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Comment: Struggling with this in my household (Score 5, Interesting) 489

by manonthemoon (#39223617) Attached to: Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?

My eldest son is a whiz- he's a couple years ahead and should get through AP Calculus and Stats by the time he gets through HS.

On the other hand we adopted 5 girls from foster care and it is a STRUGGLE. I don't know how much of it is organic (all of them were exposed to drugs/alcohol in utero) and how much of it is early formative, but they all have incredible difficulty making the most basic inference or deduction or story problem. I'm really concerned for them because I forsee them potentially running into the roadblocks referenced by the article summary. But there are in fact SOME excuses for saying "I can't do maths." Some people may never be able to master the basics no matter how hard they try.

Not to say we are in any manner giving up. They get extra tutoring at school and spend hours doing homework, despite being in elementary school, but different people have different top levels of achievement and sometimes that level is below what any of us would like.

Comment: Where this will hurt is Steam.... (Score 2) 458

by manonthemoon (#39065507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dividing Digital Assets In Divorce?

when my 12 yr old grows up and moves out a lot of the games, but not all, were bought more for his benefit. I don't mind getting logged out occasionally now since he'll generally ask since he's in the house anyway. But when he moves out and 1/2 way across the country, potentially, co-ordinating the use of a single account will be a pain. I'll probably have to create a 2nd account for my exclusive use, since most of the money is tied up in his games...

Comment: Both my wife and I regularly receive email... (Score 1) 204

by manonthemoon (#37353628) Attached to: Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail

intended for others. I have a full name @mac/@me account and my wife has a full name @gmail.com and I assume these people chose 1stnameLastname+1 account names making it very easy for their friends and business acquaintances to wrongly send us their email instead. I've gotten sensitive business information, invitations to exclusive events (unfortunately in the UK so I can't attend) . My wife has had an interesting time unintentionally following the life of a New York mover and shaker.

We don't know the real recipients actual email addresses so we can't warn them and have to read our own email to find out if it is intended for us or not so we can't help but read their email. Interesting conundrum.

This research result is not at all surprising- it is the same thing, just at a bigger scale and deliberate.

Comment: Most important info not released... (Score 2) 205

by manonthemoon (#36436194) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Pay Licensing Fees To Nokia

The most important info was left out. The reason this all played out was that Nokia was unwilling to license to Apple on the same RAND terms that they had committed to, and used with everyone else. They wanted access to specific 'touch' patents held by Apple in addition to the usual monetary payments that Apple had always expected to pay.

We now know Apple is paying to access Nokia's patents, but:

Did Apple give access to their iPhone-related patent portfolio in return?
Did Apple pay a premium over RAND terms?
Did Nokia no longer need access to Apple's patents due to indemnity from Microsoft since they are moving to WP7?

Comment: If it compromises a bundled runtime... (Score 4, Insightful) 244

by manonthemoon (#36107350) Attached to: Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome

its a Chrome "pwn". If you bundle it, you own it. You see Apple going the opposite direction by un-bundling Flash because it didn't want to own the security issues and battery draining properties associated with it. They recognized their brand was getting tarnished via that association and decided to make Adobe stand on their own.

Comment: Can't read the slashdotted article but... (Score 1) 255

by manonthemoon (#36010896) Attached to: Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

Its likely Intel would be a contract manufacturer in this case, just manufacturing Apple's custom designed processor. Not something Intel would usually embrace, but with their current impotence in the mobile market, it may be the best they can hope for. They keep Apple close and get back in the ARM game (indirectly). Apple gets world class fabs from someone who isn't directly competing with them at retail.

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