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Feed HD video comes to iTunes -- in video podcast form only (engadget.com)

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What's this? High def video content available on the iTunes store? Ah, bullocks, it's only in the form of video podcasts available from the Washington Post. While we're still left desperately wishing iTunes would actually sell us some content in a format that would actually look good on a large HDTV, the Washington Post isn't exactly blowing it out with its poorly encoded, 250MB vidcasts. Still, unless you're willing to dive in and hack that Apple TV, this is about the only HDTV you're gonna get on yours for the time being, so grin and bear it.

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Submission + - Verizon FiOS requires Windows?

DarthWilber writes: Verizon FiOS is recently available in my area and I have been inundated with letters and phone calls from Verizon attempting to get me to sign up. The last call I received ended the spiel with "... If you meet the system requirements." When I asked what the requirements were, they asked if I was running Windows or Macintosh. I said I was running Linux. They said it won't work with Linux. When I inquired for the reason. I was met with "It just does."
Spam

Submission + - Bots, Spam, and ISPs

An anonymous reader writes: All the spam that gets through the various spam traps my ISP and employer have set up get sent to Spamcop. However I am curious about what approach the ISPs takes when they get reports.

I see a few options:
1) Do nothing
2) Tell the owner of the machine to stop sending spam
3) Block the machine

I understand that the spam is not always being sent by the owner of the machine as such, and that their machine is most likely compromised and is part of a botnet. What I don't understand is why the botnets are not dismantled by the ISPs. The way to do this is obvious, if a machine has had a spam complaint made against it, the ISP should warn the owner, and that warning should include information about botnets, rootkits, viruses, trojans, phishing scams and so on, it should also include information about virus checkers, firewalls and other software to protect the users from as much harm as possible. More importantly the ISP should inform the users HOW TO GET RID OF THE INFECTION.

Yes I agreee that none of this is as simple as it sounds, but then again trying to bock that 90% of email, the viruses, the compromised web sites is not an easy task either.

So, I am curious, has anyone here know any example of an ISP activly helping any of their customers clean up their machine ?
Nintendo

Submission + - Four months and I still can't Wii?

An anonymous reader writes: There's no shortage of controllers on the shelves and from what I understand you can DIY your own sensor bar. The box itself I've read described as a suped-up gamecube. I was in a bad way a while back and flamed Nintendo big for the horrible visibilty of the first GBA screen. Combined with how clunky and fugly the first DS was (I cracked the case hoping to do a repaint but balked when I got to the point of pulling the screens out) and, just, damn. And WTF? I was high on the road to being a collector but I'm dead in the water, not wanting to pony $400+ entry with MS and Sony's offerings and not getting to Wii.
Wii

Submission + - Nights 2 for the Wii?

stratjakt writes: Nights 2 is apparently coming out for the Wii, according to the links in the link from this link
America Online

Submission + - AOL Mail Rejects Firefox

msoren writes: "This may be a non-story, but I just tried to access my AOL mail account from my Firefox 2.0.0.3 browser — as usual — and I get this: This product has been tested with the following combination of operating systems and browsers and therefore supports: * Windows® 98 o Internet Explorer® 5.5 and 6.0 * Windows® 2000 o Internet Explorer® 6.0 * Windows® XP (Professional and Home) o Internet Explorer® 6.0 and 7.0 o Firefox® 1.5 o AOL® Explorer 1.0 o Netscape® 7.2 * Mac OS X® 10.3.7 o Safari® 1.3 o Firefox® 1.5 — Why has AOL made its free email program incompatible with the latest Firefox browser when it WAS compatible until today? Thanks!"
Software

Submission + - Is open source software turning into hardware?

Stony Stevenson writes: CIO is running an article that says open source is moving beyond just software and is being molded into new business practices and even hardware. As hardware becomes more malleable, do programmers need to be more than just mere programmers?

From the article: "Open-source, object-oriented development, personalization, even hacking, are presaging and inspiring new manufacturing methods that will overhaul today's plodding techniques born during the Industrial Revolution, according to panelists speaking Monday at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

We're seeing hardware become more like software, and rapid development become a competitive advantage.
NASA

Submission + - Is Clean Air causing Global Warming?

LightSail writes: In a startling study, NASA adds another possible cause for global warming: Clean Air. Read at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0703/26sunscre en/ Aerosol dust has dropped 20% since 1991, leading to a significant increase of in sunlight reaching the ground. Even more interesting is that the sunlight decreased steadily from 1960 to 1990. This Global Dimming would have helped temperatures to stay stable despite increased green house gas levels. Then the increased sunlight would add to the slight increase due to green house gases and elevate the global tempters. The failure to account for the increased sunlight in global warming computer models has lead to the hysterical over-reaction by environmentalists. They over-state the effects of green house gases: they missed what may the most important climate changing factor- clean air and sunshine
Education

Submission + - Gates-Backed High Tech High Flunks Out

theodp writes: "On Sunday, Bill Gates' Washington Post Op-Ed on How to Keep America Competitive said the U.S. must build on the success of schools like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed High Tech High to remain competitive in the global economy and reduce the need for H-1B visas. Try telling that to High Tech High Bayshore parents and students, whose tears and desperate pleas fell on deaf ears Friday as the board of directors of the High Tech High Foundation voted unanimously to close their school. Perhaps someone at the Post — say Director Melinda French Gates — should see that a little fact-checking is done when they give Bill a bully pulpit."
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Comment Re:Missing the point, really. (Score 1) 347

Teaching a 150+ student lecture, it's quite hard for a professor to understand what the "common problems" are in a classroom. Not all students have the time to talk with the professor after class, since many have other classes to go to, or perhaps a job.

A "clicker" (which I'll now refer to as PRS (Personal Response System), as that's what I'm used to) is a great way for a professor to ask a tricky question, and find out what the class thinks as a whole. As an example, my physics teacher asked a question about the direction of an acceleration vector. The question was, "If a ball is thrown into the air, which way is the acceleration vector pointing just before the ball is caught?"

Obviously, the vector is pointing down, but many students were confused about this, and answered either up or that it was the zero vector. This gave the professor a chance to address those students who answered wrong, and explain to them again why the vector was pointing down. Normally, by just raising hands, the professor could never get such an accurate answer of who thought what. He would then assume everyone understood completely, and just continue teaching, while half the class thought that the acceleration vector pointed up.

I've used PRS in quite a few classes. Many times, there is no grade on your actual answer to "PRS quizzes", but rather just a "participation grade", which further translates into just an attendance grade. Many professors don't know how to properly use the system to the advantage of themselves or the students. On the other hand, some know very good ways in which to make a possibly boring giant lecture hall into an interactive room with actual learning taking place.

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