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Submission + - How do I convince a school not to standardize on iPads?

An anonymous reader writes: My daughter's school is currently considering mandating tablets for all students. They are leaning towards iPads, but I would like to convince them to allow other tablets (Android?) as well. I don't like Apple very much and would loath to be forced to spend money on their products. It doesn't appear they have chosen iPad specific educational apps yet, so there should be some flexibility. But obviously, they might want to avoid perceived complications caused by having different devices in the classroom.

Can you suggest some good arguments against iPads, which I could present to the school? Price? Not wanting to support an 'unethical' company? Closed, un-free system? Teaching the children that there is choice in the market place? Have you had these discussions before? How successful were they for you?
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Submission + - Cerf: Streaming Crunch? Throw Some Fat Pipe At It (

CWmike writes: "While ISPs may fret about Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media services saturating their bandwidth, Internet forefather Vint Cerf has a simple answer for this potential problem: Increase bandwidth exponentially. With sufficient bandwidth, streaming video services of prerecorded content wouldn't be necessary, said the now-technology evangelist at Google. With sufficient throughput, the entire file of a movie or television show could be downloaded in a fraction of the time that it would take to stream the content. Cerf, speaking at Juniper Network's Nextwork conference, spoke about the company's decision to outfit Kansas City with fiber-optic connections that Google claims will be 100 times faster than today's services. The purpose of the project was 'to demonstrate what happens when you have gigabit speeds available,' Cerf said. 'Some pretty dramatic applications are possible.' One obvious application is greater access to high-definition video, he explained. 'When you are watching video today, streaming is a very common practice. At gigabit speeds, a video file [can be transferred] faster than you can watch it,' he said. 'So rather than [receiving] the bits out in a synchronous way, instead you could download the hour's worth of video in 15 seconds and watch it at your leisure.' He adds: 'It actually puts less stress on the network to have the higher speed of operation.'"
The Internet

Submission + - New Zealand halts internet copyright law changes ( 2

phobonetik writes: "The New Zealand Prime Minister announced his Government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act and start again. The proposed law changes contained 'guilty upon accusation, without appeal' clauses and heavy compliance costs to ISPs and businesses. The changes were hours away from being signed but a series of online protests, a petition on Government grounds, as well as public rebuttal by a large ISP and by Google contributed to the Government changing course and respecting the wishes of the IT industry."

Submission + - Australian Internet to be Made Safe!

Nom du Keyboard writes: SafeMedia is claiming that their filtering solution is going to make the Australian Internet safe from copyright infringement, and excessive bandwidth consumption, with no impact to users, except for a $189 million hit on the government itself. According to the press release, "The P2P Disaggregator technology drops all contaminated P2P traffic, encrypted and non-encrypted, before they reach the user while allowing legitimate P2P and all other Internet traffic to pass freely with no latency." In further grandiose terms it goes on to claim, "SafeMedia solutions are the only solution that can insure complete elimination of all the complex threats of contaminated P2P networks and SafeMedia guarantees the solution will eliminate unauthorized copyright infringement from P2P networks." The ultimate promise is, "The end result is a safer, faster Internet experience for all users and a network that consumes less bandwidth." Aside from a few other promises of how this solution works inside Cable and DSL modems to avoid latency on the network, there's no description of what constitutes "contaminated" files, or how much legitimate content may be accidentally blocked. Does anyone want this Australian solution as part of their own ISP?

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