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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 693

I guess the fact that bullying happens everywhere shouldn't be too much of a surprise to me, since we're all human after all. But how about official reaction and policies? Do other places (esp. developed nations) handle it as poorly as the US does, where victims are either ignored or worse punished by the school administrators?

Comment: Re:If I have kids... (Score 1) 293

by meta-monkey (#46773093) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Oh, around 1 they start moving around and can actually do things. Before that they're just spuds. They sleep a lot, or they're fine sitting under one of those musical mobile things. Once they're about 1, though, they can move around, but there's nothing for them to really...do. They're too old to just sit and they're too young to play with (you can play along side of them, but they don't really understand 'play with' yet).

And there's little difference between the TV and the iPad, that was mostly a joke. There is one important difference, though. There are no commercials on Netflix, so my child has never seen an advertisement.

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 3, Informative) 92

by Grishnakh (#46771953) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

No, at the time Intel was trying to trim down as they had overextended themselves and too many unprofitable departments. I worked in that department shortly before it was sold off; right before that, the department head "resigned" on the heels of very poor performance. Around that time, they also got rid of their consumer products division which made wireless keyboards and mice and a crappy digital camera. Not long after, they went through a big downsizing called "SET" where they just got rid of people all over the company. They went from around 100k employes down to around 80k in just a couple of years.

Comment: Re:Parents fault (Score 2) 293

by meta-monkey (#46771411) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

My kid's a year and a half old and can already use an iPad to watch Sesame Street and Curious George. He also still finds time to run around in circles, bang on things and play with his toy cars. It doesn't have to be one thing or the other...it can be both.

And if it were only one or the other, I'd still rather have the kid know how to use technology than blocks, anyway.

Comment: Re:If I have kids... (Score 1) 293

by meta-monkey (#46771381) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

I thought that, until I had a kid.

The problem is once they're about a year old, there's nothing to do with them. They can't talk, they aren't old enough to understand the concept of playing with someone else...all they can really do is run around and bang into stuff.

However, I vowed to never be that guy who lets a TV raise his kid. So instead, my kid gets Sesame Street via Netflix on an iPad. Kid's 18 months old and already knows how to use a tablet.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 293

by meta-monkey (#46771271) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

But they can't anymore. It used to be that way, but now that all the lego toys are tie-ins with Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings or something, almost all the pieces are specially molded "bricks" that really only make sense in the context of whatever the kit is. You can't really use such pieces for anything more than what they were designed for.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 0) 293

by meta-monkey (#46771193) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

To be honest, I'm really disappointed with the modern lego sets. When I was a kid, I had the city sets, and for the most part they were buildings that you made from brick-shaped bricks with only a few uniquely molded parts for that set. Today there's barely any blocks. They're all cross-licensed tie-ins with movies or cartoons, and so in order to get the assembled set to look like something from The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, 75% of the blocks are special molds.

There's almost no point in it being a lego toy, because you're just assembling a crude model of an x-wing, and the only thing you can make with the set is...an x-wing. Why not just...play with a model x-wing?

Comment: Kids these days... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

by meta-monkey (#46771121) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Exposing children to new technology is a terrible idea.

An Egyptian legend relates that when the god Thoth revealed his invention of writing to King Thamos, the good King denounced it as the enemy of civilization. "Children and young people," protested the monarch, "who had hitherto been forced to apply themselves diligently to learn and retain whatever was taught them would cease to apply themselves and would neglect to exercise their memories."

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 693

Well yeah, your mileage may vary. I had a very good experience in a Catholic school for a while, but that school had a female principle who didn't (AFAIK) have any kids. (No, she wasn't a nun, nor were any other teachers, this was in the 80s, after those days.)

Comment: Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (Score 1) 1188

by Grishnakh (#46770775) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

However, disproving that doesn't prove the opposite, i.e. that mass gun ownership reduces gun deaths or stops crime.

No, it doesn't, and I never said it did. I was just attacking a common talking point for the anti-gun crowd.

Their gun related suicide rate is one of the highest in Europe.

Well that's no surprise. I'm surprised actually that it isn't the highest in Europe. Maybe the good economy (versus places in Eastern Europe) makes less people suicidal. But is the rest of Europe suicide-free? What are the rates, after you add together both successful and unsuccessful suicides? Having a gun available just makes it more likely you'll succeed; other methods aren't generally as sure-fire (pardon the pun).

One common argument made for gun ownership is criminals such as burglars won't break into a house with an armed owner yet burglaries are rising in Switzerland.

Burglars, by definition, are people who avoid confrontation. They look for patterns, to see when a house is unoccupied, and break in then so they can steal loot. The people steal face-to-face are called "robbers", or possibly "home invaders". Are there a lot of home invasions in Switzerland? I suspect not. Lots of places have relatively high property crime rates (or just petty crime), with very low violent crime rates.

Comment: Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (Score 1) 1188

by Grishnakh (#46770657) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Citation needed on the "playing cow boy" bit. Yes, gang violence is definitely a big contributor here. They don't seem to have much of a problem with that in Switzerland either. But gang violence never hits the news; shooting sprees do, and every time one happens, there's renewed calls for gun bans, new gun restrictions, etc. Some thugs shooting at each other is generally ignored, unless someone catches it on a security camera, and even there people just laugh at it.

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