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Comment: Re:Get someone else to report this (Score 0) 627

Since you used the word whinging I will assume you are British and have no idea how broken our political system is and are used to a parliamentary system which represents people in a weighted way. The US has a winner take all system that only allows 2 people to compete and they only get to compete if they are what the media and the corporations say is ok.

Comment: Here is why... (Score 1) 487

by fhuglegads (#37987080) Attached to: In Favor of FreeBSD On the Desktop
I put Ubuntu on my girlfriends laptop and she loves it. I downloaded the latest iso. Easily had it partition the drive, set up the boot loader, install the os and the video, network and audio drivers were all installed. Since she wants to watch tv shows online and check email and facebook she has a great environment (I did put in Gnome and let her pick between that and Unity and she picked Gnome) to mess around in and the effort level on a scale of 1 to 10 was a 2. What would BSD have done for me that U11.10 didn't?

Comment: Khan is great but... (Score 1) 496

by fhuglegads (#36871018) Attached to: Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education
Khan is great but the problem is motivation. I love to learn and they have all kinds of topics there that I don't know anything about. In general, most people aren't motivated to learn new things when surfing the web. They would rather look at lolcats or check their farmville plants. I don't think any of my friends or family even know Khan Academy exists let alone visit the site.

The US is full of apathy. Sure there are exceptions but there are too many people who are happy being average or are oblivious to the fact that they are.

Comment: Re:That's easy. (Score 1) 122

by fhuglegads (#36143614) Attached to: Why People Watch <em>StarCraft</em>, Instead of Playing
I love to watch (grid-iron) football and I love to play. Getting 22 people for an 11 on 11 game of football is hard to do so any version of football I play is incomplete and a pale representation of the game itself. Being able to watch the game the way it was meant to be played by the best players in the world is great entertainment. Playing 3 on 3 or 5 on 5 is a great activity. There is no line that divides playing and watching into 2 sections where you must only choose one.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by fhuglegads (#36143526) Attached to: Why People Watch <em>StarCraft</em>, Instead of Playing

Or maybe it's like any other competitive sport, there are people who enjoy watching it being played at a higher level than they themselves are able to participate at?

I feel like this with League of Legends. The top players streaming is a completely different game than when I play. The strategies are very different and the games have a more natural flow to them. When I play as a "baddie" the games are often just a lot of discord.

Beyond that, there are players who don't like each other and sometimes they end up on the same team. It probably wouldn't work if the players were all anonymous and I didn't know who I was watching. Beyond the soap opera and the drama it's a good way to learn and see my deficiencies so then when I do play I have a point of reference to base my play against in an attempt to improve.

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