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(DARPA)   Stanford tuition: $35,000. Room and Board: $10,000. Wasting your parent's money on a Facebook course: PRICELESS   (nbc11.com ) divider line
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2007-09-25 09:47:49 PM  
If you could get a degree in Fark.com that was worth anything, it could turn around a lot of otherwise pitiful lives...
 
2007-09-25 11:17:46 PM  
Wasting your parent's money on a Facebook course:

Erm ... not priceless? Usually we sane people consider "wasting money" to be equivalent to "cost".

Subby probably went to a crappy college and is bitter about it.
 
2007-09-26 02:40:31 AM  
Wasting your parent's money on a Facebook course: PRICELESS

It might be a waste if you're an English major, like me, but if you're learning web site applications/programming, it might be nice to be experienced with a tool that will be a major marketing mechanism for at least the next five years.

How do I know this? Look at the article, it gives you the option to post the article to your Facebook account. Considering that Facebook was started only 3 years ago, that indicates a HUGE success and impact in the market.
 
2007-09-26 05:13:32 AM  
parents'
 
2007-09-26 05:14:23 AM  
Money != worthless. um, what? drunk == 1. que?
 
2007-09-26 05:19:39 AM  
Not a waste if you recognize that Facebook is a huge factor in youth (and even now, adult) socialization. It's more of a cultural impact than most films or books, and yet we study film and literature, no?

Understanding the cultural sensation of Facebook, how people come to identify with themselves through participation, whatever, it's vital to coming to know how people live and work in current society.
 
2007-09-26 05:22:18 AM  
Can we PLEASE Stop the Mastercard headlines. They were'nt funny/original/witty/catchy/oranydamthinglikethat EVAR.

/You have teh stoopid subby
 
2007-09-26 05:25:29 AM  
It has nothing to do with studying Facebook. It has much more to do with studying large groups of people conveniently pre-grouped into demographics by their networks. Facebook is a terrific social aggregator, and could easily be leveraged into a sociology "fishbowl" of sorts.
 
2007-09-26 05:30:11 AM  
geoelectric: It has nothing to do with studying Facebook. It has much more to do with studying large groups of people conveniently pre-grouped into demographics by their networks. Facebook is a terrific social aggregator, and could easily be leveraged into a sociology "fishbowl" of sorts.

The experimental class, Creating Web Applications Using Metrics And Learning On Facebook (377-W), begins this fall at the university.

Or else it could be for website designers / web app. programmers?
Facebook is probably just a good example of what they're studying.
 
2007-09-26 05:30:18 AM  
Wow, I go to a crap college because I work for a living. Must be nice to live off Mummy and Dad.

/Acrimonious
 
2007-09-26 05:31:27 AM  
AcesBeeyotch

Can we PLEASE Stop the Mastercard headlines. They were'nt funny/original/witty/catchy/oranydamthinglikethat EVAR.

/You have teh stoopid subby


weren't
 
2007-09-26 05:31:33 AM  
Syllabus:

Write a paragraph about yourself, peppered with 733t and OMG and emoticons
Take a picture half naked in a mirror
Press "submit"
 
2007-09-26 05:33:57 AM  
Macular Degenerate: Press "submit"

that's for the MySpace class, not the Facebook class
 
2007-09-26 05:48:21 AM  
meow76: AcesBeeyotch

Can we PLEASE Stop the Mastercard headlines. They were'nt funny/original/witty/catchy/oranydamthinglikethat EVAR.

/You have teh stoopid subby

weren't


Shutup biatch
 
2007-09-26 06:00:01 AM  
The College of San Mateo finally beats Stanford!! Wooo HOOOO!!
 
2007-09-26 06:00:58 AM  
WTF!!

But easy credit so i guess thats cool
 
2007-09-26 06:07:59 AM  
As the spouse of an alum, I am getting a kick out of these replies.

\barely educated
\\supporting myself and her on my income
\\\too tattooed to get an apartment in San Antonio
 
2007-09-26 06:22:01 AM  
Can't be bothered to find the link now, but Microsoft is in a bidding war with Google to buy into Facebook. Billions of $$$$!!!!

Not bad for a college study group application that was invented 2 years ago.

/Don't like counting all the zeros in billions = PRICELESS!
 
