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Submission + - Microsoft Taps PBS to Advance Its National Talent Strategy with 'Code Story' 1

theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives." YouthSpark is part of Microsoft's National Talent Strategy (pdf), which the company describes as "a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms." The Official Microsoft Blog reports that filming of Code Trip began this week, with the three students traveling around the country to speak with leaders including Hadi Partovi, the co-founder of and 'major supporter' of, who coincidentally once reported to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and is the next door of Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and a jogging partner of Steve Ballmer. You can follow all the #CodeTrip 'reality' on Twitter, kids!

Submission + - Disney pissed about Horror Flick filmed --without permission-- at Disneyworld (

McGruber writes: Escape from Tomorrow (Trailer: is a dark drama filmed by Randy Moore. It premiered in January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was later a personal selection of Roger Ebert, shown at his 15th annual film festival in Champaign, Illinois. (

The movie was filmed without permission at Disneyworld. Moore and a small group of actors and crew went undercover as tourists for just under a month in order to film the movie. Scripts and all shooting directions were kept on their iPhones so that “when actors and crew were looking down between takes, passersby just thought they were glancing at their messages.” The actors wore the same clothes every day, but park employees seemed unsuspecting—perhaps, Moore has noted, because there are so many people who come and go through the park every day, taking pictures and recording home movies constantly. The kind of camera Moore’s crew used, a Canon 5D DSLR camera, while pricey, is small and inconspicuous. Smart phones and hidden digital recorders placed on the actors’ bodies recorded the sound. (

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Disney representative were heard saying that "Escape From Tomorrow" will never be released anywhere. But surprisingly, the studio has yet to sue. In fact, the film has already been acquired for distribution and was released on October 11th. (


Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion 545

DarthVain writes "13 record companies are trying to sue Limewire for $75 Trillion. The NYC judge in the case thinks it is 'absurd'. Its almost like these media companies are their worst enemy trying to make themselves look ridiculous. From the article: "The record companies, which had demanded damages ranging from $400 billion to $75 trillion, had argued that Section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act provided for damages for each instance of infringement where two or more parties were liable. For a popular site like Lime Wire, which had thousands of users and millions of downloads, Wood held that the damage award would be staggering under this interpretation. 'If plaintiffs were able to pursue a statutory damage theory predicated on the number of direct infringers per work, defendants' damages could reach into the trillions,' she wrote. 'As defendants note, plaintiffs are suggesting an award that is more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877.'"

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment Re:Wrong solution (Score 1) 1073

Agreed. Per several of the grade school teachers at my sons school, almost the whole first half of a school year is dedicated to reteaching what was learned the second half of the previous year due to losing that knowledge during the summer break. "If you don't use it, you'll lose it" truly applies.

I'd like to see something to the effect of several weeks on, one or two weeks off throughout the entire 12 months - something that'll equals to around the same amount of school days kids have today. If that were to happen, maybe we wouldn't need to increase the daily school hours.

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).