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Comment Staff student ratio of 1:1 (Score 1) 374

The economics of universities is horribly broken. The federal government has been providing easy money to Universities via student loans. Universities are bureaucracies and like any bureaucracy will simply grow to spend the money available. The University of Texas' bureaucracy has grown to be 1 administrator for every 7 students. The faculty:student ratio is 18:1! So there are more than twice as many administrators as faculty. The square footage of the university has also doubled in the last 30 years and the facilities are very nice, but the student body size has changed little in 30 years. The bulk of a student's tuition is clearly going to big beautiful buildings and a bulging bureaucracy. At $500,000 for four years, you are looking at one staff person (faculty or administration) per student. At some point before campuses have just as many employees as students I would hope that just how obviously wrong this is would become apparent.

Comment Re:May not be popular, but windowsrm is a pretty s (Score 1) 151

14 years and a solid v4.2 on the SDK ... what exactly is your definition of mature? Microsoft's big failure wrt RMS is their inability to automate roll-outs. It is way too painful to get set up the first time, but once you have done it a few times, it can be done on a demo network in less than 4 hours. RMS is the only solution that covers your entire corporate data and security stack from authentication to network transport to data-at-rest. Adoption success rate is less than stellar though, not inherently because of the product but because IT shops have a tendency to apply controls beyond those necessary. RMS allows an IT shop to do to your entire network what they normally do to a SharePoint server: lock it down until it is useless.

Comment Lacks Metadata and Signatures (Score 1) 235

The module definition omits basic metadata such as author and version information and there is no defined place to sign the binary. I know they want small but I am sick and tired of browsers having to run unattributable code. Their security model looks like it ignores attacks such as an "enhanced" advertisement filtering all browser key strokes from a background thread and sending them home.

Comment Length of courses more important than content (Score 2) 70

In some cases, I'm guessing when a college or a state writes a contract for creating these courses, the length of time of the video content must be the most important clause in the contract. My son signed up for Texas' online high school physics class last summer in order to avoid taking it during the school year. It was very clear that the objective of the course materials was to consume required amount of time and not really to teach physics. It was more like a remedial drivers ed class one takes as punishment for speeding than anything that resembled a real class. I imagine that quite a few online classes come into being based on this "time content" model.

Comment LTG Flynn deserves respect (Score 1) 895

Lets not forget that LTG Flynn is the type of man who has risked his life at times to answer a Priority Information Request (PIR). In many ways this takes more nerve and commitment than straight up combat. I suspect that part of the problem is that he may not have considered Pence to be in his chain of command as the vice president is not normally delegated roles in the way Trump was delegating things to Pence.

Comment Rinse repeat? (Score 1) 213

GVFS feels like a philosophical disconnect with GIT and a software tool created to work around a lack of software architecture. It probably would be a better idea to fix the software architecture problem.

Polytron's tool chain supported partial local builds back in the 80's. We used Polymake and PVCS to build Comshare's EIS. If you changed just one C file, that was all that compiled on your system. Polymake basically had two paths it looked at for all dependencies and their lib command had a nice replace-module command. Fixing the architecture and having a better make seems like a better solution than monkeying with the source code control system.

Comment Re:Too Late (Score 1) 101

Its pretty easy in Microsoft land, for instance: https://www.sqlservercentral.c... and I have done similar things in bash to restore Oracle and Sybase DBs many years ago. Of course you have to have transaction logs to replay transaction logs and writing transactions logs is optional in MySQL and even if they are written, they are by default placed in the same data directory as the database.

Comment Prematurely Optimistic? (Score 2) 334

There are a number of issues with this paper: . The first is that the achieved pressure beyond 335 GPa are seat-of-the-pants estimates. The second is that they did not publish the mass of the "grain of ruby" and they did not account for what happened to this grain of ruby during the experiment. A one-atom layer of Al and Cr from the Al2:O3:Cr Ruby on the outside of their compressed 30 micron in diameter mass could account for their physical observations. My largest issue with the paper is they did not describe the depressurizing process. Metastability is a key indicator of metallic hydrogen and yet the paper omits any good or bad observations related to metastability. What happened at the end of the experiment? Why wasn't this reported?

Comment Redirects look different than search responses (Score 2) 87

Egypt doesn't have to block, they only have to discern which internal IPs are attempting to communicate securely and blacklist those IPs from performing out-bound connections. As long as Egypt's firewall can tell the difference between a redirect and a normal search response they can do this. Google would have to start padding redirect responses to make it harder to tell the difference between these response types.

Comment Taking supplements insufficient (Score 2) 216

Blood draws are required to measure efficacy. For instance, most vitamin D supplements did not improve my wife's vitamin D levels. Science requires measurement and the science people should care the most about is the science of their own health. Doctors telling patients to take supplements without follow up are poor practitioners of medicine.

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