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Apr. 24, 2014 2:30 pm
The Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold a Michigan constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in admissions at the state’s public universities may spur other states to enact similar bans. States that presently do not allow racial preferences to be used in higher-education admissions, including California and Florida, have seen sizable drops in enrollment of black and Latino...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2014 5:00 pm
look soon for articles on moral philosophy and biblical criticism next week  Read More
Apr. 23, 2014 12:19 pm
In most cases there’s one thing keeping an entrepreneurial venture from making the turn from startup to a sustainably growing and thriving enterprise – the entrepreneurial founder and leader. The secret to making the turn successfully is getting the entrepreneur out of the way. Not out of the company– just out of the way of the other people trying to do their jobs. The entrepreneur hired people...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2014 10:29 am
At first glance, Google might seem like it’s focusing less on search and more on trying to find the next big thing by throwing money at a wide variety of unrelated new business ventures, including robotics, Google Glass, autonomous cars, home delivery, Web TV, high speed fiber networks, and many more. However, thinking they are unrelated would not be true at all. Instead, Google has been very...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2014 2:39 pm
The choice is pretty clear: Clean, virtuous, renewable energy from the sun vs. dark, dirty, polluting energy from fossil fuels. Guess which side America’s cranky right-wing billionaires are on? The Koch brothers, who are vested in fossil fuel industries, and bizarre crackpots such as Grover Norquist, along with big utility companies, are backing efforts to roll back state policies that favor...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2014 4:22 pm
A friend of mine who is also a very savvy pricing guy, Anshu Jalora, posed the following question on LinkedIn: What pricing strategy would you propose for extended warranty products (auto, electronic items, etc) in a market where unorganized repair channel dominates & extended warranties are not very popular? The thing I loved about his question (they’re always intriguing) is that it...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2014 3:10 pm
Pricing for digital offerings continues to be a fundamental challenge, and the debates over free, paid and freemium rage on. " Making 'Freemium' Work " by Vineet Kumar in Harvard Business Review (5/14), nicely sheds light on companies' real world experience with freemium, highlights the challenges of making it work, and suggests how companies can tune it to get good results. Here, I expand on...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2014 8:49 am
Why Only Mark Zuckerberg Can Transform Immigration Policy By Ralph Benko Problems caused by America’s broken immigration system are causing misery to America’s immigrant community (both legal residents and undocumented), and, for good measure, to the president, the GOP and American society. There may be only one person with both the intentionality and the resources to resolve America’s...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2014 8:03 am
Breathsoning Breasoning List Think of the X, Y and Z dimensions of each object in the following breasoning list to earn a higher grade in an assignment. 1. plunger, sugar cube, valve, tube, bowl, pipette 2. model plane, spoon, dried apricot, coconut milk, tongue scraper, hand-towel 3. cubic bucket, teaspoon, sponge, counter, salt crystal, test tube 4. satchel, fork, ruler, mashed potato,...  Read More
Apr. 19, 2014 8:08 am
On William James – W.J. – ‘Jim’ Dempster: Pioneer Surgeon, World Leading Research Scientist and Genuinely Great Skeptical Scientific Scholar on the Origin of Darwin’s Origin of Species . William James Dempster, known to his friends and associates as Jim, died aged 90 years in 2008. The name W.J. Dempster has gone down in the annals of both the history of transplant surgery and the history of...  Read More
Apr. 19, 2014 5:34 am
A funny thing happened to me at the start of my career. I was assigned to Head Office outside London for six months. At the time I wasn’t very keen – it meant being separated from my young family from Monday-Friday – but I didn’t have much choice. During those six months I stayed in the Company House – a swanky little bijou number in the heart of town, without a garden, but generously...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2014 11:34 pm
For Industry Projects on Lucianic Computational Philosophy, students should connect 3 perspectives (paragraph algorithms) for a total of 5 Prolog (etc.) programs. To write a new program, the student should mind-map contents of ontologies (data structures) to be used, and the virtues and anti-virtues of writing programs with some of these ontologies. The linking programs (between the perspectives...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Do you remember those days from your elementary school days? Or better yet do you remember that from your kid’s elementary school days? (Sorry, I do not mean to put the getting older trap on you)? Well we have show and tell days in the workplace too. The purpose of the assignment was to have each child come to class to tell his/her fellow students about something that was important to them. The...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 3:50 pm
“Quakerism is not just a set of beliefs or a statement of faith; it is a practical, ethical, and functional religious approach to life,” says Wilmer Cooper in A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs . “That is to say, it is a religious faith to be lived out and not just professed and talked about.” The actions of early Friends in the world very much flowed from...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 2:27 pm
The intention of innovation in the present time is an expression of a desire as Ducasse in his “The Philosophy of Art” states; “…the desire for self-expression distinguishes the artist from the mechanical copyist; the desire to express emotion distinguishes the artist from those, for example, writers of expository prose, who seek to express meanings.” One’s expression of an emotion can be said to...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 1:51 pm
