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Monday, July 12, 2010

Media Notes: Of iPhones, Disney and Ecuador

The media loves to pounce, quoting only the negative of Consumer Reports refusal to recommend the iPhone due to reception and implying Apple "was" dishonest in its PR to cover the flaw.

I read the actual report and it says the problem is easily fixable (duct tape or an Apple case) and that Apple will provide a free fix once further research is done. Apple did believe that there is a software problem, and there may well be one, at the time that Apple gave out the press release. Apple has since admitted some "design elements" in a "minor correctable" flaw.

It's an antenna gap that if you connect it with something that conducts electricity (like your hand) will cause less conductivity over the entire antenna by "closing" a circuit. In other words a design flaw in putting the antenna on the outside of the case. Avoidable if Apple had done its due diligence, but not enough.

To Consumer Report goes on to rate Apple as superior to other phones currently on the market in every other way.

The reason people get and pick up on the negative one liners is that is what some media presents.

This is a good example outside of the political range (where the practice is most common).

Disney is selling Miramax, with is not much more than its library at this point. An outsider, not from the industry, has put together a team and investment company to overpay dramatically for the Miramax name and library.

There is a lawsuit going to court over who controls the outtakes in a documentary film. Chevron is seeking the outtakes on a film about Ecuador. A court gave Chevron the rights to the film, but the first amendment and property law back the filmmakers, who are suing over their first amendment rights to the material they gathered and they feel they own. Chevron wants to use the film in liability lawsuits here and in Ecuador.

Do Clark County schools prepare you to be in college?

The Las Vegas Sun reporte on a study through UNLV of why college freshman are not truly ready for college level work. Drop out rate now exceeds 58% (only about four out of ten students end up graduating). More than one in three high school graduates require remedial classes prior to taking required college credit course. The expense of these programs fall on the college and university system and my be seen at the expense of courses and programs college students may need to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Who is responsible for a student's education? Why are so many not ready for the transition to college? What do you feel can be done? Do you agree with the "more than one in three assessment?

The low response to this blog, in terms of students adding sustentative response to posted items, tends to support the feeling of educators that students are not taught to perform at the entry-level college level prior to achieving a high school degree.

Extending beyond that is the issue of how prepared students are for their civic responsibilities, financial lives and other roles they are required to play in society as adults?

Or are the standards of academia unrealistic or outdated?

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