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Comment wat ? (Score 1) 67

I m pretty sure my sister brought 2 DS (on two different trip) from china, the first one of those being gifted to her by our cousin (someone living in china). Second one was pretty easy to find too. I actually had no idea that this ban was in place Maybe they're just reviewing it because the law is unenforceable ?

Comment only in the us ... not (Score 1) 663

Writing from Belgium here, and i found that those kind of things are unfortunately a common occurrence , both in standardized and teacher-made test.

Far more than the simplification errors (example 1 and 2 in the article, though both seems kinda gross) it's the second type of error that are far more annoying for a student passing a test. For the first type of errors, intelligent students can generally realize that the test is just asking for them to give the (flawed) answer that they have been taught, and they'll do so while making a mental note about its correctness in their head. But questions with multiple correct answer will confuse anyone who happens to recognize them, making them lose time in addition to risking a wrong answer. (btw multiple choices sucks, anyone with half a brain can get a passing grade without studying by applying some simple reasoning)

Now onto a personal experience (the real reason i wrote this post : I m still wanting to vent nearly 15 years later)

Elementary school, fourth grade, the question is counting the number of "rectangle" on a drawing. So I do the counting, then naively write down the answer I deem correct. A few days later the result come in, I happen to have a mistake on that question : the "correct" answer is one less than the one I had given, because some idiots writing standardized tests don't think a square is a rectangle (justification is about the same as the one given in this article, student not "smart" enough to realize it)

Nowadays, i m a university student, and its gotten a lot better once out of high school (well maybe it's just my faculty, applied sciences. You should see an economy teacher trying to explain second derivative to engineering students : he appears to understand what it does (i d hope so), but from the way is teaching it, either he's the worst teacher on earth (not confirmed on the rest of his subject) or some students in other sections must have a really hard time grasping anything about it), but i still sometimes go and check test and report card of my little sister, and i m really appalled by some the questions given. Most of the time the problem lie in badly formulated questions, but sometimes you'll find questions where it seems obvious the teacher has only a passing familiarity with the subject at hand (this is a plague in elementary school).

phew, rant off, i m out

Comment Re:Misleading to call it "non-copied" (Score 1) 657

Not to rain on your anti-IP parade (im not terribly pro-IP, at least not in their current state, but i do like argument based in fact and not around fantasy), but if you study European history a bit, you'll find that copyright and patent effectively ended the guild system (think organized mob that would disallow anyone not affiliated to use their idea). So yes patent and copyright aren't exactly old idea, but they certainly didn't replace free information exchange. (fun fact : guilds were called corporations in france, draw parallel, etc., etc.)
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Opera Plans Containerized Data Center In Iceland 35

1sockchuck writes "Iceland's supply of renewable power has gained a high-profile international data center customer. Web browser developer Opera Software was announced today as the first customer of the Thor Data Center, which will house Opera's servers in data center containers that can use fresh air cooling, rather than chillers (a strategy also used by Google). The Thor Data Center is located in Hafnarfjorour, to the west of Iceland's ash-spewing volcano. Iceland's data center operators insist their location represents no operational risk from volcanic activity."

Russian Man Aims To Reinvent "Taser" Technology 131

Lanxon writes "A Russian man is hoping to overhaul the technology within Taser-type weapons — transforming them from single-shot, short-range devices that stun for a few seconds, into more effective long-range, rapid-fire weapons — by modifying the wires and the type of shock they generate, reports Wired. Non-lethal weapon developer Oleg Nemtyshkin's design uses bare wires, rather than the insulated wires favored by Taser and other stun gun makers. These wires weigh only about one sixteenth as much as insulated wire, providing less drag on the darts and improved accuracy. Nemtyshkin demonstrated his bare wire technology with a prototype – 'Legionary" — in 2001. His latest version is the S5, and a video of the weapon in action shows it firing repeatedly — almost as fast as the trigger can be pulled."

BFG Exiting Graphics Card Market 108

thsoundman writes news that BFG appears to be giving up on the graphics card side of its business. The company's chairman said in a statement: "After eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward. We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well. I'd like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs, and notebooks."

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