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Comment Re:let them start their own (Score 3, Interesting) 135

Except that there is basically nothing to develop. Everything pretty much already exist.
-you can publish the actual papers on the arxiv and only reference to them; which is common practice in physics.
-you an organize the reviews using easychair or whatever system you fancy; which we already do for most conference.
-It means that you only need to maintain a front end page which list the current issues and the papers accepted in each issue; which is precisely what we are currently doing for conferences. A journal is like having a conference every month.

And if this is really to much to take. They can still contact IEEE to get them to publish the papers, which is still significantly cheaper than Elsevier.

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

Actually, I pretty much enjoyed the Enterprise show. It is revises the history which might irritate fans. But overall I think it was a solid show. I found the Xindi arc good in the "survival/heroic" genre with lots of character development on the "what would I do to save my planet" theme.

Everybody being angry at vulcans was an interesting recuring plot line that was pretty well constructed.

The interaction between the MACO and the ship security officer was a bit overplayed but still enjoyable.

Comment Re:The university has a point, there (Score 1) 363

That is not how it should work. Here, each course is associated with a particular set of concepts and the instructor is reponsible for teaching these concepts. When I teach a course the department recommends me a text book, but I can do whatever I want.

If you want a course that uses this book, this set of slides, and this set of assignment, get an f-ing parrot; I have better things to do.

Comment Re:H-1B is bullshit (Score 1) 178

Frankly, I don't know. If you are looking at statistics [1], the unemploymenet in young graduates is only 5%. When you account for the ones between two jobs and the ones that falls in the category "the guy graduated but you really wonder why", it seems to me that the jobs are filled. So I can buy the argument that there is a shortage of talents.

Now, how this is managed by the H1B process and the OPT is dubious. (I am on H1B right now, and I find the status is weird.) I work in a univesity, and our graduates (domestic and international) pretty much all find jobs.

[1] I could only find that which is a 2012 statistics. Would love more recent statistics.

Comment Re:We should not protect them (Score 1) 345

In this scenario, the university can not know if I am guilty or innocent. Therefore, it can not side with me and it can not side with the student. The only position for the university is not to protect me and let the legal system sort it out.
At no point did I say that the university should throw the instructor to the lions. I am saying that it should not protect the instructor because it is not its institutional responsibility. The university should leave it to the lawyers. There is no upside for the university, let's look at the two cases:

If the university sides with the instructor and the instructor is found guilty, it will be said that the university encourages sexual harassment.
If the university sides with the instructor and the instructor is found innocent, it will be said that the university covered it up.

Comment Re:No protection but still a dilemma (Score 1) 345

I completely aggree with this. I am not saying we should throw them to the lions. Just let the process work in the most transparent way. When the story reaches you, contact the authorities and let the investigation take its course. In the meantime, offer administrative leave to the instructor and to postpone the class to the student, offer legal and psychological advice to both. I don't know what else the institution can do.

Comment Re:No shit sherlock .. (Score 5, Insightful) 345

You quote : "when he was a young, boyish looking professor at Cornell, Feynman used to pretend to be a student so he could ask undergraduate women out .. Feynman .. trying to get women in bars to sleep with him .. documented affairs with two married women"

I have no idea whether this quote is correct or not. But pretending to be a student seems to pretty much rule out sexual harassment. You do not sexually harass by pretending to have less control on the other person than you actually have. Or you are the worse harasser in history...

Comment Re:Academia is willing to protect total dicks (Score 4, Informative) 345

That is the main problem with sexual harassement. Once a sexual harassement case appear, the consequences of being wrong will be terrible in either case:
1/ either you let a sexual harasser free.
2/ or you destroy the life of an innocent.

Neither of these options are preferable. And because it is so hard to get evidence of these, it often ends in "he said/she said". So everyone wants to tiptoe around it.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982