Hong Kong in Hot Flush over Ad Blunder

“With the burgeoning Sars epidemic spreading fear among travellers worldwide, the Hong Kong tourist board must be ruing the day it commissioned a series of magazine ads telling readers a visit to the city will ‘take your breath away’. Shortness of breath is one of the main symptoms of Sars – severe acute respiratory syndrome…” Jason Deans –Hong Kong in Hot Flush over Ad BlunderGuardian) Incidentally… why is AIDS spelled…

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Pinnacle, Online Grades, Skipping School, and More

“The Matrin County School Board has a new way of post a student’s grades online for a parent to check. Pinnacle is the name of the program, a simple java applet. Not only does Pinnacle log student’s grades, but also attendance and conduct. The way grades are accessed are by inputting the first 6 digits of your social security number and the first 5 letters of your last name. With…

No Text Please, We're American

Why is such a high-tech nation eschewing texting? | The short answer is that, in America, talk is cheap. Because local calls on land lines are usually free, wireless operators have to offer big ‘bundles’ of minutes?up to 5,000 minutes per month?as part of their monthly pricing plans to persuade subscribers to use mobile phones instead. Texting first took off in other parts of the world among cost-conscious teenagers who…