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2021/05/12 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2012/5/4-6/1 [Academia, Industry/SiliconValley] UID:54380 Activity:nil
5/3     Scott Thompson. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA:
        \_ It doesn't matter if he has a real CS degree or not. The fact
           of the matter is, he didn't go a real college.       -berkeleyan
        \_ In case, like me, you had no idea why this was relevant:
        \_ I did not have a sexual relationship with that woman, Miss Stonehill College
        \_ I did not have a sexual relationship with that woman, Miss
           Stonehill College
2011/12/4-2012/1/10 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:54248 Activity:nil
12/4    "Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'" (
        "(Princeton sociologist) Espenshade found that Asian-Americans needed
        a 1550 SAT to have an equal chance of getting into an elite college as
        white students with a 1410 or black students with an 1100."
        \_ Cal has a race blind admission policy, but I wouldn't be too
           surprised if some of the elite private schools discriminated
           against Asians that way. They used to discriminate against Jews
           the same way. I wonder if he is removing the effect of "legacy
           admissions" or not. Private schools reserve about half of their
           admissions to children of graduates. How do you think someone
           like Dubya got into Yale?
           \_ "A look into Harvard’s admission policies in the 1990s showed
              that, after preferences for legacy students and athletes was
              removed, there was no discrimination against Asians based
              on race."
              So white kids get in through their parents, blacks via athletics
              and Asians have to compete on academic talent alone.
              \_ Where did this quote come from?  It's not in the article
                 \_ It is from a different article. Google for it.
        \_ note to self: must procreate with another race so my offsprings
           have a better chance of survival. Societal vigor =~ hybrid vigor.
2021/05/12 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2010/9/8-30 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:53951 Activity:nil
2009/7/21-24 [Academia, Politics/Foreign/Europe] UID:53174 Activity:nil
7/21    wtf is they have a, xcf, etc
        note berk-ley no 'e'.
        Berkley Business College C/ Ingeniero Marquina, 3 Oviedo,
        AS 33004 SPAIN
        \_ yet another fuckng scam site, they have copied all
           hostnames.and put sshd's on them
   \_ I don't think they 'copied all hostnames' .  I think
      its a dns catchall A record.
   $ host has address
        \_ is not a scam site; it's a college in Spain.  I
           don't know where the name comes from.  Yes, they're using
           wildcard DNS.  -tom
           \_ Check yer hostkeys folks :D
2009/7/14-27 [Computer/Theory, Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:53139 Activity:nil
7/22    (redux)
        To those in academia, how do you organize the journal articles
        you keep (hard copies, that is)? By date? Author? Subject?
        Something else? Thanks.
        \_ I am not in academia, but author makes most sense. If you want, you
           can group by subject (Sun Spots, Solar Wind, Solar Flares) and then
           by author within that. Depends on how broad the topics span and
           how many papers you have. For the well-known papers within a
           field people are going to know them as "Moore, 1972" which is why I
           suggest authors rather than topics.
        \_ I assign each subject a prime number, e.g. Sun = 3, Flare = 7, then
           I file Solar Flares in the 21st spot in my library.  It is left to
           the reader to see why this works
           \_ High school math about uniqueness of prime factorization.  (But
              then how many slots are there in your library?)
2008/6/18-24 [Academia, Academia/Berkeley] UID:50288 Activity:low
6/18    Tree sitters, biting people, flinging poo.  Um, aren't these monkeys?
        \- two words: bottle rockets
        \- i want a live video feed of the hippie-removal operation.
           i'll make popcorn and enjoy watching those dirtbags get
           dragged off to jail kicking and screaming.
           \_ You and Zombietime should hook up.
              \_ You think the tree sittings aren't total idiots?
                 \_ I am a football season ticket holder so I am annoyed at
                    them for holding up the stadium rebuild and risking us
                    losing Tedford, but I take no joy in the tree sitters
                    demise. I think their passion and comittment, even to
                    a somewhat foolish cause, is admirable.
                    \- a losing cause which isnt foolish -> ok
                       a foolish+frivolous cause you realize is frivolous -> ok
                       a foolish+frivolous cause in earnest -> dumbass
                       a foolish+frivolous cause in earnest -> foolish

        \_ Can't they just be arrested for assault now?
           \_ Yes and they were.
2008/1/28-2/2 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:49028 Activity:nil
1/28    Does my McDiploma come with Fries?
2007/8/23-27 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:47734 Activity:moderate
8/23    CS dudes you all suck and Phil Greenspun is here to tell you why.
