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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mordenkhai Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (364 comments)

Make no mistake, for the convicted... go for it. I have no problems at all when it is a punishment for a convicted person. Someone else mentioned it being installed in a convicted persons car, and that car blocking all phone in it. I can probably agree with that, as I can not ride in their car, or I can make fun of them for my phone not working in their car when I am passenger. I am just vehemently against blanket punishment for the innocent.

Its funny you mention movie theater, as there I would be fine with it. Private party, I don't own the theater, compared to my car and my phone, and I could choose to frequent a theater that didn't do it if it bothered me vs government forcing it on me. I probably would go to that theater though if it was the closest, I don't care if my phone doesn't work while I am watching a movie. I do care when I am a passenger in a vehicle.

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mordenkhai Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (364 comments)

If I am a passenger, then the government disabling my device is not ok. I haven't killed anyone while sitting on a bus, or a train or in a car while a passenger, therefore I shouldn't be punished for it. If you wanna stop DUIs why not go ahead and ban alcohol.... surely that would work right? Being upset at government power grabs is not the same thing as you getting drunk and then driving. If you think it is, perhaps you shouldn't have a license. If you really want your nanny state, just go ahead and make texting/calling while driving an offense equal to a DUI. Start pulling licenses and sending people to jail.

about a month and a half ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mordenkhai Re:It should be (364 comments)

I was thinking about this and I think it is a good idea. Courts can confiscate your license, order a new one issued that says "No Alcohol" or something, and just have laws require ID for all purchases, all of them, so they are checked. However, I think were this in place, second offense needs to be total loss of driving license. I mean, you already got a second chance at driving. It would be interesting to see in action.

about a month and a half ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

mordenkhai Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

In my 3 month trial, I didn't hear commercials on any music stations. Just all the talk, news and comedy channels have commercials. Which is why I passed on paying.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

mordenkhai Re:2 x 1 = 0 (173 comments)

Thursday... some time before noon.

about 5 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

mordenkhai Re:This has to be a troll post (173 comments)

I have had the opposite experience. Had DirecTV for 2 years, took them months to figure out why the HD channels had issues. Finally after I missed the last minute of a series finale for a personal favorite show I called and finally got someone who asked me to check satellite #2 signal, I didn't know there was a Satellite #2. The guy said "Yeah it is the HD feed". Sure enough, the dish hadn't been installed correctly. They came out and fixed it, but it was too late. As soon as my contract was up I left and tried Uverse, been good. Did a stint with Comcast as they entered the area with XFinity, and had a 50% off deal. After that, I am back at Uverse with no plans to leave.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

mordenkhai Re:Xbox One Slow (220 comments)

It is more than half (24% vs 34.5%) , in addition PS4 is available in far more countries (PS4 48 vs Xbox 13). Obviously being $100 more will continue to slow Xbox sales.

about 9 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

mordenkhai Re:This is a scam (399 comments)

I wasn't clear, by performance I meant more about attendance, and and past performance (previous years). A student who misses weeks of school just shouldn't matter as much as one who misses no days. Also a student who has had straight A's for years should be a heavier weight when they suddenly fall to D's than a kids who has skated by on C's and D's and continues to get them. Because I agree completely that tests end up gamed and pointless and in the end they distract from teaching subjects and become teaching tests.

about 9 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

mordenkhai Re:This is a scam (399 comments)

Because none of those others who has to get a degree to become a professional have to deal with children. In addition I haven't heard of any CEO having his mother come to the board meeting and complaining that her boy isn't getting the job done because the board isn't helping him after work enough, while ignoring that little Steve Balmer has missed 10 days of work this quarter, and it still isn't his fault that people don't like Windows 8 UI designs.

Should there be some form of performance metric? Sure. It needs to be very carefully set up though, and the child's own performance needs to be a part of it as well as the parents. NO teacher is going to be able teach calculus to a kid who skips 2 days a week to babysit for his siblings because his parent(s) can't afford childcare. It also needs to be politics resistant, I don't want my kids teacher worried about their job because some new guy won an election. I want them worried about how to best teach the next chapter, and that is it.

about 9 months ago
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Bypassing US GPS Limits For Active Guided Rockets

mordenkhai Re: Huh (126 comments)

Nothing to see here.... Undoing accidental mismod.

1 year,20 days
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Microsoft XBox One Kinect Will Not Work On Windows PCs

mordenkhai Re:Microsoft seem determined (198 comments)

No the Kinect for 360 offloaded everything, I heard a developer say it required at most 15% overhead on the console. That is a big part of the reason for the input lag being so wildly poor is some games, and simply noticeable in others.

about a year ago
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Former Microsoft Managers Now In Charge of Washington State's Budget

mordenkhai Re:First it was Nokia, now Washington state (126 comments)

Thanks for the post, I stayed up too late watching it, it was very interesting.

about a year and a half ago
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Kodak Patents Sold for $525 Million

mordenkhai Re:Pocket change for Google (117 comments)

As usual the summary tells a tiny bit and its not the whole story so from the article here is your answer:

A group including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) agreed to buy patents from bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. for about $525 million, gaining the right to use the digital technology to capture and share photos.

The group is led by Intellectual Ventures Management LLC and RPX Corp. (RPXC), Kodak said in a statement today. Google, Apple and RIM are among the 12 companies that will license the patents in the deal, according to a court filing. Under the terms, Intellectual Ventures will split the payment with the licensees.

