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Comment Re:Of course (Score 5, Interesting) 1014

This is *exactly* what you should expect when you attempt to socially engineer a solution that violates the rules of business, in this case, artificially raising the cost of labor beyond the market value. One hundred percent entirely predictable, and predicted.

Sure, predictable, predicted. But go on and think through a bit further...

The GDP isn't lessened by switching to robots. As a civilization/society/country, we're not producing any less by this transition. If anything we have the ability to produce more. The only difference is how society's production is apportioned to everyone.

Some people believe that the right way to structure society is by using degrading low-paid jobs as a way to apportion a pittance to poor people. It sounds like you're in this camp. Is that because you believe there exists no other feasible way of apportioning, or because you think this is the best out of all feasible ways to apportion?

Comment Re:Heard this one before (Score 1) 159

I'm still not clear on why I have to go to Amazon for this and not the phone's vendor. Using a proprietary app to lock down a child's device could be like robbing peter to pay paul; sure they won't go to Instagram any more but they will see 'Amazon' advertising all over the place. If this is something I can install on my kid's phone that will block their access to Instagram when I want it blocked and they don't have to see anything 'Amazon' I will use it. When I look at the link for this on Amazon it seems like a full Amazon store and that's not what I want either.

I agree with you. Amazon's heart and soul is in advertising. Also, Disney's "Circle" offering is all about cross-advertising too (e.g. its 404 page says "Sorry, that website is blocked; do you want to go to this Disney content instead? or this Disney instagram account?")

I would much rather trust Apple than anyone else, given Apple's better-than-anyone-else track record for respecting privacy. If Apple did decide to enter the "Parental Controls" market in earnest, I'd buy their products in a heartbeat, even if it means buying expensive iPad Minis rather than $50 Amazon Fire tablets.

Comment Re:Heard this one before (Score 1) 159

I'm not clear on how Amazon FreeTime is used or how it relates to Apple devices. I tried searching on it and found a lot of Amazon advertisements but no real information on how it would be used on an iPhone or Android phone.

FreeTime doesn't exist for Apple devices. There have been lots of requests to Amazon for this, but so far complete silence.

It is available for Android devices. You install it from the app store. I'm not an Android expert, but as far as I understand, (1) the Android OS provides the necessary hooks/APIs for restricting access, (2) the Android OS also provides app-specific APIs that each individual app author can use to expose or hide bits of the app. Amazon's FreeTime app provides a user-friendly control panel to control those things. I assume that folks are asking for Apple to provide both. https://forums.developer.amazo...

Think of FreeTime as a customised restricted profile: https://developer.android.com/...

In addition to that, a few other things are disabled (mobile ads, in-app purchasing, browsing the web, opening settings, social networks, etc.) Please look through this high level overview: https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UT...

Also check this FAQ with regards to app submissions: https://developer.amazon.com/a...

Comment Re:Heard this one before (Score 2) 159

You can only restrict some applications that come with the phone. There is no way to restrict instagram and snapshat specifically while allowing a third party alarm clock app or organizer app.

??? Sure you can, and existing products already do something roughly similar...

Amazon's FreeTime works on a whitelist basis. As a parent, I specifically chose to allow which of the installed apps my children can use.

Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited, a bit like Amazon Prime Video, provides access to 9000+ videos, apps and books. They are curated and assigned an age-appropriate level. As a parent, I can specifically chose to let only material appropriate for 2-4 year olds be available on my Kindle Fire. The curation also indicates whether a given item is education or entertainment. As a parent I can have the software allow 30 minutes entertainment a day and that only after 30 minutes education. It also curates youtube videos, so as a parent you can let your child browse just an Amazon-curated subset of youtube.

Disney's Circle works at the wifi level via ARP spoofing (for folks whose routers aren't as configurable or friendly to configure). It lets you specify, for instance, which social media sites are allowed to be served to which MAC address and which aren't, or at what times of day. Yes it can certainly limit snapchat and instagram without limiting BBC News.

Apple's Guided Access sort of works with i-devices in more limited ways, but kids by their early teenage years pretty soon learn to disable it by powering off the device and then powering it back on again. And then social-engineering the passcode out of their parents.

