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Comment: Great- as long as no tracking devices (Score 1) 802

by markdavis (#49739913) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

I would very much support a per-mile tax on all vehicles as long as it doesn't require tracking my vehicle in ANY way. If they can just take a meter reading during the annual state vehicle inspection, that will work nicely.

Otherwise, this is opening the door for the government to put mandated tracking devices in cars... and I find that totally unacceptable.

Comment: Re:Either of the poles woulc cause this effect (Score 1) 463

by markdavis (#49739813) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

>"But since there's no "earth" at the north pole, the correct answer is obviously the south pole."

Except it can't be, because instruction #1 is to first walk 1 mile south. You can't walk south from the south pole. EVERYWHERE is north :)

So the answer is the north pole.

Comment: Re:Curious... (Score 1) 1055

by markdavis (#49732495) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I wish I could mod you up, but I just used all 5 on another thread.

Raising minimum wages rarely helps anyone in the long run. The market will adjust exactly like you described.

And for those who don't understand the concepts, try a mental exercise of raising the minimum wage to perhaps $50/hr or $100/hr and think about that for a while.

Comment: Too much (Score 2) 277

by markdavis (#49701529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?

I try to keep my keychain as small as possible. So I have a house key, a work key, and a USB key (super tiny). Since I can bike to work, I don't carry a car key unless I have to. That's it!

As for as everything else? Nexus 5 phone, Moto360, a little bottle of various meds, another med, diphenhydramine pen, eyedrops, a multitool, wallet, glasses, glasses wipe, probably some change, clothes. And yes, I have to carry all that med crap, which means I pretty much have to carry the dreaded "fanny pack". At least it is small and leather; without it, leaving would be far too involved and I wouldn't have enough pockets.

If going outside for a while, then hat (cap), and prescription sunglasses too.... that is fun, since they are curved and not compact (love them, though). Sometimes I carry my Nexus 10, also.

It is always too much stuff :(

Comment: distraction (Score 1) 142

by markdavis (#49687175) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

This is a meaningless distraction from the real, underlying issues. Does anyone really believe this will matter at all? First, the spy agencies will likely continue to do whatever they want, just like they always have. Second, this little token doesn't even put the slightest dent in the collection of sensitive data.

It is appalling we even have the need for a so-called "USA Freedom Act".

Comment: Re:What I need to switch back to Firefox (Score 1) 240

by markdavis (#49606291) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"I tried switching back last year and had issues with it. I'm the sort of person who likes to keep like 3 browser windows open, each with 20 tabs. So I'm at high risk for one tab going haywire."

Actually, that is how I browse at home with Firefox. Right now I have three windows open, one with 25 tabs, one with 6, and one with 10. I leave everything open and running for several days or weeks. Occasionally I need to log out or the browser sucks too much memory and I restart it.

Comment: Re:sudo apt-get install chromium-browser (Score 1) 240

by markdavis (#49605901) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"Browser developers distribute the debugger with all copies of the browser to keep sites from intentionally detecting a debugger's presence and stopping working if one is found. If everyone has a debugger, the site operator can't block people who want to tinker, learn, and make a site more usable without blocking everyone."

You're kidding? Sites actually do that!? Why? And how are they detecting a debugger and couldn't that be spoofed instead?

Otherwise, 99.9+% of users have no need for debugging and development tools (and I am one of those- about the only thing I ever need to do is occasionally view the source). But it certainly looks like a LOT of code and UI goes into something that is almost never used.

Comment: Re:Firefox - the new UI is killing marketshare (Score 1) 240

by markdavis (#49605863) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"They want to stop supporting http - what an idiotic thing to even talk about. There is lots of valid use for http"

Yep. Another unpopular move for many people. I don't need Mozilla trying to dictate how I want to use a web browser. No doubt this change will break lots of older stuff WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER and make corporate use of Firefox even that much more difficult. Plus, it will break centralized caching proxies that we use effectively at work to greatly reduce bandwidth usage. And with centralized caching we need no cache storage on the thin clients taking up TONS of space, since the the proxy *is* the cache. Not to mention it adds yet more CPU resources and memory use for all those things that didn't need encryption overhead in the first place.

