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+ - Setting up a big, one day WiFi network? 4

Submitted by
FurryFeet
FurryFeet writes "I work for a medum size K-12 school and have been notified that in a few weeks we'll have a big training event for teachers. We're expecting about 50 teachers to all bring in their laptops for a full-day training session; they'll all need internet access to do the work. I though I'd just set up a couple of Wi-Fi routers and call it a day, but after googling a bit I bumped into the "Wi-Fi at conferences problem"; namely, there is not a good and easy way to give 50 people a great Wi-Fi connection simultaneously. This is a one-day event, so I don't have a lot of budget. Should I just explain the situation and install a bunch of Ethernet cables? Is there any other way to set up this network that won't cost thousands of dollars?"
The Internet

+ - 10 Semantic Apps to Watch->

Submitted by
ReadWriteWeb
ReadWriteWeb writes "Semantic web applications are coming out of the woodwork, due to a combination of Semantic Web technologies and Web 2.0. A key element is that the apps try to determine the meaning of text and other data, and then create connections for users. Nova Spivack of Twine noted at the recent Web 2.0 Summit that data portability and connectibility are also crucial for these new semantic apps — i.e. using the Web as platform. This article profiles 10 Semantic Apps and looks at the approaches they are taking."
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Businesses

+ - Clark Howard vs. Bank of America

Submitted by unjedai
unjedai (966274) writes ""A San Francisco man, Matthew Shinnick, was arrested and jailed when he tried to cash a check at a Bank of America branch after receiving it from someone who had seen his ad for bicycles on Craig's List... Clark Howard found out about this story and... After speaking with BofA, Clark Howard ... asked his listeners to close their Bank of America accounts because of what he feels is unfair treatment of Matthew... A "BofA Money Loss Meter" on his site reports that listeners have allegedly withdrawn several million dollars and closed their accounts." -Wikipedia summary. The San Fransisco Chronicle article is amazing. The "BofA Money Loss Meter" is up to $50 million."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Help: How to replace batteries with AC power

Submitted by
Xanthvar
Xanthvar writes "I am looking for a way to replace batteries in several small devices, with a power pack that can be plugged into an AC power source (like a wall outlet).

I don't know if such an animal exists commercially, but I have been unable to find it while searching the internet.( Of course this may be do to poor search phrase construction, but I haven't found the right combo yet)

I have several small device (one of those hand held games that have classic video games that you connect to your TV, for example) that uses 2-4 AA batteries, and it devours them a tremendous rate.

I would like to find an adapter that would insert into the battery compartment, and allow me to connect it to a power adapter (like those universal dial a voltage adapters that you can get from radio shed). I also have a couple of them that use 2 AAA batteries.

I have heard that there used to be something like this available for 9 volt batteries, but I cannot find them.

Now, aside from the obvious solutions like:
1. You should have purchased a device that had an AC adapter jack built into it (oops, I guess I shouldn't have been so cheap, but I am)
Or
2. You should use rechargeable batteries ( I am, but it is a huge pain to change them out all the time)

Does anyone know of a device that I can purchase that will do this, or of a relatively simple way to build such a device (preferably without the use of solder, as I don't have much experience with it, and don't have a good area to work on such a project as there are children around most of the time)?

I am not opposed to frankensteining something together, as I am sure that it will be a great learning opportunity, but I am not looking to reinvent the wheel if I don't have too.

Thank you"
Censorship

+ - Jack Thompson Interview

Submitted by
jasoncart
jasoncart writes "Play.tm have published a frank interview with Jack Thompson, in which the lawyer explains that he does not want want to be regarded as the enemy of gamers, but simply hopes to keep adult games out of the hands of influential minors. Here's an extract:

I am trying to get this industry to stop the sale and marketing of adult games to kids. That is my ONLY issue. Are you with me, now that you know what I really stand for, which explains why the industry and uninformed gamers demonize me?
"
Businesses

Clearing Up Holiday Sales Rumours 86

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-jump-to-conclusions-yet dept.
Gamespot's regular 'Rumor Control' column tackles some confusion around who had the most holiday sales among the three new consoles. A CNBC broadcast prompted GamesIndustry.biz to proclaim the 360 the winner, with some 2 Million in sales. The Wii followed closely behind with 1.8 Million, and the PS3 followed that number with 750,000. The catch here is that, while it's possible a viewer could have assumed this was official NPD data, it wasn't. From the article: "The segment is an interview with Billy Pidgeon, an analyst with IT market intelligence firm IDC. In it, a graphic appears on screen showing estimated console sales in North America for November through December 25, 2006. The numbers match up with the figures being attributed to the NPD, but CNBC attributes IDC as its source on them. The confusion likely comes from a blurb of text that appears at the bottom of the screen shortly after the graphic is taken down. It notes that the 'NDP Group' (sic) pegged the Wii as selling more than twice the number of PS3s for the month of November, which is true, but also something that was announced last month." The numbers may prove to be true, but we're going to have to wait a bit longer to see who actually came out ahead last month.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_

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