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Comment: So, at the large state U I work for... (Score 1) 571

by poobie (#27376351) Attached to: RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009

We're obviously just as interested as the next school in saving money, but there's an obvious need for us to provide resources that the students wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. we're currently implementing a desktop virtualization strategy using VMWare's VDI solution in order to drive down our hardware costs. the current plan is to run the existing desktops into the ground, and replace them with thin clients as they expire. the extra flexibility this affords us is really compelling.

obviously, I wasn't present for the discussions at UVa, but this does strike me as being rather ill considered. As expensive as tuition is at large, prestigious places like that, passing a (possibly enormous) extra cost directly on to the students like that seems more than a little petty.

Comment: Re:Could a mobile on the beach connect to a ship? (Score 2, Interesting) 410

by poobie (#26971005) Attached to: How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the US

yes, it is more than possible. My brother, who was living in Houston at the time, was on his way to visit our parents in Birmingham, AL. He used his phone repeatedly on the trip, down along the Louisiana coast, and received a ~$500 bill because of "international roaming;" his phone had attached to towers in the Gulf. Mother was a Bellsouth employee at the time and had contacts in billing, so she was able to get the charges reversed, but it can happen, and did, at least once.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer