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Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 448

"Don't forget sites where many of their users only login through Facebook Connect."

Sorry but I forget those sites on purpose. Facebook failed me, and any site that will only acknowledge me as a Facebook user is similarly ignored.

Comment Re:Not just Google (Score 1) 543

--Communication without disturbing anyone nearby (on public transport, during lessons at school, in the office)

-There exists a mental technique called 'patience'. The huge downside to instant communication, and instant gratification from it, is that we fail to realize that half of our thoughts aren't important enough to actually send.

Not sure what patience has to do with not disturbing people. Regarding what is important enough to send, you appear to be viewing this technology as strictly for business purposes. Often the act of sending a text, regardless of content, fulfills the purpose of letting the other party know you are thinking of them. You know, being social.

Comment Re:Yet another reason... (Score 2, Insightful) 457

Thanks for the link. Also worth noting:

First violation for illegal immigrants: $500 fine plus jail costs

First violation for employers of illegal immigrants: Fill out some paperwork

This should be the real outrage - employers creating the supply of illegal work are barely punished. We can throw as many people back over the border as we want, but nothing will change until the supply of jobs is cut off.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 647

Your numbers logic is still crap. People drive every day, shoot much less often. Most auto fatalities are unintentional, reverse that for shooting deaths. The ratio of shooting deaths:guns fired is astronomically higher than auto deaths:miles driven.

Also, very few people own more than two cars whereas gun collectors are much more prevalent.

Comment This is Qore all over again, again. (Score 1) 171

Yet another attempt to monetize as an afterthought. Expect several more links to "Premium PSN" to clog up the XMB alongside the multiple redundant store icons, non-hideable ticker, and forced-at-startup "What's New" button. Remember the first issue of Qore, with all the promoted extras which turned out to be one bad (and hidden!) Pong clone and access to exclusive game content that was not realized for several months? That is an idea of to expect here. My guess is that the giveaway games will be of the type that require followup, not-free DLC to be fully realized.

Comment Private college debt crisis (Score 1) 1138

"The average student debt load in 2008 was $23,200 -- a nearly $5,000 increase over five years."

This is fueled mainly by the boom in higher priced private colleges (University of Phoenix, etc.) and their shifty recruitment practices. Exactly in the same way that mortgages were being given to unqualified homeowners, there has been a huge rise in the numbers of students enrolling at colleges who will let anybody in the door. Recruiters are paid per enrollment in many cases. Frontline covered it recently:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/ (you can watch the show online here)

One of the standout statistics was the 10 percent of public university students are in default, while private colleges have a 44 percent default rate.

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