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AT&T Calling Cards: When one minute doesn't equal a minute

My AT&T long-distance calling card ran out of minutes, so I decided to try to renew it.  I checked the website and saw these terms: Minute value applies to state-to-state calling only. A surcharge not to exceed 10 minutes applies to U.S. pay phone calls, a portion of which compensates pay phone providers. One minute billing increments; partial minutes used are billed as full minutes. Rates may be higher for…

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Internet: today's most trusted news source

A poll is just a starting point for discussion, not an ending point that proves any one argument. With that in mind… Results indicate that the Internet is the most trusted news source among all age groups, and overall, more trusted than newspapers and television news combined. FOX News is the most trusted news source on television and The New York Times is the most trusted national newspaper outlet. Three…

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Saving Journalism

Via a thought-provoking Metafilter item: The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility. The old model was beautifully simple. A newspaper publisher in a monopoly market in the twentieth century was like those counts of Savoy who built a castle on the rock of Chillon between the foot of a mountain and the edge of Ltke Geneva.…

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Google's SearchWiki

How long has this been around? I just noticed it.  Google’s user interface is so streamlined that any change at all is noteworthy. I haven’t had the chance to play with it. I’m not sure how much I want my own biases to affect Google’s search results, so I’m going to have to read up on this before I play with it. SearchWiki lets you customize your Google Web Search…

Google's "Lively" Virtual World is Dead

Lively.com will be discontinued at the end of December, and everyone who has worked on the project will then move on to other teams. We’d encourage all Lively users to capture your hard work by taking videos and screenshots of your rooms. I never did get around to sampling Lively, since the initial reviews I read suggested it was pretty lame. I’m very cautious about putting hard work into creating…

St. Olaf Wrestles With Milton's Angel, and Prevails

Great little feature from the Chronicle Here are some of the things you learn when you participate in a Milton marathon: Milton is not as boring as you think. Paradise Lost has something for everyone: Hot but innocent sex! (You thought Adam and Eve spent all their time in Eden gardening?) Descriptions of hellfire that would make The Lord of the Rings‘ archfiend, Sauron, weep with envy! Epic battles, with…

Text-Based Computer Game Features Graduate Student as Main Character

It’s pretty cool to see a Chronicle of Higher Education blog covering text games: It’s noon and you’ve still got 1,000 words to type. That might not seem like much, but it’s been months since you’ve last worked on your dissertation and distractions are plentiful. To make matters worse, your girlfriend, Violet, says she’s out the door and flying back to Australia if you don’t finish the paper by the…

Postcards from the Road

[G]ames are inherently about exploration, in the abstract sense of discovering strategies and options, seeing how rules interact and so on. And yes, you can summon screenshots of Warhammer halls bigger than the Taj Mahal, or mountain vistas in Lord of the Rings Onlinethe Other: societies wholly different from mine, cultures built on assumptions so divergent from my own that I hadn’t realized they were assumptions. This, for me, is…

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Games Without Frontiers: Victory in Vomit

Wired reviews Mirror’s Edge When you run, you see your hands pumping up and down in front of you. When you jump, your feet briefly jut up into eyeshot — precisely as they do when you’re vaulting over a hurdle in real life. And when you tuck down into a somersault, you’re looking at your thighs as the world spins around you. What’s more, the Mirror’s Edge world feels tactile…