2007-09-26 06:30:47 AM  
Afternoon_Delight: If you could get a degree in Fark.com that was worth anything, it could turn around a lot of otherwise pitiful lives...

Err. It's a trap. Paint Huffer guy. Pet peeve.

/ "pitiful lives" ?
// cries.
 
2007-09-26 06:32:49 AM  
igloo dwella

San Antonio, Tx?

Where in SA are you looking? I know an apartment manager or two that'd rent to you, regardless of what you look like. Nice places, too.

/e-mail in profile
 
2007-09-26 06:37:52 AM  
facebook application development stands to be a decent source of income if you can develop something marketable. it might not pay the lease on a maserati, but it could put some extra bucks in your pocket.

subby fail.
 
2007-09-26 06:40:34 AM  
Hmmm, it says the class is called "Creating Web Applications Using Metrics And Learning On Facebook" Thats not quite the same as doing an entire degree on Facebook.

It doesn't seem that bad to take a class on how to create web applications (presumably using technologies such as AJAX) for a site that is a commercial success, unless I'm missing something.

/not a fan of Facebook applications.
//maybe more of them isn't such a good idea.
 
2007-09-26 06:42:12 AM  
Who will build an ANTI-social network? WHO?!?!?
 
2007-09-26 06:58:46 AM  
Wembly

Grow up.
 
2007-09-26 07:10:25 AM  
SideburnSlim: Who will build an ANTI-social network? WHO?!?!?

Oh, now this idea appeals to me. Especially if the sites are designed using theories of unusability.
 
2007-09-26 07:10:25 AM  
Ten years ago it was the video resume.

These people will own us.
 
2007-09-26 07:28:49 AM  
To be fair, Stanford tuition is more like $38000 now and room and board is closer to 12-13k.

Oh well, those eight letters on my diploma is all Im paying for, Facebook courses or not.

/Stanford Junior
//In Oxford for the Fall Term
///GO CARD!
 
2007-09-26 07:31:40 AM  
many are wasting their money at numerous universities that have become hotbeds of leftist thought. It's just not at Harvard.
 
2007-09-26 07:32:25 AM  
American education!
 
2007-09-26 07:35:13 AM  
Ouch I just sat on my balls: many are wasting their money at numerous universities that have become hotbeds of leftist thought. It's just not at Harvard Stanford.

I forgot to add...Stanford is only considered an elite school because of the though admissions process. Grade inflation is well known at the school as well as it being almost impossible to flunk out. Hard to get in...hard to get out.

BTw, Fark sucks dick
 
2007-09-26 07:35:15 AM  
I suspect headlines like this are submitted by people who think any course that isn't in engineering or "hard" science is a total waste - the engineers who say make snickering jokes about "artsy's" pumping their gas someday, but don't know who Degas was. Ironically this course in on FaceBook applications - it's a CS course! But knowing that would require RTFA.
 
2007-09-26 07:53:29 AM  
Can we PLEASE Stop the Mastercard headlines. They were'nt funny/original/witty/catchy/oranydamthinglikethat EVAR.


well said.

\hate those commercials
 
2007-09-26 07:55:00 AM  
KingZog: Afternoon_Delight: If you could get a degree in Fark.com that was worth anything, it could turn around a lot of otherwise pitiful lives...

Err. It's a trap. Paint Huffer guy. Pet peeve.

/ "pitiful lives" ?
// cries.



You forgot Magua.
 
2007-09-26 07:55:19 AM  
No Such Agency: I suspect headlines like this are submitted by people who think any course that isn't in engineering or "hard" science is a total waste - the engineers who say make snickering jokes about "artsy's" pumping their gas someday, but don't know who Degas was. Ironically this course in on FaceBook applications - it's a CS course! But knowing that would require RTFA.

It's the same people who either don't care to know or quickly forget that George Soros was trained as a philosopher (a student of Karl Popper).
 
2007-09-26 08:00:37 AM  
I think the whole point of the class is not to study facebook as a social/cultural phenomenon, but more of to learn web based program, and to use the optimization and learning (database training, etc) techniques the good programmers at facebook use.
 
2007-09-26 08:01:34 AM  
Ouch I just sat on my balls: Ouch I just sat on my balls: many are wasting their money at numerous universities that have become hotbeds of leftist thought. It's just not at Harvard Stanford.

