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Schumpeter: The mindfulness business | The Economist
ciritique of mindfulness business: "The biggest problem with mindfulness is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement—and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. Gurus talk about “the competitive advantage of meditation”. Pupils come to see it as a way to get ahead in life. And the point of the whole exercise is lost. What has parading around in pricey lululemon outfits got to do with the Buddhist ethic of non-attachment to material goods? And what has staring at a computer-generated dot got to do with the ancient art of meditation? Western capitalism seems to be doing rather more to change eastern religion than eastern religion is doing to change Western capitalism."
mindfulness  meditation  buddhism  business  TheEconomist  Schumpeter  opinion 
december 2013 by pierredv
What Emerging Knowledge Economy? | Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. Aug 2013
"It's not uncommon for many college education and STEM advocates to claim that the fastest growing occupations over the next decade will require a college education and/or STEM skills. In this view, the economy is shedding low skill jobs (either from automation or trade) and America is specializing in high-wage, knowledge-based jobs that require a college degree. But if we are to have a really objective and productive debate about education policy, it's important to base it on reality not wishful thinking. And the reality is that when measured in terms of absolute growth (not percentage change) in job openings between 2010 and 2020, none of the top fastest growing occupations even require a bachelor's degree, and six of them don't even require a high school degree. And collectively these jobs make up more than 20 percent of the expected job openings by 2020 and pay median wages of just $26,150 per year. This by the way, goes a long way in explaining stagnant U.S. wages. "
ex  Huffington  Post  ITIF  STEM  opinion  Rob  Atkinson 
september 2013 by pierredv
What Emerging Knowledge Economy? | Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.
"So does this mean that focus on STEM and college is wrong. Yes and no. The focus on everyone getting a college degree clearly is wrong. With so many jobs of the future requiring no college whatsoever, encouraging everyone to go to college is clearly inefficient from a societal perspective because there will still be the same number of jobs requiring less than a high school degree. Whether or not to go to college is largely a choice based on how lucky one feels that they can beat the odds of being able to find a job that requires a college degree."
ITIF  STEM  opinion  Rob  Atkinson 
august 2013 by pierredv
Opinion: The end of spectrum auctions? — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
"Several recent developments have led many to question the assumption that auctions are always the best way of assigning spectrum to mobile operators. . . . Auctions are said to be economically efficient if they allocate spectrum to the bidder who places the highest private value on the spectrum. Economic efficiency assumes that the bidder who generates the highest private value also generates the highest social value. . . . A combinatorial auction has many benefits, but also limitations, particularly in a mature mobile market. An unfettered CCA favours large bidders and, depending on the rules, may allow vexatious bidding purely to impose costs on others. This means regulators introduce all manner of rules to undo what a combinatorial auction is all about, namely to allocate spectrum to the highest bidder. Such “auction limitation rules” include band specific or overall caps, band specific obligations, limitations to bid based on market share, high reserve prices, roaming rules...
auctions  spectrum  opinion  PolicyTracker 
may 2013 by pierredv
Technology Policy Institute - MSS Spectrum is "Most Available" Spectrum for Broadband Plan Goals
"The mobile satellite service (MSS) spectrum is the spectrum most immediately available for meeting the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan goals, explain Thomas Lenard and Lawrence White in "The Spectrum Crunch, MSS Spectrum and LightSquared," released today by the Technology Policy Institute."
TPI  opinion  LightSquared 
april 2013 by pierredv
When Spectrum Auctions Fail - IEEE Spectrum, Mitchell Lazarus
"Now, however, the tradition of letting those engineers work together to squeeze in links is under assault. More and more, government regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom have been awarding licenses for fixed-microwave communications to the highest bidder, auctioning off the spectrum as they have done for many other wireless services. In short, auctioning point-to-point microwave licenses just doesn’t make much sense—except perhaps for a few very competitive corridors. Otherwise, it’s better to let engineers coordinate these point-to-point operations, a system that has used the radio spectrum very efficiently ever since the radar engineers of World War II began turning their dishes into extremely reliable cables of air."
