Why There Was No First Human | Brain Pickings

We live in a culture where 40% of people don’t believe the world is more than 6,000 years old.

And how can an intelligent being hold such beliefs when faced with a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree or an 80,000-year-old aspen?

via Why There Was No First Human | Brain Pickings.

No Keystone XL? Blame Canada – Bloomberg View

What seems more noteworthy, and more concerning,

is the way a single project can rot the judgment of a government otherwise known for its shrewdness.

Maybe the real lesson of Keystone is that debates involving shrill rhetoric, big egos and plenty of money can cause even the smartest people to lose their senses.

via No Keystone XL? Blame Canada – Bloomberg View.

Boehner’s Truthful Gaffe on Obamacare  – Bloomberg View

Repeal would be as if Vladimir Putin decided that sharing the International Space Station is a bad idea,

and ordered Russia to return to using Mir.

via Boehner's Truthful Gaffe on Obamacare  – Bloomberg View.

How to Release Prisoners Without Increasing Crime – Bloomberg View

.. many liberated federal convicts will have little in the way of resources.

Many have scant education.

Almost half suffer from drug or alcohol problems.

Most will be branded as ex-cons for life, with diminished job prospects.

And all have been conditioned for years in the manners and mores of the federal pen.

via How to Release Prisoners Without Increasing Crime – Bloomberg View.

Apple Stores Aren’t So Genius Anymore – Bloomberg View

.. the stores are a metaphor for Apple as a whole:

They are crowded, they are profitable,

but they are getting old and boring.

via Apple Stores Aren't So Genius Anymore – Bloomberg View.

Who Cares What Apple’s Stock Price Is? – Bloomberg View

One is that doing this will probably get Apple included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average,

because they’re not grown-ups at the Dow,

and they weight their index by nominal stock prices, which is ridiculous.

via Who Cares What Apple's Stock Price Is? – Bloomberg View.

In programming, a little guidance goes a long way | ITworld

The urge to roll your own solution is strong in newer developers.

They’ve got great ideas about how to tackle problems.

Unfortunately the majority of those ideas end at a brick wall or a flaky system.

via In programming, a little guidance goes a long way | ITworld.

Union prez: AT&T = Arrogant Thugs & Thieves | News from southeastern Connecticut

“My feeling is they are arrogant thugs and thieves”

“Maybe we were spoiled when we had a homegrown phone company.”

via The Day – Union prez: AT&T = Arrogant Thugs & Thieves | News from southeastern Connecticut.

AT&T Lobbying Efforts Under Scrutiny | Light Reading

.. requirement that the company publicly disclose the amount of money it is spending to lobby at the state level, and in its support of lobbying groups such as ALEC.

via AT&T Lobbying Efforts Under Scrutiny | Light Reading.

AT&T Backs Down From Threat of Boycotting TV Airwaves Auction | Re/code

“I have a hard time envisioning this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this kind of beachfront spectrum being something that people throw up their hands and walk away from.”

via AT&T Backs Down From Threat of Boycotting TV Airwaves Auction | Re/code.