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The Astronomical Cost of College Today in Texas
Information is based on average costs for dependent students living off campus who enroll in 15 credit hours in both fall and spring.
|Tuition and Fees
|Books and Supplies
|Room and Board
|Texas A&M University
|The University of Texas at Austin
Source: This data is taken from College Student Budgets as entered by the Office of Student Financial Aid from each individual institution. Questions regarding this data should be directed to the institution.
You have to be Bleeping Insane to Tweet or Facebook!!! (Thank You El Reg)
“Account holders choose to share their location when they Tweet,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an email to The Register on Monday (1/7/19). Independent reporting reveals what people don't relize: “So much data is being collected and shared/sold to third parties without the users being explicitly aware of that (or able to prevent it),” ... “And indeed it is problematic when users have no way to delete that data in third-party databases, even though the first party may offer such an option.”"
Computer science boffins (El Reg's favorite term for science/geek types) Kostas Drakonakis, Panagiotis Ilia, Sotiris Ioannidis, and Jason Polakis affiliated with The Foundation for Research & Technology in Greece and the University of Illinois in the US published their findings in a paper titled “Please Forget Where I Was Last Summer: The Privacy Risks of Public Location (Meta)Data,” -- truly scary stuff.
Not to be outdone in compromising your personal privacy, “Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't even use Facebook.” God save you if you actually login...
Intel's major “Metldown” & “Spectre”
Intel chip designers were looking for proverbial holes to crawl in as news of a fundamental flaw in all Intel processors sold over the past decade that allows attackers to steal passwords and other secure information directly from Intel processors was released on January 3, 2018. Apparently shortcuts taken by Intel in their chip design regarding speculative code execution for multi-core CPUs leaves sensitive information in the processor cache that can be exploited by side-attack exposing kernel memory containing user passwords, private-keys, and the like.
The lack of the additional instructions and clock-cycles needed to clear this latent memory helped Intel to advertise faster processor "speed" in its never-ending marketing war against its rival chipmakers. (it looks like the dirty-little secret to great performance was to cheat on a full security implementation in its chips).
This is hauntingly similiar to GM's mandate of 42 gallon fuel capacity on its 73-87 C/K pickups -- resulting in fuel tanks located outside the protective frame rails.... (Boehm was right -- ”we need a shield to protect the tank from side-impact“)
The downside to fixing this flaw (or patching software to eliminate the vulnerability) will cause an immediate 5 - 30% slowdown in your computers processing speed. (Don't worry, you've got “Intel Inside?”) This design flaw in Intel chips has been labeled “Meltdown”. This will have huge implications for IT companies like Google, Amazon, etc. that have sized their physical systems, hardware, and server requirements based on the original (pre-Meltdown) performace of their Intel processors.
Linus Torvalds expressed the frustration and betrayal felt by kernel software developers after this latest gaff by Intel was made public Wednesday.
From Linus Torvalds <> Date Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:51:35 -0800 Subject Re: Avoid speculative indirect calls in kernel On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Andi Kleenoriginal post by Linus Torvalds, Jan. 3, 2018
wrote: > This is a fix for Variant 2 in > https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2018/01/reading-privileged-memory-with-side.html > > Any speculative indirect calls in the kernel can be tricked > to execute any kernel code, which may allow side channel > attacks that can leak arbitrary kernel data. Why is this all done without any configuration options? A *competent* CPU engineer would fix this by making sure speculation doesn't happen across protection domains. Maybe even a L1 I$ that is keyed by CPL. I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPU's, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed. .. and that really means that all these mitigation patches should be written with "not all CPU's are crap" in mind. Or is Intel basically saying "we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything"? Because if that's the case, maybe we should start looking towards the ARM64 people more. Please talk to management. Because I really see exactly two possibibilities: - Intel never intends to fix anything OR - these workarounds should have a way to disable them. Which of the two is it? Linus
A similar, but much harder to pull-off exploit effects not just Intel, but AMD and ARM chips as well. This companion exploit has been labeled “Spectre”. While it does indeed rise to the level of "need to be fixed (or patched)", it pales in comparison to the Meltdown vulnerability in Intel chips.
