But I'm afraid that it won't convince "the average Joe/Jane that their nice safe middle class office job isn't so safe." That's because the average Joe or Jane doesn't read newspapers much anymore, and they certainly don't read the Times. I also suspect that Joe and Jane, if they or their family members have salaried jobs, have already seen this situation and perhaps been affected by it. If you want to get the message out, then it has to get to the cable news channels, where it can be explained in basic English and illustrated by a couple of interviews. The extreme right-wing is already against the H1B program for its own reasons.
When you combine the H1B assault on the middle class, with the "workforce optimization" programs used for hourly staff, you get a severe squeeze on all workers, which helps to explain why so few people outside the 1% feel secure in their jobs and their lives.
Another likely winner on battery life is the brand new OnePlus Two, with a 3300 mAh battery (up from 3100 in the OnePlus One) and a 5.5" display. But its Endurance Rating is likely to be similar to that of the Galaxy 6 Edge.
One note: US carriers don't carry the Xperia Z3 Compact, so you have to get it from Sony (sonymobile.com). But it's much cheaper than the Samsung's, and Sony offers an additional discount to students and others with a
For many years, US banks thought that it was cheaper to eat their losses on fraud from unchipped cards rather than join the modern world with chip-and-pin. The Target breach seems to have changed some thinking there, but the current chip-and-signature cards only help a bit. You're able to use them in European restaurants, grocery stores, etc. No need yet for a chip card if you go to Asia or the South Pacific, except in Burma (Myanmar) and Bhutan, which are mostly cash economies.
I continually request a chip-and-pin card from the banks where we have credit cards. I've told them all that I will move all of our credit cards to whichever bank is first to replace my current card with a chip-and-pin variety of the same card. If you want chip-and-pin, call the toll-free number on the back of your credit card(s) and make your request.
MUMPS was initially developed for the 18-bit DEC PDP-7 in the late 1960's, where memory and disk constraints were severe, and processor speeds were a tiny fraction of today's slowest devices. Early MUMPS programs were limited to 1k characters, so every character counted, with most variables being 1 character long. Globals were done as a hierarchical "database", such as X(1,5,Z), again for space-saving and for efficient retrieval from the extremely small and slow disk drives of the day. MUMPS programs were interpreted, not compiled. With these constraints, comments were exceedingly rare, since they used part of the 1k, and slowed down the interpreter, which scanned every character.
As a computer scientist, I was appalled by certain features of the language, particularly the ability to change a running program by executing a variable. That's a security nightmare, since you could effectively read a string (stored as a global or input from the console) and then execute it as MUMPS code.
Here we are, more than 40 years later, and many of the major medical information systems are still running code that derives from the original flavor of MUMPS. Meditech and EPIC Systems are major vendors of medical information systems, including software for electronic health records, mostly developed in MUMPS. The much-overpraised VA electronic health record system is also MUMPS-based. As with any other production application, it's very difficult for a new vendor to come along and displace an incumbent, particularly if the conversion process is highly complex, as is the case here. As a result, there's no practical way to update these systems, other than rewriting them from scratch for modern languages and systems, something that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
But I think that Boston's terrible weather is also a big factor. Here's an analysis of Boston winters that shows the grim reality of 5 or 6 months out of every 12. When sunshine, mild weather, and Silicon Valley jobs beckon on a gloomy February day, it takes a wicked love for the Hub or the Bruins to turn down a good offer. The cost of housing is much higher in the Bay Area, but the bills for heating oil and winter clothing go away, and cars last a lot longer, just to name a few things.
Boston remains one of my favorite American cities to visit (only during baseball season, though), but I no longer [perhaps unfairly] associate it with startups. Maybe the innovative and creative ideas get frozen out.
Unlike some other mobile operating systems, FirefoxOS is completely open and uses HTML5 to deliver content. BlackBerry and Windows Phone each have small market shares, and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon. So we mostly have only two choices of mobile OS. Don't get me wrong: I very much like my Android phone (Sony Xperia Z3 Compact) and my iPad, but I think that it's a worthwhile challenge to contribute to the FirefoxOS platform and/or to build apps for it.
The whole process, to date, is self-perpetuating, since serving as an Editor or Associate Editor for a prestigious journal also gets you points when you come up for promotion. As noted by others, serving in an editorial capacity or even as a reviewer for these journals is uncompensated. (You might think of it as falling into the same category as contributing voluntarily to an open source project.) The best that one can say for this activity is that it helps build an academic network, making it easier to obtain recommendation letters from senior faculty to include in your promotion case. The best way to disrupt this system in the short-term is for libraries refuse to renew their exorbitantly-priced journal subscriptions. (Money talks.) The high-quality online journals (e.g.,PLoS) have not yet made a significant dent against the biggest academic publishers.