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Comment Kudos to Austria. (Score 1) 9

I hope this is the beginning of a trend. I like learning that mirrors real world situations. You can never underutilize your available resources, whether as a student or working for money in a career. This is an aspect of the world that is ignored in the classroom, historically speaking. The ability to phone someone you know for information is a good thing to teach.
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Submission + - Tested: iPhone 3GS battery runs 45% longer (cnet.co.uk)

CNETNate writes: "In a real-world test, it turns out Apple's assurance that the new iPhone battery is significantly longer-lasting than the 3G it replaces, is accurate. Users upgrading from the existing 3G model can expect roughly a 50% increase in battery longevity, based on upgrading from a year-old iPhone 3G. For anyone still on the fence as to whether Apple's figures can be believed, perhaps this test will offer some assurance."
The Internet

Submission + - The Real Difference Between Cheap and Free 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Times is reporting on an interesting spat between Malcolm Gladwell, author of The "Tipping Point", "Blink" and "Outliers", and Chris Anderson, Wired contributor and author of The Long Tail: Why The Future of Business is Selling Less of More.

The source of conflict is a fascinating review of Anderson's book by Gladwell in the New Yorker, in which Gladwell addresses Anderson's argument that technology applies an inexorable downward pressure on the price of intellectual, property. Regardless of whose position you agree with, the debate is an interesting one, even though I've yet to see an answer to the question that if it really is a race to the bottom, what happens to society once we get there?

Comment Re:HTML 5 and Javascript (Score 5, Informative) 436

I suggest you take a look at Kroc Camen's "Video for Everybody" HTML5 video element implementation. Not a hint of Javascript is necessary to implement it, and it's very cross-platform. It can play back in OGG, Flash, Quicktime (even on the iPhone), WMA, or alternatively provide a download link. http://camendesign.com/code/video_for_everybody
Censorship

Submission + - China delays internet filter plan (bbc.co.uk)

SailorSpork writes: "BBC Reports: "China is delaying a controversial plan requiring all new computers sold in the country to be equipped with an internet filtering software, state media says. The filter, called Green Dam Youth Escort, was to have been required from Wednesday, but the ministry of industry said computer makers needed more time." Except of course for Sony, who as reported earlier lacked the moral fiber to hold off installing the spyware, which reportedly is ridden with security holes and uses stolen code. Sony actually managed to ship ahead of the schedule."

Comment Re:The marijuana crowd is retarded (Score 5, Insightful) 709

And you're using TOBACCO as an example? You do realize tobacco is a plant that grows anywhere, right? But how many people are growing it themselves to make their own cigarettes? The price of cannabis is directly linked to its illegality. After 10 years of it being legal, an quarter ounce of marijuana will cost as much as a six pack of beer.

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