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Comment: Re:Overpriced (Score 0) 177

by Lemmy Caution (#42525151) Attached to: UC's For-Pay Online Course Draws 4 Non-UC Students

The people running the UC system now come from the world of business. Most are Republican appointees (look up the list of regents) with little background in education or the public sector. They see the UC as a brand, and that brand as an asset to bring in revenue. That's why they're destroying it.

Comment: Re:LibreOffice? (Score 1) 243

by Lemmy Caution (#42406499) Attached to: Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

This story attracts the usual solipsistic ignorance of IT drones about what other people actually do. Excel is simply more advanced than Google Spreadsheets. For many casual spreadsheet users, that doesn't matter. But accounting and finance (especially for firms doing business internationally) requires a lot more than figuring out sums and averages.

Comment: Re:Excellent (Score 1) 1576

by Lemmy Caution (#41914053) Attached to: Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

The science and craft of political triangulation is such that popular votes are always going to be somewhat close. That, to some extent, is deceptive. If the popular vote was the way that elections were decide, both candidates would have campaigned quite differently.

What is surprising is how close the races in the "battleground states" *wasn't.* Only Florida was a squeaker - in all the rest, Obama won by a rather decent margin. Historically, the popular vote lead in this race is a bit larger than usual, and the largest for a re-election since Reagan.

Comment: Re:Tweedledee won ! (Score 1) 1576

by Lemmy Caution (#41913983) Attached to: Barack Obama Retains US Presidency


He has set himself up on the wrong side of history. This is another moment in which the old Republican strategy has bit them on the ass. Gay marriage used to be used by Republicans to divide Democrats. Now it's a wedge issue in the other direction.

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