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leapfrogging in higher ed


 for more than 100 years higher education has largely resisted change — and functioned reasonably well without an intense focus on the complex life needs of adult and part-time learners. but like the disruption in the telecom industry, higher ed is poised for its leapfrogging moment. read more






developer welfare: trump’s infrastructure plan


var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_content_id = '1071060'; click here for reuse options! he’s going to create a huge trillion-dollar market for wall street’s high finance. while protestors and police were clashing on the inaugural parade route in washington, d.c., the newly sworn-in president of the united states was lunching with the establishment in washington—some of the very people he called out in his inaugural address.transcript:sharmini peries: it’s the real news network. i’m sharmini peries, coming to you from baltimore.donald trump: we are transferring power from washington, d.c. and giving it back to you, the people.crowd: (applause)donald trump: for too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born






hands-on with ricoh's compact pentax kp


hands-on with new pentax kp ricoh has taken the w s off it's newest dslr, the aps-c format kp. resembling a mini pentax k-1, and inheriting some of the same features, the kp is a more compact, modernized version of the k-3 ii. its price and all we've been told point to it being an k-3 successor but the company says it doesn't replace it. whether this is to avoid devaluing remaining k-3 ii stocks or because it hopes to introduce a higher-end sister model is unclear. we got our hands on a pre-production sample recently, and we've prepared a quick product tour. hands-on with new pentax kp the kp really does look like a scaled-down k-1, with the same distinctive slab-sided pentaprism hump. ricoh tells us that they were aiming for a era with a similar size as a comp






bannon takes control


var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_content_id = '1071201'; click here for reuse options! while trump lies, the former breitbart chief seizes the reins of power. one key question of the trump presidency in its first week is: who is actually going to perform the tasks ociated with the job?while the liberal comedians and right-wing pundits agitate themselves about crowd sizes, odd tweets and imaginary voter fraud, politico and the hill supply some data points about the all-important paper flow in washington. steve bannon, the former goldman sachs executive-turned-breitbart news chief, is running the government, while the president argues with actresses.politico reports that the executive orders trump has been signing were prepared and coordinated by bannon. various cabin






how slaves reacted to their appraisals: traumatic u.s. history of slave auctions


var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_content_id = '1071188'; click here for reuse options! a new book asks important questions about slaves’ perspectives on their auctions, including an enslaved father who fought to buy his son at auction. excerpted from the price for their pound of flesh: the value of the enslaved, from womb to grave, in the building of a nation by daina ramey berry (beacon press, 2017). reprinted with permission from beacon press.chapter 3: adolescence, young adulthood, and soul valuesaverage appraised values:females: $517 ($15,189 in 2014); males: $610 ($17,934 in 2014)average sale prices:females: $515 ($15,131 in 2014); males: $662 ($19,447 in 2014)they abolished the external or african slave trade, in 1808, the effect of which gave an impetus to the






ricoh announces pentax kp with new shake reduction system and 24mp sensor


$(document).ready(function() { samplegalleryv2({"containerid":"embeddedsamplegallery_6919353376","galleryid":"6919353376","isembeddedwidget":true,"standalone":false,"selectedimageindex":0,"startincommentsview":false,"ismobile":false}) }); ricoh has announced the pentax kp, a more compact, modernized version (but not a replacement, after late confirmation from ricoh) of the k-3 ii which features a new 'high sensitivity' 24mp sensor and improved in-body image stabilization system. the new cmos sensor brings with it a top iso of 819,200 and an electronic shutter that tops out at 1/24000 sec (the mechanical shutter goes to 1/6000 sec). the kp uses the new 5-axis 'shake reduction ii' ibis system, first seen on the k-1 full-framer, which offers up to 5 stops of stabilization






lockdown: the coming war on general-purpose computing


lockdown the coming war on general-purpose computing by cory doctorow - share this article tweet this article is based on a keynote speech to the chaos computer congress in berlin, dec. 2011. general-purpose computers are astounding. they're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. this brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright. but bear with me, because this is about something more important. the shape of the copyright wars clues us into an upcoming fight over the destiny of the general-purpose computer itself. in the beginning, we had packaged software and we had sneakernet. we had floppy disks in ziplock bags, in cardboard boxes, hung