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Comment Apple doesn't just sell iOS (Score 1) 584

Apple isn't getting sued because they are selling you the hardware and the software. Hardware vendors are not required to provide you options in terms of their firmware. When was the last time you tried to replaced the OS of your DVD player?.

The most current relevant example is Sony's Playstation 3. They have their own browser built-in to their gaming console and you have no other options or choices. With the recent news of the USB dongle that would allow users to install homebrew software on the PS3. They had the seller of those units arrested.

Microsoft and Google are only selling you their OS. The computers are made by Dell, HP, ASUS and the phones by HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Whether this is morally right or wrong, I'll leave that to the consumers. They can buy what they like.

Comment Bill needs to ban Powerpoint (Score 1) 272

As someone who is recently started up college again. I have to say one of the biggest factors that separate the good teachers and the blatantly horrible teachers are those that overuse powerpoint. I'm once again being reminded of one the horrible truths of college is the number of 'teachers' whose teaching methods are reading off powerpoint slides being projected in front of the entire class. I can't help but think "I'm paying this person how much to read text for me?" I recall all my favorite teachers from high school to college and I remember the one thing that separated them from the others was how they interacted with the class.

If you interact with your class like a human being, you will see results.

If you blankly read off a presentation that you didn't even write, you will put your class to sleep.

I'm being tortured every week by sitting through 2.5 hours of staring at this screen and thinking "I'll just read the textbook at home". So I can't help but appreciate the irony of Bill Gates wanting to contribute to education. When it was his company that I think helped contribute to the laziness it now practices.

Comment State Law Vs. Store Policy (Score 1) 458

Well I think it's great that the Supreme Court states that the fining stores for selling/renting games to minors is unconstitutional. I don't expect much to change in the way they are purchased though. Stores and businesses reserve the right to sell to whomever they like and I don't see that changing for risk of angering parents, activists groups, etc. As long as it's store policy, I'm sure kids will still be carded at stores.

Comment Where did the 75 million stat come from? (Score 1) 404

So 75 million people out of the 77 million filed lawsuits with a day and half of notice. Where does this information come from? As one of the 77 million people, who received the message from PSN that my account info may have been accessed. I've been spending my time reviewing credit card purchases for the last week and requesting a new card number. Honestly I think this issue is just getting so over exaggerated because of panic and misinformation. Now granted alot of this is because of the legal vagueness of Sony's email. But I'd like some reference to these statistics before I'll accept them as facts.

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