I forgot to add...Stanford is only considered an elite school because of the though admissions process. Grade inflation is well known at the school as well as it being almost impossible to flunk out. Hard to get in...hard to get out.

BTw, Fark sucks dick



It has the scholars and the programs to back up its elite status. But yeah, grade inflation is everywhere in terms of the top tier schools. "Hard to get in, hard to get out" is dead on.

HOwever, the inflation is more from the bottom up. The saying at Stanford is "You have to try to get an A, you have to try to get a C". They won't let you fail, bt they don't just hand out A's either.
 
2007-09-26 08:22:56 AM  
Didn't RTFA, just came in here to say ha! ha! You namby-pamby's think yer so smart huh? Well then, if yer so smart, how come you said to put terlet water on the crops then huh?
 
2007-09-26 08:27:33 AM  
I'd poke it
 
2007-09-26 08:34:15 AM  
AcesBeeyotch: meow76: AcesBeeyotch

Can we PLEASE Stop the Mastercard headlines. They were'nt funny/original/witty/catchy/oranydamthinglikethat EVAR.

/You have teh stoopid subby

weren't

Shutup Shootup biatch


FTFY.

/sorry
//let me show you my pet peeves
///my pet peeves, let me show you them
 
2007-09-26 08:35:39 AM  
KingZog: Afternoon_Delight: If you could get a degree in Fark.com that was worth anything, it could turn around a lot of otherwise pitiful lives...

Err. It's a trap. Paint Huffer guy. Pet peeve.

/ "pitiful lives" ?
// cries.


/wrists

//obscure?

/wrists
 
2007-09-26 08:48:47 AM  
Ah yes, the Fark courses have already commenced on this thread.

/kick out of replies, etc etc.
 
2007-09-26 09:03:10 AM  
Etchy333

How do I know this? Look at the article, it gives you the option to post the article to your Facebook account. Considering that Facebook was started only 3 years ago, that indicates a HUGE success and impact in the market.

Which is true, it could be a very good idea. It is also very risky, because a web site that becomes hugely successful in 3 years might also disappear within another few years because some other site takes over from it - consider how many 'dominant' search engines, auction sites, and so on their have been that rapidly lose their crowns and become minor players or bought out just to redirect traffic to a competitor. Lots of things you learn to do on one site might be done completely differently, if at all, on another site that takes over from it.

Sure if it works there and Facebook becomes the big thing in the area for a decade or more it could give you a head start in a new industry. Or you could end up with a degree in something that has even less job opportunities than stuff like Art History, which is hard to imagine being a good thing.
 
2007-09-26 09:07:09 AM  
My university offered some of its "core requirement" public speaking courses online. The only actual speaking you had to do was go in three times during the semester and tape your speech in front of a camera... with no one else in the room...
 
2007-09-26 09:09:01 AM  
This is not nearly as bad as the YouTube class.
 
2007-09-26 09:10:21 AM  
Dear Subby,

What are people who build internet sites and human computer interfaces supposed to study? The French and Indian War?
 
2007-09-26 09:15:12 AM  
Ask any college student what he-she pays for school, and you'll find 9/10 don't know. They know how much they paid for wings and brew the night before, but the value of their education escapes them.
 
2007-09-26 09:17:34 AM  
dogdaze: Ask any college student what he-she pays for school, and you'll find 9/10 don't know. They know how much they paid for wings and brew the night before, but the value of their education escapes them.

That's because the value of the education and the cost of the education are two different figures.

/Aren't I a pedantic asshole?
 
2007-09-26 09:19:55 AM  
Dogdaze
dogdaze: Ask any college student what he-she pays for school, and you'll find 9/10 don't know. They know how much they paid for wings and brew the night before, but the value of their education escapes them.

They didn't pay for college the night before?
 
2007-09-26 09:27:15 AM  
I paid ~$600 for this useless class I'm sitting in right now, so I might be getting a kick out of a few of these replies.

/community college! w00t
//required class fulla useless stuff! not so w00t
///anti-boredom slashies
 
2007-09-26 09:32:24 AM  
speaking of facebook, whatever happened to assbook? that thing just like facebook but instead its pics of your ass and all your friends asses socializing and whatnot....


oh wait that was an idea i had while intoxicated. nevermind.


//not on facebook. all i have seen facebook do is ruin relationships and friendships with stupid ass drama and bullshiat
 
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