        \_ That's an interesting reading of the link you posted.  Notably,
           there's not much new content here.  Not that I don't agree with
           some of his points, but Greenspun's been banging this drum for
           years. -dans
        \_ "The calendar was designed for rich families, [so they can have]
           Grand Tour of Europe during the summer" Wha?  The summer break was
           designed for farmers who needed the kids at home for harvest.
           Now people go on vacation during the summer because that's when the
           break is.  What a maroon.
           \_ Why would you want to be in the EU during summer?
           \_ Farmers did not begin sending their children to University in
              significant numbers until long after the University calendar
              and the semester system were chosen.  You seem to be conflating
              the University calendar with the public school calendar. -dans
              \_ Well, I'm assuming college inherited the calander from
                 secondary education.
                 \_ "calendar"
                    \_ "colander"
2007/3/9-11 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:45920 Activity:nil
3/9     Trinity College Dublin switches to gmail for all its student
        accounts: (
2007/2/10-11 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:45702 Activity:nil
2/9     Prof. Solove's Guide to Grading Exams:
2006/12/8-13 [Academia, Politics/Domestic/Gay] UID:45422 Activity:nil
12/6    Funny, I heard about the beating, but I hadn't heard that he faked
        it until now...
2006/5/1-4 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:42872 Activity:nil
5/1     The Sheldon awards!
2006/1/20-21 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:41449 Activity:nil 87%like:41448
1/19 (Yahoo News)
        Watch out, the idiots are fighting back in liberal universities
        \_ I'm not sure the researchers understand the difference between
           illiteracy and apathy. Also, what the hell do you have against
           80 col formatting?
        \_ It's finally happened.  We've turned into /.  This is a dup.
2006/1/20 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:41448 Activity:nil 87%like:41449
        Watch out, the idiots are fighting back in liberal universities
2006/1/19-21 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:41440 Activity:nil
        Most new college grads cannot handle many complex but common tasks,
        from understanding credit card offers to comparing the cost per ounce
        of food. One more reason why I would never hire fresh out of
        college kids these days.
        \_ How old are you?
        \_ Umm, yeah. And "Overall, the average literacy of college students
           is significantly higher than that of adults across the nation."
           So, then Mr. Adult, you're saying that would be you?
2005/10/21-24 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:40218 Activity:kinda low
        WalMart heiress Paige, a former USC student paid money for
        her term papers and other assignments. She voluntarily
        surrendered her USC college degree after allegations.
        The Walton family could not be reached for comment.
        Oh well, at least she went to school, unlike Paris.
        \_ My high school math teacher went to USC, and paid his way by
           writing papers for the basketball team.
        \_ Paris is too busy starring in her own porn video production.
        \_ Ha this is funny.  So if you have 2 bums and one bum walks into
           a library and guns everyone down, you'd say "Well at least that
           bum has been in a library".  The implication that going to
           school and cheating like crazy is somehow more honorable than not
           going at all is amusing.
           \_ Ostensibly, one goes to college to *learn*.  The degree is only
              a certifcation that you learned something on a particular
              curriculum.  There is no degree for some of the more important
              things one learns in college...
                \_ If someone writes all of your papers for you then the only
                   thing you have learned is how to pay someone to write all
                   of your papers for you.
                   \_ But that's one useful skill for climbing the management
                      \_ Outsourcing ...?
           \_ Haven't you heard of the osmosis theory of learning?
        \_ What about exchanging sexual favors for term papers? Is that
           considered unethical?
                \_ Depends on how hot the term paper receiver is.
        \_ This seems vaguely appropriate:
2005/9/22-25 [Academia, Politics/Foreign/Asia/Taiwan] UID:39829 Activity:nil
9/22    Invited by PRC to speak at Beijing University, Li Ao quoted
        Chairman Mao saying that the CCP will one day perish, and
        gave an outspoken and daring speech attacking everyone from
        Beijing University officials, CCP leaders to Taiwan politicians.
2005/6/30 [Academia] UID:38370 Activity:kinda low
6/29    David Foster Wallace's Commencement Address at Kenyon University.
        As usual, he's a complete twit.
        \_ I guess this guy is an author?  Why am I supposed to care?
2005/4/17-18 [Academia, Reference/History/WW2] UID:37230 Activity:nil
4/17    Lost Greek plays rediscovered: (
        \_ This is really cool.
        \_ "Oxford academics have been working alongside infra-red
            specialists from Brigham Young University, Utah." I hope they're
            not using magic stones to do the translation.
2005/4/12-14 [Academia] UID:37156 Activity:nil
4/12    Anyone know how services like make money?  Seems to fall
        in the "anything that sounds too good to be true..." category?
