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Sometimes I wonder how much better off this country will be if there was more transparency about where tax money was going. I know Obama claims to be working towards this, but I think it's still the same cronies in charge.
It's the same reason why you see so many Apple related posts on Engadget.
Then again, money is a strong factor and may siphon away people. I work in the embedded software field, and I get paid fairly well for someone only a couple of years out of college. However, I often think how nice it would be nice to be making well into 7 figures and have a nice home and possibly a Lamborghini (I love cars) after going into lawschool instead of "just" 6 figures and trying to cobble together a 20% down payment for a decent home in Northern California.
I used to sit at home and do only geeky things, and frankly I wasn't happy. It was only when I started learning to cook, paint, running and seeing a live performance at a theatre that I became happier person. In addition, my GF and I got to know each other at work by talking about what we did for fun outside of work.
Just because you might spend your work days working with computers doesn't mean the rest of your life is limited to that, there is more to life than numbers and code.
Write a fully featured RTOS in 2 months, throw in HW accelerated graphics, sound, networking, a window manager from scratch, a model train tracking system service for a system with finicky switches in another 2 months. My team got very little sleep during that course, but it helped me learn to be independent and learn how to figure things out on my own (like the wonderful x86 architecture).
Hahaha, oh wait you're serious. Didn't we just throw several hundred billion towards banks that had lent money to people who couldn't pay it back? Granted, the bailout helped the banks out a bit, but I would say that most probably worse off than if they would have been if they had known a little more about what people could afford.
What we've been seeing more often recently are VP's and engineers themselves on the stage. Apple isn't just a company with one fearless leader and an army of minions. The public will get to see that there are innovators throughout the entire company. Just like seeing Randy Ubilios, I'm looking forward to hearing more from the other minds behind some of the developments at Apple.
That point is moot really. That land was effectively stolen from the majority Muslim population and a pro-Jewish government was put in place. It is no secret that the Israeli government wants the Muslims out. they could have done this by shrinking their borders (and lose territory), or "encouraging" Muslims to leave by putting up walls between their homes and schools, hospitals and farmland.
Mind you, I'm not saying a pro-Muslim government is any better in general than a pro-Jewish one.The problem however is that despite the government being oppressive to non-Muslims, going in there and replacing it with one that is oppressive to non-Jews isn't right. Being a non-interventionist I would say going in there and playing police will only get ourselves in trouble (like it has already). However, it should be noted that I favor a secular one that treats everyone equality, and that is the only long term solution for peace. However I have a feeling this is unlikely to happen any time soon as the Muslim majority is unlikely to give up their special privileges.