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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

TheP4st Re:most lego's are a rip off (353 comments)

The reason two year old kids can use an iPad and aren't ready for standard Legos is because the latter requires more skill. TFA claims claims that exposing kids to technology is causing our civilization to spiral down the drain, but provides no evidence whatsoever, other than anecdotes and conjecture.

While no hyperbole such as civilization spiraling down the drain or even anything close to it TFA say that:

Children are arriving at nursery school able to "swipe a screen" but lacking the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned. They fear that children are being given tablets to use "as a replacement for contact time with the parent" and say such habits are hindering progress at school.

While as you write there is little support for what is written beyond anecdotes and conjecture it most definitely is something that deserve attention and scientific studies not people getting their panties in a bundle over imaginary luddites.

3 days ago

Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

TheP4st Re:Scroogled (69 comments)

That only applied while they were busy working out the details for the embrace, extend and extinguish strategy they will use towards competing mobile operating systems

3 days ago

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

TheP4st Re:sickening (791 comments)

Do you really think that private school is the only alternative to public school?

No. But I know that whenever you have more than 1 child spending significant part of their time together bullying will occur. A lot can be done to limit the extent and severity of it but beyond keeping kids completely separated from other kids until they reach adulthood (as complete social disasters) nothing can be done to completely eliminate bullying. Even then there is no guarantee as there are cases of adult bullying kids, something I experienced between the ages of 9-12 when my teacher had me singled out as outlet for his personal failures.

4 days ago

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

TheP4st Re:sickening (791 comments)

Please tell us what is done at that school to successfully stop/prevent the bullying that seem to occur everywhere else where there's more than a handful of kids or teens spending most of their time together outside of their from home.
Just because you are positive that your kid isn't bullied doesn't mean he isn't, hopefully you are right, but if so how can you be certain that with him being a smart kid with plenty of equally smart and nerdy friends he isn't bullying one of the less bright ones?

4 days ago

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

TheP4st Re:sickening (791 comments)

And a very strong reason why we won't be sending our child to public schools.

Do you really think that just because a school is private bullying automagically will cease to happen? Allow me to burst that bubble for you.

A private school for children of Sweden's wealthy elite has been shut down following accusations that boys were burned with hot irons by older pupils.
The latest allegations about severe bullying at Lundsberg boarding school emerged at the weekend after one of the boys was taken to hospital and the police were informed. Nine boys were involved in the assault, police said.
Following a visit to the school in rural Värmland, in south-west Sweden, inspectors announced its immediate closure until measures are taken to prevent abuse.

4 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

TheP4st Re:Are you kidding (804 comments)

No that is not what oligarchy means, it simply mean that the power of rule lie with a small group of people which can be judges but it can also be the wealthy, military, corporate. If campaign spending is a deciding factor decide on who the next policy makers will be and they are put into power by funding from the wealthy the likelihood of policies favoring this small minority greatly increase.

4 days ago

Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

TheP4st Re:Good. (152 comments)

I hope they like the Vogon poetry I leave on repeat when not around my computer.

"Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts
With my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"

about two weeks ago

EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

TheP4st Re:It makes too much sense (111 comments)

They'll just offer discounted no-roaming plans.

If they do which I doubt it will be a gigantic failure, EU citizens in difference from US citizens tend to travel a lot outside of the borders of their home country as doing so for many often is just a few hours car ride or at the most a 1 hour flight. That combined with many (most?) EU citizens having 3-4 weeks of paid vacation a year is the reason you find many Scandinavians going to the south of Europe for their vacation, Belgians going to the Alps for skiing in the winter and then Italy or France in the summer, Dutch and Germans going to Scandinavia and so on. Nearly every single person I know tend to go to another country several times a year and that is including low income earners. Last year alone I visited 4 EU countries for vacation another for work and 1 non-EU country for a wedding. While that might be a bit more than the average EU citizen it certainly is not something unusual and no-one here even raise an eyebrow if told about it.

With that level of cross-border mobility only the most ignorant PHB would believe such a crippled mobile plan ever having a chance of gaining any traction.

about two weeks ago

Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

TheP4st Re:$300? (196 comments)

Not very long ago that comment would have made me chuckle at the sheer absurdity of tossing a 5 year old hacker into prison, with recent cases such as the one of Aaron Swartz in mind it only bring a disillusioned smile to my lips.

On a side note, seriously Microsoft! that was one fucking cheap ass reward you came up with there, couple of games and a one year subscription. Do you actually want people to report bugs to you or do you want to encourage them to find a higher bidder, in this case an Indian street urchin could have outbid you.

about two weeks ago

Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail

TheP4st Re:Sweet revenge (109 comments)

I am not familiar with this particular case to comment on the specifics, but I do not agree with:

Seriously, don't you think that a judge knows the law better than you, a random bloke posting on the internet?

