Higher Education Bill Could Heat Up Competition for Adult Students

Jennifer Clay, a student at online school Western Governors University, takes a business course test under the view of a video camera at her apartment in Los Angeles. PHOTO: KATIE FALKENBERG/LA TIMES/GETTY IMAGES The Republican bid to overhaul higher education is likely to heat up competition in the fastest-growing segment of the college market: adults over the age of 24. When Congress passed the Higher Education Act in 1965, about one in four students were adults. Today, nearly 40% of college students are 25 or older. The bill proposed by Republicans earlier this month aims to better align…

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Humidity rather than heat is the number one enemy of the hard disk

Heat isn’t the biggest enemy for the humble hard disk, rather humidity is what causes the most failures, a new piece of research has observed. The study, carried out by Rutgers University and entitled ‘Environmental Conditions and Disk Reliability in Free-cool Data Centres’, found that the most negative effects on drive controllers and adapters were felt when humidity levels increased. As Network World reports, the testing took place in Microsoft data centres and encompassed over a million hard drives over a period of several years, and unsurprisingly found that the…

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Review: Miyo DAC/amp turns up the heat on handy hi-res music listening

The Miyo DAC/amp is like a multitool for audio listening, mixing and recording (Credit: Paul Ridden/Gizmag). View gallery (12 images) Just over a year ago, a bunch of audio nerds launched a Kickstarter to get a new digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp into the hands of fellow high resolution music lovers. The Colorado startup promised backers that the palm-friendly Miyo would deliver the same kind of audio quality and sonic detail found in a professional recording studio. The campaign proved successful and the aluminum brick has since started shipping to…

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