        Do all of the member companies get access to all of your tracking
        \_ currently, manufacturers don't always know the end-user of their
           product.  They do market studies and coupons and such to try
           and find such information.  This looks like a way to share end
           user information with the manufacturers.  Thus the manufacturers
           pay a small fee: 2% MSRP in order to find out more end user
           demographic info.  Who knows what other info they mine?  They may
           also track and look for market demographic clustering, etc.  Who
           knows? They may also get the guvmint to kick in some %-age of the
           "college savings." -nivra
2005/4/9-10 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:37126 Activity:low
4/8     Whao, what happened here? Did we even enter?
        \_ Uh, let's just say '04 was not a good year for us.
        \_ The US restrictions on foreign students are, predictably, improving
           the student pools at universities in other countries.  How long
           will it be before the US's cultural and business dominance of the
           world are just a historical footnote?  -tom
           \_ US restrictions on foreign students have almost zero effect on
              any undergraduate population in the US. I share your concern
              about grad populations, but the ICPC is mostly undergrad.
2005/4/1-2 [Academia, Politics/Domestic/RepublicanMedia] UID:37037 Activity:moderate
4/1     I wonder if that's Jewish salad dressing?
        \_ I really don't like either one of those guys, but it sounds like
           they handled it with class, and the students look like jackasses.
           \_ My thoughts exactly.
        \_ "Could 10 of the largest College Republicans start walking up and
           down the aisles and start removing anyone shouting?  Otherwise, this
           lecture is over." -A. Coulter, Kansas University
2005/3/29-31 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:36957 Activity:high
3/29    Porn shooting in CSU Chico. How come this never happens @Cal?
                \_ What is the value in that? Watching is not  doing ..
        \_ didn't some dude in unit 2 do that?
                \_ What is the value in that? Watching is not  doing ..
        \_ Porn shoots are kinda gross, dude.
           \_ How so?
              \_ For those "good" shots, you need to get it properly lit
                 and in focus. That means getting in close. Real close.
                 Splash distance.
        \_ hm, they're phukt.
        \_ Cal students are smarter than that?! Plus, can you imagine
           the protests by the women's groups?
           \_ Cal students are smarter, so they don't get caught.
        \_ Cf. College F*ck Fest series of amateur sex films.
        \_ Cal men are not sufficiently equipped.
        \_ Cf. Campus F*ck Fest series of amateur porn.
        \_ How come almost every reply to this post has been deleted?
2005/3/26 [Academia, Academia/StanfUrd] UID:36891 Activity:high
3/26    I don't get it.  Why didn't the Schindlers get some well respected
        neurologists to do an exam on her?  They already presented two at
        trial:  one of them was a quack, and the judge ignored the other one.
        If they could have gotten a prominent neurologist to back their claims
        when her eyes and tongue weren't bleeding, maybe an appeals court
        would have ordered the tube re-inserted.
        The William Chesire opinion was based on watching edited video, and he
        did not bother to do a neurological exam, and he does not explain why.
        If Michael Schiavo blocked further neurological exams, don't you think
        this would be the main complaint by the Schindlers?  Something like,
        "He doesn't want neurologists to see her!"
        The only conclusion to me is that the Schindlers CAN'T get a competent
        neurologist to back their opinion.  The weight of science is with
        Michael Schiavo.  Her condition hasn't changed in 12 years, and there
        are ~ 4 known cases where those judged to be in a permanent
        vegetative state have come back -- and that happened 2 years into the
        PVS at most.
        \_ most likely, well respected doctors are reluctant to take up this
           case. If you know your odds at low, why take it up when it can
           ruin your medical reputation?
           \_ Why would a Mayo Clinic doctor visit the patient and not
              conduct a neurological exam?  Why didn't he say something like,
              "Michael Schiavo prevented me from doing the full exam!" or
              "I didn't have enough time!" or "The courts prevented me!".
              The guy is biased.
              How about:
              "He generally has a reasonably thoughtful, conservative
              Christian right-to-life perspective," said David Magnus,
              co-director of the Stanford University Center of Biomedical
              Ethics. "He definitely is not a neutral party with respect to
              these culture wars. He has turf to defend."
              "I think he is clearly biased against declaring her in a
              persistent vegetative state," said Dr. Gene Sung, director of
              the neurocritical care section of USC's department of neurology,
              who read Cheshire's report. "He feels there is something there.
              That is not a scientific nor medical decision -- it really
              sounds like it's a personal feeling. It's hard to reconcile that
              with a medical decision."
