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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MouseR Re:COST (524 comments)

Precisely for the same reason. Even more so due to economics.

Take well-known accessory manufacturers Logitec or Kesington. I doubt they managed to sell a hardware keyboard for 5% of owners of any given market (as they did for iPads) and this creates lots of expenses in R&D, manufacturing, stocking and distribution.

Unlike Apple (for example), their inventory is calculated in months, not days.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MouseR Re:COST (524 comments)

Internationalisation is also a huge issue for hardware keyboard.

Aka, get out of ASCII territory and all hardware keyboard suck raw pigeon farts.

Localized keyboards create inventory and distribution hell.

2 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (541 comments)

It is more expensive now, as Lazik really went down.

My exam & topology required 3 visits and it got to ~1200$ (including test lens to see how your eyes reacts etc). Then the lens are ~300$, replaced every 2 years or so.

It boils down to how much you care for your long term vision. My health care took the brunt of it (I do have a pretty good corporate group insurance).

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (541 comments)

My doctor holds the canadian record and actually dealt with -7 successfully.

And even there, you could do a partial fix to bring you up to -1 if your eye exceeded the max you could do.

They use micron eye topography imaging to perfectly map your eyeball and see how much they could correct your eyesight. It's pretty amazing: they never even tough your eyeball.

You put the lens on, go to sleep for a good 6-8 hours and voila. Take em off for the rest of the week.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR Re:However minute, risks remain. (541 comments)

Its entirely safe and without consequences. You can stop any time and resume later. If you can wear semi-rigid contacts then you can do this. Plus is removes any astigmatism so its pretty great for stargazing.

My doctor's site explains it slightly better than wiki.

And unlike laser surgery, there's no potential for risks of complication as you get older if you need cataract surgery (there's a finite amount of cornea you can scrape off).

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MouseR However minute, risks remain. (541 comments)

I'm missing part of a finger, but I can manage.
I could live with a limp.
But eyesight is a pretty big gamble. Yeah its small. But still higher than lottery.

That's why I opted for orthokeratology. I put my lens for one night, once every 7-ish days, and have 30/20 vision for the first 24h and then 20/20 for the rest of the week.

5 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

MouseR Re: Better safe than sorry (190 comments)

And they keep coming out with new albums.

about a week ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

MouseR Re:Better safe than sorry (190 comments)

Plus, having some in stock allows the the create of a vaccine if by some chance it ever emerges again.

about a week ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

MouseR ZeroKnowledge (129 comments)

So now I guess ZeroKnowledge was 16 years too early. I remember laughing at it.

I still don't care wether NSA or other idiots read my mail for I have nothing to hide. But the prospect of ill-advised policy enforcer's ability to use otherwise benign data as scapegoating is irritating.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

MouseR Kit car (382 comments)

Tesla could sell the car as a kit where you order one or more of N components to complete the car.

Eg, the car body, the batteries, the clip-on steering wheel.

about two weeks ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

MouseR Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

about two weeks ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

MouseR Another marketing ploy (187 comments)

To lower the number of injuries per crash.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

MouseR Rot14 (115 comments)

really confuses NSA.

about a month ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

MouseR Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

Still way more expensive than a EuroFighter. But Canada's close ties with US Gov would have made a EuroFighter awkward for our relations. Despite NATO.

about 2 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

MouseR Re:A new programming language (411 comments)

Will be available today but App Store not updated for the Swift manual.

XCode6 preview includes a syntactical guide (probably the same as what will be on iBooks).

10 minutes into it and I cringe at a specific feature:

Support for any unicode glyphs as variable/function names. Down to emoticons.

That will bode well when I need to use altavista to translate the chinese sources into something I can read.

about 2 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

MouseR What about multiple lecture? (339 comments)

Movies I buy (and I still do buy DVDs as well as online content such as through iTunes), usually are bought because I plan to watch more than once.

I'm sure the manufacturing and distribution costs of my DVD purchases are a lot less of a strain on the environment than having streamed these movies over and over. I cant count how many times I have watches some movies in my collection.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

MouseR Lens flares (403 comments)

...better be absent.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Web site editing software

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR writes "It seems we can't rely on software, in particular Web site editing software, to exist for the long haul. Every time I rely on something, it takes a couple of years before it gets trashed. I have used GoLive's CyberStudio before it got engulfed as GoLive from Adobe. Both got trashed. I eventually used Apple's .Mac HomePage. It got trashed and replaced with iWeb. I then used iWeb hosted on MobileMe and Apple just killed it again, along with the hosting. So, as I'm preparing to move my stuff on various web sites, onto my own hosting server (outsourced), I'm wondering what kind of visual web site editor(s) I could use, FOR THE LONG HAUL. I'm rather sick of changing tools every other year and as a software developer, would rather spend my time editing my web site rather than code it. Any suggestions?"
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Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR (3264) writes "Benoit Mandelbrot, who died on October 14 aged 85, was largely responsible for developing the discipline of fractal geometry – the study of rough or fragmented geometric shapes or processes that have similar properties at all levels of magnification or across all times.

Before Mandelbrot, mathematicians believed that most of the patterns of nature were far too complex, irregular, fragmented and amorphous to be described mathematically. Euclidian geometry was concerned with abstract perfection almost non-existent in the real world. Mandelbrot's achievement was to conceive and develop a way of describing mathematically the most amorphous natural forms – such as the shape of clouds, mountains, coastlines or trees – and measuring them. His work has become the foundation of Chaos theory – the mathematics of non-linear, dynamic systems."

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