Ah, textbook prices:
<< Having grown at many times the rate of inflation, the cost of a leading economics book can be over $250; a law school casebook plus supplement can cost $277. Adding to such prices is the dubious trend of requiring students to obtain digital access codes, averaging $100, to complete homework assignments.
Professors love tough questions. Here’s one we need ask ourselves: Are we helping rip off our students? >>
<< The root problem is that it is just too easy for us, the professors, to spend other people’s money. Just like doctors who prescribe expensive medicine, we don’t feel the pain of buying a $211 book of uneven quality and no real use when the course is finished, or a digital access code that costs $100 and is designed at least in part to disable the used-book market. >>
True, but also kind of a plastic-straw-ban way of thinking. Onus on the individual, the basic system blameless.
"Killing links is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open web. The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do. Links take us to places where we can make choices that Instagram never would."
transportation strike in Vancouver, birdsite mention
Watching minute by minute updates on birdsite to see if there will be a complete bus shutdown in Vancouver tomorrow or if last minute negotiations between union & employer will lead to a deal. They have about 15 minutes to make the midnight deadline. Already cancelled a bunch of meetings on campus for tomorrow.
Addressing heavy industry is a huge part of fighting climate change.
You know what would have a bigger impact? One we can all do?
Stop driving SUVs.
Stop worrying about straws; until government/industry changes, our best next step is to dump SUVs.
Hello to all,
https://www.system-d.org/ is a new free, encrypted, collaborative project platform with anonymity features.
The site is available for managing each of our projects with your friends, association or your team.
Four features for now:
- a forum
- a calendar
- an interactive map
- and a todo list.
This security issue affects a lot of projects.
I continue my look into the future of #HigherEducation and #ClimateChange : part 3.
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