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Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 389

by cashman73 (#46797387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Most universities in Germany include an unlimited public transport pass in the low semester fee (ca. $300 per semester, the biggest part of that actually is the public transport pass. There is no tuition.) Public transport includes railways, not just buses. You don't need a car. Cycling is common in Germany. Get a bike. It is often the fastest way to get around.

Many US universities also offer free public transportation passes as well. But this typically only works well for urban campuses and in areas with good public transportation, which does not describe most of the united states. The oil companies made sure of that several decades ago.

Most required reading is available at the libraries or you can buy hand-me-downs cheaply. Course based learning materials are also made available online.

Publishers have American students basically by the balls. The cost of textbooks has doubled and even quadrupled in the 20 years since I was an undergraduate. They'll charge you through the nose for a required textbook, then make a few minor changes to the questions at the back of the chapter, pump out a new edition, and use that next semester, so the buyback/used value drops to practically nothing. And if they don't get you that way, it's the extra fee for "online access" and "online homework". I also see more and more students opting for the "international version", which is basically the exact same textbook but not in hardcover -- it's a paperback. Basically, they know that the USA is the wealthiest nation on earth, and companies intended on milking us for every dime they can get.

BTW; Professors don't buy the textbooks. Publishers give professors free complimentary copies of the "instructor's copy". They also like to wine and dine them to make sure their textbook gets selected,. . .

Comment: Re:Labor market responding to market forces, biome (Score 1) 135

by cashman73 (#46760909) Attached to: U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn
Majoring in biology is one of the most popular majors for students interested in medical school (if not, the most popular major). And, of course, the process of getting into medical school these days is super hypercompetitive, so many of these students don't get in. Many of the students that don't get accepted after a BS, go on to either pre-health certificate programs (essentially a masters degree without the research component) or a full masters degree, in the hopes that they'll get a good enough GPA and other experience that medical schools will look for so they can get in. And even with a masters degree (yes, the certificate programs are a complete waste of time and only serve as cash cows for the universities offering them), the prospects of getting into medical school are still hypercompetitive. So many masters recipients go on to get their PhD. In the biomedical sciences. So part of this issue is a direct result of the hypercompetitiveness of medical school admissions.

Comment: Re:New business models will emerge .... (Score 1) 261

by cashman73 (#45706863) Attached to: Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

There's simultaneously movements in both industries to displace the crap with quality premium content, which in turn attracts either direct payment or a higher caliber of advertiser. See HBO, Netflix in the TV space, and AOL/Saymedia in the Internet space.

Is it just me, or did I really see AOL related to "quality premium content"?

Comment: Re:Windows 8.x is horrible! (Score 1) 224

by cashman73 (#45353313) Attached to: Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

It will be a Mac because Windows 8.x is unusable.

Actually, the Intel-based Macs can run any version of Windows, either natively or virtually. The problem is, no Mac user wants to touch Windows 8.x with a 30 foot pole, either. Heck, even MacOS 1.0 was better than Windows 8.x by a mile!

Comment: Re:Several flaws in this argument. (Score 1) 545

by cashman73 (#45314491) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones
I don't schedule myself around television at all, since I don't get cable TV or any local stations (I live about 1 1/2 hours east of Nashville, so we just have a local PBS station). All of my TV comes in via the internet, so I watch what I want on my schedule, not the schedule set by some TV exec. I will adjust my schedule based on sports, but that's not really set as much by the television networks as much as it is set by the sports leagues and teams. As more and more people start cutting the cable, the television industry is going to have less and less influence on our lives.

Comment: More bandwidth for them (Score 1) 100

by cashman73 (#44443087) Attached to: Google Replaces AT&T At Starbucks
It more than likely will not mean faster Internet speeds for customers, but they will have mow bandwidth so more customers can get online. Most free wi-fi hotspots cap bandwidth at 1 MBPS. That gives enough for basic web surfing and email, and maybe the occasional short YouTube clip. But it's not enough for heavy use, like watching Netflix or BitTorrent. Places like Starbucks probably want to keep it that way, too -- more customer turnover = more money. More happy customers that can access wi-fi easier = mow returning customers.

Comment: Re:Meh.... (Score 1) 208

by cashman73 (#44147273) Attached to: The Father of <em>Civilization</em>: Profile of Sid Meier
Actually, I disagree with your assertions about nobody listening to music from two decades ago. Recent history has shown that music seems to be rediscovered after about two decades. It happened in the 80s when people rediscovered 60s music. And it's happening today as people are rediscovering 80s music. It certainly has worked well for Rick Astley, among others,...

Comment: Overseas? (Score 1) 168

by cashman73 (#44143419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Explaining Cloud Privacy Risks To K-12 Teachers?
Why the quick assumption that students' data is stored overseas? Six of Google's data centers are in the USA, one is in South America (not exactly "overseas", but still out of the country), three are in Europe and three are in Asia. I would think that most data in North America is stored on North American servers, which is probably best for speed and access.

Comment: Re:GPAs and test scores in schools should be chang (Score 4, Insightful) 305

by cashman73 (#44079297) Attached to: Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees
Most corporations don't care about GPA, especially once you've got a few years of experience under your belt. Although I did send a CV for a research programmer position at a scientific research company on the east coast. They're first contact with me was to send me a form asking for everything going back to my high school GPA, SAT scores, activities, and college transcripts (undergrad and graduate). This happened about 4-5 years AFTER I received my PHD, with several years of post-graduate research experience. Of course, the initial job ad said they were looking for, "outstanding scientists with world class credentials", so I should've interpreted the use of that language to mean that they were a tad pretentious.

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