Archive for October, 2007

Governor signs SB 719 into law

I am just hearing that the Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 719. This is a bill that is to reform the San Joaquin Valley Air Board. No news sources have broken this story yet, so no links. Though, of course I will add them as they become available.


Careful using your iphone on a plane

ATA Airlines harassed a guy who was using his iphone in flight.

The iphone was in “airplane” mode – i.e. no radio emissions, but they still insisted it was against FAA regulations to have a cell phone turned on. The ATA flight crew had the police escort the guy off the plane, and tried to charge him. From Casey’s account it appears that the ATA flight crew were being a little rash and incompetent.

I just hope I do not have this problem, otherwise my long flight down under that I have to take in a few weeks will not be fun 🙁


Merced visits Apple

Educators get Apple gift, but not from student:

Merced County Educators were given a tour of Apple’s Cupertino HQ this week. I am guessing Apple is trying to get a further foot in the door of the Education market…


An Inconvenient Mistruth?

BBC: “A High Court judge who ruled on whether climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools said it contains ‘nine scientific errors’.”

I think that the judge in this case has made the correct decision. The DVD of Al Gore’s movie was being sent free of charge to schools across the UK. One of the most important things we can teach our children is objectivity, and the ability to analyze and decide on matters for themselves. Given that Al Gore’s movie is somewhat controversial, I think it is important for the teachers showing the movie, to ensure at least some modicum of impartiality is maintained.

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