David Greene writes: I'm looking for a good linux-compatible Handycam-like portable video recording device. The old one I have now does not have Linux support and does not use memory cards (tape only). Will most of today's cameras that use memory cards Just Work? Which cams do Slashdot folks like best when working with Linux?
dcblogs writes: Elevators once had attendants. When elevator operators were replaced by buttons, did shoppers start using stairs in protest? They didn't, but going to the human cashier at a Safeway or Giant feels like an act of resistance. Automated, self-checkout kiosks are gaining usage. Replacing one cashier with four automated systems has its appeal. But will self-service kiosk technology be as disruptive as offshore outsourcing? It would be useful to know how many jobs were actually lost to offshoring, but there is no comprehensive data “on the number of production and services workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the movement of work outside U.S. borders,” said the Congressional Research Service in a recently updated report about offshoring and its impact on jobs. There may be a similar problem in calculating the impact of self-service kiosks on retail employment.
v3rgEz writes: "Wellesley Public Schools in Massachusetts is considering making fifth-grade students buy or lease an iPad, as well as educational software to run on it. The claim is that the Apple products can ultimately cut costs, but there's a lot of unanswered questions, ranging from how often rowdy fifth graders will break the screens to whether e-textbooks actually deliver any cost savings (link: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/07/25/the-real-cost-of-college-textbooks/the-faux-value-of-e-textbooks). Does Apple really need the assistance in getting its products into the public’s hands?"
mikejuk writes: Every January it is traditional to compare the state of the languages as indicated by the TIOBE index. So what's up and what's down this year? There have been headlines that C# is the language of the year, but this is based on a new language index. What the TIOBE index shows is that Java is no longer number one as it has been beaten by C — yes C not C++ or even Objective C. TIOBE name Objective C as the language of the year but because it has grown most in popularity but this is mainly because of the growth of iOS — it is hardly used for anything else. No without a doubt the language of the year should be C for deposing Java.