Obama is animated by a sense that, looking at the world around him, the U.S. economy is in much better shape than the public appreciates, especially when measured against the depths of the financial crisis and the possibility — now rarely even considered — that things could have been much, much worse. Over a series of conversations in the Oval Office, on Air Force One and in Florida, Obama analyzed, sometimes with startling frankness, nearly every element of his economic agenda since he came into office. His economy has certainly come further than most people recognize. The private sector has added jobs for 73 consecutive months — some 14.4 million new jobs in all — the longest period of sustained job growth on record. Unemployment, which peaked at 10 percent the year Obama took office, the highest it had been since 1983, under Ronald Reagan, is now 5 percent, lower than when Reagan left office. The budget deficit has fallen by roughly $1 trillion during his two terms. And overall U.S. economic growth has significantly outpaced that of every other advanced nation.
The idea of a universal basic income is enjoying a renaissance today, not only in Washington think tanks but in Silicon Valley, as my Bloomberg View colleague, Justin Fox, has written. Y Combinator, a venture-capital firm, is launching a five-year research project, for example. The goal is to give a randomly selected group of people a monthly check to see if they sit around and play video games or create economic value.
And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.” What did Plato mean by that? Democracy, for him, I discovered, was a political system of maximal freedom and equality, where every lifestyle is allowed and public offices are filled by a lottery. And the longer a democracy lasted, Plato argued, the more democratic it would become. Its freedoms would multiply; its equality spread. Deference to any sort of authority would wither; tolerance of any kind of inequality would come under intense threat; and multiculturalism and sexual freedom would create a city or a country like “a many-colored cloak decorated in all hues.”
It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.
Some high schoolers — who are on average whiter and wealthier than their peers — are provided with a unique privilege in the college admissions process simply because they were born to the right family. This privilege is known as the legacy preference.
While most bosses would frown on playing Halo at the office, it’s video games that are driving much of the innovation in video, virtual reality, and collaboration technologies today—something that has important implications for how we work, especially with far-flung colleagues.
In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.
In the past year, executives from most major media and tech companies have made the pilgrimage to Magic Leap’s office park to experience for themselves its futuristic synthetic reality. At the beginning of this year, the company completed what may be the largest C-round of financing in history: $793.5 million. To date, investors have funneled $1.4 billion into it.
Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into whether Theranos Inc. misled investors about the state of its technology and operations, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill that would make doing taxes vastly easier for Americans — and would strongly push back against the tax prep industry's attempts to keep taxes difficult.
Maintenance and repair, the building of infrastructures, the mundane labour that goes into sustaining functioning and efficient infrastructures, simply has more impact on people’s daily lives than the vast majority of technological innovations.
Jordan had used the cow’s weird behavior to create, in effect, a random-number generator inside Minecraft. It was an ingenious bit of problem-solving, something most computer engineers I know would regard as a great hack — a way of coaxing a computer system to do something new and clever.
The problem is that most Messenger chatbots are dull conversationalists, so most of my chats sound unnatural, punctuated by moments of frustrating silence. I spent more time trying to guess what these little bots wanted to hear then actually talking to them. Mark Zuckerberg (and others like him) have promised elaborate conversations powered by sophisticated software. Instead, I found that my robo-chats were muffed by pre-determined answers.
Getting television from an idea in someone's head to the screen in your living room (or on your laptop) is difficult, fast-paced, and complicated work. Over the next five months, I'll continue to shadow the entire production of "Clark's Place," following along through umpteen script revisions and interviewing the creative team throughout every step of the process, from the showrunners who steer the story to the editor who moves the final pieces into place.
I watched my husband campaign, I watched President Obama campaign – it is poetry … That’s not necessarily my forte
there have been three major spikes in speciality coffee culture in the UK over the past 350 years. The first began when a Greek man, Pasqua Rosée, opened the first coffee house in 1652 against the stone wall of St Michael’s churchyard near Cornhill in London. That sludge-like coffee, Green says, was in keeping with the Turkish proverb: “Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love.”
But price is not the only consideration. The “prolific thieves” interviewed by law enforcement suggest that the ease of selling something outweighs its retail value.
