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Duke University Students Receive iPods

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the they'll-be-up-on-ebay-soon dept.

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DSLAMngu writes "Freshman students at Duke University received their complimentary/paid for (however you want to look at it) iPod portable music players on Thurday. This deal was previously mentioned on /. here. After waiting in line, I eventually got my Duke-engraved iPod at about 9:00 PM with the rest of the freshmen at Brown dorm. I've written about the experience at my blog, and also included a copy of the Program Agreement and some photos of what the students received."

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A double whammy for comcast and the RIAA! (5, Funny)

dan_polt (692266) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031258)

A choice of 4 mp3's to kill their server with and [entertain] thousands of /.ers
Smooth...
<!--
tipsa=new Array(3);
tipsa[0]="http://home.comcast.net/~dlde nguyen/switchfootmtl.mp3";
tipsa[1]="http://home. comcast.net/~dldenguyen/hoobastank-thereason.mp3";
tipsa[2]="http://home.comcast.net/~dldenguyen/he alingvision.mp3";
tipsa[3]="http://home.comcast.n et/~dldenguyen/rhythmandpolice.mp3";
tipsa[4]="ht tp://home.comcast.net/~dldenguyen/usheryeah.mp3";
indexa=Math.floor(Math.random() * tipsa.length);
document.write("<center><emb ed src="+tipsa[indexa]+" width=0 height=0 align=top autostart=true loop=infinite controls=hidden></embed></center>");//-->
</scrip t><!-- FREE code from WWW.CGISCRIPT.NET, LLC -->
<!-- FREE code from WWW.CGISCRIPT.NET, LLC -->

Re:A double whammy for comcast and the RIAA! (1)

borgdows (599861) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031479)

OMFG! there is a buffer overflow

tipsa=new Array(3); ...
tipsa[4]="http://home.comcast.net/~dldenguyen /ushe ryeah.mp3";

oWnEd!

Re:A double whammy for comcast and the RIAA! (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031507)

I just find how bloody stupid he is really funny :)

Re:A double whammy for comcast and the RIAA! (4, Informative)

Bilestoad (60385) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031520)

If you HATE websites that make a noise...

do not visit the website linked (DSLAM's blog) - it plays music.

You have been Informed.

farkism (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031259)

Duke still sucks.

fr0st pist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031260)

do i?

Blog web design (5, Funny)

Ianoo (711633) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031268)

Slightly offtopic, but that blog has to be one of the most offensive web designs I've seen in ages. Background sounds, distracting unreadable colours, it's got them all!

Re:Blog web design (1)

halowolf (692775) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031273)

Don't worry those background sounds came to 1.04Mb's of mp3's. The slashdot effect should make him overrun his quota quite quickly...

Re:Blog web design (5, Funny)

maharg (182366) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031276)

argghh my eyes !!!

even it.slashdot.org is a relief after that.

Re:Blog web design (1)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031382)

Better colours [slashdot.org]

Re:Blog web design (1)

maharg (182366) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031406)

ouch. OUCH !

Re:Blog web design (4, Insightful)

dan dan the dna man (461768) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031277)

A good excuse not to RTFA in my opinion :) Not that anyone does. Actually not that I did after being assaulted aurally and visually with that.

Re:Blog web design (1)

vivekg (795441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031285)

Wow ipod!

Wish I were part of this uni ;)

Till then I'm on good old portable CD/MP3 player (read as poor man's ipod)

Re:Blog web design (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031291)

wasn't much of a surprise when i saw that he was asian

Re:Blog web design (2, Insightful)

Ba3r (720309) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031302)

i surf on an olde Toshbia portege 3110ct.. which its 300mhz p2 and 128mb ram usually are able to keep pace with even some of the more modern bloated webpages (fedora, firefox, and icewm of course!), but ..

.. as soon as i loaded that monstrosity the fan kicked on, all the little status-o-meters in my taskbar went from Catskills to Himalayas, and the dazzling lights sent my eyes into a panic!

sigh.. i suppose i should expect this from a kid born in (2004-18...mind still numb from flashing gifs... ) 1986!

Re:Blog web design (1)

thehenman (704921) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031303)

SO much so, that I didn't even bother to read it. And not really background sounds - the music was so offensive that it ended up being foreground sound.

Re:Blog web design (1)

Seft (659449) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031317)

Yah, it's like 1998 all over again :0 *Tears out eyes*

And a word to the wise (4, Informative)

nahdude812 (88157) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031381)

For you corporate / wife still sleeping types, this page has background music.