The Requirements of Democracy
When the general public no longer possess the intellect necessary for self-governance, our democracy will fail.
The intellect necessary for self-governance requires a majority of those governed possess the ability to collect in their minds, for a single moment in time, a true understanding of the relevant issues and competing policy positions in order to cast an informed and educated vote. Self-governance requires the vote cast be for the candidate who possesses the greater experience and qualification, relevant to the office sought, and who holds demonstrated policy positions to advance the interests of our nation, free from ethical conflict and self-interest.
Faith, hope, protest or misguided sentiment cannot substitute for actual reasoned understanding, and a choice based upon experience, qualification and demonstrated interest in public welfare. Ethical conflict or self-interest will serve only to undermine the public trust in, and legitimacy of, our government.
When a sufficient majority abdicate and ignore their civic-responsibility to our democracy, and cast a vote based not upon reasoned understanding, experience and policy, and place in office those without necessary qualification, with known ethical conflict or whose self-interest outweighs any demonstrated interest in public welfare, the endings seeds of our democracy are sewn.
Democracy dies one uneducated vote at a time.
The Resounding Stupidity of 62,984,825 Americans,
Our Founding Fathers' Thoughts...
Philadelphia, October 24, 1780My Dear Sir
I have not yet laid aside your Letter of the 17th of Septr which is the last I have been favord with from you. It ill becomes you, my Friend, to think of retiring into private Life, who can lay your hand on your heart, and say that in your publick Conduct your have in no Instance deviated from virtuous Principles. If ever the Time should come, when vain & aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experiencd Patriots to prevent its Ruin. There may be more Danger of this, than some, even of our well disposd Citizens may imagine. If the People should grant their Suffrages to Men, only because they conceive them to have been Friends to the Country, without Regard to the necessary Qualifications for the Places they are to fill, the Administration of Government will become a mere Farce, and our publick Affairs will never be put on the Footing of solid Security. We should inquire into the Tempers of Men, in order to form a Judgment in what Manner the publick Trusts to be reposed in them will be executed. You remember the Character of Pisistratus. He was a Citizen of Athens, supposd to have many excellent Qualities, but he had an insatiable Lust of Preeminence. Solon could discover his Vanity, but the People were blinded by a false Glare of Virtues and he was their Idol. Under Pretence of his having escaped imminent Danger from a violent Faction, and the further Insecurity of his Person he artfully obtaind a Guard of Soldiers, by which Means he possessd himself of the Citadel & usurpd the Government. But though he made himself Sovereign, & thus far overthrew the popular Election, the Historian tells us, "that he made no Change in the Magistracy or the Laws. He was content that others should hold their Places according to the establishd Rules of the Constitution, so that he might continue Archon, independent of the Suffrages of the People. This he effected; for though several Attempts were made, to deprive him of the Sovereignty which he had so violently obtaind, he held it till his Death & left it to his Children." Such was the Ambition of this Man, who indeed assumd the Government, and such were the Effects of it. Power is intoxicating; and Men legally vested with it, too often discover a Disposition to make an ill Use of it & an Unwillingness to part with it. HOW different was Pisistratus from that Roman Hero and Patriot Lucius Quinctius Cincinatus who, tho vested with the Authority of Dictator, was so moderate in his Desires of a Continuance of Power, that, having in six Weeks fulfilld the Purposes of his Appointment, he resignd the dangerous office, which he might have held till the Expiration of six Months. When we formerly had weak and wicked Governors & Magistrates, it was our Misfortune; but for the future, while we enjoy and exercise the inestimable Right of chusing them ourselves, it will be our Disgrace. I hope our Countrymen will always keep a watchful Eye over the publick Conduct of those whom they exalt to Power, making at the same time every just Allowance for the Imperfections of human Nature; and I pray God we may never see Men filling the sacred Seats of Government, who are either wanting in adequate Abilities, or influencd by any Views Motives or Feelings seperate from the publick Welfare.
