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People really, really suck at using computers / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "95% of the US population, 93% of Europeans and 92% of Asians can't do "level three" tasks like "You want to know what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability" -- tasks where "use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit.""
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Facebook deletes Norwegian PM's post as 'napalm girl' row escalates | Technology | The ... - 0 views

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    In her intervention on Friday, the Norwegian prime minister wrote that the photograph, entitled The Terror of War and featuring the naked nine-year-old Kim Phúc running away from a napalm attack, had "shaped world history".

    Solberg added: "I appreciate the work Facebook and other media do to stop content and pictures showing abuse and violence ... But Facebook is wrong when they censor such images."
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Tiny South Pacific island to lose free/universal Internet lifeline / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But last month, Rocket Systems, who administered the .nu deal and the free Internet connection, announced that they would be shutting down the free link and replacing it with a paid one, because the .nu royalties had been cut. Under the new mandate, the 75% of people in Niue who relied on the service will begin paying an eye-popping NZD50/10gb to access the service. This is moderately competitive for satellite data, but by the standards of the developed world, it's amazingly expensive, especially given the country's low median per capita income."
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Homework goes mobile for school pupils in Lesotho | Dan Griliopoulos | Global developme... - 0 views

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    "Sterio.me sends homework lessons and quizzes to basic phones that have limited access to data. Phones of this type have more than 86% penetration in Lesotho. The programme is undergoing trials in local schools, supported by the Vodacom Foundation, the ministry of education and the local teachers' union, before being rolled out across the country. "
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Hand-held eye exam * The Intelligent Optimist - 0 views

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    "A smartphone application called Peek, Portable Eye Examination Kit, utilizes the phone's camera and can conduct visual and color field tests, lens imaging for cataracts, and retinal imaging, among other tests to detect sight impairments and diseases."
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Industry Vet Predicts Full Digital Distribution by 2011 - 0 views

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    Apparently all games (and who knows what else) for computers will only be available by downloads by the year 2011. If this is a good thing, we shall have to find out in a year's time.
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