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Comment: Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163

by asifyoucare (#49273185) Attached to: "Hello Barbie" Listens To Children Via Cloud

If it was just about a child having a doll respond to them then we'd have no problems. The issues are :

a) The child's voice (and background sounds) are sent over the internet to the manufacturer and will very likely be available to three-letter-agencies and to creepy employees.

b) Paid promotions are likely. "Here Mattel, have $100,000 if your doll suggests having McNuggets twice a day"

c) Security is likely to be lousy and hacks will follow. "Barbie thinks Mommy is a dirty slut". "Mommy .... what's a dirty slut?"

Maybe we're all cynical, but we've been conditioned to be that way by repeated disappointment.

Comment: Why different in America? (Score 2) 700

by asifyoucare (#48977345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Here in Australia, home-schooling is almost unheard of. The stereotype here is that only super-religious parents home-school their children, in an effort to shield the children from conflicting viewpoints. The exception is farmers in very remote areas where there are no schools.

What is it in America that makes home-schooling more popular there? Is it mostly religion-driven there too?

Comment: Re:Is she sure she told them the correct address? (Score 4, Funny) 224

I own and I get quite a few stray replies from companies responding to people who didn't want to give their real e-mail addresses when signing up for something.

But that doesn't compare to the guy who registered, who got a lot of replies and then forwarded smart ass responses back to the originating companies. Many of the original e-mails were confidential.

Comment: Re:But the press has stopped talking about it... (Score 1) 244

by asifyoucare (#48473343) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

I agree. The reassurances being uttered recently by health authorities were totally a odds with the facts. Two western patients and three resulting infections to health workers, despite having all the facilities and protective gear.

I'm still somewhat confident it could be contained in a major western country (if we can stop those stupid exposed health workers mingling with the general population), but imagine it getting into parts of Asia and South America.

Comment: Re:Hope she is successful (Score 2) 23

by asifyoucare (#48324277) Attached to: Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

this is like the most prestigious post a female scientist has had, in the physical sciences. I knew one of the previous directors, and he was very laid back, I think she'll do fine.

... and possibly the most prestigious post for a person with the initials FG who was born on her birthday.

Being a woman doesn't mean she's competing in the scientific special Olympics.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw