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Comment: Re:I wanted to like it.... (Score 1) 75

by praxis (#47425619) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

I found that starting with several overall reviews of prior material per day and only learning a new segment of a lesson if I felt like I had mastered the prior material to be a good pace. That way I only added new words and concepts after having reiterated over the prior ones several times. I found that I had pretty good control over how quickly I added more words and concepts into my pool of learning and could control just how quickly I progressed.

Comment: Re:This idea isn't ludicrous, it's sensible (Score 1) 86

Well said.

The only way for this kind of abusive marketing to be stopped would be for gamers to boycott the products and vendors, which would be like meth-heads boycotting meth.

They need not even boycott the products. They could wait for the release of the game, study the game's reception, and then if still excited, buy it. If publishers saw that only a minority a game's sales happened during presale shenanigans, they might start putting that effort into more interesting things.

Comment: Re:Already Happened (Score 1) 86

you'd have to buy multiple copies of the game to get all of the content.

It would appear that publishers are cashing in on people's fear of missing out, but I wonder what proportion of gamers actually shell out the price of a game multiple times just to have two different pre-order items. I also wonder what proportion of gamers just wait for the release then read the reviews or watch "Let's Play" videos before making a purchase decision and "miss out" on the (mostly pointless) pre-order items.

Comment: Re:What problem are you trying to solve? (Score 1) 142

by praxis (#47371079) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

I came here to basically ask the same question, although without the jab that the quester is bad at his or her job. One gets good at design by attempting more design and learning from one's failures and shortcomings. One does not get good at design by becoming a salesman or saleswoman. That said, in this case, identify that problem you want to solve and communicate it clearly; a design might coalesce from that process even before engaging others.

So, what is the problem you want to solve?

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by praxis (#47361065) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

HobbyLobby get the financial benefit for following ACA without actually providing the benefits of ACA. An employee gets sub-standard insurance, HobbyLobby gets the tax credits and (this is the kicker for me) the employee is not eligible for subsidized insurance that is not-substandard from the exchanges because HobbyLobby got it's cake and ate it too.

Comment: Re:Growing Potential (Score 1) 68

by praxis (#47354881) Attached to: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

I feel like we've barely grazed the surface of the potential of crowd funding. I mean, in a real sense here we, as society, are funding self-education - we are funding the education of our own society. That's cool.

Government and taxes have been a way of society crowd funding its own education for far longer than kickstarter has been around. It says something about how youngsters perceive our extant system if kickstarter campaigns funding education seem like a new thing.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt

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