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Nation’s reading habits cause worry - Taipei Times -
"According to the report, there has been a lack of interest in reading among Taiwanese and that interest is still declining. On average, Taiwanese read two books per year, compared with 10 books per person per year in France; 8.4 books in Japan; 10.8 books in South Korea, 9.2 books in Singapore; between 10 and 15 books in Israel; and 15 books in Russia, the report said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The total expenditure of Taiwanese on books in 2008 was NT$1,374, or 0.29 percent of the nation’s average national income. In 2010, the amount was NT$1,536, also about 0.29 percent of the nation’s average income, it said." - Jessie
...I think that should be "total average expenditure," as 1,374 NT is less than $50 US. - Jessie
Just because we're not reading books doesn't mean we're not reading! We're reading tweets instead ;) - Amit Patel
15 books a year? Wusses. - Soup in a TARDIS
I wonder if this is just leisure reading, because I bet Taiwan's number would go up if they counted test prep books and required reading for schools. - Jessie
Americans read 1 book a year on average,but aren't worried. Also, reading Chinese is a pain. If I had t read Chinese, I'd read 0 books a year. :-) - Piaw Na
Amit Patel
Gwapo's Professional DDOS Service - YouTube -
Gwapo's Professional DDOS Service - YouTube
Do you need DDOS services? You can now buy them online, with bitcoins, to attack you competitors. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Over-Consumption Myth - Elizabeth Warren :
"As American families sink deeper in debt, they have endured non-stop criticism from multiple quarters. Economists and sociologists have set the pace, describing families’ collective lust for goods they could easily forgo. Powerful politicians and the popular press have picked up the theme, chiding families for their profligate ways. The accusations are sharp, the assertions are confident and unambiguous, and the tone of condemnation is unmistakable. " - Andrew C (✔)
"They have more money and they aren’t spending themselves into oblivion on designer water and DVDs, so how did middle-class families get into so much financial trouble? The answer starts, quite literally, at home. It would be possible to pile cliché on cliché about the home, but restraint forces me to settle for this observation: The home is the single most important purchase for the average middle-class family. " - Andrew C (✔)
"The Over-Consumption diehards are clearing their throats, eager to interrupt to explain why housing prices shot up despite expert predictions. If they cannot sustain their claim that families are spending too much on frivolous purchases , these critics can simply adjust their chant to declare that Americans’ materialistic and shallow motivations have driven housing prices up. [...] The... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"There is no doubt that families are spending more, but not because they are upgrading to Corinthian leather and built-in seat warmers. Instead, the typical family with children spent its money on something a bit more prosaic — a second car. Once an unheard-of luxury within the middle class, the second car has become a necessity. [...] What about the price tag on that second car? An... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The Over-Consumption story dominates any discussion of the financial condition of America’s families, but when all the plusses and minuses of changes in family spending are added up, a very different picture emerges. Families are spending less on ordinary consumption and more on the basics of being middle class. These data tell a story of middle class families clipping coupons and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I like this phrase: "Families are spending less on ordinary consumption and more on the basics of being middle class." I've been thinking a lot about that recently - how much spending it takes to live what is perceived as a normal, middle-class lifestyle. - Brian Johns
But that's her point: the actual basics of a normal, middle-class lifestyle: a house (and not that fancy either), insurance, and tuition are what has gotten way more expensive. Even cars, which have genuinely gotten more expensive, are offset by their longer useful lifetime. Discretionary spending has barely changed. Our parents went to movies and bars and restaurants too. They took... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
How many services will Google hamstring or cut to make G+ look better by comparison? Specifically, how long until they get to "we have to make Gmail worse"?
