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+ - How The Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly on Classrooms

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Electronics almost universally become cheaper over time, but with essentially a monopoly on graphing calculator usage in classrooms, Texas Instruments still manages to command a premium for its TI-84 Plus. Texas Instruments released the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator in 2004. Ten years later, the base model still has 480 kilobytes of ROM and 24 kilobytes of RAM, its black-and-white screen remains 96×64 pixels, and the MSRP is still $150. "Free graphing calculator apps are available," notes Matt McFarland. "But smartphones can’t be used on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Schools are understandably reluctant to let them be used in classrooms, where students may opt to tune out in class and instead text friends or play games. So for now, overpriced hardware and all, the TI-84 family of calculators remains on top and unlikely to go anywhere." So, to paraphrase Prof. Norm Matloff, is it stupid to buy expensive TI-8x milk when the R cow is free?"

+ - An Anomaly During a SpaceX Test Flight Triggered the Self-Destruct

Submitted by SpaceMika
SpaceMika (867804) writes "A SpaceX test flight at the McGregor test facility ended explosively on Friday afternoon. A test flight of a three-engine Falcon 9 Dev1 reusable rocket ended in a rapid unscheduled disassembly after an unspecified anomaly triggered the Flight Termination System, destroying the rocket. No injuries were reported."

Comment: Re:WiiU is nothing like Wii (Score 1) 203

by tfranzese (#47586891) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
Honestly, it doesn't sound like you've actually played with one for any amount of time. The tablet experience is great (has been since day one), all the Wii options are still there (including updated Wii Fit and Wii Sports iterations - both were late to the party, but better late than never). I read a lot of complaints about the Wii U, but unfortunately damn near all the complaints I read are from people who don't actually own one.

Comment: Re:Bye-Bye Java (Score 1) 303

The .NET CLR is also inconsistent between Windows platforms (e.g. Framework 4.0 on XP does not exhibit identical behavior to Framework 4.0 on Windows 7; this is without Framework 4.5 on the Windows 7 system, which would only muddle the comparison). The only place I can recall encountering this was with WPF's visual tree where on a couple occasions I've had to rearrange XAML in order for it to not cause XP to crash when loading it.

+ - Snowden is a hero says Steve Wozniak ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""He is a hero to me, but he may be a traitor to other people and I understand the reasons for them to think that way. I believe that Snowden believed, like I do, that the US has a right to freedom. He had the guts to and courage to sacrifice his life for a principle,""
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Comment: Re:Sorry, but I call BS on this. (Score 1) 212

by tfranzese (#46409185) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

There's nothing wrong with Nintendo's pricing. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is worth every bit its price which is $49.99 MSRP (and it's not been the first or even second first party title they've used a lower MSRP on). I'd have gladly paid $59.99 for DKCTF after having now played it; so much better than expected (especially because I never did get into Donkey Kong Country Returns; will have to revisit that). Comparing the HD remake of Wind Waker to the HD ports of other titles is disingenious; have you bothered to actually compare them? Have you bothered to see that there were also improvements made to the game both to fix issues players had with the original as well as integrating some of the Wii U's features?

The problem Nintendo has is marketing as far as I can tell. Their games are as good as ever, and their hardware is better than ever. The problem is tools that read a book by its cover, and then share their insight with the world.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?