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Submission + - XKCD Color Survey Has Interesting Results (xkcd.com)

dragoncortez writes: Randall Munroe has posted the results of his color survey and his analysis is both thorough and surprising. It turns out that men and women name colors pretty much the same as a general rule, although women prefer flower-sounding color names, while men prefer such manly sounding color names as "penis" and "dunno." It also turns out that "nobody can spell 'fuchsia'”.
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Submission + - Universities will be 'irrelevant' by 2020 (deseretnews.com)

dragoncortez writes: According to this Deseret News article, University classrooms will be obsolete by 2020. BYU professor David Wiley envisions a world where students listen to lectures on iPods, and those lectures are also available online to everyone anywhere for free. Course materials are shared between universities, science labs are virtual, and digital textbooks are free. He says, "Higher education doesn't reflect the life that students are living. . .today's colleges are typically tethered, isolated, generic, and closed." In the world according to Wiley, universities would still make money, because they have a marketable commodity: to get college credits and a diploma, you'd have to be a paying customer. Wiley helped start Flat World Knowledge, which creates peer-reviewed textbooks that can be downloaded for free, or bought as paperbacks for $30.

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