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

guises Re:Logitech G600 (416 comments)

Thanks. I'll probably get one, judging from this thread it seems like the best option available.

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

guises Re:Fix the mouse you have. (416 comments)

I think you might have the right idea. Some other people have suggested making my own mouse with a 3D printer or some such, but I could just take out the internals from one of the Contour mice, which have a really great shape, and put in the internals from something else. Something wireless... I'll think about that.

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

guises Re:Most people hold their mouse different (416 comments)

I appreciate the suggestion, the pain seems to come from the small stretch of having my ring finger off to the side and down from the other two for an extended period. It's not really RSI, though as I understand it I'm ripe for RSI pain there - I pretty well plant the heel of my hand and move the mouse with just my wrist and finger tips. I've been told that this is exactly wrong, but aside from a thick callus on my hand where it rests on the desk it's never given me any pain or trouble. As long as I've got a mouse where I can keep my three middle fingers together, that is, and not dangling to one side.

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

guises Re:Pay up and quit whining (416 comments)

I'm using a grey Contour mouse right now and either the DPI isn't that high or the sensor accuracy isn't sufficient for that to matter. I don't know if this is a 4th gen mouse, they aren't labeled that way. The older mice were white, so if all the grey ones are 4th gen then the upgrade was insufficient. On the other hand, I've had this for a few years and the label on the bottom says 2011, so maybe this is a 3rd gen mouse? Feh.

I like the shape of the contour enough to buy another one if I thought it would make a difference, but I'm not just going to take a shot in the dark and hope to randomly get a new model.

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

guises Re:Logitech G600 (416 comments)

Arg. I knew that was too good to be true. I knew it!

"Lets make a totally customizable mouse with tons of buttons so users can configure it however they like."
"Great idea! Only, you know, not anyone who doesn't use Windows or Mac OS."
"Natch."
"Also, let's make it totally customizable _except_ for the ability to put the middle mouse button in the middle or the right button on the right."
"Ha! Won't it be hilarious to see all those idiots trying to right click with the right mouse button. What a bunch of moroons..."

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

guises Re:Shame about the low-end tracking on the Contour (416 comments)

Thanks for that bit of validation. I've never had this kind of trouble with a mouse before, not even with a roller mouse, and had a small concern that maybe I was just getting old or something.

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

guises Re:Left Hander Doesn't Care About Your Problem (416 comments)

Well, the Contour mouse that I mentioned in the summary comes in several sizes for lefties. Not wireless though, we're in the same boat there. The Evolent mouse also has a left-handed version, though no no wireless for that one.

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

guises Re:Reprogram the G600 (416 comments)

Thank you, that is very helpful.

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

guises Re:Not programmable? (416 comments)

Another commenter suggested that this might be driverless, in other words your configuration is stored on the mouse and is OS independent. That's pretty appealing if that's true, I don't suppose you could confirm that?

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

guises Re:Pay up and quit whining (416 comments)

I'll certainly agree that the DPI thing has been blown out of proportion for marketing purposes, and I can't speak for accurate vs. inaccurate, but the Contour is just not good enough for fast games like first person shooters.

As for wireless - this is another thing that I think has been inaccurately represented. I've had some good wireless mice / joysticks / controllers which have given me no problems at all in this respect. Granted, these have all been infrared, not bluetooth, and I understand that bluetooth introduces some additional overhead. So maybe that's what people complain about? I don't know.

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

guises Re:Performance Mouse MX (416 comments)

I have an MX Revolution. When I realized that I'd finally have to give up my Mouseman I first got myself a Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Mouse (because it was the only one I could find with three buttons) and after my third one of those died in short order (because they were shit) I got the MX Revolution. This was when I learned that not only did I have a preference for three button mice, but that it was physically painful for me to use a two button one for extended periods.

Also the Revolution didn't have a middle mouse button at all, though maybe the Performance Mouse has changed that. I did like the flying scroll wheel, that was fun, and the wireless performance with the nice little cradle was great. I would absolutely love a three button version of one of those.

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

guises Re:Not programmable? (416 comments)

I haven't used the g600, but Creative used to make something similar - the Fatal1ty Gaming Mouse. The biggest problem with those was the faulty microswitches, which made them basically unusable, but they had the same layout as the g600 with the right mouse button in the middle. Using those in Windows the answer was no, there was no way to remap the primary buttons aside from swapping right and left (for lefties). I say this baring any special utilities which may have added that functionality, and I was only using Windows at the time (using Linux now) so, you know, maybe. With the g600 though, the right button is a shift key. That's not necessarily remappable or even visible to the OS. I don't know how that's set up, maybe someone else could weigh in on that.

Also, there's no wireless version for the g600. Though it's a gaming mouse so the DPI is good.

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

guises Re:Pay up and quit whining (416 comments)

The Contour used to be ~$120, I hadn't noticed that the price had changed. None the less, it's still a wired mouse with low DPI. I know people say that DPI doesn't matter that much, but it's definitely evident with one of these in fast games.

2 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

guises Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (368 comments)

Neither one was a "campaign" of accusations, they were just regular accusations, and the two really don't have a lot in common. Who are the people who can't take "no" for an answer? The resentful ex-boyfriend? That's what the "ex" part means, it means that he took "no" for an answer. He wasn't happy about how their relationship had gone down, but it was pretty clear that he wasn't under any delusion about it continuing.

Who's the other person who couldn't take "no" for an answer? The professor? The professor's accuser? The article didn't say how their relationship ended, and it was a little shy on details... It did say that she didn't realize that it was harassment until a year after the fact, which sorta implies that something happened to change her mind on the whole thing. That's kinda sketchy, but if we set aside the harassment label and recognize that it's not allowed for a faculty member to enter into a romantic relationship with their pupil then her criticism is valid regardless of what motivated it.

Answer: no, I don't see any parallels between this and gamergate.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

guises Re:Good news (418 comments)

I like Blomkamp a lot, but he hasn't shown any flexibility as yet. His movies, his shorts, and his commercials all have the same sort of style - it's a good style, it's refreshing, but it isn't Star Wars. According to Wikipedia the last movies Lasseter directed were Cars / Cars 2, and I don't think del Toro is really any better than Abrams.

Would Cameron have done it? I get the impression no. Whedon might have been very good, but Abrams wasn't a terrible choice for this. I am cautiously optimistic.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

guises Re:Why is this site turning into SJWdot ? (368 comments)

I grant that I wouldn't want endless stories about this sort of thing, but Walter Lewin is a special case. He's possibly the most celebrated (relatively) current physics lecturer there is - if you have any interest at all you should seek out some of the videos of his lectures, they are terrific. And that's reasonably nerdy. It's also MOOC (massive open online course) related, and that's a new thing and internet-centric.

I appreciate this update to the previous story about his removal, the lack of any sort of real explanation left me with a rather bitter taste in my mouth. It still... the new story says that all of the evidence of his transgression came from his accuser, which... well. It would have been nice if they had thrown in a line about confirming the chat logs with Facebook, and an additional something about confirming that it was indeed him who said / sent these things and not just someone who had access to his account (when I worked at a distance learning program, I had access to all of the faculties' account pages - this is what the article says he used as proof of his identity to the student). But I'm able to make the assumption that the people investigating this are not completely incompetent. I had come away from the previous story unclear on just how this harassment had taken place, so the new story gives me a bit of satisfaction in that this was indeed unacceptable behavior.

3 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

guises Re:Arg, not Slashdot too (683 comments)

This? That was the fist link for me. Man, I shudder to think that even half the stories about her might be true.

5 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

guises Re:Arg, not Slashdot too (683 comments)

Bleh. I can't even tell if you're joking, all that my searches come up with is Gamergate stuff. There are plenty of pictures labeled Zoe Quinn, but most of them don't even look vaguely like her and the ones that do could easily have been faked.

If that's actually true then I deserve the downmods, but you certainly don't. One of us has been unjustly modded here, I don't know which.

5 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

guises Arg, not Slashdot too (683 comments)

Her name is Zoe Quinn. It's not a pseudonym, that's her actual name - she doesn't need to be doxxed. She's not a "victim" of doxxing, we already know who she is. Frikkin' hell, did someone hack her RAMs too? Was her CPU phreaked by 1337 script kiddies?

There was a headline the other day about saying that Sony had been doxxed.

