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Comment Re:Bittersweet... (Score 1) 195

The people of Houston are up in arms about not getting a Shuttle. Considering we are the city that did that to the Saturn V, which needed private money to save it, I don't know what they're complaining about. We don't want to spend a dime on anything here -- we cut the fat, then continue on to the bone.

Comment Apple/Oranges (Score 5, Interesting) 260

Someone pointed out already that the way they tested is with apps that use the browser engine available to apps. As the second link says in the main story (probably, I'm too lazy to RTFA, I read others already), the iOS browser engine doesn't use the Nitro javascript engine.

I found one link that discusses it, but I'm sure there are better ones:


Comment Re:Quite a raise in prices (Score 1) 236

A neighbor who works for NASA told me the story of when they went to Star City many years back (I'm guessing late 80s early 90s?). He said the first time they went, a room cost $6 a night no matter how many stayed in the room. The second time, it was $6 per person. The next time it was $30 per person. I think the Russians understand capitalism pretty well by now.

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Deposit Checks By iPhone 293

kaychoro writes to mention that at least one privately held bank is planning on removing a little bit more legwork for the consumer by allowing the electronic submission of paper checks via a new iPhone app. The app would allow users to take a picture of the front and back of the check and submit that to the depository. "Customers will not have to mail the check to the bank later; the deposit will be handled entirely electronically, and the bank suggests voiding the check and filing or discarding it. But to reduce the potential for fraud, only customers who are eligible for credit and have some type of insurance through USAA will be permitted to use the deposit feature. Mr. Peacock said that about 60 percent of the bank's customers qualify."

Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades 716

A large number of schools participating in a pay-for-grades program have seen test scores in reading and math go up by almost 40 percentage points. The Sparks program will pay seventh-graders up to $500 and fourth-graders as much as $250 for good performance on 10 assessment tests. About two-thirds of the 59 schools in the program improved their scores by margins above the citywide average. "It's an ego booster in terms of self-worth. When they get the checks, there's that competitiveness -- 'Oh, I'm going to get more money than you next time' -- so it's something that excites them," said Rose Marie Mills, principal at MS 343 in Mott Haven. Critics, who are unaware that most college students don't become liberal arts majors, argue that paying kids corrupts the notion of learning for education's sake alone.

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