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Comment Re:You know? The ass long time in summer? (Score 3, Insightful) 388

That only works for the cases where the teachers are paid for that time in the summer.

Often, that is not the case, and instead they are working another job to replace the paycheck that stops coming during that period.

It's easy to blame the teachers for this, but I try not expect people to spend a quarter of the unpaid time I see teachers already spending doing class prep, let alone more.

(I'm sure that there are teachers that don't spend that time. I'm also sure that there are teachers, somewhere, that actually get paid for that time. But the ones I know personally already spend huge amounts of completely unpaid time on class prep, and often are just left out in the cold entirely during the summer unless they are teaching summer classes.)

Comment Not so stupid, just not ready yet. (Score 1) 406

The real value of a self-driving car is just that, fully self-driving.

It's having something that can drive while you're asleep, reading, or maybe even working on your laptop.

It's something that can drive your 10 year old to school, drop them off, and then drive back to the house so that other people in the household can use the car.

And just as importantly, it's something that someone who is not fit to drive-maybe for medical reasons, maybe because they have not slept in 24 hours, maybe because they are drunk-can use to safely get where they need to go.

So no, the danger of salf-driving cars isn't that people will decide not to be in the driver's seat, the danger is that both automakers and regulators will try and give us supposedly self-driving cars that can't handle those cases, and then be surprised when things go horribly wrong, or when people just don't see the value in buying one.

Personally, I plan on ownning a true self-driving car very soon after I can buy one that can do the driving when I can't, and I bet that the vast majority of legally blind adults with enouh money will be right along there with me. But that won't happen anytime soon when people are acting like you need a driver for it to be safe.

Comment It has to beat my $30 Timex. (Score 1) 427

The #1 priority, it has to be at least as good as my $30 Timex at what that $30 Timex actually does.

I could live with the battery needing charging every week, but not more often, half the point of my watch is being able to tell at a quick glance how much longer I have to sleep. (Without putting my glasses on, thanks, a clock on the night stand really doesn't help here.)

Better programmable alarms, alarm noises, and vibration alerts than I can get with a simple watch would be good.

Beyond that, give me a good heart rate monitor, and other basic sensors, and a good API to play with it all.

Submission Geoblocking in Australia to be dismantled->

An anonymous reader writes: Major software and content players such as Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft face a raft of measures which could dismantle their business models and their ability to enforce regional restrictions, or ‘geoblocking’, on the use of their products if key recommendations of the Australian Government’s Inquiry into IT Pricing report are adopted.
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Comment Power lines. (Score 1) 262

Assuming that it goes high enough, power disturbation. It's enough of a savings that every decade or so people talk about using current generation superconductors for it, need for cryogenic cooling and all.

Then making a lot of stuff that uses current superconductors cheaper, like MRI machines and particle accelerators.

Sure, I bet that there will be _plenty_ of new stuff, but I'm less convinced that anyone is going to be able to predict what that will be all that well.


Submission Windows 8 tablets available on eBay->

Dr Max writes: During Microsoft's BUILD conference the company gave away 5000 Samsung tablets running a preview version of windows 8 to developers. As good as these tablets are (2nd gen core i5, dock, 64gb ssd, stylus, sd slot, 11.6 inch 1366x768 display), some are appearing on eBay with a high price; for example this guy asking $2700 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Windows-8-Build-Developer-Tablet-Accessories-AT-T-Broadband-/290610910198?pt=US_Tablets&hash=item43a9c293f6. Toms hardware has more info http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8-BUILD-Core-i5-Trusted-Platform-AT-T,13463.html
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Comment Public availability. (Score 0) 194

Will the general public be able to buy the units? A lot of interesting low cost hardware has come about (like the OLPC), but it's been rare that people off the street have been able to buy them.

Even if there is a very explicit lack of support, it would be nice to just be able to buy them without having to be a school or having an order for 5000 of them.

Submission Open source address book

dadrian writes: "I've been looking for an open source solution to an address book for my small office. The problem seems simple, all i want is an address book that i can sync between Thunderbird clients and also view on a web page, preferably not a complex CRM solution. Mostly the problem i had was that there was hard to find Thunderbird connectivity or it was buggy or out dated. What do Slashdot readers use to solve such a problem ?"

Submission Robots enter Fukushima reactor building->

swandives writes: "For the first time, a pair of remote controlled robots have entered a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power hopes the iRobot Packbots will be able to provide data on the current condition inside the buildings, although the company hasn't yet released any information on what they found inside."

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Comment Get a business account. (Score 1) 4

At least in the past, most ISPs will only block port 25 for non-business users. And most ISP level blocks are against the consumer DHCP ranges.

So spend the extra money on business accounts with static addresses, and take up the port blocking with your account manager if it's still an issue.

Barring that, spend $20 a month or so on a hosted VM somewhere, and run your mail through that. (Securely, please.)

A system administrator.

Submission War against small mail servers? 4

softegg writes: "My company hosts our own mail server. We have high-speed business connections through Verizon and Comcast.

Recently, Verizon and Comcast have been blocking port 25 causing our private mail server to stop functioning. Additionally, a lot of ISPs just started blocking any mail coming from any IP in the address block of cable modems.

So we started laundering our mail through a 3rd party service called DNSexit. Now McAfee's MAPS anti-spam system tells us that they are blocking DNSExit for spam.

Essentially, we are finding ourselves increasingly cut off from sending any outgoing mail. What is a small company supposed to do if you want to host your own mail?"

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