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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

realkiwi I have used it to learn Spanish (75 comments)

Working nights in a hotel (read "lots of spare time") I decided to learn Spanish. I live 11km from Spain so it is kind of usefull... Last night a Spanish guy said I spoke real good Spanish for someone who learnt from an internet site on his own.

I guess that is an endorsement of the quality of Duolongo lessons.

about 5 months ago

Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

realkiwi Re:Mark sees a future without Facebook (199 comments)

You thinking that people over 35 are old means you are very soon going to be in hot water. Breaking news: you are going to be joining us the "uncool" RSN!

My young adult kids think I'm cool and that is all that really matters when you are "old". I always thought that facebook was a load of crap and have never bothered with it.

about 10 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

realkiwi Re:or? (312 comments)

Sorry I posted too quickly.

Powerboats with motors over 9.9hp on inland waters and motors over 6hp offshore.

about a year ago

Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

realkiwi Of course there are exceptions... (147 comments)

Born and raised a NZ farmers son I have been allergic (pollen) and suffered from asthma (allergic not chronic) all my life. I grew up surrounded by dirty dogs and more sheep and cattle than most people will ever see in a whole lifetime.

Did the fact that precautions were not taken with farm chemicals back then have something to do with the allergy. I have been exposed to DDT, pesticides, feretilizers, you name it.

So OK maybe this works in a city environnement with kids that live in a modern hyper clean envirronment and who eat agro-industry cr@p er sorry food. Didn't work for this farmers son.

1 year,1 day

I wish my cell phone was...

realkiwi Re:obligatory... (495 comments)

How did this option get left out?

I have a life, not a cell phone.

1 year,18 days

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

realkiwi Re:That's sorta up to you; (314 comments)

I'm calling BS on this, sorry! I learnt my second language at over 21. I'm learning a third one right now. I have no problem with languages. Accents you work on if you have the time.

I learnt progamming at over 30. The PC came on the market when I was over 30... I'm still learning. It depends on the individual. Some people can, others can't.

If I had stuck with what Iearned before 14 I would be a sheep farmer. That was all there was in my neck of the woods.

about a year and a half ago

Global Warming Has Made the North Greener

realkiwi Re:My mother's garden has earthworms (398 comments)

Just a couple of questions: how did they get there? Have they been migrating north underground?

about 2 years ago

A Server That Can Fall From the Sky, and Survive

realkiwi Who uses a screen? (91 comments)

> Hope they drop some hardened screens, too, to help with setup.

Sorry but what about disk images with ssh all set up and ready to go before throwing it from the plane? Most servers I have root on are thousands of kilometers away. The closest is about 600km from this screen and keyboard.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

realkiwi Re:What company (451 comments)

I agree with the above. Your communication is bad. For a small fee I will rewrite the appropriate parts of your web site.

about 2 years ago

PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

realkiwi nude protest (418 comments)

Will this mean a nude cosplay protest by beautiful PETA supporters?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Reportedly Launching Its Own Windows Phone Smartphone

realkiwi Re:Get ready for the myPhone! (190 comments)

You forgot: and the screen will be blue...

more than 2 years ago

100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television

realkiwi Re:Why? (180 comments)

Because before compressing the video you have to move it from the camera to the editing system. The less often you compress the better the quality of the final compressed product. Once the live broadcast has been edited it will be compressed just once before delivery to the end viewer.

more than 2 years ago

Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

realkiwi Re:Food pill (317 comments)

Then of course in "developed" nations we could just eat less, eat better quality food, stop over producing food and pay honest prices for food items that are imported from the "developing" world.

There, no more need for a food pill.

more than 2 years ago

On my summer vacation, I did / will do / am doing:

realkiwi I'm unemployed you insensitive clod (240 comments)

I have been on "vacation" for three months already. Lucky there is rowing and fishing to stop me from going insane (and starving to death).

more than 2 years ago

Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook

realkiwi Re:What could possibly go wrong? (178 comments)

Maybe some people don't have facebook accounts?

more than 2 years ago

I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

realkiwi Almost exactly half the world away (332 comments)

I am maybe 1,000 km from the opposite side of the world. Which for me is off the coast I live on about half way between Portugal and Ireland.

more than 2 years ago

Over Half a Decade, China Closed 130,000 Internet Cafes

realkiwi Re:Since when... (121 comments)

That there be inflation! Or maybe a /. special offer: ask for 10 years, get two for free!

more than 3 years ago



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