I'm betting, Youtube is next. Change the system so it is inside of G+. News will go away sometime. Maps will be pushed into G+ as well. Search, well just wrap G+ around the search bar and you got AOL/Yahoo all over again. What is old is new. - Me
When you lay it out like that, News first. Youtube may have massive costs, but I gather it's breakeven to profitable now, and Search is profitable. Not sure about Maps, but Maps is at least strategically important in ways Reader and (IMO) News aren't. Drive was expanded since Google Docs 1.0 didn't get much traction and Dropbox was coming up fast, but I could see them killing off Drive too, or at least heavily G+-ifying it. - Andrew C (✔)
they will hamstring whatever that needs to be hamstrung to get G+ traction. FB's platform is generating gaining more revenue then google ad's . So its a strategic battle to consolidate their programmers and being able to focus on what can make them totally Social ! - Peter Dawson
I forgot a few: Blogger will be probably closed. No money and move the people to use G+ as it is competing for content. "Why should you use Blogger when you can use your G+ account to post your thoughts??" Finance will go with News. Wallet is similar to Drive as it is integrated into your account already and with Android. Voice might be pushed into the GChat combined service as they are using that and could make money if they wanted to. Shopping will probably be pushed into G+. - Me
news certainly will go away.. Youtube may not so soon, maps will get integrated. Drive and Doc' s will have to be seperate as G+ is social and Drive+Docs is basically for SME business (who into biz) and not there for social stuff. - Peter Dawson
Oh yeah, Blogger will almost definitely be closed. That's a shame. - Andrew C (✔)
In the end, Google will be just a dashboard of your email/chat/blog/social interaction with calendar, maps, videos and search bar above to search everyone elses information and then the web afterwards. Which will make it... AOL circa 1998 - Me
^^ That sounds like iGoogle, which they're killing. - Anika
If/when they pull the plug on G+ (hey, it happened to Wave and Buzz), I hope the next one is called "Google*". - Andrew C (✔)
I vote for "Google Classic" - Me
Actually thinking about it.. Andrew's name works. Just have the Asterisk link to a disclaimer "All services are in beta and will be closed at our whim." - Me
They'll call it "Google Wildcard" or "Google Multiply", but yeah, I'll call it "Asterisk" or "Disclaimer". - Andrew C (✔)
I've got a custom URL for my blogger blog. How would that get ported to google+? - Joe
Cname to your G+ profile url? - Me
"You don't get to 500 million plus-ers by making your other stuff good and usable." <-- first draft - Andrew C (✔)
I think Google's URLs are a sign that Google doesn't care about readable URLs. I remember the day when it was … - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Google Trends: [google reader] vs [google plus]. Red is Google Plus, Blue is Google Reader.
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This should give me hope, that if Google Reader can be shut down because of low interest, Google Plus can too! ;-) ;-) ;-) - Amit Patel
LOL, If they keep closing the bottom 20% of their products, eventually they will have zero products. (Zeno's Paradox not withstanding) ;) - NOT THE CRICKET
Amit Patel
See that drop near the end of 2011? You know what happened? Google Reader got redesigned to fit in with Google+.
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The screenshots in that post are incredible. - Louis Gray
Heh, when I read that earlier today, Louis, I couldn't help but see your name jump out. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, I basically stopped using it at that time for the same reason. I rarely use Google+ and I disliked the removal of certain features a great deal. - Friar Will
Amazing how a service that is all about capturing content may not be a good fit with a service that is all about reading other people's content. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
Tower defense games are popular, but haven't appeared to do much for sales of traditional RTSes.
In RTSes I enjoy building up my city and defenses. But the multiplayer focus of most RTSes means that games are designed to be short and fast, with more offense and less defense. So I play tower defense games because they can be slower and defensive — it's no longer the kind of game RTSes are. But I'd much prefer to play an RTS that let me play defensively. - Amit Patel
are RTS sales down? Last I checked they were a healthy genre - Piaw Na
Doesn't really seem like they're a healthy genre any more. It's basically Starcraft making money as far as I know. Other developers in the genre (Relic ("Homeworld") and Gas Powered Games ("Supreme Commander") have had to abandon it for more lucrative genres. - Andrew C (✔)
Also, two of the top Google auto-complete suggestions for "rts genre" (without quotes) are "rts genre dying" and "rts genre dead" ... - Andrew C (✔)
Supreme Commander FTW. Really though, I blame EA for the decline of RTS - their interpretations of Command and Conquer ruined everything. - Mo Kargas
Wow, is SC2: WoL really the only entry in the genre in the last three years? In a Moore's Law world that seems fairly dead. - Victor Ganata
Victor, Civ 5 has come out in that period. Only a few months more recently than SC2:WoL and SC2:HotS should be out any time (like next week). NVM, what am I thinking, Civ's always been TBS. - NOT THE CRICKET
Definitely seems like the genre shriveled up after 2010, though. - NOT THE CRICKET
I didn't realize that EA was coming out with a new C&C game this year. And it looks like it's going to be always-online, too. Oh, man. - Victor Ganata
Besides Dragon Age III (which I'm teetering on iffy), I will be avoiding EA for the foreseeable future. As for RTSes, yeah, it seems like the genre is about dried up. If not for the Koreans and MLG, Starcraft may also have died. There may be a shift to turn-based strategy games, at least on handheld consoles. - Arlan K.
