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Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

dk20 Re:Send a robot (59 comments)

If a robot does it, who gets to claim the credit?

7 hours ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dk20 Re:Yeah (97 comments)

Answering your linux question, yes my linux computer is safe if i give someone my root password because many linux distro's dont allow direct root login.

"By default, the Root account password is locked in Ubuntu. This means that you cannot login as Root directly or use the su command to become the Root user. "

Perhaps you can define exactly what it means to "jailbreak" an iDevice? Seems you do something to gain "root" access? Remember when simply going to a website would root your phone?

yesterday
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

dk20 Re:Ars Review is Cosmetic (164 comments)

It is not uncommon for Apple fans to think that everyone else got their idea from Apple, but it is often very far from the truth.
Case in point, you state MS got the idea from OS X back in 2001. How do you explain MS offering beta versions of "windows 95" in 1994?

" Prior to the official release, the American public was given a chance to preview Windows 95 in the Windows 95 Preview Program. For US$19.95, users were sent a set of 3.5-inch floppy diskettes that would install Windows 95 either as an upgrade to Windows 3.1x or as a fresh install on a clean computer. Users who bought into the program were also given a free preview of The Microsoft Network (MSN), the online service that Microsoft launched with Windows 95. "

PS, the public beta of OS X was "Cheetah" released September 13, 2000 for US$29.95
So 6 years later and $10 more then MS win 95.

3 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

I have 5 android tablets in my house (two for myself, and one for each of my kids).

Two things I'd like to share:
1) The kids have NEVER liked reading off any tablet (not the kindle, not the nook and not the samsung galaxy's). They are avid readers, but physical books only and I can't convince them otherwise.
2) Speaking about posting without having a clue at all... Your "tethered to Google" seems to fit the bill for posting without any idea what you are talking about.

Bonus: the kids did create accounts in google play without a credit card with ease as they wanted to grab a few apps.

Extra points for your use of "dead trees" to describe physical books. It was just as cool in 2004 as it is now.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

It is my (limited) understanding that Teachers in China are not unionized and can be fired fairly easily for poor performance.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Apple has platform for content development (285 comments)

Didn't apple just recently agree to pay like $400 million as a settlement for price fixing ebook prices?
So on top of the price of the device, there is also the artificial ebook prices?

Care to cite some examples of people actually creating content on the iPad in the real world? Most of the people i see with them are playing games or watching video's (consumption).

about a week ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

dk20 Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

So, using the post right above yours...

https://www.libreoffice.org/
http://www.linuxmint.com/
http://www.gimp.org/


how are any of these quality apps tracking, selling my data or any of the other nonsense you posted?

They say they are "free" and they don't beg for money every time you use them.
They do have a donate page on them, but you are free click "not now" and contniue to download it.
How hard is it to post something that is not free as "freemium" or "in app purchases" instead of free?

"As I said, levels of ignorance."

What does this even mean? people are ignorant when "free" games beg for money and this is not 'false advertising'?

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dk20 Re:How much did we spend per person? (364 comments)

Normally i have a bias towards China as a lot of people post things which are just factually inaccurate.
For your post, clearly you are not being serious?
China - Fantastic history going back a very long time, but unfortunately does not contain many successful "conquests".

They are far more likely to stay within their own nation.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

OMG, please list some examples of my "lack of parenting"?

You seem to be on a crusade to slander every parent on here, despite you clearly knowing NOTHING about them to protect corporate profits at the expense of vulnerable members of society. This makes zero sense. Long ago they removed child labor laws, and changed the rules to protect children from being taken advantage of.

Kids are not adults, they can not be expected to make sound decisions which is specifically why they have different rules around them.

Before you respond back with an additional attack, please clearly state how i "lack parenting" and be precise, no vague ambiguities.

Let me help you. I have three kids, one has an android based phone with NO CC attached. She comments from time to time that some of the games "constantly beg" for money even they they stated they were free.
Said daughter's lowest grade is B+ and if she wants to play some android game for 15 minutes on the bus i dont see any issues.

What was the point of the "age appropriate" system if companies sneak in grubbing for money which isn't age appropriate?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

Please learn to read before posting, lest you look silly.

See where i said "As i have stated before, my kids have never had this issue as i made them create their own google play accounts and they dont have CC numbers. Flip side it is clear the companies involved shoulder some responsibility as well."

Now outline the part where I am not being a dad to my child?

Nothing like flying off the handle and making wild accusations (i am not a god father) with ZERO facts is there?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:It's not just the refund (137 comments)

Unfortunately the courts don't agree with you when it comes to children and money in past cases like this.

Why does the device which has the ability to spend real money not simply ask for the credit card number back to confirm the purchase? THis is the exact same mechanism amazon uses online to prevent fraud.

instead of "smurfberries" why doesn't the in-game purchase simply say you are going to spend [whatever unit of your currency] REAL money?

