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Comment Re:We do what he have to (Score 1) 200

Exactly. Why are many Europeans bi and tri-lingual while being bi-lingual in the US is a rarity? Because there's a need to be able to speak multiple languages in Europe because within a small geographic area there can be many languages widely spoken, I mean, within Switzerland, German, French and Italian are all widely spoken whereas in the US, English reigns supreme in the vast majority of areas (Mexican restaurants and Chinese buffets aside)

Comment So in other words... (Score 2) 662

So in other words, we have no rights. Rights are absolutes, if they can be defined or narrowed down to nothingness (like the Supreme Court has enjoyed doing) they cease to become rights and merely exist as privileges to be taken away at will.

Really, what enumerated rights do we in the US have left? I guess we have the third amendment still?

Comment Of course... (Score 1) 200

Of course immersion is going to be more effective because it makes it actually -necessary- and useful to learn a foreign language. There's a big difference between sitting at a computer with Rosetta Stone and learning Spanish and being dropped in Argentina and have to figure it out. There's no real motivation in learning Spanish on the computer, after all, it doesn't determine whether you eat at night, it doesn't determine whether you can interact with people or anything more than a small intrinsic reward of knowing another language.

There's a reason why people who live in areas where multiple languages are spoken are generally fluent in more than one language, but in areas where everyone pretty much speaks a single language (such as the US and Canada) you see a much lower percentage of people who are fluent in multiple languages, it simply isn't needed.

Comment Your property, your finds. (Score 2) 601

This absurdity that the government "owns" "historical" (and they often use a very broad definition of "historical") found on your property has done much more harm than good, especially in Europe.

What this is saying to those who might find historical artifacts is to either ignore them or avoid recording them. This is counter-productive to the preservation of history. Instead, what needs to happen is we need to let the market help history. For example, a dug arrowhead is unlikely to fetch much money at market, but a dug arrowhead with a story behind it will often fetch much more, thus giving an incentive to have finds "checked out" because that means extra $$$ for you when you sell it.

Of course it also has a more outrageous claim, the claim to own things on your own property. Whatever is buried on your land, be it an Anglo-Saxon hoard, oil, or whatever is yours to do with as you wish so long as you own the land.

Comment Nerds vs everyone else (Score 1) 611

The thing about the Linux thing is that it really only affected nerds, those who used their PS3 for gaming (which is what the majority of people bought a gaming system for) were mostly unaffected, and while undoubtedly there was some outrage at releasing an update simply to remove a feature, it didn't really affect people.

The Xbox One changes games, which affects everyone. Every cartridge and disk based console without exception has allowed you to trade in and borrow games. The only restriction has been that you can't duplicate the games themselves, from the Atari 2600 to the NES to the PlayStation, this has been the only restriction.

There is a reason why people are console gamers and not PC gamers.

Comment Re:It will still succeed (Score 1) 611

Throwing money after a console doesn't mean it will be successful.

Nintendo certainly spent money on marketing for the Virtual Boy, and Sega had a big push for the Saturn and the Dreamcast, two consoles that failed to really catch on. Same with the Jaguar (although Atari certainly wasn't in the same shape that Nintendo and Sega were). Same with the 3DO.

Undoubtedly the Xbox one won't be a complete failure the way some consoles were (N-Gage, CDi, etc.) but I highly doubt that it will be the smash success the 360 is.

Comment Re:Really object to emergency information ? (Score 0) 199

Because it leads to the ability to spread propaganda or misinformation (especially if someone hacks it!) to everyone with a smartphone and since it's "official" people will be less apt to question it.

Sure, the Montana zombie attack was pretty funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7pNAhENBV4

But when the AP (just one of many sources for news on Twitter) had their Twitter hacked to say that there was an attack on the White House, the stock market plunged: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313652/AP-Twitter-hackers-break-news-White-House-explosions-injured-Obama.html

Now imagine if something like that AP tweet was sent to every smartphone in America. It wouldn't be pretty.

Comment Completely useless... (Score 1) 199

I fail to see how this will be useful in a (real) emergency. After all, how long did it take for 9/11 to be known among the masses? This was in 2001, long before smartphones became the norm and long before wi-fi was everywhere.

I've got no problem with weather or AMBER alerts since you can disable them, in fact weather alerts might actually be useful during tornado season. But just let us disable everything if we don't want it. The entire "presidential alert" just seems like something you'd see in 1984 to spread propaganda.

Comment The problem is... (Score 2, Insightful) 321

The problem is, as with most anti-theft technology like this, it won't hurt the thieves as much as it will screw-over buyers of used hardware.

This will not cut down on theft as much as it will simply cripple the trust of the secondary market. After all, you can still steal an iPhone, stick it on Craigslist for cash, sell it to some poor sucker and get leave before he charges up the phone and figures out it was stolen and won't work.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 2) 341

Or number 5: reduce the government to a level where it doesn't matter who is in power (or eliminate it entirely).

The only just government is one that someone voluntarily agrees to (and no, accident of birth does not count).

I'd suggest you read No Treason by Lysander Spooner, particularly Number VI, No Treason: The Constitution of no Authority.

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