I wonder if any developers have experimented with touchscreen specific UI for RTSes, instead of just mimicking mouse/keyboard UIs. - Victor Ganata
FF: Revenant Wings for the DS was touchscreen based. It wasn't a build and assault type though. More tactical RTS with some resource management. Touchscreen controls I can see would be difficult for a game like SC. It would probably mostly be used for moving the camera, choosing units, selecting waypoints and targeting and flipping between tactical information screens. With construction and building units, I can see hotkeys still being king of interface control. - Arlan K.
Andrew C (✔)
The Grand Bargain Is Neither Grand Nor A Bargain - Esquire -
"With all due respect to the president, his plan for "common sense" is a terrible idea. It was a terrible idea in 2009. It was a terrible idea in 2010. And it is a terrible idea now. I hope the progressives in the House shred this thing. I hope Bernie Sanders lights it on fire on the steps of the Capitol. I hope Lyndon Johnson comes back from the fking dead and drinks all the Scotch in the White House and keeps Gene Sperling up all night talking about his inseam and about how his pants are too tight in the crotch." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I am no political genius, but if this is the best the White House has to offer for economic leadership, then Barack Obama is the biggest sucker in two shoes. You give us chained-CPI and a rise in the eligibility age for Medicare and we'll close some loopholes that will be open again in six months, which will be aboue when we've also set about destroying what's left of the social safety... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Paul Ryan wants to kill Medicare because he doesn't believe it to be a legitimate function of government. Period. He doesn't want to kill it a little and then go away. He wants it dead. The Republicans want rich people to pay almost nothing in taxes, and they want the government to fail because of it. Period. They don't want rich people to pay just a little less in taxes and only... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Voters in Swiss referendum back curbs on executives' pay and bonuses | World news | The Guardian -
"Swiss voters have approved measures to curb executives' pay and outlawed golden parachutes that can result on directors pocketing multimillion-pound payoffs. Exit polls suggested almost 68% of those who turned out for Sunday's referendum, and all of Switzerland's 26 cantons, were in favour of the measures, which also include giving shareholders a binding vote on executive pay, banning golden hellos and banning bonuses that encourage buying or selling firms. Boards of directors that fail to comply face jail terms." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The draft law, which covers Swiss companies listed on Swiss or foreign stock exchanges, is likely to put pressure on David Cameron, who has signalled his intention to object to proposals put forward by Brussels for a cap on bankers' bonuses." - Andrew C (✔)
We Found Our Son in the Subway - -
We Found Our Son in the Subway -
Lovely story. "The story of how Danny and I were married last July in a Manhattan courtroom, with our son, Kevin, beside us, began 12 years earlier, in a dark, damp subway station." - rønin from Bookmarklet
Wonderful story - read it people it's not that long - Steve C, Team Marina
Steven Perez
Andrew C (✔)
Carried Interest, an Unjust Privilege for Financiers - -
"OF the many injustices that permeate America's byzantine tax code, few are as outrageous as the tax rate on "carried interest" -- the profits made by private equity and hedge fund managers, as well as venture capitalists and partners in real estate investment trusts. This huge tax benefit enriches an already privileged sliver of financiers and violates basic standards of fairness and common sense." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Millions of general partners in investment funds receive carried-interest income when they earn profits for their clients. Since these partners do not have to risk any of their own capital, carried interest is really a taxpayer-subsidized fee for managing their clients' money -- often 20 percent of the profits generated in the fund, and sometimes significantly more than that. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Regrettably unattainable art | Film | AVQ&A | The A.V. Club -
Regrettably unattainable art | Film | AVQ&A | The A.V. Club
"The one that most chaffs me, even as I respect the impulse that keeps it inaccessible, is a 13-minute animated short from 2002: "Mei And The Kitten Bus," directed by Hayao Miyazaki himself, as a spin-off of My Neighbor Totoro. It can only be seen at Studio Ghibli's museum in the Tokyo suburbs--it's never been released online or for home viewing. That's a smart marketing move for Miyazaki and the museum, but it does mean I'd have to travel to Japan to watch the child protagonist of one of my favorite movies go on an adventure with an adorable miniature version of the Catbus from the film." -- I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THIS TILL NOW - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Coursera and Udacity are competing education startups that came out of Stanford. One of Coursera's founders is Andrew Ng. One of Udacity's founders is Sebastian Thrun. Both of them also work at Google. Andrew works on Google Brain, which is part of Google X, which is headed up by Sebastian.