Re:Blog web design (3, Funny)

xmpcray (636203) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031417)

...not to mention animated gifs, static background; moving text, multiple huge images...i just wish there was a frame somewhere in there and this would have been the winner!

Re:Blog web design (1)

Bilestoad (60385) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031532)


If only he had used HTML for Good, and not for Masturbation.

No! (1)

Doomrat (615771) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031271)

Now some pant-wetting, attention-seeking student has a bunch of free traffic directed to his blog. This won't do.

Creative uses? (5, Funny)

d3ity (800597) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031274)

How many drunken college students will lose these things around campus?

Re:Creative uses? (3, Funny)

gavint (785035) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031288)

1st year Duke accomodation would seem to be an attractive hunting ground for muggers right now.

Re:Creative uses? (1)

d3ity (800597) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031418)

At least to slashdot reading muggers, who, thanks to you, have been told to look out for first year duke students!

Problem with windows (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031363)

I know this is off-topic as hell, but I couldn't find any info on Google (web sites or newsgroups).

I run Windows XP pro and one day I discovered that the task manager doesn't show the process names anymore! In the View -> Select Columns menu, the Image Name is also locked.

What the hell is going on? Has my computer been hacked?

Re:Creative uses? (1)

modge (773928) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031494)

Dont even need muggers, need to walk round the morning after a decent drinking sess and pick them up off the floor

Why? (5, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031279)

My first response was WHY would anyone want this (not including students)? Then it hit me. Apple wants it because 1. They've made a profit. 2. If this catches on they can tap into people they otherwise wouldn't have. The university wants it because now they can say to future people considering which university to go to "look our cool and high-tech we are." Win-win for everyone.

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031504)

Because they are experimenting with a new tool for learning. Maybe they'll get lots of worthwhile educational use out of it and they'll do it again, and other universities might follow them. Maybe it'll turn out to be a flop and it'll be the only year it's tried.

Don't think an iPod can be a tool for learning? How many song lyrics do you know reasonably well? Tens, hundreds, thousands? Why is that? Partly because the rhythm and meter of the music forms a repetitive framework in which you can fit the words. But mainly because you listen to ones you like over and over again.

Hey, 10 years ago I was doing a degree with the Open University in England - which is a distance learning setup. And part of the package was audio tapes.

Maybe Duke will manage to harness this potential for learning through hearing repeatedly, maybe they won't. But we don't progress unless someone tries it and reports back. (That could be a motto for slashdot!)

Re:Why? (2, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031566)

Don't think an iPod can be a tool for learning? How many song lyrics do you know reasonably well? Tens, hundreds, thousands? Why is that? Partly because the rhythm and meter of the music forms a repetitive framework in which you can fit the words. But mainly because you listen to ones you like over and over again.

If your logic is people will listen to lecture notes again and again I figure perhaps you need to be modded funny?

I can see how you would come to that idea, but people listen to songs again and again because they like the music, not because they have an iPod. At the moment iPod's are a fad. But if that's the idea the university had, they're insane and it won't work.

so what.. (5, Insightful)

Pidder (736678) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031284)

So what if they received their iPod. In one way or another they will pay for it in their tuition fee.

Re:so what.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031336)

Nope. They might pay it, or the big donators who pay for everything else around a college might pay for it. It's probably them, but you can't state that categorically.

Re:so what.. (1)

Pidder (736678) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031430)

Nope. They might pay it, or the big donators who pay for everything else around a college might pay for it. It's probably them, but you can't state that categorically.

And if a doner payed for it then there's something else the doners can't cover instead, or am I wrong?

Re:so what.. (1)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031459)

You could be. If I donate money and say "buy the kids MP3 players" then they can't really spend it on anything else. It's all a matter of what the donor wants.

Re:so what.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031522)

Well, they can start with a fucking dictionary, for one. It's DONOR. A doner is what you order at a Greek place with lots of tzatziki.

Music? (0, Redundant)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031286)

"Question - Konqueror
Open 'http://home.comcas.../switchfootmtl.mp3'?
Type: MPEG Layer 3 Audio"

Why? Why would anyone put background music on a website?

Re:Music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031290)

My K just started playing without asking :\ Damn annoying. Must have been kmplayer or something.

Re:Music? (1)

halowolf (692775) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031295)

Looks like the site has some smarts, I got http://home.comcas.../rhythmandpolice.mp3 instead. And yes I'm glad my browser didn't open it, annoyingly however it got redirected to my download manager :)

The significance (3, Insightful)

scum-e-bag (211846) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031289)

Sorry, but I still fail to see the significance of this story. What makes a small bunch of kids getting an iPod for free significant.

