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What Early Software was Influential?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, January 27 2013 @ 03:57 PM EST
"On Thursday I wrote a piece about MacWrite and MacPaint, two pieces of software that influenced much if not all the software that followed. There are many other examples of seminal software products. In most cases, the products are not the first of its kind, as MacWrite was not the first word processor, but for whatever reason, put enough of the pieces together to lead the way to the future. It's not always obvious in the moment, but with the benefit of hindsight we can see". link

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The 50 million dollar lie?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, January 27 2013 @ 04:14 PM EST
Bill Gates has spent $50 million for a three year project known as the MET (Measures of Effective Teaching) project.

They just concluded the study and released a final report which can be found here. In the final report they conclude that teacher evaluations have an ideal weighting of 33% value-added, 33% principal observations, and 33% student surveys.

They justify the 33% value-added because they have analyzed the data and found, contrary to everyone else’s analysis of similar data, that teachers DO have similar value-added scores from one year to the next. To prove their point, they print on page 8 this very compelling set of graphs.

It seems like the point of this ‘research’ is to simply ‘prove’ that Gates was right about what he expected to be true. He hired some pretty famous economists, people who certainly know enough about math to know that their conclusions are invalid. link

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'Bout Time For A Paperless Office
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 12:37 AM EST
Exploiting printers via Jetdirect vulnerabilities

Whoops: Google indexes more than 86,000 HP 'public' printers

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New XKCD
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 07:29 AM EST

Enjoy.

XKCD Webcomic

Wayne
http://madhatter.ca

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Googling Printers
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 07:44 AM EST

Google is now indexing HP Printers. Want to find one? Click on the link below.

inurl:hp/device/this.LCDispatch er?nav=hp.Print

Looks like some SysAdmins have messed up their settings :)

Wayne
http://madhatter.ca

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LibreOffice 4.0: The big changes will be under the hood
Authored by: JamesK on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 10:05 AM EST
There's a new major version of open-source LibreOffice office suite on its way, but developers, not end-users, will be the ones who will notice the real changes.

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The following program contains immature subject matter.
Viewer discretion is advised.

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Acer calls Windows 8 "a failure"
Authored by: Gringo_ on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 11:14 AM EST

link

Acer CEO says Windows 8 didn't ignite PC market growth so it's not successful. Perhaps the PC market has changed permanently and it's a strategic error to bet on Windows home runs going forward.

The author of the article, Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet, draws an illogical conclusion...

Acer is going to have to become more than a strong Microsoft partner akin to Lenovo, which worked a strategy to grow emerging markets and protect mature ones whether Windows was dominant or not.

Wasn't it Albert Einstein who defined 'Insanity' as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

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Microsoft can't yet compete with Chromebooks on price
Authored by: SilverWave on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 03:02 PM EST
Quote:
Wong said that the majority of buyers have been educational
institutions and corporations that have been drawn to the
units by their low cost and security features. Microsoft
can't yet compete with Chromebooks on price since both
Windows 8 and Windows RT carry high licensing costs, and
Wong wasn't uncertain in calling out Microsoft's slow start.
"Windows 8 itself is still not successful," said Wong, "the
whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8
launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or
not."

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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US free to grab EU data on American clouds
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 28 2013 @ 03:12 PM EST
The section in the so-called Foreign Intelligence Amendments Act (FISAAA) grants the US government sweeping powers to collect foreign intelligence information stored in US Cloud computing providers like Amazon or Google.

The article specifically states the US Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence may authorise jointly, for a period of up to one year from the effective date of the authorisation, the targeting of persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information.

Nikolaj Nielsen, EUobserver

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  • Is that wise? - Authored by: Wol on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 05:52 AM EST
    • Trade war? - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 07:18 AM EST
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