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Excellent historical analysis of Silicon Valley by Leslie Berlin.
The Valley’s premier historian looks back to the past to envision its bright future — with an assist from Steve Jobs.
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If you don't understand why you don't see sexism in tech, yet all the women keep complaining about it, this might be a good read.

Actually, it's a good read no matter what. Give it a read.
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Waka Waka Waka... Say goodbye to productivity. You can now play #PacMan on +Google Mapshttp://goo.gl/OyRS8R
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Great article profiling Jony Ive, lead designer at Apple.  Long, but worth the read.

Some good tidbits from the article:
 - Ive's design team started prototyping larger iPhones as far back as the iPhone 4 (released in 2010).
 - Apple started thinking about a watch in 2011.
Both of these show how long Apple iterates on products before releasing them.
“So much of our manufactured environment testifies to carelessness,” Ive says. Things are “developed to be different, not better.” Credit Photograph by Pari Dukovic
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This article makes the point that drug addiction is caused more by loneliness than chemical dependence. And that the war on drugs is thus counter productive. Quoting from the article:

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Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs, and transfer all the money they used to spend on arresting and jailing drug addicts, and spend it instead on reconnecting them -- to their own feelings, and to the wider society. The most crucial step is to get them secure housing, and subsidized jobs so they have a purpose in life, and something to get out of bed for. I watched as they are helped, in warm and welcoming clinics, to learn how to reconnect with their feelings, after years of trauma and stunning them into silence with drugs.

The results of all this are now in. An independent study by the British Journal of Criminology found that since total decriminalization, addiction has fallen, and injecting drug use is down by 50 percent. I'll repeat that: injecting drug use is down by 50 percent. Decriminalization has been such a manifest success that very few people in Portugal want to go back to the old system.
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New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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"Recent research also has shown that children raised without religion tend to remain irreligious as they grow older — and are perhaps more accepting. Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women's equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics. This echoes what the criminology field has documented for more than a century — the unaffiliated and the nonreligious engage in far fewer crimes."

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More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation's history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center .
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Health care with good customer service in small/local clinics, cheaper and better health outcomes than hospitals, 90% of customers would recommend to friend/family, and scaling like a startup. Sounds great!
Virginnia Schock seemed headed for a health crisis. She was 64 years old, had poorly controlled diabetes, a wound on her foot and a cast on her broken wrist. She didn't drive, so getting to the people who could tend to her ailments was complicated and expensive. She had stopped taking her ...
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It's not clear that higher patient satisfaction does lead to better outcomes in the long term. More-satisfied patients had less emergency department use but also high mortality.
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WebGL 2.0! Looking forward to ever more awesome 3D apps on the web.
 
We're excited to announce that as of today you can begin experimenting with WebGL 2.0 on Windows, Mac, and Linux Chrome Canary or Chromium builds. The process for accessing the feature is described on the Khronos Wiki "Getting a WebGL Implementation" page (https://www.khronos.org/webgl/wiki/Getting_a_WebGL_Implementation) but the basic idea is:
Launch the browser from a command line with the --enable-unsafe-es3-apis flag (It's not in about:flags yet!)
Use "webgl2" instead of "webgl" when you call canvas.getContext();
If you want to test that it's working you can visit http://toji.github.io/webgl2-particles/ The particle cloud will spell "WebGL 2" if you are using a WebGL 2 implementation, and use the new transform feedback feature to drive the particles!

Please note that this is definitely a work-in-progress an there are some features, such as 3D textures, that we know simply don't work right now. The implementation also lacks a lot of the basic validation that we will eventually need to put in place before making the API more widely available. We want to start getting developer feedback right away, though, so that we can respond to concerns about performance, features, security, compatibility, or the general API early in the development cycle.

If/when you find bugs please report them at http://crbug.com, and make sure you attach the contents of your system's about:gpu page and, when possible, a minimal reproduction of the problem.

We've consistently been blown away by the creativity and talent of the WebGL community, and we can't wait to see what you do with these new features!

--The Chrome WebGL team
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The key to improving math education is to teach math teachers how to teach themselves to be better math teachers.  The key is what is know as "lesson study", where a teacher regularly teaches a lesson in front of a group of students and teachers and immediately follows with a discussion with the students and teachers about how to improve the teaching method.  This lesson study is general enough and so effective at improving teaching skills that it should probably be implemented in every school for all teachers (not just math teachers).

So lesson study is a tool for teachers to teach themselves to become better teachers.  Now, what is the better way to teach students to learn math?  Turns out it is surprisingly similar to lesson study in a meta sort of way.  The basic idea is to change the during-the-lesson process of teaching of math.  Traditionally the process/method, known as "I, we, you" goes like this: "Class, today I will teach you how to multiply a 3 digit number by a 2 digit number"..."now we will practice this technique together"..."now you will practice this technique on your own without talking to anyone else".  From this "I, we, you" process/method students learn "answer-getting", i.e. how to get an answer to problems of a particular type.  A better way to do it is the "you, y'all, we" process/method: teacher starts by saying "Class, today you will learn how to multiply a 3 digit number by a 2 digit number.  First, each of you will try to solve this particular problem on your own"..."now y'all will get together in groups to work out how to solve the problem and discuss your techniques"..."finally we as a class will all work through the problem together and discuss the various techniques that can be used to approach it."  Out of this "you, y'all, we" method students learn "sense-making", i.e. how to make sense of problems.

I find lesson study and the "you, y'all, we" way of teaching math share something in common: try something on your own (whether it is teaching a class or solving a math problem), then immediately discuss with other people that have tried the same thing to get their feedback on your approach to give each other feedback on how to approach the problem (again, whether it is teaching a class or solving a math problem.

This seems like a generally useful technique for collectively improving skills in almost any human endeavor!
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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I consider group work (for this is what the OP is suggesting we use) as just one option in a repertoire of approaches that could, and should, be used in lessons. It has some drawbacks, the main one being that it is slow in comparison to the traditional I/we/you and results in a much smaller body of work that the student may use in independent study (homework, revision and the exam itself). Talking to one student who changed teachers this year she stated that she was doing far less work, completing only one or two problems each lesson. In a content rich curriculum I suggest it would be difficult to maintain sufficient pace if group work were the only teaching method employed. Without an expert in the group, they quickly lose momentum and become stuck (i.e. require more information or help reflecting on their progress).
We should also consider, as in Tom Bennett's recent work, that students in group work get more adept at working in groups, but thisndoes not necessarily mean they become more adept at the subject. It also becomes more difficult to identify an individual student's progress when the assessed content is a collective output.
The last paragraph reminds me of the proponents of Agile programming in software. Experience shows that when there are sufficient experienced personnel in the team, the outcome is good but is completely dependent on these heroes to provide the seed from which the solution may grow. Without heroes the project soon flounders as superficial knowledge does not provide the depth needed to meet complex requirements.
Returning to the classroom, when introducing a new topic, where in the math class would the teacher find sufficient student based experience to seed every group? The teacher is the expert and this must not be forgotten, nor be relied upon. Thus the balance of led, group and reflective learning needs careful consideration rather than assuming that one of these methods is better wholesale.
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I agree! Everyone should learn to code.
 
I agree with Obama....all kids need to learn to code
Colors, letters and coding? President Obama has new homework for America’s students.
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Project HoloLens from Microsoft looks amazing. Just announced today. I look forward to trying it!
The prototype is amazing. It amplifies the special powers that Kinect introduced, using a small fraction of the energy. Project HoloLens’ key achievement—realistic holograms—works by tricking your brain into seeing light as matter.
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Did you ever wonder why some teams work better than others?  This article explains
It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.
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