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Comment: The meat of the issue (Score 4, Insightful) 194 194

It's always comes down to the same thing. If you want people to get your product, make a damn good product. Some things will naturally be a fad, but will fade away. Lasting revenue is based on making something people actually want/need. For so long, many networks have been shoveling our crap content - now that there are ways to view exactly what you want, they have the incentive to make something you really want.

Comment: Re:Quiet? (Score 1) 558 558

I've always felt that it's important for a computer to make noise - it means things are working and staying at a reasonable temperature. There are two real options - get something that is low power usage that it can be passively cooled (like a raspberry pi or netbook) or put the computer just in a different place. and run cables to/from your desk. Or you could just get a mechanical keyboard and then you want hear it at all!

Comment: A sort of oldie but goodie (Score 1) 558 558

My setup is a few years old, but still does everything from gaming to coding to a couple VMs CPU: AMD Phenom II (the hex one) RAM: 16GB GPU(s): 2 Radeon 6950s in crossfire HDD/SSD: 128GB SSD for OS and core applications, 2TB for software/VMs, 4TB for General File Storage Oh and I I'm watercooling the GPUs and CPU. I don't OC as much as I used to - but it was a fun project to play around with. And I've had a great life around it. I think I built this around 2010/2011 and I've yet to have any issues with it. My only regret is going with a mid size case sense I was going back and forth to University. I would definitely move to a full size case for my next build... or maybe just go straight for a rack.

Comment: Re:Tools not crutches (Score 1) 150 150

I didn't mean to imply that we should expect everyone to overcome these hardships and be hugely successful. I just meant that there are some who certainly can overcome their conditions. However, these are absolutely far and few between. Many people would not be able to achieve what they've done without the advantages they received from the start. Be it race, gender, socioeconomic condition, etc, etc. It doesn't make them any less deserving of their merits, but I've always found it's important to be aware of what systemic advantages I've reaped.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't this be obvious? (Score 2) 150 150

and some of the worst cases is when you have brilliant teachers and parents who could care less. Many children see that there parents don't care about their schooling and they develop the same attitude. It's sad to see this problem so prevalent in many of our low-income schools.

Comment: Tools not crutches (Score 3, Insightful) 150 150

This is definitely obvious. Children that come from more privileged socioeconomic backgrounds tend get technological expose at a younger age - allowing them a shorter learning curve when things like this are implemented at young age. While these boundaries are certainly surmountable, we just have to consider it when implementing them. Technology has to be used as tool for further engagement & interactivity in the classroom. Too many use them as a crutch to - and nothing is worse for education than poorly executed PowerPoint presentations. Of course PP gets a bad rap because people don't generally understand how to use it as a tool for creating engaging & interactive content - but that's a whole different can of worms.

Comment: No options. (Score 5, Insightful) 229 229

I think the biggest issue is that you're locked into a provider by area. What makes people (including myself) angrier than having terrible customer service is having terrible customer service and no real alternatives to choose from. For TV you pretty much have one cable provider, maybe verizon/AT&T as an alternative, and the various satellite providers - which isn't the worst. However for internet, the satellite providers are slow - so only useful if you can't get DSL or cable. So you have one cable provider and maybe one DSL. Both have jacked up prices and terrible service; then you just accept it, pick the cheapest one(which isn't that cheap), and grumble on reviews. Oh and if you live in one of the few places that have google fibre or similar then you naturally take that. What it comes down to is that the monopolized system has hurt the customers (surprise, surprise).

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