Could it be possible that the kids are being used as unsuspecting testers, to see what hacks they can come up with to beat copyprotection, or could it be to see what new, unsuspecting, unthought of and marketable ideas that come out of using it in ways that it was not originally intended for.

Re:The significance (2, Funny)

centipetalforce (793178) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031307)

Nah, they just had to post it because it's been three hours or so since the last ipod discussion.

Re:The significance (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031308)

Well, having actually RTFA, it says that it is for the latter, ie. the unsuspecting, unthought of and marketable ideas etc.

From the program agreement from the article...
Throughout the academic year, faculty and students will be encouraged to experiment and develop innovative ideas uses [sic] for the iPod in the classroom and in campus life.

Re:The significance (5, Interesting)

The Limp Devil (513137) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031359)

And that is actualy a good idea. I would have liked to be able to give my history students some lectures as mp3s and know that they would be able to listen to them - no excuses.

As a historian I would love to put selected historical speeches and radio recordings there. I can imagine that it would be great way for folklorists to give their students access to recordings of folk music and folk tales. Some of this is copyrighted material so you can't just put it up on the web.

You could put a schedule of official events in the iPod calendar so that the students woulld have that easily accesible, and you could put all kinds of useful info an tips in the note section. Not to mention important contact information in the address book. And by putting it on something as hip as the iPod you increase the likelyhood that the students will actually bother to use it.

Re:The significance (2, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031471)

just give 'em in mp3.. then tell them to listen to them in the universitys computer labs or wherever if they don't have equipment of their own.

I don't really see tha much difference in giving them some pdf's or giving them lectures in mp3(pdf's can be printed, mp3's burnt on a cd).

"Some of this is copyrighted material so you can't just put it up on the web." - but you can just copy them to students then? there's some huge difference here? (especially when intranet would be the easiest way to distribute those mp3's to the students regardless of what the students will use to listen them)

sadly this just boils down into a publicity event(for the said uni and apple) - nothing to do with the schooling itself.

Re:The significance (2, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031521)

I don't really see tha much difference in giving them some pdf's or giving them lectures in mp3(pdf's can be printed, mp3's burnt on a cd). Because you can listen to an iPod in No Extra Time. Going for a walk, waiting for a bus, driving, drinking a coffee, fishing, whilst going to sleep (most lectures would actually speed that up.) You'll probably pick up more with a few NET playings of a lecture.mp3 than siting down and concentrating on a lecture.pdf once - as most would do.

Re:The significance (1)

kevingolding2001 (590321) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031333)

From the (horribly obnoxious) article...
Throughout the academic year, faculty and students will be encouraged to experiment and develop innovative ideas uses [sic] for the iPod in the classroom and in campus life.

Re:The significance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031378)

This guy is super cool. He uses nifty phrases like "ping" and "ack" and impressive acronyms like DSLAM. Ooooh!

Re:The significance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031404)

you're funny. "for free" ha ha haha. Guess who hasn't paid any tuition bills ever.

MOD DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031455)

Yes, you could say that of everything. I don't see why it's important that some guy made a few steps on the moon. Or some swimmer getting a few gold medals.

If you think it's irrelevant, why are you posting a comment here? Just move on to the next article and let people who do care talk about this.

But of course, looking at your post history, you're just trolling.

Re:The significance (4, Funny)

Mr_Icon (124425) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031511)

Sorry, but I still fail to see the significance of this story. What makes a small bunch of kids getting an iPod for free significant.
They are not free. You have to get enrolled at Duke to be able to get one, which is anything but free. In fact, with the cost of Duke tuition, the price of a 20G iPod is more or less a rounding error.

Re:The significance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031530)

I can't address the spirit of your question, but the iPods aren't "free".

http://education.yahoo.com/college/facts/6146.ht ml

It is a $37k/year iPod that comes with an education. If it were free, I would be there picking mine up.

Voice Recorders (4, Interesting)

bedouin (248624) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031293)

Good to see they included the Belkin voice recorders with these, though I wonder why they didn't go with iTalks instead.

1 minute of voice recording on the iPod takes just one meg, so you could probably keep an entire semester's worth of lectures on an iPod.

Re:Voice Recorders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031527)

Good to see they included the Belkin voice recorders with these, though I wonder why they didn't go with iTalks instead.

Well, the iTalks have better quality, but are more expensive. Makes you wonder what the consideration was.

You're in college now (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031294)

Try to think less about "blogging" and iPods, and more about "female" things, mmmkay?

Dear Apple (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031305)

Dear Apple,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

Dear Father Randy O'Day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031314)

Dear Father O'Day,

Thanks for your letter. Being Catholic myself, I know exactly what you're talking about! It has always been our plan here at Apple Computer Inc to revolutionize personal computing with our high-quality and highly gay products.

I'm happy to answer your letter by letting you know that YES we will be releasing an entire hLife ("homo-life") software line. You'll be able to recognize it in stores by the small stylized logo depicting a large cock entering a tight anus with an Apple logo on it. ("Suddenly it all comes together" indeed!).

Anyway, I hope you and other members of our community will join us on our mission, and purchase the exciting new hLife boxed set. Only the boxed set comes with translucent cock rings!

Sincerely,

Harry Rodman
Vice-president
Homosexual Liaison Services
Apple Computer, Inc.

Re:Dear Father Randy O'Day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031329)

Dear Mr. Rodman,

I'm happy to send you this photo depicting the joy your products have inspired in our seminary at Sankt Pölten.

Best regards,
Fr. Wolfgang Rothe
Austria

Class of 2008 (0)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031322)

Class of 2008

Did I just sleep through 4 years or is this some strange university thing? If I did sleep, anything interesting happen in those 4 years?

Re:Class of 2008 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031330)

Class of... refers to the graduation year. 2008 is the prospective graduation year of these freshmen.

Re:Class of 2008 (1)

HeghmoH (13204) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031331)

"Class of 2008" means the class that will graduate in the year 2008, which means the class that is beginning a four-year program this fall.

Re:Class of 2008 (4, Funny)

DrVxD (184537) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031375)

> means the class that will graduate in the year 2008

Apart, of course, from those members of the class who flunk out because they spend too much time posting their blogs about "look I got an iPod" on slashdot...

Re:Class of 2008 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031338)

If you enter college in 2004, your assumed year of graduation will be 2008. Therefore, these people are, for the most part, the class of 2008.

Re:Class of 2008 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031387)

2008 is the expected year of graduation. Note: A civilised university would refer to the year of matriculation, not graduation.

Re:Class of 2008 (1)

Junichiro Koizumi (803690) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031445)

YES IT WAS A TYPE-0;

Re:Class of 2008 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031447)

you never went to school [of any kind], did you?

Re:Class of 2008 (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031469)

We don't do that "Class of " stuff where I live.

Re:Class of 2008 (1)

Anonymous Shepard (595554) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031518)

I think that kind of thing is only done in those rebellious colonies in North America.

Keep the sound to you, webmaster from hell (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031326)

WTF? Awful music playing at full volume on a blog webpage, and no glaringly obvious way to turn it off? Is this a practical joke on the Slashdot audience or do you really expect people to read that hellhole of a page?

Re:Keep the sound to you, webmaster from hell (1)

losttoy (558557) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031484)

Disable javascript in your browser and hit refresh

Re:Keep the sound to you, webmaster from hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031503)

I simply closed the tab: problem solved. This way the pages of more sensible webmasters were not affected.

Another milestone for the INTERNET (5, Funny)

karmaflux (148909) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031332)

August 21st, 2004: Some kid gets an iPod. He makes a blog entry about it. Slashdot is first on the scene with the scoop! Lack of interest of the rest of the planet seemingly escapes notice.

He got an iPod, guys. I got one too. So does my friend Chris. Enough about the damn iPods.

Re:Another milestone for the INTERNET (4, Funny)

lewp (95638) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031368)

Holy shit! Chris has an iPod too?! Why wasn't I told?

Re:Another milestone for the INTERNET (1)

Ghostx13 (255828) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031427)

Simple, because no one likes you and we all try to avoid talking to you whenever possible.

Re:Another milestone for the INTERNET (2, Insightful)

CrankyFool (680025) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031379)

By that logic, a story along the lines of "All college students now required to learn Python" can be dismissed with "Oh, big deal. I know Python. So does my friend, Joe."

Among other things, Slashdot focuses on cool tech toys. Not so long ago, people looked at the iPod and said "you want *HOW* much for it? You're insane. It'll never sell." Then people said "well, it's definitely cool, but only very rich people who really want to look cool will get it." Apple has an image of being _THE_ boutique place. It's meaningful (to me at least) that we're getting to the point where iPods are so ubiquitous that we're starting to see large[ish] organizations bundling them with a 'standard offering' (as in this case: "Here's how much a degree and an iPod will cost you; you can't have the former without the latter").

