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Education

+ - Japanese envy Indian Schools?

sas-dot writes: Nytimes article writes that Japan is suffering a crisis of confidence these days about its ability to compete with its emerging Asian rivals, China and India. But even in this fad-obsessed nation, one result was never expected: a growing craze for Indian education..India's more demanding education standards are apparent at the Little Angels Kindergarten, and are its main selling point. Its 2-year-old pupils are taught to count to 20, 3-year-olds are introduced to computers, and 5-year-olds learn to multiply, solve math word problems and write one-page essays in English, tasks most Japanese schools do not teach until at least second grade. America has to learn something from this? or not?
Games

+ - Political PC game gets retail release->

cliffski writes: "Discussions about games and politics are nothing new, but games actually about politics are. Thankfully the popular turn based politics sim 'Democracy' just got a retail release. Democracy has been sold on-line for a few years and a sequel is in the works, but this is the first time the game has hit US stores. Unlike most 'election games', Democracy has always been about the nuts and bolts of running the country (similar to the on-line game 'NationStates', rather than taking the more cynical approach of other games which concentrate entirely on the electoral process. A niche game built on a neural network, assuming a highly educated and literate audience, this is an example of the kind of game you will only see released on the PC platform."
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Nintendo

+ - Nintendo Power--The End of an Era 1 1

Guppy06 writes: "Starting with volume 222 in December, Nintendo will no longer be in charge of its own dedicated magazine, Nintendo Power, instead handing the reins over to Future US, publisher of other gaming magazines such as PC Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, and Playstation: The Official Magazine. Nintendo started Nintendo Power from its original "Nintendo Fun Club" back in 1988 and since then the magazine has been the official mouthpiece of the company to its fanbase, often being the medium used for new announcements, such as the development of the now-classic Game Boy and Super NES. Similarly, it seems Nintendo is no longer publishing its own video game guides, which were published under the Nintendo Power name; recent flagship titles such as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass only have Nintendo-authorized guides published by Prima available."
The Courts

+ - Possession of the Anarchist's Cookbook==Terrorist

Anonymous Terrorist writes: Back in the midsts of time, when I was a lad and gopher was the height of information retrieval I read The Anarchist's Cookbook in one huge text file. Now it appears the UK government considers possession of the book an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000 and is prosecuting a 17 year old boy, in part, for having a copy of the book.
Announcements

+ - Burning Water key to energy woes?->

jrsumm writes: According to this story , inventor John Kanzius has developed a device which will set fire to salt water by blasting it with high frequency radio waves. Using a device he originally developed for cancer research, Mr Kanzius may have discovered the next great green fuel source. Reaction is mixed. According to Professor Emeritus Rustum Roy at the Penn State University Materials Lab it "... is the biggest discovery in 100 years of water research." However, University of Akron Professor Emeritus Rudy Scavuzzo says that it "...is nothing more than a new twist on a high school science experiment."
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Music

+ - Elton John wants Internet Shut Down->

jrsumm writes: Elton John agrees that music today is worse than music of yesteryear. And he knows the culprit. The internet. Because now anybody can become an artist. "Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK, but it doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision". Quick blurbs, not real stories, at hollywoodrag and news.com.com. Of course you can find more sites(mostly blogs) with the exact same info at google news.
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