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Comment Not for life, not all that much money! (Score 1) 703

You are correct right up until the end.

"Now student loans stay with you until you die, no matter what. And now we have people paying their loans off for their whole lives."

Income based repayment limits the amount of time you spend paying back your student loan to 20 years; 10 years if you serve a government entity, for example being a teacher or a police detective.

Further Income based repayment limits the amount of money you have to pay back. New borrowers are limited to 10% of what they make over 150% of the poverty level.

Given the opportunities any degree can offer, particularly engineering, accounting, and nursing, it seems ridiculous to rail against school or the student loans that allow people to afford school.

Comment You can't disprove the existence of an idea. (Score 1) 755

Saying God doesn't exist is like saying that lunch time doesn't exist, or money doesn't exist, or the United States doesn't exist. You can't disprove the existence of an idea; and dismissing the real influence of that idea (both good and bad) and the potential influence of that idea (both good and bad) is asinine.

Comment It was dry, but not BAD like Phantom Menace (Score 5, Insightful) 351

It was dry, but not BAD like Phantom Menace. Phantom Menace was horrendous on numerous levels and, if taken seriously, reduces the quality of the previous movies. This LOTR prequel finally was dry, unless you have some reason to be emotionally invested in the characters because of the book. But it was not a BAD movie, it was not poorly acted, it was not poorly written, and while it could have done with more meaning when it came to the acton (and I personally hate action) every last bit of the film-shooting and editing was done as spectacularly as can be done in a film.

This was not a BAD movie; it just wasn't the movie it could have been. And honestly, you'll never please the fan-boys anyway.

Comment Quickoffice Pro Is not a "scam app" (Score 4, Informative) 89

Quickoffice Pro is a useful program i've been using since I purchased an iPhone 3G. It recently had a bad update that broke it, a mistake on the publisher's part no doubt, but not a scam. Honestly this article reads way to joyously consists of way too little research on the subject.

It's like some people want IOS to suck in the same ways Android does; sorry folks! It sucks in it's own ways.

Comment I have a friend that is a Steward and wrote a book (Score 4, Informative) 140

HI,

While focused on an academic audience of organizational scholars, I have a friend who was a Steward and has written an ethnographic book about Wikipedia:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/searc...

If you are more interested in accessible information he's also written an editorial regarding Wikipedia for Slate:
http://www.slate.com/articles/...

Comment Perverse Incentives (Score 2, Interesting) 283

Universities have a perverse incentive when it comes to producing doctoral students.

University departments are bureaucratic systems. A bureaucratic system's primary objective is to grow. It may take 20 undergraduate students to 'make' a class. It only takes 10 masters students and 5 doctoral students. The more classes that make: the more professors are needed: the bigger the department.

This means the fastest way to grow your department is to increase the number of doc students. Since almost every Ph.D. is an industry-useless research degree, this, then, leads to the glut of researchers we see today.

The solution has already been hit upon by business schools. The AACSB accredits only 120 universities to produce doctoral students. Of those each field (accounting, finance, marketing, management, information systems) has about 80 universities that are accredited for that sub-field. Each field graduates about 3 students a year. Without an AACSB accredited professor-pool it is hard for a business school to get AACSB accreditation. But why does the business school care?

The masters program produces a degree that is valuable outside of academia and a premium is charged for it. While accreditation is no guarantee that your business school is good, if it does not having it you can be almost certain that it is bad. The MBA is NOT a research degree and in no way prepares you to be a professor.

What is needed is for the highest caliber departments (in each glut field) in the US to join together in an association. The association limits how many doctoral programs are accredited. The association maintains the highest standards for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The association limits how many doctoral students are admitted relative to the number of research active faculty in a department.

Combine this then with a masters program that is entirely focused on practical work in the field. Do not give doc students a masters and do not focus on research skills that are not valuable in industry in masters programs. Presently: Nursing, Business, and Engineering are all viable directions to go for someone interested in research and teaching. Perhaps you notice a pattern?

And the pay? 150k is not an unheard of starting pay for an assistant professor of accounting.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.

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