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Comment Re:I agree, *however* (Score 1) 476


could you please explain this to me a little more, as you would for, say, your wife (supposing she does not develop mac os' kernel extensions, too)? This is not a provocation, it's just the fact that for the first time in my life, the mouse movements felt "natural" were on a mac machine. I've been using mice since the 80s with a 256x192 screen (a msx: the mouse didn't even had the ball - the wheels touched the surface), and it always felt, don't know how to say, ackward. Windows feels strange to me, linux feels just weird. But OS/2 actually felt a little better.

So I would like to understand the question a little bit better, if possible.

Turn the "Tracking Speed" to the fastest possible. Now to try to use the mouse. You will notice the lower "step" does not change in speed, however when you cross the step boundary, the cursor starts flying (though still not that fast). the step boundary is arbitrary and not something a human can learn by muscle memory. In fact the most precise mouse users (gamers) usually turn off mouse acceleration so that they can have muscle memory for mouse vs screen locations. In the real world however some acceleration is good because you may be trying to pin-point 1-2 pixels, and at the same time want to be able to move the cursor to different parts of the screen without getting visual feedback because it's slow. You want to click a button, move the mouse and click without thinking - it should be natural.

Comment Re:I agree, *however* (Score 1) 476

So faster is better? Lower mouse sensitivity is for people who aren't distinguishing?
I can cross my 30" monitor without lifting the mouse (total of about 3" of movement), but it's fine enough for photoshop work. If I need to move the mouse that often, I'll use the command line instead.
I would say the onus is on you to explain why we're all idiots and your preferred mouse sensitivity/acceleration curve should be the default.

Yes actually it is, fast and precise. The default setting are for novices, and there are no possible settings that allow you to get *really good* at using it. Sure it's good enough for most people. Most people don't take high performance driving classes, they are content to treat their cars like appliances- but if they wanted to they *could* be really good at it. The same applies to a keyboard and mouse, however I repeat again, my gripe is that it never allows you to become proficient with it.

Currently I cross 1920 pixels in ~1 inch of mouse movement, that's at the highest DPI setting. I'd ideally like it to be less that 0.5", I see there's a 5000+ DPI logitech out now, I think I'm about to buy it.

The retina display is a retina display for *most people*. I like how my original post got marked as a troll even though I was backing Apple. LOL.

Comment Re:I agree, *however* (Score 3, Interesting) 476

Either that or he insists on using a third-party mouse with inadequate driver support for Mac OS X, so what he thinks is helping him is really causing his problem.

Actually my solution is to not use any third party fixes, to use the default (or lower) mouse sensitivity setting, and then use a logitech mouse which will by hardware switch have a huge input DPI. This minimized the acceleration "step" behavior while still allowing me to cross two monitors with a very small and precise mouse movement. This is opposed to the normal mac mouse and user which consists of - elbow move the mouse across the desk, pick it up and move it back, repeat several times.

Comment Re:I agree, *however* (Score 4, Informative) 476

No offense but you have issues. Either your integrity or your dexterity are in serious doubt.

I'm simply a more distinguishing user. Try the google search below. Note: I develop OSX kernel extensions and I'm writing this from the WWDC right now - Apple broke the API's all of the "fix" programs you will find below use to try and fix the acceleration curve.


Comment Re:Won't be needing 3D TV (Score 4, Interesting) 218

Won't be needing 3D TV ... ever.
Just saw my first full length film in 3D, and I don't need that in my house. It just doesn't add that much to the viewing experience.
I'll be skipping blu-ray.

Let me guess you have no depth perception and are partially blind? Watching Avatar in RealD 3D was quite an experience. It wasn't just me either, people were standing up in the theater trying to grab the RealD introduction out of the air. No flicker, no headaches, no red/blue tinting.

I am not easily impressed.


Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

Comment The bold new face of science fiction! (Score 5, Funny) 829

1. Scientists are evil scheming power hungry liars that screw everything up.
2. Politicians are selfless and caring human beings who will gladly give up their lives for you.
3. Thirty year old gamers living with their mom are solving for the Grand Unified Theory by playing Warcraft 18 hours a day.

Well, at least they didn't leave out the patronization.

*sigh* to me it feels like the era of good science fiction is over.

Comment Story missed the point.. (Score 2, Insightful) 354

Since I actually bothered to read more than just the first link - Looks like he had already done research on plasma actuation, after which he decided to work on a government project using this technology, which seems to have cancerously made everything on the topic classified, and he honestly didn't feel this the right thing to happen. The contracts were probably worded such that this was the case (what is right versus how to hide as much information as possible, even if previously not used for military applications), so he was tried on this basis.

I'm surprised to see slashdoters' knee jerk reactions to this story. There's obviously a lot of technical details here that are missed.

The Media

Are Newspapers Doomed? 338

Ponca City, We love you writes "James Surowiecki has an interesting article in the New Yorker that crystalizes the problems facing print newspapers today and explains why we may soon be seeing more major newspapers filing for bankruptcy, as the Tribune Company did last week. 'There's no mystery as to the source of all the trouble: advertising revenue has dried up,' writes Surowiecki, but the 'peculiar fact about the current crisis is that even as big papers have become less profitable they've arguably become more popular,' with the blogosphere piggybacking on traditional journalism's content. Surowiecki imagines many possible futures for newspapers, from becoming foundation-run nonprofits to relying on reader donations to deep-pocketed patrons. 'For a while now, readers have had the best of both worlds: all the benefits of the old, high-profit regime — intensive reporting, experienced editors, and so on — and the low costs of the new one. But that situation can't last. Soon enough, we're going to start getting what we pay for, and we may find out just how little that is.'"
The Almighty Buck

Computer Models and the Global Economic Crash 361

Anti-Globalism passes along a review in Ars of some recent speculation on the role of interconnected computer models in the global economic crash. "If Ritholtz, Taleb, Mandelbrot, and the rest of the computer modeling and financial engineering naysayers are correct about the big picture, then we really are arguably in the midst a bona fide computer crash. Not an individual computer crash, of course, but a computer crash in the sense of Sun Microsystems' erstwhile marketing slogan, 'the network is the computer.' That is, we have all of these machines in different sectors of the economy, and we've networked all of them together either directly (via an actual network) or indirectly (by using the collective 'output' of machines in one sector as input for the machines in another sector), and like any other computer system the whole thing hums along nicely... up until the point when it doesn't."

Google Was 3 Hours Away From DOJ Antitrust Charges 221

turnkeylinux writes "Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. called off their joint advertising agreement just three hours before the Department of Justice planned to file antitrust charges to block the pact, according to the lawyer who would have been lead counsel for the government. 'We were going to file the complaint at a certain time during the day,' says Litvack, who rejoins Hogan & Hartson today. 'We told them we were going to file the complaint at that time of day. Three hours before, they told us they were abandoning the agreement.'"

Diet of Fast Food and Candy May Cause Alzheimer's 224

lurking_giant sends along a Reuters report on research out of Sweden indicating that a diet rich in fat, sugar, and cholesterol could increase the risk of Alzheimer's, at least in mice. "'On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the Alzheimer brain,' [said] Susanne Akterin, a researcher at the Karolinska Institutet's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center... 'We now suspect that a high intake of fat and cholesterol in combination with genetic factors... can adversely affect several brain substances, which can be a contributory factor in the development of Alzheimer's.' ... These mice showed chemical changes in their brains, indicating an abnormal build-up of the protein tau as well as signs that cholesterol in food reduced levels of another protein called Arc involved in memory storage."

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