For years, researchers have identify Texas as the best place to prototype a high sped transportation system, specifically between houston and dallas, becuase so much of the right of way is already owned by the state and there is a great deal of traffic between the two locations. However, the politics has never been amiable to this happening. The other issue is that lack of ancillary public transportation. Megabus can get you between cities pretty fast, but what do you do when you get there? In cities like San Antonio you have to get a Uber. In Houston you can take light rail to get to a few places, but Austin you are stuck on unreliable busses. It is not like Portland and Seattle where you can hope on another train and basically get anywhere you want..
There are things that are worse. Due to the much lower standard of living, when I go out of the country I buy wool, handmade on a loom, handmade into all sorts of cool stuff. Again, this is possible, because of a low standard of living, where not everyone even has a video game console. True, the food better, the product are better, the air is better, but I don't know if that is what we want for the US.
A valid point was hit at the end. The problem we have is that efficiency gains have not been equitably distributed. There has been so many gains in my lifetime. We don't need to work more than 30 hours a week. Minimum wage should be $20 an hour. But count on this. Your job will be replaced or majorly displaced by robots. Ask any typewrite sales person. The question is whether you will be unemployed or educated.
The immediate flaw I though of was controlling for teachers. I have seen math teachers who work with everyone, but there are still too many that only teach boys. Cultural effects cannot be ignored. This is consistent with one result which has been widely verified with good research, that programs are very difficult to put into production. Most strategies work well for a group of students and a group of teachers. Pushing the strategy to everyone generally fails. This is why any program, even something as simple was more math and science, has to be flexible.
One big benefit of brainstorming, when it is done right, it that it gets the bullshit ideas out of the way so the group can dig deeply for good ideas. If there is one person, working on one thing, an entire year might be spent building the dumbest thing imaginable. And while that sometimes leads to a profitable product, I don't think it is the most reliable method
On the other hand Trump has asked for visa for over a 1000 foriegn workers over the past decade of so. These are for the type of jobs that should be easy to fill with US workers. Cooks, golf caddies, picking grapes, etc. These are not high skilled jobs, and the only reason to import workers is because of the potentially lower pay or ability to deport workers if they refuse to work, or complain about the condition, of violate confidentiality agreements.
But many people are looking for a house that is about a maybe two or three square foot for every dollar of their monthly mortgage. That can be hard to find in the city. While one can find a very desirable house at very reasonable costs in the city, it is often in locations where there are diverse people.
The other item is similar to when people moved into the city. More young adults are used to living in the suburbs, and while may move to the city when they are young, are inevitably going to move back to their childhood norm, which increasingly is the exurbs.
Composite/Structured Design was published way back in the late 1970' and detailed how rules should be in one place only as well as touching on the interfaces to access data and rules. Apple used the MVC structure to separate data from the viewer and methods. OO programming made this much easier to do. Computers are so fast any penalty, in most cases, is irrelevant.
My suspicion is that most software people now simply are connecting widgets to interfaces, and there is no actual knowledge of development or process. this is fine because the frameworks we have are so sophisticated that we can pay people to solve problems rather than figure out arcane error messages on why the code won't compile.
We want democracy and an African dicta actor like Trump who is going to block all immigrants is not going to help democracy. By your argument if we elected a lemur who just wanted to party, we would hate democracy if we opposed his plan to use taxpayer money to build free water parks in every town.
Frankly the guilt driving the US is that somehow we are not doing enough to placate the radical religious minority, not real fiscal conservative values. Honestly I y]think most policy is fear that we are going to see a resurgence in Christian terrorism like Eric Roudolph and the sovietiegn nationalists that went around killing cops.
The key with the headphone jack is the same as with legacy ports on MS Windows machines. Some ports cost more than others, so one fills up the computer with cheap ports to make people feel like they get a good deal. Ports cost money, so use cheap ports to allow cheap expansion. The only Android phone, as far as I know, that generates profit, are those from Samsung. Everything else is sold a very low margins to a cash strapped population, a population that has $5 to spend on legacy headphones, but often not $50 for wireless or USB headsets.
The simpler more processed a carbohydrate is, the more Gloucester it will deliver. Eating minimally processed carbohydrates with lots of fiber and good fat is key. The problem with our diet is that we eat fat with no fiber, like meat, or sugar with no fiber, like potato and no skin.
And a lot of this is genetics. I suspect this would be helpful to someone who is at risk of diabetes.
I would also point out that the old web comic I know about is I PhD, running since 1997 with almost 2000 strips.
I guess in this post factual world, no one will care.
My opinion is that since around 2000, it has been a renesance in newspaper style cartoons as the barriers to entry are non existent and for those who got in early, quality was all that mattered. Even late comers, like XKCD do much better by some metrics than early entries and popular sites like SMBC.
I don't want to be young again, I just don't want to get any older.