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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:06 AM
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Overseas students face US chaos
Technical glitches with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Service mean students might miss a crucial 1 August registration deadline that was imposed in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks.

After learning that two of the hijackers had entered America on student visas, the US administration ordered the computerisation of all overseas applications for college places.

Campus officers dealing with foreign students say they still are being hampered by problems with loading information into the system called Sevis.

"The database is flawed. It couldn't have been done worse," Gail Szenes - director of New York University's Office for International Students and Scholars - told Associated Press news agency.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3081267.stm
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DarkPhenyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:10 AM
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1. Hate being tin hatty...
...but one does wonder if the "glitches" are actually features, know waht I mean. What do you think Khep?
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:12 AM
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2. I wouldn't want to guess
without any proof on hand either way. I like to stick with what I know.

:hi:
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Bob3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:22 AM
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3. Never assume malice when stupidity is an adequate explaination
A variant of Ocam's razor that I am much fond of.

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DarkPhenyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 11:01 AM
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5. Excellent point.
I usually try to fall back on Ocams Razor when I have the need. Still...malice and stupidity, as we have seen, are not necessarily exclusive motives.
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:38 AM
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4. I am wondering if the company
that wrote this software is the company that wrote the software for sending email to the White House. Now when you try to send an email to the White House, you have to say whether you are writing to agree with or to disagree with Bush. Sorry I don't know how to find this info but I got it here on DU.
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