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Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 152

by The Dark (#34045398) Attached to: Some Aussie High Schools Moving To Two Devices Per Child

The real sad thing is, private schools in Australia get more government funding than public schools...

This gets brought out every election by the teachers union, it just lies through statistics.
Private schools get more Federal Government funding, and public schools get more State government funding. The state govements get the money for the schools from the federal government anyway.

See this link: http://www.acer.edu.au/documents/PolicyBriefs_Dowling07.pdf It is from 2004, but it shows that public schools get a average of $10,000 per student from the government and private schools get $6,000.

There is still an argument to be made that the public schools should get a bigger slice, but deliberately ignoring 90% of the funding for public schools isn't the way to argue it.

Space

Pluto — a Complex and Changing World 191

Posted by timothy
from the can-imagine-quite-a-bit dept.
astroengine writes "After 4 years of processing the highest resolution photographs the Hubble Space Telescope could muster, we now have the highest resolution view of Pluto's surface ever produced. Most excitingly, these new observations show an active world with seasonal changes altering the dwarf planet's surface. It turns out that this far-flung world has more in common with Earth than we would have ever imagined."
Science

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"
Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."
Role Playing (Games)

Fable III Announced For 2010 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-boy-and-his-dog-and-his-empire dept.
Flea of Pain writes "Fable III is finally in the works! 'Peter Molyneux revealed that his team is working on Fable III, which will arrive in late 2010, two years after the release of Fable II. The game will give you the primary task of becoming Albion's king and leading the people to happiness and the kingdom to glory. Fable III will be something bold and different, Molyneux promises, stating that story and drama will play a major part in it. New things will be done with the dog and the bread-crumb-trails mechanic, which were present in the second game, and you will be offered complete control of your actions and your people's actions, as you will be the king of Albion. ... [Y]ou will need to balance many things, including poverty and greed, tyranny and compassion or progress and tradition, all in order to keep your subjects happy. Furthermore, you will be able to set taxes and decide how you will rule your subjects. Your spouse, be it a king or a queen, will also point you into various directions over the course of the game. It seems that you will start as a son or daughter of the hero from Fable II and then progress until the halfway point of the game when you will be named king or queen of Albion. This means that you need to keep your save data from Fable II in order for a higher degree of customization.'"
Networking

Directory Service Implementation From Scratch? 149

Posted by timothy
from the just-have-everyone-shout dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I work at a small but growing startup company. Currently, our directory and authentication information is scattered across many systems and wikis, and is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. We are looking at centralizing this information in a directory service to minimize administrative overhead as we continue to grow. The service must support basic directory searches, as well as user authentication for Linux and Windows hosts. Although we are primarily a Linux shop, there are a handful of Windows systems that will be on a Windows Active Directory domain. Most directory servers seem to support integration with other directory servers, however it seems like it may be easiest to just use Active Directory for everything. Are there any pitfalls with this approach? If you had the chance to redesign your enterprise directory service without regard for legacy services, how would you do it?"

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