Apr. 16, 2014 10:59 am
On April 14 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about companies eliminating their HR departments. If you poll large enough population of corporate executives about the role of HR, a majority will tell you that HR is an obstacle to getting things done. A couple of weeks ago Robin Schooling, fellow HR blogger at HR Schoolhouse, stated she had asked a group of HR ladies how to increase employee...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 10:54 am
Remember when we had 1G back in the 1980s? No? That’s because back then so few thought there would ever be something faster and better. And it took a long time to get to 2G, which finally occurred in the 1990s. It took the better part of yet another decade to get up to 3G. For those of you who noticed, it took less time to get to what most of us now use, 4G, and we all know it is much faster. ...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 10:04 am
In most industries, the lowest cost player makes money selling large quantities of product or service at a low price with great discipline. The differentiated player makes money selling smaller quantities of product or service at a relatively high price fueled by value-creating innovation. Those in the middle lose. The five keys to BRAVE Innovation are a cross between the ideas in Peter...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 8:43 am
In his book, (Bowler 2013) Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World without Darwin , Professor Bowler – Professor emeritus of the history of science at Queens University Belfast - creates a counterfactual history of how things might have turned out had Darwin died aboard the Beagle and never written about natural selection. His book is well written and entertaining, once you get beyond the necessarily...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2014 11:47 pm
Hell is a sticky subject. For centuries the church has sold God as a loving being full of grace and mercy. And yet, equally consistent has been its message that Hell, a place of torment, is the eternal place for unbelievers. That eternal damnation awaits those who don't make the right choice about God. Understandably, the two ideals create an odd friction. How is it that God can be loving and...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2014 2:06 pm
The first meeting of the research and development groups from the UK, US and France took place in Paris. The first day ended well and everyone met for one of those stilted corporate dinners. Socially skilled, we pretended to be enjoying a social evening and made small talk in time honoured fashion. Seated opposite, the President of the new R&D organization, Jean, showed polite interest asking me...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2014 8:12 am
Many business owners believe that low prices increase demand. Then how do you explain this announcement in Torque News, GM Raises 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pricing to Ease Demand ? The demand is so great that there’s a year-long waiting list. How can that be? The base price of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is $51,995? While most business leaders lament the ‘fact’ that customers only care...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2014 3:18 am
This past weekend, Republicans gathered in Manchester, N.H. at an event called the Freedom Summit, sponsored by Citizens United and the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity. The purpose was for candidates to test their messages and shape the new GOP with an eye toward winning the White House in 2016. Many luminaries of the right were there, including Newt Gingrich, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2014 9:54 pm
/** This program constructs a view of a breasoning (an object's X, Y and Z dimensions visualised in a high quality way to God). When you present breasoning lists, you can use this program to help audience members visualise breasonings more quickly. ?- brview([pot,30,20,10]). brview(Item) :- Item = [_Object, X, Y, Z], WinX is X+Y+4, WinY is X+Y+Z, createwindow(WinX, 0,...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2014 9:32 pm
London Mayor Boris Johnson For President? Welcome to the UKSA! By Ralph Benko This columnist’s admiration for Senator Rand Paul is driven, in part, by Sen. Paul’s consistent and honorable stand against the “warfare/welfare state.” Rising-star national talk radio host, and columnist, Steve Deace astutely observes in a recent Washington Times op-ed, “he’s the only candidate running that...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2014 9:17 pm
There have been a number of stretchy, elastic, morphing superhero characters in comics and entertainment over the years. We’ve seen Plastic Man, Mr. Fantastic, Elongated Man and even Elasti-Girl. I think Gumby could stretch quite a bit, too. It’s also clear that the brittle old elephant of the Republican Party, presently hoping to take control of the U.S. Senate in 2014, isn’t a character with...  Read More
Apr. 13, 2014 5:38 pm
Darwin’s cat is well and truly out of the bag. On Friday the 11 th April a national newspaper, the Scottish Daily Mail, ran the following story on a body of research that has been unfolding here on Best Thinking from the start of 2014. Caven (2014, p.21): Did Darwin copy ideas for Origin of Species? ‘For centuries he has been credited with laying the foundations...  Read More
Apr. 13, 2014 4:02 pm
I learned something interesting today, when your mobile phone’s camera's rolling shutter just happens to be operating at the same speed as the thing it films the following picture weirdness happens. I took the picture below on a flight from Edinburgh to Nottingham on Friday last week and was surprised at what happened The effect is somewhat artistic. F or a good demonstration of this...  Read More

No Worries, We Are NOT Vulnerable To The OpenSSL Bug

We do not use OpenSSL here at or No need to worry or change passwords here because of the widely-publicized Heartbleed Bug. We have suffered two short outages recently presumably because much of the Internet transport infrastructure does rely on OpenSSL and they have been updating their systems.

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