The best example of contempt for one's own consumers is here:
The most fascinating aspect of this whole incident is the intense divide between games industry and media insiders and the consumers who make their industry possible. It's as if all the developers and journalists, having spent the last 30 years making money off of one set of prejudices and preferences of their audience, have suddenly grown DISGUSTED with them, the people spending money on products *they themselves produced and marketed.* "We have spent thirty years producing sexism and selling it to you, what is wrong with you morons for buying it?" I don't really know how to categorize it. Elitism? Self-hatred? Both?
One possible theory is that this represents what happens when two industries - the video game industry and the media/journalism industry - collide, and fight it out to see who is stronger. It would appear that media/journalism is, but what's surprising is how many members of the games industry seem to have been secretly wishing to be on the other side for a long time.
Python strikes the balance for me of being modern enough to not feel like it's constantly breaking, but also old and reliable enough to feel like it has widespread support in terms of libraries and is not going to fall off the map anytime soon.
Yeah, seriously. Not to mention testing all their web applications in IE6, IE7, IE8,
I suppose they could either run Windows in a VM, or bravely try and do some testing using Wine, but, uh, realistically, if they're continuing to develop software for Windows (and Windows is definitely the lead SKU for most of their desktop apps,) then they're going to need a whole bunch of Windows installs lying around. Maybe they're not counting virtualized copies of Windows?
I doubt that any of the "facts" in the Texas curriculum are undocumented. The problem lies in the making of a textbook. There's only so many days in the school year, and only so many pages in a history textbook. Choosing which facts make it to print and which do not is necessarily a judgment call. Which of these facts are the most significant developments in American history? There's no "objective" way to answer this, since importance is itself a value judgment.
That said, I would love for somebody to analyse Kagan's positions on tech issues here (or provide some pointers to places doing that).
That would require her to have publicly taken positions on issues.
Where do you think that leaves Nintendo in 5 years?
Several billion dollars richer?
I don't know, maybe it can. It would depend on how much more/less "specific" California's textbook guidelines are than Texas'. It sounds like Texas' guidelines just got more specific - maybe that means it will also have less influence over the choice of textbooks available to other states?
From the NY Times:
"California is the largest textbook market, but besides being bankrupt, it tends to be so specific about what kinds of information its students should learn that few other states follow its lead."
Well, that's a horse of a different color, then. Although I can't seem to find mention of it in the (very brief) linked article. Do you have a more detailed report?
Actually, the article clarifies that these images are from the pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan, which would make them at least 1,000 years old.
Also, looking more generally across all regions:
84 > 77
Odd we don't see many stories about the global shortage in female garbage collectors. Or janitors.
Last time I checked, programming pays considerably better than garbage collectors or janitors, and has comparatively better social prestige.