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Comment Re:All Schools are for some kind of profit (Score 2) 557

Most colleges/universities in the US are run as non-profit organizations. Their mission is to educate.
The Devry/Kaplan/Phoenix schools are for-profit companies. Their mission is to increase shareholder value.

So, while all schools charge tuition, and both types of schools seek to educate and not lose money, their aims are significantly different.

Comment Re:Agile (Score 2, Insightful) 200

Agile is not sufficient for regulated industries.

For example, each commercial aircraft in the US has their own set of engineering designs specifically for that aircraft. Every single nut, bolt, and rivet is documented and signed off my multiple engineers - materials, electrical, mechanical, stress, etc. In the event of a plane crash, the FAA swoops in, grabs up all the pieces and reconstructs everything to determine the cause of the crash and they review all engineering drawings and documents. If the cause of the crash was due to the design of the aircraft - a lot of engineers are going to lose their license to practice engineering. Now, think about the "auto-pilot" software or other control software on the plane. If the plane crashes, do you think that the FAA will accept index cards as an acceptable substitute for documented design and specification?

How about the anti-lock breaks and traction control software in your car?

Or the software that is used to control medical equipment? I suppose you are not familiar with the programming mistake in the software of a nuclear medicine machine that exposed a patient to 20,000 times the expected dose of radiation and killed them.


Submission + - C vs. C++/OOP Paradigm

An anonymous reader writes: I just started work for a small start-up company that does R&D software for media. I quickly discovered that my boss is very resistant to using C++ and object-oriented programming; he insists that we standardize on using C. This goes against the last eight years of my education in being trained to use OOP and also arises concerns for the company in creating and maintaining reusable and scalable software. My boss states that he had bad experiences at previous companies that used C++ and OOP that resulted in less readable code. I suspect that he has little knowledge of the OOP paradigm and its advantages in writing good software. I'm wondering if the Slashdot community can provide some suggestions on how to approach a boss with strong convictions on this issue. Why should we be using C++ vs. C? What are the benefits of OOP? Why is it important for a start-up company to address these issues early on in order to develop good coding practices?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Games industry enters a new level

weirdguy writes: It's larger than Hollywood, its virtual stars may live happily on a diet of bits and bytes, but the video games industry has not been able to insulate itself from upheaval. Yes, gamers are snapping up the new generation of games consoles — Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii, and Sony's Playstation 3 [PS3], but at huge cost to the industry. Hardware makers are losing hundreds of dollars on every console sold, and games publishers face an "increasingly difficult environment, as rising development costs and small user bases [mean] that return on investment in next generation games development is unlikely to be achieved before 2008," according to media analysts Screen Digest. More importantly, though, the video games publishers are facing a revolution of their business model.

Feed Ill-fated Mars Global Surveyor has human error to blame (

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

While we've no idea how much the Mars Global Surveyor actually cost to construct, launch, and manage whilst hovering around in space, it's entirely likely that a single human error wiped out even more than was initially lost by the Alaska Department of Revenue earlier this year. Sad to say, galaxy geeks everywhere now have a scapegoat to direct their wrath at, as a review board of the mishap found that "a single command (root@mars-surveyor: rm -rf /) that oriented the spacecraft's main communications antenna was sent to the wrong address," subsequently leading to a cataclysmic series of events that finally dismantled its communication system. Interestingly, the command caused the befuddled craft to think that one of its solar panels was "stuck," which eventually led to an autonomous decision to enter "safe mode," followed by a complete shutdown of the unit's onboard batteries. Intelligently, the LA Times report neglected to mention any specific culprit, and hey, living with the guilt of destroying the machine that showed us so much of the Red Planet is probably punishment enough.

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Technology (Apple)

Journal Journal: Has Apple made a costly miss-step? 4

With the recent news about cellphone activity allegedly being the underlying cause for the sudden loss of large numbers of bees, an insect that forges an absolutely critical and irreplaceable part of the food chain, is Apple's iPhone doomed to enter the market just as cell phones face severe clampdowns, or even wholesale replacement?


Submission + - HP develops groundbreaking printer technology

usmckozmo writes:

HP apparently has a new breakthrough printing technology that can output full print/picture pages at one page per second. Sounds like a rehash from a story last month, but they don't mention "Silverbrook" (the original designer/manufacture) anywhere in the story. HP claims they invested 1.4 Billion to bring the technology to market. Maybe with HP pushing this, it may actually find its way onto your desk...

Submission + - Sony's new DVDs not working in some players

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that the most recent DVDs released by Sony, specifically "Stranger Than Fiction","Casino Royale", and "The Pursuit of Happyness", have some kind of "feature" that makes them unplayable on many DVD players. This doesn't appear to be covered by the major media yet, but This Link to Amazon Discussions gives a flavor of the problems people are experiencing. This blogger apparently called Sony and was told the problem is with the new copy protection scheme, and they do not intend to fix it; it's up to the manufacturers to update their hardware. Is it a sound strategy for a company to institute a copy protection scheme that prevents a good chunk of legitimate customers from buying their movies?

Submission + - Pirate Party policies pirated by Norway's Liberals

Ghoti writes: In an unexpected move, Norway's Liberal Party has decided to adopt "pirate copy" of the Swedish Pirate Party's policies on copyright extension, legalised file-sharing, free sampling and a ban on digital rights management (DRM), according to a recent statement (Norwegian link only). In light of the recent EMI/Apple deal and the European Union's ongoing fight against DRM, the spread of ideas like these to mainstream political parties give a faint promise that the fight for fair use and against corporate lock-in for digital media may yet be won!

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