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

dotancohen You already found the Evoluent mouse. (323 comments)

I am an extremely happy Evoluent customer. The mouse is absolutely terrific, very comfortable and actually _more_ intuitive than a flat mouse once you get used to it. With the exception of my graphics designer, every single person in the office fell in love with my vertical mouse when I let them try it for a few days.

However, nobody is willing to pay $100 for the mouse, just like they are not willing to pay $70 for a mechanical keyboard. I think that people see cheap mice and keyboards for $10, so they feel cheated when they spend much more than that on peripheral equipment. The truth is that I'm a sucker as well. Even though I have an Evoluent at work I still use a flat mouse at home as the price of a second Evoluent is hard to justify to myself when I hardly use the mouse at all (Vimperator, Linux).

Damn the price, trust me, you want that mouse though. The discrete middle-mouse button is only the icing on the cake. Almost _everything_ on that mouse is absolutely terrific.

8 hours ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

dotancohen Re:Nope (255 comments)

I can't see the hairs on real people 10 feet away (for normal arm hair), if I can see the hairs on someone's arm on TV, why are they zoomed in on someone's arm?

I suspect that the format might fit a certain popular film niche, in which seeing the actor's body hairs is in fact considered a desirable feature.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

dotancohen Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (433 comments)

The problem with that solution is that now I've got _two_ instances of Windows to secure and maintain. Twice the RAM, two licences for Kasperski, twice the updates, twice the exposure to threats.

yesterday
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:That would be a Directed EMP (207 comments)

You make a good point. I can imagine three to five drones attacking, say, Times Square at New Years. I really cannot imagine that happening with mortars.

Even if the Times Squares drones are unarmed, just having them buzzing close to the people might scare the people into a stampede, with tens or even hundreds of casualties. The technology can be legally purchased for a few thousand dollars, today. And the perps would be almost impossible to find.

3 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:Test them in Ukraine today... (207 comments)

You do have a good point. I wonder how lopsided the drone / antidrone equation really is.

3 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:Test them in Ukraine today... (207 comments)

One fell right outside my house. My building and all the surrounding buildings took damage. Every vehicle on the street was destroyed. Luckily, the alarms sounded and everyone outside was in a shelter at the time (including myself and my family) so there were no human injuries..

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:That would be a Directed EMP (207 comments)

I don't know how much they cost, but they don't look much more than oversized M203 shells from what I remember. I'm not referring to 'smart' shells, but rather a skilled operator and probably very fine manufacturing tolerances (which allow the repeatability). They were being aimed by kicking the tube a bit to the left, a small shove to the right :)

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:That would be a Directed EMP (207 comments)

You are terribly out of date. I've seen guys hit a target a few hundred meters behind a hill with surprising accuracy. The first mortar misses, every one after that falls dead-on.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:Test them in Ukraine today... (207 comments)

How to do it? I used to think, small rockets could be used. Miniaturized copies of the early SAMs, created by the long declassified designs — current generation of drones aren't really made for evading such a thing...

The problem with fighting $500 drones with $100,000 missiles is that your enemy can drain you financially very quickly. This is the same mistake that the IDF has made with the Iron Dome: the thing is so expensive that, barring loss of life, it would cost less to just repair whatever damage the Hamas missiles do rather than to shoot them down.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re:That would be a Directed EMP (207 comments)

These things are going to become a major problem. If you have enough of them, you could outfit them with grapeshot and basically saturate an area. If they're cheap enough you could cover a really, really, really large area. Put lots of plastic explosive on them and you could do some serious damage to buildings and depots.

That is what mortars do, an they do it quite a bit cheaper.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

dotancohen Re: That would be a Directed EMP (207 comments)

Actually, last year Hamas did fly a UAV into Israel. It was shot down by a Tamir missile but it did return video footage back to Hamas.

4 days ago
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Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

dotancohen Re:Handle ODT files reasonably well (70 comments)

But this should not be a surprise considering MS Word itself is unable to cope with big .doc files and will corrupt them at some time.

Forget about corrupting large .doc files in MS Word. MS Word will display incorrectly even simple .doc and .docx files that were created on machines with _different print drivers installed_. This is due to Word (and Powerpoint, but not Excel) being designed to create documents for printing, even if that is not their primary use case today (Powerpoint animations don't print very well).