auctions  Mitchell-Lazarus  point-to-point  microwave  microwave  IEEE-Spectrum  opinion  FCC  licenses 
april 2013 by pierredv
Wireless SON learning concepts - Mar 2013, Ana Galindo-Serrano, Eric Moore
"Self-optimizing network applications for heterogeneous networks address coverage and capacity optimization, energy savings and interference coordination, as well as handset management enabling the best customer experience as possible. SON also aids operators with performance management for the network. As networks evolve into hetnets, the multi-layered functionalities managed by SON software provide over-sight of the network performance automatically. This benefit maintains the best network performance for an operator’s customers, which depends on multiple and interrelated network and environmental parameters that are difficult to manage manually."
SON  wireless  opinion  RCRWireless  Orange 
march 2013 by pierredv
50 years of Revolutions: A classic revisited - opinion - 26 October 2012 - New Scientist
"Normal science, then, is characterised by a paradigm, which legitimises the puzzles and problems on which the community works. All is well until the methods legitimised by that paradigm cannot cope with the anomalies that emerge; a crisis results and persists until a new achievement redirects research and serves as a new paradigm. This is a paradigm shift."
physics  philosophy  opinion  NewScientist  science 
february 2013 by pierredv
What truly exists? Structure as a route to the real - opinion - 28 November 2012 - New Scientist
Chemist Eric Scerri on structural realism "For [LSE philosopher of science John] Worrall, what survives when scientific theories change is not so much the content (entities) as the underlying mathematical structure (form)." See also Scerri's book "A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table"
opinion  reality  NewScientist  science  philosophy 
december 2012 by pierredv
Is There Something To Be Done About Broadband Competition? - Hal Singer, Forbes Oct 2012
"Two dominant schools of thought have emerged in the broadband policy arena. The first, represented by the views of Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, is that there is not enough competition to cable modem service and thus government must intervene to prevent a likely abuse of market power. A second camp believes that there is no basis for proactive policies designed to increase the number of broadband providers, even in local markets served by a single provider. The high margins enjoyed by the first provider, they claim, rewards risk-taking behavior and will induce further entry.

A third perspective gaining some traction and to which I and hopefully a few others subscribe posits that there is still a limited role for policy so long as improving consumer welfare is the objective. "
opinion  x:forbes  netneutrality  competition  broadband 
october 2012 by pierredv
Bagehot: The nanny state | The Economist Oct 20, 2012
"For Conservatives, the promise of keeping families together trumps traditional concerns about an interfering state. Tories also like the programme’s focus on teaching people how to take responsibility for their own lives, and its promise of saving money in the long term. The party that rails against the nanny state has come to embrace state nannying."
government  opinion  TheEconomist  poverty  UK  politics 
october 2012 by pierredv
The U.S. Government's Obsolete & Dysfunctional Spectrum Management | Scott Cleland - The Daily Caller Oct 2012
"The current Federal steward of radio frequency assignment authority is the low-level Office of Spectrum Management buried in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. While ostensibly it has the responsibility for “managing” the Federal spectrum inventory and assignments, it has minimal legal or delegated authority, power, or clout to actually efficiently or effectively manage the nation’s spectrum for the benefit of the Nation or the U.S. taxpaying public. In reality, they are a caretaker and bookkeeper of the nation’s spectrum, not a manager of it — no one is."
opinion  spectrum  regulation  NTIA 
october 2012 by pierredv
Chairman Genachowski, "Winning The Global Bandwidth Race" | Julius Genachowski, Wharton Oct 4, 2012
efficiency  spectrum  FCC  opinion  mobile  bandwidth  speeches 
october 2012 by pierredv
Sometimes science must give way to religion : Nature News & Comment
"Science advocates have been keen to claim that the Higgs discovery is important for everyone. Yet in practical terms, the Higgs is an incomprehensible abstraction, a partial solution to an extraordinarily rarified and perhaps always-incomplete intellectual puzzle. By contrast, the Angkor temples demonstrate how religion can offer an authentic personal encounter with the unknown. At Angkor, the genius of a long-vanished civilization, expressed across the centuries through its monuments, allows visitors to connect with things that lie beyond their knowing in a way that no journalistic or popular scientific account of the Higgs boson can. Put another way, if, in a thousand years, someone visited the ruins of the Large Hadron Collider, where the Higgs experiment was conducted, it is doubtful that they would get from the relics of the detectors and super­conducting magnets a sense of the subatomic world that its scientists say it revealed."
