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Comment How about we stop bitching about teachers (Score 5, Insightful) 557

and start holding parents accountable. Oh, wait the culture of victimization says we have to blame somebody... The teachers, no the unions - If your kid sucks in school it is because you are a shitty parent, I know several people that went to Cleveland public schools and went on the get college educations and do well in the world, yeah - I am sure they had some good teachers some bad ones and everything in between but you know what they did have for sure? They had parents who expected and demanded no less they became educated and made something of themselves.

Submission + - Meteor shower due Friday night and Saturday (metrowestdailynews.com) 1

r0k3t writes: "I heard about this on the radio this morning and couldn't believe I had heard about it somewhere other then /. Star watchers can expect more than 15 meteors per hour during the peak of the Orionids meteor shower early Saturday morning, about two hours before sunrise as the Earth passes through debris from Halley’s Comet.
I wonder if someone knows of a site that tells people in different parts of the country what time they can expect to see the show?"

Comment Re:"Long Live the Zune" ... not. (Score 1) 181

Actually - Zune is not dead, the platform has simply been integrated into the windows phone - how many people are out there buying ipod's these days... It only makes sense - as these devices continue to integrate it's the right thing to do - Windows Phone 7 isn't perfect yet however it's very promising and I think they are on the right track.

Submission + - One in eight to cut cable and satellite TV in 2010 (cnn.com)

r0k3t writes: It looks like people are finally getting sick of over priced over commercial-ed cable and satellite T.V. I had predicted that by 2005 we would mostly be using the net for video seems like I was a few years off. Of course — that is if they let you cancel... http://wafflesandmilk.com/2010/02/time-warner-worst-customer-service-nightmare/

Submission + - Palin e-mail snoop found guilty on 2 charges (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: A federal jury in Knoxville today has convicted David Kernell, 22, of two charges – misdemeanor computer fraud and felony obstruction of justice — in connection with the 2008 episode where he accessed the personal Yahoo e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and then initiated a worldwide rummaging of its contents. The obstruction charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

Submission + - Mechwarrior 4 Free Release now available (mektek.net) 1

Mr. Sketch writes: "Finally, the long awaited moment has arrived!

Studio MekTek, in association with Smith and Tinker, INC., Virtual World Entertainment, LLC, Catalyst Game Labs, and Microsoft Games, is happy to announce the release of Mechwarrior4 Free.

Getting started is easy. Just download and install MTX, MekTek's free content delivery and updating system. Once installed, simply click the Games Available tab, select Mechwarrior4: Mercenaries and click install. The game will download and install, all within MTX, and as updates become available, MTX will help you keep your game up to date."

The Matrix

Submission + - Our universe might be somebody else's hobby

Maximum Prophet writes: In this article, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/14/science/14tier.h tml?8dpc, John Tierney, posits that we might just be a simulation in someone else's computer, based on the work of Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University.
Not really a new idea, but it's the first time I've seen it in the mainstream press.

They don't mention it in the article, but the way to prove the hypothesis would be to look for bugs in the OS, and gain root privileges.

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