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Comment Re:very cool (Score 1) 161

Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Upper-level undergraduate course at my university, which is not MIT.

Comment Re:very cool (Score 2) 161

Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Comment Re:Discouraging Science and Technical studies (Score 1) 532

More specifically, the State of Illinois hasn't paid out all budgeted funds to any of its state universities (to be completely fair here, this is because there is no funds to allocate, not any particular mustache-twirling).

State universities are responding by cutting their own budgets. University of Illinois imposed "furlough days", which amount to "don't come in on these days, you're not getting paid for it". Southern Illinois University, where I attend, has tried to do the same thing and is in a nasty fight with the various unions representing faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track), civil servants and even the graduate assistants. That's an entirely different story, though: the unions are claiming that the administration isn't playing fair and is basically using the budget hell to be authoritarian (evil mustache-twirling, which is an odd though when you consider that our new chancellor is a woman).

Comment Re:Saying no (Score 1) 638

I did a "nuke the site from orbit" job on my sister's machine which had gotten infected from something she did to it. Spotting limewire on the machine, I uninstalled it and told her if it happened again (ie, her machine is loaded with malware and she's got crap like limewire installed), she'd have to pay me to clean up after her.

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