The 49 different exchanges that lease space at this data center sent a record 9.6 million messages per second through its fiber-optic cables in February. Every day, electronic trades representing trillions of dollars’ worth of equities, derivatives, currencies, and fixed-income assets pass under this roof. This is NY4. This is where Wall Street actually transacts.
The mosquito that spreads the virus is found in parts of the United States, but health authorities have said they are optimistic any transmission in this country would be quickly controlled.
Not only is the CDC helping the authorities install window screens on homes in these communities, it is working with local authorities to distribute 4,000 Zika prevention kits. The contents include condoms as well as repellent because sexual transmission is now proven.
"Whether it's Lassa or Zika or Ebola or SARS or the next HIV or yellow fever, which is spreading in Angola and for which we don't have enough vaccine, there are really big challenges out there," he said. "No one would have predicted that Zika causing birth defects would be the next health threat." Frieden, Fauci and others have frankly told Congress of the threat and their worries that letting the health systems in other countries fall apart will eventually cost American lives and even more money than prevention would. And they say unless they're allowed to build up better surveillance systems, new diseases will continue to catch the world by surprise. advertisement "No one would have predicted that Zika causing birth defects would be the next health threat." House Democrats have sided with them. "The money appropriated for the CDC to fight Ebola is meant to be spent over the next five years to build public health infrastructure and detect, prevent, and respond to future outbreaks. We cannot abandon this fight simply because the threat appears to be diminished," said Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
I've learned that no matter what the company, government office, or crucial segment of society, there are people in there saying "Oh my God I have no idea what I'm doing here", other people who will sit and do four minutes of work per day, and entire systems held in place with little more than spit and hope.
There will be bosses who have absolutely no idea what they're managing, whole divisions devoted to tasks that go nowhere, and people doing hours of work because they're unaware of the simple procedure that takes ten seconds.
Whole creaking procedures are followed because the guy who wrote them left the company years ago and nobody wants to rebuild from scratch. You can pay people tens of thousands of dollars to deliver reports that show nothing and really are derived from thin air.
And above all, above everything else, the very first credit card swipey machine ever invented should have had the sensor on both sides so you couldn't swipe it the wrong way, yet nobody will ever invent a device like that.
"going forward", as in "we will be instituting some amazing changes going forward." It seems to be creeping in everywhere and it's completely superfluous in every instance.
I mean, of course you're going forward. That's how time works. You're not traveling into the fucking past to do it.
Serious answer: Due to the shape of the "thought balloon" on the iPhone messaging system, it is possible to make a whale using two periods, some underscores and some carriage returns. My kids would be very sad if dad could no longer send them Babby Whale.
I only ever read Ender's Game and liked but didn't love it, but reading about Orson Scott Card's politics really turned me off from wanting to read more.
"It's not the camera. It's the photographer."
That's a cliche but it's just not true. Of COURSE someone with talent will take better photos with a point and shoot than a doofus will with a world class SLR, but Monet did better work with oils than he would have with crayolas. Period.
The quality of my photography, both in terms of the crispness and art of the photos I've taken, increased dramatically when I bought my first DSLR. And I still feel like I'm just getting started. A DSLR is something you can really grow with.
I'd vote for the Nikon D5000. It's a fantastic camera that opens up a world of possibilities. That's a camera you can grow with. Find yourself fascinated by macro photography? You can buy a macro lens for it. What if you start getting into taking portraits? You can buy a really sweet prime for it. Maybe street photography really does it for you? Or sports? Nature? Whatever... You can grow with that Nikon. And when you outgrow it, you just buy a new body for the lenses you already have.
Unless you will hate carrying around anything larger than a point and shoot, go with the Nikon. You won't regret it. And let's face it, you can't slip that G11 into your pants pocket, so you'll be carrying it around. Go with the Nikon.
The students would not have asked you why you got to use a laptop, they would have asked him why you got the exception.
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Perhaps you watch too much Lifetime television?
Is that a question I'd have to own a television to understand? I'm not trying to be condescending (no, really, I'm not).
Dude, I remember you. You're the "creepy aggro jerk" referenced here. You can keep peddling your little theory that women who are concerned about assault are quivering nail-biters who ought to just get over it and stop watching so much Oprah, but I won't be answering my door to listen to it.