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December 2011

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Yahoo News: Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian’

Yahoo News: Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian’

Top schools that don’t ask about race in admissions process have very high percentages of Asian students. The California Institute of Technology, a private school that chooses not to consider race, is about one-third Asian. (Thirteen percent of California residents have Asian heritage.) The University of California-Berkeley, which is forbidden by state law to consider race in admissions, is more than 40 percent Asian — up from about 20 percent before the law was passed.

Noting that most Ivy League schools have roughly the same percentage of Asians, he wonders if “that’s the maximum number where diversity is still good, and it’s not, ‘we’re being overwhelmed by the yellow horde.”

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Dailymail.co.uk: Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won’t be shown in the U.S. as viewers don’t believe in global warming

Dailymail.co.uk: Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won’t be shown in the U.S. as viewers don’t believe in global warming

An episode of the BBC’s Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming.

British viewers will see all seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature series throughout the Autumn.

But U.S. audiences will not be shown the last episode, which looks at the threat posed by man to the natural world.

It is feared a show that preaches global warming could upset viewers in the U.S., where around half of people do not believe in climate change.

I saw this in a petition sent out by Change.org asking Discovery Channel to air the final (seventh) episode. It’s frightening that Discovery Channel is not showing this episode because it might upset those that are too ignorant to believe in climate change.

Technology

Xbox 360 Repaired

The weekend before Thanksgiving, my Xbox 360 once again died with the dreaded three light Red Ring of Death hardware failure. This is a problem that has plagued the original Xbox 360 and is the third time my Xbox has failed since 2006. It’s been such a problem for users that Microsoft extended the Xbox 360 warranty to 3 years to deal with these issues.

I’ve never really worried about warranties for electronic devices mostly because by the time they break, they’re already obsolete. In most cases, they’re pretty much disposable.

However, in the case of the Xbox 360, the game console industry has changed. The Kinect accessory has given the Xbox 360 new life and is unlikely to be replaced any time soon.

Because of this, I faced the choice of purchasing a new one or having the six year old Xbox 360 fixed.

Because the Red Ring of Death is so pervasive, a number of Xbox repair places have sprung up on the internet. I chose a place  Videogamerepairservice.com and decided to try it since it was very low risk- only $49.99 for repair with free return shipping and a one year warranty.

I purchased the repair online and shipped it to them in Pennsylvania on Monday Nov. 21st and received it back yesterday Nov. 30, nine days later. Nine days is incredibly fast because it includes four days of transit and the Thanksgiving weekend.

I plugged Xbox in and it works! We’ll see how long it works, but I was very impressed with the speed of service I received from Videogamerepairservice.com