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September 2012

September 26, 2012

"23 Photos You Should Not See While Fasting For Yom Kippur"

You've been warned.

This doesn't sound good for Microsoft

The headline is  worse than the article, but still: "Intel's CEO Says Windows 8 Is Full Of Bugs". 

And similarly for Cisco: "John Chambers Just Made A Bizarre Move At Cisco".

"Is Anti-Semitism Generic?"

Thomas Sowell says yes. At different times and in different places, several "middleman minorities" have been viciously persecuted

Top Ten "Hipster" Colleges

Since college application season is almost upon this, I link to this as a public service. 

September 25, 2012

"What is the Higgs boson? - video"

Doesn't make it much clearer for me. but your mileage may vary.

Fracking gets a big vote

"The Environmental Defense Fund Comes Out In Support Of Fracking".

Why? There's this: "Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are at their lowest level in 20 years. It’s not because of wind or solar power."

"The Mommy Track: The real reason why more women don’t rise to the top of companies"

Talking about this important topic in my MBA class today.  (Link courtesy of MBA student Jill.)

"The 12 Coolest Things We Learned From Nate Silver's Brand New Book"

This is interesting:

The National Weather Service makes one of the best models in the world

The weather — "the epitome of a dynamic system" — has been increasingly predictable due to the National Weather Service's use of modeling on supercomputers. They've halved the average error in a temperature forecast since 1970, and they've been able to cut down the average error in the location of hurricane landfall from a 350 mile radius to a 100 mile radius in a mere 25 years.

Their calibration is as near to perfect as can be expected when it comes to forecast probability: "When they say there is a 20 percent chance of rain, it really does rain 20 percent of the time." 

"Dietary antioxidants may help slash pancreatic cancer risk"

Pancreatic cancer has an extremely low remission rate. So, this study, while just reporting a correlation, is potentially important news

September 24, 2012

"16 People Who Worked Incredibly Hard To Succeed"

It's just really too bad that nobody was around to tell these folks that they "didn't build that".
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