What do you do when your boss founded a startup that directly competes with yours? - Amit Patel
Innnnnnnnnteresting. - Spidra Webster
why is Daphne Koller not at google? or is she? - kartik vaithyanathan
also type in 'coursera founder' and 'udacity founder' in google search results and see what comes up - kartik vaithyanathan
competition drives innovation! - Laura Norvig
Andrew C (✔)
Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Hapless Bank Regulators At First Hearing (VIDEO) -
Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Hapless Bank Regulators At First Hearing (VIDEO)
"The Democratic senator from Massachusetts had a straightforward question for them: When was the last time you took a Wall Street bank to trial? It was a harder question than it seemed." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
""There are district attorneys and United States attorneys out there every day squeezing ordinary citizens on sometimes very thin grounds and taking them to trial in order to make an example, as they put it. I'm really concerned that 'too big to fail' has become 'too big for trial,'" Warren said. " - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen Mack
Andrew is Canadian, a big 30 Rock fan, skilled at improv, and an astute commenter on American politics. Follow him if you don't already! - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I second that recommendation. - John (bird whisperer)
Indeed. - Jennifer Dittrich
I already follow the guy, and I appreciate the political commentary :) - Eivind
(whoops, wasn't following Stephen till now.) I'm not skilled at improv, but I try, and I love it. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Why The Theory That Millennials Don't Care About Cars Is Wrong - Forbes -
Astonishing. Larissa Faw openly makes stuff up, cites anecdotes, and generally writes an opinion piece challenging the conventional wisdom but bringing absolutely no facts to back her up. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"These theories overlook one essential fact: 99.9% of all 15-year-olds dream about receiving a vehicle for their 16th birthday. (This may be a slight exaggeration, but only by a few percentage points.)" - Andrew C (✔)
Is it really conventional wisdom that the reason Millenials don't want cars is because of environmental-concerns and rising price of gas? Her "entitled generation" theory just sounds ridiculous prima facie, but I can still imagine that it isn't necessarily that they don't want cars, they just can't afford it because of the state of the economy. - Victor Ganata
The sad irony is that places where it would be completely feasible to not have a car are also places with ridiculously high costs-of-living. - Victor Ganata
And if they're living in a multigenerational household (i.e., still at their parents' house) they may not need to *buy* a car. - Victor Ganata
Well, young people still move to SF or NYC. They just have a bunch of roommates or live a little further away but still on the main transit lines. Or both. Probably both. - Andrew C (✔)
That's the problem I'm having Victor. I sold my car when I was still in the Bay Area and hadn't yet dropped to SSDI. Now that I'm on it, I desperately need a car again because the places with the rents I can afford by myself aren't near public transit. - Spidra Webster
My friends are baffled by their kids lack of interest in driving. One friend just posted on FB how she surprised her daughter with driving lessons. Her daughter was like, "You could've bought me something I needed." They have 6 cars, 2 drivers, but 4 people of driving age in their house. Both kids use public transportation. They live in Redlands. - Anika
{looks up Redlands} - damn, that's hardcore. I've been carfree this long, but part of it has been by picking transit-friendly cities. - Andrew C (✔)
My half-brother and aunts boyfriend could have easily gotten me a starter car when I was a teen. I didn't want to drive for a lot of reasons, but didn't need to because I lived in a small town where everything was in walking distance and if I was going further away, so was someone else. Now I need a car and don't have the connections for a cheap junker, plus the additional costs are not a bit daunting. - Heather
Yeah, not only do they live far away, but her son commutes to CSULB by train. When I lived in Upland, West Covina or Pomona, I used to take the bus to the Valley, South Bay or LA. It wasn't hard at all. It was actually harder to get around by public transportation within the suburb I lived in. Most of the buses don't run on the weekend and after 5 or 6pm, the gaps would be bigger. - Anika
Tudor Bosman
Fucking, Austria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Fucking, Austria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Fucking is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria. The village is 33 kilometres (21 mi) north of Salzburg, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the German border. Despite having a population of only 104, the village has become famous for its name in the English-speaking world. Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until 2005, when they were modified to be theft-resistant." - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
Its sister city is Gebumse, VA. - Eivind
Andrew C (✔)
Hawke and Delpy Chat in New Pictures from 'Before Midnight' | Rope of Silicon -
Hawke and Delpy Chat in New Pictures from 'Before Midnight' | Rope of Silicon
Hawke and Delpy Chat in New Pictures from 'Before Midnight' | Rope of Silicon
CAN. NOT. WAIT. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Sundance buzz is so strong it's in my trending list (or is that global? It's probably local, right?): - Andrew C (✔)
Andy Bakun
Approximate pH values of everyday solutions -
Approximate pH values of everyday solutions
Is this why vampires have such great teeth? - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
Man, can you imagine how different the world would be if there were an organization that fought for our right to freely access information with the same fervor of the NRA fighting to ensure we have the right to freely acquire guns?