        \_ you can't do nuerological exams if the courts bar you from doing
           so.  Cheshire examined Terri for 45 minutes in person, essentially
           the same time as the other neurologists who had testified in the
           earlier trial for the state and for Felos.  You have to understand
           access to Terri is heavily restricted by the court.
        \_ I'm not sure under FL state law, but at least under the fed rules,
           you can't have a medical exam conducted till you get to discovery
           and even then you need a ct order. The case in fed ct is no where
           close to discovery.
           BTW, an appellate ct rarely, if ever, asks for new evid to be
           presented to it.  If her parents wanted to present new medical
           they would have had to make the appropriate motions in trial
           ct and then if the motions were refused, they would have had
           to ask the appellate ct to allow the motions b/c the trial
           ct erred as a matter of law or it abused its discretion.
           \_ To the two folks above:
              Even though it's kind of too late, as I already suggested, I
              believe if Michael Schiavo had allowed it, then a neurologist
              could have performed a neurological exam on her.  If Michael
              Schiavo was not allowing it, then this is what the Schindlers
              should have been complaining about.
              Since they were not complaining about it, I don't think they
              cared about the objective truths that may have come out from
              another neurological exam from a competent doctor.
              By the way, the exam by Chesire was notably NOT a neurological
              exam, and he hasn't explained why.
              \_ Certainly if he allows it, an exam can be conducted.
                 However, an exam may be conducted even if he does
                 not agree to it as part of a discovery order from
                 ct b/c her medical condition is at issue.
                 \_ no it can't.  The court, ie. the legally blind judge
                    greer, has forbidden any such examination repeatedly.
                    Terri has not had any neurological tests since those
                    cat scans, period.
                    \_ AFAIK, the judge's orders barring tests were in
                       response to motions to compel the tests. If the
                       parents moved for a motion to compel the tests
                       and the husband did not oppose, then the motion
                       would have to be granted. Refusal to grant an
                       unopposed motion can be immediately appealable.
2004/3/5-6 [Academia, Academia/GradSchool] UID:12535 Activity:high
3/5     Are scholarships that are offered to certain racial groups
        legal? If you open up an offer such as this to the public,
        shouldn't it be made available to everyone?
        \_ Private scholarships can be given to whoever they want.  You have
           a constitutionally-protected right to be a racist.
        \_ Yes if it's not for whites.
           \- there was an east coast school that had a white only scholarship
              but it was a disingenuous thing to either get into court or
              just get coverage. --psb
              \_ anything that doesn't fit your worldview is just a stunt,
                 huh?  how very open minded of you.
                 \_ That what they say they are trying to do - get
                    people to think about race-based scholarships. -!psb
           \_ There are a couple tiny funds run by white supremacist orgs.
                    \- it wasnt a stunt, it was a calculated decision.
                       unclear whether the reason was publicity or legal
                       standing, but the persons setting up the scholarship
                       didnt really even deny that. --psb
                       \_ let's grant for a moment that it was a stunt, why do
                          you think they felt this stunt was necessary?  is it
                          simply that they are just hateful racist or is there
                          something more to it.
                          \_ it is likely that they are trying to convince
                             themselves that whites are the oppressed race,
                             despite all evidence to the contrary.
2003/8/21-22 [Academia] UID:29427 Activity:low
8/21    Has anyone satisfied the American institutions requirement by taking
        the exam instead of enrolling in PolSci 1. How hard is it to prepare
        for the exam? Would it be possible to prepare for it by say doing
        some reading during the winder break? Is it more or less work than
        actually taking PolSci 1?
        \_ I did it.  You just read three books and take a really easy test on
           them.  I think you pass if you convince them you actually did the
           reading.  I actually only read two of them and was able to find some
           online essays on the third which gave me enough to pass.  I
           guarantee that PoliSci 1 is MUCH more work.
2001/12/27-28 [Academia] UID:23383 Activity:nil
12/27   Is there a web site that rates CSU universities?  I'm looking for
        comparisons of only CSUs, not with out of state universities.  Various
        different departments, etc.  Thanks.
        \_ Look in the tier two-four section for the ones not there.
2001/12/12 [Academia] UID:23224 Activity:nil
12/12   some piracy ring shutdown with raids at several large universities:
2001/11/27 [Academia, Recreation/Dating] UID:23110 Activity:high
        I don't think porn classes in college are very progressive
        \_ "Teachers at Fort Lewis College say the classes will help broaden
           students' horizons."  Next they'll offer a course for students to
           smoke pots to further broaden their horizons.
           \_ reminds me of the dead kenedys song "terminal preppy".
        \_ Is it taught by the Naughty Professor?
        \_ You understand that ananova isn't exactly a reliable news source?
           \_ really?
                \_ quite.
        \_ Voluntary porn is much more progressive than enforced religion.
2001/9/20 [Academia] UID:22558 Activity:moderate
9/20    When the professor tells me that RAship or TAship is X hours,
        is it really X hours realistically?
        \_ My past experience as an CS164 RA is that if you're trying to do a
           thorough job, it takes quite a bit longer than X hours.
        \_ My past experience as an CS164 reader is that if you're trying to do
           a thorough job, it takes quite a bit longer than X hours.
        \_ Mine was listed as 20 hours. Actual hours were usually around 35 but
           got up to 70 or 80 near crunch time.
        \_ By RA, do you mean Research Assistant or Reader?  I've never had a
           Research assistant position so I can't really speak to that.  Avoid
           reader positions like the plague.  They are almost always more work
           than the number of hours quoted.  TA position time committment
           varies widely.  If all you do is show up for section, read the
           course text once in a while, and hold scheduled office hours once
           a week, you will work significantly less than the number of hours
           you are paid for.  If you are committed to preparing section
           each week and actually respond to student inquiries (email/usenet)
           in a timely manner, you will probably work a little more than your
           quoted hours.  If, on top of this, either your course has no
           readers or your course readers flake, you will work a LOT more.
2001/4/10-11 [Academia] UID:20926 Activity:moderate
4/9     Has anyone taken the exam to satisfy the E 190 (technical
        writing) requirement?  What sorts of things were on the exam?
        \_ It's not actually an exam -- you have to go to one of the profs
           and present a tech writing sample as well as a paragraph describing
           your experience in both written and oral technical communication
           (separate paragraphs for written and for oral). Then you talk to
           them and try to convince them you're good enough. The general
           tendency in RECENT past has been to NOT let people pass out.
           However, I'm aware of 2 recent cases where people _were_ allowed
           to pass out. Email me and I can try to get you in touch with one
           of them (I presume they don't appreciate their emails posted on
           the motd). Oh, and you can get the "official" instructions on how
           to do this from 308 McLaughlin; just ask your SAO.  -alexf
        \_ E190 with Phillipi rocks. Take it.
2001/3/17 [Academia, Science/GlobalWarming] UID:20820 Activity:high
3/16    Down with homework!
        \_ If there's a task that must be done, don't turn your tail
           and run, don't pout, don't sob, just do a half-ass job.
           If you cut every corner you'll have more time to play,
           It's the American way!
        \_ His shirt makes a good point. I'm with the shirt: homework rots.
        \_ SKINNER!
        \_ Grow up.
           \_ get a clue.
              \_ A clue?  I have a clue.  I understand the purpose of homework
                 even if you're too wasted to get it.  Your ignorance != my
                 \_ go out with asian chic
                       \_ that's azn chix to you white boy!
                    \_ I once met an asian chic. she made this perpetual
                       motion machine. It was pathetic. It just kept going
                       faster and faster.
                          \_ pixP.
                       \_ There's so much I don't know about astrophysics.
                          I wish I read that book by that wheelchair guy.
                          \_ I didn't know Christopher Reeves wrote books on
                             astrophysics.  Trip.
                       \_ in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!
                 \_ get a clue.  it's a Simpsons reference.
                        \_ You're right.  The world revolves around a bad
                           cartoon.  I should have known.  How utterly and
                           completely clueless of me.
                           \_ Homer: Look, the important thing is that we all
                                     learned a lesson.  These guys learned the
                                     richness and variety of the world outside
                              Nerd : No we didn't.
                              Homer: Oh.  Then I learned the real value of
                                     college is to study and work hard.
                              Lisa : No you didn't.  You only passed your course
                                     by cheating, which you always taught us was
                              Homer: Hm... true.
        \_ up with miniskirts!
2000/6/22 [Academia, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll] UID:18521 Activity:nil
6/23    What is the best (easiest) way to satisfy the American Cultures
        requirement together with the Humanities and Social Studies
        requirement for the College of Engineering?  -ax
        \_ College of Engineering has the easiest Humanities/Social Science/
           American Culture requirements a Cal student can have.  How easy
           do you want it to be?
        \_ Anthro 163AC with Dundes was really really good.  He tries to
           scare you off at the beginning, but if you stick with it, he
           grades really easy and you get to research anything from yermom
           jokes to stories told by welders.
        \_ Which ax is asking this question?  -ax (Axel)
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