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  1. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    We actually agree here, which is why I don't think this administration should threaten to withhold funds in an effort to force re-openings. A part of this effort is the international student ban...

    I also don't agree that anybody should be attending University in the fall in person, it's completely bonkers to me that anybody would consider doing anything in person.

    We actually agree here, which is why I don't think this administration should threaten to withhold funds in an effort to force re-openings. A part of this effort is the international student ban in question, according to administration officials.

    Lastly I allowing more foreign students causes domestic students to be displaced. We're selling out higher education and that's frankly something I'm highly uncomfortable with.

    This isn't really the case. More international students playing full fees can actually subsidize cheaper tuition and scholarships for American students (the whole op-ed is pretty good):

    And contrary to perceptions that foreign students take spots that belong to Americans, at many schools they’re enabling more American students to get a degree.

    In the years after the financial crisis, as states slashed budgets for higher education, schools helped make up the shortfall by enrolling more out-of-state and international students. These students generally pay full tuition, and their higher fees are used to cross-subsidize lower, in-state tuition rates (and scholarships) of American classmates.

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  2. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    The article you linked to is actually about fake visa revocations, so I'm not sure how that is relevant. Anyway, visas allow you to enter the country with conditions, and you have to continually...

    The article you linked to is actually about fake visa revocations, so I'm not sure how that is relevant.

    Anyway, visas allow you to enter the country with conditions, and you have to continually fulfill those requirements in order to maintain your legal status. In order to maintain your status on an F1 visa (for example), you have to take a "full course of study". This cannot be entirely online - in fact, only one online class can count towards this. If you do not maintain your status, you lose your legal immigration status in the US. If you stay in the United States for more than 180 days without legal status, you are barred re-entry for up to 3 years. This re-entry bar is upped to 10 years if you stay longer. There can be other consequences as well.

    In addition, we have the recent ICE directive quoted above, which states that the consequences can include the initiation of removal proceedings. This is backed up by the DHS which states

    The United States may deport foreign nationals who participate in criminal acts, are a threat to public safety, or violate their visa. [emphasis added]

    You state that

    you can tell by the way they phrased it that they're just trying to scare people

    but I see no reason to think this is the case, other than wishful thinking (especially with this administration's record on immigration).

    The basic facts stand: ICE is saying that unless you have a full course load, you must leave the united states within 180 days of being in violation of your visa status, or risk immigration consequences. Normally this might make sense, but not when many students simply do not have the option to have the full course load as defined by DHS that they were promised.

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  3. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    I will also point out (in addition to @pvik highlighting the problematic section of the current directive) that the noise isn't coming from just schools. You can find multiple articles (or just a...

    I will also point out (in addition to @pvik highlighting the problematic section of the current directive) that the noise isn't coming from just schools. You can find multiple articles (or just a twitter search) that quote actual students who are affected by this. This isn't schools freaking out - this policy will have a real effect on students.

    In addition, with some exceptions (topic article being one of them) schools have been woefully unresponsive to this leaving their international students in a state of great uncertainty. We're already not hearing a peep, and from what I have seen in my own networks it is mostly students and professors sounding the alarm on this. My school has only issued vague updates regarding this thus far.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    Yes and no. To begin, huge portions of these students are already in the United States, so this order essentially serves to deport them. Some have been in the US for upwards of a decade (if they...

    Yes and no. To begin, huge portions of these students are already in the United States, so this order essentially serves to deport them. Some have been in the US for upwards of a decade (if they completed undergrad and are in grad school here), and have pretty much made their lives here. It’s not as simple as saying “stay out until the pandemic is over.

    Additionally, there are reasons beyond classes that a student might need to be in the US, particularly graduate students. This order would prevent these students from doing lab work that can only be done in person, using resources that can only be used in the Us (computational resources with strict resumes regarding international usage, eg), and collaborating in person with their advisor and group.

