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

Foresto Re:Logitech G600 (372 comments)

It's really absurd, isn't it? Logitech could win the favor of linux users if they offered something even as rudimentary as a command line programming tool or a protocol spec.

I would have bought a mouse from a company that supports linux, but since I really wanted all those extra buttons, my options were severely limited. The G600 was the least bad option.

In case you decide to buy it, here's the ~/.Xmodmap file I use to swap the middle and right buttons:

pointer = 1 3 2 4 5 6 7 8 9
keycode 78 = Multi_key

(That second line is unrelated; it lets me use Scroll Lock as my compose key.)

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

Foresto Logitech G600 (372 comments)

The Logitech G600 is pretty decent if you can get used to the larger size and all the buttons on the side. Stupidly, it forbids you from programming the middle button to middle click and right button to right click. You can program the middle button to right click and right button to middle click, though, and then swap the two with xmodmap if you're using linux. You might also want to program the resolution down much lower than the default for linux use. Of course, since it's from Logitech, you'll need Windows or MacOS to program it.

yesterday
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Foresto My hopes are with Rian Johnson (410 comments)

None of the new episodes did much for me while I was watching them, and I can hardly remember anything about them now. J.J. Abrams might make the next one more fun, at least, but I recently learned something about Episode 8 that makes me care about the series for the first time in ages: Rian Johnson is doing it. His most recent work was a mainstream movie called Looper, which was fine, but the two he did before that were astonishingly good. (It would be fair to say that story and writing matter to me more than effects.) I'm not sure whether to be worried that he'll mute his talents in pursuit of mainstream money, or excited that he'll make Star Wars interesting again. Either way, I'm looking forward to finding out.

2 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Foresto Productivity on available hardware. (585 comments)

I was given a Mac laptop at my last startup. I used it instead of buying new hardware because it helped keep our costs down. I ran (xubuntu) linux on it because all of my OS-specific development targeted linux, because most of the software that works well for me is developed primarily for linux, and because the open nature of linux makes admin, troubleshooting, and customization far easier for me than on any proprietary OS. Linux was therefore the only sensible choice.

My CEO sometimes asked why I didn't keep OSX and just run linux in a VM. He seemed surprised that anyone would willingly discard the Mac environment and Mac applications and beautiful Mac perfection that comes with a Mac. (He was a bit of an Apple fanatic.) I explained that since I don't need anything that OSX has to offer, using it as a host for my real OS would just waste resources, complicate timing issues (which were important in my work), potentially add security vulnerabilities, and increase admin overhead (like having to reboot for OSX updates). In other words, all loss, no gain.

The user experience has something to do with it as well. I was a Mac lover for a while long ago, and although I'm happy that MacOS is finally built on a real operating system and wraps it in a package that many people find intuitive, it isn't intuitive to me, and it comes with a lot of restrictions and design choices that get in my way and frustrate me. That's part of why I run linux even when work doesn't demand it.

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Foresto Something Better (551 comments)

I'd like to see an init system like this:

- Starts services on demand based on dependencies, not based on order (like sysvinit) or based on events (like upstart).
- Has a minimal core that can easily run on its own, just to do the job of a standard init system.
- Is easy to learn, configure, and understand.
- Has good documentation.
- Does not encourage application software to require it.
- Does not encourage other system services to require it.
- Works well on linux and non-linux unixes.
- Can be replaced without causing such an upheaval that OS distribution teams are scared to switch again if something objectively better comes along.
- Causes a lot fewer problems than the stuff that I've seen from systemd's author.
- Is maintained by people with the humility, competence, and care required to make it work well for the vast majority of users.

