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Submission + - End of PSTN equipment and all IP phones by 2018? (arstechnica.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica reports that " “The telephone network is obsolete”: Get ready for the all-IP telco
AT&T wants to get rid of obsolete PSTN equipment, and those pesky FCC rules."

Submission + - Privilege of Higher Education

realsilly writes: "The discussion of cheating took place this week with this article http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/18/152256/200-Students-Admit-Cheating-After-Professors-Online-Rant about cheating students at UCF. I found that there were over 600+ posts about cheating. They included the range of feedback from the posters, from "the professor is an idiot", to "Cheating is wrong and hurts those who don't cheat", to "everybody does it" and "Fortune 100 companies hire cheaters". I'm rather curious as to why Cheating is acceptable. Are people that afraid to actually work / study for a class? Are professors so disenchanted that they just go through the motions to teach? Why is there not a greater penalty for cheating?

I've always understood that to be educated up to the 12th grade was mandatory for all states, no matter how that education is applied, Public School, Private school, or Home school. But I've always understood higher education to be a privilege. Not a right, but a privilege. That being the case, I would think that the educational system would look at cheating more closely, and remove cheaters from the education system and allow those students who really want to learn to have the opportunity to learn.

If the only reason you're in college is to score that 6-figure job and you don't know the material about your job because you managed to get your degree by cheating your way through college, then you're a fraud to the core. I certainly don't want to work for some business major who cheated his/her way through school and then tries to become my manager. But as many of you have noted, Cheating has gone on for ages, maybe that's the situation we're already facing in this country, and may help explain why this country is such a wreck.

As an educational system, I'd much rather take students that weren't top performers in high school, who want to get a higher education and improve themselves than cheaters who just beat the system."

Submission + - 2,000 fetuses found at Thai Buddhist temple (gbooza.com)

Petertijuana writes: Thai police investigating a strong smell emanating from a Buddhist temple have found more than 2,000 fetuses hidden in the complex's morgue that appear to have come from illegal abortion clinics.
During an initial investigation at the temple in Bangkok on Tuesday, police discovered piles of plastic bags containing more than 300 fetuses. Police Lt. Col. Kanathud Musiganont said workers pulled more bodies from the temple's morgue Friday. More than 2,000 have been unearthed from vaults where bodies are traditionally interred pending cremation, which under some circumstances can take place years after death.
Abortion is illegal in Thailand except under three conditions — if a woman is raped, if the pregnancy affects her health or if the fetus is abnormal.

Government

Submission + - Indian Govt. to develop it's own OS (indiatimes.com)

asto21 writes: The government has set in motion an ambitious plan to develop its own software and end the reliance on foreign operating systems and anti-virus products after growing worries over the spurt in cyber attacks on Indian establishments.
The overwhelming belief among government bosses is that an indigenous low-grade, but clean, software could nix the chances of foreign states infiltrating the computers of key Indian establishments and compromising the country’s security. “A sanitised, lower level operating system and application software may be preferred to the advanced versions, which necessarily require access to internet for upgrades,” the official said. The new software could be deployed in key departments that have been under constant cyber attacks. The taskforce also includes officials of the Prime Minister’s Office as well as defence, home and telecom & IT ministries.

Games

More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux 256

SheeEttin writes "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo, and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X. Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

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