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Comment Advertising Bubble (Score 4, Insightful) 274

If the advertising becomes really bubbled I can see an issue where attractive people are shown healthy products and ugly people are shown unhealthy products because that's what their respective profiles are probably going to indicate that they want... It's like the Search Engine Bubble (http://dontbubble.us/) - except for advertising.

This trend is obviously unhealthy...

Comment First half-decent console controller? (Score 1) 139

I can't stand console controllers, but this one actually seems to afford the user some resemblance of speed and accuracy. While I'd still infinitely prefer a keyboard and mouse the Steam controller has put me in a favourable disposition regarding buying my first console, a Steam Box... As opposed to: "A console? Over my dead body!"

Comment Technology isn't a parent, let alone a teacher. (Score 1) 534

As a young single male my thoughts on this probably count for squat, but I think that young kids should have access to technology but *only* under direct guidance. It should never be used to "shut them up" and it should be rationed when used as a toy.

My reasoning is that while there is *huge* benefits for the child when guided through enrichment activities it is detrimental to allow your child to simply vegetate (mostly mentally, but also physically) with these devices in their hands.

Spending time *with* your child and using these devices to get a head start on reading, writing, critical thinking, general knowledge/worldwide culture is basically the direct equivalent of guiding a child through their school homework. It's bonding, entertainment and education all in one and not in a terribly lame way! (like most "educational" games). As a child that did not get the privilege of having help with my homework (but occasionally with other things) I can vouch for the difference this makes.

You should not be forcing the child to perform to a high academic standard during this time (thus making it a negative experience). Just make sure they are thinking by asking them about what they're seeing/doing and introduce stimulus material where you can.

Comment Re:Single Point of Failure 'Fail' (Score 1) 245

I agree about single points of failure, but I think some of your points are a bit of a stretch.
However, storing excess energy using hydrogen or molten salt might be good enough to keep things ticking over until repairs are done. But of course this is just a band-aid solution.
But obviously solar plants would be great for refining ore mined in space before it is plunged down to earth where energy is more expensive (or it could be manufactured further in space, eventually).

Comment My 2 cents (Score 1) 274

Whatever you chose should really be run over a VPN for external usage. Period.

I'd look at using ownCloud - and you can get commercial support if it is required. I used to work for a company which used Novell iFolder and that was pretty good - but looking into that a little more it seems like Novell has a new thing called Filr which seems to tick the boxes (especially from a Manager perspective).

Comment Re:In Australia... (Score 1) 118

Reflecting, I think you are correct - though I think there was a gas that was an additive to the environment. I myself never worked on the farms but I did grow up in a very heavy Apple growing area. "A few years" was a slight exaggeration but 12 months definitely isn't. I think you are right about different varieties degrading differently because I find Royal Galas to be the most boring and bland apple, but I can tolerate them when they are actually fresh.

I think some storage rooms are able to be heated to 70 degrees too, so that at the end of a cycle they can clean any fungus from a room (I assume that's the reason). I heard somebody accidentally slow-cooked their dog in one of these rooms.

Comment How does it go wrong like this? (Score 1) 94

If asked, I would have said that they were in my top 5 IT sites, but the fact is that I rarely actually went to them. I don't know why exactly I didn't go more. What makes a site be at the forefront of somebody's mind when they sit down with coffee in pursuit of their daily news? The best reason I can come up with is that the name wasn't quite as punchy as "slashdot.org" or "ars technica"...

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