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Comment: Re:Ring finger dangles? (Score 1) 429

by gantzm (#48895335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

It has never occurred to me that people use three fingers on a mouse. I'm using a Logitech M705 at the moment. If I put three fingers on this thing they just don't fit. The finger in the middle covers the scroll wheel and at least 1/3 of each of the other two buttons.

The side fingers naturally land on the side of the mouse on the seam between the mouse body and the buttons.

When holding this mouse normally with two fingers the scroll wheel disappears in my hand.

I haven't found anybody we makes mice big enough for my hands.

I suspect there are a lot of people who have the same issues.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 4, Insightful) 1350

by larkost (#48756503) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

An Islamic country where others are free to practice their religions, that is easy: Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco immediately come to mind, as well as Malaysia. Really most Islamic nations have large, well-established, minority religions who have been practicing freely within their boarders.

And you will have to prove that Islam has "destroyed civilizations it has infiltrated", since all of those places have had functioning societies for the last 1600 years. If you mean that invaders have taken political control and influenced the culture, well then I think you are a little confused about what "invading" means. If that is the case then you will have to look at what the U.S. has done to places like Japan (we decided they would be a democracy... then put the people we wanted in power).

And Islam is no more or less violent or peaceful than Christianity. After all, the Christian Bible has the example of God commanding the Israelites to exterminate the Canaanites, then punished them when they failed to kill all of the women, children, and babies. You really can't get more violent than that.

Comment: Hello, FTC / DOJ? (Score 0) 145

by tambo (#48682147) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

If true - how is this not a flagrant antitrust violation?

Company X provides a device that collects personal data.

Company X announces a standard that prevents anyone from using such data for purposes such as advertising without the user's consent.

Company X exempts its own services from this restriction, such that its services - which otherwise compete on par with third-party services - can utilize such data notwithstanding, or even contrary to, the user's explicit withholding of consent.

Company X's services therefore have an unfair competitive advantage that is directly leveraged on Company X's sale of the device to users.

This is pretty much the definition of unfair competition in the form of tying, If the FTC / DoJ Antitrust Division had any teeth and, er, other body parts, it would be all over this.

Comment: Re:They're assholes. (Score 1) 336

by rossz (#48678607) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

I think at least some blame does need to be lay at the feat of Sony and Microsoft here, but not because of 'network security' but rather creating the risk in the first place where there does not need to be one.

How about I kick in your front door and steal all your stuff? After all, you didn't put in place absolutely perfect security, so it's really your own fault for allowing me into your home.

Or a better analogy. I park a big rig in your driveway so you can't get into your home. That's what a DDOS is, basically. And if the "enemy" has enough resources, a DDOS is nearly impossible to prevent.

Comment: Re: undocumented immigrant (Score 1) 440

by larkost (#48609699) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

It is not actually necessary to have/believe in a creator in order to have a concept of right and wrong. There are many places without a concept of a judgement at death that have well developed (and followed) moral systems.

And oddly for your point you seem to be the one that is making the "might makes right" argument in the idea that there needs to be an enforcer for most people to do right.

Comment: Re: stupid germans (Score 2) 419

by MidnightBrewer (#48394749) Attached to: Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Youre over-generalizing. Japan has a very diverse climate, from subtropical in the south to New-England like winters in the north. Also, the Japanese Shinkansen stops for typhoons, but not wind or rain. For snow you're talking about delays, not stops. Just as long as it takes to clear thr tracks. There's a difference. And while parts of the Great Plains have extreme weather, they also have excellent weather systems already as a result. I don't think there's real need to blame the weather for not developing to system. And it's not always necessary to go at top speed to be fast enough.

(I happen to have lived in Oklahoma for ten years and Japan for twelve).

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_