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PHPNerd (1039992) writes "I'm a college computer science professor. Next semester I'll be teaching Web Development 2. Due to how quickly the web is changing, every year I have to find a new book (though some years I don't even use one). Last year I used HTML5 For Web Designers by the good people at A List Apart. I used it because it's short, easy to understand, and covers essential pieces of HTML5. Any suggestions on good textbooks or web resources focusing on bleeding-edge HTML5 and CSS3?" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "Tired of fundamental Christians revising the textbooks your children use? Well how about Arab Muslims funding textbooks used in American schools? These textbooks purport Muslims discovered America and that there was no ancient state of Israel, something that flies in the face of modern history and archaeology. The textbooks go farther, however, portraying America negatively and making it empirical fact that the Koran was revealed to Muhammad. How could this happen? Apparently Saudi Arabia has been giving millions in grants to some of America's top universities (Harvard, George Washington, etc) to push the textbooks that back their warped view of history." Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "You might expect that science, particularly American science, would be colour-blind. Though fewer people from some of the country’s ethnic minorities are scientists than the proportions of those minorities in the population suggest should be the case, once someone has got bench space in a laboratory, he might reasonably expect to be treated on merit and nothing else. Unfortunately, a study just published in Science suggests that is not true. The study looked at the pattern of research grants awarded by the NIH and found that race matters a lot. Moreover, Asian and Hispanic scientists do just as well as white ones. Black scientists, however, do badly." Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "Most people refer to the iPod Touch as an "iPhone without the phone." With FaceTime and iMessages, to be released with iOS 5 in the fall, the iPod Touch essentially becomes a phone. The only difference is that it can only connect to a Wi-Fi network, not a 3G network. Since the iPad line is currently split into Wi-Fi and 3G, it makes sense to do the same with the iPhone. Is it possible the iPod Touch will be going away, and that it will be replaced by the iPhone Wi-Fi?" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "While it is clear now that humans are the cause of global warming, a very disturbing scandal has recently been uncovered that threatens to destabilize and discredit the work that has already been done, now being referred to by many as "Climategate". One of the world's leading climate change research centers, the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked via hackers. The CRU plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term changes in temperature and the documents leaked contain verified proof of falsified data and e-mails from leading scientists the world over. Even more disturbing, it appears that Obama's Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in the CRU's unfolding scandal, and according to files leaked, willingly engaged in ridiculing and bullying people who legitimately and scientifically disagreed. While the complete ramifications of this scandal are yet unknown, it is clear that many well-respected scientists will have their reputations destroyed for engaging in such behavior." Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd writes "According to experts, the English language has entered a state of evolution that is progressing so rapidly that we are adding a new word to it every 98 minutes. This kind of language development hasn't been seen since the days of William Shakespeare. One of the biggest words in nerd culture today is "noob" which could end up being the 1,000,000th word added to the English language by the Global Language Monitor. From the article:
The word "noob" has its heavy roots in gamer culture, which should be obvious since we're talking about it. It's also seen a lot of use among online communities to "welcome" fresh faces, and has become an accepted term of abuse for anybody who looks like they don't know what they're doing. The Global Language Monitor accepts words once they have been used 25,000 times by media outlets.
