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Comment Re:Expensive (Score 2, Informative) 439

One important fact is that if a parent is paying for the education there is a good chance they will be more invested in making sure their student does a good job rather than just blaming everything on the teacher or school. You will get much more parent participation in event and activities and in most cases it is mandatory.

Comment Normal movement pattern vs abnromal (Score 0) 338

If it begins to be used to track people's movements about an area, say using fastpass / bridge toll / toll booth RFID in conjunction with other sources of information you can get a pretty good view of who is where and when and build patterns from that. If they begin to correlate the data and build a norm then the authorities can say they have probable cause to cause you grief. Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother

Comment Good (Score 1) 338

With both MS and Apple announcing tablets, maybe ONE of them can tell us exactly who those things are targeted at. In the age of netbooks and smart phones on the low end and real laptops on the high end, I want to know exactly who out there is clamoring to spend $1000 for a half-assed laptop with a glorified touch screen. Maybe there are some artists out there who could really use this screen for drawing or something (and some Mac fans who will buy anything with an Apple logo on it, just cause), but why would any mainstream user want one of these things?

I don't mean that as a troll. Seriously, is anyone here looking to buy a tablet--and if so why?

Comment Re:A Mimic Device Is Precisely What They Want (Score 1) 338

Sadly, Linux and OSS never get a press conference (who would hold it, after all?). All of these trade shows tend to come down to a pissing contest between Apple and MS, or Verizon/AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile or whoever, and open source and Linux get overlooked once again. Ask anyone at CES about open source and they'll just stare at you blankly. These trade shows are just a great big proprietary/capitalism/closed-source circle-jerk.

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