“These (GOP) debates… they have jumped the shark. Because last night — I swear to God — the Republicans talked about three things: deporting Mexican grandmothers; building a colony on the Moon that could become the 51st state; and how Obama is out of touch.”—BILL MAHER, Real Time (via inothernews)
“The Dragon is a reminder everyone has dreams, and that the time to pursue them is now. Some may be as ridiculous as those of Don Quixote, comic hero of the famous Spanish novel. Others may change the world, or at least your life. Now is thus the time to take a chance, to reach for the proverbial brass ring, to not only dream but act on that impossible dream. The Dragon gives you the best chance to make it come true.”—Year of the Dragon ( x )
Whether you’re trying to write for the first time, or have been at it for a while, you’ll probably find some useful tips here. The course is intended mainly for younger (high school and middle school) writers, but it covers fundamentals you can build on no matter what your age.
To protect US intellectual property from foreign piracy there needs to be a method to isolate the movement across the borders. Throwing a huge net over the entire country is destructive to the US’s internal economy. The subject is more related to border security. In the US we have copyright and patent infringement laws that can and do work. Any legislation needed to better protect intellectual property should be surgical in nature.
“The job collapse bottomed out at the beginning of 2010, as the stimulus took effect. Since then, the U.S. has added 2.4 million jobs. That’s not enough, but it’s far better than what Romney would have you believe, and more than the net jobs created under the entire Bush administration.”—Andrew Sullivan (via engagedelectorate)
In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn’t quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate’s version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.
IBM Research is detailing its quest to find the smallest number of atoms required to store a bit, the fundamental unit of digital data. The answer is just 12, IBM says — a pretty remarkable stat considering that memory in today’s PCs has around a million atoms per bit (by our rough calculations, that’s nearly 69 quadrillion atoms for an 8GB machine). By aligning the atoms in two offset rows of six with alternating magnetic orientation, IBM figured out that it could isolate the bit so that it wouldn’t magnetically interfere with the bits around it.
“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”
It’s one thing to criticize Mitt Romney for being a businessman with the wrong values. It’s quite another to accuse him and his former company, Bain Capital, of doing bad things. If what Bain Capital did under Romney was bad for society, the burden shifts to Romney’s critics to propose laws that…