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Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 93

by ratnerstar (#40730021) Attached to: Kids Still Playing <em>Pokemon</em> Like It's 1999

Collecting was never fun for me. I never saw the point. When I was a kid, my dad tried to get me interested in coin collecting. He saw it as good "father and son time", but I hated it. We could have gone hiking or fishing, he could have taught me something useful. He was an electrical engineer, but he never taught me anything about electronics (I learned it all on my own). But instead of any of that, we spend our time going through bags of pennies looking for a rare 1939D. Bleh.

Now that I have kids of my own, we do active outdoor stuff, we build things, we do science experiments. My daughter has a great collection of Barbie shoes, but I was not involved in that (other than as a source of funding).

30 years from, your kids will be posting on slashdot (via direct neural interface) about how their father always dragged them out for stupid fishing trips (what was the point? Anyone could have foreseen that trout would extinct by 2017) instead of doing something useful with them like collecting valuable items.

Comment: Re:Kleptomania is a mental disease (Score 3, Informative) 535

by ratnerstar (#40088055) Attached to: SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

As this article illustrates, the root of kleptomania is a desire for revenge upon a world that the person feels has treated them unfairly.

The article you linked to says absolutely nothing of the sort. In fact, citing the DSM, it says the following about diagnosing kleptomania: "The theft is not due to anger, revenge, delusions, hallucinations or impaired judgment (dementia, mental retardation, alcohol intoxication, drug intoxication)."

So I'm not sure what you were reading.

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New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It 320

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-watching-who? dept.
CanHasDIY writes "Straight out of 1984, Samsung has unveiled a new series of televisions with integrated cameras and microphones, complete with facial and voice recognition software. Best of all, there appears to be no physical indication of the mic and camera's status, so consumers have no way of knowing when they're being monitored, or by whom... and if you don't find the idea of a TV that watches you creepy enough, apparently Samsung's Terms of Service include a clause allowing third-party apps to make use of the monitoring system, and use the data gathered for their own purposes. Nothing Orwellian about that..."

Comment: Retailers are shaking in their boots (Score 3, Funny) 126

by ratnerstar (#37462656) Attached to: Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential

... Because I know when I walk down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, what I really want to be doing is looking at the world through the screen of my smartphone! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?

Even better: sell t-shirts that appear blank but display hipster slogans when viewed through an AR app.

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