Microsoft'sbig role on campus : Donations fund research, build long-term connections

Such concerns about donations have been raised in fields of study as diverse as auto engineering and medicine, but Microsoft‘sdonations are a special case. Because students are likely to keep using the technology after graduation, they help to maintain Microsoft‘ssoftware industry dominance. — Ariana Eunjung Cha –Microsoft‘sbig role on campus : Donations fund research, build long-term connections  (MSNBC/WashPost)

Slashdot Takes 'Gullible' out of Dictionary

Slashdot Takes ‘Gullible’ out of Dictionary Geek community website Slashdot has posted a link to “Why computer virus writers are useful and we should thank them“, which purports to be a transcript of a teleconference with “Samuel D. Forrester, one of the most famous immunologists in the world”. Journalism 101… check your sources. I’ll help you. Google for Samuel D. Forrester. Nothing (although Google will soon pick up on the…

Shuttle [Columbia] Report Blames NASA Culture

NASA mission managers fell into the habit of accepting as normal some flaws in the shuttle system and tended to ignore or not recognize that these problems could foreshadow catastrophe. This was an “echo” of some root causes of the Challenger accident, the board said. –Shuttle [Columbia] Report Blames NASA Culture (MSNBC) This suggestion comes from Tracy, a former technical writing student. She was in my class the day I had…

For His Sick Kids, a Father Struggled to Develop a Cure

Yet even though Mr. Crowley had moved mountains on the scientific and business fronts to get the treatment into testing, he couldn’t seem to speed the drug to his own rapidly weakening children. When he sold his company, he gave up control of the medicine they needed. The shortage of the drug, conflict-of-interest questions and Genzyme’s own internal protocols rose up in his path. His personal goal — getting the…

Roaming in Thought [after reading Rorty]

Witty, ironizing Rorty, Fought he metaphysics grey. Joshing gently with the haughty, He commended Dewey’s way; Dewey who – he too the sort he (Rorty) wrought a giant from – Redescribed the true, for taught he Pragmatism with aplomb. –Roaming in Thought [after reading Rorty] (Normblog) A selection from a larger poem (by an undisclosed author) about U.Va. philosopher Richard Rorty, whose moral relativism/pragmatism I have blogged about occasionally. Via Crooked…

CD-Recordable discs unreadable in less than two years

The Dutch PC-Active magazine has done an extensive CD-R quality test. For the test the magazine has taken a look at the readability of discs, thirty different CD-R brands, that were recorded twenty months ago. The results were quite shocking as a lot of the discs simply couldn’t be read anymore. –CD-Recordable discs unreadable in less than two years (CD Freaks) The site has posted a rough translation of the Dutch…

Weblog Indexes Help Journalists Track Stories — and Boost Their Egos

Next to page views and hit counts, the blog indexes are a good way to see if your story has people talking — with either good or bad feedback. Plus, marketing folks at media companies are starting to watch them, and PR people are using them to track companies and product releases, according to David Sifry, who runs Technorati. –Mark Glaser –Weblog Indexes Help Journalists Track Stories — and Boost…