I think there are organizations that work with the same fervor but they don't have the same deep pockets. - Spidra Webster
That would be the ACLU and the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. - DJF from Android
EFF as well. But ACLU and EFF just don't have the $$ that the NRA does. Gun manufacturers have an incentive to fund the NRA. There are no manufacturers of freedom who have a vested interested in funding free access to information. - Spidra Webster
The parallel to the NRA is not an organisation advocating for free access to information, but radically defending the first amendment. - DJF from Android
Yeah, I wasn't really thinking along Constitutional lines here. Just pretend that there were an amendment that guaranteed free access to information, too, then. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The Mostly Solved Deficit Problem - -
The Mostly Solved Deficit Problem -
"True, there are projected problems further down the road, mainly because of the continuing effects of an aging population. But it still comes as something of a shock to realize that at this point reasonable projections do not, repeat do not, show anything resembling the runaway deficit crisis that is a staple of almost everything you hear, including supposedly objective news reporting." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"So you heard it here first: while you weren't looking, and the deficit scolds were doing their scolding, the deficit problem (such as it was) was being mostly solved. Can we now start talking about unemployment?" - Andrew C (✔)
Study: Bilinguals Have Faster Brains - Yahoo! News -
Study: Bilinguals Have Faster Brains - Yahoo! News
"Speaking two languages can actually help offset some effects of aging on the brain, a new study has found. Researchers tested how long it took participants to switch from one cognitive task to another, something that's known to take longer for older adults, said lead researcher, Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky. As he spoke to from his cell phone, he said he was also in a grocery store choosing between gala and granny smith apples - a perfect example of switching between cognitive tasks in everyday life." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
Sí. Estoy de acuerdo. - Harold Cabezas from Android
es la verdad ;) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Yay! I know English and C++! - Amit Patel
Ruchira S. Datta
Happy 2013 to everyone! May your year shine with joy, good fortune, fulfillment, good health, good work, and good times. May your journey to your best and highest self be garnished with laughter and wonder.
Happy New Year! - Afonso Xavier
Tudor Bosman
Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men -
Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men
Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men
Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men
"For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society. Many of the women assumed their male identities from an early age as a way to avoid the old codes that governed the tribal clans, which stated that women were the property of their husbands." - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Wow. Ryan Lanza wasn't the shooter. The shooter's mom wasn't a school teacher. What do so-called journalists get paid to do, actually?
rush to soundbyte - Greg GuitarBuster
Evan Williams
People Who Exercise On Work Days Happier, Suffer Less Stress -
Seems true for me - Evan Williams
Affirms my recent decision to get back in the gym at Google. :-) - Jeff Eddings
Yes, exercise is rewarding and reduces stress. This shouldn't be news to anyone :p - Charles Bihis
It's been shown over and over again that one of the best ways to build a strong mind is cardiovascular exercise (see: Yet our offices and schools aren't designed around that! - Piaw Na
Wow, I've never seen comment spam like that here before. :-( - Ruchira S. Datta
@ev Hi Evan..I went to school with you at Columbus High School...I can't figure out how to send these tweets..I keep trying..let me know if it works. I just heard about what you have done..Cami and you lived in Lincoln, and that was the last I heard from you..I'd love to hear from you...I can't believe what you have accomplished:-)! Michelle Loseke - Michelle Loseke
Best. Comment. Ever. - Kevin Fox
That is awesome. - Akiva
Brad DeLong
Raising the Retirement Age Is Not Good Politics -
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