Protip: Hit [Stop][Stop][Play]. This will skip directly to the main menu on the majority of DVD players.
True, but I really do enjoy Google's shortening service in Maps. Let's be honest, those old links were ridiculously long and contained no relevant information, shortening them up makes them easier to share any way you want (text, im, email, etc). For the majority of cases, url shortening isn't a good practice, but it's not universally bad either.
My brother is a freshmen at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and all students there were given iPads as part of their enrollment (price included in tuition). As to how much it's used in the classroom, who knows, I haven't talked to him much since he got there.
Scifi83 writes "A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) has filled the trunk of an Audi TTS with computers and GPS receivers, transforming it into a vehicle that drives itself. The car will attempt Pikes Peak without a driver at race speeds, something that's never been done."
PBH submitted a link to a really amazing composite image of the Milky Way released by NASA. They combined infrared, visible, and x-ray images taken by Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra to create one beautiful image to commemorate the 400 years since 1609, when Galileo looked up.
bheer writes "BusinessWeek profiles a call center company called iQor which has grown revenues 40% year-on-year by (shock) treating employees as critical assets. It's done this not by nickel-and-diming, but by expanding its US operations (13 centers across the US now), giving employees universal health insurance, and paying salaries and bonuses that are nearly 50% above industry norms. The article notes that outsourcing will continue and globalization will continue to change the world's economic landscape. 'But the US is hardly helpless. With smart processes and the proper incentives, US companies can keep jobs here in America, and do so in a way that is actually better for the company and its employees.' Now if only other companies get a clue as well."
Does this count as Godwin's Law?
Start with something that the students are interested, ie how the basics of the web work. How when you visit a website, your actually requesting information from another computer not to different from their own computers. Then give them the basics to write a basic "internet" application, using something like the google app engine or a little apache server you have set up. Once you have their interest, then go into coding practices and such. And be sure to teach that programming is about making mistakes. If you don't make mistakes/errors, your not programming right, and your definitely not learning anything.