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Comment Re:Include all costs (Score 1) 537

There is an "ability-to-pay" thing here that figures into how the overhead is essentially a flat tax. Unless you'd want a university where only big grant-givers can do any research at all, you're going to have a tax structure like this.

And what few universities actually have people devoted to diversity, there usually are only a few of them and they're cheap, because they're mostly there for show and everybody knows it. The other things you mention, when not overblown, actually help the university. Bloat is possible and there is no general solution to it, but this is just as true in the private sector, or basically anywhere humans need to organise and deal with limited funds and interdepartmental needs.

Comment Re:Include all costs (Score 1) 537

Your perspective is ignorant then. I spent 10 years working for a university in research, and the administrative overhead was necessary if you wanted to let professors spend any actual time on research. If you imagine removing all the same administrative overheard from a University as from a large business, either would grind to a halt.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 406

Being allowed to ban players who can win is very different from it being illegal.

If one of the weirdos who plays chess in public spaces for money spots a grandmaster coming about, or even just loses to someone better than they are, they shouldn't feel obliged to keep playing more games; they can tell anyone they like to fuck off so they can focus on people they can make money from.

Comment Bad poetry (Score 1) 157

"[In the past,] your beliefs, your future, your hopes, your dreams belonged to you"

They still do. It's just that some others know what those things are. You still get to pick them. And long before most people reading this were born, there were people who were interested in knowing what they are so they can sell stuff to you, and various non-marketers could get at that too.

Comment Re:The problems are many (Score 4, Interesting) 274

Prusa Research has been pushing the technology closer to a consumer class appliance. They've taken care of the calibration headaches with their new bed leveling algorithm and heated bed design. The carriage is mounted rigid to the linesr rails, and the mk42 heated bed has more even distribution so there's less chance of a curled corner. They haven't open sourced their design so I'm waiting for that.

All the criticisms of 3d printing are fair, but there's money being devoted to engineering those problems out as we speak. With exotic filaments like continuous strand carbon fiber and all the new ones coming out each week, it's just getting started. I give it 3-5 years before it's ready for mass market. I think the cost barrier is going to be an issue, but costs will come down with economies of scale.

Prusa I3 mk2

Here's a link to the i3 MK2. The videos are definitely worth watching. I have zero financial ties to this company. They definitely have s cool product.

Comment Programmers are not statesmen (Score 1) 280

It's great when as individuals we have the luxury of choosing where we work. I'm at a point in my career where I have that luxury and I use it. I'd leave a place that frustrates me enough, either in terms of mission, management, or coworkers. As a group though, a lot of us lack that choice, and even for those who do, when they step away the employer will just find someone else to deal with the crap they left behind, because funds are sustenance, we've all got to eat, and if there are spare funds to hire people, more people will keep entering the industry (it's not like other industries are exempt from this - they often have it worse).

None of this means we should give up on trying to make the world a better place, for those of us who have that ideal. We just usually will lack the leverage to do much, like almost everybody else. And if we start with the idea that we're wiser, more ethical, or the people who are uniquely situated to debug society's ills, we're starting with a significant handicap.

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