PHPNerd writes "With the recent lifting of the ban on stem cell research funding by President Obama, many are hailing the freeing of science from backwards ethical shackles, calling the Bush ban "anti-science." But was it really an anti-science policy or just a true moral objection? Wired has up a provocative piece looking at the thin line between science and it's guide, ethics. Clearly ethics are necessary for science (see: Nuremberg Code), but where do you draw the line? From the article: "In the wake of Obama's decision to lift Bush's funding ban, many scientists are celebrating the freedom of science from ideology. Their relief is understandable, but the rhetoric is disturbing. The Bush administration didn't skew stem cell research like it did environmental science: It simply said it wasn't right. Bush's limitations on embryonic research were ethical and legitimate — but not, as many observers have noted, anti-science. "Some scientists may take home the wrong message: that moral concerns should not restrict what scientists can do. But that's clearly false," said Tom Murray, director of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics think tank. There are good reasons why society puts ethical boundaries on science...Most Americans now support research that Bush stifled and Obama will fund. But there will be plenty of cases in the future when the aims of science — or, to be more precise, certain scientists — conflict with widely held values."" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "The incredible pace of development of Chrome has not slowed down at all. Chrome, which was only released last September and recently brought out of beta is now onto Chrome 2. The latest version includes features that have long been standard in rivals, such as form autocomplete and full-page zoom. One innovation is browser profiles, where different users can choose different homepages, bookmarks and browsing history. The feature could also be used to create different profiles for work and home. Chrome user can get their hands on version 2 by downloading the Chrome Channel Changer and selecting Developer Preview Channel." Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "In a shocking about-face the Huffington-Post, one of the biggest supporters of global warming, has published an article outlining new non-politically correct data which has been steadily building in opposition to the positions on Global Warming/Climate Change by Al Gore and others. From the article:
Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind...Mr. Gore has gone so far to discourage debate on climate as to refer to those who question his simplistic view of the atmosphere as "flat-Earthers." This, too, is right on target, except for one tiny detail. It is exactly the opposite of the truth.
The article goes on to detail new evidence as well as rebut previously excepted "truths." Perhaps finally we are at an end of the browbeating/blackballing of scholarly voices which question orthodoxy on Global Warming/Climate Change." Link to Original Source
PHPNerd writes "The amount of hard-copy sales of music still beats out digital downloads by almost a margin of 9 to 1. However, the amount of hard-copy music sold last year dropped by a steep 19%. Now major music labels are trying to find a way to get customers to purchase more music in-store. Cue the new "slotMusic". From the article "SanDisk Corp., four major record labels and retailers Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are hoping that albums sold on microSD memory cards will at least provide an additional stream of sales. Unlike when the CD was introduced and people had to buy new players, many people already have the ability to play slotMusic albums, since many cell phones and multimedia players support microSD cards. These new albums will come with a small USB dongle that lets buyers use them with computers, too." The best part about it? It's completely free of copy protections." Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd writes "Recently some friends and I decided to begin an online start-up. We have a product, we have a business plan, we even have our legal i's dotted and t's crossed. Now there's only one problem: we're young, broke, and in graduate school, and don't know anyone who could fund us. I've read many good articles about starting a start-up, and they all say to seek venture capital, but not one actually mentions how to go about doing it. We also don't have the faintest idea about where to find such people or how to contact them. I'm sure there are many people at Slashdot who have started an online start-up before, so how did you find the money? How can I get in touch with the right people?" top
PHPNerd writes "Some friends and I have been working on an online video game for the last few years in our spare time and have now decided to take it up to the next level. We have a game currently released that is our "demo" and we have been hard at work on the next (and "real") version of the game. In our small amount of publicity, we've managed to get something around 20,000 user accounts and a small but active community. The only problem is that it's all done in our spare time and that makes development slow. There's clear market potential for this game and money to be made, but I fear that without serious venture we won't ever get there in a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore, when you're in grad school, young and broke, you don't know anyone with money, or how to get in touch with anyone with money. There was an Ask Slashdot recently that asked about how to pitch a game idea, and the most common response was to do it yourself and seek VC, but no one mentioned where or how. Can anyone at Slashdot please point me in the right direction for finding venture capital?" top
PHPNerd writes "A new consumer survey recently released chronicles the woes of the winner of the hi-definition format war: nobody wants it. While consumers were very happy to embrace the DVD standard when it came about because it brought a huge jump in quality over VHS, the pros of switching to Blu-ray are not as obvious. From the article:
In contrast, while half of the respondents to our survey rated Blu-ray's quality as 'much better' than standard DVD, another 40% termed it only 'somewhat better,' and most are very satisfied with the performance of their current DVD players." Another reason cited was that a Blu-ray investment also dictates an HDTV purchase, something consumers are reluctant to do.
