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California Declares Today "Steve Jobs Day" 333

First time accepted submitter onezeta writes "California Gov. Jerry Brown, in an announcement via a Twitter post, has declared it 'Steve Jobs Day.' The Apple co-founder's life as a technology trailblazer will be marked Sunday by his company's home state at a private memorial service and in a television documentary airing tonight at 8 pm EST on Discovery."

Comment Re:Costs of education? (Score 1) 551

The cost of education really has sky-rocketed. Perhaps a study or two needs to be done on the real cost of education...

There have been and continue to be many studies examining the costs of higher education. Some posters have already mentioned the shift in education from a "public good" to a "private good" and the consequent reduction in state funding and that certainly plays a large role in rising tuition and fees.

Just as importantly, education is a manpower-intensive process; typically, between 70-80 percent of a college or university budget is personnel costs. That means that some of the other costs that have dramatically risen in the last couple of decades, especially health care, have hit education (and other manpower-intensive fields) particularly hard. Further, many industries have seen huge efficiency gains through the use of technology so their costs have gone down. Education, on the other hand, hasn't experienced similar efficiency gains. Education is as complex as the people who are being educated so there are rarely huge gains in efficiencies such as those gained in most other industries through increases in scale.

Yes, we can do better and technology can play a role in that. But that, too, takes time and money to figure out and implement. It's hard to invent a new swimming stroke when you're fighting just to tread water and that's what it feels like to many of us.

Comment Normal Science (Score 1) 299

This is very much in line with "normal science" as described in Kuhn's classic book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions." Most of science is "filling in the holes" of widely-accepted theories and ideas. Because it's not paradigm-shifting, it seems obvious that much normal science can be interpreted as "duh science." It's inherent in the way that science and discovery work.

ICANN Under Pressure Over Non-Latin Characters 471

RidcullyTheBrown writes "A story from the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that ICANN is under pressure to introduce non-Latin characters into DNS names sooner rather than later. The effort is being spearheaded by nations in the Middle East and Asia. Currently there are only 37 characters usable in DNS entries, out of an estimated 50,000 that would be usable if ICANN changed naming restrictions. Given that some bind implementations still barf on an underscore, is this really premature?" From the article: "Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could 'break the whole internet', warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey ... Twomey refuses to rush the process, and is currently conducting 'laboratory testing' to ensure that nothing can go wrong. 'The internet is like a fifteen story building, and with international domain names what we're trying to do is change the bricks in the basement,' he said. 'If we change the bricks there's all these layers of code above the DNS ... we have to make sure that if we change the system, the rest is all going to work.'" Given that some societies have used non-Latin characters for thousands of years, is this a bit late in coming?

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