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

guises Re:ExFAT (227 comments)

Given what they're charging for components, $100 for 4 GB RAM, $150 for a 250 GB SSD (plus the cost of the HD that it replaces), I have trouble giving them that kind of a pass. I bought a 240 GB SSD just a few weeks ago for $80.

I'll grant that it's pretty unreasonable to expect some little independent group to get by on the 5% profit margins that Dell does, but that isn't what we're talking about here: these are Apple prices. This feels exploitative.

about a week ago

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What does a person use for a three button mouse these days?

guises guises writes  |  2 days ago

guises (2423402) writes "Ever since mouse wheels were introduced the middle mouse button has been sidelined to an inadequate click-wheel function, or in some cases ditched altogether. This has never sat well with me, a proper middle button is invaluable for pasting, games, and navigation. More than that, my hand categorically rejects two button mice — the dangling ring finger causes me genuine physical discomfort. I have begged Logitech on multiple occasions to make just one, among their many screwy specialty mice, to replace the Mouseman which I loved so dearly. I thought for a moment that I had been answered with the g600, only to find that they had put the right mouse button in the middle.

So my question to Slashdot is: where does a person turn for a three button mouse these days? I've only found two, both ergonomic and priced accordingly. I use the Contour and like the shape and wheel position, but would love to find something wireless and with a higher DPI sensor."
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How-To Geek installs the top ten apps from Download.com

guises guises writes  |  about two weeks ago

guises (2423402) writes "For posterity, and our amusement, How-To Geek downloaded and installed (with default settings) all of the top ten list of Windows apps from Download.com and let them fight each other for control. One was an anti-virus program, it... did its best."
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Orca recently identified as 103 years old

guises guises writes  |  about 8 months ago

guises (2423402) writes "The oldest known orca has recently been spotted off western Canada at an age of 103. A female nicknamed "granny," photos exist of her from the 1930s, where she can be identified by her distinctive saddle patch. The news has prompted calls for another evaluation of marine mammals in captivity — orcas in captivity usually don’t live beyond their 20s."
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What good print media is out there that hasn't already died?

guises guises writes  |  about 9 months ago

guises (2423402) writes "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet though, there seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or your newsletter) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing too while I still have the chance?"
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Lavabit shuts down citing legal interference

guises guises writes  |  about a year and a half ago

guises (2423402) writes "Lavabit, originally envisioned as a privacy-conscious alternative to Gmail, has shuttered. Ladar Levison, the company owner, offers this explanation:

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise.

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Canonical launches highly ambitious smartphone crowdfunding campaign

guises guises writes  |  about a year and a half ago

guises (2423402) writes "Canonical has launched an indiegogo campaign for the Ubuntu Edge — a proposed high-end smartphone that would dual-boot Ubuntu and Android by default. The campaign has a lofty goal of $32 million, which they hope to raise in only thirty days. An ambitious goal, given that the highest-funded campaign ever on Kickstarter, the Pebble watch, raised only $10.2 million in thirty eight days. Never the less, the project certainly has it's appeal and those who get in early (today only) can get the phone for as little as $600."
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Al Franken proposes an amendment to overturn Citizens United

guises guises writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Al Franken has started a petition for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Online petitions are perhaps of dubious efficacy, but hopefully one started by a sitting senator will have a little more impact."
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Ebay updates their user agreement, requires arbitration

guises guises writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Ebay has updated their privacy policy, effective October tenth. Joining many other prominent companies following the AT&T v. CONCEPCION decision last year, Ebay is requiring users to agree to arbitration and give up their ability to file for class action status. Ebay has humorously included an option to opt out of this provision, but only by submitting an opt-out notice in writing no later than November 9th, 2012. (eBay Inc., c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 2778 W. Shady Bend Lane, Lehi, UT 84043) At the bottom of the email announcing this, they include the line, "If you choose not to accept the new terms, visit this help page for further direction.""
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Wasteland 2 adds Linux support

guises guises writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guises (2423402) writes "Wasteland 2, a Kickstarter project which has already met it's primary funding goal, has added Linux to the list of platforms which will be supported if funding reaches the $1.5 million mark. Currently, they're less than $50,000 from that secondary goal. For those unfamiliar, Wasteland was an acclaimed post-apocalyptic CRPG released in 1988. Fallout was the spiritual successor to Wasteland, being made by the same people who did not have the rights to the Wasteland name."

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