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Comment Re:Send them to public school (Score 1) 364

As someone who was homeschooled for 8 years, I can confidently say that it did not hamper my people skills in any way. There are plenty of opportunities for homeschooled kids to socialize. Most locales have homeschool meet-ups and coordinated events. Mine had over 50 kids; plenty of opportunity to learn about bullies, idiots, and especially know-it-alls. :)

Comment Re:I would have been happy with that (Score 2) 223

Get prescribed amount of work done, then do whatever you want for the rest of the day.

I was homeschooled from fourth grade through twelfth. This is pretty much what I did, except I did it in week chunks. My mother would plan out the school year in advance then hand me my workload for a given week. I would then crank through as much as I could, often getting my work done on Wednesday, leaving Thursday and Friday for leisure time.

That schedule allowed me to start up my own computer repair business when I was 16. It was great - I could schedule clients during normal business hours when I might have been in school wasting time for the slower kids to catch up.

Comment Re:Foul playback (Score 1) 198

If you're willing to assume that all companies are going to keep your data safe, you're awfully naive. Whether or not they should is one thing... whether or not they will is another.

Besides, it's not like you couldn't have seen this coming. When you install the app to your Android phone, you get the following screen:

This application has access to the following:
* Network communication (create Bluetooth connections, full Internet access, view network state, view Wi-Fi state)
* Your personal information (add or modify calendar events and send email to guests, read contact data)
* Phone calls (read phone state and identity)
* System tools (Bluetooth administration, change network connectivity, change Wi-Fi state, modify global system settings, prevent phone from sleeping, automatically start at boot)

If that doesn't scream "We are going to take data about you and sell it", I don't know what does.

Comment Re:A new captcha idea. (Score 1) 105

Except those can be solved brute-force with a simple "yes" or "no"... you're guaranteed to be right half the time. You'd need questions with more ambiguous or context-sensitive answers like:

If train A leaves Chicago traveling 100MPH and train B leaves New York traveling 150MPH and the distance between the two cites is 600 miles how far from New York will it be when the two trains meet?

And you thought word problems would never be useful!

Comment Re:The world just got a bit nicer. :) (Score 1) 350

From the B43 development website:

not working yet * IEEE 802.11n

That's all 802.11n devices. You know, those things that have been on the market for like 2 or 3 years? From TFA:

Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for it's latest generation of 11n chipsets.

Comment Enter By Tomorrow (Score 4, Informative) 77

From the contest website:

The goal of the contest is to develop new interactions on unique hardware that you cannot get anywhere else. We supply you with the special hardware and you show us how innovative you can be with it. ... To reserve a place in the contest and to receive an Adaptive keyboard for development, contestants must submit an entry email to the contest chair no later than August 17th, 2010.

You also have to return the keyboard by October, so it's not yours forever. http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2010/Student_Contest.html

Comment Re:KDE is great (Score 1) 302

I really like KDE and I believe that it needs to be supported better by distributions. Kubuntu is a mess.

I've been running KDE on Arch Linux since 4.1, and it's been great.

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