Columbia Computer Science

Thursday, December 30, 2004

16-bit counter grounds airline

As reported in the Cincinnati Post, a limit on the number of crew changes to 32,000 per month led to the crash of the Comair crew booking system, grounding the airline for a day. Comair is a regional airline affiliated with Delta with a hub in Cincinnati. I suppose this incident makes a good example for an introductory programming class...

Monday, December 20, 2004

U.S. Slips in Status as Hub of Higher Education

U.S. Slips in Status as Hub of Higher Education (New York Times, December 21, 2004)

"Foreign applications to American graduate schools declined 28 percent this year. Actual foreign graduate student enrollments dropped 6 percent. ...

Certainly many American universities continue to be extraordinary global brand names. Shanghai Jiao Tong University has compiled an online academic ranking of 500 world universities, using criteria like the number of Nobel Prizes won by faculty members and academic articles published (here). Of the top 20 on the list, 17 are American. Of the top 500, 170 are American. [Columbia is #9 - ed.] ...

During 2002, the most recent year for which comparable figures are available, some 586,000 foreign students were enrolled in United States universities, compared with about 270,000 in Britain, the world's second-largest higher education destination, and 227,000 in Germany, the third-largest. Foreign enrollments increased by 15 percent that year in Britain, and in Germany by 10 percent. ...

The number of Indian students in the United States has more than doubled in a decade, to 80,000, the largest representation of any country. The 62,000 students from China make up the second-largest group. "

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

IEEE USA resource page on outsourcing

IEEE USA maintains a web page with resources and media coverage on outsourcing.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

0wn3d in 200 seconds

This article on The Register said that, based on tests conducted by USA Today, an unprotected Windows XP machine was breached within four minutes, and became a zombie in less than ten hours.