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How Covid-19 Exposed the Cracks in a Public-Private Housing Deal

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This is some uncut "privatize profits socialize losses" bullshit. Private developers made bets assuming universities were an infinite source of an easily-abused captive audience. The pandemic made it not so, and now they're in a bind and looking for ways to make any and everyone else keep them solvent.

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Some Students Are Smarter Than Others (and That’s OK)

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Yesssss.

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Cheating rises with online education – The Washington Post

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Yup. Some of this is more systematic than even my cynical ass suspected. It's a hard problem because attacker controlled environments are unassailable, and doing intrusive things to discourage casual cheating punish the honest and give the serious cheaters more effect size.

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Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis – showPdf

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I think this makes a decent standard for current-best-practice, which I'm finding myself needing to refer to frequently.

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Have questions for UK about the upcoming semester? : UniversityofKentucky

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Article note: Is this in-person reopening plan actually supposed to be viable, or is it just theater to get students to commit before an inevitable outbreak and shutdown? I was doing prep work on campus earlier this week, and most of the visible efforts seem to be more performative than effective. Lots of disingenuous blame-shifting signs like "Please physically distance by 6ft on this busy 4ft wide path" and "Elevator occupancy 2; go heavy-breathe on each other in the crowded stairwell." Similarly, the "test every student (but not staff or faculty) once sometime vaguely around their arrival" plan seems like an effort to check the testing box rather than accomplish any practical goal. Likewise, the food services in the student center looks like they can handle about 25% capacity while sending customers out to fend for themselves for a safe place to unmask and eat, which was frankly not that easy even with the tiny fraction of people already back. As someone else [pointed out a few days ago](https://old.reddit.com/r/UniversityofKentucky/comments/i3xc0h/a_vent_re_the_absurdity_of_in_person_classes/), allowed room occupancy vs. enrollment is tilted such that many in person courses will be "in person" in name only even in a best-case scenario. Enough at-risk students are already getting in touch about remote options that it seems most courses will need to provide all-remote options even _before_ the quarantine and illness absences start to stack up and/or we go full remote following a probable outbreak, so effort for in-person instruction is feeling increasingly futile. As an instructor trying to do right by my students, while I appreciate that there are difficult decisions being considered at the every level, I'm increasingly frustrated by the lack of credible planning coming down from above, and the decisions it is forcing me to make for the upcoming semester. Realistic, honest planning for an all-remote semester with early resource commitment would have offered a better experience than wasting time and resources planning for an infeasible in-person scenario, then having another hasty "unplanned" shutdown with students who were promised something else.

I suspect my comment will get deleted, posting here:

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EKU kicker quits, says coaches aren’t keeping players safe from COVID-19

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A preview for later this month.

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CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country

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Welcome to the "Failed State" era of the U.S.

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GitHub – VikOlliver/Microwriter: A reboot of the 80’s Microwriter accessible chord keyboard done using an Arduino

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Oh, nice, someone made an 32u4 Arduino sketch for a Microwriter/Qinkey chorder. I've always sort of wanted to try that chord-set (and always feared it will ruin my feeble attempts to keep BAT-style chords in my fingers). Might have to try, my chorder is a 32u4 anyway.

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Message from the ACM President Regarding Open Access

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Hey! At least the ACM has been shamed into doing the apology dance for "accidentally" siding with the parasite publishers.

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Intel’s Xe for HPC: Ponte Vecchio with Chiplets, EMIB, and Foveros on 7nm, Coming 2021

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Right on the heels of burning the shit out of DOD's HPC spending with the collapse of the Phi stuff right after DOD jumped in at scale, DOE is trusting intel's absolutely-no-public-details unified GPU plan for Aurora. I really, really do hope it pans out (because GPUs are bullshit and Intel commodizing them and bringing decent drivers and toolchains would make the world better) but the degree to which they're being cagey at this stage is a cause for suspicion.

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