January 29, 2013
Short Takes On The News: Admission Misinformation, Windows 8, Big Law, and Google
It seems that misreporting of admissions data is not exclusive to law schools. Inside Higher Ed reports that four universities and have misreported undergraduate test scores to U.S. News. The latest is Bucknell, which misreported SAT and ACT scores for a six year period. One MBA program reported incorrect admissions information as well. U.S. News seems to think this is not a trend, though the article seems to question that conclusion.
Anyone interested in purchasing cheap copies of Windows 8 upgrades are advised to do so by Thursday. Microsoft’s promotional pricing of $39.99 for downloads ends on January 31. Upgrades to Windows 8 Pro are available at that price for Windows 7, Vista, and XP. The price goes to $119.99 for the regular edition and $199.99 for the Pro edition. I saw the Windows 8 Pro disc set on sale at Costco for $66.99 and at Wal-Mart for $199.99. Microsoft’s download page is here. CNET has more pricing details here.
All the job troubles with Big Law suggested a retrenchment of what services and costs clients were and were not willing to pay. At least that was the narrative over the last several years. The Wall Street Journal reports in a very short article that the survey by the Wells Fargo Specialty Group shows law firms had good numbers in 2012. The figures aren’t reported, though the conclusion is. I doubt that this will lead to more hiring. My guess is a firm that could produce good financial results will not want to increase its overhead unless absolutely necessary.
Finally, CNET reports on a documentary from the recent Sundance Film Festival called Google And The World Brain. It examines the failed book settlement and questions whether placing the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation. Google, can after all, change its mind about levels of access to its scanning project without much oversight. CNET’s review notes that the problem is bigger than Google, with implications for all when major corporations gather intimate information about its customers. Implications aside, that’s what you get in a commerce driven world. [MG]