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Comment: By the numbers... (Score 2) 397

by marcus (#36636892) Attached to: Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

At least by my experience...

"Properly" being defined as, the same as or equivalent to the majority, sane."

There are plenty of so-called adults, over 25 years of age in this context, that as you say "can not properly estimate risks, come to a rational conclusion, so on and so on". I am not joking.

I'd say there are way more adults with this sort of deficiency than teens.

Shall we bring up the topic of a citizenship test, even for the native born?

Comment: distributed.net (Score 1) 948

by marcus (#36074354) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code

I've written for that and gotten published through Seti@home, Linux kernel, gcc, leafnode, the list goes on.

You are telling me that none of your itches ever crossed any of the very public and accessible projects out there. I don't believe it.

Just like you, the vast majority of what I've coded has never been published, but some jewels have been. It is very nice to be able to tell the prospective boss to "just google for xyz@yahoo.com and you'll find my *real* resume".

Comment: Agreed (Score 1) 207

by marcus (#35763942) Attached to: Involuntary Geolocation To Within One Kilometer

Considering some extremes...

Using the satellite link on my RV, he'd only be able to resolve my position down to a hemisphere(actually you can do better than that, but not by his techniques).

Using the packet radio available to hams, there would also be considerable variation, perhaps even a day-night cycle of delay times.

My friend has a wifi link that spans part of a lake. It's at least a 1000 yards(greater than my laser rangefinder can measure). He shares service with a friend on the other side who, due to the geography, cannot get DSL.

Comment: You know Apple and the service providers (Score 1) 239

by marcus (#35508810) Attached to: No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

Don't you?

You know you'd be required to give account information and authorize Apple/ATT/Verizon/etc. to access(withdraw from) your account in order to use *any* feature of your phone.

Hell, they might even require you to open a special account in the Apple I-bank and of course make a minimum deposit, and require that you maintain a minimum balance(which they earn interest on)...the list goes on.

Apple lovers will dive right in regardless.

Other than that, how about if I don't like it, I don't have to buy/pay for it?

Comment: Re:Wrong again (Score 1) 239

by marcus (#35508734) Attached to: No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone

Actually it is easier to just walk by and keep moving.

Since most users of the busy metro system don't have NFC equipped phones, there's no reason for NFC to be installed.

In fact, I'd wager my current(non-NFC) equipped phone, that most users of *any* busy metro system don't even know what NFC is.

So...you have to install the "old tech" terminal anyway, or it is actually already there and paid for and revenue strapped gov trans agencies will not want to spend the millions to equip all the terminals with the NFC tech which will currently be used by less than 0.001 % of their users and by less than 10% of their users in 10 years.

In ten years they will have facial recognition and admission/billing based on that anyway. You just go to the trans office, give your contact/banking info, they take a pic, and you're on your way. Then they drain your account as you walk by the terminal.

NFC is a pointless waste.

Comment: You've got to be kidding (Score 1) 315

by marcus (#34756314) Attached to: I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

"Good online content can be pretty hard to find."

Billions are spent on online subscriptions every year. It all depends on what you want. What will people pay for "Good Online Content"?

The answer is at your nearest pr0n site. What's the going monthly rate these days for an online porn "magazine", $10/20/30 per month?

Consultants are mystical people who ask a company for a number and then give it back to them.