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Comment: Re:"Free" money (Score 1) 1797

by saitoh (#37828100) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

Also, a student has to be an above-average performer for post-secondary. How do you expect someone with uneducated parents to perform at that level in high school?

Both of you are partially right in the specific examples that I can tell you are thinking of.

A) If someone is that deep into poverty, chances are they qualify (and would get) Pell. There are other sources of funding on a "need based" allotment.
B) Most of my family and surrounding area where I grew up was poor. Sometimes that was the case because they just couldn't get ahead. Sometimes that was the case because they could get ahead and weren't responsible enough to do so. It's never clear cut when you look at the aggregate.
C) While there are some states where higher education is out of reach without loans for those in the bottom quartile of the income bracket (Vermont comes to mind at a whopping ~$200 a credit hour), there are many states where it's very affordable (California, and some could consider Virginia another).
D) I suggest you read up on the open access mission of community colleges. A great example would be the Middle College program in Virginia. If you don't qualify for Middle College, I'm not sure paying for higher education (or the lack of education that your parents had) is the problem that needs to be worked on first... I also recommend reading up on 2+2 agreements of transferring to a 4 year instead of starting there as a way to reduce costs. Last I recommend reading up on many community college efforts to deliver instruction to high school students at their high school to mitigate factors of time/transportation/facilities/etc.

Sometimes the barriers to higher education are purely financial/time. Other times it's having the right information available to make the decisions. While you did articulate a couple of thoughts in the abstract that are valid, those ideas have issues when applied outside of the traditional 4 year mid-level/prestigious university which has been disappearing over the last decade.

disclaimer: I have worked in higher education for 8 years, 5 of which were at a community college system in their finance office. Second, I am nearing completion of a masters in (specifically) higher education administration. This is one of the few topics I can really talk about on /. with some authority.

Comment: Re:So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (Score 1) 1521

by saitoh (#37206838) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

I agree with this (and even made a point to log in and post for once!)

Steve Jobs had been making a transition out due to health for a while. I knew he would resign eventually. Maybe not this year, maybe not next, but he's human as much as the SuperJobs persona tries to hide that.

In the back of my mind, I never thought Taco would leave. Irrational at best, but that through just didn't fit into my mental universe.

Comment: Re:money is not the way (Score 1) 497

by saitoh (#26778639) Attached to: How Do I Start a University Transition To Open Source?

Last but not least: Look at getting a committee spun off from your general technology council to analyze the issue, setup meetings and conduct the analysis debate there. One issue you will face is overcoming the bureaucratic inertia that higher ed traditionally has, and one way to accomplish that is through the use of committees. "He who has energy to outlast the committee, is inclined to win."

Also, do not be discouraged if you are turned down. A decision today may not be the same decision rendered during the proverbial tomorrow. Wait a while and under the guise of academic inquisition, have the committee relaunched under a new goal that is similar (and yields your intended results as tertiary victories) in 9-12 months.

If you are interested in the theoretical pinnings of the above, look into research and papers by March and Cohen (1974 I think, not much has changed I'm afraid). Things to consider, best of luck.

disclaimer: I have worked in various levels of general worker and administrative positions in higher ed for just over 5 years, and currently study organization and governance/governing (structure/power) within higher ed.

Censorship

+ - The Growing Problem of Censorship in India

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eldavojohn writes "While it may be easy to find censorship in North Korea and China these days, India's government is traveling down the same path. Much to my surprise, "In November, undercover Indian police in Mumbai were assigned to scan the catwalks at fashion shows in an effort to prevent a repeat of last year's episode in which an Indian model's top slipped to reveal her breasts. India censors banned Paris Hilton's music video "Stars Are Blind" from being shown on television in August, which shows the blond socialite cavorting on a beach in revealing clothes. India last year also tried to ban smoking scenes in films, reasoning that cigarette-wielding Bollywood stars were influencing people to take up the habit." The CEO of Sony's Indian division has been expressing concern that the censorship may spread to games and that these censorship rules are enforced and made randomly."
United States

+ - Gonzales denies Americans have habeas rights

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TrumpetPower!
TrumpetPower! writes "This past Thursday, in response to questioning by Senator Arlen Specter (R, PA), US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary committee that ``The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. '' The exchange between Mr. Gonzales and Senator Specter has received virtually no attention from the press; Google News currently has all of a dozen or so stories. Habeas corpus is the right, in America guaranteed by Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which ensures that people are not unjustly imprisoned and tried."
Privacy

+ - MacScan debuts Blacklisted Cookie Feature

Submitted by Leopard
Leopard (666) writes "Spyware for the Mac? As more people are 'switching' and more attention is being directed towards the security more holes are being discovered and more spyware applications are being developed. The anti-spyware program MacScan 2.3 adds a notable feature that allows the user to scan and remove tracking cookies without deleting all their saved cookies. The definitions are updated just like the spyware definitions. MacScan's spyware library consists of keystroke loggers, trojan horses, and dialers."
Media

+ - Italian judge says P2P OK if it's not for money

Submitted by Paolo DF
Paolo DF (849424) writes "Two italian students have been recently condemned (at a three months and ten days confinement) for creating a p2p network sharing movies and music with other students, because they violated two articles of the Italian Copyright Law. Now, the "Corte di Cassazione" wikipedia entry (court of last resort, born to "ensure the observation and the correct interpretation of law") cleared their charges, since that law is about copying for profit, while they weren't making money out of the p2p network.
Here is the story, from the major Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera""
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft answers to Vista DRM critics claims

Submitted by skepsis
skepsis (715457) writes "Recently there were two stories in Slashdot claiming that Vista would downgrade the quality of audio and video for every application in a machine where protected content was running.

One of the stories painted a scary scenario where a "medical IT worker who's using a medical imaging PC while listening to audio/video played back by the computer" would have his medical images "deliberately degraded". Audio professionals were similarly scared by similar claims.

Well, Microsoft has just explained exactly how the content protection woks, and it turns out the medical IT staff and audio pros can relax, as all claims (even those by 'specialists') were rebuked.

It seems the Open Source crows also knows how to distribute FUD as well as MS..."
Google

+ - Google Checkout sees poor customer satisfaction

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Aryabhata
Aryabhata writes "As per an Arstechnica report on a survey by investment firm J.P. Morgan Securities, Google Checkout has had a relatively quick and modest market penetration of six percent since its launch in June of 2006, but lags behind in customer satisfaction vs PayPal. On the customer satisfaction front, only 18.8 percent reported having a "good" or "very good" experience with Google Checkout, while 81.2 percent indicated a fair to poor experience customer experience compared to PayPal's 44.2 percent reporting good experiences. Some users have reported anecdotally that Google Checkout mistakenly canceled sales without warning or that the checkout process took too long."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Goes After Red Hat, Discounts Solaris Support

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kernelpanicked
kernelpanicked writes "Sun Microsystems announced Tuesday that its latest upgrade to the Solaris 10 operating system includes discounted support pricing. The move is intended to undercut support plans offered by Linux vendor Red Hat. The Solaris upgrade features improved disaster recovery and support for the Xen virtual machine technology."
The Internet

+ - NYC 911 to accept cellphone pictures

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SpaceAdmiral
SpaceAdmiral writes "New York City is developing a plan to allow images to be sent to 911 emergency operators from cellphones. This will likely give emergency operators better information to pass along to responders. According to John A. Feinblatt, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's criminal justice coordinator, "The more information that the police have and the more quickly that they get it, the more likely that they are going to fight a crime.""
Democrats

+ - Presidential Web Sites: Urchin, Linux, and Apache

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BigTimOBrien
BigTimOBrien writes "There is a technology arms race in the 2008 presidential election. What technologies are being used by whom. this survey tries to get a sense of what is driving presidential web sites. Will the next president be propelled to the White House by ASP.NET (Hillary Clinton and John McCain) or will the next president be an Open Source president (Obama, Romney, or Edwards)?"
Space

+ - Avoiding Hubble trouble for NASA's big new scope

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BobB
BobB writes "A NASA infrared space telescope called the James Web Space Telescope scheduled to launch in 2013 will be built using open standards-based software designed to prevent problems caused when software programs developed by various agencies are incompatible with each other, as has been the case with the Hubble telescope. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/011907-softw are-hubble-nasa.html"

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