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Martin Varsavsky
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The strategy that universities pursue of forcing researchers to teach so they can make a living is like forcing chefs to be waiters so they can cook. 
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+David Tardon The problem is that a great resarcher doesn't mean you are a great teacher. So they usually become lousy teachers if their focus is research and for them teaching is a necessary pain.
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Does making money make you believe that life is fair? 
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When I go to events, like Solveforx or TED I frequently run into people who I find so much smarter than myself. I speak to them and feel that I have a lot to learn. Sometimes I don't really understand what they talk to me about. But then, somehow, I see that many of them don't do so well. In general it is because they get to be so good at something specific that they stop there. Maybe the key to my own success is that I am somewhat knowledgeable and somewhat of an idiot about all sorts of things. Because there is an element of naiveté or lunacy in doing the things I do, like saying that I will get everyone in the world to share WiFi and build the largest WiFi network in the world and doing it. Perhaps if I was smart like them, I would freeze at the high likelihood of failure. A little ignorance has been a friend of many successful entrepreneurs. 
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This condition is known as Analysis Paralysis, the more smarter you become the more risk averse you are.
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So Putin invaded Ukraine and we are not doing anything about it. Now here's a an idea. To hit Putin where it hurts. I think EU and USA should "retaliate" in the following way. Russia has talent. Some of the most successful Silicon Valley companies were started by Russians. The list is long, some that come to mind are Jan Koum (Ukrainian but Soviet as a child), +Sergey Brin +Max Levchin  to name some extremely accomplished entrepreneurs of Russian origin I know. So here's the plan, EU and USA say that any Russian in good standing who can deposit $100K in a US or EU bank for 5 years will be given permanent residency. In this way a lot of successful Russians will emigrate and Russia will be deprived of talent. Other versions of this plan to attract younger people could be any Russian that gets a job offer from an EU or USA company for a salary of over $60K a year automatically gets a visa. Russia's best will leave the country and there's absolutely nothing that Putin can complain about with this policy. The West will show that is just a better place. As simple as that.  I find this better than blockades or military action. Russia is a nuclear power, I would try to win this conflict with soft power.  Show Russia that we dislike his actions, but we appreciate Russian talent!
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Putin is violently doing what's on everyone's minds, i.e. splitting Ukraine in two. I think that everyone is going to let it go as long as violence doesn't escalate and Western Ukraine goes totally west. 
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Hard drive makers have reached a point I which all the content I ever produced including HD video and RAW photography will fit in one drive. 
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I wouldn't dare putting everything in a single drive...
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On the Independence of Catalonia

Yo creo que SI Cataluña tendría que tener un referendum para que la gente que ahi vive decida si quiere que Cataluña sea independiente o no. Pero también creo que este referendum tendria que explicar exactamente en qué consistiría la independencia. Es decir que porcentaje de la deuda total española se lleva Cataluña, qué significaría para Cataluña quedar afuera del euro y de la UE porque probablemente España vetaría su ingreso y los otros paises con movimientos separatistas también, que es realmente Cataluña porque si aceptamos que puede haber una parte de España, que es Cataluña que se separa tambien tenemos que aceptar que puede haber partes de Cataluña que quiera ser España y que el referendum sea el único en 20 años porque no se puede estar debatiendo el tema año tras año. Estoy a favor de un referendum pero no basado en estados de ánimo sino en hechos reales y que si da si se toma un camino específico y si da no se sigue igual. Si los que viven en Cataluña votan tienen que saber exactamente qué están votando, así como ocurrió en Quebec en su momento, o está ocurriendo en Escocia.

Pero si creo que seria bueno sacar el tema y no seguir escudándonos en que en su época Cataluña votó por la constitución. También creo que  es importante entender que hoy en dia España en si no es independiente: las decisiones mas importantes de España se toman en Bruselas y Berlin. Creo que es como anticuado pensar que la independencia es de España. Si Cataluña realmente quiere ser independiente tendría que no ser parte de la UE tampoco porque hoy en dia poco se decide en Madrid.
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+mireya trias monllau
 Muy congruente: lo primero es votar y después informarse. Asi nos luce el pelo.
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