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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Cinder6 Re:Finaly. (224 comments)

The sites the parent mentioned are all based around animated Flash videos. That's the draw, not some silly menu stuff. Whether you find those sites annoying, though, is up to you.

2 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Cinder6 Re:Adobe (224 comments)

Adobe has a lot of products other than Flash. The writing has been on the wall for a long time. Flash is taking a long time to die, but Adobe must surely see that the future is in other technologies. They still have their Creative Cloud stuff, web analytics, etc.

2 days ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Cinder6 Shows promise (158 comments)

While this might eventually replace Firefox on Windows for me, it won't replace Safari on OS X. Once it has extensions support (hopefully supporting Chrome extensions), I'll give it a serious look. For now, I can't live without 1Password (not to mention Block and a couple others).

2 days ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Cinder6 Re:Yet another webkit-based browser (158 comments)

Presto may have been a quality engine, but so many sites didn't render properly on it (or simply refused, necessitating user-agent hacking) that it's hard for me to miss it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Cinder6 Reprogram the G600 (428 comments)

A lot of people are suggesting that the G600 might be reprogrammable, but they all note that they don't have the mouse, so they don't know for sure.

I do.

I just checked it, and you can reprogram the primary mouse buttons to anything you want. You can also set that as the mouse's built-in configuration, so you don't need to use the drivers and the settings will be persistent across computers. Have fun.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Cinder6 Re:Not programmable? (428 comments)

I have a G600. I just checked, and you can reprogram the primary buttons to anything you like.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Cinder6 Not necessarily subscription-based (570 comments)

Everyone is jumping to the conclusion, but I haven't seen any Microsoft statement indicating that. "Free for the first year" could easily mean that it's free if you install it within the first year of release, and after that it will cost money. There's already precedent for this. Windows 8 Pro was $40 for the first year (may have been less, but that's not the point), but went up in price afterward. It was an incentive to get people upgrade, which is exactly what this promotion sounds like.

about a week ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Cinder6 Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Question: is the vulnerability in AOSP or GMS? If the former, then you're correct. If the latter, then Google could patch it.

about two weeks ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Lame roundup. (190 comments)

No one reasonable would argue that gaming peripheral companies haven't done a lot to make mechanical keyboards much more mainstream than they ever were when it was just Ducky, Filco, etc.

(And yes, I'm quite aware of the scene. I own a Realforce HiPro, a Unicomp, an IBM 6850 beamspring, a Matias Tactile Mini, a MAX Blackbird, and a Poker II with the Granite keyset. My point is simply that the market for mechs is bigger than it's been in ages, thanks to Razer, Corsair, CM, etc.)

about 1 month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:I like Zippy keyboards (190 comments)

Perhaps I'm misundertanding, but most people don't consider scissor switches to be the same as a mechanical keyboard. You still have a rubber-dome membrane underneath the switch. (Then again, most people consider Topre mechanical, even though that's just a plunger over a rubber dome over a spring. Who cares. Use the keyboard you like.)

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Lame roundup. (190 comments)

I think the last thing we need is elitism in an already niche group. Aesthetics aside, those are all mechanical keyboards. And the scene probably owes gaming a lot, considering gaming peripheral companies have been leading the charge in terms of introducing new mechanical keyboards to the market.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Maybe I'm on the edge or something... (190 comments)

Just personal preference. Contrary to what many say, not everyone in the world is going to prefer a mechanical keyboard over a rubber-dome one. Use the keyboard you like, not the one that everyone else likes. (And I say this as someone who has six mechanical keyboards and is currently using one on his rMBP to type this comment.)

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Get on my level (190 comments)

I got it as part of their Cyber Monday sale for $100, so if you can wait, you might be able to save on it (but you may have to wait almost a year...). Mine has red switches, so they feel nothing like a Model M (which I'm typing on right now). The closest you'll get are blues, unless you go with their custom keyboard option and choose greens (which will cost extra). IMO, greens are better than blues in terms of feel, and they require more force to actuate. They're still fairly different from buckling springs, but most people like them a lot.

(And yes, the backlight shines through the keys.)

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:just curious... (190 comments)

I've used several keyboards with blues. I currently have a Poker II, but I've also used/owned a Das (model 3), Razer BWU (older model that actually had blues, not the Razer greens), Razer Orbweaver, and I even have a few spare blue switches lying around. The bump is very noticeable if you slowly depress the switch, but as soon as I start typing on them, they just feel muddy and unremarkable.

Clear switches definitely require more force, as do greens.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:just curious... (190 comments)

I have to disagree. Blues are my least-favorite switch by Cherry. I find the click to be both anemic and irritatingly high-pitched, while the "bump" is almost nonexistent at typing speeds. It feels more like a gummed-up linear switch than a tactile one. Greens are a bit better, as are clears. Reds are my favorite, by far. And don't get me started on Cherry-style stabilizers. (I really wish Costar was more common.)

Honestly, I find Cherry to be a poor choice for mechanical keyboard switch. I would much rather use buckling spring, ALPS, or Topre. Now that Matias is coming out with linear ALPS, the argument for reds will likely go away, as well. Reports I've read indicate the Matias switches are smoother and quieter than reds, which is very welcome.

The only reason I ever recommend Cherry-based boards is for aesthetics. Those boards plain look nicer, and there's a big scene for aftermarket keycaps with all sorts of colors, shape/profile, materials, etc. that you won't find for the others I mentioned.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Get on my level (190 comments)

I have a Max Keyboard Blackbird. I got it primarily because it has doubleshot keys, but the backlighting looks nice, and it actually serves a purpose. The keyboard has a timer function. When the timer goes off, the lights flash like crazy. At first, I thought it was a completely useless gimmick, but I find myself using it multiple times per day. It's quicker than using my phone, and much less obtrusive than a noisy alarm.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Unicomp keyboards (190 comments)

Unicomp says they have a steel plate. Odds are your plate isn't as thick as the one in the IBM, especially if it's a gray/silver label.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 Re:Get on my level (190 comments)

Typing on a Unicomp right now. It doesn't have the same level of fit & finish of other boards, but typing on it is a dream.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Cinder6 In my experience, ignore the marketing (190 comments)

Now, I'm not saying to ignore the marketing that mechanical keyboards are better (I own six, myself...it's a weird hobby); I'm saying that the notion that certain switches are for gaming, while others are for typing, is pretty much bunk. MX Blacks are often described as "gaming" switches, but they came out in the mid-1980s. I've gamed on blues, and I've typed on reds. I've even gamed on an ancient IBM beamspring keyboard (precursor to buckling spring found in the Model F and Model M keyboards) and a few Topre boards. Any switch will be fine for any role. I think even hardcore gaming companies like Razer understands this, because they don't offer a keyboard with a linear switch.

about a month ago

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Cinder6 Cinder6 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Cinder6 (894572) writes "Version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel has been released. Read the comprehensive changelog. FTA:
'This release includes lightweight user space priority inheritance support, a "lock validator" debugging tool, a new power saving policy for multicore systems, SMPnice, a much improved SATA layer, swapless page migration, per-zone VM counters, per-task delay accounting, a new per-packet access control for SELinux called 'secmark', randomized i386 vDSO, a few new drivers, additional device support for many existing drivers, many bug fixes and many other small improvements.'
As always, you can get it from kernel.org."

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