Basically, University administrators have become academic political officers, responsible for implementing party^H^H^H^H^Hcorporate directive and ensuring that research, teaching, and indeed knowledge itself conforms with orthodox sovie^H^H^H^H^Hcorporate ideology.
Ladies and Gentlemen; Our civilisation has given rise to many world altering revolutions. From the agricultural revolution, to the industrial revolutions, to the digital revolution, our society, economy and culture have undergone massive change and improvement.
But now we stand on the cusp of a new revolution, greater than all that has ever come before. Ladies and Gentlemen we have entered the age of the Rent Seeking Revolution.
No longer will enterprise be constrained by land, labour, or capital or competition. All that enterprise requires now is connections. With the right connections to the state, its resources, and its law making process, entrepreneurs can seek Rent with impunity. Legal Monopolies, favoured taxation rates, grants, credits, tariffs, with enough leverage even a direct tap on demand into the public treasury.
The Future is Rent. In finance, insurance, real estate, and now even heavy industries; No longer will toil or responsibility be prerequisites for success. Now, with the right connections, enterprises can have the State channel funds, taxes, and tolls directly to favoured private companies. The Wealth of entire nations channelled to the bold few who move first in these new times.
Rent is Law. Law is Rent. It is pointless to resist this new human revolution. Democratic, Socialist, and Industrial Luddities cannot stand against the swelling tide of Rentiers waiting to inveigle themselves whole new businesses out of nothing but state backed favour. You can either party all night in this brave new world, or be left outside paying the bill. The risk is yours to take!
As an EU citizen you could try to change the institution.
But he's not an EU citizen. He's French. The only people who can claim in any sense to be "EU Citizens" are the various political classes across the continent. They (mis)manage, decide and direct the operation of their own countries and the EU in general, in the direction they choose, with or without the consent or support of their general populations.
As un-democratic as that sounds, in the post-war period this attitude among the EU political/executive classes did a lot of good: It stopped the Europeans from fighting one another.
However, like all elitist enterprises, the EU was inevitably taken over by vested interests. Right now, the EU's principal purpose is to facilitate the transfer of wealth from the general population to the financial/banking class. In a few years, this may still be the case, or general wealth will be going to some other group, but the essential principle is that because the EU is not a democracy it will operate for the benefit of whichever group currently controls it.
I seriously doubt that even the French would record and store all telephone conversations made in and via France. Quite apart from the cost, only the American executive class could be do dystopianly gauche.
Conservative Donkey Kong play does not get you a world record. The bonus for finishing a board goes down faster than you can sustain earning points once all the hammers are gone. That means that the faster you get through the low scoring parts of the board, the higher your score. And with only a limited number of boards to play before the kill screen, the core of top tier play is balancing how much risk you're willing to take on to finish the board with higher points. If you are too conservative, even if you make it to the kill screen you'll lose too many bonus points to approach record territory. That's why runs all the way to the kill screen used to be good if they hit 850,000 points, but nowadays people are pulling over a million through the same path. Players are increasing their risk to get more points.
At the first Kong Off I bought a cheap DVD from Steve Wiebe with a video of his entire world record game, that's available for other people to study. Mixed in with some boring waiting games are amazingly skilled sections of jumping and timing.
If this is true, then it is the world's lamest, most poorly conceived, ham-handed, overblown, and expensive attempt at domestic political attention diversion I have ever heard of...
Thinks it's a hoot
$10B in loot
GM still a coot
For all its servers and software, Google does not have an Army or a Navy.
This wouldn't -- no counldn't have happenned in the days before computers.
Eventually, I think centralised computer control is going to go the way of semaphore. It's too easy for a centralised computer system to glitch, break, be shutdown, and then screw up the lives and functions of millions.
What we should see is decentralised systems run using independent computer systems.
No need. Orcs mostly speak the common tongue or else their own tribal dialect. The Black Speech -- as devised by the Dark Lord in elvish runes -- was a failed attempt to linguistically distinguish his followers from those of the Alliance. It didn't take among the Orcs, but strangely the East End London accent did.
The journals of course are businesses and quite reasonably want to stay in business and make a profit.
Sadly I don't have a good idea for a solution.
Nationalise the journals.
This isn't an anti-patent troll bill. It's an anti-small inventor bill.
If so, good then; the sooner the myth of patents being for the small inventor dies the sooner everyone will finally be rid of the impediment of patents forever.
It's another FU to small inventor, just like the last patent reform.
The small inventor, and the little guy in general, has been FU-ed out of the game for a long time now. Patents are now all about legal fights and trolling, not innovation or rewarding it. It's time for them to die.
Exactly. For content consumption, small and mobile devices are very convenient.
Who exactly spends all of their time simply "consuming" on these devices? It's virtually impossible to spend more than a day online without feeling the urge to add to the conversation, and all iDink devices and touchscreen interfaces do is get in the way of that (2-way) conversation with the outside world.
As to the consumption itself, as far as I can see, everything is clunkier on touch device. Everything. Designers are having to make buttons and icons cartoon sized in order to accomidate simple viewing on these "computers".
I simply cannot accept the proposition that people are -- willingly -- going to accept a future of either creation or consuption on these restricted devices. Even if the whole industry collectively decides to abandon PCs, in a decade or so the current infants playing with iDinks will manage to "rediscover tactile touch based text input devices once called 'keyboards' " as a faster, better method of interfacing with their computers.
Eventually, some of them will even rediscover the command line as well.
When you talk to managers, you need to talk business. Throw every reason you think important into the trashcan. Then build your case from the ground up as a business case. Show that it saves the company money or increases productivity. Basically, make the case that your proposal == more $$$.
Essentially, you must dance the corporate Dance of the Seven Veils, in order to entice managers in the only language they are able to speak.