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Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 2, Informative) 439

by natespizer (#33514008) Attached to: School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads
One important fact is that if a parent is paying for the education there is a good chance they will be more invested in making sure their student does a good job rather than just blaming everything on the teacher or school. You will get much more parent participation in event and activities and in most cases it is mandatory.

Comment: Normal movement pattern vs abnromal (Score 0) 338

by natespizer (#33305624) Attached to: Is RFID Really That Scary?
If it begins to be used to track people's movements about an area, say using fastpass / bridge toll / toll booth RFID in conjunction with other sources of information you can get a pretty good view of who is where and when and build patterns from that. If they begin to correlate the data and build a norm then the authorities can say they have probable cause to cause you grief. Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother

Comment: Good (Score 1) 338

by elrous0 (#30673310) Attached to: Microsoft's Risky Tablet Announcement

With both MS and Apple announcing tablets, maybe ONE of them can tell us exactly who those things are targeted at. In the age of netbooks and smart phones on the low end and real laptops on the high end, I want to know exactly who out there is clamoring to spend $1000 for a half-assed laptop with a glorified touch screen. Maybe there are some artists out there who could really use this screen for drawing or something (and some Mac fans who will buy anything with an Apple logo on it, just cause), but why would any mainstream user want one of these things?

I don't mean that as a troll. Seriously, is anyone here looking to buy a tablet--and if so why?

Comment: Re:A Mimic Device Is Precisely What They Want (Score 1) 338

by elrous0 (#30673154) Attached to: Microsoft's Risky Tablet Announcement
Sadly, Linux and OSS never get a press conference (who would hold it, after all?). All of these trade shows tend to come down to a pissing contest between Apple and MS, or Verizon/AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile or whoever, and open source and Linux get overlooked once again. Ask anyone at CES about open source and they'll just stare at you blankly. These trade shows are just a great big proprietary/capitalism/closed-source circle-jerk.

Comment: 11 position by 26 (Score 1) 357

by natespizer (#30145146) Attached to: Total number of conventional, paid positions I've held:
Starting at 12 - Janitor - Cart boy (Retail store) - Cable Installer - Computer Sales (Circuit City) - Teaching Assistant (College) - Tractor Salesman (Tons of Fun) - Data center Tech - Tech Stuff (At a prison) - Data Center Manager - Information Analyst (Government Phone Modernization) - Security Specialist (Government Position) - Each position I received a W2 for and worked 40 hours a week except the janitor position and the Teaching Assistant. So far I have never been fired and have learned more with each job I have had, and I hope to continue on the same way.

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