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Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (Score 1) 291

by mark-t (#47911675) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I'll probably get interested in using Wine again when the people who maintain the slackbuild for it are interested in supporting it for 64-bit Linux.

That and the fact that ever even thinking of having to use something like Wine to run Minecraft on Linux fails on so many different levels that I have no words for it.

Comment: Re:from Notch (Score 4, Insightful) 291

by mark-t (#47908523) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

At least the guy is being honest about where he's at.... he doesn't want to deal with the hassles of being responsible for a product that is this big. Even if that makes him a lazy ass, who the fuck cares? He's at least had the balls to say he's retiring with what he's made so far instead of trying to coast under the illusion of still being in charge of development, while not actually delivering any real product... and given his position, you know that he probably wouldn't even get fired for it.... or at least not for quite a long time, and it would only drag the company down and hurt everybody.

After you have a certain amount of money, having even more just means more responsibility, and it's entirely okay for somebody to actively make a choice to not want to be a part of that.

Comment: Re: Solution to the Problem (Score 1) 319

by mark-t (#47905265) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
Bear in mind that for most people, they perceive that if they do not vote for the lesser of the two evils to give it as many votes as possible then the vote for that party will be split, and that the party they actually want in the least would end up winning by a landslide... They perceive such as vote as being wasted, whereas they believe that if enough people at least voted for the lesser of two evils between the "main two" instead of splitting their vote across arguably much better parties, whose platforms they might even more strongly be in alliance and maybe even knowingly agree with, then a party that they may perceive as exponentially worse would have the greatest chance of not getting in.

Comment: Re: power consumption? (Score 1) 205

by mark-t (#47896947) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8
Perfectly valid as well... but either way, the increased size can have a practical functionality that the owner may have a legitimate need (beyond wanting to be superficially showy about their phone, or otherwise draw attention to themselves) which cannot be met by a smaller phone. I would even suggest that such reasons are possibly much more common than superficial ones, and the fact that someone would imagine that an owner of a phablet-sized phone must necessarily be "overcompensating for something" speaks volumes about their lack of imagination.

Comment: Re:This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leaka (Score 1) 113

by mark-t (#47892301) Attached to: Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water
True, but Hydrogen is especially problematic in this regard because it is too light for earth's gravity to hold it in, and any hydrogen that doesn't recombine with oxygen in the atmosphere to form water on its way upward will just escape into outer space. In a nutshell, if we were to actually do this at large scales, we would eventually run out of water.

Comment: Re:Look to other jurisdictions (Score 1) 363

by mark-t (#47877113) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

The problem, as always... is distracted driving, not mere use of an electronic device while driving, because as you have noted, not all electronic devices require any kind of concentration to use, or would actually be a distraction. Arguably, simply talking to another person in the vehicle can present a greater distraction than using steering-wheel mounted controls for the car's audio system.

And vehicles with stereo controls mounted on the wheel are explicitly designed to minimize the distraction from driving while using. If such things are illegal to operate while driving then it would stand to reason that it would also be illegal to buy such a car in that jurisdiction... again, this is because of what positioning of the controls are *explicitly* designed to achieve.

Further, some electronic devices are necessary to use for normal and safe operation of the vehicle itself, such as cruise control. or even signalling. My point being that "electronic device" is overly vague, and can be enforced arbitrarily.

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