The 45th President of the United States
- elected without Regard to the necessary Qualifications
- wanting in adequate Abilities; and
- influencd by Views Motives and Feelings seperate from the publick Welfare
18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
4.8 E a r t h Q u a k e ! -- Felt in Nacogdoches
Fracking -> Wastewater Injection Disposal to Blame...
What is going on in East Texas? How many more earthquakes will fracking cause? At approximately 3:08 am. on May 17, 2012 a 4.8 magnitude quake struck East Texas centered around Timpson, Texas and was firmly felt as far away as Nacogdoches. The low-frequency lateral movement produced by the quake startled many from sleep leaving them wondering how many more will be caused by the fracking operations by gas companies in the area -- and how large will the earthquakes get?
Did you feel this earthquake? If so, please tell the United States Geological Survey (USGS) about it. They have prepared a short form for you to fill out. You can access it here: USGS May 17, 2012 Earthquake Survey.
There have only been two small quakes recorded historicaly for central East Texas, March 19, 1957 and April 23-28, 1964. These two earlier quakes were between 3.7-4.4 in magnitude. East Texas has now experienced two significant quakes in the past seven days (3.9 magnitude on May 10 at 10:15 am CDT and 4.3 magnitude on May 17 at 3:08 am CDT). Moreover, looking at the USGS seismicity records from 1900 to the present shows no recorded activity in the East Texas area depicted on the USGS Seismicity Map. Only a single west Texas quake is officially recorded for the state according to the United States Geological Survery's Historic United States Earthquakes with records dating back to the 1727 quake in Massachusetts.
Update - 11 Quakes in North/East Texas Since May 2012
A University of Texas Study Finds Correlation Between Injection Wells and Small Earthquakes The University of Texas Study released August 6, 2012 reveals that most earthquake epicenters in North and East Texas are located within two miles of Natural Gas/Fracking wastewater injection disposal sites. (duh...) Texas Railroad Commission Officials continue to deny any link between quakes and oilfield activities. (really? --> really) Playing Texans for fools one more time again, the oil industry backed 'commission' continues its denial. (brings back memories of Tobacco company executive providing testimony before congress that cigarettes were 'safe' and posed 'no risk' to human health) Who do you think is right? The University Scientists?, or the oil industry insiders who make up the Texas Railroad Commission? Who do you trust? Who should you trust?
Note: the wastewater disposal wells are often drilled to a depth of 13,000 feet or greater. Is it any wonder that quakes are popping up less than that distance (two miles = 10,480 feet) from the wastewater well locations. Scientific American Article
The Main Contributors to the Site
- The Rankin family Gallery, a collaborative effort, with a growing number of photos of this unruly family of engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, and biologists and their unruly bunches of someday to be -- well, whatever they turn out to be… The package used for publishing the photos to the web is Gallery2 which is a fantastic php and mysql based photo application. As with the rest of the software driving this server it is free software released under the GPL.
- Sports and activities keep the calendar continually full with swimming, gymnastics, football and ballet. The last gymnastics event, a Texas UGA event in Humble Texas was held August 29, 2009 for District 5 gymnasts. See: Sydney's Gymnastics. This was Sydney's first Texas UGA meet. Not only did Sydney qualify for State, she medaled in 3 out of 4 events and all-around (vault, bars and beam). It was truely amazing to watch that young lady perform and see the benefit of the hard work and long hours she had put into training all come shining through. She has a good "game-face" too. Her team, The East Texas Twisters, won the age-group as well out of the several other teams that competed. Go BearBear!
- Gymnastics is only one of the sports that are currenly being pursued by the kiddos. Z has done a fantastic job with his swimming and is now playing football at the same as well. We will see how he likes the rough and tumble of football compared to a soft comfortable swimming pool. Z's first football game will be September 19th, 2009. Jordan is brining up the rear with dance and gymnastics. She's a big girl now and it shows. It will be a race between all three to see who can bring home the most medals (although I don't think anyone will ever top the seven foot tall trophy Z won in a karate meet in Houston.
