Daily deadlines won't wait for high-tech learning curve

Students in my “Media Projects” class are getting practice learning complex, new systems quickly. We’ve learned Blender 3D, we’ve started on Inform 7, and later we’ll move to Flash. My sister (or possibly her husband, who sometimes uses her e-mail address) sent me a link to an editorial on what it’s like to learn a new software system while you’re also dealing with the daily deadlines that define the news…

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Colleges Should Stand Up to the Entertainment Industry

The technical term is “deep packet inspection,” a process by which universities can examine the contents of electronic files that pass back and forth on their networks to see if they contain copyrighted material like the latest M.I.A. single or an episode of Gossip Girl. It’s the equivalent of requiring institutions to steam open and read every letter that passes through the campus mail. It’s also expensive, slows down the…