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Comment Microsoft already has a solution for this... (Score 2) 288

Microsoft has two versions of Windows 10 for volume license users: CB and LTSB.

CB (Current Branch) is the same as what the home users have to deal with.
LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) however does things differently.

"For example, systems powering hospital emergency rooms, air traffic control towers, financial trading systems, factory floors, just to name a few, may need very strict change management policies, for prolonged periods of time. To support Windows 10 devices in these mission critical customer environments we will provide Long Term Servicing branches at the appropriate time intervals. On these branches, customer devices will receive the level of enterprise support expected for the mission critical systems, keeping systems more secure with the latest security and critical updates, while minimizing change by not delivering new features for the duration of mainstream (five years) and extended support (five years)."

Source: Windows 10 for Enterprise: More secure and up to date

The only other solution I can think of would rely on setting up a WSUS server, and managing the updates from there. The OP would then just need to change some registry settings on his family's computers to point to his WSUS server for updates.

Instructions: Configure Automatic Updates using Registry Editor

Comment Army of attorneys? Please. (Score 2) 653

/Any/ attorney fresh from law school who has taken /one/ course in trademark law would know that there are circumstances where colors can be trademarked. No "army" needed here. If Sparkfun has an issue with anyone, it would be with the manufacturer of those devices - not the countries that enforce IP laws.

Comment Not for all degrees... (Score 1) 469

If by classrooms we're only talking about lecture halls where the information flows in one direction, then yeah, I could see this possibility. After all, students still need to attend things like labs, exams, and some other types of interaction, right? I could even see some back and forth communication working better online (async vs sync). I think the biggest hurdle isn't technology, but of the inability for many to express themselves (or understanding others) through the written word.

Doing recent research in online schools for graduates, I ran into another problem: professional acceptance. I couldn't find one online law school that is even state accredited, let alone ABA accredited. Without backing from theses types of institutions, technology is the least of their worries.

Even if the schools were accepted, look at the success rate of Concord Law School:


Concord Law School has a 44% pass rate. This is a little bit better than half as good as the /worst/ ABA accredited school. Note that before potential students can even take the real bar, they had to have passed the baby bar too. That success rate is currently clocked in at 14.3%:


I'm not certain 11 years of technology advancements is enough for some of the degrees out there.

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