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

steveg Re:Simple solution (422 comments)

I just threw away half a dozen (or so) 3-button mice, some still in the box. All were PS/2 connectors and ball mice.

There was an e-waste disposal event in the neighborhood and I took the opportunity to clean the spare room out.

2 days ago
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Adobe Patches One Flash Zero Day, Another Still Unfixed

steveg Re:ClickToFlash for me, thanks. (47 comments)

Thank you for this. I had disabled Flashblock, and my web experience had gotten annoying. Hoping the Greasemonkey script in that bug report will let me re-enable it.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

steveg Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

Well, it did take some effort, because some services that I have been using since long before G+ reduced their utility and moved some functions into G+. Google Talk became Hangouts, and some things that were part of Talk started requiring a plus account. Reviews of Android Apps now require G+.

That meant that I had to get out of the habit of using those functions or sign up. Each time I tried to use one I'd get a dialog telling me that I needed to sign up for Google+ to use that function. Sometimes I'd even start to fill in the registration before I thought better of it and backed out.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

steveg Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

Well, Facebook's policies are no better than Google+ was. But I don't use any Facebook services other than Facebook itself, and if I lost access to Facebook it would be a minor annoyance. If I lost access to my non-plus Google services it would be a much bigger problem.

You're right that the G+ policy has been changed, although it doesn't seem that long ago to me. Maybe I just hold a grudge for a long time. In any case, it tainted their brand in my eyes, and it will be a long time before I forget that.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

steveg Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

That's pretty much it. Google was being pretty hard core about their real name policy on Google+, to the degree that people who Google determined had violated it ended up having their entire Google collection of services canceled.

Since I *do* use lots of Google services, but don't really care about the social media part, I never signed up for Google+. I didn't want to take the chance of losing the services I did value.

By the time they finally saw sense and dropped the requirement, I didn't care enough to sign up.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

steveg Re:Two things (403 comments)

Sure. No problem.

It's 10.7.7.34

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

steveg Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

You're a little confused. This was a Red Hat invention. It was the other distros that jumped on the bandwagon. Or the shark, as may be.

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

steveg Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

Pretty good job finding these for sale, considering they won't be available until February at any price. Amazon doesn't have them listed yet. Nor does anyone else they have linked.

Yes, there are other Fit-branded systems by the same people, but no Fitlets. And no idea about prices other than the bare-bone base model.

It sounds really interesting, and I'm sorry I have those cartons full of mini-itx stuff sitting on my kitchen table. This would probably have made a better firewall.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

steveg Re:What's scary is (177 comments)

Is this a "they couldn't help themselves, it was just too tempting" kind of defense? :)

I think the constant UI changes are worse, but both are annoying.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

steveg Re:But (640 comments)

I'm sticking with the XP VMs for anything I personally have to use.

I have a Win 7 VM with Office 2010 on it (nothing else) and it ballooned up to over 30G of storage and slams into a resource wall if you only allocate 3G to it. My XP VM with Office 2007 took less than 7G and was happy with less than 2G RAM. We had to upgrade hard drives and RAM on the lab that uses that VM, just to manage the the Windows image that's used for that one class.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

steveg What's scary is (177 comments)

...that Firefox is still my favorite browser. I really don't care for any of the rest, but my gods, what kinds of drugs are they doing over at the Mozilla compound?

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

steveg Re:Doesn't really matter if they do patch it (629 comments)

I'm kind of hoping that my 2012 updates fairly soon. It's still on KitKat, and it's painfully slow, even after clearing the cache.

It's not that I'm looking forward to Lollipop particularly. It looks pretty ugly (well, maybe not as ugly as KitKat) but I'd like to test it out on a non-critical device before I allow it on my phone. It seems that each new version of Android has regressions, adding things I don't care about and remving things I find useful.

I liked Jelly Bean. Don't care much for KitKat. I'm skeptical of Lollipop.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

steveg Re:Principles vs Practicality (220 comments)

They didn't refuse. If you go to their github page for the app, it says that it runs under either Android or IOS.

They chose not to push it through the Apple App Store, because of those terms and conditions. The code is there, though, if you want to figure out how to get it onto your iDevice.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

steveg Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

Let me fix that for you.

1. Tell the telecom companies to leave the Internet alone, it's been working just fine for years. Use regulation if necessary to enforce it.

2. Let the telecom companies change the structure of the Net "to pursue 'innovative' partnerships" and create "tiers" of service depending on the source of the packets and whether that source competes with their own business model. This is what you are calling Net Neutrality.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

steveg Re:And? (448 comments)

On the other hand, they're also pushing free in-flight entertainment on those same newer 737s. It's over WiFi, but you don't get outside access, just what they have canned on the plane.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

steveg Re:yeah but like... (391 comments)

Most expensive music player? Not even close....

Astell-Kern-AK240-Mastering-Quality

Apparently this is what iRiver has morphed into. I had an iRiver H340 back in the day, but they've apparently abandoned the mass market in a big way.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

steveg Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (391 comments)

Note that you don't have to buy the card to match the Sony -- the player you pointed to already had 128G internally. The card would add an *extra* 128G.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

steveg Re:Nothing New for Sony... (391 comments)

I used to think of Sony as a premium electronics company. But that was in the 70s and 80s. I kind of stopped paying attention for a while (all my electronics were already bought, and in those days they lasted) and then the 90s came along.

I bought a CD changer that lasted almost a year. Not learning anything, I bought another, which lasted less than that. And so on.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

steveg Re:something new. (578 comments)

Sure, you could find something he could read. But for the vast majority of books, it would be more than new technology, it would be new concepts, new knowlege, new *memes*.

A police procedural thriller, a medical drama, a spy novel, etc. would have new vocabulary, but more importantly, new concepts behind the vocabulary. And none of it explained, because a modern reader would already understand them.

I heard somewhere (yeah, yeah, I don't have a citation handy) that English has something like 5 times as many words as it did when Shakespeare was around. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of those were added in the last hundred years.

about three weeks ago

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Slashdot scrambled for logged on users

steveg steveg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

steveg (55825) writes "The Slashdot main page went wonky for users who had logged in. Some other pages were fine, but the main page looked like this. If you logged out, everything was fine."

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