opinion  Angkor  physics  particle-physics  religion  philosophy  NatureJournal 
august 2012 by pierredv
Political divides begin in the brain - opinion - 10 April 2012 - New Scientist
Based on John Hibbing's work, exploring wither political preferences might be based in biology.
Differences between liberals and conservatives in aversive stimuli, differences in brain structure: conservatives have larger right amygdala, liberals have more grey matter in anterior cingulate cortex. For example in startle reflexes: "Conservatives on average really do seem to respond to fear and threat differently, and to focus on what Hibbing calls the "aversive" in life, rather than the "appetitive"."
Liberals rate higher on openness, conservatives higher on conscientiousness
*  brain-ACC  brain-amygdala  psychology  bias  politics  opinion 
july 2012 by pierredv
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever
"In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is."
satire  games  opinion  culture  humor 
may 2012 by pierredv
Unblinking eyes in the sky | The Economist Tech Qtrly March 2012
"Technology and society: Drone aircraft are no longer restricted to military use. They are being built and used by hobbyists, activists and estate agents, among others. What are the implications for safety and privacy?"
surveillance  drones  UAV  privacy  FAA  opinion 
march 2012 by pierredv
IMF chief Lagarde: Woman of the year in 2012? - Monitor editorial
"Her strong suit is in bringing the players together, nudging them to act, and then letting them take the lead and the credit. “I want to be desperately optimistic,” she told CBS. “And I want to believe that countries will understand that they can actually change the course of things.”"
people  profile  France  finance  CSMonitor  opinion  credit  quotations 
march 2012 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Enterprising oldies | The Economist Feb 2012
"Founding new businesses is not a monopoly of the young, even if it seems so nowadays"
ageing  innovation  TheEconomist  opinion 
march 2012 by pierredv
Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom - Feb 2012
Tag: "Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model. "
internet  governance  multi-stakeholder  opinion  x:wsj 
february 2012 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Big and clever | The Economist Dec 2011
Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones "... Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute, a think-tank. In a new report on “scale and innovation”, he concludes that today’s economy favours big companies over small ones'
innovation  scale  TheEconomist  opinion 
january 2012 by pierredv
LightSquared: By Hook or Crook « Jan 2012
Seybold quoting Lightsquared “It does not matter whether the Commission characterizes commercial GPS receivers as unlicensed receive-only earth stations that operate under Part 25 of the Commission’s rules, or as unlicensed devices that operate under Part 15 of the Commission’s rules. The relevant precedent under either analysis reaches the same inescapable result: unlicensed commercial GPS receivers simply are not entitled to interference protection from LightSquared’s licensed operations in the MSS band.”
gps  LightSquared  interference  x:andrewseybold  opinion 
january 2012 by pierredv
The dark side of altruism - opinion - 09 September 2011 - New Scientist
Opinion piece by Barbara and Guruprasad Madhavan; co-editors of "Pathological Altruism," Oakley author of "Cold-Blooded Kindness: Neuroquirks of a codependent killer" "A pathological altruist is someone who is sincerely motivated to help others, but whose supposedly altruistic acts have harmful consequences." Examples: "during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, many Hutus killed Tutsis because they thought that in doing so they would help to protect their fellow Hutus" "anorexia may be rooted in pathologies of altruism: ... tendency of people with anorexia to sacrifice their own needs and interests" "Hitler, for example, was a master at using people's best traits - their faith, hope, love and willingness to make sacrifices - to his own advantage as he steered his nation to war"
behavior  psychology  opinion  NewScientist  altruism 
november 2011 by pierredv
No Consensus About Whether Nation Is Divided Into ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
"Despite an extended economic downturn, the public’s impression of whether the nation is economically divided remains relatively stable. While 45% say American society is divided between “haves” and “have-nots,” 52% say it is incorrect to think of the country this way. This is comparable to the balance of opinion a year ago."
