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“To Be Honest I’m Not Sure If We Have a Textbook”

Hybrid Pedagogy – Maura A. Smale – Undergraduate Access to Course Reading – “Faculty and staff don’t often know how hard it is for students to get their course materials. I’m a library director and professor at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), and I worry about student access to required course readings. Our college is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, and most of the CUNY students I’ve spoken with did not begrudge the need to purchase textbooks and other materials in college. For some students the requirement to pay for course books came as a surprise because in high school, all books are provided for them. However, student budgets were limited, even if they anticipated textbook costs. Students made choices about whether and how to acquire their course reading in part based on their perceived utility of the reading for that course. They evaluated multiple factors, including how — and even whether — the reading was likely to be used by themselves and their instructors in their courses, as well as their own interest in the course. Many students did not buy their required course readings at the beginning of the semester, and instead waited to attend the first few class sessions to see whether they truly needed to buy the book. One second-semester City Tech student was very concise when describing their strategy for accessing the required reading for one course, telling me “I’ll get it when we use it.” Others pointed out that many instructors shared their lecture slides with students, uploading the slides to the learning management system or providing other digital access, and that the lecture slides essentially replicated the content of their textbooks. For these students the choice was clear: purchasing the textbook would not give them any advantages in their work for the course, so they did not feel compelled to spend money on the textbook…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Biggest Data Breach Archive on the Internet Is for Sale

Vice: “The well-known and respected data breach notification website “Have I Been Pwned” is up for sale. Troy Hunt, its founder and sole operator, announced the sale on Tuesday in a blog post where he explained why the time has come for Have I Been Pwned to become part of something bigger and more organized.

“To date, every line of code, every configuration and every breached record has been handled by me alone. There is no ‘HIBP team’, there’s one guy keeping the whole thing afloat,” Hunt wrote. “it’s time for HIBP to grow up. It’s time to go from that one guy doing what he can in his available time to a better-resourced and better-funded structure that’s able to do way more than what I ever could on my own.”..

Categories: Law and Legal

The Self-Destruction of American Power

Via Axios: “The July/August issue of Foreign Affairs offers what editor Gideon Rose calls “an autopsy of the last decades of American global leadership — the years when U.S. elites squandered the inheritance and good name bequeathed to them.” Fareed Zakaria on “The Self-Destruction of American Power”:

Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, or really the beginning of the end, was another collapse, that of Iraq in 2003, and the slow unraveling since…”
Categories: Law and Legal

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:46
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Categories: Just News

Best Refrigerator Temperature to Keep Food Fresh

Automated temperature settings aren’t always accurate, but Consumer Reports’ tests are: “For the food in your refrigerator to stay fresh for as long as possible—no ice crystals on the lettuce or bacteria breeding in warm spots—the refrigerator temperature should hover right around 37° F. In the freezer, a temperature of 0° F will keep foods thoroughly frozen. Armed with this information, you’d set your refrigerator to those temperatures, right?  But the temperature controls on many refrigerators only allow you to choose from a series of numbers—say, from 1 to 5, with 1 being the coldest and 5 the warmest. To further complicate matters, even when refrigerators have digital controls that allow you to set a specific refrigerator temperature, our tests have found that the settings aren’t always accurate. But the temperature-measuring equipment Consumer Reports uses in its lab tests is extremely precise, down to a fraction of a degree. As a result, we can tell you exactly where to set your refrigerator temperature to achieve optimal freshness…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

Categories: Law and Legal

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Is Finally Taking Security Seriously

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:30
The long-awaited shift from paperless ballots could make elections more secure.
Categories: Just News

Cleveland Area Rattled By 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake

Nearly 9,000 Ohio residents reported feeling tremors because of an earthquake centered under Lake Erie. Since 1823, the northeastern Ohio seismic zone has had "moderately frequent earthquakes."

(Image credit: USGS)

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International Protests Mount As Peru Moves Ahead With New Airport Near Machu Picchu

The government is banking on more tourism after it replaces the outdated airport in Cusco with a gleaming new facility near the mouth of the Sacred Valley. And that's what conservationists fear.

(Image credit: Pablo Porciuncula Brune /AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:41
The Trevor Project publishes a massive survey on the lives of young LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on a mental health crisis.
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Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:39
A tourist's jaunt to the ISS is the most expensive camping trip possible, complete with sleeping bag and dehydrated food. But the views are out of this world.
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'Patients Will Die': One County's Challenge To Trump's 'Conscience Rights' Rule

California's Santa Clara County argues that if the rule goes into effect in July, the county will suffer irreparable harm in terms of patient care and staffing costs.

(Image credit: Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images)

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U.S. Women's Soccer Sets 13-0 FIFA Record In First Game, Beating Thailand

No World Cup team, men or women, had ever scored 13 goals before. Alex Morgan of the U.S. scored five.

(Image credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

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Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Shooting Victims To Sue Gun Industry

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act aims to repeal federal a 2005 law known the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act but faces long odds of becoming law.

(Image credit: Brakkton Booker/NPR)

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The Queen Honors Two Women Who Seek To End Female Genital Mutilation

They're Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali — both named Officers of the Order of the British Empire at Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours Ceremony.

(Image credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Protesters Demand Resignation Of Haitian President Over Corruption Allegations

This scandal involves accusations that Haitian officials stole millions of dollars from a development fund. Port-au-Prince has been flooded with protests, and some have turned violent.

(Image credit: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

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The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:40
The 'Final Fantasy VII' remake looks, frankly, incredible. Also, everyone's launching subscription services, apparently.
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State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 16:37
Nine states and the District of Columbia say the deal will reduce competition and lead to higher prices for wireless service.
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House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries

The chamber sidestepped what might have been an even uglier showdown with the executive branch but opened the door to years of litigation over Russia, taxes, security clearances and more.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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News Publishers Say Tech Industry Poses 'Potentially Existential' Threat To Media

A House judiciary subcommittee is hearing from publishers on Tuesday as it looks at ways to curb Big Tech's power.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over

Scientists often share their latest research on posters displayed at big conferences. Posters are a long-standing tradition, but one reformer says they're mostly terrible and need to change.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Mike Morrison )

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