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  1. Jun 2018
    1. But users of the wireless cloud are likely to grow from 42.8 million people in 2008 to nearly 1 billion in 2014

      the tipping point @ MG

    2. Mills calculates that it takes more electricity to stream a high-definition movie over a wireless network than it would have taken to manufacture and ship a DVD of that same movie.

      efficiency versus sustainability - not all technical advancements are good

    3. As the cloud grows bigger and bigger, and we put more and more of our devices on wireless networks, we’ll need more and more electricity

      think: it drains battery faster, so it is using more energy

  2. Dec 2017
    1. Projectiles, a leading branch of the Military art Military Architecture, includes Fortification, another branch of that art

      Although we see less military-focused classes in the curriculum, I looked up the Naval Academy's core course requirements and army's ROTC requirements and found similar types of classes. In other words, emphasis on military training has not necessarily been replaced as the US has developed more liberal arts colleges, it has just become more specialized to groups of people who are interested in military careers. This is likely because college educations are needed for so many careers now, while in the past the curriculum was geared towards few, more advanced jobs.

      https://www.usna.edu/Academics/Majors-and-Courses/Course-Requirements-Core.php https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/courses-and-colleges/curriculum/basic-course.html

    2. Chemistry, is meant, with its other usual branches, to comprehend the theory of Agriculture

      When I first read this description I immediately thought this association between agriculture and chemistry was outdated. Chemistry classes today often focus on preparing students for medical fields or laboratory work. Yet according to the American Chemical Society, agricultural chemists "delve into all aspects of crop and animal production, food safety, quality, nutrition, processing, packaging, and utilization of materials including bioenergy." So, while the use of chemistry has certainly expanded with the industrialization of society, agricultural chemists are still just as important, if not more, than they were 200 years ago.


  3. Oct 2017
    1. nd that on the death or resignation of a member, or on his removal by the President & Directors of the Literary fund, or the executive or such other authority as the legislature shall think best, such President & Directors or the Executive, or other authority should appoint a successor.

      The appointment of members to the Board of Visitors was left very vague. I feel like that sort of power should be more specified or it could lead to division between the various people put in power and confusion over appointments. Today, Virginia's governor appointments the members (as seen in the news article below), which provides a balance in power, similar to the appointment of Supreme Court justices. I would be interested to learn more about the history of refining the power of appointment. https://news.virginia.edu/content/governor-appoints-blue-hardie-jones-board-visitors-griffin-reappointed

    2. within the powers of a single professor.

      I found the variation in professors' workloads particularly interesting because it helps to illuminate both the importance and complexity of different subjects. For example, professors VI and VII only have to teach two classes each; VI focuses on farming and VII focuses on medicine. These classes led to very specific and important careers at the time (farming and medicine), but the classes that align with the liberal arts education that UVA strives for today are allocated fewer professors. It shows how some of the education goals of the University has changed since its founding. To learn more about UVA's liberal arts goals, read this statement of their purposes and goals: http://www.virginia.edu/sacs/references/UVaPurp&Goals.PDF