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Comment: too risky (Score 3, Insightful) 106

by semenzato (#46793141) Attached to: Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

My daughter was quite interested in this for a while, but there is one serious problem: they are making a lot of changes at once, and evaluating the results will not be easy, especially with such a small sample of students who, by self-selection, are going to be anything but representative of the rest (for one thing, they are going to be big risk takers). It will take years to see how well this works, considering how difficult it already is to evaluate the quality of the education at various colleges.

I don't know how much these considerations influenced my daughter, but she ended up picking a conventional college, partly because she applied Early Decision and got in. Minerva might have been on her list for a second round. (And yes, she is a risk taker, and not interested in Greek life or football :)

The founders are smart people and what they say makes sense, but I know many smart people who made a lot of sense, and their startups still didn't quite work out.

Microsoft

+ - Virtual Move To Chicago Simplifies Canceling Your ->

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semenzato writes "This morning I set to cancel the automated renewal of our 6-month-old subscription to Xbox Live, which we have barely used. When I discovered that, even though I signed up on line, I could only cancel by calling a customer support representative, I began preparing myself for the aggravation. But a quick search let me to this elegant method of avoiding yet another Microsoft tax: I changed my address to a random one in Chicago, and the "Cancel Renewal" button miraculously appeared. Thank you Illinois!"
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Handhelds

Apple Removes Wi-Fi Finders From App Store 461

Posted by timothy
from the you've-been-very-very-naughty dept.
jasonbrown writes "Apple on Thursday began removing another category of apps from its iPhone App Store. This time, it's not porn, it's Wi-Fi. Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder."
Space

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-played-that-game dept.
astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."
Image

Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the 9cm-edited dept.
sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo! bill paying service is shutting down

Submitted by semenzato
semenzato (445337) writes "Yahoo! sent mail to the users of Yahoo! Bill Pay announcing the closing of this service. I enclose the initial part of the message below. Of course it would be nice if I could export the payee list to some other service, but no, there is no obvious way of doing that.

Dear Yahoo! Bill Pay customer,

We are writing to notify you that we are discontinuing the Yahoo! Bill Pay service. We apologize for the inconvenience and would like to help you plan alternative payment arrangements.

Yahoo! Bill Pay will no longer be available after September 14, 2007. You must make different arrangements for all persons and vendors whom you currently pay through Yahoo! Bill Pay before September 14, or you may become delinquent in paying your bills.

There are a number of other online bill payment services available, and your financial institution may also offer such services. Yahoo! does not endorse any particular service.
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