I was just curious because it sounded like another public school story... (I went to public school myself). My sister went to private girls school, and there's no way they would let persist that level of incompetence you just described. Unfortunately, almost all public schools just lack accountability or good feedback mechanisms that will correct problems.
Ah but its the Colbert Report and Daily Show killing your efficiency there. If you only watched non-news shows from iTunes then you could easily watch 12+ different shows a year before you approached a basic cable or satellite subscription. Now as slashdotters we all live by Colbert and Stewart, but there's a huge market of tv watchers out there that prefer to watch ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX news instead, and all they would have to do is buy one of those HD broadcast antennas and they could get their daily news fix for free, and still pay less than a cable subscription to watch CSI and L&O on AppleTV. Just something to think about.
Supersize Me writes: When Microsoft launched the Xbox a year ahead of the Wii and PlayStation 3, much was made of the advantage Microsoft gained by entering the next-gen console market first. A feature at Ars Technica looks at what the head start has gained Microsoft as well as how some of the company's choices with the 360 may be cause for regret. 'A 20GB hard drive is simply too small, especially with the video marketplace on Xbox Live. With demos sometimes coming in at over 1GB and rental movies that are over 5GB, you simply don't have a lot of space available.' At the other end of the spectrum is Microsoft's decision to include a hardware scaler with the 360: 'The importance of that scaler is hard to overestimate. It gives the 360 a built-in advantage over the PS3 and it's something Sony needs to work on as soon as they can. Whether it is a software or hardware solution, they're running at a disadvantage on anything but a 720p-native HDTV in terms of games.'
A. Bosch writes to mention that Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek software has a commentary that examines the need for choices in software. From the article: "This highlights a style of software design shared by Microsoft and the open source movement, in both cases driven by a desire for consensus and for 'Making Everybody Happy,' but it's based on the misconceived notion that lots of choices make people happy, which we really need to rethink." With software steadily becoming more sophisticated, are more choices really necessarily better?
Private K-8, public high school.
stewwy writes "It looks like the the shenanigans have started already, the Register is running a story about the difficulty early voters are having with casting votes for Democrats." From the article: "The touch-screen gizmos seem strangely attracted to Republican candidates. One voter needed assistance from an election official, and even then, needed three tries to convince the machine that he wanted to vote for Democrat Jim Davis in the gubernatorial race, not his Republican opponent Charlie Crist."
v3xt0r writes "It seems that 'the Open Source Development Model' is to be blamed for the recent increase in botnet development. 'We're not taking aim at the open-source movement; we're talking about the full-disclosure model and how that effectively serves malware development,' the spokesman for McAfee says. Why not just blame the IRC Protocol? Or simply admit that Proprietary vendors cannot keep pace with the Open Source Model?"
An anonymous reader writes "ForeignPolicy.com takes a look at Open Source as it applies to governments and some of the reasons that a governing body may or may not like OSS. From the article: 'Governments around the world are enchanted by open-source software. Unlike proprietary software, for which the code is kept secret, the open-source variety can be copied, modified, and shared. [...] Trouble is, the benefits of open source are not always so clear-cut. Software is too complicated a creation to be captured in rhetoric, and assertions about some of the technical benefits of open source fail to tell the whole story.'"