It is one thing to know the letter of the law in verbatim, it is another thing to interpret and apply the letters of law into something that resemble a fair and just ruling.

about three weeks ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

TheP4st Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

Agreed. A judge isn't supposed to decide what's right or wrong, but rather what's legal or illegal. Judges are just supposed to interpret the laws as written. If there's no law against something, then a judge has no recourse but to deem that thing legal.

My thought exactly. To me up-skirt photography and filming is a practice which if legislated in detail as illegal either will become far too broad in interpretation, creating too much of a slippery slope situation, or too narrow to have any effect beyond a politician being able to win votes for "thinking about the children."

There are times were simple acts of active social disapproval are far more effective and deterring than written laws ever can be. Up-skirt is one of them. Next time you see some one doing an up-skirt don't look away, look right at the person and make it clear you see him (or her) and do not approve. Social stigma often is a far better deterrent than any legislation, death penalty included.

about a month and a half ago

NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

TheP4st Re:ahhh english (326 comments)

is a lot better than "I think that the movement of planets influences my destiny".

Which is just as bad as "God created humans pretty much in the present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so" Which is the belief of 48% of the respondents in a 2007 Newsweek poll. http://www.pollingreport.com/s...

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

TheP4st Re:oh well (385 comments)

We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.

Your tune will change quickly when the fridge stop working and you can chill your mountain dew in an instant.

about 2 months ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

TheP4st Re:Go after the real thieves lol (398 comments)

On a sidenote AK Mark. Your shilling is as painful to my brains as your site are to my eyes. Now, please excuse me while I run frantically in circles screaming "Geocities go awaaay!" while clawing my eyes i panic.

about 3 months ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

TheP4st Re:Go after the real thieves lol (398 comments)

That's the system. Hating the system doesn't make my math wrong.

No. But the experience of nearly everyone living in meat space do prove that your math is disconnected from reality.

about 3 months ago

Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

TheP4st Re:How they were detected (398 comments)

Unfortunately there is another country on the same continent that's anything but inoffensive.

about 3 months ago



Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 2 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"

Trade in your iPhone at Microsoft store for in-store credit.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 7 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Forbes report that: "According to an inside source at Microsoft, Microsoft Stores will begin giving a minimum $200 in-store credit (as a Windows Store gift card) for iPhones on Friday as part of its “#timetoswitch” campaign, obviously hoping consumers will use the cash to buy a Windows Phone. For the past few weeks, Microsoft has been running a similar trade-in campaign""
Link to Original Source

EU Parliament censors citizens trying to contact MEPs

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Pirate Party European Parliament MEP Christian Engström writes that "Next week the European parliament will be voting on a resolution to ”ban all forms of pornography in media”. After this information became known to a wider audience, many citizens have decided to contact members of the European parliament to express their views on this issue.
This is absolutely excellent. Citizens engaging actively in the democratic process is a very positive thing, at least in my opinion. Before noon, some 350 emails had arrived in my office.
But around noon, these mails suddenly stopped arriving. When we started investigating why this happened so suddenly, we soon found out:
The IT department of the European Parliament is blocking the delivery of the emails on this issue, after some members of the parliament complained about getting emails from citizens."

Related story: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/03/07/1733211/eu-to-vote-on-proposal-that-could-ban-on-all-online-pornography"

Link to Original Source

Man threatened with arrest for Transformer T-shirt

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Brad Jayakody was threatened with arrest at the Heathrow Airport for wearing a T-shirt depicting the Transformer Megatron holding a gun. Jayakody said the guard gave him the option of changing his shirt or facing arrest for the "offensive" image. "It's a 40-foot tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm," Jayakody said. "There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what, I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?"

EU collection of racial and ethnical data.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st writes "The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on the application of the Racial Equality Directive of 2000 with 500 votes in favour, 46 against and 24 abstentions. MEPs believe more needs to be done to implement the directive in full, notably on issues such as legal redress, the burden of proof in racial discrimination cases, awareness-raising, data collection and the independence of anti-discrimination bodies. Directive 2000/43/EC known as the Racial Equality Directive, was due to be implemented by all Member States by 19 July 2003. The directive was revolutionary at the time of its adoption because it did not limit protection against discrimination to the area of employment but also covers social security, education and access to housing. However, according to the draft report of the Civil Liberties Committee, authored by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL), questions remain as to the directive's real impact. Not all Member States have fully implemented it in their national law. Not many cases are brought to court, which the rapporteur believes may be due to the length and complexity of the procedures. Proving discrimination is notoriously difficult, and the directive's rules on the burden of proof have not been properly applied in some Member States. Data on race and ethnicity — a useful tool, despite concerns The collecting of sensitive data, which could be needed to establish indirect discrimination or to assess the extent of discrimination in society, continues to raise concerns and fears in many Member States. The committee "underlines that additional guarantees should be provided for data on race and ethnicity, as these data could be diverted and used for other purposes in the justice and home affairs field" but it does believe such data — for example, statistics on racist crime and on employment — are needed as a tool to combat discrimination."


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