In an announcement earlier today, Tom aka “Spinner” from DivX, Inc., the company behind Stage6, posted a notice on the website telling users that the service will be shut down on February 28. The reason cited was that the website is becoming too expensive to maintain. Stage6 is a website similar to the famous YouTube, but Stage6 videos are encrypted with the DivX codec and are of much higher quality. This will be a disappointment to many users as there are hundreds of useful documentaries and videos of high intellectual and entertainment value.
Stanford announced yesterday that it will be dropping all tuition costs for students whose parents make less than $100,000 per year and dropping room and board costs for students whose parents make less than $60,000 per year. Additional aid will also go towards families who make more than $100,000 per year.
The announcement was made by President John Hennessy due to outside pressure for universities to reduce tuition costs and a 22% increase in endowment last year to $17.1 billion. About one month ago Harvard made a similar decision.
Given the unfortunate propensity in this country for psychos to walk into public places and start killing people, most recently at Northern Illinois University, the debate over whether or not guns should be allowed on college campuses has become a major issue. Only a couple of universities, including the University of Utah, where I attend, allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their guns on campus. Anti-gun groups claim that allowing concealed carry on campus would result in even more shootings; pro-gun groups say that the only way that students will be able to defend themselves from a psychotic gunman is to be on equal ground with the shooter. My thoughts after the jump. Click to continue reading…
It was expected that Blu-ray would win the HD “war.” Shortly after our previous story on the subject, Toshiba announced that they will stop making HD-DVD players. This was only one day after Wal-Mart decided to stop selling HD-DVDs. Now the battle will be between Blu-ray, regular DVD disks, and internet downloading.