The University of Virginia plans to close most of its public computer labs by the summer of 2011, citing a need to save money, reports the Roanoke Times. Mike McPherson, a university information officer, said the school had been planning to close many of the labs in the coming years, but the economic downturn has stepped up that effort. According to a recent report, 99 percent of the Class of 2012 brought a laptop to school, although the university does not require it. McPherson said percentages like that show how outmoded the idea of general-purpose computer labs is. As for...

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