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

Mal-2 Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (429 comments)

I have a mouse (the one currently at my right hand side) that is perfectly useful this way. I middle-click without any issues at all. I have another one -- also made by Logitech -- where the spring force of the click function significantly exceeds that of the scroll wheel's detents. The only way to middle-click reliably without scrolling is to reach forward and press down on the leading edge of the wheel, where it basically can't spin under the pressure. Luckily I only keep that one around as a backup. It also has a tendency to occasionally "spin out" and send the cursor (or viewpoint) flying around randomly for about 300 ms.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Mal-2 Re:Car analogy (145 comments)

You'd be kinda foolish to only add one can at a time though. When you needed the last five, why not put all of it in at once? For that matter, why not have a single five-gallon can? It would certainly simplify refilling.

Of course, you'd still be well within your rights to complain about the misrepresentation of the fuel capacity.

about a week ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Mal-2 Re:It ain't rocket science (304 comments)

Also, swoop and squat. No computer is going to help there either. However, having the computer active may help demonstrate that there was no way to avoid the collision, and that it was not your fault.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Mal-2 Re:Paid sick leave (663 comments)

The problem is that a lot of these diseases can spread before you see the symptoms. If you are a Disney worker and are spreading a vaccine-preventable disease without having any symptoms (yet), how are sick days helping?

The most obvious example of this would be polio. It has an incubation period of six weeks, during which the infected person is highly contagious. Stack a cold or flu on top of that so they're sneezing and rubbing a runny nose all day, and you have a full-blown outbreak from a single source.

If you stayed home for every cold or sniffle, you wouldn't have a job for very long – especially if you work in an environment with lots of children, such as teaching or day care. Also, the kids aren't going to be kept home for every little sniffle, because that would mean one of the parents (quite possibly the only direct parent) having to take time off work to do so.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Mal-2 Re:I don't get it (820 comments)

Citation? Ask any of the residents of high lattitude and they'll explain that, in summer (or winter), they have daylight - real daylight - until they go to sleep, at which point they frequently use thick curtains to block the light.

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about two weeks ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Mal-2 Re:COBOL (385 comments)

When Chuck Norris throws an exception, it is always fatal.

If that isn't a hit to performance, nothing is.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Mal-2 Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (688 comments)

Do you have any evidence that people actually supporting GG were making those threats?

Ha ha, no. In fact, they like to post screencaps about doxxing and swatting from different boards on 8chan and claim those are from Gamergate. If you call them on their lies they claim all of 8chan is Gamergate, or they claim the other boards are Gamergate because they targeted people who were attacking Gamergate. They fail to mention that the people who were attacking Gamergate also attacked 8chan as a whole.

If you want proof of this, just visit /baphomet/ on 8chan. They're planning attacks in response to being attacked. They've doxxed the guy who led the campaign to get 8chan's domain suspended (which of course didn't work for very long). They flooded his "Rate Your Teacher" page with complaints, in a manner very similar to the flood of complaints (seven in a few hours, after two months of silence?) that got Internet.bs to pull the domain.

I'm not saying doxxing is justified. I'm saying they had very specific reasons to go after someone, and they had nothing to do with being pro- or anti-Gamergate. They did it because their home was attacked.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

Mal-2 Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

There's a problem with that scheme. The fake dongle says you got from point A to point B in much more time than it took, right? So what happens if, at point B, you're in an accident? The fake dongle won't sent the right data for that, at the right time, and probably witnesses and the other driver will also give the right time (esp. if the other driver has a real dongle).

Also, a car tends to sustain much more damage from a 60 mph impact than a 25 mph impact.

You don't adjust the arrival time at point B, you adjust the departure time from point A.

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Mal-2 Re:And they may have. (257 comments)

Why is everybody's first reaction here to go completely cynical?

I didn't. I proposed that if everything was done on the level, that they come out and show it to restore public faith. They probably won't, because even saying "we used legal tools -- see, here are our warrants" could have negative consequences for the Police State mentality, even if that mentality does not apply here.

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Mal-2 And they may have. (257 comments)

They may have averted their own Charlie Hebdo event, but sadly, the credibility of both sides of the "War on Terror" has been shot to hell -- primarily because of the actions of government which they thought people would take lying down. Most of them have, but even if they aren't in the streets protesting, they'll still roll their eyes and say "yeah, right".

Let's assume for the moment that this is completely legitimate, and an opportunity for the authorities to win back some respect. If so, they should carry the ensuing trial(s) openly for all to see. "We used surveillance programs to detect X, Y, and Z and couldn't have done it without them because A, B, and C" is exactly the sort of rational argument we'd like to see. If it turns out they did it through traditionally acceptable (like warrants) means, this weakens the argument of being able to do an end run around such procedures. Obviously this would be unwelcome from an authoritarian perspective, but it might win back some trust from those of us who do respect the actions of legitimate and responsible investigators.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Mal-2 Re: Hope it has GigE. (180 comments)

Hmmm, do you have any older b or g wifi things? They will make your n wifi go down to their speed when they are on.

Yes. That's probably the problem. Still, if it's that simple to shit on an entire n network, this thing had best have a decent wired connection available.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Mal-2 Hope it has GigE. (180 comments)

I have an E-350 laptop, and although it has only two cores at 1.6 GHz, it can easily keep up with 1080p video. (Having maxed it out at 8 GB of RAM doesn't hurt.) The thing that tends to be an issue is WiFi bandwidth. If wired to the network (it has GigE) or if the file is copied to local storage first, it's fine. Otherwise, you're just asking for the darn thing to burp several times during your movie.

Even 100Mbps Ethernet (using some old three-pair cable already in the wall) can prove insufficient for pulling 1080p off the NAS box, if there's any kind of contention at all.

