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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.

Comment: Re:Submission with a spelling error, say it isn't (Score 1) 406

by cashman73 (#47622803) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway
As much as we'd all love our cars to drive our drunk asses home from the bars, thereby saving us a cab fare, that's a long way off. I think in the near future, the laws will mirror pilots and autopilots -- even if the autopilot is on, you still need a licensed, non-drunk pilot in the cockpit in the event the autopilot fails. However, I am sure we are not far away before some drunk Infiniti owner tries to use his self-driving car in his DUI defense. Stay tuned to for more details on that story, coming at 11.

Comment: Re:Comcast (Score 1) 570

by cashman73 (#47562927) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
I cancelled Comcast a year ago when I moved to a new city outside of their service area. Since they could no longer serve me due to being out of their area, they didn't harass me. They cancelled me no problems and I sent the equipment back via UPS with no issues. But they said that I had a $40 credit on my account and that I would be getting a check back in the mail in about 60 days. Ha! LOL! It's been a year and I still have yet to see that check. I should probably send THEM to collections for it,. . . except for the fact that it's really not worth the $40 in dealing with those pathetic excuses for human beings.

Comment: Sad fact . . . (Score 1) 365

I used to be a die-hard Windows user throughout the 90s and early 21st century. Until 2011 when I bought my MacBook Pro. I've now come to the sad realization that, in the post Windows XP world, Windows sucks. My employer even gave me a Lenovo ThinkPad to use last year and it sits on my desk collecting dust while my own personal MacBook Pro does most of the work. Apple just makes a good, solid machine that just works. Most of the "clone" manufacturers make cheap crap systems for $300 a pop that you'll replace every year because they'll fall apart. And don't even get me started on "Windows 8".

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 5, Informative) 538

by cashman73 (#47290151) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
I don't know about administrative staff, but at many of the D1 research schools, tenured and tenure-track faculty have largely been replaced by "perma-docs". That is, postdoctoral researchers that are entirely paid by "soft money" (e.g. grants), have zero teaching responsibilities, are not offered tenure (only the minute chance of a tenure-track job if they keep applying enough) and have no job security. It is not uncommon to see people in STEM fields with a PhD and having done three, four, even six post-doc appointments. In the past 20-30 years, the number of tenure/tenure-track jobs has declined dramatically, and the number of post-docs has increased exponentially.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin mining? (Score 2) 89

by cashman73 (#47289367) Attached to: Computing a Cure For HIV

who will sacrifice industry paychecks to work in academic fields.

Why do researchers have to sacrifice an industry paycheck to do it? In other words, why won't industrial pharma hire more talented scientists. They seem instead to be more interested in hiring salespeople, lawyers and MBAs, then contracting with academia so they can take advantage of "cheap labor" due to the overabundant supply of low-paid graduate students and post-docs. But then they wonder why the amount of NDAs (New Drug Applications) has been declining.

Comment: Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (Score 1) 164

by cashman73 (#47159673) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88
No doubt that Shulgin was a definite genius, and made significant contributions to his field. The biggest issue with him among many professionals in the biomedical sciences is his rather unorthodox methods. He often tested compounds on himself, which is a major safety issue and generally frowned upon among professionals. If he followed common laboratory protocols and human subjects guidelines, he would be more accepted among his peers.

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