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Comment Re:That's great, but why don't they... (Score 1) 62

And also, why the hell do they still insist on having left and right button on the left and right side of the trackpad? It is horrible and erases the border between the two, unless the laptop manufacturer has made a dent in the surface or something. I must say I prefer the Apple solution to this - clicking with two fingers equals right click.

I'm pretty sure this is a driver issue, because on Linux I've been using two finger right-click and three finger middle-click for ages. (Since 2007 at least.) The Linux Synaptics drivers also have the zones option, but I never turn this on.

Comment Re:The Slashdot system seems to work pretty well (Score 1) 393

On a general news site, where people go for information, there's really little value in any "dynamic" discussion except to let us know the level of stupidity among the readers. If you don't believe me, go read the comments section of your local newspaper. Don't spend too much time doing that though, or you may become afraid to ever leave your house.

Actually, my local paper 'fixed' its comments section by only allowing subscribers to comment. They also added a 'report post' button that actually worked. Suddenly, trolls couldn't get 30 accounts, and the comments became much cleaner. Unfortunately, most of the frequent commenters were trolls, so many stories only get one or two comments.

Comment Re:Cortex Command not finished? (Score 5, Informative) 217

I think the Braid and Cortex Command Linux ports were written specifically for the bundle. I tried out Braid for an hour earlier and didn't run into any issues, although what he said is true, you're stuck with arrow keys and space for the controls. Cortex Command seems to run pretty well and seems well polished for an alpha game. Cortex Command is one of those permanent alpha games (similar to Minecraft, but much older), and so I'd hope we get some way to redeem our bundle keys with its creator. Machinarium is a flash game, so it will run as well as you can run flash (fully maxing out one core in my case). Osmos is pretty fun, especially the gravity based levels, but I didn't play very far so I don't know if it gets stale. Revenge of the Titans is tower defense. It appears to be good, but this bundle hasn't been out long and I have more pressing matters to attend to than reviewing games. Oh, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans all come with soundtracks as well.

Submission + - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

Comment Re:why not a fine instead (Score 1) 577

I've seen it mar pistons and cylinder walls before. (A valve broke off and they tried to restart the engine. I guess you could still do a rebuild but it's going to cost more than a new engine.)

Anyways, my point was that people do the minimum they can until it bites them in the ass. I was voicing my support for the fine.

Comment Re:why not a fine instead (Score 1) 577

Of course, the problem here is that people don't feel they should pay for anything to do with a computer other than the price-tag they see when they go to BestBuy. They'll scream blue-murder if they're told that they actually have a responsibility, both financially and in how they operate their machine. Most people want to treat a computer the way they do their microwave oven, buy it, and if it breaks, replace it, but never, ever have to spend any time or money on maintenance.

To be honest, most people expect their cars to work in the same way. I can't count the number of times I've seen perfectly good engines ruined when the timing belt snapped because the owner hadn't had it changed at the proper time. Most people think oil changes are all a car should ever need.


Wikileaks and Iceland MPs Propose Journalism Haven 153

geegel sends word that Iceland could become a journalism haven if a proposal put forward by some Icelandic MPs, aided by Wikileaks, succeeds. Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, said that the idea is to "try and reform Iceland's media law to be a very attractive jurisdiction for investigative journalists." The article notes one area in which supporters of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative need to tread carefully: "...the troubles of the financial sector may lead some Icelanders to be sceptical of efforts to transform their country and [one supporter] is aware of the need not to make exaggerated claims." A British opponent of the idea (and supporter of the UK's draconian libel laws) is quoted: "The provisions allowing defendants to counter-sue 'libel tourists' in their home courts could transform the humble Icelander into a legal superman, virtually untouchable abroad for comment written — and uploaded — at home."

Comment Re:How does this work in my positive-earth car? (Score 1) 792

I believe they are called "positive ground" (+ terminal of battery connected to chassis ground instead of - terminal) and yes they do exist.

not if you're English. (or your car is English) My car has a sticker under the hood (bonnet) that says "This vehicle is wired NEGATIVE EARTH" in big bold letters to make sure you know that before you try to hook up jumper cables.

On a related note, will these work on 6v vehicles? You'd probably have to buy a separate one that costs 10x as much in either case.

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