Re:Another milestone for the INTERNET (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031411)

If all college students are required to learn Python that would be a major headline. If all Duke students are required to learn Python it wouldn't. Likewise with the iPod.

I'm sure... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031339)

this will undoubtedly be a redundant comment, but:

Most - annoying - website - evar.

Sure, the design is absoretarded and all... but, MUSIC?

This guy is either oblivious, or just asking for it.

Re:I'm sure... (1)

g0sub (582599) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031432)

...and *what music*. Most - annoying - song - ever.

Text of iPod Program Agreement (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031345)

I hated every minute of looking at this guy's site so here's the most interesting part: The Program Agreement that students must agree to. (I really hope this kind of web design doesnt become prevalent once these freshman enter the real world.)

Duke University
iPod First-Year Experience
August 19, 2004 - May 2005
Program Agreement

Overview
Duke University is issuing first-year undergraduate students a 4th generation Apple iPod as part of a one-year pilot program between Duke and Apple, Inc. designed to encourage creative uses of technology in education and campus life. The Center for Instructional Technology, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Provost, Office of the Executive Vice President, and the Office of Information Technology are the Duke sponsors. Throughout the academic year, faculty and students will be encouraged to experiment and develop innovative ideas uses [sic] for the iPod in the classroom and in campus life.

Student agreement
The student is responsible for the care of the iPod and keeping it in good working condition. A student whose iPod device malfunctions should first access online technical support resources (www.duke.edu/ipod). If students are unable to resolve an issue, they may contact the OIT Help Desk. Through an agreement with Apple, each iPod is covered by a special one-year warranty. If the Help Desk cannot resolve the issue and the iPod is under warranty, the Help Desk will provide the student with a replacement at no cost. In the case of theft, negligence, or damage to the iPod, students are financially responsible for replacing the iPod.

During the academic year, faculty and others will provide students with content for academic and personal use on the iPod. Students may also receive free "song codes", which allow them to download content from Apple's iTunes Music Store. Students must use the song codes for their intended purpose and may not sell them. Each student is responsible for understanding and adhering to copyright laws. For details, visit www.oit.duke.edu/security/user/usercopyright.html.

The iPod remains the property of Duke University until the end of the spring 2005 semester, at which time the student becomes the owner. If for any reason the student is not enrolled at Duke University during the 2004-2005 academic year, he/she must return the iPod to the university in good working condition.

Terms and conditions
I have read the Program Agreement and agree to abide by the terms and conditions herein. I acknowledge that the iPod remains the property of Duke University until the end of the 2005 spring semester. If for any reason I am not enrolled at Duke University during the 2004-2005 academic year, I will return the iPod to the OIT Help Desk in good working condition.

where is the loss/theft insurance (1)

wadiwood (601205) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031488)

I guess any student at Duke could afford to cough up for a new one if it gets stolen?

Lectures as MP3? (4, Insightful)

bhima (46039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031346)

Will the lectures be available as MP3?

Otherwise what's the point?

Re:Lectures as MP3? (2, Informative)

Shadeborn (555656) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031351)

Yes. From the original article: [duke.edu]

Through a special Duke Web site modeled on the Apple iTunes site, students also can download faculty-provided course content, including language lessons, music, recorded lectures and audio books.

Re:Lectures as MP3? (2, Interesting)

bhima (46039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031429)

I've wondered about automating education for a while now. listening to a lecture on an iPod is a start I suppose,

but I'd really like see is something more imersive for example: a gymnasium level class on ancient Greek history which included a walk through of a reconstructed temple complete with translations of inscriptions and explanation of art (both provided by an appropriately dressed priest avatar) using some 3d gaming engine like Doom's

Re:Lectures as MP3? (1)

merphant (672048) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031460)

I don't know how strong Duke's music program is, but I just finished an undergraduate music program and an iPod would have been extremely useful. They had iTunes in the library, but being able to have all the required listening at my fingertips would have been great. Some kids brought laptops with CD burners and just copied from the university library. Copyright is pretty much a hindrance in an educational setting anyway. So many teachers just photocopied stuff from the books and handed it out.

Also, iPods are really just portable hard drives, so non-audio content could be stored too, but it wouldn't be as accessible. I think that's really where Apple is trying to go eventually: a personal wireless portable storage device, but they can't get it slick and easy enough to be feasable yet.

