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President Obama: NSA Spying Keeps America Safe, So Get Over It

Jun 21, 2013, 2:20pm

My government? I'm not a US citizen but uh whatever floats your angry boat :)

President Obama: NSA Spying Keeps America Safe, So Get Over It

Jun 19, 2013, 11:12am

Yes, there are sacrifices that have to be made to keep safe. But the US government has not only dictated exactly what those sacrifices should be, it did so without consulting its citizens at all. People are upset that operations of this scale had to come out via whistleblower, not because the government proposed it and it was met with support. The status quo has been changed while everyone was blindfolded.

I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

Giz Explains: How Fluoride Keeps Bacteria From Eating Your Teeth

May 31, 2013, 12:55am

As opposed to those non-chemicals in my body?

One Of The Basic Maths Rules You Learned In School Is Wrong

May 19, 2013, 7:49pm

Most of the time, always sorting multiplication out first, then division, you won't go wrong. That example makes the addition/subtraction issue clear though, and I believe some of the problem is that we don't properly teach the concept of negative numbers until Year 8 in Australia.

In high school, I struggled with exactly the sort of example you showed until it was definitively explained to me that it wasn't a matter of subtracting whatever is behind the minus, but that the minus was attached to the two itself, and that subtraction is basically adding negative values.

The mnemonic is a good memory jog, but would be more useful if students properly understood how and why each operation is done in such an order, but a lot of teachers stop before then.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Gets Its First Trailer

Apr 15, 2013, 3:50pm

The movie was very average. The book is a bit better. Its clearer that it's not just the Games event that keeps people oppressed, its meticulous restriction of supplies to keep the districts too weak to revolt, deliberate segregation of industry so no one district has the resources to secede from the Citadel for fear of starvation, continual propaganda fed to people from birth, which has been going on for decades.

Flawed premise, executed entertainingly in the books, and frustratingly bad in the movie.

Illegal Laser Pointers Are Everywhere, Including Your Drawer

Mar 28, 2013, 9:34am

It's not entirely irrelevant. There's a lot of sales of lasers that are more powerful than Australian guidelines here too. I mostly get to see the kids that bought one from a $2 store, decided it would be cool to point it straight at their eye, and do irreparable damage to their retina.

My Name Is Prince, And My DRM Is Not Funky

Mar 11, 2013, 12:50pm

So... the files themselves aren't locked in by DRM? They're just mp3s and mp4s? I don't really have an issue with this then. Sure, restrict how I buy and how I claim my music, but once I've got it, I can play it however I want.

The stuff with the mobiles and tablets is kinda weird, but that's the only thing I find objectionable.