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Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

grim-one Choice of games (221 comments)

I've been playing PC games one handed lately (nursing an infant with the other) and I've been choosing games that suit. I've got a mouse with the following buttons/actions: left, middle, right, thumb1, thumb2, wheelUp, wheelDown.

If you're working with your non-dominant hand then innately mouse-only turn based strategy, adventure or management games are going to be your friend. At least while you retrain your mouse usage. Things like Civilization, Hero Academy, SimCity and Monkey Island.

I've also found action RPG games with a small amount of keyboard commands are extremely playable if you remap the keys to your mouse's spare commands. I've been playing Diablo 3 with all six skills and health potions mapped to the mouse. It works really well and I only feel disadvantaged when I want to shift click to stand still and attack - which I'm one button shy of being able to map. With good character and skiill choice you could probably offload a 5-minute buff to the keyboard (numpad-enter or tab).

I haven't figured out how to play FPS games competitively yet, but binding move forward and one side-strafe to the mouse might get you started.

about 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

grim-one Re:Price inflation? (464 comments)

Piracy on PC is presumedly higher on PC, while prices are also lower, when compared to consoles. How does that factor in to your hypothesis?

more than 2 years ago
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New Signs Voyager Is Nearing Interstellar Space

grim-one Re:And then ... (168 comments)

If it's a fake transmitter, then where is the signal coming from?

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Parliamentary Inquiry Into Software Pricing Announced

grim-one Re:Devils Advocate (259 comments)

The SEA servers are in Singapore IIRC

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is a Home Drone Feasible?

grim-one Re:Define (274 comments)

Ah, but Slashdot was his starting point and you just led him to http://diydrones.com/ which he may not have known existed.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle

grim-one Re:Break Out The Australian Sparkling White Wine (193 comments)

You missed the point. They didn't invent WiFi. They invented a method to improve it. Then everyone started using their method.

more than 2 years ago
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SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet

grim-one Re:Choose the most US friendly country. (78 comments)

South America seems like a bunch of tin pot dictators (Brazil excepted, of course).

Either you jest or you didn't read the summary very well.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the Number of O's In LOL Matter On YouTube

grim-one Re:so (186 comments)

Too late. The FBI are on their way. I think the TSA tipped them off.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

grim-one Punished for NOT taking vacations (948 comments)

My manager's always on my back for having too much leave up my sleeve. They want us to keep our accrued leave to a minimum.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe

grim-one Re:Round 3 (331 comments)

Submissives

about 3 years ago
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Belgian Newspapers Delisted On Google

grim-one Re:Uh, tough? (385 comments)

You're welcome to opt-out with your robots.txt

more than 3 years ago
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Codemasters' Website Hacked

grim-one Epic Games too (76 comments)

Got a couple of emails from them:

Our Epic Games web sites and forums were recently hacked. After some downtime, they're back up and running now.

The hackers may have obtained the email addresses and encrypted passwords of forum users. Plaintext passwords weren't revealed, but it's possible that those passwords could be obtained by a brute-force attack on the encrypted passwords. Therefore, we have reset all passwords. Your new password at the bottom of this message.

The Unreal Developer Network (UDN) hasn't been compromised. Thankfully, none of our web sites ask for, or store, credit card information or other financial data.

We're sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciate everyone's patience as we wrestle our servers back under control.

Tim Sweeney
Founder, Epic Games Inc

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

grim-one a heliostat rather than a photovoltaic system? (475 comments)

Those two aren't mutually exclusive. In fact they're pretty commonly used together. Summary should read "a solar thermal plant rather than photovoltaic, using a molten salt system to store power as heat for times when the sun isn't shining".

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft To Officially Launch 11/11/11

grim-one Re:Which date? (235 comments)

Are you implying that YY/MM/DD is not easily human readable? I would suggest that's just because you've been trained to recognize other formats.

more than 3 years ago
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Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

grim-one Re:What a shitbag... (464 comments)

The problem with your idea is that everybody would know the martial art including the assailant.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Panel Backs Patent Overhaul Bill

grim-one Re:WTF? (243 comments)

I don't see why it would abolish prior art.

Any published or public work is prior art, invalidating any later patent applications. This would prevent your example and is reasonably similar to how patents work now.

Any trade secret or unpublished work is fair game for patenting. This would be the scenario where two inventors in separate labs create something in parallel - the first to file wins (or if they choose to publish - prevent) the patent.

more than 3 years ago
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Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation

grim-one Eye problems (208 comments)

I'd rather see a warning label that warns about over use leading to eye problems (e.g. myopia). Although maybe that should go on the TV / monitor instead. At least that link is reasonably consistent. You could also label books and magazines!

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases

grim-one Re:Seems unfair to me (203 comments)

The government may not benefit either. Currently they collect GST on individual's imported goods valued at over $1000. The tax gained from the multitude of items with imported valued less than that probably wouldn't outweigh the actual collection costs. Hence why they exclude such low value items from the GST.

more than 3 years ago
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Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

grim-one Re:No thicker than... (352 comments)

Osaka's Aquarium has 30cm thick plate glass. The tablet may be thicker than it is tall or wide =)

more than 4 years ago

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