Now that Blu-ray has won the hi-def format war, can it convince consumers to actually purchase it?" Link to Original Source
PHPNerd writes "In a bold move to connect with the next generation of young British voters, the House of Lords has launched a YouTube video series that will detail what it does and try to connect it to the younger generation. Accompanying it is a blog titled Lords of the Blog where various Lords blog about political issues and can receive feedback from anyone around the world. From the article: "We're trying to engage with younger people and people who may not be interested in politics," said spokesman Owen Williams. "We looked at YouTube because it appeals to people outside the political elite."
What do you think, Slashdot? Is this doomed to failure, or should more governments be doing something similar?" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd (1039992) writes "A revolutionary new concept — an online peer reviewed and community driven roleplaying journal — that takes Web 2.0 by the horns, has opened its doors to submissions. The site is called All The Roleplaying You'll Ever Need, or "ATRYEN" for short. How does it work? As opposed to the decades-old system of submitting an article or short story to an unknown group of people and then receiving a pre-written rejection letter, those who wish to be published submit their works on the site's message board where the community reviews them, gives detailed criticism, and rates each piece. Submissions with high enough ratings get added into the next issue. The thing that supposedly sets this apart from others is that writers have the chance to get real feedback, revise, and then request readers to re-evaluate their submission, having the chance to perfect it and eventually become published. Those who do not wish to partake in the community efforts can still read the monthly publication.
Do you think this "open source" approach to publishing can work? Can it change the mega-business publishing system? Or is it doomed to failure?" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd writes "Over at space.com is an interesting article about the first space lawyer to graduate, and the field to which he enters, Space Law. He graduates from the University of Mississippi. From the article:
Any future space lawyer might have to deal with issues ranging from the fallout over satellite shoot-downs to legal disputes between astronauts onboard the International Space Station. The expanding privatization of the space sector may also pose new legal challenges... "We are particularly proud to be offering these space law certificates for the first time, since ours is the only program of its kind in the U.S. and only one of two in North America," said Samuel Davis, law dean at the University of Mississippi.
What do you think about a degree in Space Law? Is it actually necessary, or is it about time we started training people in this field?" Link to Original Source top
Yahoo not Opposed to Microsoft Deal at Right Price
PHPNerd writes "Today in a letter to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, the Yahoo board stated that they are clearly for a deal with Microsoft so long as it is a the right price. The board cited concerns that the previous bid undervalued Yahoo considerably, further saying "We have continued to make clear that we are not opposed to a transaction with Microsoft if it is in the best interests of our stockholders," the letter said. "Our position is simply that any transaction must be at a value that fully reflects the value of Yahoo, including any strategic benefits to Microsoft, and on terms that provide certainty to our stockholders." This letter comes in response to a threat from Ballmer to lower the bid if Yahoo did not accept the $31/share price.
Will Microsoft up the bid or continue to play hardball, or is Yahoo not cashing in their chips while they still can?" Link to Original Source top
PHPNerd writes "Wired has news that Microsoft has announced the start of a private beta test for IE8 with the text of the announcement also promising an open beta coming soon. So far, details on IE8 are hard to come by, but there are several things known, all of which have sparked heated debate. This includes IE8's controversial "version tag" which allows programmers to have the web page render in IE6, IE7, or IE8 modes. Supposedly, IE8 will be able to render the ACID2 test properly, but even that is being doubted, as we have previously discussed, since IE8 defaults to rendering in "traditional" mode which is that of IE6. The most interesting part of this is how quickly they are going to beta with IE8 after the release of IE7 compared to the release of IE6 and the release of IE7, most likely a direct result of the amazing success of Firefox. The real question now becomes: will anyone upgrade to IE8 since it won't be able to piggyback on an operating system like IE7 with Vista?" Link to Original Source