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Comment Smoke and Mirrors (Score 4, Insightful) 98

Open source textbooks, reference material, and study guides are plentiful. Used textbooks are cheap. Amazon has a great service providing them.

Colleges and Universities frequently require the use of online, "digital learning systems", like Cengage. Access to that site, where the homework is, requires a subscription code that can be hundreds of dollars. A textbook without the "online access code" is a doorstop.

If schools are serious about this, they need to start pushing the use of Moodle instead of Blackboard, and providing high quality open source content including lesson plans, homework, and textbooks.

Comment Re: Not a dumb terminal - Linux with locked down U (Score 1) 130

ChromeBooks support many offline apps. The app just has to rely on the Chrome browser for the interface. Considering that includes JavaScript and Flash, not to mention full HTML 5, that isn't much of a limitation at all. Caret is one of my favorites.

Anyone who claims they are the computing equivalent to a games console has not seriously looked at what they can do.

I love them, and am chomping at the bit for Samsung to release the Chromebook Pro.

Comment Re:There are all kinds of business uses for Glass (Score 1) 61

RTFA

"We had a lot of tablets on our floor, and the tablets were being broken just by being dropped. And tractors are very tall machines when you're climbing on and off," Gullick says. "So we were looking for a solution that offered them more information in a more timely manner."

Hands-free devices can offer major benefits.

Comment Bosch, too (Score 0) 115

I'm not sure of the extent, but Bosch has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. courts as well. As a Jetta diesel owner who accepted the buyback, I just received a postcard from the courts saying I'm automatically included in the Bosch settlement, unless I actively opt out. They'll be sending me a check for up to $350 once (if) the settlement is accepted by the courts. The hearing is on May 11.

Comment Re:C-Suite Attitudes (Score 3, Insightful) 119

Dude, please! Grammar!

Twitter is a proper noun, so capitalize it. And there should be a comma between "Twitter" and "right". There should also be a comma between "petty" and "little", as they both are adjectives describing "bitch". And finally, some punctuation after the second sentence. From your tone I'd suggest an exclamation point, but a period could also be acceptable if you want to imply exasperation instead of passion.

Comment Toys, toys, toys... (Score 5, Insightful) 119

If the C-Suite wants to give the responsibility to IT for security decisions, they can start by losing their "I have to have this cool gadget, but there is no business justification" toys.

They can also stop demanding to be exceptions to any security policy that inconveniences them, like full-disk encryption, local administrative rights, multi-factor authentication and complex passwords.

Comment Re:Judge should learn the law (Score 1) 476

You and he are quite possibly correct.

After reading thru the TRO, it seems to rest on a violation of due process, which itself would be a violation of the 14th Amendment.

The fourteenth amendment to the constitution is not confined to the protection of only citizens. It says: "Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

In short, the President seems to have the authority to such restrictions, however he must still follow due process. Anyone already issued valid visas, green cards, etc. can't be summarily barred by fiat and those permits can't be revoked without following the legal process.

Comment Re: Judge should learn the law (Score 1) 476

At this point we've strayed from the original comment, which was the judge didn't know the law and are down to opinions about whether the extent of the TRO was too broad.

I certainly see your point, but take a different position. i see the TRO as the only effective remedy simply because the Administration has been issued confusing and contradictory guidance so nobody really knows what it means. The TRO gives them time to get their shit together, and it can be lifted literally minutes after the Administration issues clear guidance that satisfies the judge in not being potentially illegal.

As you pointed out, the language of the EO itself seems to be perfectly fine (in our humble, non-legal scholar opinions). It is just the guidance given in its enforcement that seems to have caused all of the chaos and legal troubles.

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