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US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

ack154 Re:Time to be parents again (314 comments)

The article is about college students though... people who are supposed to be responsible for themselves. And while I agree that the parents have a part in this in earlier years, once they're out on their own, there needs to be some self control involved.

I do find it amusing that they felt so disconnected from their friends, yet no one thought to place an actual phone call to try to meet up with their friends? No media, sure... but they could use a phone as a phone, no?

more than 3 years ago

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ack154 Re:Missing pieces (188 comments)


I can't believe it took that long for a BloodNinja joke. The setup was right there...

about 6 years ago



ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "The SF Chronicle has a story on Google surpassing Microsoft as the world's most visited website for the month of March. Google's 258 million unique visitors narrowly edged out Microsofts 257 million. Also mentioned in the same article is a report claiming Google has become 2007's Most Powerful Brand; beating out Microsoft again, as well as GE and Coca-Cola."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "Engadget has a story about Sony and Universal Music apparently denying Zune owners the ability to squirt songs by certain artists to other Zune users. That's right, if you've actually purchased songs from the Zune marketplace and happen to run into another Zune owner, you're prohibited from sharing certain songs. From the article: "In a non-scientific sampling of popular artists by Zunerama and Zune Thoughts, it looks like it's roughly 40-50 percent of artist that fall under this prohibited banner, and the worst news is that there's no warning that a song might be unsharable until you actually try to send it and fail.""

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "Recent articles are showing that Dell has recently lost not only market share to HP but also has fallen in customer satisfaction. ArsTechnica reports that Dell marketshare is down about 2.5% from a year ago to 13.9%, while HP has increased it's position as the #1 PC maker, up about 2.4% from a year ago to 17.4%. Dell is also not looking too good on the customer front, falling from a score of 79 on the ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) a year ago to a 74 for this last year. Apple on the otherhand leads the ACSI with a score of 81, compared to an industry average of 74."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "The Register reports that a St Louis based company, Somark Innovations, has successfully tested RFID tattoos to be used for tracking cattle and other animals. Details are limited for the actual tattoo, but it's said to contain no metals and can be read up to about four feet away. Engadget has some more details on the matter. And yes, the article does mention RFID tattoos are possible for people, specifically the military."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "According to today's update to their website, the Child's Play charity has passed the $1 million mark in just two months. The final tally is listed at $1,024,400 — more than $400k over last year's total! The final update from their site reads: "You guys did it. You broke a million dollars in just over two months. Child's Play started as a way to show how good our community can be, but it's turned into something greater than we could have ever imagined. We're making an impact on lives. See you next year.""

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "A recent NPD study from Forbes shows that over 60% of downloaded video content is of the Adult variety. And while that may not be very surprising to many Slashdot visitors, an estimated 90% of paid video downloads are via Apple's iTunes service. Unfortunately, there's no indication of any data from the new Xbox Live Video service or from Amazon's Unbox for comparison. More commentary from ArsTechnica is also available."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "Nintendo has announced that they will voluntarily exchange 3.2 million Wiimote straps for stronger versions. This is of course after some reports of damaged televisions and other complaints of their durability. Though the circumstances necessary for the strap breaking have been questioned. This also comes after recent news of Nintendo offering advice to hold on to the Wiimote tight and then quietly shipping stronger straps for newer systems. The article also mentions a recall of some 200,000 DS/DS Lite AC Adapters in Japan for possible overheating and chance of burns."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "An article at Gamasutra is detailing some eBay sales figures for each console's first launch week. Not counting pre-sales, the PS3 sold roughly 15,000 units for an average sale price of just under $1200. The Wii, on the other hand, sold nearly 27,000 units for a little over $400 each. These were each in the their first respective launch week. They also include pre-sale totals, as well as some Black Friday numbers for the Xbox 360."

ack154 ack154 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ack154 (591432) writes "With so much recent news surrounding Apple's upcoming iTV system, their timing may be nearly perfect. Ars gives the rundown on a recent report released from Accenture stating that nearly half of users surveyed across the globe are now looking to get downloadable videos, movies and other content on to their TV. Based on the article, if Apple can get the right combination in features, price, and usability, many consumers may be ready to eat it up. Macword has even more speculation and theory on Apple's potential living room dominance."


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