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Comment: Re:Building Blocks are not LEGOs. (Score 1) 352

by SpankiMonki (#46772983) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Building Blocks simply means any number of a variety of blocks, most notably wooden building blocks.
LEGOs are a trademarked branded construction toy that goes together in a very specific way.

The point of this is that it's about physical dexterity.

This article does not reference Lego.

You are absolutely correct. When I saw the edited headline of the article I submitted, I had a WTF! moment. But now, I'm somewhat ambivalent about the edit that trades "lego" for "toy blocks". I can see several reasons why the edited headline might be better for the discussion.

If I'd complain to the editors (who do pretty well for a thankless job) about anything, it's that they failed to post the related news link that I submitted.

Comment: Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (Score 2) 128

by SpankiMonki (#46770627) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Did you bother to read the article? I'm assuming not...

In this case, after months of games and just flat-out refusal to follow the court's orders...

6/28 - Judge issues pen register order
7/9 - Judge issues summons to Lavabit to show cause for non-compliance with said order
7/10 - Government/Lavabit conference call where government demands SSL keys
7/16 - Government obtains search warrant for data encryption keys and SSL keys
8/7 - Levison ultimately complies with court

That's 40 days, not "months". And 40 days is probably par for the course for those challenging government surveillance orders.

Since pen register orders don't require probable cause, I applaud Levison's actions to protect his customers. After all, they used his service specifically for it's privacy.

+ - Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks->

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SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Children are arriving at nursery school able to "swipe a screen" but lack the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned.

They fear that children are being given tablets to use "as a replacement for contact time with the parent" and say such habits are hindering progress at school.

Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control.

Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, also noted "I've spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks – or pupils who can't socialise with other pupils, but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone."
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According to research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, tablet usage among children is on the rise, with growing numbers of younger kids turning to tablets to watch videos, play games and access the Internet. Use of tablets has tripled among 5-15s since 2012, rising from 14% to 42% over that period, while 28% of infants aged 3-4 now use a tablet computer at home. "

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+ - U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem->

Submitted by SpankiMonki
SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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