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Comment: Re:Of course the majority will be from Android (Score 1) 339

by dwillden (#49789767) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier
And how many Android users had an iOS device as a prior smart phone. I know many former iPhone users who are now happy Android fans, and many former Android users who are happily enjoying the iOS realm now.

I never had an iPhone, but I had an iPod Touch before I had my first smart phone, so I'm not totally clueless to the Apple experience. I still have and use that touch, but also am on my third Android phone and have multiple android tablets.

Comment: So My kids don't express themselves with chalk? (Score 1) 387

by dwillden (#49726829) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students
So what are the creative drawings that cover my driveway several times a week? What are the drawings and stories they are starting to write. I will acknowledge that similar to myself, my oldest does not like writing by hand (minor learning disability diagnosed in me in middle school) so he does better with a keyboard, but the others like writing and as they are getting older they are expressing themselves. My middle child will play on computers but I doubt they will be his primary outlet for energy and expression. It's just not in his personality, he gets bored staring at a screen.

Anyone who tries to push a monolithic educational style is trying to harm our educational system and our kids. There are many different learning styles, a competent teacher knows how to find and engage the learning styles of all her students, not just the ones that do well with keyboards.

Kids express themselves in many media and forms.

Comment: Re:Please explain (Score 1) 158

by dwillden (#49647353) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:
Every Cell phone sold in the US since 2003 or so has had a receiver chip built in, not always active, and for years not user accessible but mandated by law to facilitate 911 calls (but for years most 911 systems were/are unable to access the data). How many cell phones in your house? Let alone Tablets actual GPS devices and so on.

Comment: Re:The problem isn't the FBI ... (Score 5, Insightful) 174

by dwillden (#49592111) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption
<quote><p> The mind-set of most people joining the police and similar (like the FBI) is not compatible with a free society, .</p></quote>

I would beg to differ on this. The mind set of most people joining these agencies is actually a love of country and law and order. But then they get drawn into the task of investigating crimes and continually run into the brick wall of the constitution in their well meaning efforts to root out criminals. That and the continual push from above to arrest the bad guys leads to them trying to make their jobs easier and more effective, thus looking for back-doors or to get them added to crypto software, or other work-arounds to the challenges on collecting information/evidence/intelligence without alerting the suspect(s). These limits and road blocks are good and absolutely necessary to a free society, but that doesn't mean these well meaning officers and agents don't get frustrated and try to seek other ways on occasion.

But that desire comes from a desire to capture and see the guilty punished, yes it can, has and will in the future lead to overstepping bounds (occasionally egregiously), but that does not mean they joined for want of power or control. (Okay some may become police officers for such but not the FBI.)

Comment: Re:Just for context (Score 1) 314

by dwillden (#49569799) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
Not everywhere. In Utah for example a couple smaller cities in the southern end of the state have naturally fluoridated water but the rest of the state has to fluoridate. Those two cities with natural supplies had a much lower incidence of cavities than the rest of the state until artificial fluoridation started. Now the levels are about the same. My father was born and lived the first few years of his life in one of those cities. He has never had a cavity. Me, not so lucky, I've paid for more than a couple sports cars for my various dentists.

Comment: Re:Only 24 active profiles posted to Google + (Score 1) 359

by dwillden (#49558895) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
I will state that I do hope for greater separation of YouTube and G+. Not long ago I moderated a YouTube video shared to the community that was decent but was off topic to the community. Suddenly I'm getting slammed by the subscribers of that YouTube channel for daring to say a video posted by the channel owner was off topic to the channel. I had to repeatedly clarify to the idiot Youtubers that my comments were applied strictly to the non-related community on G+ where the video was shared. I never even visited the channel until after the outrage started.

My comment had been the moderation comment made on the G+ community feed. But the YouTube channel feed just showed it as another comment. And G+ nicely notified me of every thumb down and comment (all negative) made to my comment on the YouTube feed, by viewers who had no idea that it was made on G+. And of course the outraged YouTubers immediately went to my Youtube channel (to which I've never posted a single video) and started flaming me for daring to criticize a video when I obviously had no idea how to use YouTube or how to even make videos. (I'm not a big YouTube user and what I do post goes to my personal account to share with my family.)

That is by far one of the biggest flaws in the current system and one that I hope is fixed, and soon.

Comment: Re:Only 24 active profiles posted to Google + (Score 1) 359

by dwillden (#49558827) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
The problem with this metric is how G+ activity is tracked versus other social networks. In G+ a person makes a post, and say twenty people reply. It is only counted as a single post. In FB and twitter such an act is counted as twenty actions. And all the accounts are counted. On G+ for some reason they only tracked those who actually make original posts. Which quite often is quite the minority.

I moderate a rather active community on G+ it's not the largest but it's decent sized at over 17k members. Of that maybe 100 post once a month or more, a couple thousand regularly comment and the rest mostly just read.

But I can promise that even back in Jan we had more than 24 active profiles posting to the community. Only a few are primarily Youtube profiles, and that is just one community.

Comment: Re:A contrary opinion (Score 1) 359

by dwillden (#49558795) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
Amen. On FB it's so hard to keep a community on a specific topic. Either the community host/alias does all the posting, or it quickly wanders off topic and is soon little more than a page of spam posts because people have left it.

On G+ a community stays as on topic as the moderators keep it.. Some communities allow more variation in discussion and some keep a stricter line.

But funnies thing about this discussion here and all the Hate here, is that G+ is not dead, it's a vibrant forum with many communities and far greater control in what you see than FB allows.

G+ has not failed. It isn't FB, it is it's own variant on social networking and it's doing quite well. I hope this move by Google doesn't damage the current system too much.

Comment: Re:No cuts are ever possible (Score 1) 198

by dwillden (#49535859) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity
The f-117 shootdown was pure dumb luck, it was hit by a ZSU firing blindly into the air. The ZSU works because it puts so much metal in the air that if you fly over-it at low altitude as that plane did, you are going to get hit. Shooting it down had nothing to do with countering the stealth capabilities. The Iraqi's had much more capable systems and didn't get a hit on any of our stealth birds.

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