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Submission + - Steve Furber: why kids are turned off computing (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: UK computing legend Steve Furber — co-founder of Acorn and ARM designer — believes students are avoiding computing classes because they teach nothing but the boring basics. Currently studying why the number of students signing up for computing has halved in the past eight years, Furber said schools focus too much on teaching kids how to use spreadsheets, word processors and PowerPoint, rather than teaching more challenging areas such as programming. "What schools are presenting as ICT as an academic subject is very mundane compared with what students know they can do," he said. "It’s as if maths was just arithmetic or English was taught as just spelling. It’s not unimportant that you can do arithmetic or you can spell, but it certainly doesn’t open up the whole world of interest and challenge, if that’s all you do."
NASA

Submission + - NASA goes after huge lighting storms on Earth (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: NASA this month will unleash its unmanned drone with a venerable tool mounted inside that will let it track and monitor storm lighting like never before. The Lightning Instrument Package (LIP) will for the first time fly aboard NASA's unmanned Global Hawk drone as it flies over the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of 60,000 feet looking for hurricanes to dive into. The LIP instrument has flown before; in fact it has monitored some 800 storms throughout its 15-year career, but never for 30 straight hours as it will inside the drone.
Operating Systems

Submission + - AmigaOS twenty-five years of check-ins visualized (hyperion-entertainment.biz)

the_arrow writes:

As a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amiga computer, Hyperion Entertainment has made a video using the Gource CVS visualization software showing a time-compressed version of 25 years of Amiga development, from the early days of AmigaOS 1.0 to the present. Personal commentary added by one of the current core full-time AmigaOS developers, Hans-Joerg Frieden (a.k.a. "Rogue").

Video in a couple of popular formats and resolutions availabe here.

Censorship

Submission + - UAE's Blackberry ban will affect visitors too (skunkpost.com)

crimeandpunishment writes: Residents of the United Arab Emirates won't be the only ones affected by the upcoming Blackberry blockage. Anyone visiting the country will also be blocked from using Blackberry's e-mail, messaging, and Web browsing services when the ban is scheduled to take effect October 11th. That would affect business travelers and others flying through the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai. Since the UAE announced its ban yesterday, Saudi Arabia announced it would also block the use of Blackberry's messaging service.
Google

Submission + - Google Gets Its iPhone Voice (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: Google has found a way to let iPhone owners use Google Voice, launching a Google Voice Web app that runs on iPhone 3.0 OS devices, as well as on Palm WebOS devices. The Google Voice application leverages HTML 5's functionality for running sophisticated Web applications on a browser at speeds matching those of native applications, Google said. The Google Voice-iPhone conflict is one of several issues putting the companies on a collision course, the latest of which involves Apple potentially courting Microsoft to tap Bing as the iPhone's default search.
Image

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment Experiments (Score 4, Informative) 343

I work as a sysadmin at a company making a slow switchover to Linux, and I've experimented with this a bit. You can greatly, greatly limit the damage any virus can cause through wine by unmapping it's Z drive from the wine configuration menu. By default, wine maps / to Z. I can see why they did this, (wine can only run applications within a mapped drive) but it likely needs to be undone across the board. The best alternative would be to create a unhidden wine folder in the user's home directory and map that in wine. If Z is left mapped to /, then a windows virus can run rampant all throughout your system.
Government

Submission + - WoW gamer earns Federal Investigation achievement.

barnyjr writes: A teenager could face federal charges after investigators say he made online threats to kill Americans on a plane from Indianapolis to Chicago. According to investigators, a monitor of the online interactive game World of Warcraft saw the alleged threats in an on-line chat and called Johnson County authorities. She told investigators the chatter didn't seem like a game. Full Story

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