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Comment Re:Stop supporting APPLE!! (Score 2) 190

The problem is, this is a game everybody is playing and we can't seem to make it stop. The only hope as I see it is to encourage these lawsuits. Sue everyone, sue frequently. Let the corporations bleed tons and tons of money. When the corporations decide it's a bad idea because they've gone broke, things will change -- they won't change until then.

Comment Teaching, Not Toys (Score 1) 515

I guess what got me interested in being 'Digitally Literate' was the fact that they did a bit more than just slap an expensive digital doo-dad in front of me. They taught me how it worked. They taught me how to make it do things. They taught me what made it tick. Hell, in High School I didn't have a computer of my own. For much of college I had a dumb VT-52 terminal with a 300 baud modem. It was enough to teach me the basics, and spark my interest to learn more. Don't they /teach/ anymore?

Submission + - The Idiot's Guide To Backing Up

lunatic1969 writes: I'm trying to get serious with my backups. Maybe I'm just used to the way of doing things in other operating systems. Maybe you can set me straight. I have several Windows 7 Home Premium edition machines and large USB network drive (Hooked to the router). I figured wow, I'll just use windows built-in backup utility. No. It won't grok saving to a network drive without using some VHD work around that I'm having mixed results with (The drive disconnects at some point for some unknown reason...). I suppose I could walk around with the USB drive to the various machines and back up every so often, but the point is I'm lazy. It has to be automatic or it won't happen. What utility or method would slashdotters use given a setup with several Windows 7 Home Premium machines and a network drive?

Comment Re:The solution to the problem. (Score 1) 580

You actually have just made a huge point. I'll take it another step and tell you that the key is to have kids interested in what they are doing. If you take the smartest kid in the world and surround him with people who don't care, chances are he's going to give up eventually too. If you take a kid who is maybe not so bright but give him the opportunity work with something that /does/ interest him and surround him with people who are actually /trying/, he'll try to. The problem I see is classrooms become nothing more than groups of kids who all think it's cool to not be engaged in the topic at hand. They have teachers who don't have the ability to interest them. And the problem feeds itself and grows.

Comment Self Motivation (Score 2) 580

When I was a kid, I was self-motivated to learn as much as possible and to take the challenging classes. Taking the challenging classes meant I tended to get the teachers who were also motivated and enjoyed what they were doing. My parents weren't involved in my education. They didn't need to be. I don't think they talked to any of my teachers even once. Am I really in the minority?

Comment Re:Techark (Score 1) 137

I'd recommend contacting them about the specific requirements. I've been using them for years, found them to be reliable with actual people running the show instead of automated drones. And believe me, I've been through quite a few hosts before these folks.

Comment Good Move (Score 2) 186

We did this at our office some time back. There's more to it than you might think, and I wish we'd done it sooner. First, the cost savings is pretty significant. You've no idea how much paper, files, file cabinets, and sheer storage space for all this paper that's involved until you don't have to use it anymore. Add to that the labor cost of constantly running somewhere to hunt down a paper file, or the labor cost of having someone file away a stack of papers into that paper file. It really is pretty significant if you're in an office type environment that creates paperwork. The problem is going from a hard copy environment to a soft copy environment. What do you do with all your existing hard copies? What mechanisms or hardware do you use for going from hard copy to soft copy? We opted to implement our change on a going-forward basis. Basically as of a certain date all future paperwork would be soft copy. The idea being that (at least in our case) eventually the hard copy files would age into being obsolete and destroyed. There's other issues. What kind of a system do you use to store it? Do you run your own server solution? Do you farm it out to a cloud-type solution? In our case, there was excellent proprietary management software geared to our agency, but what happens if that company goes under, or is sold? All in all, it's an excellent idea but the solution isn't as simple as one might expect.

Submission + - Steve Jobs worked on Apple's "next product" until (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Even during his last days, Jobs played an active role at Apple. It’s been reported that Jobs, in the days leading up to the recent iPhone 4S event, was giving tips to Apple’s top brass about the presentation. And now comes word via Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son that Jobs worked on Apple up until the day he died, or at the very least, up until the day before.

Comment Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (Score 1) 309

You're clearly having a bad day. I'm not arguing the iPhone. It's a perfectly good phone. I don't have one. I'm not against having one, but I have an android and my comment was regarding the android, battery consumption, and the act of turning on/off sensors. Contrary to your analysis, my reading comprehension is perfectly sound. I stand by my suggestion on the decaff, by the way.

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