    Finally, immigrants are typically actually a boon to the US economy, and students are no exception. They contribute to the local economy, indirectly fund the university through increased tuition and fees, and will often settle here after graduation. There are plenty of rich foreign elites who send their kids here for an education, but that is such a limited view of the types of people who come here to study. Not all international students are rich - for many this is their big break after years of hard work and study. Many are first generation college students, and many are first generation graduate students.

    Finally, even if they could take all of their classes online, the experience and effectiveness of an online education is not the equivalent of the in-person education offered by these institutions. There is a reason people uproot their lives and move for education even when online options exist.

    This is a bad thing for these communities, US higher education, US prominence in science and technology, and the nation as a whole.

    It is of course an issue that universities have been mismanaged to the point that they need this extra revenue, but I don’t think that’s the real issue here.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    From a legal perspective, if these visas stipulate that the student must be enrolled in in-person classes, and they are not, then they are in violation of those requirements. I doubt there’s an...

    From a legal perspective, if these visas stipulate that the student must be enrolled in in-person classes, and they are not, then they are in violation of those requirements. I doubt there’s an “extenuating circumstances” clause in there to account for situations in which there are no in person classes.

    So technically law enforcement is following the letter of the law here (I’m not an expert, but the tangential experience I do have with these student visas does indicate online classes don’t cut it - there may be some classes of visas this normally wouldn’t affect, or something else I am missing). Of course, a reasonable administration would direct ICE not to enforce this because, well, there are few in person classes. This is not a reasonable administration.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    The goal of this policy is to force universities to open in the fall or risk losing out on the 15%-20% of their revenue that comes from international students. The Trump campaign’s entire playbook...

    The goal of this policy is to force universities to open in the fall or risk losing out on the 15%-20% of their revenue that comes from international students. The Trump campaign’s entire playbook regarding the pandemic is to make things seem like they’re getting better before the election, and of course actually combatting the pandemic would take an amount of work and admission fo past mistakes that is simply not realistic for this administration. It’s the same reason they have been pushing states to reopen and been waging a campaign against masks: the more they create an outward appearance of normalcy, the more they hope people will think the pandemic is subsiding come the election.

    13 votes
  7. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    I imagine the president has a lot of control over things like this - or rather, the president’s appointees. I doubt Trump himself came up with this idea, but he certainly approved of it and...

    I imagine the president has a lot of control over things like this - or rather, the president’s appointees. I doubt Trump himself came up with this idea, but he certainly approved of it and allowed it to go forward. This honestly sounds like a Stephen Miller policy.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What are the best games you've played so far this year? in ~games

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    This is the first time I’ve heard of this game, and after watching some gameplay videos I have to say it looks fascinating. This might be my next purchase.

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this game, and after watching some gameplay videos I have to say it looks fascinating. This might be my next purchase.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia in ~tech

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    This is fascinating. Assuming the project achieves some modicum of success, it will be interesting to have such a large base of information stored in what will essentially be a machine-readable...

    This is fascinating. Assuming the project achieves some modicum of success, it will be interesting to have such a large base of information stored in what will essentially be a machine-readable format. Obviously the implications for translation and access on Wikipedia will be huge, but I am also very excited to see what other projects make use of such a resource.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    "White gaze" usually refers to the fact (or phenomena) of white people, by virtue of holding most of the cultural and social capital in western societies, often get to define what is "good" or...

    "White gaze" usually refers to the fact (or phenomena) of white people, by virtue of holding most of the cultural and social capital in western societies, often get to define what is "good" or "beautiful". That is, the way we view things as society (again, in Western nations, but because of globalism and a history of colonialism this often extends to other spheres) is almost always defined and imposed by white people. Beauty standards, the "correct" way of speaking, the "correct" way of comporting yourself in public, tasty food, "disgusting" food, etc. All of this gets defined by white people, and this can have a seriously detrimental effect on how non-white people living in these societies view and evaluate their own cultural products. Toni Morrison wrote and spoke a lot about this topic, particularly in her novel The Bluest Eye, as well as the importance of non-white authors removing themselves from this white gaze. This is a good article touching on a lot of this and highlighting the personal effects of living in such a society.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    I generally agree here. I think my party is split, with a little under half having a "video game" mindset about how to go about things. Which I suppose is fine because people get different things...

