Okay, you've all been there.
You're merrily cranking away at your Mac/PC/Other, and you notice your mouse is acting 'sticky' - it won't roll all the way over to the edge of the page, or hangs up so that you can't cleanly highlight a particular area of the screen. So you crack the sucker open, pop out the ball, and take a look at the little roller dealies.
Sure enough, they've got the schmutz. These are these little caterpillar-looking ridges of filth that build up on the roller dealies. And you've gotta scrape them off, or else yer just gonna have the same frustrating mouse shittiness.
I use a letter opener as my schmutz remover of choice, but local custom varies.
So - my question is:
Has anyone ever done any ergonomic/biometric analysis of the schmutz groove? Is it always the same place on everyone's mouse, or does the schmutz groove reflect the particular biometric profile of the primary mouse operator? And if the latter, could some kind of forensic analysis be done?
Has a cracker ever been busted through matching their schmutz groove?
Is it too late to get some kind of exception written into the PATRIOT Act? A la, "The First and Fifth Amendments clearly were intended to prevent instances such as use of the schmutz groove by law enforcement."
Just curious - I worry about these sorts of things.
Last edited by Marvell
on Mon Jul 25, 2005 7:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.