top Imagining the Future History of Climate Change
"Average life expectancy has actually been going down recently, at least in the US."
That is very interesting. Can you cite a source for your statement.
Here is what I read recently:
Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY 3:54 a.m. EDT October 9, 2014:
Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years - a record high.
That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
top Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion
As Umberto Eco wrote:
"G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: "When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing. He believes in anything." Whoever said it - he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.
"The "death of God", or at least the dying of the Christian God, has been accompanied by the birth of a plethora of new idols. They have multiplied like bacteria on the corpse of the Christian Church
top Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
The more information you add to the process and the more people who review the information the more subject the process is to manipulation by the operators. Not that the current admissions system completely in the hands of the colleges who play how ever they like for whatever their goals are -- which are mostly to keep the system running with lots of rich kids who can pay the freight.
A lottery subtracts all information and leaves very little room for manipulation. Unqualified kids in the lottery? They will go home after English 101 and Calculus, and be replaced by a new group.
The lottery does not discriminate by race, sex, religion, or national origin. It is completely fair.
top Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
I won't eat octopus, because chewing on octopus is like chewing rubber tubing. It is not a pleasant experience.
top End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3
Think Pads, now made by Lenovo, are still good, still solidly built, and very difficult to break. They are my go to advice for Windows laptops.
top FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
"They also don't think there's any chance the NFL will move its games to pay-per-view."
What are they smoking? The NFL will go PPV, ASAP.
top If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?
Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good" By SPIEGEL Staff on 09/04/2013:
Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.
about a month and a half ago
top The State of ZFS On Linux
about a month and a half ago
top Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?
top To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
They still do in San Francisco.
top A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
From the lead article:
"In May, China banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft's latest operating system"
It seems to be a needless gesture. Even in the US, no one uses Windows 8.
top A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
Information Warfare: Running For Linux January 9, 2011
For a decade now, China has been trying to get business and government users to adopt Unix (and later Linux) as their operating system. Yet most Chinese businesses, and many government departments, continue to use Microsoft operating systems. They do this because Microsoft Windows is widely pirated in China, and there's a large amount of pirated software you can use only on Windows systems. Another critical reason is that more games run on Windows machines, and that is important, even in China. Finally, the Chinese government is more resistant to complaints from Microsoft than Russia.
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China has tried to get around this by subsidizing Linux training for Chinese engineers and computer technicians. The government also subsidized the development of the Kylin Unix based server software. Kylin is shareware, and anyone can download it. Kylin is also designed to be very secure, much more secure than Microsoft server software, and most other similar products. China has had more success in getting users to adopt non-Microsoft server software, but the real battleground is PCs.
top Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
I can see from reading this thread that there is a lot of righteous anger about this issue. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Just mouthing off on slashdot is not doing something. You need to let your elected representatives know that this issue is important to you and that they should not toe the party line on immigration just because Green and Zuckerberg, and their ilk are laying down big bucks to the the parties and campaign funds.
Writing your congressman and calling his office are just baby steps. What you need to do is vote incumbents out of a job. Eric Cantor, then the House Majority Leader lost his primary to a guy who campaigned on a mere $50,000 because of Cantor's support for immigration "reform" (i.e., letting loose the flood gates). That sobered the House Republican leadership up real fast.
Tech people have for too long wasted their votes on trivial social issues, or have not voted at all. You need to find candidates, support them, and get out the vote to oppose Zuckerberg, et. al. That is the only thing that can save your hides.
Allow me to conclude with a short poem by the great German playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht*.
After the uprising of the 17th June, the Secretary of the Writer's Union,
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee, Stating that the people had forfeited the confidence of the government; And could win it back only by redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier in that case, for the government To dissolve the people, and elect another?
* You may know him best as the author of "The Three Penny Opera" from which the song "Mack the Knife" was taken.
top Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?
The gating issue is now screen size and finger size. Nice big high def screens need big batteries to keep them lit. I don't think those items are going to get much smaller.
top Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?
Agreed. invest in ux.
top Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi
There is an inverse correlation between the price of the hotel and the price of the wi-fi. But, even at expensive hotels with $15/day wi-fi, there are things you can do.
At many of those hotels wi-fi in the lobby and restaurants is gratis, and they may be pleasant places to sit while you read your email. Also, it is worthwhile to butter up the desk clerks who maybe able to slip you a password. I have also found that most hotels never change their passwords. Sometimes I have paid once and used it several times.
BTW, Panera's coffee and food are much better than MickeyD's. The wi-fi is usually serviceable. A couple of years ago a storm knocked our cable service for a week. I spent a lot of time at the local Panera.
top Firefox 31 Released
I forgot to sign in before posting. I apologize.
top Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
That is right. The law may say that if you employ someone, you have to pay him at least $15/hr. But, the law does not say that you must employ anybody. If a given potential employee can't pull his weight at his wage, you not hire him, or if you did, you will fire him.
Ask yourself how many kids fresh out of high school are worth $15/hr? I think the number is probably less than 3%, the rest of them will be working on their basketball shot or their video game skills.
top New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info
Mortgages must be recorded in the county land records. The mortgage instrument must set forth the principal amount of debt secured by the mortgage. The amount so stated limits the amount the lender may recieve in the event of a foreclosure sale, although the amount may be increased by interest and expenses.
top Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts
"Antarctic Sea Ice At Record Levels" Posted on May 12, 2014 by Anthony Watts
"Antarctic sea ice has expanded to record levels for April, increasing by more than 110,000sq km a day last month to nine million square kilometres."
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