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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Rewarding the bullies... (798 comments)

"try getting teens to talk about any important matters, let alone suicidal ones."

As a parent of teenagers and a middle-school teacher I can tell you that this is a great idea. Try. Try getting teens to talk. Try getting them to talk about important matters. Try getting them to talk about suicidal thoughts.

It's not easy but it does work and it does help. Teenagers who feel this way are usually desperate for the chance to talk to about it. The first thing they learn is that they are not the only ones who feel this way. This is half the battle, sometimes. Often just the fact that the teacher/parent/adult is trying means the world.

And keep trying. Don't stop trying just because the standard line is that it's impossible to get kids to talk about important matters. That attitude is half the problem.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:I do this for a living (299 comments)

I was just going to post this exact opinion. Software first. You will spend orders of magnitude more time using your application software than your operating system.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:I have the same problem (388 comments)

You could definitely "accept their demand to delete all copies of the email as implicit authorization to do the work and then bill them for the work." Whether they will pay the bills is the question.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

NotPeteMcCabe Instead of The Bible... (796 comments)

Asimov's Guide to the Bible. That way you'll get all of the bible stories that are so useful in understanding and interpreting much English literature, but you'll get them in a more useful historical context.

about 7 months ago
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Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash

NotPeteMcCabe Re:So who was phone? (248 comments)

The apostrophe-s after pilot was meant to indicate a plural, not a possessive. "Is there a problem with the ability of computer-aided pilots to fly visual approaches" is what it meant. I'm pretty sure.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

NotPeteMcCabe There is a Pages app (618 comments)

The Pages app is, if I remember correctly, $10. It's not as feature-rich as Office but it's a usable word processor. It does have the new document feature. Also I seem to recall that airprint technology lets you print over wifi from your iPad. I've never tried it.

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

NotPeteMcCabe Re:This would solve the problem for me... (216 comments)

Thanks for the obligatory snarky response, but I don't think any of the answering machines that show up on your link have the features I'm looking for. In particular I want the phone to 1) answer all calls immediately without ringing and 2) after the person presses the code, then the phone rings. I can probably find a phone that does 1), but if there's a phone that does 2) I haven't been able to find it.

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

NotPeteMcCabe This would solve the problem for me... (216 comments)

I want an answering machine that answers every call immediately and plays a message saying "To ring this number, press 5." If the person presses 5, it rings my house. If not, it doesn't.

I think this would stop 98% of spam calls that I get. It seems to me that there should be an answering machine with multiple mailboxes that can provide this feature (If you're calling for Pete, press 1, for Pattie, press 2, etc.), but I can't seem to find one.

about a year ago
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How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

NotPeteMcCabe to empower and educate users (467 comments)

Facebook asked me "to empower and educate users about our robust privacy controls." That's a great idea. Let me educate you: Facebook has no privacy controls whatsoever. Everything you ever post to Facebook will be exposed for money. That didn't take so long. I think we should all do as Facebook says and educate as many people as possible.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

NotPeteMcCabe Re:My word. (1052 comments)

Have you read this thread? There are far more blindly critical posts than blindly positive posts.

about 2 years ago
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The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Computers are a means to an end, not an end (515 comments)

As a teacher I can tell you that the main benefit of getting computers in the hands of kids is that it teaches them how to use computers. Which, generally speaking, is a skill that they will need if they are to thrive in the future. Sure, a really good program can help a kid learn math, or English, or history, or whatever. But mostly they need to learn how to use computers, and that requires time spent using them.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Well, if they're going to generalize, I am too (1034 comments)

When I got my BA in psychology (in 1982) I was struck by the fact that every major theory in the history of psychology was developed by someone who had the exact problem that dominates the theory. Freud had major issues with his mom; his theory is that everyone has major issues with their mom. Jung had major issues with authority figures—Freud, specifically—and wrote how everyone has major issues with authority figures.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

NotPeteMcCabe How FaceBook could end (191 comments)

When a company is as successful as FaceBook, it can sometimes be hard to imagine how they could fail. But an IPO suggests at least one possible scenario: To "maximize shareholder return," as US public corporations are required by law to do (caveat: IANAL), they start charging for something. This pisses everybody off, but most people go along with it at first because there's no alternative. Then they start charging for a bunch of things. They they start charging for everything. And more and more people get pissed off, until some tipping point is reaches, and suddenly everybody switches to some free alternative. The end.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Take environment conditions into account (183 comments)

I think the most amazing thing about this story is that you were able to throw a crumpled ball of paper 40 feet into a stiff wind. I just went into my front yard with a crumpled ball of paper and could not get more than 33 feet, and that's with no wind at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Ooh! (429 comments)

Just wanted to acknowledge the Thomas Dolby reference. Very subtle but appreciated.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Stanislaw Lem (1244 comments)

The Cyberiad is my favorite book of Science Fiction. It's a collection of short stories that tell the adventures of Trurl and Klapaucius, the constructors. Impossible to believe that this is not currently available as an ebook. Everything by Lem is worth reading, but especially His Master's Voice and The Chain of Chance (this last isn't scifi, but you can't have everything).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

NotPeteMcCabe Re:Stanislaw Lem (1244 comments)

Lem is the master. He's not really forgotten, but you can only get maybe two or three of his books as ebooks. The Cyberiad is my favorite work of science fiction.

more than 2 years ago
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New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

NotPeteMcCabe Unit conversions (117 comments)

So is a "nanostrain" equal to 1/40th of an inch? That seems too big for the nano prefix.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

NotPeteMcCabe This is PR in a nutshell (576 comments)

From TFA:

"... forcing the company to publicly drop Christoforo as its marketing representative."

and from the guy

"I haven't lost any clients."

more than 2 years ago

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NotPeteMcCabe NotPeteMcCabe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NotPeteMcCabe writes "Apple sent me an email today announcing the new iTunes Plus, which includes the DRM-free 256KB songs. Here's the part that caught my eye:

With iTunes Plus, you can burn the music you download from iTunes to as many CDs as you need, transfer it to as many computers (Mac or PC) as you want, or sync it to as many devices as you like.
This seems to make unlimited, P2P sharing of the file completely legal. It clearly says that you can "transfer it to as many computers as you want."

Am I missing something? Or is someone at Apple about to be fired?"

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