If the gas chromatograph breaks, they use the liquid one, if that breaks they shoot an x-ray at it, then a neutron beam, a frickin' laser, etc. It's a pretty fancy robot.
I'm guessing that swapping PDFs of textbook answers is what they're talking about in engineering.
I wouldn't even call that cheating, I'm a student in engineering (US) and knowing the final answer in a homework problem is no substitute for the page(s) of work that it takes to get there. Infact, many problems will tell you the final equation. It gives you something to shoot for, and figure out why.
If Kno (the company) has its way, students will be carrying around a Kno (the device) rather than a stack of textbooks
Speaking as a student I want to know why all these companies keep thinking we want e-readers and e-books instead of textbooks. I don't want my textbook to go dead 9 hours into studying, or not be able to have 3-4 books open to 3-4 different sections each. I would however, like one for pleasure reading, but not a $500/5.5 lb machine. What exactly is this for?
One thing that I find unbelievable is how many people out there have complained about abusive practices on the part of banks issuing college loans and the lack of government intervention and yet nobody seems to be saying a word about the universities themselves. Universities are among the most inefficiently run entities out there who like the government and raising taxes the solution to their problems is always raising tuition. It's obscene what universities charge for tuition and yet nobody complains. There's nobody fighting to force colleges to keep spending under control and bring down the cost of education. It's no wonder so many people end up buried under student debt.
A rather funny thing happened at my university recently. Some fraternity was pulling a prank where 2 people jumped out of an unmarked white van to 'abduct' some initiate. Now seeing this happen someone on the street called the cops and thus the university sent out texts to everyone on the e-alert list. A few hours later it was discovered to be a prank, so the university sent out another text to tell everyone not to worry. The next day the university blasted these kids and told everyone the cost of the two texts: $7,360. I get about 4-5 texts a week from them. I have no idea how they spent $7,360 on (at most) 40,000 texts.
He and other state officials say it is a matter of fairness: Internet vendors shouldn't have a tax-exempt advantage over Wisconsin's brick-and-mortar retail stores."
Why does everyone always want everything to be fair? Who decides what's fair? How could anyone judge "fairness" objectively?
COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray