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+ - OLPC News: OLPC Give 1 Get 1 Program: XO-1 Laptop->

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wayan
wayan writes "Oh My God! The event every geek has dreamed about for the last year is now here: OLPC XO laptop sales will start November 12th with promised delivery by Christmas in a Buy 1 Get 1 program from OLPC. $399 buys a XO laptop for you and one for a child in the developing world — Nicholas Negroponte's way to keep OLPC demand going when he's not getting government orders to fill Quanta's production line."
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Comment: Re:Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert (Score 1) 571

by Chimera512 (#20634933) Attached to: Fantasy Author Robert Jordan Passes Away
good to hear since I hadn't the stomach for 11 after 10 did nothing but catch up subplots or start new ones, from what I remember. Sad he's died though, my first girlfriend got me into those books back in high school. They were good when you're not expecting high-grade fantasy and are just watching the characters, It's clearly ridiculous in places.
Education

+ - Wikipedia Banned at College

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Zatoichi007
Zatoichi007 writes "The NYT is reporting that Wikipedia is now being banned as a source for research at Middlebury College. It seems that the last straw for the college occured when students in a Japanese history class wrongly asserted that the Jesuits aided in the Shambara Rebellion, using Wikipedia as the reference point. Is Wikipedia a valid source for "serious" research or just a starting point to find out what might be interesting about a particular topic?"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Numbers not looking good for PS3

Submitted by Engineer Chris
Engineer Chris (891425) writes "An interesting look at some of the numbers behind console sales, and it's not looking good for Sony.

"The three points of the triangle are cost, installed base and games. If you don't have two of them, the third will never happen, and if you do have two, the third will come for free. Basically it is a feedback loop, you will excel at all three and ramp up the numbers or you will be in a death spiral quicker than you can say comprehensive Blu-Ray crack. There is no middle ground."
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The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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