit no matter how badly prepared you were and how much money they have. It would be the shortest trial ever.
Judge:"What? Guilty! Next"

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 225

by houghi (#48884613) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Many years ago I went to "Home of the future" in Belgium. At that time they thought it was extremely advanced that you could send an SMS to open your port, prepare your bath and what not.

Not only did they somehow need a triple server rack to do that (Windows NT was just out, for time reference), nothing actually worked.

We had a hilarious time.
The fact that we were able to disconnect all the linked drives from the PCs running this shit from the PCs that were standing around in some failed Kiosk mode was an added bonus.

Comment: And we will have all the data (Score 3, Informative) 225

by houghi (#48884087) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

And we will have all the data, he continued. People who read 1984 know that people WANTED the way it happened. They GAVE away their privacy to big brother.
Just as we are now giving it away to Google.

Unfortunately it is like giving away your virginity. You can't get it back. What is worse is that you don't have a real option. Others are giving it away in your name.

Comment: Re:Splits the community in half (Score 1) 790

by houghi (#48883419) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

To those for whom the sound is important:
I do not care if the sound is important to you. It is not important to everybody, yet everybody has to hear it.
If sound is so important to you, have headphones on when you drive. Have an app that you can hear all the (fake) revs of the car next to you for all I care.

It should not be to hard to make a lot of noise inside of your car. Just buy a bluetooth OBDII device and write a program for any device (including a Raspberry Pi) that can produce sound.

But do not enforce what you want onto me when there is no reason to do so.

Comment: Re:I hope it works (Score 1) 60

by houghi (#48873973) Attached to: Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal

I run my own DNS. I think it is strange that there is no easy DNS server available for Windows. And by basic I mean Install and forget (perhaps point your DNS to So no additional settings. Just a very basic caching server for a single user.

I know I would love to have something much simpler then what is available now under Linux.

OTOH for me running a DNS server makes it easy to use domain filtering to filter out advertising domains (and facebook)

God made the integers; all else is the work of Man. -- Kronecker