That was just the technical answer to your comment. On a parenting philosophy level, I'm following an approach called "RIE" promoted by Janet Lansbury. It stresses that it's important to respect your children (e.g. give them freedom in their playtime to make their own autonomous choices), but always give them the solidity of knowing there are boundaries (e.g. it's in their nature to ask for more than what they should have, and it ultimately reassures them when they can't get it). I've so far found that a whitelist like I use with Amazon's Kindle works best for this, in hand with me setting time limits. It's certainly better than hovering over their shoulder all the time -- that would take away their autonomy at a time when they should be developing it, and I'm not the helicopter parent either at the playground or at home.

On another parenting philosophy note, after reading stuff about "The Paradox of Choice", I believe it's bad parenting to give kids huge unlimited choice. So they get the autonomous choice to use their device for only 4 things that I think are age-appropriate and formative right now... at the moment, Sesame Street, Mr Rogers, videos of their grandparents from the other side of the world reading stories to them, and The Snowman (soon to be replaced by Kipper The Dog). And one game, "Peekaboo Barn".

Comment Re:Heard this one before (Score 1) 159

Get off your high horse and worry about yourself instead of thinking yourself superior and others being too stupid to think for themselves thus needing you to think for them.

The people are asking for Apple to provide "parental-control" software so that parents can, well, parent.

I give my four-year-old daughter an iPad to use for half an hour a day because I think that Sesame Street, Mr Rogers and a few games are a good way to grow up. I think that "having an adult always hovering over her shoulder" is a bad way for her to grow up, and creates bad expectations on her part. Nevertheless it's the only way I have to stop her delving into iPad stuff that she shouldn't.

I decided to switch to Amazon's Kindle Fire for Kids for my younger children. This has its own different set of problems. It has a Kid Mode called "FreeTime Unlimited" which thinks the best thing for 2-4 year old kids is hand them complete unfettered access to 9000 curated streamable titles and cross-advertising. I think this is also a bad way for them to grow up at this stage (with reference e.g. to "The Paradox of Choice"). Amazon let me hand-curate this list down to just the four videos/apps/books I want them able to consume, but only by manually blacklisting the remaining 8996 items. It took about four hours to achieve to achieve this and required a factory reset because apparently they don't expect people to use the device this way and Amazon's software couldn't handle it right. You can't accuse me of being lazy! :)

Either way, I think the market is still way open for better parental-control software. There's "Disney Circle" which has signature Apple-style friendliness for managing internet connected stuff. But there's nothing that yet nails it for younger kids or downloaded software.

Comment Re:How did the H2 and O2 become an explosive mixtu (Score 1) 126

[quote] how did the Challenger's H2 and O2 become an explosive mixture? [A jet of hot gas] could cause a breach of the O2 tank or the H2 tank -- not both.[/quote]

The mixture was caused by kinectic force. When the H2 tank breached the rupture rocketed it into the O2 tank.

Comment Re:Anyone? (Score 1) 145

Late 30s, same.

I drink more or less every night, but only ever at night, once they day's productivity is finished. Usually a bottle of wine. My whole family's the same way.

I can easily go a week without a drink.. no withdrawal, except a desire to have a glass of wine through habit.

I tell myself that if it becomes a problem, I might have to stop drinking completely, and that would make me sad... so I "don't" let it become a problem. Of course, the reality is that what's a problem is somewhat arbitrary, and that does worry me.

Good luck, and keep it reasonable.. :)

Comment Re:nothing to see here (Score 1) 133

There was no reason to notify users. I'm an Apple hater but this is one of their rare and sensible actions.

If your choices are: hardware fault that causes an unsafe reset due to low voltage or a simple throttle that maintains system stability, you would have to be an idiot to ever choose to suffer through a random reset instead of a transient performance hit.

The worst slow-down that exists is your phone being off and not doing anything at all. 50-90% performance is better than 0% performance. Why should they have notified users or provided them an option for a setting that is the only rational setting. It would be like providing an option for allowing an over voltage to not pass into a fuse and fry the CPU. That's not a useful "option".

Comment Re:Pot, Kettle, Black (Score 1) 195

Russia is in the process of invading the Ukraine

Forget about the US, its got nothing to do with the behaviour of Russia - You can't justify the evil actions of your country just because "another country once did it"

This is how a psychopath will rationalize everything
You've really got to break your mind out of thinking this way - Its not healthy

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