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CES: Another Chording Keyboard Hits the Market (Video)

wintermute1974 Still waiting for the Chordite instead (101 comments)

This in10did device might actually ship, which beats vaporware hands down.

That's a pity, because a far better design was announced on Slashdot over a decade ago (http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/02/08/12/1413250/build-a-custom-fit-one-hand-keyboard) which still looks much more comfortable for heavy use (http://www.chordite.com/).

about a year and a half ago
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Pinkie Pie Earns $60K At Pwn2Own With Three Chromium 0-Day Exploits

wintermute1974 Re:Pwn2Own rocks. (148 comments)

You need to change your basic premise: There is no possible way to prove that software is bug free. The best you can do is to test a piece of software and then fix the problems that you find. Software verification and validation are tough problems.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 The Trouble with Touchscreens (279 comments)

Touchscreens could just become the single biggest public safety hazard of the 21st century. The user instructions on all the ones I have read (including popular ones such as the iPad) expressly forbid cleaning them with any sort of liquid other than water.

People have dirty hands. Sometimes very dirty hands. I rather doubt that a little water on a lint-free rag is going to remove the huge smudgy colonies of bacteria and other things that collect on them.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 Re:I prefer mine to be insanely great trackballs (279 comments)

There are all sorts of nice trackballs out there now. This wiki page from my favorite input device website might be of some interest: http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:10242

The CST LaserTRAC Trackball looks especially promising. You could replace the provided ball will a pool ball or a perfect sphere of any material, so long as it was the same size. This means you could try out heavier trackballs.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 3D Input Devices (279 comments)

Apart from the users of 3D CAD packages like SolidEdge, most people have no knowledge of the nice 6-axis-of-rotation 3D input devices out there. 3Dconnexion jumps to mind as a good manufacturer, and they even have new drivers to open up the use to non-CAD users.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 Augmented Reality HUD? (279 comments)

Every six months or so, I trawl the Internet looking for any new heads-up displays which add their signal to the one your eyes are already receiving instead of blocking out the world altogether and replacing it with some sort of display.

Are there any augmented reality HUDs out there? I've yet to see any good ones that you could walk around outside with while managing not to be mugged or hit by a bus.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 Chordite (279 comments)

If anyone ever commercializes the Chordite one-handed mobile keyboard, please wake me. It has been a hobbyist project for far too long.

more than 2 years ago
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I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

wintermute1974 Mechanical Keyboards (279 comments)

Whether you prefer buckling springs in IBM Model M keyboards, ALPS keyswitches on a DELL AT101/AT102, or Cherry Blue keyswitches on any one of the tens of models out there, this thread is for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

wintermute1974 This is offtopic / FTFF (250 comments)

> In OS X, I can [...] use a variety of Finder replacements.
The Finder still has horrid usability problems, but I guess that I'm the only Mac user who needs to manipulate files on his disk drives, so no one else notices.
Care to list all the non-sucky Finder replacements out there? I've yet to find one.

more than 3 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

wintermute1974 If "Splice" is an indication of the quality ... (334 comments)

If "Splice" is an indication of the type of movie treatment we can expect for Neuromancer, then we should all be very very afraid.

Apparently, movie ratings are currently suffering from score inflation. I see lots of healthy B-grade scores hovering with an average of 7/10 for Splice.

Based solely on this thread, I just watched Splice. It wasn't worth it. I am sure there are worse movies on earth, but this one has nothing redeeming to it. It's a 1/10 at best. The only thing that impressed me about it is that someone bothered to finish and release it to the public.

more than 3 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

wintermute1974 Re:I bet Gibson is turning in his grave! (334 comments)

William Gibson continues to write fantastic novels. I'm not sure they can be called Science Fiction anymore, but they are wonderful nonetheless.

more than 3 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

wintermute1974 Re:It's a fail - almost certainly (334 comments)

Max Headroom (the TV show on ABC in America) proves that cyberpunk can be done well on the screen. There's no reason why Neuromancer is necessarily doomed.
Personally, I'd be delighted if it was a huge flop for general audiences but a huge hit for those plugged into the book.

Then again, I'm a huge fan. I disliked the BBC radio play for Neuromancer because even if the same things happened that were in the book, they happened for different reasons in the play. That alone ruined it for me, and the BBC was attempting a faithful copy.

more than 3 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

wintermute1974 Re:Not an Easy Book to Read (334 comments)

Agreed. Neuromancer really rewards the reader on the third reading. Then you know the lingo, you know the pacing, you know the plot, and you can enjoy it all.

I used to learn new languages by buying the local translation of Neuromancer. Since I already knew the text inside out and backwards in English, I could focus on the words and structures of the foreign language that I was learning. Of course, you end up speaking like Case or Molly. That may not work to your advantage.

more than 3 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

wintermute1974 I have been waiting my whole life for this (334 comments)

The movie will bear no resemblance to my mind's rendition of Neuromancer, and I will be profoundly disappointed. I will probably watch and rewatch this movie a few times, regardless.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Will Save Videos After All

wintermute1974 Quality of YouTube-hosted Google Videos (69 comments)

So will videos on Google Video need to be re-encoded to play on YouTube?

A lot of the content on Google Video is already postage-stamp sized and blurry. A further encoding could make them unviewable but all but the most dedicated fans.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Will Save Videos After All

wintermute1974 Re:Adult content? (69 comments)

The second URL explains it quite clearly:

We've created an "Upload Videos to YouTube" option on the Google Video status page [...] Before doing this you should read YouTube's Terms of Use and Copyright Policies.

So if it is against YouTube's policies, then it's out.

If you are curious, TED.com has a brief but interesting video that explains how YouTube automates their search for copyright infringement, and how effective it is regardless of the quality of the submission. These automated systems can tag shaky video recorded onto mobile phones, for instance.

more than 3 years ago
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Mitigating Fukushima's Dangers, 42 Days In

wintermute1974 Dr. Michiko Kaku on Fukushima (245 comments)

The true shame of the 24/7 news media is that it moves from story to story without any sense of scale or importance. Because there has not been any continuing visible signs of the continuing catastrophe since the gas ventings, they have moved on to other stories.

Having listened to Dr. Kaku, I'm just glad I don't work as an engineer for TEPCO.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Will Save Videos After All

wintermute1974 Was this a bandwidth-saving measure for Google? (69 comments)

While it's nice to see Google doing the right thing, I question their change of heart. My own guess would be that far more people began leeching ungodly amounts of Google Video content, putting a strain on Google itself.

Rather than continue the pain, Google simply decided to allow people to transfer video from Google Video to YouTube.

more than 3 years ago
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Why haven't you bought a tablet?

wintermute1974 Missing Option: Waiting for the 2nd Gen iPad (459 comments)

The iPad is the market leader, but I'm holding out for the 2nd Gen.

As per Apple's standard operating practices, Calendar/Financial Q1 is the slowest of the whole year. So I'm expecting Steve Jobs to jump up on stage and wow us sometime at the end of January 2011. (It might be later, but my bet is still on Q1.)

more than 3 years ago
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Annual power consumption at your residence?

wintermute1974 Re:Missing Option (507 comments)

Exactly. Some of us live in company-sponsored expat apartments where the hum-drum actions like paying utility bills is handled by others.

more than 3 years ago

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