Recently, I caught up with one of our angel investors for lunch: Peter is a brilliant entrepreneur from England who has lived all over the world. He has built several businesses and now lives a dream life with a house on a harbor, a happy family and a broad smile.
Adam Langley has the coding details of the Apple "gotofail" bug, which apparently existed in both iOS and OS/X. It's interesting to me that the compiler should have caught this bug. It's straightforward: a hard goto around some code which is thus unreachable. As a former developer for Microsoft C++, out of curiosity I tested the offending code on Microsoft Visual C++ 2012. It caught the bug just fine at compile time.
Of course, it's bad style to use a goto in any case, but I can't really blame it here. The same sort of error is possible with ifs and brackets.
Yesterday, Apple pushed a rather spooky security update for iOS that suggested that something was horribly wrong with SSL/TLS in iOS but gave no details. Since the answer is at the top of the Hacker News thread, I guess the cat's out of the bag already and we're into the misinformation-quashing ...
This study, like so many like it, implies, but fails to show, that going to college causes higher earnings. It may just be that those who graduate from college are more capable, and those who drop out of high school less capable. The effect of the schooling itself on success is not shown.
Part of the answer (or is it the question) is that immigrants are quite willing to do both high school level jobs (flipping burgers,etc.) and JC jobs (office droid, etc.) for less money than natives. This has driven wages for these jobs down. Supply and demand. This may correct itself if immigration stops and the immigrants become assimilated.
I'm pleased that I was able to go to college when you could do it without loans. My wife and I just worked two jobs.
Thomas Piketty isn’t a household name, although that may change with the English-language publication of his magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. This is a book that will change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics.
There'll always be an England department: The Liberal Democrat candidate in the Clifton North by-election got fewer votes than the candidate of the Bus-pass Elvis Party. The Elvis candidate "Lord Biro" favors legalising brothels, with a 30% discount for old age pensioners.