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In Defense of Obama | Rolling Stone -
"In 2004, social issues, along with national security, were cudgels the right used to bludgeon liberals – I like to say that Bush won re-election by posing as America's defender against gay married terrorists. Ten years later, and the scene is transformed: Democrats have turned these social issues – especially women's rights – against Republicans; gay marriage has been widely legalized with approval or at least indifference from the wider public. We have, in a remarkably short stretch of time, become a notably more tolerant, open-minded nation." I too have come around on Obama. Delivering health care reform meant that I could forgive nearly everything else. And as Krugman pointed out, the other reforms were pretty ok. - Piaw Na
New Google Head David Besbris: We’re Here for the Long Haul (Q&A) | Re/code -
“We’re the largest we’ve ever been,” Wow. So G+ has managed to so little with so much. Search still doesn't work! - Piaw Na
Brio RailRoad Crossing -
Brio RailRoad Crossing
Most Instagrammed Vacation Destinations - Business Insider -
My translation: The most popular vacation spots in the world for shallow people who can't take a decent photograph. :-) - Piaw Na
Gaming the Coding Interview -
Are we starting to see why its really the exorbitant “burden” | Michael Pettis' CHINA FINANCIAL MARKETS -
"if foreign central banks buy trillions of dollars of US government bonds, except in the very unlikely case that there just happen to be trillions of dollars of productive American investments whose backers were unable to proceed only because American financial markets were unable to provide capital at reasonable prices, then either the US savings rates had to drop because a speculative investment boom unleashed a debt-funded consumption boom (i.e. household consumption rose faster than household income) or the US savings rate had to drop because of a rise in American unemployment. There is no other plausible outcome possible. Americans cannot wholly, and sometimes even partly, determine the American savings rate." - Piaw Na
IDG Connect – Steve Jobs: The Tech Bully Poster-Boy -
“A tech firm is like a dysfunctional alcoholic family where the parent is the drunk,” he added. “The poor family. Nobody else drinks but they all have to walk on eggshells. People check their dignity at the door in those kinds of companies. They live a deferred life because the sun is burning so brightly at the top of the company and everyone else is supposed to be a bunch of nothings. It is sickening.” Google was never like that. - Piaw Na
Information Processing: Chief Executives: brainpower, personality, and height -
"Very high intelligence actually negatively correlates with career success (Kotter), probably because smart people enjoy solving problems, rather than making money selling things -- which outside of quant trading, show business and sport is really the only way of being really successful." - Piaw Na
"Gaming the system may continue to work if you go to work for a big company. Depending on how broken the company is, you can succeed by sucking up to the right people, giving the impression of productivity, and so on. [2] But that doesn't work with startups. There is no boss to trick, only users, and all users care about is whether your product does what they want. Startups are as impersonal as physics. " It's one of the big reasons I like startups. That facet usually eliminates the people who are good politicians and no good at anything else. - Piaw Na
iPhone 6 Plus Review - Business Insider -
Yup. Apple users finally realize this too: the old iPhones were simply too small. - Piaw Na
Review: Able Brewing Disk for Aeropress -
Dumb Asses who don’t get the flu vaccine -
"So get the vaccine. And pass this essay on to someone else. The life you may save may be your own. Or be a Dumb Ass." - Piaw Na
How much longer can the global trading system last? | Michael Pettis' CHINA FINANCIAL MARKETS -
Today's must read: "the US would be better off today by significantly modifying the way it participates in the global trading system. The longer it waits to do so, the riskier it will be, and either the more debt or the more unemployment it will have to accept. " - Piaw Na
Are we producing too few or too many science and technology grads? | Ars Technica -
"even though our graduate schools may be producing highly qualified researchers, the research they're prepared for is often only appropriate in an academic setting; commercial entities end up looking for a different set of skills. Industry also ends up looking for more people at early stages of their careers—the bachelors and masters levels—but only if they have a relevant skill set" No way! Commercial entities just want cheap STEM talent. It's got nothing to do with academic focus. - Piaw Na
Why Google Encourages Having A Messy Desk - Business Insider -
Chart: It's Never Been a Better Time to Be Rich | Mother Jones -
Yup, the new gilded age. - Piaw Na
Occupational Hazards of Working on Wall Street - Bloomberg View -
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write - Mic -
"By writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events, participants were significantly more likely to have fewer illnesses and be less affected by trauma. Participants ultimately spent less time in the hospital, enjoyed lower blood pressure and had better liver functionality than their counterparts. It turns out writing can make physical wounds heal faster as well. In 2013, New Zealand researchers monitored the recovery of wounds from medically necessary biopsies on 49 healthy adults. The adults wrote about their thoughts and feelings for just 20 minutes, three days in a row, two weeks before the biopsy. Eleven days later, 76% of the group that wrote had fully healed. Fifty-eight percent of the control group had not recovered. " I wonder if all this applies to blogging. :-) - Piaw Na
Why Your Voice Sounds So Different - Business Insider -
Stock Market Crash - Business Insider -
The fundamentals don't look good. I am starting to get fearful, especially when you see questions on Quora like this one: - Piaw Na
Review: Indie Game The Movie -
Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer | Ars Technica -
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