It'd be the first time in a long time it was actually used for its REAL purpose!
The biggest difference in male/female pay is that women, as a group, value things like family life and health more than money. I think that's a perfectly rational choice and it's really demeaning to women when people are spouting claims that they are being paid so much less. Women know their worth as much as men and they get it! But what they are getting is a healthier, happier lifestyle. =)
The anti-nuke crowd (which is overwhelmingly pro-renewables) has been attacking nuclear power for generations. Once they give up that aggression, you might see some amity forming and true solutions coming around.
I suspect that the phrase "After all, if Obama got this prize, why wouldn't get it?" will be in common usage very soon.
Speaking of which, Obama might have gotten his prize like this: "After all, if Al Gore got this prize, why wouldn't Obama get it?"
This isn't exactly 'spec stuffing' when all of these things can be found in your typical cellphone (other than temperature) and even that it can be argued is a USEFUL feature. For anything worn against the temple, I'd also like it to measure heartrate would be a nice addition as well. Sensors are cheap, why not load up on them?
My wife teaches at a charter school but has also taught at both good and bad non-charter schools. Our kids go to the same charter school and we wouldn't have it any other way. The truth is that the teachers unions (and non-unions such as the NCAE) are political entities. Period. They don't care about students and they barely care about teachers, frankly. Here's another hard truth for charter school haters: Charter schools ARE public schools in that they take public funds. But they are universally CHEAPER per student and outperform non-charters on average.
As others have pointed out, this ain't rocket science. I was a tester (and programmer) for years and the number of programmers I encountered that a) refused to do range checking properly or b) failed to use well-tested libraries were legion. I really thought that hooking electrical 'reminders' to them every time they did something like this would have improved their code dramatically.
I'm glad y'all weren't advising President Kennedy when he planned to put a man on the moon. Unlike the pie-in-the 'investments' of the current administration (that were payoffs for campaign kickbacks), the space program has a proven record of spinoffs that have been good for the country and of all humanity. The computers you are reading this on, the satellites that move countless terabytes of information, even the fuel cells that might power the next generation of MacBooks all had their genesis from NASA research.
Not to mention that the BEST place to get experience with a serious Mars trip is our own moon... at least convenient to Earth. If you want it to pay for itself, read The Man Who Sold the Moon. How many of those dreaded 1% would shell out big bucks for a piece of the ACTUAL FRIGGIN MOON. Plus, you could probably pay for it with the rounding error from the pork barrel programs we should cut anyway, heh.
I don't dispute his claim that Edison was 'green' but this comment was beyond stupid:
How can inventor-entrepreneurs like Edison make a profit if every time they try to make a technological advance some nut in Congress pulls the rug out from under the them and their breakthroughs?
Basically, what he's saying is that inventor-entrepreneurs can ONLY succeed if someone bans their competitors. WTF? If you have the better mousetrap and assuming no one gets government help of any sort, you'll win. If you aren't winning, then go back to the lab and make it even better.
This is something Thomas Edison understood well but his Professor-of-English great-grandson obviously doesn't get. Hey, Prof, leave economic theory to people who understand it and stick to poetry or whatever it is you do.
I was hoping they replaced the articles with million-monkey random gibberish... at least then there would be the chance of some accuracy slipping in!
Subsidies distort the market and are, let's be honest, just a way for corrupt politicians to use our money to pay off their big supporters. Funny how so many of those companies going bankrupt were big Obama supporters... and got juicy loan guarantees.
I'll be straight with y'all: no political party or politician is smart enough to properly apply a subsidy even if they do it from the noblest of motives. We need to remove the ability of our government to do it in any fashion and we'll all be better off.
All the technology COULD work better, but not the way it's being used now. You can't throw one of the coolest toys around at kids and say, "Okay, now only use this for schoolwork."
My wife's a teacher and I'm a tech guy and we are both passionate about this subject (pros and cons). Here's how an effective model could work:
1) Lock out almost ALL functionality during school hours. Specific functionality (perhaps to research a paper online) could be enabled on a 'as needed' basis.
2) Make teacher monitoring of usage integral to the 'in school' experience.
3) Offload rote activities (on the devices) to homework and have automatic tracking and reporting of usage for (perhaps) automated evaluation/grading.
4) Only use technology in-class for things that are enhanced by the technology (quizzes/test with automatic grading...heck yes!).
You notice that turns pads on the school grounds into basically glorified e-books+pencil+paper. This is the RIGHT answer... for now. Sure, some novel apps will be invented that could enhance certain topics but the vast majority of those could be used as easily off-campus. School time should be about talking with the teacher and getting specific 1-on-1 help as necessary. And I can easily envision some fun stuff that could be done in a teacher-directed environment, but those programs haven't been invented yet.
During my travels, I came upon a culture with an interesting custom: Each time a doctor's patient died, they were required to hang a plaque with the patient's name on it. As it happens, I took ill and went in search of a physician. I passed up a doctor's office that had 35 plaques out front, and another with 40 until I spotted one with only 10.
The waiting room was crowded with fellow foreigners but eventually the physician was able to see me. When I asked him how business was, the harried man said, "Great! I've only been open two days and I can barely keep up!"
The Motto: Don't be the first patient of a 'doctor' that has spent most of their training using computers.
In the full article you'll see that it's only a 90-day exclusivity contract. A good book has more staying power than a mere three months so the author gets a bit more money, possibly some good exposure, and then they are free agents again.
If this works as planned, Nevadans will be kicking themselves for the next century over their protests over Yucca Mountain. They were almost in the position of having tons of FREE nuclear fuel sitting in nice caves, ready to be hauled up for cheap power. Whoops!