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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

qbzzt Re:Ivy League Schools (105 comments)

No, but the 14th amendment did free slaves, and it was passed mostly by Republicans.

5 days ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

qbzzt Re:H-1B or offshore? (220 comments)

Good point. It is probably easier for people who are culturally Indian to manage workers in India from the US.

5 days ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

qbzzt H-1B or offshore? (220 comments)

If you offshore a position, it is in India (for example) and you don't need an H1-B visa.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

qbzzt Re:Great school that is self pace, accredited and (370 comments)

I got my M.Ed. there. The main advantage of WGU is that it isn't class based but competency based. You do assignments (and tests) to prove your knowledge. They don't really provide much in the way of materials, but if you already know it and just need the diploma you can advance very quickly. It is ~$3000 for an all-you-can-study semester.

about a month ago
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IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

qbzzt Re:Edit, but disclose (112 comments)

I don't know specifically about the 401(k), but frankly I don't care either. I don't put money in it - all the retail investments that are available will depreciate when as the baby boomers attempt to retire and realize the demographics don't support it.

Note: My opinion, obviously not IBM's.

about 2 months ago
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IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

qbzzt Re:Edit, but disclose (112 comments)

This is pretty much IBM's policy. We're allowed to post about IBM, provided what we post is:

1. Non confidential (I can't tell you about the time machine we're building in the basement in Austin)
2. Not damaging (I am not allowed to be defamatory, for example - although I will say all of HP's employees who are black with yellow polka dots are habitual liars)
3. Clearly stated to be the opinion of a specific IBM employee, rather than the IBM corporation

It would be silly not to let IBM employees, for example, post about mainframes. A lot of the world's mainframe expertise is at IBM.

Disclaimer: I am an IBM employee, but these are my own opinions. They do not reflect the opinions of the IBM corporation in any way, shape, or form. Considering that IBM is not a natural person, I'm not sure if it even has opinions, beyond "money coming in good, money going out bad".

about 2 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

qbzzt Looking for how the feds can help (398 comments)

It seems like a default position for state and municipal politicians to primarily look at how the federal government can help them. If anybody should pay people to come to Detroit, shouldn't it be Detroit or Michigan?

The visa issue has to be federal, of course.

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

qbzzt Re:Erm, the 3DS (559 comments)

Minecraft Pocket Edition has real time multiplayer, as long as there is a wireless LAN where you are.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

qbzzt My skills belong to me (308 comments)

I get paid to use them for the company's benefit, but I could use them to get a different job or do projects on the side. Also, I often learn things that aren't related to my job, and then I just happen to find a use for them.

So I don't mind spending my own time to improve my skills, as long as they aren't skills that are specific to the products of one specific employer.

about 4 months ago
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UN Votes To Protect Privacy In Digital Age

qbzzt Re:And how is (124 comments)

Woe, in this case, is a non-binding resolution to stop trading with the US. Countries that benefit from trade with the US will mostly either defy that decision, or claim to obey it while doing it under the table.

The UN is not a government and it does not have an enforcement mechanism (UN troops are national troops loaned to the UN). It is a debating society.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

qbzzt Re: Obummer's exit plan (276 comments)

The issue isn't the senior officers. It is the rank and file whose loyalty is required to overthrow the constitution.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

qbzzt Re:Obummer's exit plan (276 comments)

Considering that the basic prerequisite for overthrowing the Republic is to gain the personal loyalty of the military (and preferably the veterans, especially in places like the US where they are armed), I'd say either "never" or "when he feels like committing suicide". The US military oath is to obey the constitution first. A president who declared himself supreme leader would suffer from a case of high velocity lead poisoning very quickly.

about 4 months ago
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Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

qbzzt Re:Just drive there (462 comments)

Yes. "Interstate" means the federal government pays for building and maintaining it. The name is a relic from the time people believed the constitution's commerce clause only applies to interstate commerce.

about 5 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

qbzzt Re:I'll be damned if I censor myself (376 comments)

Yes, but they haven't been buying the personal loyalty of the troops, especially those in the combat arms. They haven't bought the personal loyalty of the recent veterans who know a lot about insurgencies either.

about 5 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

qbzzt Re:Suggested Slashdot Poll (376 comments)

If I am engaged in attempting to get NSA spies to commit suicide out of sheer boredom, is that something the NSA would find interesting?

BTW, Nancy from the NSA, you know I like you and won't ever do that to you. Don't worry, this is just a joke.

about 5 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

qbzzt I'll be damned if I censor myself (376 comments)

It is too easy to eavesdrop on communication. There is no way to avoid it happening, whether by corporation, the government, or a criminal gang.

We could decide to keep ourselves safe by self-censorship and accept the loss of freedom of speech. Or, we can continue to act normally. If the government has to contend with 0.1% of the population who are loud malcontents, the malcontents have a problem. If the government has to deal with 90% of the population who are loud malcontents, the government has a problem. They can't put us all in jail or shoot us.

I'll be damned if I let freedom of speech slip away. We didn't get it because of government benevolence (see The Old Issue by Kipling), and we won't keep it by being timid.

about 5 months ago
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Sebastian Thrun Pivots Udacity Toward Vocational Education

qbzzt Re:I think that's a wasted opportunity (86 comments)

The scaling issue is the shortage of competent researchers who can supervise untrained researchers in a useful manner. To do that you need to be good at research and good at mentoring.

about 5 months ago
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Sebastian Thrun Pivots Udacity Toward Vocational Education

qbzzt Re:I think that's a wasted opportunity (86 comments)

I think (I was never in one) that the first tier universities allow even undergrads to interact with the world experts and do research under their direction (see http://web.mit.edu/urop/). This is a non-scalable function, which MOOCs can't do.

This is the reason MITx is such a good idea for MIT - it doesn't eat into their customer base, but that of lesser universities.

about 5 months ago

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