U of I also came out with a genius plan to 'lock in' your rate for 4 years, so if there is a short fall, the next year is going to have a huge jump in tuition.
This wasn't the U of I's idea. We have the great Governor Blago to thank for this. Not only did he decrease funding for the university, he also made it harder for the U to raise its own. Genius!
An anonymous reader writes: I am wondering how to go about changing departments at work? I currently work under the software development umbrella, but our organization is going through a change and it looks like oue department is getting a lot of new faces in a different country. I have already talked to the head of a different department and he is definately wanting to take me under him. But he asked me to talk to my current manager and get him to buy into the idea of me moving. If my current manager doesnt want me to go, I wouldnt be able to go. I am wondering if someone else was in that similar situation. How do I approach my current manager and tell him I want to change departments?
cmundhe writes: "In just over three days, MacHeist has raised $50,000 for eight high-profile international charities. Touting this week as "The Week of the Independent Mac Developer," MacHeist began selling a software bundle of some of the hottest apps for OS X on Monday in the hopes of increasing the profile of the Mac shareware development community as well as raising $100,000 for charity before the holiday season. Now, only halfway through the week, MacHeist is on pace to meet its fundraising goal. The bundle retails for $49 USD and includes such award-winning applications as Delicious Library and NewsFire. MacHeist is donating 25% of each sale to one of eight participating charities, including United Way International, Direct Relief International, AIDS Research Alliance, PreventCancer.org, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund, The Hunger Project, and Save the Children. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 17."
kpw10 writes: The online access to US patent data has seen significant changes recently with the release of Google's patent search as well as the beta launch of the All Patents Initiative's search interface. For the first time these tools allow the public to search US patents issued since 1790. Current search tools offered by the USPTO only allow searching for patents issued after 1976, leaving some four million patents as digital orphans. In addition to allowing search access the All Patents Initiative, operated by a consortium of business and academic interests, intends to address the needs of bulk users of patent data. Currently those wishing to access data about the patent collection in its entirety for analytical purposes, such as examining trends in innovation, must purchase data either from the USPTO or other commercial providers — an unfortunate and surprisingly common problem with public datasets. In many respects these two search interfaces mirror the ideological differences already being fought between Google's book scanning project and the Internet Archive's Open Library. Each provides a new form of access to a vast but digitally inaccessible public domain dataset — one by effectively making it property of a corporation and the other by distributing digital ownership to the public. The question this begs: how best can we maintain open access to public data while expanding its value through digitization efforts like these?
Bootsy Collins writes: In a discussion today on the LKML, Greg Kroah-Hartman has agreed with opinions in favor of having the Linux kernel load only GPL-tagged modules, and has put forward a patch which will start warning users loading "tainted" modules into the kernel that such loading will no longer be possible in kernels released after 1 January 2008. The intent is to give companies time to GPL their modules, release hardware specifications so that others can write GPL'ed modules, or otherwise respond to the restriction. Later in the discussion, Linus Torvalds has voiced his opposition to this move.