I like the repository approach that *nix uses, as it is reliable and light on resources, though the rss/signature concept does sound as if it could be viable. The whole application installation/config/registry structure in windows may have to be changed a bit to make this work without breaking everything when an update is performed.
On another note, npackd is a windows based package management system, though it has some compatibility problems with the windows add/remove functionality already built in (cannot uninstall/update application installed regularly from npackd, and vice versa).
I can see this MAYBE in a private school, but NEVER in public schools. Having graduated from HS 2 years ago, I am able to say it is ridiculous how stupid kids are, and how little they understand concepts, such as money.
The chairs would be destroyed within a month. A chair isn't really going to motivate someone to do better in school; students will either do well or they wont, it is up to them to not fuck around and be little show-off pricks for their friends all the time.
Though, as I am sitting in my Aeron right now, I can say I would have loved to have them in HS.
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Phase change cooling is not really that extreme of a cooling system for benchmarking... go to Quakecon you will see quite a few people with it.
LN2 (or even better liquid He) on the other hand could be considered an unfair advantage.
Why is this any kind of news? I saw and used this years ago demoed by NVIDIA at Quakecon.
Now the tables have turned:
I am an American prince and I need your help to access my millions of dollars being held in a bank, and in return I will let you keep 10%.
All you have to do to get you share of the money is to wire me $3000 for the unlocking fee at the bank.