Archive for 2011/10/12
UK unemployment rose by 114,000 between June and August to 2.57 million, a 17-year high, according to official figuresPosted: 2011/10/12 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Professors at the University of Washington voted last night to issue a statement supporting the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Seattle protestsPosted: 2011/10/12 in Education / Awareness
Here it is:
The University of Washington Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-UW) stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Over the last several years, we have watched as those at the very top have prospered while the fortunes of those below the very top have stagnated or declined. The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families.
The dedicated students whom we teach at the University of Washington are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding, too often only to find themselves unemployed when they graduate.
The majority of college and university faculty positions are now insecure, part-time jobs. In addition, attacks on collective bargaining have been rampant throughout the nation, as job security, wages, health benefits, and pensions have been either reduced or slated for elimination.
Therefore, it is time to stand up for what is right. We applaud the action the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live.
We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together.
“We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt… Just as in Europe, we are seeing the results of colossal social failure. The occupiers are the very sort of people, brimming with ideas, whose energies a healthy society would be marshaling to improve life for everyone. Instead, they are using it to envision ways to bring the whole system down.
“But the ultimate failure here is of imagination. What we are witnessing can also be seen as a demand to finally have a conversation we were all supposed to have back in 2008.
“There was a moment, after the near-collapse of the world’s financial architecture, when anything seemed possible. Everything we’d been told for the last decade turned out to be a lie…
“It seemed the time had come to rethink everything: the very nature of markets, money, debt; to ask what an ‘economy’ is actually for. This lasted perhaps two weeks. Then, in one of the most colossal failures of nerve in history, we all collectively clapped our hands over our ears and tried to put things back as close as possible to the way they’d been before.”
A top GE executive says he understands the anger driving protesters to the streets of the United States, bleak economic outlook makes it difficult to address concerns
Financial authorities in the UK and US are considering a new batch of regulations to limit the use of high-frequency trading computer systems by investment houses.Posted: 2011/10/12 in Education / Awareness
Photobucket, Wall Street Journal, Home Depot take liberties with your personal info
Strong-jawed rats brought down broadband services in the east of Scotland this week by chewing through fibre optic cablesPosted: 2011/10/12 in Education / Awareness
Last night, Steve Yegge, a Google engineer, accidentally posted a rant about Google to his public Google+ profile. It’s revealing and absolutely rips Google+. It’s also truePosted: 2011/10/12 in Education / Awareness, Google
Recently, British consultancy company Plum issued a report named ‘The open internet – platform for growth’ for the BBC, Blinkbox, Channel 4, Skype and Yahoo! The main focus lays on emphasizing the value and benefit of open internet and on how this can sustain innovation, value and investment along the internet value chain for content, application and service providers.
According to Plum, certain myths obstruct the open internet, as a result of some access providers that claim the open internet model should be changed, because the growing demand for content and applications could become a problem. The network w ould get overloaded due to increasing traffic on the net. Plum states however, there is no reason to believe that a departure from the open internet model would be economically efficient, based on economic literature, the current value chain and efficiency and practicality of alternative models. Moreover, Plum finds deviating from this model would risk irreversible harm.