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Comment: Re:"Giving"? (Score 1) 350

by bhat (#35413400) Attached to: Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

I think funding for the iPad pilot project ultimately came from a donation to the College, although I'm not 100% certain. Donations and bequests from alumni and friends of the College are critical in endowing scholarships, providing for new buildings, and exploring new educational initiatives such as the iPad pilot. However, I suspect that if the program goes ahead for all Foundation Studies students from 2011/2012, then the cost of the iPads will be incorporated into the tuition fees.

Comment: Re:"Giving"? (Score 5, Informative) 350

by bhat (#35402988) Attached to: Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

Actually, TFA badly summarises the original report, which was written for an internal audience, and therefore made assumptions about the understanding of Trinity's course structures.
The trial was for a small group of international students, the Foundation Studies "August Entry 2010" intake. Staff involved in Foundation Studies (and not staff in the rest of the College) will get iPads in 2011. And starting with the "August Entry 2011" intake, all Foundation Studies students (who are international students) will get iPads. There's no government funding involved in any of this.
There's been no discussion of the mandated use of iPads in the Residential College or Theological School, which are the other two main educational units of Trinity College.

Comment: Re:"Giving"? (Score 5, Informative) 350

by bhat (#35402746) Attached to: Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

Trinity College is a private institution and receives no government funding. But in the case of the trial, the students were indeed given the iPads, but they returned them at the end of the program, and they paid nothing extra in their fees.

(I may work for Trinity College, but I don't speak for them.)


+ - Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

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gollum123 writes "Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity ( es_from_the_crypt.html ). In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected — the cornerstone of Christian faith — and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family. Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene."

Comment: Trade your SUV for a Toyota Prius (Score 2, Informative) 244

by bhat (#4754086) Attached to: Green Geeks?

The ultimate accessory for any motor-vehicle-needing Green Geek is a Toyota Prius.

The Prius is a SULEV (super-ultra low emission vehicle), which puts out about 90% less pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrocarbons compared with a similarly-sized car, while using about 50% of the fuel and producing about 50% of the carbon dioxide.

These savings come from the use of a drivetrain incorporating an internal combustion engine, electric motor-generators and regenerative braking. You never plug in your Prius, and it has a range of 500 to 600 miles per tank. Needless to say, all of this technology is controlled by a number of computers, and there's a group dedicated to hacks and mods for the Prius.

For more information on this ideal Green Geek car, see this eight page PDF from the U.S. Department of Energy, or this site, which includes more information on the Prius than you probably want.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."