USA  recession  poverty  class  x:pew  opinion 
september 2011 by pierredv
Liberate liberal arts from the myth of irrelevance -
"Today’s employers want workers who are thinkers. To meet the demands of the 21st century student and economy, a new model of liberal arts is emerging – one tied to hands-on experience" ". . .the vast majority of employers say they are less interested in specialized job proficiencies. Instead, they favor analytical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills – the broad intellectual and social competencies available through a liberal arts education."
education  USA  csmonitor  opinion 
september 2011 by pierredv
Buttonwood: Running out of options | The Economist July 30, 2011
Just like complexity everywhere - cf. fire suppression - trying to prevent problems from occurring at all makes the eventual conflagration all the greater "ECONOMIC policy in the developed world over the past 25 years has followed one overriding principle: the avoidance of recession at all costs. For much of this period monetary policy was the weapon of choice. When markets wobbled, central banks slashed interest rates. A by-product of this policy was a series of debt-financed asset bubbles." "A policy of avoiding small recessions has resulted in the biggest downturn since the 1930s"
complexity  unintended-consequences  economist  opinion  recession  quotations 
september 2011 by pierredv
Overcoming Our Aversion to Acknowledging Our Ignorance | Gardner and Tetlock | Cato Unbound
Two groups of experts:
One group of experts tended to use one analytical tool in many different domains; they preferred keeping their analysis simple and elegant by minimizing “distractions.” These experts zeroed in on only essential information, and they were unusually confident. . .

The other lot used a wide assortment of analytical tools, sought out information from diverse sources, were comfortable with complexity and uncertainty, and were much less sure of themselves—they tended to talk in terms of possibilities and probabilities and were often happy to say “maybe.” . . .
futures  prediction  opinion  trends  ** 
july 2011 by pierredv
Turn your back on opulence, America - Umair Haque - CSMonitor.comJune 2011
Quote: The above is what you might call an "outcomes gap": a chasm between what our economy produces and what you might call a meaningfully well-lived life, what the ancient Greeks called eudaemonia. While often translated as "happiness," eudaemonia is actually a bit more complicated. A better translation would be "flourishing."
happiness  csmonitor  opinion  flourishing  economics  economy  well-being 
june 2011 by pierredv
Out of control: How to live in an unfathomable world - tech - 17 May 2011 - New Scientist
Strapline: "We need to accept that the interactions of technology, society and nature are now beyond our understanding" Opinion piece by Braden Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz, based on their book "The Techo-Human Condition" Divide technologies into three levels, with increasing amounts of interconnection, Level I to Level III. Quote: "The world we are creating thus demands a transition from our almost paranoid societal obsession with Level I certainty and coherence to acceptance that Level III uncertainties and contradictions are the essence of the world we have already made. The question now is how to enable rational and ethical behaviour in a world too complex for applied rationality, how to make our ignorance an opportunity for continual learning and adjustment." They argue that most technology systems are now Level III, but we persist in believing we can manage them in terms of the determinism at Level I.
change  complexity  technology  NewScientist  opinion  books  *** 
may 2011 by pierredv
Paul Ryan's reality check on budget hysteria: GOP plan bolsters the safety net -
"Paul Ryan explains why the GOP's 2012 budget not only prevents a fiscal disaster, it strengthens America's safety net by directing more assistance to those who need it most."
