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It did not take long for the conspiracy theorists to come out on this one.
Probably the usual blame the Jews crap, but it did make me think about the potential for it to happen here.
Many Europeans, like many Americans are concerned about the influx of Islamic people and the long term effect that this may have on their safety and security.
Given that most terrorism has come from followers of Islam, in my opinion these fears really do have a validity that cannot be denied. Importing the Jihad is questionable policy. However, these fears are certainly cancelled out by acts such as this that bring on suffering equal to the worst that the Islamic fanatics are ever likely to do.
A somewhat recent study by the University of California-Davis computer science department takes a different spin on the perceived shortage of Americans in the technological workforce. They assess that America’s lackluster representation in quantity is not due to a diminishing number of skilled Americans but rather a glut of imported talent from overseas. The situation may still lend itself toward a smaller pool of American tech workers in the future, however, as diminished demand for them will inherently drive students towards other fields. After all, the question is often asked whether paying continuously inflating tuition prices or even attending elite colleges is worth the effort anymore.
Linus Torvald’s announced the other day that Linux version 3.0 was released. This followed a short delay after a patch was applied just hours before release to correct a pathname bug. The change in numbering convention is partially Linus’ desire to reduce confusion with three number codes being reduced to two (so it’s not 3.0.0) and because Linux has been 2.6 since 2003. Are there big changes for the code base? According to Linus, “NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Sure, we have the usual two thirds driver changes, and a lot of random fixes, but the point is that 3.0 is just about renumbering.”
My music purchases in the second quarter of 2011:
- …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self
- Against Me! – Searching for a Former Clarity
- A Skylit Drive – Wires … and the Concept of Breathing
- Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
- Born of Osiris – A Higher Place
- Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
- Converge – Axe to Fall
- Darkest Hour – The Human Romance
- Dodos, The – No Color
If only getting bacon were as easy as pushing a button. Commodity items like barrels of oil are often used by economists to make forecasts because supply and demand estimates against tangible substances is much easier. Pork bellies are another commodity indicator often used as a predictor on food prices and livestock supplies. Currently at an all-time high of $4.77 a pound, pork bellies are expected to exceed $6 a pound in only a matter of months leading many to joke about stockpiling bacon to continue eating tasty sandwiches. Bacon has always been a popular staple food but the recent skyrocketing in pork belly prices has been attributed to bacon’s peculiar rise in Internet sourced trends like the receive bacon icons, the bacon explosion and subsequently Denny’s meatspace advertising campaign for Baconalia.
One of the more memorable slogans from former President Bill Clinton’s ‘92 campaign was "It’s the economy stupid." In a recent publishing of his in Newsweek, he outlines fourteen of his own recommendations for simple initiatives to get the economy moving along again. Many of them center around energy conservation as a way of saving both businesses and consumers utility money while helping the environment. Others focus on incentives to business like speedy approvals, loans and job-training for unskilled laborers. I personally found it interesting that in #9 he lauds the TARP bailouts and stimulus that “saved us from a second Great Depression” and being directly responsible for saving jobs and industry … the interesting part being that it was a Bush Administration strategy that was lambasted pretty hard at the time.
Not too long ago, people began scrambling for exclusive access to Google’s beta social networking tool – Google+. Already, many are hailing the system for it’s simplicity (no games, poking, quizes, etc.) and adherence to privacy first. Google’s last forays into social networking flopped pretty hard, Buzz and Wave were hardly successful ventures. But the beta version of Google+ allegedly has 10 million users already with many hoping to get an invite. Did Google create the Facebook killer or are those users too firmly embedded to leave?
Political leaders from both parties have been forced into budget talks for days by President Obama. Each is steadfastly holding to their alleged constituent pledges and seem to be absolutely defiant to making any concessions to the other side. Democrats refuse to budge on curtailing entitlement programs. Republicans are adamant about not allowing tax increases. The President refuses to allow Congress to sweep the matter under the rug with another debt ceiling increase. CNN has a nice summary of the various proposals currently at play. What is the proper mix of acquiescence towards achieving a real solution?
Most of us seem to be happy for felons to have a miserable time in Prison, but is it OK for them to be used as slaves to make other Americans rich? Sure, it is a good idea to make them earn their keep and not be on a holiday paid for by the tax payers. But!!
Is it acceptable to suspend all the normal industrial safety requirements in relation to people who are being compulsorily kept in our care. There is only one reason why this is being done: because it is cheaper that way.
It is in the nature of the beast that sometimes capitalism gets out of control and citizens have to stand up to it and demand to be treated reasonably. Our prisoners are in no position to do that, so this can be exploited by the unethical people who run many of our major corporations.
Diversity is a big thing where I work. Every year employees attend workshops designed to instill an appreciation for it (along with its buddy, inclusiveness). I’ve always thought of myself as being fully onboard with the whole D&I thing, but I saw a poster today on my way in today that made me wonder.
As you can see in the image to the right, the poster attempts to convince the viewer of the value of diversity by comparing a typical, multi-faceted pocketknife with one that only only has corkscrews. Now, I know the idea is to show that having various tools at your disposal is generally more useful than only having one, but the analogy breaks down quickly if you think about it.
If you had the ability to go back and spend only five minutes with your 18 year-old self, what would you advise? And do you think your younger counterpart would listen?
Results from another American Customer Satisfaction Index are in. Not too surprisingly, the 19 most hated companies include banks, airlines, Internet providers and AT&T. What was rather interesting was that Facebook, with it’s 500 million active users, ranked number 10. For a company that produces and offers nothing, that’s an impressive feat to be despised more than some banks and the Internet smeared AT&T. It pretty much required being an airline to be worse than Facebook in customer’s eyes.
C++ continues to reign as one of the fastest computer languages. A recent study performed by Google (pdf) benched C++, Java, Scala and its own programming language Go and came to the typical conclusion that C++ was the fastest although the most painful.
We find that in regards to performance, C++ wins out by a large margin. However, it also required the most extensive tuning efforts, many of which were done at a level of sophistication that would not be available to the average programmer.
Perhaps the newly accepted C++0x revisions by the ISO C++ Committee will address the implementation difficulties with the first major revision to the language in over a decade. C++0x is getting a substantial upgrade to incorporate the most popular of new paradigms such that it’s creator, Bjarne Stroustrup, described it as feeling like a new language.
It’s been over 60 days since commencing the attacks on Libya in support of Resolution 1973. Skeptics were already wondering what the point of it all was when the operation began considering the same uprisings and violence were occurring in other states across the region. But now the skeptics can really begin bashing into the Obama Administration’s intent considering his decision to “opt out” of adhering to the 1973 War Powers Resolution. In a nutshell, “Section 4(a)(1) requires the President to report to Congress any introduction of U.S. forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities. When such a report is submitted, or is required to be submitted, section 5(b) requires that the use of forces must be terminated within 60 to 90 days unless Congress authorizes such use or extends the time period.” This little legal requirement was deftly sidestepped by determining that American drone activity was not hostile and therefore exempt from the rule. The President chose the White House legal team’s opinion over the legal recommendations from the Pentagon and Justice Department to continue operations in Libya.