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Comment Re:What is more important ? (Score 1) 700

On the other hand, some of those who were home schooled might know a lot of stuffs, but unfortunately they lack many of the skills to successfully interact with others, particularly strangers, and often fall pray to scams because they are not aware of the darker side of humanity

You are absolutely right about this. I myself was home schooled and had/have troubles with trusting people to much just because they are in a position of authority or because they seem like they know what they are talking about. Any parent of a home schooled kid must teach the child to be a bit wary of people, because they don't all have your best interests in mind.

That said however I would not have traded my home schooling for anything. On the way in to work today I listened to my MP3 CD with song ranging from hard rock, to rap, to three songs from My Little Pony FIM. I am who I am today because the outlining parts of my personality were not ground down by a life of conforming to other kids expectations. In home school I was allowed to be the person I am not who I "should" be.

I also have a BS in Psychology with a minor in history. My 4 sisters and brother were also home schooled (and no we were not religious nuts) and have all turned out fairly well and are reasonably successful.

Comment Remote Support (Score 2) 110

Think of all the possibilities this opens up in terms of remote support. We can already control someone mouse and keyboard but now we can do remote hardware changes, machine building, we might even be able to punch someone in the face remotely when they post something stupid. Other ides: Twitch plays this guy, remote skilled labor (woodworking, hair styling, artwork, etc...). Find a bomb that needs defusing? Download the bomb squid app and have the worlds best bomb defuses help you not have a bad day. The possibility here are endless, and a bit scary in some cases (hay look, I just defined the internet!)

Comment Missing Option (Score 1) 111

I don't have gravity where I am so juggling is not an option, again we see that the people who write/approve these questions are confined by the narrow limits of their own experience.

Comment Re:CO-Voted by mail (Score 1) 821

Same here, voted about a week and a half ago. Pros: don't have to stand in long lines, Cons: Don't get a little sticker saying I voted. I was also debating telling my boss that I got a notice that my mail in ballot got lost or something and taking the two hours given by CO state law to go "vote" (aka sitting at home for a few hours).

Comment Re:A really absurd set of options (Score 1) 465

I agree, if I am doing my math right (and Lord knows I might not be) the options given in the poll work out like this given a height of 5'6 (which is an average fully grown healthily human male born in North America during the last 100 years).

(5.6*X/5280=miles) where X is the small and large values of each option.
0-3000 = 0 - 3.18 miles
3001-6000 = 3.18 - 6.36 miles
6001-9000 = 6.36 - 9.55 miles
9001-12000 = 9.55 - 12.73 miles
12001-15000 = 12.73 - 15.91 miles

Other then these distances being very odd non-round numbers most (as of this writing 58%) of the people who responded to the post live farther then 15.91 miles from their birth place. I agree with the criticism that the numbers given should have been larger.
Open Source

Myst Online: Uru Live Returns As Free-To-Play 58

agrif writes "Shorah b'shemtee! Uru Live has been released for free, as a first step towards opening its source. This game, an MMO released by the makers of Myst and Riven in 2003, has been canceled, zombified, resurrected, canceled again, and is now about to be released as open source to its dedicated fan base. Massively has written a brief newbie guide if you're unfamiliar with the game."

Pirates as a Marketplace 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment Helpful Advise...Hopefully (Score 1) 758

Here's my idea. Buy some white labels and write numbers on them, then list these same numbers on a spreadsheet and print it out. When people come over put one sticker on each expensive piece of equipment (computer, monitor). Then have the person write down on the sheet what the equipment is and sign their name. Tell everyone that noting can be taken home without a sticker on it and it being signed out. This method is not completely foolproof but should be good enough to prevent most theft. The only downside I can see is it would require a door guard the whole night.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill