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Comment It depends (Score 2) 349

As it stands, your question yields by default the answer, "it depends." With no restrictions, minimal training and supervision, the use of iPads (or whatever) in the classroom can hinder greatly students' performance. On the other hand, with restrictions, training and adequate supervision, there's no (immediate) reason why iPads (or whatever) cannot benefit students greatly. Without any additional information about how and within what framework the technology is being implemented, a more definite answer cannot be reached.

Tom's Hardware Benchmarks Inkjet Printer Paper 160

An anonymous reader writes "We all know that the specs of your inkjet printer, driver settings, and ink cartridges can make a big difference in the quality of your prints. But the cheapest and simplest aspect of printing can also have a big impact on the final quality: the paper. This short article is an interesting read, the author actually found ways to 'benchmark' inkjet printer paper."

Comment Uninformative! (Score 2) 119

Alright, so I can know if my sister (or whoever) "likes" a particular restaurant (or whatever) through Bing. But what about the why? Was the service good? How was the food? Are the drinks reasonably priced? And so forth. Absent any of that information, this "addition" is rather useless.

Comment Shame (Score 1) 91

Shame. The original Lineage was my first MMO-RPG. And I think it is still the best online game I have ever played. Even though it is remarkably simple when compared to current online games, that not only worked, but was a strength. In addition, there is a level of secrecy unmatched by other online games; your appearance does not change when you equip different armor or weapons (minus a different, generic graphic for swords vs. axes vs. bows, and so forth), nor is there an online armory (e.g., World of Warcraft's armory) where players can view another player's gear. I always liked that.

Comment Old News (Score 1) 287

From TFA:

The study concludes that a significant number of teens are very susceptible to peer pressure and also have permissive or absent parents, said Dr. Scott Frank, the study's lead author.



Submission + - Politician threatens to close twitter accounts (news24.com)

hedleyroos writes: The South African ANC Youth League is upset about twitter accounts portrating themselves as its controversial leader. They have gone so far as to contact the US embassy in South Africa to assist in shutting down the satirical accounts. From their spokesperson: 'We don't want to expose our strategy on how we will get them. But we will get them and we are going to report them to the police. It's fraud, this thing, it's unacceptable, it's against the law. We will also institute civil claims against them and sue them.'

A radio personality added further fuel to the fire by encouraging people to create more such accounts.

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Submission + - SPAM: Internal memos confirm Apple's new MacBook Air (La

vrmediasg writes: As the folks at BGR put it, despite the new MacBook Air models being the slimmest machines Apple has ever built, the manufacturer managed to find space to pack some bugs in them. Internal memos that were leaked documented two different display software issues, although there seems to be more than ju
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Submission + - California woman sues Apple over iPhone upgrade (computerworld.com) 1

digitaldc writes: A California woman last week sued Apple in state Superior Court, claiming that last summer's iOS 4.0 upgrade turned her iPhone into an "iBrick" that was slower and less reliable than before the update.

Bianca Wofford of San Diego County, Calif., who filed the lawsuit Oct. 29, has asked a judge to grant her case class-action status, which if awarded, would let any California resident join the suit.

According to Wofford's lawsuit, Apple's iOS 4 June upgrade made her iPhone 3G "virtually unusable" because the new operating system degraded the phone's performance and caused it to frequently crash.


Submission + - Creating a Battery Smaller Than a Grain of Salt (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: As development of micro- and nano-scale devices continues to advance, so does the need for an equally-tiny method of powering them. There’s not much point in developing a surveillance micro air vehicle the size of a housefly, for instance, if it requires a watch battery in order to fly. That’s why DARPA (the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is funding a project to create really tiny batteries. Just how tiny are we talking, here? Well, they’re aiming for something smaller than a grain of salt.

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