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Comment: Why a classroom? (Score 1) 352

by c (#49556931) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

So, basically, it's going to be just like school is today, except the teachers will be working remotely?

I suspect that veteran teacher has been doing it so like that he can't get outside of the box and imagine education without classrooms, schools, or even structured classes.

I think the future is going to look a lot more like home schooling (possibly in groups to get around the whole school-as-babysitter issue that allows parent to hold jobs) than anything close to the institutions teachers currently work in.

Comment: Re:Protect the income of the creators or they can' (Score 1) 302

Copyright needs to (I reckon) end with the death of the creator; simple.

Given that we've established that the entertainment industry is a collection of sociopathic asshats, are you quite sure you want to give them a genuine monetary incentive to, say, kill copyright holders in order to plunder their now-orphan works?

Then there's the whole question of figuring out if/when a creator died.

A reasonable fixed term from publication/creation makes the most sense. Emphasis on "reasonable".

Comment: Re:Wait, what? Even in offline mode? (Score 1) 117

by c (#49541915) Attached to: iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area

34% of users can't tell their iPhones not to connect to a hotspot named attwifi. That sounds like the ability to force connection to a WiFi network to me.

I'm thinking that if a malicious hotspot cycled through the known pre-installed SSIDs like "attwifi", common open SSIDs like "linksys", "NETGEAR", "dlink", "default", etc, plus corporate branded/hotspot SSIDs such as whatever Starbucks or McDonald's use, they could easily increase the vulnerable population to well over 75%.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 356

by c (#49520725) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today

The only time I have ever been aware of hitting a mobile site is when you have that "gah, WTF is this crap?" moment where you can't find anything and the link you followed has been swallowed by the crap which has said :"hey, you're on a mobile, how about we fail to show you what you were looking for?".

Their guidelines suggest suggest this is one of those things that will be punished. Which makes this smartphone user quite happy.

Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score 1) 385

by Baki (#49506515) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

I do love my children, I don't regret that we had them and would do it again.
However, I fail to see how someone could regard children as the goal of their life.

If the meaning of your life depends on your children, then the meaning of their lives must depend on the meaning of their children, etc. etc.
So in the end the meaning comes from the last generation of humans that will ever exist?

I think one must (try to) find meaning in ones own life.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 2) 138

by c (#49497479) Attached to: John Gruber On Third-party Apple Watch Apps: They Suck and Are Really Slow

What's worse than the apps on an Apple watch?

A 2 hour podcast about the Apple watch.

Keep in mind that you're looking at people who spent hours upon hours writing blog posts speculating about the leather and alloys Apple would be using in their watch bands.

A 2 hour podcast about an actual shipping device seems comparatively reasonable.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 179

by c (#49493027) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Yeah the MS junk won't be installed into CM just yet - but wait until that "Deep integration" Kirt McMaster keeps talking up starts happening - you're going to see architectural changes happen in CM designed solely to be beneficial to Microsoft.

Well... I'm less certain of that.

CM/Cyngn has to walk a fine line between making investors/partners happy and not pissing off the CM community. They don't make money from the community, but the community is a huge QA base and they'll have a lot of trouble developing and supporting Cyanogen OS without it.

If they ram through MS-specific stuff (versus just expanding the capabilities of the OS for everyone), a huge chunk of the community is going to bail on them.

I don't think they're quite stupid enough to do this. But I did say "Yet", because ... well, aside from their inability to muzzle their CEO, publicly fucking over a loyal customer with an international reach in favour of a regional exclusive was easily one of the most boneheaded things I've seen in a while. Short of changing the default boot animation to an android waving its dick around, I can't imagine a much more effective way to scare off potential Cyanogen OS customers...

Comment: Re:Technically right (Score 1) 245

by c (#49484737) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

That's probably because somewhere in the google complex, there are some crusty old bureaucrats that just cant let go of the notion that "Proprietary == Profit!", and that "Control" takes many forms other than just "Stop all competition at all costs!"

I think it's just as, if not more, likely that within the Google complex the general mindset is that any Google service in Android (or more generally, on the web) is going to so much better than any competing service that nobody in their right mind would care about that competing service.

Which isn't an entirely unreasonable opinion/bias if you think of it from their perspective. There's obvious counter-examples like Google+, but in the case of the core services like search, maps, their app store, etc, it's... well, I don't think it's the slam-dunk Google might think it is, but there's at least a rational basis for having that bias.

To some degree, that's where this EU action leaves a sour taste... there might be a basis for some action (scraping competitors websites for data to use in a shopping service *does* sound pretty dodgy), but the overall tone of it seems like the EU attempting to punish Google for sincerely believing that their own products are best of breed in their respective spaces.

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