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(The New Yorker)   A New Yorker leans in to take a deep dive into Silicon Valley's open agenda of frictionless innovation and Uber disruption, by which we mean "lobbying"   (newyorker.com) divider line 15
    More: Interesting, uber, Silicon Valley, deep dive, humans, Andreessen Horowitz, University of San Francisco, Pete Campbell, Xerox PARC  
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2013-08-15 07:54:35 AM  
The Gates Foundation has a particularly insidious way of doing things.  They go to schools and promise $500,000 or whatever if the school converts their entire budget towards the schooling practices the foundation supports.  It's the "charity leveraging" principal.  Which is really awful.
 
2013-08-15 07:54:42 AM  
long article.
 
2013-08-15 08:55:53 AM  

BalugaJoe: long article.


But if you're good and pulling wheat from chaff, it's a good bit of info.
 
2013-08-15 09:01:16 AM  

Mrbogey: BalugaJoe: long article.

But if you're good and at pulling wheat from chaff, it's a good bit of info.

 
2013-08-15 09:09:51 AM  

ikanreed: The Gates Foundation has a particularly insidious way of doing things. They go to schools and promise $500,000 or whatever if the school converts their entire budget towards the schooling practices the foundation supports. It's the "charity leveraging" principal. Which is really awful.


Yeah, the Gates Foundation is by far one of the worst things to happen to education. Privatizing schools is not the way forward.
 
2013-08-15 09:14:30 AM  
The cartoon in the insert didn't make sense.  It was a guy standing at the "Complaint" counter with a caption of "I'm too short".
 
2013-08-15 09:15:20 AM  
What a tedious mix of extraneous information trying to make a point that our government lacks agility? ...no shiat.
 
2013-08-15 09:27:03 AM  
FTA: Mark Zuckerberg recounted how young Lebanese Muslims who might have been tempted by extremism broadened their views after going on Facebook and friending people "who have gone to Europe." He suggested that the social network could help solve the problem of terrorism

We had social networks in the '90's Zuckerberg, they were called UseNet and they were open and free from advertising.We had discussion groups on websites.  It didn't stop terrorism.  Zuckerberg has an over inflated opion of himself and his product.
 
2013-08-15 09:30:28 AM  
FTA:   The government purchasing process is a year plus!" Joshua Cohen, a Stanford political philosopher who also edits Boston Review, described a conversation he had with John Hennessy, the president of Stanford, who has extensive financial and professional ties to Silicon Valley. "He was talking about the incompetent people who are in government,"

Cohen complains about the process then talks about fixing it by replacing the people.  Cohen is an incompetent doofus who doesn't understand the difference between people and process.
 
2013-08-15 09:39:18 AM  

Muta: FTA:   The government purchasing process is a year plus!" Joshua Cohen, a Stanford political philosopher who also edits Boston Review, described a conversation he had with John Hennessy, the president of Stanford, who has extensive financial and professional ties to Silicon Valley. "He was talking about the incompetent people who are in government,"

Cohen complains about the process then talks about fixing it by replacing the people.  Cohen is an incompetent doofus who doesn't understand the difference between people and process.


And this is the failure of both democracy and a constitution that is treated like holy words. The people don't matter when they are thrust into a system they can't change.
 
2013-08-15 09:44:20 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: ikanreed: The Gates Foundation has a particularly insidious way of doing things. They go to schools and promise $500,000 or whatever if the school converts their entire budget towards the schooling practices the foundation supports. It's the "charity leveraging" principal. Which is really awful.

Yeah, the Gates Foundation is by far one of the worst things to happen to education. Privatizing schools is not the way forward.


This started back in the '90s with Chris Whittle's scam; his folks have been running a school on my corner for almost 20 years and it's still one of the worst in SF, although located in one of the City's nicer neighborhoods.
 
2013-08-15 09:48:52 AM  

ikanreed: The Gates Foundation has a particularly insidious way of doing things.  They go to schools and promise $500,000 or whatever if the school converts their entire budget towards the schooling practices the foundation supports.  It's the "charity leveraging" principal.  Which is really awful.


Yep, the school I work at has been essentially bribed by them into creating a degree program that virtually everyone (who is not a careerist administrator) thinks is an awful idea either doomed to failure or the creation of under-prepared graduates. However, it is "innovative."
 
2013-08-15 10:47:05 AM  

BalugaJoe: long article.


Old, too.

/read it long after it was published
//by which I mean early July
 
2013-08-15 12:29:26 PM  
tl;dr: the allure and mysticism of Silicon Valley and the nerds who inhabit it is wearing off. Let's dig up dirt on them and show that they're no different from any other industry.
 
2013-08-15 10:15:37 PM  

Super Chronic: BalugaJoe: long article.

Old, too.

/read it long after it was published
//by which I mean early July


Read the book.
resources.macmillanusa.com
 
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