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Comment Re:Waste MORE time!? (Score 1) 1073

There's lots of useless things already, religion being the first one that comes to my mind.

Religion was never mentioned in any of my classes; in fact it was strictly avoided, and afaik it was avoided in my kids' schools as well. In a Catholic school, sure, but not public school.

The first thing that comes to my mind that's useless is DARE, the second thing is PE. There are a lot of examples, but yours was a poor example indeed. In fact, I think if they learned about Bhuddism, Hidusim, Islam, and other mostly non-US religions it would be a good thing to study in a Social Studies or history class.

And make more choices to the students to take the classes they're interested in

An eight year old has no business choosing his or her classes, although the parents should. Actually, HS students as well. Kids simply don't have the experience or knowledge to be able to make such an important decision. That's why you have to be 18 to enter into a contract.

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Stallman Says Cloud Computing Is a Trap 621

stevedcc writes in to tell us about an interview with RMS in The Guardian, in which he gives his views on cloud computing, with a particular focus on user access to data and the sacrifices made for convenience. "'It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign,' he told The Guardian. 'Somebody is saying this is inevitable — and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.'" Computerworld has a summary of some of the blogosphere's reaction to RMS's position.
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The Facts & Fiction of Bandwidth Caps 394

wjamesau writes "What's the deal with broadband caps, like Comcast's 250GB/month data transfer limit, which goes into effect tomorrow? Om Malik at GigaOM has a whitepaper laying out the facts and fiction about Comcast's short-sightedness (which other carriers are mimicking), and how it will impact the future Internet: 'Given the growth trend due to consumers' changes in content consumption, today's power users are tomorrow's average users. By 2012, the bill for data access is projected to be around $215 per month.' Ouch." The white paper is embedded at the link using Scribd; for a PDF version you'll have to give up an email address.

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