- Linux System, Server and Desktop topics, including howtos for many of the common, and not so common, questions promoting dedication to open-source freedoms. If you are unfamiliar with open-source software, you are missing out on the most exciting developments in the history of computing. Learn more and you will do more, in less time, while spending less money, to get software of much higher quality and with much greater security free from proprietary license.
- Law and politics are other topics found lurking here showing some of the more notable current and past endeavors that hopefully help bring understanding to some of the truly anti-democratic changes that have occurred in Texas and in the U.S. from the time George Bush won the governorship in Texas. There were no tears shed at the inauguration when Obama took over the reins. January 20, 2009, signaled a breath of fresh air, a change. Six years into the fray the man has done well with what he inherited, the market is up nearly 200%, but lingering unemployment and a dearth of discretionary income reminds us that the skies have not completely cleared.
- However, the economic problems we are dealing with as a nation were not created overnight, nor can we expect them to be solved in that manner. Offshoring and loss of comparative advantage it occasions may mark a fundamental shift in our nation's long-term economic stature. There have been triumphs and there have been failures along the way. Special interests continuer their stranglehold on progress, perversion of democratic process, and the party of the rich holding all legislation hostage until the tax breaks for billionaires were extended marked a new low in our nations history. Until the American people take seriously their responsibility to be informed, be involved, and to cast educated votes for those that provide tangible legislative policies for the benefit of the majority, instead of for those who engage in caustic rederic, and divisive social-issues politics that pit one group of American's against another, things are unlikely to change.
- There are many more interesting tidbits found here, or soon to be found here. Explore and have fun. Excepting the family photos, and providing for any inadvertent disclosure of personal or privileged information, everything else found here is licensed under GPL2, including the structure of the web site itself. Feel free to copy, distribute or use anything you find here unless, of course, it looks like a legal document or something that shouldn't be in the public domain. In that event, just email me and let me know content you have questions about and I'll be happy to confirm the its propriety and advise on the proper course of action.
Currently Perpetually Under Construction -- Reality has shown that the amount of free-time available to dedicate to content creation is inversely proportional to the “Parental Factor”. (calculated as the number of children within the household, multiplied by their ages, respectively). But progress has been made none the less.
The old site for 3111skyline.com had served it purpose and had reached the end of life. So the site is getting a face-lift to provide a platform to make useful information available in some form other than my notes stuck in a directory somewhere. The site is served by two machines running the Apache2 webserver on Arch Linux. As the site template is still undergoing tweaks and the content is still being moved over, if you are unable to find something -- don't panic, just let me know and I'll get the content up as quickly as I can.
Linux & Law Content - Now Delivered Compressed
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Site License Governing Copyright & Content -- GPL2
Under the "Site Information" menu and at the bottom of the page, you will find the license that governs site content usage. In summary, all publicly accessible content and the web site layout itself is all released under the GPL2, subject to the Addendum included in the copyright. If you have visited this site before, you may notice that this site has been re-licensed under GPL2 instead of GPL3. GPL3, unfortunately, strays from the true commitment to open-source by condoning and potentially injecting protection of DRM and other 3rd party software that may be comingled with or included in true open-source projects. In our commitment to true open-source software, we could no longer support that prospect and accordingly re-licensed our site under GPL2 and made this cautionary statement available for others to consider.
Our plan is to make steady progress in getting both new and reformatted old content back up in the near future. If you see content here you like, let us know. If you see content here you don't like, also let us know. That's the only way we have of making our good better and our bad, good. Thanks.
- The Official Election Results from the Federal Election Commission -  2016presgeresults.pdf
- May we strive to obtain the command of history held by our founding fathers in order to preserve the democracy they created for our children and our children's children.
- upgraded from 4.3 -> 4.8 magnitude by the United States Geological Survey: (Magnitude 4.8 - EASTERN TEXAS)
- Gallery2 has both windows and Linux versions available. If you are in need of a package to publish photographs on your server, Gallery2 is the way to go. (Note: gallery3 is still in beta and does not provide the same level of control as gallery2) You can find Gallery2 here: http://gallery.menalto.com