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Comment: Lapham's Quarterly (Score 1) 363

by Verloc (#43477503) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

It only comes out 4 times a year, no ads whatsoever; each issue is filled with super interesting excepts from history alongside artwork regarding one subject. Lewis Lapham is a former editor for Harpers, which I would read on occasion. It's the only magazine that I buy regularly, and have for several years.

Comment: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Score 1) 726

by Verloc (#40389917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

The Little Prince is a fantasy/sci-fi novel that is extremely multidimensional (you can read it on many levels). It's something that one can read at 8 and enjoyed, then read again at 12, 16 and enjoyed for entirely different reasons. I cannot recommend this book enough for young readers.

Comment: Nationalist Culture (Score 3, Informative) 404

by Verloc (#38792619) Attached to: Outgoing CRTC Head Says Technology Is Eroding Canadian Culture

All the posts I'm reading are "Canada has no culture". Seriously?

Of course Canada has a culture; Quebec has a more unique example, but for English Canada there are a lot of cultural similarities between their culture and the United States' culture, so most of those characteristics are subsumed under the US cultural umbrella. Canada's resulting perceived culture is more fragmented, less in your face than other cultures. We could easily lose these fragments and become more 'international' (though most English speaking Canadians get information from english speaking countries, so that means the US and UK mostly). All nationalist cultures will face this in the coming years.

The question, really, is does this constitute a problem? It's a question of identity: 'what cultural groups do you identify with?'. Nationalism has a very real hold on our identity. We need that feeling of belonging to something, and everybody is born into a nation. However, online experience has already show us that 'virtual reality' provides that feeling of belonging and the groups with which we identify and to which we belong have changed drastically. This is a fragmentation of previous groups, and of course the previously established cultural groups are going to fight back.

Of course, the results of this fragmentation remain to be seen. Maybe it's better to belong to a group that all your neighbours belong to so that we share something in common with them, and some weak nationalism has a greater value then we currently understand. Maybe the explosion of smaller groups will allow a stronger connection within the group while a weaker without. I personally think that both are useful, and that Canadians should want to understand their culture, just as all other nations should want to understand their own culture. Having to legislate it in fear of losing it shows mistrust on one side and disinterest on the other, an ugly combination.

+ - Megaupload down, FBI Charges Seven With Online Pir-> 3

Submitted by Syobon
Syobon (1853468) writes "WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today."
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Comment: Re:Yes, you are right (Score 1) 804

by Verloc (#34713906) Attached to: Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

Actually you are 100% wrong.

How can somebody say this and claim to be educated? Is it part of those "conflict resolution skills" you're talking about?

I'm glad you've had success, but there are simply too many people to ask each one nicely. And sure, some might say yes, but some will not. And dragging the whole class to a halt and assuming that the class as a whole will agree on ANYTHING is both an unproductive use of class time and naive.

Comment: Re:Yes, you are right (Score 1) 804

by Verloc (#34709918) Attached to: Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

Afraid of what? Do you think that by "respectfully" asking somebody to stop using their computer they are going to do it? Preposterous. As equals in the classroom we hold exactly no leverage and they have no incentive to comply. People feel entitled to use whatever they see fit, and they will continue to do so unless the school as an organization takes a stand.

My program (not CS) has a no-laptop policy in the classroom. In other classes that are small enough, the prof can walk around the class and check to see what students are doing with their computer. But in large lectures of 40+ people, the amount of things happening on computer screens from the student's perspective is shocking. It is NOT just a "handful of bozos".

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Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

Posted by Soulskill
from the our-bark-is-worse-than-our-boycott dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

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