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Oregon To Let Students Use Spell Check on State Exams 235

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-there-a-proofreader-in-the-house? dept.
Starting in 2011, the Oregon Department of Education will let students spell check their work before submitting state exams. From the article: "The move is supposed to help the assessments focus less on typos and more on their writing skills. 'We are not letting a student's keyboarding skills get in the way of being able to judge their writing ability,' said state Superintendent Susan Castillo. 'As we're using technology to improve what we're doing with assessments as a nation, we believe that spell check will be one of those tools.'"

+ - Car? Plane? It's Both and Legal-> 1

Submitted by SixFactor
SixFactor (1052912) writes "At long last, a street-legal plane (or airworthy car), has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Because of its size, weight, and lack of usual auto safety features, it's got decent gas mileage on the road. Only requires 20 hours of flying time to get a license, and a third of a mile to get airborne. At just under $200k, it's a bit expensive, but there are definitely some early adopters."
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+ - US engineer gets 15y for spying for China

Submitted by goG
goG (666) writes "A Chinese-born engineer was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison for hoarding sensitive information about the US space shuttle with the intent on giving it to China. Carney called Chung's crimes a matter of national security, saying he had committed a breach against the trust Boeing and the country had placed on him.
"The [People's Republic of China] is bent on stealing sensitive information from the United States and shows no sign of relenting," Staples said. "Only strong sentences offer any hope of dissuading others from helping the PRC get that technology.""

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 735

by hitnrunrambler (#30956056) Attached to: Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality?

"NUMBERED steps ARE meant to be done sequentially. Otherwise they wouldn't be numbered. People who don't get that are part of the problem, not part of the solution."


I don't think that's at all true. Almost every tests I've ever seen has had numbered questions. If the above were true, then if I had ever skipped over a question, I'd have violated the rule, and gotten no credit for answering later questions. This has never happened during my many years of schooling. So I'd conclude that numbering the questions never implies that they must be done sequentially. It's just a convenient label, so that you can refer to a specific question during discussions.

Numbered DIRECTIONS are different than numbered QUESTIONS.

So in conclusion, numbering (like slashdot comments) is either considered in context OR you're doing it wrong.


A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-played-that-game dept.
astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the or-druid-as-the-case-may-be dept.
A feature at Gamasutra examines one of the foundations of many MMORPGs — the idea that class roles within such a game fall into three basic categories: tank, healer, and damage dealer. The article evaluates the pros and cons of such an arrangement and takes a look at some alternatives. "Eliminating specialized roles means that we do away with boxing a class into a single role. Without Tanks, each class would have features that would help them participate in and survive many different encounters like heavy armor, strong avoidance, or some class or magical abilities that allow them to disengage from direct combat. Without specialized DPS, all classes should be able to do damage in order to defeat enemies. Some classes might specialize in damage type, like area of effect (AoE) damage; others might be able to exploit enemy weaknesses, and some might just be good at swinging a sharpened bit of metal in the right direction at a rapid rate. This design isn't just about having each class able to fill any trinity role. MMO combat would feel more dynamic in this system. Every player would have to react to combat events and defend against attacks."

Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the people-have-spoken dept.
Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

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