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Microsoft

+ - Ballmer Tells Partners To Buy Surface From Microsoft.com->

Submitted by xzvf
xzvf (924443) writes "Ballmer tells partners to buy Surface at retail to service clients.

From article: "Microsoft is telling us to go pay retail for the product and buy it from Microsoft.com and integrate it into our solutions. With Apple we can sell and support the iPad and make it part of our business. If Microsoft is going to keep Surface away from partners and treat us like a retail customer, it is absolutely an insult.”"

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+ - Microsoft is betting the company on the cloud.-> 1

Submitted by xzvf
xzvf (924443) writes "Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Is "Betting Our Company" On The Cloud Speaking to a gathering of hundreds of students at the University of Washington, Ballmer said: "I'll know we've succeeded with this aspect of the cloud the day we all agree that the virtual interaction through the cloud is as good as being here.""
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Education

+ - 1980's Computers in Education->

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xzvf (924443) writes "As someone that went to high school in the 80's, this newsletter from 1980 is a blast from the past. An interview with Microsoft talks up it's BASIC language product and predicts voice control of computers in five years. Advertisements for Compute magazine which is about to go monthly and an article about a computer "network" in Minnesota that connects some fax machine looking terminal to a central computer over telephone lines. Lots of Atari, TI and RadioShack news too.

Its a reminder from 30 years ago that we are still not using technology effectively in education."

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+ - Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture->

Submitted by xzvf
xzvf (924443) writes ""Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture . In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the pets?"

My mommy and daddy told me my pets would be waiting for me in heaven!!!"

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Education

+ - Staffer demos College Rankings Manipulation

Submitted by xzvf
xzvf (924443) writes "A disgruntled Clemson University staffer shows how US News and World Report college rankings are manipulated. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/762934.html Techniques include bad mouthing other schools, filling out applications from highly qualified students that never intended to apply, and lying about class size and professor salaries."
Enlightenment

+ - Woman drops out of college because of Ubuntu 1

Submitted by xzvf
xzvf (924443) writes "WKOW of Madison, Wisconson, reported that a woman dropped out of college because of Ubuntu. Dell sold her a laptop with Ubuntu and she couldn't load her Verizon CD for internet access, or Word required by her community college. She complained to the television station that Dell screwed her over and their "action team" jumped in to help. Dell hasn't responded to the TV station yet, but Verizon sent out a tech to help her get on the internet, and someone told her about Open Office."
Media

+ - Castro gets Ubuntu Award (not the Linux one)->

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xzvf (924443) writes "Fidel Castro has been awarded the Ubuntu award for being a humanitarian. I find it strange that the dictator of a country that brutally oppresses its citizens and acted at a Soviet proxy sending troops to fight in Angola, is listed as a humanitarian. What the award is about: "The Ubuntu Award is honouring persons who have consistently lived the humanitarian values of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. The first and second awards of this campaign that revive values of humanity were received by Nelson Mandela and Kenneth Kaunda in 2006 and 2007 respectively." (www.politicsweb.co.za) What effect will this have on Ubuntu's brand name?"
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