Based on census data from 2000, but the ratios should be similar even now.
Ads in school targeting children:
But at least adults have some defences. As the advertising executive Alex Bogusky points out, “children are not small grownups. Their brains are fundamentally different, the big difference being that right-hemisphere brain development doesn’t really kick in until the age of 12. This is important because without the right hemisphere involved, all decisions and concepts are very black and white. If you sit with a child and watch TV commercials, you will notice how vigorously effective the messages are. ‘I want that.’ ‘Can I have that?’ ‘I need that.’ These words come out of their mouths with seemingly every message, and they mean it and they believe it and they are defenceless against it.”
Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea.
The bit I found most interesting:
Half a billion years ago when the Earth was 4 billion years old, instead of 4.5, each day was 22 hours long instead of 24. The day has gotten longer because of tidal forces from the Moon.
via Leap Seconds.
Yup, that’s pretty much it:
However, the Google – Facebook war is sure to be more vicious than the Google – Apple war because Google and Facebook have the same customers: advertisers. Users are their currency, and Facebook is about to rob the bank.
Of course, the icing on the cake will be if facebook forks Android and buys HTC eventually.
Not exactly the best way to be transparent:
Unhappy with the Foundation’s answer, the DCRI summoned a Wikipedia volunteer in their offices on April 4th. This volunteer, which was one of those having access to the tools that allow the deletion of pages, was forced to delete the article while in the DCRI offices, on the understanding that he would have been held in custody and prosecuted if he did not comply. Under pressure, he had no other choice than to delete the article, despite explaining to the DCRI this is not how Wikipedia works. He warned the other sysops that trying to undelete the article would engage their responsability before the law.
A very beautiful piece from his memoir:
I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
That’s the way it is:
In the absence of free exploitation treaties such as the WTO, India would respond to the threat by making those drugs locally. Novartis’ death threats are mere bluster, unless the WTO gives them force; and that reveals the murderous nature of the WTO.
It launched last week in fact, but missed it somehow. Prices seem pretty competitive with the India iTunes store, though HD seems to be missing from many for now. Rental is also available for the latest movies including “The Hobbit”.
So, all we have to do now is wait for the Nexus 4 & Music on the Google front and iBooks from Apple.
Distance in terms of pixels