politics  opinion  csmonitor  poverty  budget  * 
may 2011 by pierredv
Down with People! - The 2011 TIME 100 - Joel Stein
A wonderful antidote to TIME's nauseating hagiography, 100 Most Influential People in the World
See related to Ann Cheslaw project: ""
x:time-magazine  opinion  parody  humor  things 
may 2011 by pierredv
IPv4 Addresses Not Property, Canada Weighs in on the Nortel/Microsoft Transfer
"letter written by Industry Canada (a department of the Canadian government). . . supports the Internet Technical Communities long standing position that IP addresses are not property that can be bought and sold
microsoft  canada  internet  governance  opinion  via:cybertelecom 
april 2011 by pierredv
Religion is irrational, but so is atheism - opinion by Jonathan Lanman - 28 March 2011 - New Scientist
strap: "Why are some people religious and others atheists? Do we really know what we mean by atheism? Jonathan Lanman thinks he has found a very paradoxical clue" His definitions: "non-theism": lack of belief in the existence of supernatural agents "strong atheism": the moral opposition to religious beliefs and values Argues that threat levels promote religious beliefs, including strong atheism: "Strong atheism is not the absence of an in-group ideology but the defence of one: modern secularism."
psychology  religion  NewScientist  opinion 
april 2011 by pierredv
The selfish metaphor: Conceits of evolution - Mary Midgley - 31 January 2011 - New Scientist
Tag line: "Many people dismiss metaphors and imagery as surface polish. But just look at the way they have hijacked our thinking on evolution" Midgley: "The trouble with metaphors is that they don't just mirror scientific beliefs, they also shape them. Our imagery is never just surface paint, it expresses, advertises and strengthens our preferred interpretations. It also usually carries unconscious bias from the age we live in - and this can be tricky to ditch no matter how faulty, unless we ask ourselves how and why things go wrong, and start to talk publicly about how we should understand metaphor."
metaphor  evolution  NewScientist  opinion  *  history 
march 2011 by pierredv
The Public Renders a Split Verdict On Changes in Family ...
"The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes; a third is tolerant but skeptical; and a third considers them bad for society.

opinion  trends  x:pew 
february 2011 by pierredv
Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior -
Wonderfully opinionated piece about immigrant parenting, taking on stereotypes and having fun with them
"What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you're good at it"
family  culture  china  opinion  learning  x:wsj  *** 
january 2011 by pierredv
How Lincoln Undid the Union -
Lincoln was disingenous about slavery: he contended in public that he was trying to save the Union, but in private he was urging opposition to pro-slavery compromises even at the price of Union
US  history  slavery  opinion  NYTimes  politics 
december 2010 by pierredv
You can't fight violence with violence - opinion Metin Başoğlu - 13 July 2010 - New Scientist
Psychology of vengeance "both humans and animals respond with anger and aggression to threats to their physical and psychological well-being and that retaliatory aggression attenuates the feelings of helplessness that arise from trauma"
ethics  psychology  war  morality  opinion  NewScientist 
august 2010 by pierredv
Deepak Chopra's God 2.0 | Big Questions Online - Michael Shermer
wonderful phrase, ascribed to Murray Gell-Mann: "quantum flapdoodle"
religion  science  atheism  opinion 
august 2010 by pierredv
Congregations Gone Wild - - Op-Ed Contributor
The trend towards consumer-driven religion "The pastoral vocation is to help people grow spiritually, resist their lowest impulses and adopt higher, more compassionate ways. But churchgoers increasingly want pastors to soothe and entertain them."
religion  opinion  NYTimes 
august 2010 by pierredv
Widespread Support for Banning Full Islamic Veil in Western Europe - Pew Research Center
strong majorities in favor in France, Germany, but strong opposition in US
x:pew  opinion  religion 
july 2010 by pierredv
How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late: Andy Grove - Bloomberg
"Friedman is wrong. Startups are a wonderful thing, but they cannot by themselves increase tech employment. "
"You could say, as many do, that shipping jobs overseas is no big deal because the high-value work -- and much of the profits -- remain in the U.S. That may well be so. But what kind of a society are we going to have if it consists of highly paid people doing high-value-added work -- and masses of unemployed? "
economy  innovation  technology  growth  opinion  via:kevinschofield 
july 2010 by pierredv
Is Steve Jobs Big Brother? - Opinionator Blog -
"Harry McCracken, who suggested a theory that seemed outlandish at first but is making more and more sense to me: Steve Jobs just isn’t bent on world domination. I mean, sure, all other things being equal, he might love to rule the world. So would I. But there are things he won’t sacrifice for that goal."
