The vectors are shiny but the user interface looks like it was designed by a team of managers more concerned about slickness than usability. Moreover it's only fractionally as powerful as the old system. (Among other things, I bet several people in places like San Francisco are really going to miss the combination bicycle/terrain maps.)
For those, there's the real police department. They can do things the campus police department can't do -- like "send someone to jail", or "be responsible for applying the due process guarantees that our constitution insists we provide to everyone (including accused and/or actual rapists)".
I would flip the problem around and ask why proportionally more males seem to be sticklers for punishment and waste their talents going to work in a difficult field with little job security and low pay (relatively) when they could go do almost anything else and be much more successful?
Meh. I'm 30, I have half a million in the bank and I'm making over $10,000 in a month. As for security, my LinkedIn profile explicitly says not to email me with opportunities, but I still get at least one a week. A little of that is good timing, but still: software or the win.
The chemical engineers and geologists are going to work for oil fields, which are high-pay but have elevated sector-specific risk. You've got me on the rest of them, I guess.
(Seems @pontifex_tr doesn't exist. Makes some sense: that's not exactly Latin-rite territory, more Byzantines and Orthodox and Syriac churches that don't go for the filoque or the Immaculate Conception. Do any of the eastern patriarchs have Twitter accounts?)
Oh, look -- another post full of the economic-policy voodoo "logic" that suggests we can prosper better as a nation by isolating ourselves from trade, contrary not only to theory but to every single example in recorded history. You'd think that this would be frowned upon as much as climate-change denial these days, but apparently not.
As long as we have millions more people in the US who consume computer-powered services than earn their living producing them, the population as a whole will prosper better by having those services done at a lower cost. The same goes for importing manufactured goods at reduced prices. Sure, owners of the corporation (including many rich assholes, not just individuals or retirement funds) will earn more money for themselves, but it's a fraction of the total economic benefit, most of which goes straight back into consumers' pockets in anything resembling a competitive marketplace.
But since the benefits of are spread among millions and the costs are concentrated, it's a textbook case where it's profitable to go rent-seeking and mandate that people are forced to consume American programmers' programming, or American laborers' manufacturing. This is an insidious form of wealth transfer that is very regressive in nature (it hits the poor a lot harder than it hits the CEOs).
Finally: of all people, computer programmers in this country are hardly the tragically underpaid class which can't AFFORD to buy toys.
I had a 486DX2 for a while. The 486 ran at 33Mhz and came in SX and DX versions (the DX's had floating-point coprocessors). The DX2 ran at double the speed (66Mhz) and so did a mean job of running Fractint. You could expect to see them running something like MS-DOS 5 or 6, and maybe Windows 3.1.
I think they were about a generation after the Turbo Button fad (the ones I saw usually toggled 8/33Mhz or so).
All the recent geopolitical analysis I've seen has suggested that the United States doesn't care about oil over there and is quite willing to let the Middle East go to pot: ISIS and Iranian nukes and what-have-you.
Whoa, dude. Tenured professor? I dunno, maybe you should aim for something more achievable -- like, an astronaut, or a world-famous basketball star.
I'm only exaggerating a little.
Virtually everyone I know who has dual citizenship has officially (and expensively) renounced it, and none have any regrets, and all are still free to visit the USA.
But not to work there. For Belgian passport-holders and the like, that's the real benefit.
Meanwhile in Europe where one party's politicians don't spend as much effort trying to use global warming as a bludgeon against their political enemies (and an excuse to funnel public money to their friends) popular acceptance of "climate change is a real thing to worry about" seems to be higher. How about that, hmm?
Two problems: we need the oil the ME provides (since we're not developing EVs fast enough and we won't build SkyTran),
Things have changed in the past 5 years. Western Europe might need the oil the Middle East provides (or alternatively, Russia, if you want to pick alternate geopolitical foes)... but if I recall correctly, the US was the world's #1 oil producer in 2014. There has some retrenchment since November, due to lower prices and oversupply, but it's nothing that couldn't be reversed in a real crisis.