    I think the rest of your party want death to be some kind of punishment for playing bad, like it's a video game. Not only is there so much inherent randomness, but dramatic deaths are part of the experience. When your character makes a suicidal, but in-character decision, I.e to save a loved one or something, that should be rewarded. That's cool.

    I generally agree here. I think my party is split, with a little under half having a "video game" mindset about how to go about things. Which I suppose is fine because people get different things about the game, but it certainly means that coming to a party consensus requires some compromise. They were pretty set on the level reduction idea until we all read some threads online and it was universally agreed that that's a bad idea. So I don't get the sense that will be happening anymore.

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  12. My first DnD character died. What should I do next?

    I've been playing a Tomb of Annihilation campaign with some friends the past few months, and we are all relatively new players (each of us having played about one campaign before). As far as I...

    I've been playing a Tomb of Annihilation campaign with some friends the past few months, and we are all relatively new players (each of us having played about one campaign before). As far as I know this is the first time any of us have been in a campaign where a PC dies. My level 4 wizard was suddenly and violently killed by a flesh golem.

    None of us are exactly sure how to proceed, and there's some disagreement. A few of the people in my party think that any new character should be a level or two behind the party in order to further dis-incentivize dying. I personally think that is too harsh, and luckily it seems like we are reaching a consensus that my new character should be the same level, but I shouldn't be able to play as the same race and class.

    This seems more or less reasonable to me, although to be honest I really enjoyed playing as a wizard so I wouldn't have minded doing so again. I'm mainly curious to hear how you all handle character deaths, and any tips you might have for making a new character mid-campaign.

    10 votes
  13. Do you have any hobby electronics projects in progress?

    I’ve been wanting to get in to hobby electronics now that I have some free time, but I’m not sure what I want to start with. I am super interested in building an 8-bit computer but I’m curious...

    I’ve been wanting to get in to hobby electronics now that I have some free time, but I’m not sure what I want to start with. I am super interested in building an 8-bit computer but I’m curious what other types of things people have built or are building. Feel free to talk about any Raspberry Pi or Arduino projects as well even if they’re not strictly ‘hobby electronics’.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on How should I host my images? in ~tech

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    How long did it take you to set this whole system up? Sounds super interesting.

    How long did it take you to set this whole system up? Sounds super interesting.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I’m curious what you see as the issue with this point? Is it that “creed” is ambiguous and poorly define, or something else?

    Reddit protects people based on their religions, but not political beliefs or creed.

    I’m curious what you see as the issue with this point? Is it that “creed” is ambiguous and poorly define, or something else?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Part of it was certainly to promote an appearance of impartiality, but I’m not shedding any tears over CTH any time soon. I have never encountered any posts of value from that sub and they did...

    Part of it was certainly to promote an appearance of impartiality, but I’m not shedding any tears over CTH any time soon. I have never encountered any posts of value from that sub and they did frequently break rules.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I think this is a good thing, and I’m surprised at this step for once. Closing /r/the_donald comes too late as that forum has mostly migrated off site, but the other closings are good. I am sure...

    I think this is a good thing, and I’m surprised at this step for once. Closing /r/the_donald comes too late as that forum has mostly migrated off site, but the other closings are good. I am sure there will be outcry from the free speech crowd over there though.

    25 votes
  18. Comment on Intel insider claims it finally lost Apple because Skylake QA 'was abnormally bad' in ~tech

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    What the hell is going on at Intel? The past few years have been so bad for them. Complacency? Leadership?

    What the hell is going on at Intel? The past few years have been so bad for them. Complacency? Leadership?

    7 votes