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Comment: Re:This will not improve sales. (Score 1) 409

by Zenzilla (#39373711) Attached to: US ISPs Become 'Copyright Cops' July 12th
Actually you could, with MP3s. The music was kept in a directory with the names of the files randomly changed. As long as the files were properly tagged you could just copy them over and load them into whatever media player you wanted to. I don't know about ACC, never bought any of that crap.

Comment: Re:I disagree. (Score 1) 479

by Zenzilla (#39321503) Attached to: X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

You're going to have to specify what you mean by "unions" being the problem.

Easy. You need a way to get rid of bad teachers. This should be obvious. Unions in many states have made that extremely difficult. Unions are there for the teachers, not for the kids.

Define "Bad Teacher". I pose that any definition you can come up with I can counter a set of circumstances that change that teacher to a "Good Teacher". Now here's a question: why would any intelligent person want to become a teacher? They are going to be evaluated on metrics that are a lot of the time outside of their control. They have to deal with curriculum that is wrong(think Texas). They don't have the support of parents. They have class sizes of 30+ in the good districts (have you ever babysat more that 5 children at a time before?). i think all these problems go away if the children aren't guaranteed a spot in the class, they have to work for it. Put in place a process where the teacher can have the student removed from the class. This allows teachers to have the leverage they need to change all of the above problems. But what do we do with the children who where removed? Let them know it is a privilege to be in those classes not a right and say better luck next time.

Software

For Non-Profits, Common Ground vs. Raiser's Edge? 97

Posted by timothy
from the nope-we-lost-it-all dept.
lanimreT writes "I work at a medium-sized non-profit organization. We've been considering a switch from our current constituent relationship manager (CRM) The Raiser's Edge to Common Ground, a non-profit-focused CRM built on SalesForce. I would like to hear from other organizations that have already done this. What features are present in Raiser's Edge but missing in Common Ground? Is your workflow improved by the new software? If you had it to do over again, would you make the switch?"
Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-paid-for-what-we-say-you-paid-for dept.
Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."
Australia

Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Over R4 Mod Chip Piracy 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.
schliz writes "The Federal Court has ordered an Australian distributor to pay Nintendo over half a million dollars for selling the R4 mod chip, which allows users to circumvent technology protection measures in Nintendo's DS consoles. The distributor, RSJ IT Solutions, has been ordered to cease selling the chip through its gadgetgear.com.au site and any other sites it controls, as well as paying Nintendo $520,000 in damages."

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