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Comment: Re:1366x768 (Score 2) 382

by claus.wilke (#39462745) Attached to: Windows 8 and Screen Resolution: WXGA Still Most Popular

I totally agree with you on this one. The Dell Latitudes have gone downhill since the D630. The latest 13" E series has the same crappy 1366x768 display. This is a business laptop, for gods sake. I don't care if I have to pay $300 more, give me a screen with which I can actually get some work done!

Comment: Re:4.7 KMail == Total Fail (Score 4, Informative) 140

by claus.wilke (#38468200) Attached to: KDE 4.8 RC 1 Now Available

I just switched to KMail 2 in 4.7.4, and so far it's working out nicely---definitely better than the old KMail. I was quite apprehensive, because I have a complex setup, with multiple IMAP accounts, local mail storage, several identities, and so on, and I had read all the issues people have. But it's working like a charm, and even mail folders with several thousand mails are snappy.

I think there has been a lot of progress since the first official release of KMail2 in 4.7, so I'd definitely give it another try.

Some of the most annoying bugs, like KMail IMAP not surviving a sleep-wake cycle or a brief network outage, are finally gone.

Comment: Re:I don't think my state university wants ANYONE (Score 5, Informative) 551

by claus.wilke (#37491276) Attached to: Your State University Doesn't Want You

It is important to mention that throughout the US, tuition has gone up at least partially in a response to declining state funding. If states are not willing to fund their state schools, then the state schools have little option other than operating just like the private schools.

Comment: Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 298

by claus.wilke (#36130900) Attached to: Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

Do you have any evidence to back up this statement, or are you just pulling numbers out of thin air? I highly doubt that's true, in particular if you include biology among the physical sciences. The typical NIH grant runs around $250,000 a year plus overhead. Most computer scientists I know do not have grants of this magnitude.

Comment: Re:Don't hike the tuition fees. Ask for a % of sal (Score 1) 532

by claus.wilke (#35965970) Attached to: University Proposes Tuition Based On Major

They also bring in large research grants, so it makes sense to offset those costs with the grants. I doubt the English Department gets large sums of money from the DoD or private industry.

It may make sense, but it is against the law (at least as far as federal money is concerned). Federal funding agencies regularly check that the funds they give (including overhead) are used specifically for the research project they were allocated to, and not for general university expenses. Overhead can be used for general university expenses to the extent that they are targeted for research.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson