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Comment Re:bye internet (Score 1) 966

People in this country generally aren't motivated, but if you take away their interwebz, their mafia, their farmville, cut them off from the new centuries opiate of the masses, and see what starts to happen. If they can't passive-aggressively blog about what they want to change, maybe a few with that get up and go will try and actually bring some real change around. Though, The Onion said it best in one of their classic articles: "Human spirit hard to clean out of tank tread."

Submission + - iPhone Vs. HTC Evo Gets Employee Suspended (

Kilrah_il writes: Brian Maupin, a Best Buy employee, tired of not-so-educated smartphone buyers, decided to post 2 videos slamming both iPhone's and HTC Evo's fanboys. Although both videos became hits on YouTube, his employers didn't like the joke so much and suspended him. "Maupin told TechCrunch he was asked to quit but refused the request. At that point, Maupin says he was told of his suspension in advance of a review of the matter by the company's human resources department."

Submission + - Best Buy: a spy's best friend? (

crimeandpunishment writes: Tom Cruise would never take on an impossible mission without elaborate high-tech gear. James Bond would be shaken without Q's custom gadgets. For real-life spies, it's a different story. At least for the suspected Russian spies arrested this week. The FBI says they used the same off-the-shelf equipment we have in our homes. One FBI consultant says "Technology is so powerful now that you don't have to have special-purpose equipment any more".

Submission + - Pirate Party to Run Pirate Bay from Parliament ( 2

rdnetto writes: After their former hosting provider received an injunction telling it to stop providing bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, the worlds most resilient BitTorrent site switched to a new ISP. That host, the Swedish Pirate Party, made a stand on principle. Now they aim to take things further by running the site from inside the Swedish Parliament.

The party has announced today that they intend to use part of the Swedish Constitution to further these goals, specifically Parliamentary Immunity from prosecution or lawsuit for things done as part of their political mandate. They intend to push the non-commercial sharing part of their manifesto, by running The Pirate Bay from ‘inside’ the Parliament, by Members of Parliament.

Submission + - Non-explicit Calculator Policies in the Classroom 1

AppleTRON writes: Dear /.,

In an intensive 4-week college-level calculus course I am currently taking, the professor made no explicit policy regarding calculator use in class or on exams. So, I have followed the guidelines for AP exams, the SAT and Praxis exams, which clearly state that calculators are unacceptable if they have network capability, qwerty keypads and touch screens to name a few restrictions. I have been using the TI-Nspire. This calculator, along with its cousins, the TI-84 and TI-89, all make basic calculus problems trivial, and consequently provide an advantage on trivial problems to those with the ability to use them. After giving a test that clearly did not consider the power of modern calculators, the professor, with one week left in the class decided these calculators were "unfair" and that a "fair" solution would be to provide only basic scientific calculators to the students who had been using the powerful calculators for the entire class, in effect leaving them without capabilities they have come to rely on. Should it be the responsibility of the student to relearn the material in this new arbitrary framework? Should it be the professor's responsibility to design tests that incorporate accepted technologies? Is there an ethical dilemma by changing or instituting a policy mid stream and forcing people to adapt in a short amount of time? I come to you because I trust your reasoning and technical skills. Certainly if you have a strong opinion about this, weigh in. If you have academic credentials, all the better.

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