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Education

University of California, Berkeley, To Delete Publicly Available Educational Content (insidehighered.com) 337

In response to a U.S. Justice Department order that requires colleges and universities make website content accessible for citizens with disabilities and impairments, the University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts. Officials said making the videos and audio more accessible would have proven too costly in comparison to removing them. Inside Higher Ed reports: Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the university's webcast.berkeley site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms -- a process that will take three to five months -- and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them. The university will continue to offer massive open online courses on edX and said it plans to create new public content that is accessible to listeners or viewers with disabilities. The Justice Department, following an investigation in August, determined that the university was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. The department reached that conclusion after receiving complaints from two employees of Gallaudet University, saying Berkeley's free online educational content was inaccessible to blind and deaf people because of a lack of captions, screen reader compatibility and other issues. Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education, made the announcement in a March 1 statement: "This move will also partially address recent findings by the Department of Justice, which suggests that the YouTube and iTunes U content meet higher accessibility standards as a condition of remaining publicly available. Finally, moving our content behind authentication allows us to better protect instructor intellectual property from 'pirates' who have reused content for personal profit without consent."
Businesses

Netflix Partners With iPic To Release Its Original Movies In Theaters, NATO Urges To 'Tread Lightly' (variety.com) 134

turkeydance quotes a report from Variety: The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is sounding the alarm over a recent deal between Netflix and iPic, in which the luxury-theater chain will screen 10 movies simultaneously with their release on the streaming service. The lobbying organization represents the country's theater chains and has been a staunch defender of traditional release windows that keep films exclusively on screens for roughly 90 days before they debut on home entertainment platforms. In a statement, NATO chief John Fithian warned that while iPic was free to make its own decisions, "We all should tread lightly and be mindful that over the years, the film industry's success is a direct result of a highly successful collaboration between film makers, distributors and exhibitors." The deal with iPic should help Netflix' movies quality for awards. Variety reports: "iPic will release the war thriller 'The Siege of Jadotville,' starring Jamie Dornan ('Fifty Shades of Grey'), on Oct. 7. That will be followed by Christopher Guest's mockumentary 'Mascots' on Oct. 13. This summer, iPic first tested showings of Netflix's 'The Little Prince.'" "Simultaneous release, in practice, has reduced both theatrical and home revenues when it has been tried," Fithian said in a statement. "Just as Netflix and its customers put a value on exclusivity, theater owners and their customers do too."

Comment Re:WHY THAT CONTROLLER PORT (Score 2) 195

Those ports are the same as the accessory ports on Wiimotes; you can use the existing Wii Classic Controller Pro with the mini-NES, and you can use the new NES controllers (which, as the article says, looks like the original NES controller) with a Wiimote to play Virtual Console games. You should also be able to connect the Wiimote to a PC and use the NES controller that way, too.

You can see what the controllers look like on the images of the boxes, and it's been reported elsewhere that the controllers will cost $9.99.

Comment Re:I don't (Score 1) 507

Don't use the TV's apps and you won't get injected ads. Don't bother connecting the TV itself to your network, and they can't inject ads. Either way, the "don't like to see more advertisements than they have to" argument gets shot down pretty hard.

It's completely possible to use a smart TV without using any of the "smart" features, at which point it's literally no different than using a traditional "dumb" TV.

Comment Re:Holy crap ... (Score 1) 143

So, something I've never heard of is now free ... do I give a shit or not?

If you've never heard of it, and can't be bothered to click a link placed directly in fron of you, then no, you obviously don't give a shit.

Hey, why not just post URLs with no summary, and we'll cut out the middle man entirely?

Counter-point: if you can't be bothered to click a link, why not just repost the full article, then?

The people who are interested in this piece of news already know what Xamarin is, seeing as it's pretty popular amongst cross-platform mobile developers, so it's no more unreasonable to not include a description than it would be to not describe what Android or iOS is. Anyone curious who doesn't already know what it is just has to click the link to find out, and if they can't be bothered to do that, then they just don't want to know.

Comment Re:Holy crap ... (Score 1) 143

What the hell is Xamarin?

Hmm, that's a good question, too bad the article doesn't give any indication...

What, what's this text on the top of the second image in the article?

Build C# apps on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac with Xamarin.

Geeze, it's like no one has any reading comprehension any more...

Comment Re:you have to build out infrastructure for partne (Score 1) 181

Well, let's see...

Video must be streamed over T-Mobile’s network in a way that allows T-Mobile to identify the traffic as streaming video. This requires that video detection signatures be present. T-Mobile will work with content providers to ensure that our networks work together to properly detect streaming video (and will continue to work with content providers as new video detection signatures are needed in the event of future technology enhancement or changes). Use of technology protocols which makes detection of video streams difficult such as https will require additional T-Mobile assessment of the technical feasibility to qualify for inclusion in the offering. Use of technology protocols that are demonstrated to prevent video stream detection, such as User Datagram Protocol "UDP", on any platform will exclude video streams from that content provider

Translation: if you use encryption, we have to spend more time making sure we can identify which traffic is streaming video (which won't count towards a user's data limit) and any other form of traffic (which will), but if we can tell the difference, you can use it.

Comment Re:Not so different from XBox (Score 1) 578

I was about to say pretty much the same thing; set it to open to your Library page and disable the "Update News" popups, and you'll never have to deal with that crap.

Of course, as someone else pointed out, Steam is a store, so getting new games is pretty much half the point in using Steam in the first place; finding out about new games is an integral part of that.

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