DreamSpark: Microsoft offers registered students free developer software
Microsoft has made a seemingly smart move by giving away bundles of developer software for free to registered students in 11 countries.
The DreamSpark programme goes live today in the UK, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and the United States, and offers software including Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Windows Server, and XNA Game Studio 2.0.
Opinion: University study discovers online role-playing games are addictive. No, really?!
Some retarded university professor with too much university grant money on his hands has concluded that role-playing games, or MMORPGs played online are more addictive than playing on consoles. No, really?
Judging by the fact that tens, if not hundreds of people (mostly in the East) have died from several days’ worth of…
Founder of Harvard University, dressed like Master Chief. Priceless.
To the young gentlemen who dressed up Harvard University’s John Harvard statue as Master Chief, I bow down and take my helmet off to you all.
Some crazed students, probably fuelled by cheap liquer and the frenzy of the Halo 3 launch, recently dressed the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard up with an assault rifle and Spartan helmet, as Master Chief. Wonder…
Sony AIBO-like robot, the New4LR, is open-source and speccy
Yet another robot for you, this time in the shape of a wee lil puppy. Watch women all around you swoon at the sight of it. Coochie-coochie-coo! Coochie-coochie-coo!
As your robot-savvy eyes can tell, it’s slightly Sony Aibo-like in its appearance, but has a lot more to it than what meets the eye. The German University working on the robot has developed open-source software for the product, ‘New4LR’, powered by two AMD Geode 500Mhz processors…
Opinion: why I think Bluetooth Facebook is a grand (if stalker-ish) idea
Katherine Hannaford writes…
I take back every mean-spirited thing I’ve ever said about students. Yes, even on those nights out in Kingston, Hammersmith, or Clapham, when they’ve filled the gutters, emptying their stomaches of all the Snakebites they can hold, when I’ve resembled a middle-class snob, shaking my head as I pass them soberly (well, vomitless, anyway), muttering under my breath ‘damn students’.
Why am I suddenly revoking my student-hating membership card? Why, because the clever little sods have developed possibly the world’s best Facebook application. Yes, even better than the Karl Pilkington quotes app. We’re talking Bluetooth Facebook. Read on, social-networking fiends…
UCAS provides A-level advice on virtual island in Second Life
One of the latest organisations to create a presence for itself on Second Life is UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
Having created their own virtual island, they’ll be offering free advice from professional advisers about the clearing and application processes.
It’s supposed to be a pressure-free environment where those who’ve just got their A-level results can find out what happens next. The island features a series of bio-domes, each containing useful information.
Student's 'Intimate Controllers' thesis involves playing Pong with your boobs
For those that think gaming involves sitting alone on a couch, twiddling your thumbs, think again.
Recently a New York University student, Jennifer Chowdhury, created her thesis ‘Intimate Controllers’ on the subject of intimate controlling devices, where she invented a form of playing Pong with her boobs whilst her partner played with his bottom. Gaming beginning to sound fun, yet?
According to Wired, she embedded a set of sensors in her bra which controlled the actions of the game, so when her partner touched her left boob, the Pong paddle moved to the left, and the right boob would control the right paddle etc…
Is Google right to ban adverts from essay writing companies?
University authorities have “warmly welcomed” the news that Google is to refuse advertising from companies which offer to write research essays for students.
After recent complaints from various universities that students have been passing off essays that they’ve paid for as their own, Google has decided to refuse these ads.
US recording industry asks students not to pirate music
In what sounds like a rather futile exercise, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sent 400 letters out to 13 US universities advising of potential copyright infringement lawsuits against students who are using computer networks to illegally download music….