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Comment: Hand-eye coordination is not atheltic (Score 1) 232

by mark-t (#48672635) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?
Certainly it's a respectable skill, and it's no disrespect to people who work very hard at some tasks to improve that, but at its core, good video game playing is ultimately about having good mental reflexes and strongly developed hand-eye coordination. To excel, this can require no less time than it takes for an Olympic athlete to train, but that doesn't mean it should be an Olympic event any more than a spelling bee should be.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 291

by mark-t (#48662507) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
Your examples are illustrations of people living nearby, but who are still not actually *on* the property.... if all of the signal jamming they want to do of third-party wifi were somehow restricted to only being within the confines of their own buildings, would they be breaking any FCC rules?

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 1) 175

by mark-t (#48662421) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep
I don't know if you noticed or not, but my comment was a response to a particular question that was the parent of my own above post, and was not simply posted as commentary upon the article itself. That poster asked about using epaper, and I simply explained why epaper might not always be adequate. If my post is offtopic, then so is asking questions about the viability of alternative technologies in the first place.

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 3, Informative) 175

by mark-t (#48658091) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

1. e-paper has a positively abysmal screen update time

I use my tablet a lot for reading highly technical articles, and I often end up flipping back and forth between different pages of the text while I am reading, usually between a page with a figure or code listing and an explanation that follows or precedes it. I'd rather not add an easily perceptible delay between the time that I slide my finger one way or the other to advance or go back a page and the time it takes to actually show it.

2. e-paper's full color support is poor.

Many of the articles that I read come with slides which I also view on the tablet, and color is very useful at conveying information. Some progress has been made on this front, but for most practical purposes, epaper is generally monochrome.

But certainly, if they ever get around to making a non-emissive display technology with a fast enough screen update time that you can't notice any delay between your actions and when the screen update is complete, and they provide respectable full color support, I'll be all over it. The only reason I use a tablet instead of hard copy at all is portability.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 1) 185

by mark-t (#48657841) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"
I don't dispute that point.. my argument is only that it may be less about hating captivity specifically, and more about simply not having enough to do. This should be alleviated somewhat in the wildlife sanctuary the creature is going to be relocated to, depending on how large a region she has to explore.

Comment: Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (Score 1) 622

by mark-t (#48657427) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
How am I following the example of history? Historically, when jobs have been replaced by automation, this has resulted in *MORE* jobs being created.... I am suggesting that this will no longer be the case because of the ushering in of an era where practically any task imaginable that a human being is capable of will be done equally well, if not better, by a tireless machine that will never eat, sleep, go on strike, or require being treated with human dignity.

Comment: Re: Why wouldn't it be? (Score 1) 204

by mark-t (#48648519) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Legally speaking, identity theft is the assumption of another person's identity for the purposes of defrauding either that individual or some agency.

It's my understanding that purpose, when used in legalese and referring to criminal activity, simply refers to any intent on the part of the perpetrator, or any intent that can reasonably be assumed, barring extenuating circumstances, and additionally may even include even entirely unintentional consequences that happen to arise or else are very likely to arise as a result of the activity.

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.