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Comment: Bigger Picture (Score 1) 158

by chrispalasz (#37700988) Attached to: Australian Court Blocks Sales of Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Well there's a bigger picture, here. Apple is picking a few fights with Samsung in response to how Samsung is playing their cards in other markets. I'm a teacher working in South Korea, and it shouldn't come as much of a surprise at how dirty Samsung is stealing the rug out from under Apple, here, when the market WANTS Apple - both foreign and local. Samsung is a monster conglomerate that does pretty much everything... but it's also no secret that they, too, are guilty of bending laws and borrowing ideas (and designs) to get the jump on launching their products ahead of other more quality and tested products. Galaxy S has nothing on the iphone (except a bigger screen, I guess). SII is strides beyond S1, so they're on the right track... but still have a ways to go. And yeah, I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder knowing how Samsung basically copied ideas to throw their phone on the market before Apple could get past the import laws reasonably, ruining Apple's commitment to the Korea (that's the way I see it. There isn't a single Apple store in this country, yet).

Comment: Re:Explain to me... (Score 1) 143

by chrispalasz (#35921708) Attached to: What Kinect Could Be, But Probably Won't
"Explain it to me"... ok It doesn't have to be as stupid as your lack-of imagination makes it sound. The remote control can come in the form of on-screen menus which users can use hand motions to swipe at. They could make a motion that brings down a digital pad for punching numbers or whatever else you might want, or else just a white board where you can draw the command you want in the air with your fingers.

Comment: Re:Bread, circusses and home owners (Score 1) 488

by chrispalasz (#34431100) Attached to: WikiLeaks Moves To Swiss Domain After DNS Takedown

There is a reason the rich are rich. They are smarter then the poor people.

Ummm... that, OR their daddy was rich and could afford to mask their average to sub-average intelligence by throwing money at the best private schools and tutors and opportunities available. The mesh is so extreme now, there's no telling how 'intelligent' people in high profile positions are... Oh! Hello there, President W-Bush! Didn't see you standing there... how awckward

Comment: Re:All Korean classrooms? (Score 1) 136

by chrispalasz (#34113358) Attached to: A Robot In Every Korean Kindergarten By 2013?
I'm a kindergarten teaching in South Korea, near Seoul. These articles are quickly losing their novelty. I read an almost identical version for Japan months ago. Simply put, it will not happen. On another note, it's common rhetorical practice to refer to 'South Korea' as Korea, while not recognizing any legitimacy in North Korea. It's 'we' the Korean people. It's Korea. It's not North and South, but a depiction of Korea the south waiting for their northern brothers and sisters to 'return' to 'Korea'.

Comment: Re:More and more problems (Score 3, Interesting) 133

by chrispalasz (#23124980) Attached to: Woman Sues Blockbuster for Facebook Privacy Violations
I find this article particularly interesting because I had the same problem and complaint.

Less than a month ago I signed up for Blockbuster Online, which I've tried before and liked. Suddenly I'm getting all this Facebook spam from blockbuster asking me to approve their request to tell the world every single movie I'm renting.

I didn't click any check box giving Blockbuster permission to access any of my Facebook information. Not only that, but I had to go to the Blockbuster website and find out HOW they got my information and how to stop it. Finding that information was not obvious. You wouldn't be able to find it by browsing the site. You have to do a search through their help section.

In the end, Blockbuster (from their online store site) told me to use the Facebook option to block their website from accessing my profile if I didn't want their spam.

I definitely see it as a violation of privacy; especially considering they didn't even ask and offered no option of their own for stopping the spam.

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