How the Playing Field Is Encroaching on the Admissions Office

When recruited athletes make up such a substantial fraction of the entering class in at least some colleges, is there a risk that there will be too few places for other students, who want to become poets, scientists, or leaders of civic causes? Is there a possibility that, without realizing what is leading to what, the institutions themselves will become unbalanced in various ways? For example, will they feel a…

Game Theories

He began calculating frantically. He gathered data on 616 auctions, observing how much each item sold for in U.S. dollars. When he averaged the results, he was stunned to discover that the EverQuest platinum piece was worth about one cent U.S. – higher than the Japanese yen or the Italian lira. With that information, he could figure out how fast the EverQuest economy was growing. Since players were killing monsters…

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Show me the money!

MT has become crippleware, and *expensive* crippleware! No one is happy about it, and I only wonder what Six Apart were thinking when they did this. [...] I find it difficult to believe that Six Apart have done this … after the history of offering a fully featured free version, I suspected that they may have a more featured pay version, but not a limited, restricted release. The present free…

Google to sell banner ads

Search giant Google plans for the first time to sell ads that include images, a surprise reversal for a company that has won regard for its pioneering use of text-only marketing pitches and for keeping its home page religiously free of banner advertising. –Google to sell banner ads (ZD Net) I’m still waiting to hear back from Six Apart regarding their educational license fee, but here’s hoping that Six Apart and…