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Comment Endowments (Score 1) 274

You do know how endowments typically work, right? Some rich alumni gives the school $1,000,000 for a scholarship. If they just gave out the million to students they might help 50 students for 1 year, but that's not what they do. They invest the million and use the interest to fund the scholarship and can then help a few students per year - basically forever.

Comment I doubt Google is the problem (Score 1) 233

Two issues I see:

  • The advertisers (not Google) may be targeting men
  • There are more advertisements for women-only products (makeup, fashion, etc.). The ad algorithm sees a more specific match for the demographic and displays a woman's ad rather than a generic, anyone ad.

Comment Re:You do not seem to care (Score 2) 176

Of course there are intelligence agencies in Europe. The difference is that no European country conducts anything resembling the systematic highly intrusive data collection that NSA does.

Making that statement means one of three things: you are naive, you are stupid, or you are a troll.

Submission + - Why American broadband is slow

Presto Vivace writes: The basic truth about broadband that cable companies want to hide

The American cities that are delivering best-in-the-world speeds at bargain prices are precisely the cities that aren't relying on Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, etc. to run their infrastructure. In Kansas City, Google built a state-of-the-art fiber optic network largely just to prove a point. In Chattanooga and Lafayette, the government did it. At the moment, the US federal government could issue 5-year bonds at a 1.58 percent interest rate and make grants to cities interested in following Chattanooga and Lafayette down that path. But it doesn't happen, because while broadband incumbents don't want to spend the money it would take to build state-of-the-art fiber networks, they are happy to spend money on lobbying.

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