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Comment Re:We've been doing it for years....... (Score 1) 1219

Australia doesn't have an equivalent of the fourth amendment, and hence can do things that American law enforcement can not.

Road fatalities have fallen by 2/3!

It's worth considering that maybe some exceptions to the 4th ammendment might be worthwhile then. That said, Australia also lacks a Bill of Rights, which we could definitely use.

Comment Re:If he wants to help (Score 1) 162

Lawyers aren't the problem, they're a symptom of a litigious society. If they didn't exist, someone else would take their place - they're the mercenaries of the 21st century. Note that plenty of countries have lawyers who don't go around suing everyone and everything.

DISCLAIMER: I'm a engineer/law student.

Comment Re:No no no.. the iPad itself! (Score 1) 203

I wouldn't accept an iPad if they offered it to me for free.

I agree completely. An iPad came my way as a raffle prize, I simply passed it off to my sister (who sadly seems enamoured with Apple products).

I tried to read an eBook on it, since it's form factor is suited to that reasonably well. Except there's no way to zoom the text without having to pan across the entire page (that's acceptable for a PDF viewer maybe, but definitely not a browser, esp on a tablet). The inability to zoom was also problematic when trying to click on links, which was exacerbated by the inability to use a (conventional) stylus. (Apple should have included a built-in stylus, or made sure that all programs* had decent zoom support).
* This is a fair criticism since they retain such fine control over the App Store. Even if not, they could at least ensure the default apps did.

OK, maybe I'll just use RDP with my desktop. Except there's no way to right click, and the native keyboard is worse than the one included in Windows.

The impression I got from the App Store was that I was being nickled and dimed for everything. Almost every app (even something as simple as a SSH client) required payment. And those that don't are filled with ads. Even if you don't want to pay for anything, Apple still demands your credit card number.

tldr; I'll take a Linux ARM netbook anyday.

Comment Re:Why not ban mandatory attendence of lectures? (Score 1) 804

I live in Australia. Lectures are optional (to have it otherwise seems insane at our age) and available online (both as Powerpoints/PDFs and as recorded videos) for all subjects, but most people still turn up for the important parts and 10-50% (depending on class) of students will have laptops out. This is the problem: the lectures will cover the theory (important, usually highlighted with a nice big red box) which may go for 5 min, then will cover maybe 15 minutes worth of examples. Once you understand the theory, you no longer need to watch (except to keep an ear out for the exceptions and useful tricks).
Personally, laptops aren't distracting at all - people who talk (which would be more common in the absence of laptops) are. If people don't want/need to pay attention, they're going to be doing something else regardless, and giving them access to Facebook is a great way to keep them quiet.

Comment First Post (Score 0) 804

Students will pay attention if they think the material is useful or important, and will find other distractions otherwise.
Someone tapping away at their laptop is a lot less distracting than overhearing several conversations going on near me. If even a screensaver distracts you, removing laptops isn't going to improve things for you - I've seen many students using their phones similarly or doodling on their exercise books first hand.

Also, first post.

Comment Re:ergh (Score 1) 174
-netbook with a detachable/optional keyboard
-$300 (for screen only)
-9" screen (not 10, but closer than 7)
-multi-boots Ubuntu and Android

Oh, and it's been around for a few years now to boot - what you're looking at is the 2nd version. When it first came out it was the first touchscreen netbook with a detachable keyboard.

Comment Re:Replicator (Score 1) 633

Not to mention create some major economic ones. Imagine if every company that sold a product (as opposed to a service) was responding to the same threats as the record companies (and likely responding in the same way). It'd be hilarious (provided you weren't one of the people who ended up being sued).
Living through that would be like living through the rise of the internet.

Comment Re:You can't assess character (Score 1) 272

You can't access character by watching a persons eyes or body language. That doesn't stop people from trying of course.

But you can assess character by observing a person's interactions with others, which is most evident in their body language and tone as well as what they actually say.
Personality, on the other hand can be inferred from appearance because it is often reflected in their style and choice of clothing (or lack there of). To quote Oscar Wilde, "Only shallow people are unimpressed by appearances."

Comment Re:Still too vague and too poorly defined (Score 1) 705

We all know what we want: We want Comcast to be unable to charge Google extra for the service of letting customers access Youtube. But it's really hard to phrase this well enough and clearly enough that it lets network admins do the kinds of QoS and traffic shaping things they need to do in order to provide good service, or for that matter, block unwanted traffic entirely.

You may not prioritize any form of traffic over any other form of traffic, except as required by law.
The obvious reply to this is that they'll push for laws to shape/block torrents, but if they're passing those kind of laws your screwed either way.

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