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

Mal-2 For that matter... phones. (790 comments)

How many people have actual mechanical-ringer phones any more? I have one specifically for the purpose of being heard anywhere in the house, but don't actually use it to talk.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

Mal-2 Re:Twitter: Ran out of Hydralic fluid (213 comments)

Not when the gas stays in the tanks (at least until the liquids run out) and the liquids do the actual work.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Mal-2 Re:The religion of peace (490 comments)

You can cue up people by beating them with a pool cue, but I don't think that is what was intended either.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Mal-2 Re:Disable Turbo Boost (325 comments)

Mind you, this is from experience with desktops rather than laptops, but just like individual CPUs differ in how hard they can be pushed (even if they are binned the same), so do different cores within a single package. "Turbo Boost" is basically saying "we know SOME of the cores can go this fast." You may get lucky and find they all can handle the sustained load (like my case -- 3.2 GHz, boosts to 3.6... rock-solid stable running at 3.8 24/7/365. Of course I had to turn OFF the boost and just crank it up in general...) But there's no guarantee, and if you are trying to treat these as interchangeable parts, you need to assume a "least common denominator" sort of attitude.

Turn off the Turbo Boost, throw some supplemental cooling at them, and live with how fast they go. Or, spend more for something considerably bulkier that includes said cooling and expects you to pound on it constantly. Either way you're not going to sustain "over 100%" when Intel did this knowing full well it wasn't a sustainable speed (for MOST CPUs, some might actually be OK with it).

about three weeks ago
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Text Editor Created In Minecraft

Mal-2 Re:Next thing you know (114 comments)

And to think I had people oohing and aahing because I installed a functioning scoreboard in someone's Spleef arena, or a binary counter that would tell you how many people had entered and left a given space (though it could be fooled if people pushed through together), or a combination lock for a secured area (with user-configurable combinations). I understand redstone, even in its more recent, more analog-like form. Generating, detecting, and sorting pulses is not hard. Logic gates are not hard. Latches and flip-flops are not hard. Stringing them together is tedious, but not hard. Stacking them up and debugging them is another matter entirely. There are so many ways to do it wrong, not to mention having to have a grasp of the underlying principles of the circuits being emulated.

about three weeks ago

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It's time to send Congress home.

Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hello, Washington? It's the 21st Century calling. You're less important than you thought.

There is no reason why all 535 members of Congress need to live and work in Washington, DC, disconnected from their constituency. There is also no reason why Representatives should spend upwards of a quarter of each term campaigning and commuting -- or worse yet, ignoring votes entirely. It's time Congress came home to us, the People.

My proposal is simple, and it needs just three words. Let Congress telecommute.

The benefits of this would be enormous, and the costs minimal -- except to the lobbyists, who currently find it quite convenient that they can bend everyone's ear since they're all in one place at one time. Each Congressman should have to live and have an office in the District he or she represents. This office could be owned by the Federal government, as that would certainly simplify matters whenever the seat changes hands, but it is not strictly necessary for this idea to work. All that is necessary is a data link back to Washington. The original concept of Congress centered around 18th century communications -- that is, Pony Express at best. In theory, we could have sent Congress home when the telegraph came into vogue, but that's understandably a bit impersonal. The earliest this idea would have been practical is when the telephone system allowed for 435 people to be on the same line at once -- which had happened by the 1960s at the latest. Still a bit impersonal, even if they could watch proceedings on TV and phone in their comments and votes.

But what's the excuse now? If there is anyone representing a district that has no reasonable data access, then they can be exempted to live in a nearby district that has such provisions. They'll still be a lot more accessible to their constituency than they are now. It will also mean a lot more to people when their Representative lives a couple miles away (as will generally be the case in urban districts) rather than a couple thousand miles away. The fact that they aren't going to talk to their Representative on any given day is irrelevant, what's important is that they feel like they CAN.

Senators should probably operate from the state capitol, unless they REALLY don't like each other. (It happens!) Or, they should live wherever they choose, within the state they represent, and furnish an office and data connection at their own expense if they prefer.

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Nietzschecraft confirms: God is dead

Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago It is now official. Nietzschecraft confirms: God is dead

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered religious community when IDC confirmed that God's market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all worshippers. Coming on the heels of a recent Nietzschecraft survey which plainly states that God has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. God is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Altar Boy comprehensive plooking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Randi to predict God's future. The hand writing is on the wall: God faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for God because God is dead. Things are looking very bad for God. As many of us are already aware, God continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

JHVH-God is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core followers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time JHVH-God followers L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: JHVH-God is dead.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

AllahGod leader Muhammad states that there are 7000 worshippers of AllahGod. How many followers of JHVH-God are there? Let's see. The number of AllahGod versus JHVH-God posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 JHVH-God worshippers. Jah posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of JHVH-God posts. Therefore there are about 700 worshippers of Jah. A recent article put JHVH-God at about 80 percent of the God market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 JHVH-God worshippers. This is consistent with the number of JHVH-God Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, JHVH-God went out of business and was taken over by Baha'iullah who sell another troubled religion. Now Baha'iullah is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that God has steadily declined in market share. God is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If God is to survive at all it will be among religious dilettante dabblers. God continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, God is dead.

Fact: God is dead

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Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  about 11 years ago

This is /. I'm not ashamed of it, and I'm not proud of it. The whole thing is not an issue to me, it's irrelevant, and I see no reason why my reading /. should be dragged into the discussion at all! The fact that we've been massacred personally for thousands of years is neither here nor there, so can we at least agree on one thing -- namely, not to waste our time discussing whether to post to /. or not.

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