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Comment Re:This is a real problem (Score 1) 1654

They say it "requires Office XYZ" but what they mean is "you need to be able to create and edit Word compatible documents". Most users are going to take the statement "requires Office XYZ" literally because they don't understand the alternatives, and the people saying "requires Office XYZ" are probably even less likely to understand that there are even alternatives available.

This is something that has impressed me about my current college; all of my professors who require their students to submit works digitally have taken the time to point out that their are alternatives to Microsoft and how to get them, namely OpenOffice. Also, all the campus computers have Firefox 3 installed as the default browser, although they have Office 2007 for productivity.


Submission + - Frozen Ocean on Mars

tubapro12 writes: "NASA has announced that radar scan indicate enough frozen water on Mars to cover the planet with up to 11 meters. A joint effort between NASA, ESA, and the ASI, has found "[a] frozen mass on Mars' South Pole is more than three and a half kilometres deep." This discovery adds a large part to the equation for any future colonization attempts on the fourth, red rock."
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court to Hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Monday

theodp writes: "In 2002, 18-year-old Joseph Frederick held up a 14-foot banner saying 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' as the Olympic torch passed by his Juneau high school, sparking a feud with the principal that heads to the Supreme Court on Monday. Legal experts say Morse v. Frederick could be the most significant case on student free speech since the days of Vietnam War protests."

What Game Companies Want From Graduates 107

simoniker writes "Game education site Game Career Guide has a new feature talking to recruiters from notable game companies like EA, Insomniac Games, and THQ. They discuss the best university courses and qualifications for getting hired to be a game developer. EA's Colleen McCreary comments on the rise of some TV-advertised mass market game schools: 'Our concern with for-profit institutions is that students may not learn the fundamental tools for understanding and solving complex issues... We are most likely to hire someone who has a BFA or MFA from a traditional art college and a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science for our entry level artist and software engineer positions.'"
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Commodore back with game on

InfoWorldMike writes: "One of the best known computer brands of the 1980s, Commodore, is back at CeBit 2007 as a gaming machine, and preloaded with a Commodore 64 emulator and more than 50 classics. The name is most commonly associated with the Commodore 64 computer, which hit the market in 1982 and went on to become the best-selling computer of all time, according to some estimates. InfoWorld has the video from the show floor."

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