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Comment Re:So what. (Score 4, Interesting) 301

I'll pay for a service if the cost and content is there and for me Netflix just isn't worth a monthly fee in the face of the likes of Youtube, Crunchy roll, Crackle etc.

Nor will I pay for "ownership" of digital goods.

I will buy physical goods that I truly do own. I'm not much of a movie guy but DVD and Bluray are great if there is something I wish to watch.

Same goes for videogame (consoles) and music (cd sometimes vinyl), if I'm going to spend real money I expect a real product.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Did 3D TVs And Stereoscopic 3D Television Broadcasting Fail? 2

dryriver writes: Just a few years ago the future seemed bright for 3D TVs. The 3D film Avatar smashed all box office records. Every Hollywood Studio wanted to make big 3D films. The major TV set manufacturers from LG to Phillips to Panasonic all wanted in on the 3D TV action. A 3D disc format called BluRay 3D was agreed on. Sony went as far as putting free 3D TVs in popular Pubs in London to show Brits how cool watching Football ("Soccer" in the U.S.) in Stereo 3D is. Tens of millions of dollars of 3D TV related ads ran on TV stations across the world. 3D Televisions and 3D content was, simply put, the biggest show in town for a while as far as consumer electronics goes. Then the whole circus gradually collapsed — 3D TVs failed to sell well and create the multi-Billion Dollar profits anticipated. 3D@home failed to catch on with consumers. Shooting genuine Stereo 3D films (not "post conversions") proved to be expensive and technically challenging. BluRay 3D was only modestly successful. Even Nvidia's Stereo 3D solutions for PC gamers failed. What, in your opinion, went wrong? Were early 3D TV sets too highly priced? Were there too few 3D films and 3D TV stations available to watch (aka "The Content Problem")? Did people hate wearing active/passive plastic 3D glasses in the living room? Was the price of BluRay 3D films and BluRay 3D players set too high? Was there something wrong with the Stereo 3D effect the industry tried to popularize? Did too many people suffer 3D viewing related "headaches", "dizzyness", "eyesight problems" and similar? Was the then still quite new 1080HD 2D Television simply "good enough" for the average TV viewer? Another related question: If things went so wrong with 3D TVs, what guarantee is there that the new 3D VR/AR trend won't collapse along similar lines as well?


Submission + - NSF K-12 CS Program Focuses on All But Asian/White Boys Who Aren't Poor/Disabled

theodp writes: "This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the K-12 levels," explains the synopsis for the NSF's new $20 million Computer Science for All Researcher Practitioner Partnerships program that was teased by the White House earlier this month. "With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS/CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses, and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching." And in case anyone's unclear as to what 'for all' means, the NSF explains it thusly: "In order to ensure that advances in computing education are inclusive of our diverse student populations (the 'for All' part of 'CS for All'), proposals on either strand must address, in a significant manner, the longstanding underrepresentation in computing. Groups traditionally underrepresented or underserved in computing include women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds." The NSF's singling-out-by-omission of Asian and White boys in its CS for All grant program evokes memories of a $1 million dollar Google grant program called Promoting Introductory CS for All that offered up to $4,000 in DonorsChoose credits to high school teachers who got students other than Asian/White boys ("girls, or boys who identify as Black, African American, Native American, or Latino") to complete either Codecademy or Khan Academy’s 15-hour intro to computer science course. Wording similar in spirit to the Google and NSF grant programs (i.e., "female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and low-income students who are often underrepresented in critical and enriching subjects,") found its way into the K-12 CS-inspired sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a tech-backed sweeping rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that elevated CS to the same status as other K-12 academic subjects when it comes to funding. Interestingly, in a recent ACM blog post — How We Teach Should Be Independent Of Who We Are Teaching — CS prof and former NSF program director Valerie Barr took a more inclusive view of 'for all', suggesting that discussions of what we should be doing in the CS classroom that are silent on the subject of White/Asian men are problematic. "We have to use varied content and pedagogies regardless of whom we see in the room and work to connect to what students know or care about," Barr argues. "This approach will guarantee that all students, including those from the groups that currently dominate computing, will be exposed to a rich, multi-faceted, view of computing, be better equipped to address the challenges of the field, and be better equipped to work collegially within a diverse workforce."

Comment Re:Um (Score 2) 492

You (and the summary) leave out some significant info.

First - They've done this to him multiple times since September, knowing he has siesures Second - They've threatened to murder him, even left things on his doorstep Third - They broke into his Daughters school, leaving messages addressed to him threatening his daughter.

Details are important, and this is far past the line for being able to prosecute criminally for harassment and threatening harm.

Gonna need some sauce on these.

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