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Comment Re:mouses? (Score 1) 913

In this case nanospook is correct. The plural of a normal mouse is mice, the plural of a computer mouse is also mouses.

" (plural mice or mouses) a small handheld device which is moved across a mat or flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen:"

I guess you have a dictionary available but don't use it.

Comment Re:Just greed. (Score 1) 768

Maybe, but in Valve's case adding Linux gaming is about value-add. If I can buy a game on Steam that I can then run on my choice of OS (Windows, Linux, Mac) without having to commit to one of the other (maybe it's Windows at work, Linux at home, or vice versa), then this is a huge additional choice for a percentage of the market - one that Microsoft will not be able to match. If they can ensure that cross-platform multiplayer works as expected, then they have a serious winner on their hands - buy your game from Steam and be able to play against any of your mates, without having to worry what computer they have, or buy from another app store and, well, maybe it works.

Comment Re:Please explain (Score 1) 143

You seem to be unaware how TCP/IP packets work, each packet has a limited size negotiated by the transport layer, it's quite possible for the first few packets to be sent and received, and subsequent packets to be

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Submission + - Pirate Party - Why Loz is standing in Manchester (

Ajehals writes: "Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party appeals to voters to overcome understandable cynicism and go for the opportunities on their own doorsteps:

During this year’s local elections, there was one thing I heard time and again from people I spoke to, whether on the doorstep, in their flats or on the street:

I don’t vote, because it doesn’t change anything.

It’s this sense of powerlessness over the forces that shape our lives and the space around us that is so worrying in Manchester and the UK today."


Submission + - MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase ( 1

cylonlover writes: There are plenty of different 3D printers to choose from these days, from the popular Makerbot Thing-O-Matic to the budget-priced Solidoodle. These all have one drawback however in that they aren't exactly portable. Most need to be disassembled to be moved and even the fully-assembled Cubify printer isn't really built for travel. But now, two MIT students have developed the PopFab, a machine that does 3D printing and more, all while fitting inside a small suitcase. With different heads, the machine could also be used for milling, vinyl cutting, drawing, and much more, to create a wide variety of objects. The creators have also tested its portability by traveling with it as a carry-on suitcase to Saudi Arabia, Germany, and within the U.S.

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