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Education

+ - Education Journal Says Schools Should Use OSS->

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pfaffman
pfaffman writes "LinuxInsider has a Two part copy of a piece that a University of Tennessee professor wrote for TechTrends (original article by paid subscription only). The article makes the case that proprietary software is inconvenient and that when schools choose to use proprietary products they spend their constituents' money."
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Censorship

+ - Yahoo says Beijing likely blocking photo site->

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slashthedot
slashthedot writes "In another instance of censorship against websites about anything anti-establishement in China, Flickr, popular among a growing class of digital photo enthusiasts in the world's second-largest Internet market, has not shown photos to users in mainland China since last week, amid rumors Beijing took action after images of the Tiananmen massacre in early June 1989 were posted.
"It is our understanding that Flickr users in China are not able to see images on Flickr, and we have confirmed that this is not a technical issue on our end," a spokeswoman for Yahoo Hong Kong said in an email in response to a Reuters inquiry."

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Power

+ - Wireless Electricity or Witricity demonstrated->

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slashthedot
slashthedot writes "Physicists at MIT have have successfully lit a 60-watt light bulb by transferring energy through the air from one specially designed copper coil to the bulb, which was attached to a second coil seven feet away.
Physicists have known for more than a century that a moving magnetic field produces an electric field and vice versa in an effect called electromagnetic induction, which makes motors turn and allows your, say, electric toothbrush to recharge when placed on its base station.
The ultimate goal: to shrink the coils and increase the distance between them so that a single base station emitting "WiTricity," as the inventors refer to the effect, could power a roomful of rechargeable gadgets, each containing its own small coil.
"This is an idea that is based on principles that are more than 100 years old,"says theoretical physicist Douglas Stone of Yale University, who was not part of the study."

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Mozilla

Help Make Firefox On Mac Suck Less 375

Posted by kdawson
from the native-fox dept.
bluephone writes "Colin Barrett, one of the new Mac geniuses, and an Adium developer, has posted an entry on his blog offering an open call to all Mac users of Firefox asking them, 'What sucks about Firefox on the Mac?' He says he already knows about and is trying to solve such things as: 'Native Form Widgets (currently scheduled for Firefox 3), Keychain Integration, Firefox should have a Unified toolbar (not completely hopeless, it turns out), Performance...', but he wants to hear what else Mac users want from Firefox. So please, if you're a user of Macs and the interwebs, then RTFA, unclog your tubes, and send him your ideas."
Security

+ - Internet Security About Prevention

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An anonymous reader writes "An anti-malware application is just as good as its resident shield. Anything that gets past an active resident shield will seldom be detected by any anti-malware protection system. More..."
Education

+ - Failing students? Change the grade

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EvilTwinSkippy
EvilTwinSkippy writes "The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story of one principal's crusade to turn a school around. It involved inventing extra paperwork teachers had to file to fail a student. When that failed, she simply went into he computer and changed the grades herself. With No Child Left Behind's emphasis on school performance, you have to wonder how often this is happening and teacher's don't blow the whistle. Especially in lights of the fact that the article mentioned this has happend before, in the same district."
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony heralds Folding@home a great success on PS3

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JamesO
JamesO writes "Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has announced that great progress has been made in the month since PlayStation 3 users were given the option to join Stanford University's Folding@home program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases.

The program has seen a strong uptake by PS3 owners with more than 250,000 unique users having registered, delivering nearly 400 teraflops of computing power. Total computing power at a single moment is now recorded at 700 teraflops, more than double the capacity of the network before PlayStation 3 joined the program.

Folding@home has become one of the most powerful distributed computing networks in the world, approaching a level of historical proportions — reaching a petaflop of computing power has never before been achieved.

"The PS3 turnout has been amazing, greatly exceeding our expectations and allowing us to push our work dramatically forward," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home program lead. "Thanks to PS3, we have performed simulations in the first few weeks that would normally take us more than a year to calculate. We are now gearing up for new simulations that will continue our current studies of Alzheimer's and other diseases."

Sony has also announced that from tomorrow an update for the Folding@home application will be available to further enhance the user experience. This update will feature improved calculation speeds, increased visibility of user location on the globe and the ability for users to create longer donor or team names.

http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/25-04-2007-5326.html"

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