news from around the world: october 21, 2011

I assume you don't need links to articles announcing Gadhafi's death or President Obama's announcement that US troops will be pulling out of Iraq by the end of year. So, onwards with this week's hodgepodge...


Without Dennis Ritchie, there would be no Jobs

And so it should.

David Brooks is one of my favourite conservative commentators; wrong about many things, but likeable and rational in his delivery. Interestingly, the values he refers to are, for the most part, universal: not spending more than one's income, a just link between effort and reward. I think he doesn't quite understand the nature of working in America, however, when he writes that "now most people, even most young people, would rather work long-term for one company than move around in search of freedom and opportunity." No; what people want is stability and the freedom to control how they work, and not have corporations set the rules as to when and how people can work. Furthermore, he severely underestimates the Occupy Wall Street movement, but that's nothing new for him.

A fascinating and revealing look at the new social network taking aim at Facebook. Particularly interesting is an explanation into how it gets paid for. It's free for users, but they choose a brand to endorse their page - this means a single ad for a period of time. Or, you can pay a very small amount to forego the endorsement. Now that's what I call choice.

Video courtesy of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
Superconductivity Group School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University

Science is awesome. Check this out! The effect is possible thanks to the interaction of magnetic feels and supercooled superconductors.

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