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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

ThinkWeak Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

Alternatively we could spend money on mental health and outreach programs for troubled children. But spending all the money on a reactive system is probably better than a proactive approach...

about two weeks ago
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Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

ThinkWeak Re:Reality Television (53 comments)

I'm looking forward to sitcom television. Maybe I can finally see who the people are that make up the laugh track every time a lame joke is made.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

ThinkWeak Re:What is it with plastic? (773 comments)

A few dollars per unit adds up quick when you ship 23 million units in a quarter.

about a year ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

ThinkWeak Re:Loud? (382 comments)

I was surprised when the tornado warning alert went off on my phone last week here in Ohio. It was the second week that I have had the phone, a Galaxy S4. My Galaxy Nexus was more of a vibrate when one of the amber alerts or weather warnings went off. When the S4 fired, it was like a portable tornado siren. I kid you not, it rivaled the testing of the emergency broadcast system on televisions.

about a year ago
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Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

ThinkWeak Somewhat redundant (365 comments)

But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet.

Don't you sort of already have to do this for everything above, minus "attend a sporting event" or "log on to the internet"?

about a year and a half ago
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Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

ThinkWeak Re:I hope not. (232 comments)

Here's the thing, they haven't released any details on the $299 version. If it is the exact same machine as the $499 version, you would be better off to buy it and get locked into the 2 years of Xbox Live at $10 per month. Why? simple math:

$499 + 2 * $55 per year for Xbox Live = $609 2 year cost of ownership
vs
$299 + 2 * $120 per year for Xbox Live = $539 2 year cost of ownership

I imagine the discounted one won't come with a Hard Drive, or a Kinect Sensor, or controller or something else to offset it. But all things being equal... it's a cheaper route to go.

about a year and a half ago
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GOP Brief Attacks Current Copyright Law

ThinkWeak Re:GOP Respones to Elections (296 comments)

They have to start somewhere. This does sort of support small business, which is one of the GOP's mainstays. It definitely leaves me confused.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

ThinkWeak Re:Nothing wrong with this patent (192 comments)

So calm down everyone. The patent system may be broken, but this is not an example of it.

Does this actual patent serve a purpose though? I have a few different Android products and my wife has an iPhone and I honestly couldn't tell you how their page turning animations differ, I just know they have one. I don't think anyone is going to confuse an Apple product with its competition based on the page turning animation. Patenting the icons and even the swipe to unlock thing (which most definitely had prior art anyway) could hold some legitimacy, but this patent just seems like something to bog down the approval system. Am I missing something?

about 2 years ago
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One Screen, Multiple Views

ThinkWeak Almost like a LAN (43 comments)

"Imagine you and your friends playing multiplayer Starcraft on one big screen instead of individual computer screens!"

You'll still need an internet connection though...

more than 2 years ago
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GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System

ThinkWeak Re:Only 37 False Positives out of 7 Million (88 comments)

Sorry, missed this part of the article - "The Times obtained a draft of the report, which has yet to be publicly released."

more than 2 years ago
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GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System

ThinkWeak Only 37 False Positives out of 7 Million (88 comments)

This is from the DHS website: Link

I'm all for jumping down the government's throat for wasteful spending, but let's keep things in perspective. I also didn't see a link to the GAO report in the sensational article at the top . Here's a link to a GAO report: GAO Report I'm not sure if if is the one being described in the article, but this one came out in January.

more than 2 years ago
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Xbox 360 Kinect Said To Add Internet Explorer Browsing

ThinkWeak Re:Oh really? (143 comments)

I guess I'm oblivious to what I'm paying for then. I just thought those were perks to the online gaming. Here's the official list

I don't see it mentioned, but do Silver Accounts get the 500mb "cloud backup" too?

more than 2 years ago
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Xbox 360 Kinect Said To Add Internet Explorer Browsing

ThinkWeak Re:Oh really? (143 comments)

"We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms." Does that include YouTube for example? As far as I remember you have to be a XBox Live Gold Member to use the YouTube application...

I'm not trying to be rude, but do people actually buy an Xbox and not have a Gold membership? It equates to something like $5 per month for access to demos, weekly arcade games, an indie game market, promo videos, media streaming, a stable staging environment for multiplayer gaming across games, etc.

Not to burst your bubble, but you'll probably need a Gold membership to use the IE browser anyways. Hopefully they launch Skype soon. That's my only real complaint.

more than 2 years ago
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Looking For iPad, Police Find 750 Pounds of Meth

ThinkWeak Re:Why such a huge ammount? (195 comments)

It looks like it would come out to be about $104 and change per gram. I don't buy/use meth, but I think that's in the ballpark.

more than 2 years ago
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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

ThinkWeak Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

I agree. It doesn't make sense to have a TSA presence if different areas of the same country feel that different standards are OK.

more than 2 years ago
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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

ThinkWeak Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

The TSA may very well decide to comply with local laws in those States, it's simply not worth the fight. At any rate, some sort of balance must be struck in this case, because I'm beginning to think people like the IRS more than the TSA.

What is the point of conducting a more thorough search in one state if another state (Texas) is using a minimal standard? Who is in danger in this case? The local airport, the flight path of the plane, or the destination?

Wouldn't all three of these entities need to agree on the security standards?

more than 2 years ago
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"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

ThinkWeak Re:Whats the big deal? (688 comments)

When I was in school, there were any number of students signed up in coding classes because "there was money in computers." Numerous Comm, Poli-Sci, and English majors were attending. That being said, I do know of quite a few individuals in my current company that were hired into tech positions with English or Communication backgrounds, but have zero tech skills.

They can talk their way into tech positions, but end up causing a lot more problems once they're there. I'm all for people learning new skills, but take the time to learn them. It's great when they openly admit they have no idea what they are doing. By great, I mean that it's nice knowing I shouldn't have to worry about my job - which is fixing the problems they cause.

more than 2 years ago
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Ready For Your Payroll Software Update?

ThinkWeak Re:Anti-cyclic thinking (105 comments)

It's surprising to see that there is even more money available... and it makes me wonder who will go down first in economic terms: the EU, or the USA.

There isn't any real money available, we're just borrowing from the future. We're essentially breaking our system so bad that the standard of living in the US isn't going to improve for well over a decade.

Someone, somewhere has to to realize that we will have to pay all this back. Our taxes are going to go up and the longer we put it off, the worse it's going to be.

more than 2 years ago

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Computer Learning tools for Children 3 and under

ThinkWeak ThinkWeak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ThinkWeak (958195) writes "As a father of a 4 month old, I've began thinking about what educational tools/toys would benefit my son in the upcoming years. My wife and I tend to buy things if we find a really great deal on the price and set them aside for when our son will be able to use them. I've always been computer literate and first learned how a computer works by taking apart and building x386 machines back in the 90's. We're not going to try teaching him how to use a computer within the next year or so, but the question has been revolving in my mind for awhile now. Would it be more beneficial to teach a child their ABC's or animals on a small video screen or with flash cards?

We picked up this for $7.00 at Walmart and thought it would be nice for when he is around two. The only downside is that the only game for it that uses the keyboard is the one that comes with it.

Do you think Eee pc's will be so cheap in the next two years that we might as well buy one of those and start him off on the real thing?"

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