Systemd pushers often claim that it is the way forward because it addresses that first piont. They conveniently avoid recognizing that it fails on most of them. No thanks. I'd rather keep using sysvinit or upstart until something better comes along.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Foresto Re:systemd hatred (402 comments)

Wow. Thanks. Your post is a pretty good example of the behavior I was describing.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Foresto Systemd Pushers (551 comments)

I don't understand the people who are pushing systemd so hard despite significant resistance in the community. Reasons for disliking it vary, but don't really matter, because its adoption will force a *lot* of people who don't want it to either suffer through it or suffer through migration to another OS/distro. That is reason enough not to adopt it. Trying to discredit people's reasons for disliking it is presumptuous, pointless, and rather stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Foresto Steam and LXC, or how to run it in a sandbox (329 comments)

I don't trust Steam, so I run it in an unprivileged linux container. This way, it can't do too much damage and can't spy on my system so easily.

Setting up LXC in such a way that games still work is not trivial, but also not terribly difficult if you know your way around the OS and are willing to do some reading and learning. Here are some tips to get you started.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Foresto Re:systemd hatred (402 comments)

Clarification: I do not meant to imply that IMightB is trying to discredit people's reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Foresto systemd hatred (402 comments)

I don't understand the blatent systemd pushing. Reasons for disliking it vary but don't really matter, because its adoption will force a *lot* of people who don't want it to either suffer through it or suffer through migration to another OS. That is reason enough not to adopt it. Trying to discredit people's reasons for disliking it is presumptuous, pointless, and rather stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Foresto Re:Modem connection tones (790 comments)

Wow... you must have had one of those fancy fast modems. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Foresto Re:What's the name again? (647 comments)

I'm guessing they chose the weird spelling for the same reason that so many companies choose weird names: domain name squatters.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Foresto Perl as an example of what, now? (581 comments)

Perl is hardly an example of improvement. Its widespread usage despite its fundamental flaws has given us a large body of software that is often entrenched and almost always a maintenance nightmare. I hope our OS distribution maintainers have the sense not to repeat that mistake with our init system.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Foresto F3 (178 comments)

I don't have any experience with malicious flash drives, but since we're on the topic of fakes, F3 is a handy test program:

http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Foresto Apply to be Whitelisted (405 comments)

Facing a similar problem a couple of years ago, I discovered that yahoo provides email filters not only for its webmail users, but also for several other companies. They have a procedure for requesting an exemption from their filters. It took a couple of tries, but I eventually got my server accepted. Here's the form:

http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yah...

about 2 months ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Foresto Not only in politics (282 comments)

I've observed the same behavior in software development, particularly in the open source world. Some project maintainers are happy to have people helping by reporting the problems they find, while others will deny that a problem exists (and sometimes go as far as trying to discredit the reporter) if they don't happen to be affected/bothered by it. I guess inconvenient truths are hard for some people to accept.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Foresto Against it! It has no benefits. (613 comments)

As far as I can tell, there has never been any statistically significant evidence that redefining time twice a year saves any energy, or has any other net benefit at all.

Meanwhile, it continually wastes the time of people who have to deal with the problems that it causes; moreso than ever since the world started depending on computers, and since international interactions have become common.

Just get rid of it, please. Forcibly playing games with people's clocks in the name of pretending that seasons don't exist is just stupid. Let businesses adopt winter hours if they want to align with daylight.

about 3 months ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

Foresto Re:The Republicans... (158 comments)

"Democrats and republicans can twist any topic to be a battle between democrats and republicans."

FTFY. :)

about 3 months ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

Foresto Frighteningly Dangerous (165 comments)

So it's basically carte blanche for anyone with a job in in politics, law enforcement, or prosecution to destroy the life of anyone they choose, based on nothing more than conjecture. Does anyone else find this frightening? Would the dangers of this idea be more obvious if the words "computer users" or "hackers" were replaced with the word "people"?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Foresto Alternatives (286 comments)

I ran into that same problem with Skype's latest release. Rather than giving Pulse a fourth chance to burn me, I decided it might be time to give WebRTC a try.

I'm so glad I did. OS-independent browser-to-browser video chat worked fine. I used Chromium on linux while my friend used Chrome on OSX. The latest Firefox release supposedly supports h.264, so it might work as well. Here are a couple of call set-up sites in case you'd like to try it for yourself:

https://opentokrtc.com/

https://vline.com/

about 3 months ago

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