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Study Finds That Video Games Hinder Learning In Young Boys

pubjames Stupid (278 comments)

This kind of study really annoys me. From the article:

>The researchers think the learning problems result from the drop in after-school actives with educational value.

In other words, it isn't actually video games that are the problem, but the kids doing less "after-school actives with educational value" - i.e. this is an issue for the parents.

I let my six year old son play his Playstation for some hours at the weekend, on the condition that every night he reads to me. Learning to read is hard work, using the Playstation to motivate him actually works really well. My son is learning to read much quicker than many of his classmates, thanks to the Playstation...

more than 4 years ago
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I would install the following technology in my current/future children:

pubjames Re:Any sensible parent... (549 comments)

"I am going to give a bar of chocolate to your brother if you don't come out, and to you if you do"...

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Get Their Groove On On YouTube

pubjames Re:Experiment (77 comments)

It was a joke.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Get Their Groove On On YouTube

pubjames Experiment (77 comments)

What the researchers didn't know was that this was an experiment in itself. The question the experiment aimed to answer was "Do researchers have too much free time, and do they waste time which is paid for using taxpayers money?"

The full paper will be published in Scientific America once it has completed peer review.

more than 5 years ago
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Significant Russian Attack On US Military Networks

pubjames Re:KGB or Spotty Teenagers? (270 comments)

It probably is some windows worm or something written by a script-kiddie. But to admit that would be to embarrassing, so they make it out to be a big deal.

Like that poor Brit who was looking for info. about UFOs.

more than 5 years ago
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Significant Russian Attack On US Military Networks

pubjames Re:Oblig Windows jab (270 comments)

Actually it was britneynude.exe

more than 5 years ago
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Gadgets For a Budding Geek?

pubjames Re:DIY ideas... (372 comments)

Thanks for that. Good ideas. I think I might get some of that for myself...

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

pubjames Office apts of declining importance? (336 comments)

Is it just me or are office apps becoming increasingly unimportant.

Ten years ago I spent most of my computing time in some kind of office app. Now I rarely use them. And I receive fewer office documents via email.

Perhaps the office app is just dying? Are they just transition applications between a paper based office and a paperless one anyway?

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

pubjames Re:If Obama is NOT the next president (1912 comments)

But do you really think that the leaders of the other first world and developing countries are not the same kind of power-hungry, lying, cheating politicians, and that they will not work with others of the same ilk to get more power at your expense?

Actually, no I don't. And it is depressing that this kind of attitude is so prevalent in the USA today.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

pubjames Re:Obama - A template for future US politics? (1912 comments)

Mr Anonymous,

ok, are you are seriously sourcing your below-the-belt comments from Slashdot? Have you checked 4chan? You might find some there too.

With regards to your second comment, that is a different kind of respect, and you know it. I am specifically referring to respect as a figure of authority.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

pubjames Re:Obama - A template for future US politics? (1912 comments)

at least by my count, below-the-belt attacks were at an all time high.

Can you elaborate? What do you consider to be "below-the-belt"? People mocking her when she said stupid things? People pointing out her lack of experience and knowledge? People laughing at her un-presidential mannerisms and speech?

Some people command respect. Palin isn't one of them.

more than 5 years ago
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Video Games Linked To Child Aggression

pubjames Aggression, or over-excitement? (500 comments)

Having a couple of young boys myself, I have observed that, for instance, watching a fast moving exciting film can make them over-excited quite easily. It's not really aggression, it's just that kids have much greater and more readily available energy than adults. Unfortunately these days adults often mistake this for a defect in their child.

The correct response is of course to fight back! There is nothing little boys like better than pretend fighting, and they tire very quickly.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Causes Internal Family Strife

pubjames Good ads but MS has bigger problems (543 comments)

It is obvious that these ads are about changing people's perception of Microsoft, from a big scary company to something that is personable, friendly and helpful. In that sense, they probably work really well.

However, is that what Microsoft really needs? To have a great business you have a great product and use marketing to shout about why it is great. Microsoft have a bad product (in Vista) and are trying to change the perception of the company with funny ads. It looks like a pretty crappy position to be in to me.

 

more than 5 years ago

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