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Comment: Which University? (Score 5, Interesting) 582

by JambisJubilee (#39170251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

I'd say the university isn't fulfilling its role, and you should definitely rally to change things. The purpose of the university network (besides supporting research communications) is to allow you to learn.

During my undergrad the university I attended provided full firewall-free internet with a *public* IP from their block for everyone who plugged in (and no-questions asked CNAMEs). The wireless was of course NAT'd but I had no problems.

This all worked because of the genius way they solved problems was genius. If IT detected any funny business, a tech would physically show up at your lab/office and ask you what was going on and make you fix the problem right then and there.

Comment: Re:Sounds neat, but... (Score 1) 202

by JambisJubilee (#36237582) Attached to: Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

That's awesome. You're 100% correct. I don't know how books are sorted these days, but the relevancy of nearby books is why I attend libraries.

At my (European) university we have a system where, instead of one big library, we have many small, specialized libraries. This seems to work fairly well if the librarians are good... they keep the shelves updated and know what should go near what.

Comment: Re:Great for retrieving a specific book (Score 1) 202

by JambisJubilee (#36237542) Attached to: Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

My question would be, why aren't these things in digital form? If you've ever done any research, you'll know the signal to noise ratio can be quite low. It usually takes me scanning through 15-20 works before I find what I want. And to have to wait an hour to get your collection doesn't work.

I say, have the stacks if you want the physical copy. But everything should be digitized and searchable.

Comment: Re:reducing the BSA would generate the most jobs (Score 2) 361

by JambisJubilee (#36105336) Attached to: BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion

Sorry, pirating software is not stealing software. The premise behind calling it "stealing" is that, if you did not pirate the software, you would have paid for it. That is so demonstrably false I don't know where you're coming from. I know a guy who has both software he purchased legitimately (Portal 2, Minecraft) and software he has pirated (Adobe CS, Comsol). It's obvious that no sales were lost in any of the pirated cases.

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