The abstraction is intentional.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

Your argument seems to fail logic 101. The people in question used Amazons tools to protect them from this problem. Had amazon simply used the same rules for in app purchases as they do for their own online site this wouldn't have happened.

Regardless, the law is often based on previous cases and each time this comes to the courts the company in question has lost and given refunds.

Let me guess, you develop games with in-app purchase and so you naturally want to exploit this loophole?

As i have stated before, my kids have never had this issue as i made them create their own google play accounts and they dont have CC numbers. Flip side it is clear the companies involved shoulder some responsiblity as well.

It is hard to debate that when a company targets children with in-app purchases they are attempting to exploit them.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

When i purchase something online using Amazon it asks me to re-enter my credit card number. I dont use amazon to do in-app purchase, but i suspect this "anti-fraud" requirement is not present?

If they required you to re-enter the credit-card at purchase time it would address a lot of this.

Are you serious? They used Amazons own controls to reduce the risk, and you still claim "lazy bad parent reasons"?

Perhaps you can explain why a game rated at age 8 allows in-app purchases? DO a lot of adults play Smurf world or such? So the app developers target children intentionally for in-app purchases?

As i posted elsewhere here, you know a child can invalidate any contract they have entered into right?

Read that again, children have a LEGAL RIGHT to void any contract they enter into. So asking for a refund for in-app purchases made by a minor should be legal, they are simply voiding their purchase.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

And when should the company take responsibility for entering into a contract with a minor which can not be enforced?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

So, they were raised to know the difference between right and wrong and also can think on their own?

What if they think that something you told them was "wrong" is in fact "right"?

I have three kids, and for reference i am strongly against these "in app" purchases which target kids because of this exact problem. My kids have androids and use their own account which doesnt have a CC card so they cant buy anything. Flip side, it is somewhat annoying when they get a game advertised as "free" only to be constantly hounded for "in app" purchases. More annoying when said "in app" purchase bait-n-switch game stated it was age appropriate when clearly it is not.

Not sure about your country, but this probably holds true in yours as well....

"Generally, minors cannot be bound to contracts because they are not old enough to enter them. In many cases, if someone does enter a contract with a minor, the minor has the ability to have the contract deemed void. On the other hand, if an adult breaches a contract with a minor, the minor can hold him liable."

How does a child agree to make an in-app purchase when they have a legal right to have it become void? Heck, even the "agreement" they "signed" to use the device is probably not legally binding in the first place. (NOTE: IANAL)

This smells of false advertising, and i suspect if a bricks and mortar company did this they would be in court facing "bait and switch" charges.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

"Not only do you grossly overestimate your intelligence, you don't even pass the self-awareness test."
Well put.
the part where they write "I'm right. Period...." seemed pretty arrogant.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

If you are hitting slashdot's required time between posts, it might be a hint that you are posting too much?

Look up the meaning of the word "argument"...
"a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong."

So you were not trying to persuade others?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

dk20 Re:It's not just the refund (137 comments)

So you honestly don't think this process is intentionally deceptive? If so, why do the games all have some sort of "abstraction mechanism" for money (money becomes Smurfberries, coins, tokens, balloons, etc) "Smurfs' Village" has an age rating of 8. Does someone who is only 8 understand that when they are spending what are now "Smurfberries" are actually real money?

If this is the case, why does almost every country in the world have special laws around children and their inability to enter into contracts? I think there is some truth to the fact the parents are not careful, but the game makers and "stores" also do what they can to help facilitate this sort of thing.

How hard is it to open an account on some platforms without entering in your CC number? If the game is "free" why do you need a CC at all?

PS. Agree with you on the lack of accepting responsibility. Ever since the 1990's the world has moved to a "its not my fault because" stance. This is not just about not accepting responsibility, it is about targeting kids with "in-app" purchases.

about three weeks ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

dk20 Re:This could be political too (274 comments)

As I read your post it confuses me.
So while many in the US do not have healthcare, their tax dollars was used to fund a "carrier group" (sounds costly?) to provide healthcare to foreign nationals?

In return for this, you got a "maybe" for building a base (doesn't sound like you are after "soft power") but yet you also state the constitution prohibits this? This makes me think of the classic "the check is in the mail" line. Hey, thanks for the help, we will consider letting you open a base even though it is prohibited by our constitution?

Are you saying funding a "carrier group" full of staff, and providing medical care was less then "a couple of million dollars in tents"?

If this is the case, why not spend "just a few million" to provide medical care to your own citizens who also need it?

Perhaps when the Philippines was hit by a typhoon China had their own problems to deal with and focused on those instead They later decided (pressured?) to give tents and such to try to be helpful without really expecting something in return (reopen military bases)?

about a month ago

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