Facebook Inc. (FB), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) also are part of the group, the court filing shows, along with Samsung Electronics Co., Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (4901), Huawei Technologies Co., HTC Corp. (2498) and Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY) The auctioned patents -- more than 1,100 related to the capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images -- were previously estimated by advisory firm 284 Partners LLC to be worth as much as $2.6 billion.

“This is a fraction of our overall patent portfolio,” said Chris Veronda, a spokesman for Rochester, New York-based Kodak. “We retain ownership of about 9,600 other patents for our ongoing businesses.” The agreement resolves all patent-infringement lawsuits between Kodak and the 12 licensees, Veronda said. That includes suits Kodak had against Apple, RIM, Fujifilm, HTC, Samsung and Shutterfly. In a May filing, Kodak had said Apple alone owed it more than $1 billion in patent royalties.

about 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

mordenkhai Re:Probably (761 comments)

I disagree, it is only seemingly about vengeance because it isn't handled correctly. You say lets take that mass murderer, sure let consider him. He did it, he admits it, he is not remorseful. He is clearly dangerous, why risk keeping him around? He is exactly the case the death penalty should be for. It shouldn't be handed out willy nilly, but reserved for cases where there is clear evidence. Perhaps require a confession, and not in the interrogation room but in the court room, perhaps require video of the crime (shootings in public), eye witnesses can be wrong and have proven unreliable in several cases so maybe we just have to have either a confession or video. That may mean that 99% of the death penalties handed out in the US are invalid, I am ok with that, cancel them unless they meet the new requirments.

The key is once you raise this bar, no more years and years of delaying and waiting. If you have his confession, why put it off. Once the trial is over, the sentence given, 30 days. Then a single bullet to the head and its over. Why risk keeping someone as dangerous as that mass murderer around, and why risk innocent people guarding him. Why pay for the criminal to live when all they represent is a huge risk should they ever decide to have another go, on a guard or even another inmate.

Could the wrong guy cop to a crime? Yes, he could lie and the person who did it could have given him enough info to cover all the bases and allow an investigation to conclude that he was the criminal instead of the actual person. There is no fool proof system, if my family member copped to a crime and got the death penalty when I knew they were innocent, I'd still support the death penalty.

You talk about forgiveness, but there is nothing for me to forgive. I didn't know any of the victims, or their families, or their friends. What I know is, there is a person who is a known danger, truly dangerous to all of those around him. Why take the risks?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

mordenkhai Re:The catch-22 for Steam's lock-in (880 comments)

You give MS far too much credit for owning game studios. Look at the number of MS owned games, much less AAA titles, for 2012. It is underwhelming compared to days past, especially if you drop the Kinect games. Then compare Xbox with Games for Windows Live, its very sad. I can't imagine ever buying things from GFWL, instead of Steam. I would always choose Steam if available. While MS could go back to creating great games on their own, I don't see them writing the checks to create new Age Of Empires/Mythology, Mechwarrior, Flight Simulator etc games.

I suppose MS could spend the money needed to get GFWL to work as well as Steam, then make enough AAA games that are only available on GFWL in order to draw customers. I just don't see them doing it, ever. I can't imagine them investing in Windows as a gaming platform while they have Xbox. I agree that Steam is expendable if someone produces an equivalent product, but noone has really, not even close. I think if anyone had a shot it would have been Stardock post Gamestop but in the end they would rather also make money on Steam Wallet card sales as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To PC and Tablet Makers: You're Not Our Future

mordenkhai Re:Make sense (530 comments)

The MicrApple XPad 72OsX HD, coming this holiday season!

more than 2 years ago
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Brain Scan Can Predict Math Mistakes

mordenkhai Re:Snowflakes (133 comments)

I agree with your assessment of there being more than 1 type of "Question Guy", and as someone who really hates some of those types...

I am taking an Assembly Language class right now, and there is a question guy. Luckily he is not types 2 or 4, as those are for me the worst. He does meander into 3 a lot and that's where it is an issue for me. When the professor is teaching I am following, I have no issues with focus, and its good for me. Then along comes a question, which almost always will be added to mid answer. He seems to always want to talk about C, and there is a lot of "In C..... global variable..... pointer...". My problem is just that, my problem and not his fault, is about focus. I feel like the long questions he asks that just go over what the teacher said or then go into these seemingly random hypothetical situations make it hard for me to focus on the new material being taught. That's why I cringe when he asks a question. If its a short clarification or something I don't have any problems getting back on task, but the meandering comparisons to C make me drift off and it gets harder and harder to get back. The people I sit near take bets on how many minutes these offshoots go, it averages 5-6 per. I just wish he would teach a section and then take questions afterwards and not in the middle, but I know everyone learns differently so I just gotta find a way to focus up after a long mental walk around the C/pointer/variable/memory map lane that seems to happen 2-3 times per class. It doesn't help that after class is a lab, which the questioner never attends.

Luckily our teacher seems to never have issues with #4, as he always shows something and then says "Oh, and now you say 'but professor Tak, I don't believe you, I don't think that works', well lets do it then and find out" and I think he does a fantastic job of showing what he means rather than just telling us "I said so and my PhD means I can't be wrong!"

more than 2 years ago
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Why the Number of O's In LOL Matter On YouTube

mordenkhai Re:Of course it matters (186 comments)

Where doe the ROFLCopter come in though?

more than 2 years ago

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