If you want a document for others to _read_, use PDF. If you want a document for others to _edit_, use whatever they use.

about a week ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

dotancohen Re:What has happened to Linux? (552 comments)

This is exactly the most insightful systemd comment I've seen yet.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

dotancohen Re:questionable experimental design (154 comments)

This is a classic example of Convenience Sampling, a sampling method which chooses samples based on how easy they are to procure. Guess where the researches were located, that all their test subjects were students?

Wikipedia calls it Accidental Sampling:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

about two weeks ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

dotancohen Re:Sure, I'll dispute your "CO2 blanket analogy" (343 comments)

Actually, the blanket analogy is a good one. I'm writing this for you, Taco, as nobody else will be coming around here to read it!

Much of the Sun's energy that hits the Earth in all wavelengths is absorbed and reemitted as IR (because the energy goes into heating the surfaces). Atmospheric CO2 does not block these incoming wavelengths, it only blocks the IR. This is the crux of the problem, and this is why small changes in the amount of CO2 make for large changes in the amount of energy radiated away from Earth.

The problem with modern science is that we've passed the "intuitive to the layman" stage about 300 years ago. Modern discoveries such as climate modeling, statistics, orbital mechanics, quantum theories, and SR / GR are very non-intuitive to the layman.

about a month ago
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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

dotancohen Re:$25 Million? (56 comments)

"We have absolutely no idea how accurate that figure is."

Haha, kind of like how NASA threw out that "$500 Million" per launch number for SLS. I think even the best case scenarios put the program cost at over $40 Billion just to get the first 4 or so vehicles off the ground.

And considering that they only have 25 SSMEs, the SLS won't see much more than those 4 flights anyway.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dotancohen Re:Simplest is best (259 comments)

mkdir, find.

If you are going that route, then you should know as well:
img2txt: Show a small image in colour in a text console.
asciiview: Show the image in fullscreen b/w in a text console.

Yes, those commands work in a text console.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

dotancohen Re:Digikam (259 comments)

I came to suggest Digikam. If it the absolute best free photo manager for any platform. It supports geo-tagged photos, a slew of editing functions in a dedicated editor, automatic camera download and renaming, tagging, blah blah blah.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

dotancohen I've got one of those. (110 comments)

I've got a Dell X51V from that era. The only thing that I've though about doing with it is using it as a touchscreen for a Raspberry Pie. You could probably write an HTML frontend to cmus or some other useful application. You would then just access the Pie using the device's built-in web browser (garbage) or Opera Mini 2.x (I still have a copy). This is easiest if the device supports wifi (like my Dell) and has a cradle to hold it while it is connected to power (like my Dell).

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to handle unfixed Linux accessibility bugs?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 10 months ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "It is commonly said that open source software is preferable because if you need something changed, you can change it yourself. Well, I am not an Xorg developer and I cannot maintain a separate Xorg fork. Xorg version 1.13.1 introduced a bug which breaks the "Sticky Keys" accessibility option. Thus, handicapped users who rely on the feature cannot use Xorg-based systems with the affected versions and are stuck on older software versions. Though all pre-bug Linux distros are soon scheduled for retirement, there seems to be no fix in sight. Should disabled users stick with outdated, vulnerable, and unsupported Linux distros or should we move to OS-X / Windows? The prospect of changing my OS, applications, and practices due to such an ostensibly small issue is frightening.

Note that we are not discussing "I don't like change" but rather "this unintentional change is incompatible with my physical disability". Thus this is not a case of every change breaks someone's workflow."
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German dam bursts

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "Thousands of people have been evacuated to safety in eastern Germany after a dam burst on the swollen River Elbe and farmland was flooded in an attempt to spare towns, with meteorologists forecasting more rain.

In Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany and a regional capital, some 23,000 people were asked to leave on Monday as water levels in the Elbe rose to a record 7.48 metres — about 5 metres above normal and surpassing the level reached during devastating floods in 2002."

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Linux-friendly major motherboard manufacturers?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "I am tasked with building a few Linux machines for a small office. However, all the currently available motherboards seem to be Linux-hostile. For instance, in addition to the whole UEFI issue, my last install was a three-day affair due to the motherboard reporting a Linux-supported ethernet device (the common RTL8168) whilst it was actually using a GbE Ethernet device that does not work with the legacy drivers and didn't even work with a test Windows 7 install until the driver disk was installed. There are no current HCL for Debian or Ubuntu and I've written to Asus and Gigabyte but from both have received the expected reply: No official Linux support, install Windows for best experience.

Note that I did even turn to the two large local computer vendors asking if they could provide Linux-compatible machines ready to go, but neither of them would be of any help. What globally-available motherboards or motherboard manufacturers can one recommend today?"
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Maplesoft breached, database accessed

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "MapleSoft, makers of MatLAB competitor Maple, just emailed all their customers to inform them about the company's recent security breach. “We deeply regret any inconvenience or concerns that this situation may cause our contacts and customers,” was the most important part of the letter, added by CEO Jim Cooper."
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Kubuntu 12.04 To Drop Support For Firefox

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "Yesterday it was brought up that KDE support has been dropped from the Firefox package, so the firefox-kde-support will be stripped from Kubuntu 12.04, which is an LTS release. This is becoming because the Ubuntu Firefox maintainer no longer wants to maintain the KDE support patch, which isn't mainline in Firefox."
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Study links sexual content on TV to teen pregnancy

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Sexual content on television is strongly associated with teen pregnancy, a new study shows. Researchers at the nonprofit organization RAND found that adolescents with a high level of exposure to television shows with sexual content are twice as likely to get pregnant or impregnate someone as those who saw fewer programs of this kind over a period of three years."
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Greenpeace penetrates French nuclear plant

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Greenpeace activists secretly entered a French nuclear site before dawn and draped a banner reading "Hey" and "Easy" on its reactor containment building, to expose the vulnerability of atomic sites in the country. Greenpeace said the break-in aimed to show that an ongoing review of safety measures, ordered by French authorities after a tsunami ravaged Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant earlier this year, was focused too narrowly on possible natural disasters, and not human factors."
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Gigabyte's solution to the ASPM bug: use Windows.

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Gigabyte's response regarding kernel power regression issues due to their BIOS bug:
"...since our products only support Windows OS... We suggest you to install Windows OS to prevent having problems. If you install the Windows OS and still have any problems, please provide the error message screenshot for us, so we can try to see how to help."
I wonder if Gigabyte will provide the unlock keys for the EFI boot loaders with a policy as clear as this?"

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AskSlashdot: Calculators with 1-2-3 numpads?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Although the telephone has the 1-2-3 key on the top row, most calculators and keyboards have 7-8-9 on the top row. Switching between the two destroys muscle- and spatial- memory. Do any slashdotters use a scientific calculator with 1-2-3 on the top row? I've already scraped and resoldered my Casio fx-82 calculator to have 1-2-3 on the top, and remapped the numpad in Kubuntu, but if there exist any calculators like this already on the market I'd buy two."
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Another Paypal policy update: where to find info?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Today there was yet another policy update on Paypal. There is no diff file, and the policies are all in lawyerese. My bank had a similar policy update recently, as has my domain registrar. Is there any corpus, legal or otherwise, who regulates or at least elaborates on these? Is there a legal forum to discuss these changes? How does the little citizen keep up?"
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Mars rover Spirit is no more

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "fter nearly a year of trying to reestablish communications with the Spirit Mars rover, NASA has decided to suspend efforts. Communications channels used to contact the vehicle (redesignated from "rover" to "spot" when it got stuck in a sand trap) will be used to develop a communications base wit hthe next Mars rover: the ambitious Mars Science Laboratory."
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Fedora 16 will number user UIDs from 1000

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Sharing users between Fedora and Debian-based distros just got a little easier. Beginning with Fedora 16, the Red-Hat based distro will number it's human user UIDs starting from 1000, as opposed to the old 500. Though this change is intended to facilitate interoperability with other distros, it risks breaking backward compatibility with older Fedora releases including the newly released Fedora 15."
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The Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's GE crops from contaminating 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.""
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Paypal alternatives?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 4 years ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "It seems that everything that I used to do with Paypal is gone, and nobody has found a good alternative yet. This month I tried donating to Anki (but Paypal is no longer serving Japan for donations) and Virtual Identity (which stopped accepting Paypal due to the Wikileaks incident). The authors of both software are looking for alternatives. What can we recommend to them? What reliable and inexpensive money-transfer services exist today? What do you use?"

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