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Alexa Devices

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  1. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I wonder how long before you can fill your home with all the latest gadgets for free?

    Except they will all be "smart" Alexa enabled and you'll be paying on a per use or subscription basis, e.g. pay 5 cents to switch the lights on.

    Bank account empty? No problem, just watch this advert and then you can have the lights on. :rolleyes:
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Ha ha ha! That was awesome!
    Yup, everything can be advertisement driven when you want to run the dishwasher, open the fridge or take out the trash.
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    Isn't Alexa from Amazon Intl Inc? All you need to know, right there. I have a friend who has an Alexa tattle-tale box in his Apt.
    I've counseled him about this but he says it makes tuning in a particular radio station possible.

    So what? Some pick up the clue phone, some don't. "Internet of Things," gimme a freakin' break!
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I can imagine Star Trek voice interaction coming true soon. We see it as lazy, but later generations who grow up with voice activation will see it as a norm.
    Just like my kids using the internet for school at home.
    They don't have to walk to school every day or ride a bus. Don't have to report to 5 different teachers in 5 different subject or even do homework each night.
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    Seems that homework is a lot less beneficial than was once thought. Sheesh, I had serious amounts of it, especially in Europe.
    Idle hands etc. But how true is that? It's not universal.

    Glad that your children don't have to deal with some real annoyances!
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    Apparently, homework is completely pointless, just as I suspected when I had to do it.

    Social interaction, etc. is now being seen as the main benefit of school for children.
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    I think all these smart devices can be life changing for someone people, those with disabilities, elderly people, and so on.
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    Didn't it all start with "Clap on. Clap off?"
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    Bah, like all kiddies, you missed the point of it. Homework isn't, and never has been, about academic success, but about organisation, time management and self-discipline. Except where maths, languages and music are concerned, as those also require practice, so the added time on task is a benefit.

    The ability to juggle tasks so as to do what you enjoy, while still getting the important stuff done, learning when it's appropriate to put tasks off or skip them altogether, is hugely important but takes practice to get right. So best get 'em started when they're young, before they're graduates and I get 'em. Then they'll wish they'd had more homework...
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    The latest fashion seems to condemn all homework. Maybe 'cause "they" want us to spend ALL of our time on so-called smartphones? Or "talking to" Alexa and its clones?

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