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Dude! Wanna Be In The National Student Database?
How will this data be used for the "security" of the USA? Who knows what other three-letter agency will be looking at this data from the back end. --roj

College students are real adults when they start paying their way. Paying my daughter's tuition and room and board is contingent on getting access to her grades. No grades, no money. That being said, we need strong legislation and penalties associated with data security breaches before any national database makes sense. --Sam Docknevich If the Americans continue to cede their liberties and privacy to a government that ignores existing law or declares that it alone can interpret the law, then we will, in fact, have reached "1984." And that will, whether on college campuses, in banking transactions, over phone lines, or on the Internet, annihilate the most basic tenets of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the founding principles of this nation. Liberty isn't easy. If it were, then every nation would be free. --Peter Altschuler

Dude, no way! No. This would just be another way for some types to get personal information and use that information for their own purposes, legal or illegal. If somehow a college could guarantee that my child's private information could not be "acquired" by an outside agency of any type, I might agree ... but I know that's impossible. --JT

By the time you're 18, how many databases already contain data on you? There are medical records, government records for census and tax at a minimum. All states either have or will have a statewide database of student information because of No Child Left Behind legislation. If you take the SAT, they have data. If you have credit cards, cell phone accounts, iTunes, MySpace, eBay, you finish the list. What's one more? If you get exercised over this you are living under the illusion that the concept of privacy actually exists. --Frank

Spawn Of Wikipedia
The problem with any information is the author's bias. The more controversial the information, the more it gets biased by the author's views. Why would wiki be any different? One advantage to an open forum is that it's easier for people to dispute bogus information and highlight things that are obviously incorrect. Wiki is a good idea, but it shouldn't be used as a sole source. --Giff The debate over whether Wikipedia is good or bad is specious. Wikipedia is what it is. Regular users of this fine resource are aware of its limitations. It's still a delicious melange of fact and perception that's surprisingly clean and orderly considering the number of contributors. Wikipedia is A Good Thing. Whether it meets your expectations is up to you. --Scott Ferguson

Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 And What The Flock Is Up With That New Browser?
The thing about Firefox that really puts it far ahead of Internet Explorer is its support for Dynamic HTML. This is something that's not obviously apparent if you're not a Web developer, but that makes a huge difference to the range of advanced features that can be developed for that browser. Right now I'm developing Web applications that will only run on Firefox because Internet Explorer has too many bugs when it comes to really advanced Dynamic HTML. --Kim Sinton

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