Comment: Re:What I need to switch back to Firefox (Score 1) 240

by markdavis (#49605831) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"I abandoned Firefox for Chrome long ago for one reason: I can kill individual tabs with runaway CPU usage without fscking the whole browser."

The funny thing is that I haven't seen that happen in Firefox (at least not under Linux, which is all I use) for many years. So I don't even think it is an issue.

Comment: Re:Zooming in causes a horizontal scroll bar (Score 1) 240

by markdavis (#49605801) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"A lot of sites are laid out so inflexibly that zooming in causes a horizontal scroll bar."

Bingo, and it really pisses me off. Not because I want to use a huge font, but because I DON'T WANT TO F'ING MAXIMIZE EVERY F'ING WINDOW. I actually do more than one thing at a time and need to see and maneuver through more than one thing at a time.

The other big pisser are all these sites using HUGE unnecessary graphical backgrounds with transparent scrolling and other annoyances that use 10 times the CPU and memory and slow down everything.... all while squishing all the useful information into ever smaller little containers. Yeesh.

Comment: FF (Score 3, Insightful) 240

by markdavis (#49605767) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"Have your browser habits shifted recently?

No because

1) I don't want Google even further spying on me or my users.
2) Chrome is not open source, further allowing Google to do who-knows-what.
3) Chromium (which IS open source) apparently has build issues and isn't even in the normal Fedora repos.
4) Chrome is not community driven.
5) I hate the minimalistic UI with zero user control of Chrome.

>" Which browsers do you use most often? "

Only Firefox. It is multiplatform, open-source, community driven, fast, available in every repo, secure, and still has much better addon/customization support. This is not to say I don't have issues with Firefox- them trying to turn it into Chrome and pulling crap like not allowing us to have tabs-on-bottom, having the menus, hiding the URL prefixes, combining the buttons, etc is very irritating (yes, I know about Classic Theme Restorer). And the memory footprint of all browsers is crazy now. I also don't appreciate them throwing unnecessary crap into the browser like the web developer stuff, the "hello" junk, and other things.... all of which should be add-ons.

Comment: Re:Fast track (Score 2) 355

by markdavis (#49573743) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

>"This isn't Kindergarten. Nobody is there to hold your hand. Just because you paid for the class doesn't mean that anybody owes you a passing grade. If you can't be bothered to pay attention to class, or don't think it's important, or just don't like the professor, then _you_ get to deal with that. If you can't, then you're going to fail."

THIS, EXACTLY. I taught college Linux/Unix classes part-time for three years (that is all I could tolerate) and after the very first semester it was obvious how I would intro the following classes. So this was my day one speech from that point after (roughly):

"This is college, not high school and not elementary school. I don't care if you don't complete assignments, nor do I care why. I don't care if you come to class or not. I don't care if you ask questions or not. I don't care if you sleep in class. As long as you are not disruptive to others in class, you can do anything you want during non-testing periods... you are all adults and are paying a lot of money to be here. I will do my very best to help you succeed in this class, if you want that help. I will try to make the material interesting and fun, too. But if you goof-off, don't pay attention, don't study, and don't complete assignments, it is highly likely you will fail this class. And that would be a shame."

Amazingly, quite a few students seemed surprised.... and usually those were the ones that later did poorly.

Comment: Re:Why do all diet drinks taste vile (Score 1) 630

by markdavis (#49564495) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

>It seems like no matter what they use in diet drinks, all of them have a pretty horrific aftertaste that I get after just one sip.

You have not tried Sucralose, then, because it tastes closer to sugar than just about anything else. But it wouldn't surprise me if you haven't tasted anything else, because 99+% of non-sugar sodas available use aspartame.

Up until now, the ONLY national soda that has used sucralose (and has for many years now) is RC (Diet Rite). I am glad to see Pepsi changing.

Like you, I drink mostly water, but I do have a Diet Rite maybe once a day. Oh, and Diet Rite also has no sodium and no caffeine.

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