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Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?

augi01 It depends (349 comments)

As it stands, your question yields by default the answer, "it depends." With no restrictions, minimal training and supervision, the use of iPads (or whatever) in the classroom can hinder greatly students' performance. On the other hand, with restrictions, training and adequate supervision, there's no (immediate) reason why iPads (or whatever) cannot benefit students greatly. Without any additional information about how and within what framework the technology is being implemented, a more definite answer cannot be reached.

more than 2 years ago

Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades

augi01 (insert something here) (511 comments)

Just to echo many of the above posters: the presence of technology in the classroom itself won't increase students' grades; rather, the presence of technology in the classroom in conjunction with effective use of that technology will.

about 3 years ago

Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

augi01 Correlation =! Causation (549 comments)

Just because Apple rejected his application, and then revealed an application of their own, which provided the same feature, does not mean Apple stole his application.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Adds 'Like' Button

augi01 Uninformative! (119 comments)

Alright, so I can know if my sister (or whoever) "likes" a particular restaurant (or whatever) through Bing. But what about the why? Was the service good? How was the food? Are the drinks reasonably priced? And so forth. Absent any of that information, this "addition" is rather useless.

more than 3 years ago

NCSoft To Close North American Lineage Servers

augi01 Shame (91 comments)

Shame. The original Lineage was my first MMO-RPG. And I think it is still the best online game I have ever played. Even though it is remarkably simple when compared to current online games, that not only worked, but was a strength. In addition, there is a level of secrecy unmatched by other online games; your appearance does not change when you equip different armor or weapons (minus a different, generic graphic for swords vs. axes vs. bows, and so forth), nor is there an online armory (e.g., World of Warcraft's armory) where players can view another player's gear. I always liked that.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon iPhone Also Haunted By the Death Grip

augi01 And Steve Jobs said... (191 comments)

So if you put your finger on this one spot the phone doesn't work? Well then don't put your finger there.

more than 3 years ago

Loophole Means Unlimited Data For AT&T iPhone

augi01 You'll have to call Customer Service... (121 comments)

If you want to switch back to an unlimited data plan, you'll have to call Customer Service. At present, the option to switch back is not available through AT&T's website.

more than 3 years ago

Sex Drugs and Texting

augi01 Old News (287 comments)

From TFA:

The study concludes that a significant number of teens are very susceptible to peer pressure and also have permissive or absent parents, said Dr. Scott Frank, the study's lead author.


more than 3 years ago

The Queen Joins Facebook

augi01 For the Pistols (155 comments)

God save the Queen!

more than 3 years ago

NAB, RIAA May Seek Mandate For FM Radios In Mobile Devices

augi01 Pandora (489 comments)

If I want "more music choices" I will simply create a new Pandora station using the Pandora app for iPhone. Hell, I'll even pay the $36.00/yr to remove the adds, receive better audio quality, and support the Music Genome Project. What I will not do, however, is turn on FM radio.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone = iPorn?

augi01 A few things.. (1 comments)

First, there's a difference between keeping the apps available through Apple's App Store squeaky clean and how consumers choose to make use of the devices they've purchased. There's very little difference between how one makes use of their phone and its features and how one makes use of one's laptop or desktop. If critics suddenly start calling for Apple to regulate how, when, and for what purposes FaceTime may be used I sure hope they're willing to demand that other companies, e.g. Dell, AT&T, Verizon, etc., do the same. Their devices and networks are used for similar, if not identical, activities.

Second, IMO I wouldn't worry about this being more than a brief flare. From TFA:

"You can have the phone on your face, or other body parts, but not both at the same time," said Teagan Presley, who acts in adult films and performs in video chats. "Most customers want the full package, and it's going to be difficult holding a phone."

Sure it's cool that you can do this on an iPhone, just like it was cool that, when the first iPhone came out, someone managed to get World of Warcraft to run on it. However, it's just not practical.

more than 4 years ago

If You Don't Want Your Car Stolen, Make It Pink

augi01 Re:Solution to theft (390 comments)

Solution #2: Do not have any possessions whatsoever.

more than 4 years ago

World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

augi01 I can see it now... (272 comments)

From the article: "I anticipate in the not-too-distant future this will be as standard a part of your resume as where you went to school."

John Smith

Graduated from (somewhere) University; Degree in (something).

Captain of the (somewhere) University Debate Team.

Guild Leader of NO FAT CHICKS on Burning Blade, ICC achievements include, but not limited to, Kingslayer, Glory of the Icecrown Raider.


more than 4 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

augi01 Obligatory (298 comments)

But will it run Linux?

more than 4 years ago

Nokia and RIM Respond To Apple's Antenna Claims

augi01 Where's your hard data? (514 comments)

"RIM's co-CEOs say that Apple's claims 'appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation.'" No. Apple is attempting to correct the public's understanding of the antenna design issue. Did you watch the press conference? If you're going to make assertoric claims I hope you have the hard data to back them up.

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

augi01 As an iPhone 4 owner... (507 comments)

I have noticed that if I put my finger over the lower-left antenna the phone's signal, contrary to Apple's claim, does diminish greatly. Still we shouldn't think that Apple's letter to consumers, which claimed that the iPhone 4's signal woes stem from improper calculation, is a complete hoax. Even with my iPhone 4 snug in one of Apple's nifty "bumpers" I still notice that, from time to time, the signal gets weak or my phone calls are less swift than usual. (For those who are curious, I live in downtown Atlanta.) With AT&T's networks flooded with old and new iPhone users, along with other subscribers who choose to do without an Apple iDevice, it doesn't surprise me that from time to time my signal wanes. Furthermore, you can't expect a company that decides to imbed the antenna of its phone in the phone's frame to get it right the first time. If you did, silly you.

more than 4 years ago

Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

augi01 Re:Short answer (1115 comments)

Correction: Socrates never wrote any dialogues, poems, treatises, etc. Your point is still valid, though.

more than 4 years ago


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