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Comment: Yes you can (Score 2, Insightful) 685

by markdavis (#49796497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

>"You can't tell people not to reproduce "

Actually, yes you can. You can make it a requirement to have only X children or less if you want age extension... make it a choice. It is already illogical for people to think they have the "right" to make as many children as they want.

Exactly how many dozens of billions of people does this planet need?

Comment: Re:I used it decades ago (Score 2) 167

by markdavis (#49778495) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

>"First time I ever hear of Mageia. It seems like a minor project in comparison to Mandriva..."

Not really. Most of the Mandriva user base, volunteer base, and contributors moved over to Mageia already, which accelerated the death of Mandriva. And I expect even more now.

I believe it has all the same number of packages and features of Mandriva, just completely community driven instead of by a [small] corporation. It is almost 4 years old now. The now defunct Mandriva even started using the Mageia distribution as a technical platform for their Business Server product in 2012.

Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 5, Informative) 167

by markdavis (#49778423) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

>"Strong? That's an understatement considering we're looking at +-1000 hits per day on average... compared to the 10s of thousand hits for Ubuntu"

Really? Because that is not what distrowatch shows. For last 6 months it has it listed as the 8th most watched distro and with 970 hits per day compared to Ubuntu's 1738 hits per day which is not even double.

In the last 12 months, Mageia is ranked 6th. And for the previous 12 months, Mageia was ranked 4th, with hits approaching Ubuntu. Mageia has longer release cycles, so when Mageia 5 hits, watch the current rank start to climb again.

Not that distrowatch is some type of scientific survey or anything, but it is something other than just wild rantings of an "anonymous coward".

Comment: Great- as long as no tracking devices (Score 1) 837

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) 496

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) 1093

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) 278

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".

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson