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Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

You appeal from the courts to the court of public opinion.

Yes because everyone has the resources or wherewithal to make that happen.
Perhaps that's exactly what this fellow did, he utilized the skills he head to elevate the situation to greater awareness so that public opinion might bear.

You kidnap the child from the hospital, and let the hospital re-open the court battle.

I'm not sure if you forgot your sarcasm tag. Either way, kidnapping is usually a far less desirable action than hacking whatever the cause.

Submission + - University of California hires India-based IT outsourcer, layoffs tech workers (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The University of California is laying off a group of IT workers at its San Francisco campus as part of a plan to move work offshore. Laying off IT workers as part of a shift to offshore is somewhere between rare and unheard-of in the public sector. The layoffs will happen at the end of February, but before the final day arrives the IT employees expect to train foreign replacements from India-based IT services firm HCL. The firm is working under a university contract valued at $50 million over five years, This layoff affects 17% of UCSF's total IT staff, broken down this way: 49 IT permanent employees will lose their jobs, along with 12 contract employees and 18 vendor contractors. This number also includes 18 vacant IT positions that won't be filled, according to the university. Governments and publicly supported institutions, such as UC, have contracted with offshore outsourcers, but usually it's for new IT work or to supplement an existing project. The HCL contract with UCSF can be used by other UC campuses, which means the layoffs may expand across its 10 campuses. HCL is a top user of H-1B visa workers.

Submission + - ITT Tech Is Officially Closing (gizmodo.com)

Joe_Dragon writes: ITT Technical Institute is officially closing all of its campuses following federal sanctions imposed against the company. The for-profit college announced the changes in a statement:

        “It is with profound regret that we must report that ITT Educational Services, Inc. will discontinue academic operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes permanently after approximately 50 years of continuous service. With what we believe is a complete disregard by the U.S. Department of Education for due process to the company, hundreds of thousands of current students and alumni and more than 8,000 employees will be negatively affected.”

ITT Tech announced it was closing all of its campuses just one week after it stopped enrolling students following a federal crackdown on for-profit colleges. ITT Tech and other higher education companies like it have been widely criticized for accepting billions of dollars in government grants and loans while failing to provide adequate job training for its students. Last year, ITT Tech received an estimated $580 million in federal money (aka taxpayer dollars), according to the Department of Education.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with providing federal loans to students who are seeking higher education, but ITT Tech often went a step further: The company’s recruiters often preyed on students who didn’t understand the nature of taking on debt and shouldn’t have been seeking a technical degree

A report from The Atlantic recently revealed that “students pursuing bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at for-profit colleges saw their earnings drop, compared to before they started the program.” The reason is because students at for-profit colleges are less likely to finish their degrees, have a higher risk of living in poverty, and in addition to earning less than they did before pursuing their degree, students become burdened by debt without learning any technical skills.

The sanctions imposed against ITT Technical Institute last week were described by experts as a “death sentence.” The sanctions prevented ITT Tech from receiving any federal aid for tuition and also required ITT Tech to increase its cash reserves from $94.4 million to $247.3 million. The cash reserves were created to help support students in case the company closed. Now that ITT Tech is officially closed, the company is not saying how it will use its reserves. In an email, a company spokesperson told Gizmodo, “Please see today’s press release. This will be our only comment.”

ITT Tech’s decision to close down its campuses comes after Labor Day weekend, during which many of the faculty members and students at the company’s campuses felt completely lost and out of the loop. “Labor Day gives us a time to pause and spend time with our family,” said the company in an internal email sent on Friday. “As we close out the end of our June quarter, we’d like to extend that time by giving all employees Tuesday, September 6th off as an extra comp holiday.”

In the same email, ITT Tech CEO Kevin Modany indicated to its faculty members that the company’s demise could happen at any moment.

“As you may know, we have contacted the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to request their consideration of possible alternatives to ED’s additional requirements,” said Modany. “However, we cannot provide any assurance that the ED will respond to our requests in a favorable manner. There is a possibility that we could hear something at any time. As such, we ask that you check your email regularly for updates. If you do not have access to email, please check with your Supervisor.”

ITT Technical Institute employees and students have been confused by the company’s opaque emails and lack of communication. During the holiday weekend, my email inbox was filled with messages from faculty and students pleading for more information. “No one knows what’s going on,” said one faculty member. “There is no communication to the staff,” said another.

Students also wrote to Gizmodo, saying they were scared about their future. For example, we received this message on Friday, after our story was published. Here’s what the individual said:

        I am a current student at ITT. Went to campus today to study and was kicked out. The dean stated they were closing campus early for the holiday. I sat in the parking lot and watched staff go in and clear out personal affects. Boxes, shopping bags full of things. One instructor brought lunch to campus and several people just left upset. Word is some people were let go to save money towards the 100 million the school has to put in escrow to stay open, other rumor is its prep for the shut down. Not sure what’s happening and have tried calling the CEO of corporate to get answers because I am one of several students that are suppose to graduate 9/29. Scared to death we won’t get to before graduation.

Not all hope is lost. The Department of Education has provided resources to current and formers students in a blog post that may answer some of the immediate questions you have. The DOE is also directing students to this Federal Student Aid announcement page, where its providing information to current and former students who have Title IV-related questions.

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Comment IoT (Score 0) 65

Tinkering with microcontrollers and small ARM devices is fun and all but I've yet to see any products come along that were half as interesting as my own creations, which are satisfying in no small part due to the thought and effort that goes into creating them. IoT ends up feeling like a concept fishing for users. Sure plenty of people can be fooled into thinking they needed wifi lightbulbs after the fact but how many are really ever starting out thinking, gee I wish my Device X could receive commands from my office PC or from my phone while I'm out and about?

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