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Comment: Re:iPad. Seriously. (Score 1) 408

by dawnkelly (#45697923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

Apple PR? Sweet. Do I get paid for this?
Unfortunately it's just the truth.

And yes. I did see the MS Office requirement. My Mother also had the same requirement because that was all she knew how to use. And she still has it loaded on her Vista machine but has managed to find alternatives on her iPad. All by herself. The risk isn't with Office, it's with the browser. And after spending a year before this trying to teach her how to run firefox with noscript... that was even more painful ("But all the websites are broken now").

My argument isn't "how to stop parents from hurting themselves" it's more about what can you give them to not make them feel like morons. I don't care who comes up with the best solution, I just want the one that works. At my house we run Linux, Mac and one Windows machine (for work). Each one has it's own purpose. But as an admin the last thing I want to do is spend my weekend doing more work for my relatives, so it doesn't matter to me that Apple has the best solution right now. Because in another year or two, someone else will probably have a better one and I'll check that out too.

Comment: iPad. Seriously. (Score 4, Insightful) 408

by dawnkelly (#45696313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

I bought my Mother an iPad 2 years ago. I didn't realize how profound the change over was for her until I saw her helping one of our other relatives with their new iPad. Not only had she mastered her iPad, it made her feel smart again.
She still has her Vista desktop connected to a printer and uses it when she needs to print or fill out online forms. But that only happens a couple times a year. We even got her a little JBL dock so that she could listen to music last year and she fell in love with the iPad all over again. It's crazy.
But it was a good reminder for me. Technical people get caught up in different camps (i.e. Linux vs. Windows vs. Mac). We forget that good tech is good tech. And when you can watch your own tech-resistant parents become empowered by one device. It's good tech.
I specifically went with an iPad because of their walled app garden. Higher functioning users could probably be just fine with an android tablet but this was my Mother. A woman who gets very emotional when things don't work right. And now 90% of my extended family have iPads because of her.
So before you think about changing your Mother's desktop, change the way you're looking at the problem. Users will try to tell you what they think they need but *hopefully* most of us are smart enough to go back and ask them what the problem is (not what they think the solution should be).
As I said, we did keep her desktop but the tasks that would open her up to viruses (surfing) now happen on the iPad. I went from having to clean her machine 4 or 5 times a year to zero. Getting that time back was well worth the price of the iPad.


Flowers' Smell Not Traveling As Far 113

Posted by kdawson
from the bloom-is-off-the-rose dept.
Ant writes in to note a study indicating that, because of air pollution, the smell of flowers is not wafting as far as it once did. Pollutants from power plants and automobiles destroy flowers' aromas, the study suggests: "The scent molecules produced by flowers in a less polluted environment, such as in the 1800s, could travel for roughly 1,000 to 1,200 meters; but in today's polluted environment downwind of major cities, they may travel only 200 to 300 meters." The finding could help explain why some pollinators, particularly bees, are declining in certain parts of the world.

+ - Report warns against well-meaning net censorship->

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athloi writes ""Governing the Internet," issued Thursday by the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, called the online policing "a bitter reminder of the ease with which some regimes — democracies and dictatorships alike — seek to suppress speech that they disapprove of, dislike, or simply fear." (Neat how they point out that democracies do it too.) ternet_restrictions"
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+ - Real Science using SL and WOW

Submitted by Gablar
Gablar (971731) writes ""Are Virtual world a fertile ground for research? In this Science Magazine article the author contends that Virtual worlds are fertile grounds for research oportunities on social science, economics and other fields. The author uses WOW and SL as the major examples of virtual worlds and describes some of the current research in SL and WOW. Do virtual worlds have enough parallels with reality to become research platforms?""

+ - University of Kansas will not forward RIAA letters

Submitted by Bonewalker
Bonewalker (631203) writes "Looks like the University of Kansas may not be as pro-RIAA (or anti-student) as initially assumed last week from this recent Slashdot story. Of course, this doesn't make that "one-strike" policy any less flawed, but it shows that they aren't simply throwing their students under the RIAA bus, as one poster put it. As an alum, I am happy to see this. I wonder if they needed to get a story like this out to help combat the backlash and stigma from that previous article, though?"

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