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Comment: Homeschooled K-12 (Score 1) 700

by z4ce (#48976823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

I was homeschooled K-12 and loved it. I never had to spend more than 2-3hrs a day doing school work (but would often spend time on my own projects).

The biggest benefit I think is the customization you can give your children. Do they like math? If so, you can let them run free doing algebra to their hearts content. You can get them more advanced curriculum. On the other hand, I struggled putting my thoughts on paper. While this would have likely held me back in school, my parents just let it go. For whatever reason, once I hit my teen years, it just was not a problem any more.

Another really great benefit was being able to travel during the school year. We could go to all of the local museums and attractions while other kids were in school. And we were also plugged into local homeschooling groups so we still got to do things like field trips and sports. Overall, if you have a parent who is excited and willing to do it, I think you'll find it is a positive experience.

Comment: Re:Copyright law and the first sale doctrine (Score 1) 490

by z4ce (#46593735) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

You'll find that DVD's are nearly twice as expensive as DVD's in the US. Streaming services are extremely limited and even more expensive than DVD.

Definitely agree DVDs are way more expensive there. Although, for rental it seems like both streaming and DVD rental are about $5-6AUD.

Again, I'm wondering what Australia you're talking about here. 2nd hand sales are perfectly legal, I can sell my entire DVD collection, I can even sell my Steam account, hell unlike the US grey importers operate openly and legally in Australia. I can buy a pallet of DVD's in China and sell them to Australian customers with no problems (well I have to pay tax on my sales, like all businesses). Only certain products are prohibited from resale such as even tickets (to crack down on scalpers), sensitive technologies (I.E. military tech) and perishable goods. I can put a half bottle of Vodka up on Gumtree if I wanted to, the only restriction I have is that I cant sell it to minors (the drinking age is 18 over here).

You cannot, however, rent your DVD collection in Australia. That's what I am referring to.

Comment: Copyright law and the first sale doctrine (Score 2) 490

by z4ce (#46586105) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

If you go to other countries where the first sale doctrine doesn't apply (like Australia) you'll find the DVD and Streaming rental prices are about the same. I think the reason you see such a discrepancy here in the USA, is that once a company buys a DVD the copyright owner can no longer control its use. With a streaming rental, it is considered distribution and they do require licensing.

Comment: Migration is not easy (Score 3, Interesting) 140

by z4ce (#46527581) Attached to: Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

The eclipse "export" to gradle function barely works. Importing an eclipse project into Android Studio doesn't really work either. If you create a build.gradle file, that gets you further along, but things in Android Studio still behave funny especially with identifying the "modules." In the end, if you're looking at migrating I strongly recommend just creating a new project and copying your source and resource files into the latest android file structure and gradle build system.

Comment: Keep the law confined to justice (Score 1) 694

"Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation." Frederic Bastiat

Here is my recommendation. If you want a party of Justice focus on making the law just and avoid making it philanthropic. You'll never have both.


It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)