Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords
Bullying in any form is unacceptable. With freedom comes responsibility. The password idea isn't half bad; however, rather than ask for their passwords, I would recommend refusing them access to social media for one year, in addition to good old mandatory public service on weekends, for one year. Add to that a class in how to develop empathy.
What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola
Absolutely agree! There is *no* excuse for the poor medical infrastructure conditions in Africa - none. Boatloads of money have been sent to Africa: too much of it has lined the pockets of corrupt politicians, businessmen, and others It's disgraceful, and *we* are part of the problem because we don't insist on results and accountability.
How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?
Unless you are getting streamed music that delivers the *full* recording experience, a lot of musical nuance will be wasted. How many people today, especially young people, have ever heard *all* of the audio quality that was recorded, delivered via streaming? It's true that much of the musical experience in a streamed file can be enjoyed, but it's a shame to see the fine nuances of musical overtones and distinctive instruments missed because you're not getting a full bandwidth or recording experience.
The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'
Yes, from THEIR perspective, Chinese factory workers may feel as if they are improving their lot. Does that mean that those Chinese workers are not getting the shaft, even though people who are (or could) do their job in other countries would get paid a lot more? Lets face it, labor is tied to local conditions - are we to say"it's OK for a Chinese factory worker" to work in what we could consider to be inhumane conditions for a pittance (compared to what we would make) just because they feel "good" about it?
What "good" does it do ANYONE to work 14-16 hour days, 7 days per week, whilst leaving one's family behind for the better part of a working year? It really rankles when people start justifying what the wealthy and connected classes in ANY culture can do to justify paying the labor quotient in their businesses as little as possible. It's still, basically "screw the worker; I will get as much out of them as I can, for as little as possible". Instead of justifying this, call it what it is - exploitation of those with less relative power.
Incidentally, why should the yuan be considered less valuable than a dollar? I understand the supply and demand variables of foreign exchange, but isn't it convenient to have a monetary system that - based on currency values - makes one hour's work in one country only worth a fraction of that same hour's work in another country. How very convenient for developed nations,
Incidentally, I'm a tried-and-true capitalist. It's possible to treat workers fairly and make a profit. I see less and less of that these days - all around the world.
Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders
National borders have become more irrelevant as material distribution, finance, education, supply chains, etc. go " on the wire. That said, human beings evolved from small, tribal communities. Our human heritage has left us, for at least the time being - far beyond the near-long-term - with an embedded presence for tribal affiliation. National borders may dissolve, but other "borders" will take their place. "Difference" is a primary defining factor in identity. National identities are learned, yes - but they are learned because we have a proclivity for closely identifying with like -minded, like-language, and look-alike physical similarities. Even if the latter disappear, we will invent new realms of "difference" that will lead to conflict and negotiation. This is a part of the human dilemma: how to deal with and co-exist with "difference".
Until we evolve - assuming we are able - beyond beings who define ourselves via tribal likenesses, we will not be able to do away with the problems (and some rewards) of identifying with those who seem "like" we do. New categories will appear; some will be stronger in some ways; smarter in some ways, etc.
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Wishing you good health in the New Year and for many more years to come!
Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
Well said, and right on target. Wish I had mod points.
For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up
What the Segway folks didn't count on was that top Segway speeds would never be compatible with walking speed on a sidewalk. What the Google folks didn't count on was that Google Glass would never be compatible with folks who don't want to feel like everyone is watching/recording them. Google Glass is going to end up s a niche product, just like the Segway.
Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy
What part of that reality doesn't snapchat get?
Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data
Nothing like setting oneself up for failure.
HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say
From Carly Fiorina, on, hp has been lacking in leadership, and vision. Hewlett and Packard built a great company, only to have it destroyed by poseurs. Meg Whitman is the latest one - using smoke and mirrors to drive bumps in the stock price. We all know how this is going to end - eventual parting out to companies like Lenovo, Samsung - you name it. Whitman and other insiders will walk away with millions. hp's last 10 years is perfect representation of executive and Board incompetence.
Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway
Undercover of helping immigrant agricultural workers who have long needed a break in America, the American technology sector - lead by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - has seen fit to heavily lobby Congress to increase H1-B and other worker visa permits, vastly increasing H1-B visas at a time when very good research shows that there is no shortage of tech workers in America. Zuckerberg has so far succeeded, in the Senate. What is motivating the claim for more H1-B visas?
One of the most respected technology pundits in Silicon Valley has this to say about the H1-B worker problem and Two H1-B's walk into a Bar: More on the H1-B visa problem
One of many examples of what goes on behind closed doors: an immigration attorney and his consultants teaching corporations how to manipulate foreign-worker immigration law to replace qualified American workers.
H1-B's are only the tip of the iceberg; there are more than 20 categories of foreign worker visas.
Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies on the H1-B and foreign worker visa problem. Matloff claims that Hi-B abuse has cost Americans $10Trillion dollars, since 1975. Inc. Magazine weights in
Professor Matloff's Webpage
Mother Jones weighs in:How H1-B visa abuse is hurting American tech workers
Marc Zuckerberg and other wealthy tech scions - including large immigration law firms and corporation who profit from importing H1-B's continue to perpetuate this trend
How H1-B malpractice hurts the American economy
Most of the new crop of H1-Bs is coming from one of the most corrupt university systems in the world.
Indian government officials are not happy that the universities that they collude with might have some limitations placed on the abuses that have enabled them to "sell" their product to the American IT sector.
How the new immigration bill could ignite a trade war with India
How to underpay an H1-B worker
Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research
I've been there many times for forums and talks by some of Silicon Valley's smartest people. MSFT is on its way down; it's a behemoth. Balmer knew that and that's why he flew the coop. In fact, it's Balmer's crummy management of MSFT that led to this. Probably the most overrated CEO in the last 50 years.
Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case
Agreed. Add to this fine a special penalty for senior officers (who are living) who had anything to do with this outrage. Something like forbidding them to cash in stock options for the next 3 years; or, forbidding them to pursue work outside their current company for a period of two years (to mimic the grif they caused workers who were "locked in" via their unlawful collusion.
A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
China has been controlled from the center for millennia; this is China's fatal flaw. Attempts to control population in a wired world is going to limit exposure to social and intellectual capital. Long run, it's a dead-end strategy. China should be most famous for wasting more social and intellectual capital than any culture in the history of humanity, entirely due to closing off possibility via control from the center.
China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use
China has always been controlled from the center. In past eras, China has had technological and exploration advantages over the West that were wiped out by intrusion and isolation commanded from China's locus of concentrated power - whether via emperors, or the current regime.
Long run (maybe, even near-long-term) this does not bode well for China's prospects, because when one is sealed off from outside ideas and innovation, one will ultimately fall behind and adapt only in suboptimal ways. What results is a waste of social and intellectual capital.
CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress
I'm a moderate, who leans a but left, but I can say without equivocation that this administration has really let people down. Little knownn is that our current Attorney General, Eric Holder, was a lawyer who defended banks prior to coming to Washington. That not ONE of the banking CEO's or their very senior staffers is in jail for what was done several years ago, is an outrage!
Unless we start JAILING people who otherwise think they can scoff at the law due to wealth or political connections, we are going down a road that violates the very tenets of our nation's forming.
Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Just goes to show that most investors are lemmings.
Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"
It would be interesting to know what % of this work was outsourced, or in-sourced, to foreign corporations/workers. Also, it would be interesting to know 1) how contracts for this work were let, and how they were monitored along the way; 2) what incentives for good work were included, or disincentives for bad work were included.
Does anyone know?
Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
This will put a crimp in Putin's attempt to make a "New Russia" with a more sizable sphere of influence. Putin is a very smart guy; definitely a sociopath; and, ex-KGB (which means that he *remains* KGB, at heart.
What saddens me is that after the Berlin Wall fell, Western powers didn't do everything they could to help democratize Russia, or at leastinvest in a way that started to create a serious economic infrastructure that more Russians could participate in. Instead, KGB and high level Soviet cronies bought out Russia's infrastructure for a song; the mafia got more involved; the West disengaged. Sad, really sad. Now, Russia and Russians are in for another generation or more of killers like Putin and his cronies.
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