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Submission + - Bill Gates: Industry Tyrant Or Great Leader? 1

An anonymous reader writes: InformationWeek has an interesting point/counterpoint assessment of Microsoft's chairman. Gates' Legacy: Winning Through Intimidation paints "the story of how Gates leveraged IBM's desperate need for a PC operating system into a billion-dollar business [as being] tainted with the underhanded business dealings that have led to lawsuits and two Justice Department investigations." It also quotes CEO Marc Benioff, one of the few industry execs who agreed to talk, as saying Gates "will be remembered for developing the technology and business models and strategy to allow Microsoft to have a monopoly position on the PC." The positive half of the story, Outmaneuvering The Competition gushes that "history will show [Gates] belongs among the world's great champions and leaders...Gates will be remembered as an inspiring technologist and brilliant businessman who jump-started the commercial software market, unleashing a wave of personal creativity and productivity on a scale never before seen." What's your view of Mr. Bill? Is he a software savior or an industry Satan?

Submission + - Saving Secondary Science (

Wellington Grey writes: "I'm a physics teacher who is appalled at what I see in science education today. Aside from years of dumbing down courses, current exams are filled with vagueness, politics and non-science. Science is no longer a refuge for precision-minded students. I've tried to work with the system, but have been ignored or advised to write letters of complaint that sit on desks unread. As someone who cares deeply about science education, what can be done?"

Submission + - The Demise of Physics Education (

TomSun writes: Wellington Grey is a physics teacher who has been pushed to the edge by the dumbing down of his curriculum. After changes made by the government this year which introduced what he calls 'the vague, the stupid, the political and the non-science' into standardized exams, he wrote an open letter to the government begging for his subject back and asking for your help.

Some of the examples of test questions he gives will make the mathematically minded among us ill at ease with the future of education.

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