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+ - Is your college going out of business->

Submitted by Joe_Dragon
Joe_Dragon (2206452) writes ""I've been getting a lot of questions from high school kids asking whether or not they should go to college. The answer is Yes.

College is where you find out about yourself. It's where you learn how to learn. It's where you get exposure to new ideas. For those into business, it's where you learn the languages of business, accounting, finance, marketing and sales.

The question is not whether or not you should go to school, the question for the class of 2014 is what is your college plan and what is the likelihood that the college or university you attend will still be in business by the time you want to graduate.

Still in business? Yep. When I look at the university and college systems around the country I see the newspaper industry.

The newspaper industry was once deemed indestructable. Then this thing called the internet came along and took away their classified business. The problem wasn't really that their classifieds disappeared. It was more that they had accumulated a ton of debt and had over invested in physical plant and assets that could not adapt to the new digital world.

When revenue fell, the debt was still there — as were all the big buildings they had purchased, all those presses they had bought and the declining-in-value acquisitions. But the debt accumulated to pay for them never went away.

They were stuck with no easy way out.

The exact same thing is happening to our 4 year schools. You can't go to a big state university and not see construction. Why ?

Why in the world are schools building new buildings? What is required in a business school classroom that is any different than the classroom for psychology or sociology or english or any other number of classes? A new library, seriously? What is worse is that schools are taking on debt to pay for this new construction.

Think about this from a business perspective. Schools are seeing state and federal funding decline, as they should. Why should taxpayers be paying for another building?

They are seeing their primary revenue source — tuition, once a number that was never really questioned — becoming a value decision by prospective students. As they should.

Unless your parents are wealthy or you quality for a full ride or something close, the days of picking a school because that is the school you always wanted to go to are gone.

The class of 2014 and beyond now has to prepare a college value plan. What classes are you going to take online that enable you to get the most credits for the least cost. What classes are you going to take at a local, low-cost school so you can get additional credits at the lowest cost.

Then, with your freshman and sophomore classes out of the way, you can start to figure out which school you would like to transfer to, or two years from now, which online classes you can take that challenge you and prepare you for the areas you want to focus on. If you have the personal discipline you may be able to avoid ever having to step on a campus and graduating with a good degree and, miracle of miracles, no debt.

For the smart student who cares about getting their money's worth from college, the days of one school for four years are over. The days of taking on big debt (to the tune of $1 TRILLION as I write this) are gone. Going to a four-year school is supposed to be the foundation from which you create a future, not the transaction that crushes everything you had hoped to do because you have more debt than you could possibly pay off in 10 years. It makes no sense.

Which in turn means that four-year schools that refuse to LOWER their tuition are going to see their enrollment numbers decline. It just doesn't make sense to pay top dollar for Introduction to Accounting , Pyschology 101, etc.

Of course, the big schools are going to argue this all day long. They want and need your money. They want to tell you how beautiful their campus is. The social aspects of going away to college. The amazing professors they have. The opportunities they create. The access to alumni and sports. All were great arguments in 2001 when tuitions were still somewhat reasonable. They no longer hold water.

So back to the economics of four-year schools. Before you go to college, or send your child to a four-year school you better check their balance sheet. How much debt does the school have? How many administrators making more than $200,000 do they have? How much are they spending on building new buildings — none of which add value to your child's education, but as enrollments decline will force the school to increase their tuition and nail you with other costs. They just create a debtor university that risks going out of business.

There will be colleges and universities that fail, declare bankruptcy or have to re-capitalize much like the newspaper industry has and long before the class of 2018 graduates.

The smart high school grad no longer just picks a school, borrows money and wings it. Your future depends on your ability to assemble an educational plan that gets you on your path of knowledge and discovery without putting you at risk of attending a school that is doomed to fail , and/or saddling you with a debt heavy balance sheet that prevents you from taking the chances, searching for the opportunities or just being a fuck up for a while. We each take our own path, but nothing shortcuts the dreams of a 22 year old more than oweing a shitload of money.

Now is the time to figure it out and avoid the mess schools are creating for themselves and for those who take the old school way to college graduation."

why so much push for 4 year schools over time that will just become 5-6-7-8+ year plans we don't need that much time pure class room as well filler and fluff classes to pad stuff out.

The idea of additional credits at the lowest cost is a nice but some schools make you retake there classes some times just for the cash or you have to jump though hoops to move the credits.

We need to get out of the older system and have some kind of badges systems."

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+ - 3D Printing with Embryonic Stem Cells Paves Way for Artificial Organs

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Does the idea of printing an organ sound intriguing? Scientists have recently used a novel 3D printing technique to arrange human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for the very first time. This could allow the creation of three-dimensional tissues and structures, which could be crucial in the making of artificial organs and tissues."
AMD

+ - AMD Publishes Open-Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hardware hasn't been released yet, but AMD has made available early open-source Linux GPU driver patches for supporting the future Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards. At this time the Radeon HD 8800 "Oland" series is supported with the Mesa, DRM, X.Org, and kernel modifications. From the driver perspective, not many modifications are needed to build upon the Radeon HD 7000 series support."
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Space

+ - Iran's president volunteered to become first Iranian astronaut->

Submitted by mvladivostok
mvladivostok (179585) writes "Euronews states that 'Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has volunteered to become his country’s first astronaut.
Flushed with the success of last week’s monkey space flight, Ahmadinejad wants to go where no Iranian has gone before.
In 2011 he promised Iran would send a man into space by 2019, although few at the time could have thought he was thinking of himself.'"

