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Comment Re:Cancelled. (Score 1) 58

Yup... LinkedIn was the social network I didn't use. For what it's worth, their Cancel My Account option was relatively easy to find and relatively painless to navigate.

Maybe the ease with which one can cancel an account is at least partially a factor in inflated membership metrics? According to stats here, an average user spends 15+ hours a month "on Facebook." Based on the fact that some high school students I know are logged in 24 hours a day, there are a lot of unused accounts sitting on their servers. I know mine is used less and less with the advent of Google+.

Comment Re:NO (Score 1) 931

I certainly agree that class notes are owned by the author/student. Does this reasoning extend to work completed by students on exams? State and national standardized exams routinely collect student work and keep it, for reasons of test security. Do students have a right to retain this kind of IP as well? Or is this work in some way different from the note-taking?

Full disclosure: I work in the Science department at a K-12 school where teachers occasionally re-use problems from one year to the next, often AP problems for which we have statistics that we can use in helping to evaluate a student's work. We routinely retain tests, again in the interest of test security.

Comment Re:On-site tech support is key. (Score 1) 416

Have you actually tried to get service at a Genius Bar recently? The last two times I've been in to have someone look at my MacBook Pro (once for the infamous "failing keyboard" issue, and today for the "charged batteries don't power the machine" fiasco), there have been ZERO appointments available for the entire day at both (southern California) outlets within driving distance. In northern California, the Emeryville store Genius Bars are fully booked DAYS in advance.

While I'm occasionally accused of being a fanboy, I've been very disappointed with how difficult it is to get basic care for manufacturer-defective equipment at the Apple stores. Maybe all that "retail traffic" is simply people waiting around to get their defective machines looked at?


Submission + - Using OSX within the CSO's Role

iamcledus writes: "Chad McDonald discusses the use of OS X within the role of the Chief Information Security Officer. Apple's flexible operating system may be the best platform for the CISO in a space that was formerly dominated by linux and Windows. As the alignment of business and IT become increasingly important in the workplace, the Mac with its linux core bridges the gap between linux and Windows as well."

Submission + - Paypal updates AUP, allows tangible adult material

nb writes: "I wanted to let you guys know that Paypal has updated their Acceptable Use Policy regarding tangible adult-related materials, and it appears they might start allowing payments to be made using their system for the sale of these items. Subscriptions, services, and digital content is still a violation of the AUP, though, so porn site amateur webmasters, don't start cheering yet."
Portables (Games)

Is There Anything Wrong With The PSP? 157

An anonymous reader writes "In the latest 'Analyze This' series of exclusive Gamasutra features, analysts from Screen Digest, ABI Research and DFC Intelligence look at what Sony and developers can do to improve the PSP platform, to generate more excitement for it among developers, gamers and the industry overall — or if they even need to. 'My feelings on the PSP are mixed: It has shown there is demand for a more high-end portable system. The portable market has room for two competing portable systems. We forecast that over the next five years dedicated portable systems will sell just as many units as the new console systems. However, the PSP could really use a new model. This has been the secret to Nintendo's success.'"

Submission + - Rogue Economist Predicts Fall of "Big I.T."

Mitchell Bogues writes: Economic 'enfant terrible' Larry Smith recently presented a radical new take on software startups in an increasingly globalized economy. A video recording from the conference can be found here. A must-watch for anyone serious about 21st-century business.

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