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Sextortion and poker. There’s a killer pun in there somewhere.

If you’re going to take a swing at a politician, don’t miss.

Gregory Ferenstein pushes back against the notion that there isn’t a tech-talent shortage.

Sam Ro makes the case that there’s more college graduate unemployment than we think.

Tor books says that getting rid of DRM didn’t hurt their business.

Adobe is abandoning the software-purchase model for Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Few companies (other than Microsoft, of course) have dealt with piracy to the extent that Adobe has with its Creative Suite. This model makes sense. It’s not good for consumers, but this could easily be seen as a “reap what you sow” thing.

A proposal to allow the unlocking of cell phones may give us our stuff in other ways, too.

If we let them, cell phones can revolutionize the data that policy-makers can get. There is a trust problem, though.

Will there be a civil war over in the GOP climate change? I am actually a bit skeptical because I think public conviction on the issue is significantly overestimated. The combination of AGW-skepticism and evolution does make an uncomfortable trend for a lot of voters, though, who might be willing to overlook one or the other.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is sticking with Blackberry. If only Android made an adult phone, too.

Prince Harry thinks windmills are an eyesore. I’ve heard others suggest it, though it’s just odd to me, cause I think windmills look awesome.

How motherhood is changing.

There interesting story of how a couple people scammed eBay’s affiliate program for $28,000,000.

The interesting story of a woman who lives in a much, much more colorful world that we do.

I wrote a while back on a Tulane student athlete that only went to Tulane because his mother made him. While not ideal, Tulane will take what it can get. Florida State, though, is another matter.


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10 Responses to Linkluster 191’s Twin Prime

  1. Peter says:

    Regarding college graduates and unemployment, take a careful look at the second graph, the one which shows falling labor force participation rates among graduates. At first glance it shows a steady and rather scary drop. Looking more closely, however, a couple of things stand out:
    (1) The y-axis on the right side does not go from 0% to 100%, but from 74% to 82%. That’s an old trick for making a trend line look steeper, and of greater magnitude, than it really is. The left side y-axis for dropouts is only slightly better, with a spread of 12 percentage points.
    (2) The labor force participation rate for graduates has fallen almost without interruption for the past 20 years, with at best a flattening-out for a couple years around 2006. It’s not even apparent that the fall has gotten any worse post-recession.

    • trumwill says:

      You make some really good points, Peter. I wonder why. The fall in divorce rates and more stay-at-home parents?

      • Peter says:

        It could be that more people are going to graduate school, whether because they’re genuinely interested or just trying to ride out the recession is the question.

        The labor force participation rate for women rose steadily for about 25 or 30 years starting around 1970, but plateaued in 1999 and has been largely steady ever since. Although there is some evidence that the participation rate for women with small children has been on the rise in the last few years. Most likely it’s attributable to women going to work after their husbands lose their jobs.

  2. SFG says:

    Reap what you sOw, old chum. 😉 We’re pretty far from our agricultural past, but sow meant to plant seeds in the ground, and then you harvested-reaped-them. It’s punchier with the single-syllable Anglo-Saxon verbs.

    The GOP’s anti-science stance does annoy me, but frankly after the dislocations of the past few decades I no longer believe in capitalism. It just means more money for the rich.

    • trumwill says:

      Oops. Thanks for the correction.

      The “anti-science” mostly falls on evolution and climate change. Of which, only the latter is really important, and even there I don’t think the needle will be moved even in “enlightened” countries that lack a GOP to blame. The evolution battle is mostly signalling. I think the GOP is increasingly on the wrong end of that signal, politically speaking. (And scientifically speaking, of course.)

      • SFG says:

        No prob. 😉 It’s just funny I’m the ex-NYCer and you’re the southerner. Stereotypes overturned!

        Anyway, you’re right about climate change and evolution–the future scientists of the world will probably pick up the truth in graduate school, should it ever come to that. I doubt climate change is going to be a big issue for a while, though–we’ll just get used to the natural disasters. I wouldn’t be too surprised if people become even more reluctant to own homes and mobility increases somewhat.

  3. David Alexander says:

    Re: Adobe

    Admittedly, I’m relieved that Lightroom hasn’t made the transition, and I’m on a stone age version of Photoshop, so I’m not as upset as others, but I can definitely understand why everybody is freaking out. It shifts software from something that we own on a permanent basis to something that we perpetually rent, thus creating the situation in which if we don’t pay, our files are rendered useless. As you note, piracy of Adobe applications is relatively high, but this change is only going to anger the hobbyists and small businesses/professionals that legally purchase their software, but don’t necessarily upgrade on each new version. Those who buy annually won’t see much difference as the pricing model isn’t too far off from what they’re paying, but everybody else is definitely going to see an increase. Most have said that they’ll buy CS 6 now or stick with their current CS package until it’s no longer supported by their operating system, and some are hoping for alternatives from other firms and open source groups to start challenging Adobe.

    And I suspect that hackers are awaiting the next version to circumvent the online authorization.

    • trumwill says:

      I suspect that it’s going to be a lot harder to hack going forward. I suspect a lot of people are going to be using whatever version they have for a long time, too.

      Maybe this will convince Corel to step up their game.

      • David Alexander says:

        That’s the one company nobody has mentioned so far, so it seems that most have forgotten about them. Other than some small time players and shareware names, everybody is praying for Apple to build on their success in Aperture, and build a proper bitmap based editing package.

        • trumwill says:

          I gave Corel’s imaging software a try a while back, when I couldn’t get the activation for Photoshop to go through. It actually wasn’t bad. It had all of the elements there and was pretty straightforward in usage. It needed some filters, though.

          Better than GIMP and Paint.net, which don’t do layers as well as Photoshop or Photopaint.

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