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Comment: Re:All a physics student needs ... (Score 1) 385

by cashman73 (#49287819) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

Also: TextWrangler, LibreOffice

LibreOffice isn't needed on a Mac anymore. They all come with Pages, Numbers and Keynote (Apple's version of Microsoft Office). Office runs, too, but isn't free. I would rank Pages/Numbers/Keynote over LibreOffice in terms of compatibility by a long shot.

Comment: Re:Most HEP and astrophysics people use Mac (sorta (Score 1) 385

by cashman73 (#49287797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
At ORNL in Tennessee, 90% of all of the scientists used OS X on their laptops. Most scientists also had a desktop system in their office (stationary) that was running Linux, the most popular variant being OpenSuse. The only Windows machines on site were in the business office.

Comment: Re:As a PhD in particle physics... (Score 0) 385

by cashman73 (#49287711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
I agree on the powerpoint aspects being the main reason to buy a MacBook Pro over a Linux notebook PC. While Linux is the de facto standard for scientific servers and the like, you're going to be using your laptop for presentations and writing papers. While a lot of physics geeks still do use Latex, more and more scientists are becoming accustomed to publishing in Microsoft Word, which is the de facto standard for publishing and office apps. And if you're doing a presentation, the OpenOffice equivalent of powerpoint is absolutely atrocious, and connecting a projector to Linux is a major pain in the ass. Connecting a MacBook to a projector is as simple as connecting the cable, and even Keynote (which comes FREE on all Macs now) is a major improvement over OpenOffice (although MS Office for Mac is an option as well).

Comment: Not new at all (Score 1) 95

by cashman73 (#49261729) Attached to: Education Company Monitors Social Media For Test References
This really isn't new at all. The American Chemical Society has monitored the web in general to keep people from posting versions of its standardized chemistry exams online. A couple of years ago, they busted a professor at a school in Florida for copying questions from the exam and posting those online. The school was fined a fairly large sum of money.

Comment: Was it really a big miss? (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by cashman73 (#49257397) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV
Was it really a big miss? Or was it intentional? Maybe the reason why Steve Jobs steered Apple away from making a TV was that he foresaw the complete disaster in the TV and cable industry, and saw everything moving online. Even with iTunes, you've been able to buy TV episodes and movies there for at least a decade. And TV viewing is shifting towards online streaming on other devices that Apple has dominated (iPhones, iPads, etc) for several years now. There's already plenty of manufacaturers making large screen televisions, and in the past 10-15 years, that has shifted from CRTs and analog to flat screens and digital. There was no reason for Apple to get into the business of making large screen TVs when all that was going to shift anyways. Apple TV was sufficient to allow those that cared to bring digital content to their big screen TV, but Jobs didn't care much for that medium, so Apple stopped at that.

Comment: Re:Sure (Score 1) 44

by cashman73 (#49236733) Attached to: edX Welcomes 'The University of Microsoft' Into Its Fold
Serious question. If someone were to put their participation in a MOOC course on their resume, would an HR department or hiring manager actually take them seriously and believe that they had obtained valuable skills from that participation? Especially given the ridiculously low pass rate of many MOOCs.

Comment: Re:Nonprofit != Charity (Score 1) 274

by cashman73 (#48509717) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?
A good comparison of Wikipedia, since they are producing an educational product, is to compare them with modern universities, which are all "non-profit" as well. Look at many of the salaries at most colleges and universities, and you'll see many people making in excess of $100,000 per year, and athletic coaches that are paid in excess of $1,000,000 per year. Being classified as "non-profit" clearly does not mean that you have to pay your employees poorly.

And, of course, most universities also solicit funds and donations with the same agressiveness as Wikipedia as well. Got to keep that football and basketball program rolling, after all.

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