I'm surprised at Duke's admissions standards. (5, Insightful)

tiktokfx (699424) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031348)

How did someone who could create that monstrosity of a log style be honestly evaluated as a suitable candidate for acceptance at Duke?

Re:I'm surprised at Duke's admissions standards. (3, Funny)

tiktokfx (699424) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031357)

Never mind, I've thought back on the people I went to high school with who went to Duke... this guy fits right in.

Well, score one for bluebloods (1)

edgedmurasame (633861) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031408)

He's probably a blueblood. Also, the presence of a blog bought him points on the "elitism tolerance scale". When colleges have "acceptance" standards and offer the $INSANE_SUM buyout excuse for the rest, we'll have this kind of arrogance. Honest, "suitable acceptance candidate" and $EXCLUSIVE_COLLEGE is asking for the impossible when found together, so the blog and program for the iPods can be expected.

So which is first (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031371)

So which is first, they fail out of Duke, or the 18-month unreplaceable battery in the ipod dies?

So halfway through second year, all these suckers.. err students are going to have to go out and buy new ipods to stay in school? What an awesome plan.

Re:So which is first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031464)

You mean the 18-month battery that people with the first generation iPods released in 2001 can often still use with no significant loss in play time? That 18-month battery?

Re:So which is first (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031541)

You mean the 18-month battery that people with the first generation iPods released in 2001 can often still use with no significant loss in play time? That 18-month battery? Yes I think that's right. He means the unreplaceable battery that Apple have a replacement program for, or for which you can buy third party replacement batteries.

Dupe alert! (-1, Troll)

ronmon (95471) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031388)

Earth to Slashdot editors. This was posted a month ago [slashdot.org]

Re:Dupe alert! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031405)

Earth to ronmon. No it wasn't. This is from a student who has actually recieved his ipod.

Re:Dupe alert! (1)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031501)

earth to meekus, he's a male model, i'm sure he's heard of styling gel

Re:Dupe alert! (2, Informative)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031443)

RTFP. No, you don't even have to RTFA, just Read The Fucking Preview.

In it you'll find the sentance "This deal was previously mentioned on /. here.", with here being a link to that same story you posted.

Duke Sucks (1, Troll)

dupper (470576) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031421)

/Obvious

Slashdot Editors: Spellcheck the submissions! (0, Flamebait)

Bluetrust25 (647829) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031433)

This is the second glaring typo on the front page in the last 24 hours. You'd think that with Slashdot being nearly as popular as wired.com (and certainly having as many ads as Wired does) could afford to hire someone with a degree in English to proof the submissions part-time.

Plus, this is a duplicate story.

Go ahead, mod me down as troll. Whoop de do. But think for a second about what all of this says about the amount of attention put into choosing which news matters.

Re:Slashdot Editors: Spellcheck the submissions! (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031526)

Hey, I'll have a Creative Writing degree in 3 months. Hire me!

wow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031444)

And I care because...?

Great. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031486)

I thought universities were in the business of teaching, not hardware/music distribution.

Still, it explains the stupidly high tuitions.

Recording lectures. (5, Interesting)

Welpa (320496) | more than 10 years ago | (#10031499)

This brings up an interesting issue. Is Duke University actually encouraging/allowing their students to record lectures? I know that this is a reasonably big deal in the UK where, as far as I know, it is illegal; meaning that before recording, consent has to be asked of each individual lecturer. Many of the lecturers I know do not like the practice of students recording lectures for various reasons including:

1) They own the IP of their own lectures
2) Students tend to be easier distracted when they know (or at least think) that they will listen to the lecture again
3) The audio is only a small part of a whole presentation which includes writing on the blackboard, overheads etc.

Anyway, it seems a little strange to me that American universities are encouraging this so openly.

Re:Recording lectures. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031516)

Bizarre. I come from New Zealand, and over here, people taping lectures is quite common, and the lecturers don't care at all :)

I speak from personal experience - broke my hand one semester, and had to use a tape recorder (it was mid-90s). I sat up front so the cruddy mike could pick up the lecturer and they didn't even bat an eyelid.

Guess it's just something about the UK - maybe they're all paranoid/greedy over there or something ;)

These aren't standard ipods? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10031508)

I heard that these weren't the same ipod you would buy from Apple, and that they have firmware on board for remote administration or something? Does that mean that the Duke IT guys can tell what's on everyone's ipod (i.e. - pirated music)?
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