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Comment: Re:Fine, if and only if it can be turned off. (Score 1) 158

It doesn't necessarily need to be a permanent kill switch. It could disable the phone until it is returned to the rightful owner. Besides, if the kill switch doesn't physically damage the hardware of the phone in some way (or some other irreversible action), people will almost certainly find a way to bypass it.

Comment: Wouldn't work (Score 5, Insightful) 313

by mattventura (#46363349) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

I remember reading something a while back about how certain people's brains are just more geared towards programming and that other people simply won't really "get" it no matter how much you try to force it into their head. There should definitely be more programming classes available to those who want them, but if you're going to force the less tech-oriented students to take a tech class, it should be something that either teaches them general computer usage or helps them use computers in education.

That's another issue with how computers are used in education: you have to strike the perfect balance between "using teaching time and resources to teach technology" and "using technology to educate". Getting the wrong mix ends up screwing both aspects over since you end up with technology being forced into places it doesn't belong, or you end up with students who only know how to use a computer to do their homework.

Comment: Re:Unfriendly Elitists (Score 1) 372

by mattventura (#45214625) Attached to: Wikipedia's Participation Problem
My problem with contributing to Wikipedia is that I just don't see many opportunities to do so. I've had an account there for years with barely any edits on it. Why? because I'll obviously edit something if it's within my area of expertise and I know it's wrong or could be improved, but why would I be using wikipedia to look up something that I already know about? I don't have time to look through a bunch of wikipedia articles to find issues with them.

Comment: Re: Terminate contract instead? (Score 1) 309

by mattventura (#44351903) Attached to: When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company
They most likely DO require you to keep the service on, which gives me an idea. Put some completely arbitrary rule in your terms of service, like "You cannot run any services on port 11111". If a customer opens up that port, they get a phone call threatening to terminate their contract, unless they're under surveillance.

Comment: Re:How (Score 1) 231

by mattventura (#43908255) Attached to: Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network
A small device like a cell phone or wifi card might transmit around 1W and receive at orders of magnitude lower than that. Now think about how much power a fridge uses. Hint: It's a lot more than 1W. It's obviously not all going to go into RFI, but a faulty motor with a spark gap could still produce a (relatively) significant amount of radio waves.

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