When my son was in the 4th grade we realized that he was woefully behind his peers in reading. But the combination of IM and text messaging seemed to help. He is now a voracious and more to the point, speedy reader of long form fiction. This seems to me to be the result of texting more than anything he got in school.
I will not click on a shortened link, like the ones created by bit.ly. Too easy for someone to use a bit.ly link to take you to some virus laden security nightmare. Sorry, I want to know where I am going and not just climb on the Mystery Tour. Hoping Libya shuts them down.
Where I live Comcast gives McAfee away free with your cable Internet subscription. I work on PCs for a living, and this is the worst POS, and has been for a long time. It has not made the top 10 in any independent review for ages.
I get deals from Buy.com and the like all the time selling McAfee 3 user licenses for under $10. If this stuff is so great why are they giving it away? This is the Yugo of security software.
Facebook can have my forking account, ain't no way I'm putting that crap on my PC.
And - in case someone wants to take the moral high ground, there used to be something called the First Amendment. I understand that recent case law has pretty much entirely neutered this right, but in a truly free society, there has to be room for dangerous or unpopular behavior too. It applies to everyone including children, as a fundamental human right. We have, as a citizenry, prety much given this away in a poor exchange for safety. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that those who would trade liberty for security would soon have neither. Welcome to neither, which is what we currently "enjoy."
When I was in HS in the 70's the administration pulled this crap. I put out an underground newspaper using memograph technology (anyone?) for three issues before being suspended.
The Internet does make it totally simple to put out the original stories.
In a fixed price model what you have is a certain number of people who thing they bought "a bargain", a certain number who that the proce was "ok" and another group who feel "ripped off" and a fourht group who just walked away without buying anything.
The pay what you want fits model perfectly with everyone's perceived value of the product. Basically - everybody gets a deal and gets to feel good about it, even the sociopath who thought free was a fair deal.
So there you are -
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