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Denebola » Andrew Feng http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 China’s censorship hindering progress http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/chinas-censorship-hindering-progress/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/chinas-censorship-hindering-progress/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:10:57 +0000 Andrew Feng http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4967 Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China by the Nobel Committee on October 8. Liu Xiaobo, a long term activist for the integration of democratic principle in the Chinese government, was in jail at the time for “inciting subversion of state power according to the Chinese Government.
Imprisonment has not stopped Xiabo, who has been formally arrested four times. Most recently, he was arrested for his involvement in Charter 08, a declaration for the democratization of the Chinese Government signed by over 350 prominent citizens.
During his tumulus years from 1989 through present day, Xiaobo managed to write over ten major publications and getting married, while in and out of jail.
Throughout his career as an activist for democracy, he also won numerous awards from various democratic and free speech organizations.
Despite this, his work is frequently censored in China, and the reports of his Nobel Prize have been banned since the time of its announcement.
China has one of the few modern day authoritarian governments and has managed to expand greatly under its influence. Xiaobo is one of the many citizens of China who have realized that, with a lack of legal rights for its citizens, a critical analysis of government is essentially rendered useless. A citizen has few free speech rights and with that comes a genuine lack of thought. This leads to an apathetic citizenry, one who believes that all its problems will be solved by those in power.
Many other countries have attempted to confront China over its controlling policies.
The problem is China’s size and influence. It is possible for the country’s style of government to improve prosperity, but the citizens need to be involved.
China should take advantage of its one billion citizens and allow them to express their opinions and ideas.
Xiaobo remians certain that without a like-minded and united population, a country will not be able to progress further.
By winning the Nobel Prize, his ideas have reached far more people.

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Opposing Viewpoints: Apple’s iPad is a practical new technology http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/opposing-viewpoints-apples-ipad-is-a-practical-new-technology/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/opposing-viewpoints-apples-ipad-is-a-practical-new-technology/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:06:59 +0000 Andrew Feng http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4708 Far too often are students forced to lug around backpacks filled to the brim with folders and binders tucked with essential class papers.
Then, on top of all that, they’re forced to bring textbooks to school as well.
With so many things to carry, and so much of it necessary, it’s pretty hard to find something to lessen the load.
However, the iPad will do exactly that.
Most criticism leveled at the iPad is of its lack of casual capabilities and price.
The iPad is not going to replace the laptop in terms of overall capability, but when used for more studious purposes, it can really shine.
First, a bit of number crunching has to be done. The iPad clocks in at about one and a half pounds, as opposed to the average laptop which weighs around six pounds.
The iPad has more than enough memory to download any and all textbooks that are available online, shaving approximately four to five pounds off of the weight of a typicalstudent’s backpack.
It is fully capable of replacing laptops as well, which may take another four and a half pounds off that load.
Consolidating textbooks isn’t the only thing the iPad is good for.
Notes can easily be taken using the Pages app, which functions just like any other word processor, complete with touch-screen keyboard.
Some classes, however, need more elaborate and detailed notes, which the iPad can also provide.
The Writepad app, along with many others following similar details, allows for the user to create detailed note with the use of a finger or stylus.
More often than not, the application will adjust to the user’s writing style, allowing for a much easier time reviewing any notes before a quiz or test.
Writing is not the only operation it is capable of.
In its ever widening range of capabilities, the iPad contains the Numbers app lication for spreadsheets, along with various small applications for informational databases like Dictionary.com or Wikipedia.com.
The iPad, more often than not, is perfectly capable of replacing a bulky and often comparatively slow laptop in day to day operations within class.
While educational purposes are very useful, the iPad also has many networking capabilities and games.
If there is some free time or a need to blow off some steam, iPad owners can play games and draw pictures on the iPad.
The price has already been lowered quite a bit, with the leading price at $829 for 64GB of memory, Wi-Fi, and 3G, making it only slightly more expensive than a medium grade laptop.
Not everyone is fitted to own multiple expensive computing systems at the same time, but if there’s any spare change lying around, the iPad can greatly increase the convenience of a normal school day.
The iPad is really more for convenience than anything else, but with so many things needed to be organized and put together, a little convenience can go a long way.

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