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Comment Re:Non Sequitur (Score 5, Insightful) 305

The computer is just a tool. I'd think it has no direct effect on education whatsoever. Smart kids with supportive parents will gain a great deal from having a computer. Dumb kids with dumber parents will spend hours on Youtube, twitter etc and learn nothing of consequence.

Exactly. If the parents are buying the computer as a teacher in the same sense that they bought the TV as a babysitter then they're doing it wrong. Kids who want to learn and grow will see it as a tool to help them perform that task, whereas kids who want to play Farmville and watch YouTube will see it as a tool to help them perform _that_ task. Perhaps the presence of the computer in the home strengthens the divide, but the divide has already been there. The student has to want to learn. There are exceptions, but generally (at least in American culture) low-income households and neighborhoods don't place a very high social value on education, and kids pick up on that at a much earlier age than a home PC can affect.

Comment Re:Scum (Score 1) 312

So does robbing somebody with an unloaded gun.

The threat of violence is much closer to "violent" than "non-violent." If one believes that the person asking for (or demanding, in your example) money has a firearm, compliance with their demands would probably be the wise choice. I would, however, characterize a willingness to give money to anybody who calls me on the phone as an unwise choice.

Comment Re:Ah My (Score 2, Funny) 371

My thoughts exactly. If Facebook is stronger than your religion, then your religion could use a little strengthening. It reminds me of when a guy at a church I used to attend said that he saw The Da Vinci Code in the theater and it "challenged his faith." I suggested that he challenge his faith more often, it could really use the exercise.

Comment Re:Something baffles me slightly (Score 1) 702

My thoughts exactly. I don't think they put quite the effort into the first iPad that they really could have because its success on the market was so questionable. The device was a risk to say the least. But the sales numbers speak for themselves at this point and it's probably proven to be worth more investment from Apple.

Speaking for myself, I don't see the iPad really justifying its price tag right now. That's just speaking in terms of my own gadget budget and gadget needs. But I'm definitely counting on future releases to make product a _lot_ better. Maybe the next one will be worth the $600 or so. And/or maybe the release of the next one will drive down the prices of the legacy one if there's such a gap in the specs. It's all just speculation of course, but I'd be willing to bet money that the next iPad will be pretty awesome (for definitions of awesome which fit within the iDevice ecosystem, so the average Slashdotter can apply their own metrics there).

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 364

I'm not an expert on this by any means, but here's my two cents...

Try not to think of it in terms of light trying to escape in a straight line and just not being strong enough to do it. Instead, think of the straight line as not being straight. Gravity wells curve space-time (a Google Images search for "spacetime" will yield some familiar diagrams of spheres resting on a fabric), and the event horizon of a singulatiry is the point in that curvature where it's so "steep" that it curves back in upon itself. This is difficult to show in the aforementioned diagrams, because it's less about the picture and more about the math behind it.

Basically, from behind the event horizon it's impossible to escape not because you don't have enough force to get away but because all paths lead back to the singularity.

If somebody with more knowledge/expertise on the subject can correct/elaborate, please do.

Comment Re:Good (Score 3, Insightful) 239

Your logic is broken. I presume neither party would like bin Laden, but I don't think that would make him a good nomination.

Granted, I could have elaborated more. But I assumed any reader would know what I meant.

Have you heard why people don't like her?

And how much of that was actually her? Or how much of it was her job as Solicitor General? It's a far cry from arguing the position of one's employer to actually holding one's own position on such matters.

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Insightful) 239

It always sounds like a good choice when neither side is happy with the possibilities.

That's a refreshing bit for me right there. I'll admit that I don't follow politics much and don't really know anything about this person. But if neither dominant party thinks she's toeing the line enough then that's _exactly_ the kind of person I want on the Supreme Court.

Comment Re:Charge or don't charge but don't hide it (Score 1) 557

Agreed. Just deliver the product you sold me, that's all.

My main concern whenever I hear of these caps is, what about bandwidth I can't control? Does it count against me if someone DDOSes me? (A site I was hosting for development purposes was once DDOSed by Google's crawler for a few days, that burns through a few gigs no problem.) Does it count against me when the next big worm hits and I'm getting hit with useless requests? (Remember Nimda? I was on an early cable connection with AT&T and my Apache logs were showing about 10-20 Nimda requests per second for nearly a week, some of which were from AT&T's own servers.) Will software updates (Windows Update, virus scanner updates, and any number of patches and new versions of various software packages) count against me? After all, keeping software up to date is a vital step in preventing malicious software from running amok on the network and consuming bandwidth.

If they want to keep me as a customer, they best be prepared to answer these questions. The DSL in my area is actually pretty competative with Time Warner, and competition from the likes of Verizon are looming in the distance.

Pr0n's Effect On Society 1021

Rytis writes "An article at the Financial Times is analysing the growing impact of internet pornography, the phenomena itself and the problems that it causes to our society. Surveys within Great Britain have shown that more than a half of 9-19 years olds have seen pornography online. From the article: 'To some men, Haynes argues, clicking on porn is simply a way to pass the time. It's a hobby. Once they'd idly play solitaire; now they idly click on a porn site. Others, though, succumb to addiction: Most addictions are to do with internal emptiness, wanting to fill up dead space, and addiction is always destructive.'"

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