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Comment: Re:from Notch (Score 2) 287

by pspahn (#47911349) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Being paid to do something you love isn't a bad thing.

Also, not necessarily a good thing, either. You need to be very careful doing what you love for a living. The stresses of work, life, etc can make it much less fun. This results in you doing something you don't love for a living. The difference now is that you no longer have something you love doing.

Comment: Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (Score 1) 160

by pspahn (#47876225) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

I've been using Voice since the beginning and it is now my primary (well, only) number.

Cell phones might be handy, but someone I'm with always has one if there is something urgent (this has happened maybe twice in a few years). People (including my luddite father) ask me, "how do you stay in touch if you don't have a cell phone?" Well, it's actually pretty easy. I just do what everyone did before cell phones. I have a number. If you call it and I answer, great. If I don't answer, leave a message or a text and I'll get back to you.

This is usually the part where someone says, "You don't have kids, do you?" I don't, but I fail to see the pressing need for a cell phone just because you have children.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by pspahn (#47873413) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

One of the guys who was in my "counseling" class after I got a DUI was forced onto a moped since there are no licensing requirements. Our classes were mostly during winter, and he would show up just about every week covered in slush and snow.

Probably not for life, but certainly effective at making someone wish they had a proper car again.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by pspahn (#47873323) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

If you get a DUI, your ability to drink alcohol will be severely limited.

First off, if it is deemed necessary, you will be put on Antabuse or something similar. Have fun having a drink with that shit in you.

Next, it is probable that you will have to take random urine and/or breath analysis. You are given a phone number, a color, and a state. You call the phone number every day and if the recorded message names your color, you go take a UA. If the message names your state, you go take a breath test. Failure at either of these results means you go back to square one and probably have additional fines, court costs, etc since you are likely violating probation. Not only that, but the breath tests are easily fooled and will give a false positive for even having a smoothie with no booze in it.

While it might make some sense to give someone a choice between the privilege to drive or the privilege to drink booze, in reality they will simply take away both and make it as difficult as possible for you to want to do either for the next 2-5 years.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by pspahn (#47873123) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Please stop perpetuating the myth that texting while at a stop light is completely safe and not the same as while you are driving.

You are still operating a vehicle. You are still distracted. That stop light won't be green forever.

Or am I the only one that sees people using their phones at stop lights that aren't paying attention and miss the green light?

Comment: Re:Really, nothing about coffee rust? (Score 1) 228

by pspahn (#47865679) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Before you get all smug and smart-ass, you might want to familiarize yourself with what the term "hardiness" means in relation to plants.

In general, it means something along the lines of "resistance to stress/difficult conditions." In reference to plants, it means "resistance to cold".

I guess if your intention is to eradicate coffee rust by engineering the plants to grow in colder climates where coffee rust isn't as prevalent, then your point makes at least some sense, but the problem you're going to run into is all the other fungal pathogens that would show up, making your efforts moot.

The poll option is poorly worded. It should not reference hardiness specifically, but instead say, "Improve the resilience of Arabica" (or something along those lines).

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 4, Funny) 811

by pspahn (#47848335) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Calling the Springs a "tech hub" is like calling Ft. Collins an "educational powerhouse".

There's some tech there, but I wouldn't consider it a hub by any means.

The reason for the high rape listing is simple. As someone pointed out, it is not only where the Air Force Academy is, but there is also Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and Schriever AFB. You pair this with changes in FBI reporting and it's not surprise the Springs has that many incidents.

Comment: Re:Reverse-SSH tunnel phone-home from remote devic (Score 2) 137

by pspahn (#47843875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

You sound like a Windows admin for a gov't entity.

You spend a lot of energy telling people they do it wrong without having any real insight or advice on how to do it correctly.

A blanket statement like this shows your cluelessness and shear ignorance.

What does his knowledge of a specific cutting tool have to do with anything?

Comment: Re:+ operator for string concat? (Score 1) 724

Well, + is addition in PHP, not concatenation.

I know it's kind of bastardy, but I would expect to get 2 from that in PHP, since the 1 might have come from a database type INT and the "1" might have come from user input as a string, and your intention is to add them.

I will certainly agree that casting to a type in PHP feels like voodoo. Sometimes you need to, most of the time you don't. It's those "sometimes" that mess you up debugging since the type is often the last thing you think of as the problem.

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