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The Almighty Buck

+ - Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials ->

Submitted by
quantr
quantr writes ""Following attacks on U.S. government websites last weekend, Anonymous seems to have made a new "Operation Last Resort" .gov website strike Sunday night.
Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4,000 American bank executive accounts in the name of its new Operation Last Resort campaign, demanding U.S. computer crime law reform.
A spreadsheet has been published on a .gov website allegedly containing login information and credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of American bank executives.
If true, it could be that Anonymous has released banker information that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank Presidents, Vice Presidents, COO's Branch Managers, VP's and more.
The website used in this attack belongs to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). The page extension URL is titled, "oops-we-did-it-again.""

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Privacy

+ - HR Departments Tell Equifax Your Entire Salary History->

Submitted by chiguy
chiguy (522222) writes "From NBC News:
"The Equifax credit reporting agency, with the aid of thousands of human resource departments around the country, has assembled...[a database]...containing 190 million employment and salary records covering more than one-third of U.S. adults...[Equifax] says [it] is adding 12 million records annually."

This salary information is for sale: "Its database is so detailed that it contains week-by-week paystub information dating back years for many individuals, as well as ... health care provider, whether someone has dental insurance and if they’ve ever filed an unemployment claim.""

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Books

+ - Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Back in Biblical times, creating abundance was considered innovative. That was then. Last Tuesday, GeekWire reports, the USPTO awarded Amazon.com a broad patent on reselling and lending 'used' digital goods for an invention that Amazon boasts can be used to 'maintain scarcity' of digital objects, including audio files, eBooks, movies, apps, and pretty much anything else."
Science

+ - Transparent Transistors Printed On Paper->

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MTorrice
MTorrice writes "To make light-weight, inexpensive electronics using renewable materials, scientists have turned to a technology that is almost 2,000 years old: paper. Researchers fabricated organic transistors on a transparent, exceptionally smooth type of paper called nanopaper. This material has cellulose fibers that are only 10 nm in diameter. The nanopaper transistors are about 84% transparent, and their performance decreases only slightly when bent."
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+ - Skype protocol has been reverse engineered ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Skype has been in the news a lot recently, mainly due to rumors of it being acquired a few months before a planned IPO. We thought Facebook and Google may pounce on the company for as much as $4 billion, but then Microsoft turned up, put $8.5 billion on the table, and walked away with their very expensive prize.

Now Microsoft own the most popular VoIP service out there, and surely plans to make it an integral part of their operations and products going forward. At the same time, one researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses.

In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses.

While his intention may be to recreate Skype as an open source platform, it is doubtful he will get very far without facing an army of Microsoft lawyers. Skype is not an open platform, and Microsoft will want to keep it that way. Posting reverse engineered code online is not going to go down well in Redmond and this is surely a blog that will disappear shortly."

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Government

+ - China Monitoring Foreign Officials/Activist Email->

Submitted by Gunkerty Jeb
Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "Search giant Google has again sounded the alarm about sophisticated attacks emanating from mainland China and targeting officials within the U.S. and Asian governments, as well as human rights activists and journalists.

The company claims to have disrupted a sophisticated campaign of e-mail account takeovers with origins in Jinan, China, that affected hundreds of Gmail users. The campaign was not directed at Google's infrastructure or systems, but likely relied on phishing attacks and malware to harvest user login credentials. The campaign appears to have been designed to monitor the content of users' email correspondence."

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Piracy

+ - Pirated Games Costing Industry->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Study says games console piracy cost the industry £1.45 billion in 2010.

Speaking on behalf of the games industry, the Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) has said that piracy in 2010 cost the industry around £1.45 billion. Not stopping there, they also stated that they believed piracy (not the economic downturn) should also be accountable for 1000 fewer jobs.

"When people play a pirated game that money goes to a criminal, not to the industry." UKIE director Michael Rawlinson said.

Pirated games can only be played on modified games consoles and can be bought relatively cheap or downloaded at no cost.

Later speaking to GamesIndustry Rawlinson said that for every game sold, 4 are pirated. "Based on information received from a number of publishers we have estimates of games piracy running at between 4:1 against legitimate sales"

However he Backtracked on previous comments to the BBC and said "We took a conservative position of saying if this is only 1:1 across all titles it would have a retail equivalent value of £1.45 billion. We did not say this was the loss to industry

After resorting to "guess" work when it comes to statistics and being interrogated on them, he went on to say that they will be commissioning further research to determine the full extent piracy is causing.

"What is clear is people who 'share' games via P2P networks or buy illegal copies are not buying the real product, and this reduces retailer sales."

So, there you have it, another industry moment of nonsense statistics and drivel. Determined as ever to state that we live in a world were every single download of a game, movie or whatever is directly linked to the cost of a brand new copy of the same. Legit "Trading" of games, music etc never enters the equation.

Source: UniteTheCows"

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Comment: Re:How long will IPv6 last? (Score 1) 406

by Nzimmer911 (#34636468) Attached to: Military Pressuring Vendors On IPv6
Working at Best Buy does not qualify you as a "network technician". If you do not fall into CyprusBlue's categorization of people that feel comfortable while sitting behind a stateful firewall product then you should pursue a new line of work. I bet that it's is relatively "safe" selling microwaves over in the appliance section. Oh wait...they have ip addresses you can be scared of exposing too! Oh Noes! The Big Bad Internets Are Going to Haxor My Microwaves!! /puts on tin hat

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