Kiralan writes: Has anyone heard of NewsRover shutting down? I tried to use it on Sunday, and it was nowhere to be found. I have checked multiple DNS servers, and tried it from both home and work networks. Even their owning company, S&H Computing has gone absent. Not a word Could this be a side-effect of the recent NNTP indexing legal issues?
Kiralan writes: From Yahoo News:
Lawyers for Bank Julius Baer filed court papers Wednesday in San Francisco that officially ended the case. The lawsuit sought to prevent the renegade Web site from posting secret documents the bank alleged were stolen by a disgruntled ex-employee.
Kiralan writes: New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they're activated at the cash register.
From the story:
"A chip smaller than the head of a pin is placed onto a DVD along with a thin coating that blocks a DVD player from reading critical information on the disc. At the register, the chip is activated and sends an electrical pulse through the coating, turning it clear and making the disc playable."
This appears to be a decent use of security technology, but what is the potential of this being the new DIVX?
Kiralan writes: "The tendency to always trust the technology around you can literally lead you astray. A London ambulance crew was sent 200 miles to Manchester by a faulty satellite navigation system (GPS) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6200054. stm while transferring a patient to another hospital. Fortunately, in this case, the patient was not endangered. Seriously though, Technology should not be seen as a flawless thing, and common sense should be used as a backup."
Kiralan writes: WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's high school students will be able to use "text-speak" — the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers — in national exams this year, officials said. Text-speak, a second language for thousands of teens, uses abbreviated words and phrases such as "txt" for "text", "lol" for "laughing out loud" or "lots of love," and "CU" for "see you." The move has already divided students and educators who fear it could damage the English language. New Zealand's Qualifications Authority said Friday that it still strongly discourages students from using anything other than full English, but that credit will be given if the answer "clearly shows the required understanding," even if it contains text-speak.
The authority's deputy chief executive for qualifications, Bali Haque, said students should aim to make their answers as clear as possible. Confident that those grading papers would understand answers written in text-speak, Haque stressed that in some exams, including English, text abbreviations would be penalized. Post Primary Teachers' Association President Debbie Te Whaiti said the authority's move reflects the classroom situation. Teachers would have concerns if text slang became acceptable in everyday written language in classrooms, she said. Critics said the National Certificate of Educational Achievement or NCEA, the main qualification for high school students, would be degraded by the authority allowing text speak use in exams.
Internet blogger Phil Stevens was not amused by the announcement. "nzqa(New Zealand Qualifications Authority): u mst b joking," Stevens wrote. "or r u smoking sumthg?"