opinion  NYTimes  apple 
june 2010 by pierredv
when the president is king: CityPress: Columnists: MaxduPreez
Comparing Zuma to Moshewshoe, Sekhukhune, Sobhuza
via Charl van der Merwe
politics  opinion  South-Africa 
march 2010 by pierredv
Where do atheists come from? 3 Mar 2010
"Social scientists have long wondered why so many people believe in God. We should ask why the rest don't, say Lois Lee and Stephen Bullivant" See also editorial,
religion  atheism  opinion  NewScientist 
march 2010 by pierredv
Politics in America: What's gone wrong in Washington? | The Economist
"American politics seems unusually bogged down at present. Blame Barack Obama more than the system"
via:deaglan  economist  us  politics  opinion 
february 2010 by pierredv
With Buzz, Google takes another giant step towards turning into Microsoft | Technology | The Observer
"Google Buzz is a new social-networking tool developed by the search giant and designed to undermine Twitter and Facebook. It's breathtakingly crass and intrusive and takes astonishing liberties with your privacy"
theguardian  opinion  google  privacy 
february 2010 by pierredv
Glenn Harlan Reynolds: What I Saw at the Tea Party Convention - Feb 2010
"Mr. Obama made those promises because the ideas they represented were popular with average Americans. So popular, it turns out, that average Americans are organizing themselves in pursuit of the kind of good government Mr. Obama promised, but has not delivered. And that, in a nutshell, was the feel of the National Tea Party Convention. The political elites have failed, and citizens are stepping in to pick up the slack. "
opinion  us  politics 
february 2010 by pierredv
Ayn Rand and America's new culture war -
A discussion of Ayn Rand's resurgence. UVA history prof Jennifer Burns concludes: "The balance of power between religious fundamentalism and market fundamentalism is being recalibrated, a development that could have far-reaching consequences for how we understand the very categories of the political left, right, and center."
opinion  csmonitor  culture  politics  us 
january 2010 by pierredv
FCC Should Be Fair To WCS
By Randall Schwartz, WirelessWeek - April 01, 2002
critique of SDARS position
wireless  regulation  opinion  interference  WCS  SDARS  RF  Examples 
may 2009 by pierredv
Congress Approves Broadband to Nowhere - 1 Feb 09
"The result was a relatively paltry $6 billion for broadband in the House bill and $9 billion in the Senate, with each bill micromanaging the spending differently. The bills include different standards, speeds and other requirements for providers that would use the public funds."
broadband  internet  opinion  x:wsj 
february 2009 by pierredv
Do opinion pieces ever change your opinion? |
"Given the fixity of our partisan beliefs, it's a rare occurrence. Yet history shows that reason and rhetoric can win converts." Op-ed about op-eds by Jonathan Zimmerman
**  writing  opinion  csmonitor 
january 2009 by pierredv
We Need to Recapitalize the Banks - = Edmund Phelps
feedback effects:: "The banks' losses might seem poetic justice after their abominable performance. But costly feedback effects on the rest of us are in prospect."
banking  economics  finance  opinion  complexity  wsj 
october 2008 by pierredv
Michael Gerson - A Week of Hunger -
a moral issue. We have in place an automated food stamp program that is generally efficient and effective. We know it could be expanded with little increase in overhead.... So how is it then possible to justify funding three weeks of food instead of four?
hunger  opinion 
july 2008 by pierredv
The trouble with Western art today |
great analysis by Carol Strickland, CS Monitor art critic. Good quotes, e.g. The artist is the antenna of the race - Ezra Pound "By targeting either our senses or our mind – but not both simultaneously – much of contemporary art has lost the "whole-
art  opinion  CSMonitor 
january 2008 by pierredv

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