What the Kent State Killings Did to the Student Protest Era | JSTOR Daily


In a national student survey, researcher Donald L. Thistlewaite saw few changes among college students across the U.S. by the following year. He noted that May 4th, 1970, marked a time when American society was more divided than ever.

But in retrospect, the events at Kent State marked the ending of widespread campus protest left over from the turbulent 1960s. The heyday of intense and sometimes violent college student protest and the reaction it engendered had passed. Over the next few years, Nixon gradually wound down the American ground presence in the war and ended the draft, calming campus tensions.

The annual commemorations, according to O’Hara, including artwork commissioned to memorialize the event, have turned from somber to “a surprisingly buoyant fete of postwar unity and historical reconciliation.”

Group projects in online classes create connections and challenge instructors – Inside Higher Ed


Establishing learning objectives early goes a long way toward mitigating students’ frustrations with having to work in teams and concerns about collaborating with students they don’t have access to in person, according to Cook.

“I don’t think any of us like busywork. Students especially don’t like group work because it’s difficult to schedule or because one group member pulls more weight, one group member pulls less weight,” Cook said. “Having that clarity of purpose puts you on a single field.”

Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Make Money Mining Bitcoin


The people actually making money mining Bitcoin—or even just trying to make money—aren’t using desktop PCs or even powerful graphics processing hardware meant for gaming PCs. Instead, these people are using dedicated hardware optimized specifically for mining Bitcoin. These hardware devices are known as Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). This distinguishes them from CPUs and GPUs, which are general purpose computing devices that can perform a lot of tasks. ASICs are specifically designed to be as efficient as possible at a specific application—in this case, mining Bitcoin.

Election security means much more than just new voting machines


Despite relief that votes themselves were not changed, these registration systems dictate who is allowed to vote and where, and how voting materials (like referendum information and absentee ballots) are distributed. Elections are often determined by small margins. Selectively disenfranchising a small percentage of voters could very well swing the results.

Maine Set to Debut Ranked-Choice Voting Over GOP Criticism – The Atlantic


Ranked-choice voting, which cities like San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Portland, Maine, use to elect their mayors, has been likened to an “instant runoff”: Instead of selecting just one candidate, voters rank their choices in order of preference. If no candidate receives a majority of first place votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and whoever their voters chose as their second choice is added to the tally of the remaining contenders. That process continues until there are only two candidates left, and the one with the most votes wins.