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You may be over generalizing here. As an entrepreneur (that's how I pay my tuition) and current student at Harvey Mudd College, I believe that the reason my school tops the list is the emphasis that it puts on the non-technical parts of the education. You can read the mission statement yourself, but the school was founded upon the principle that graduates should not only have technical ability, but also the knowledge to think about how it should be applied in a global and societal context. In many ways, exactly what you have done and described as the ideal.In short, I do not know whether or not these engineers get paid more than your average MBA. I suspect that MBA's likely have a larger standard deviation in pay, but that is neither here nor there. I do however believe strongly that there is a reason those particular schools show up in the top five, and at least in the case of Mudd, it is for some of the very reasons you list as being benefits of a non-technical education.
1 month, 1 week ago on Do software engineers earn more than MBAs?
This may be my favorite illustration yet.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality
You ought to harass Musk about the Hyperloop. I believe he said that he would be posting more details on the concept some time ago...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Elon Musk’s SolarCity debut follows his pattern: Hard fought, but ended the day up dramatically
@igobyterry Unusual number of spelling/grammar errors as well. Clearly typos, but still. Interesting variation on the hackathon, though. I'd be interested to see that 'textbook.'
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I'm going to contest the notion that "no author gets truly great editing out of publishing houses anymore," based on second hand information. I follow a number of authors, mostly in the SFF genre, fairly closely. A significant portion of them seem to have very good relationships with their editors and publishers. Often times, the authors believe their assistance to be invaluable. I cannot make any broad claims that this is true everywhere, but at the very least there are a number of exceptions to the rule.
None the less, quite enjoyed the piece.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on All six mega-publishers can merge, and they still won’t win Amazon’s game
The other comments on this article scare me. Either the game is really good, or they were incentivized to post in support of it. Of the two options, I'm not sure which concept is stranger. Of course it's possible that this was all done very well, but it's so much easier to be suspicious. Ah, cynicism.
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Thanks for the follow up, Hamish.
10 months ago on So, About Those Free Washing Machines…
Collusion? In China? I have no trouble believing that, though it would be interesting to see if it could be proven. Most interesting is the fact that none of those companies overtly said they would try to undercut Amazon's prices.
I'll need to keep this service in mind, though. I don't quite understand where those additional viewers are coming from, but it would be interesting to see how many of those are fully engaged/desirable viewers. It is all to easy to see the ways this could be done wrong- automated views, the video you need to watch before getting 'free' wifi (@paulcarr), etc.
10 months, 1 week ago on Virool Brings Viral Video Views to the Cash Carrying Masses
Quick typo catch- paragraph 3 (or 4, if we're being strict), the last sentence is repeated.
Why am I not in China right now? @hamishmckenzie, can you get some reports on how this is falling out on the ground? Because it seems to me that anyone who cares to should be getting free appliances. But that isn't possible for any period of time. Someone needs to back down, and soon.
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I like their pricing structure a whole lot better than Amazon's, but they don't offer Windows servers, when the main thing I'd like to use it for at the moment is hosting client Sharepoint instances. The day they begin offering Windows Server for under $300/month per server, I'll move my company over in a heartbeat.
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Could we have a list of all applicable mediocre superpowers? Are we including the mediocre superpowers from PandoLists?
10 months, 1 week ago on Making Your Mediocre Super Powers Reality… One Detached Arm at a Time
That is sad. I do think the low views were due to presentation, to a great extent. I have no idea how to do it better, but despite the fact that the info was interesting, I rarely watched/listened to the videos. At best I would glance through all of the text.
As an aside, unlike spezio, I really like that you let us get an inside glimpse of Pando's workings on occasion. It makes me feel almost like part of the team.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on A Sad Goodbye to the PandoList and Amanda Schwab
One objection- unless I'm misunderstanding the video, it is stating that low atmospheric pressure and low temperature are both contributing factors to the fact that the water on Mars remains frozen. However, if I remember my chemistry, low pressure should decrease the freezing point of water. In fact, for low atmospheric pressure, water would be most likely to exist in a gaseous state.
Hmm... I suppose that at those temperatures/pressures it would actually sublimate rather than melt as pressure decreased. So the video remains factually accurate, but may be misleading in the details. Can't imagine how they would fit an entire chemistry lecture in there though. A phase-state diagram would have been nice, though. Then again, I'm probably just too nerdy.
Still, I enjoyed the video, and am glad that Pando has created this partnership.
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I think I need to start listening to the NSFWCorp podcasts just to listen to Paul being hilarious, if he's half as funny on those as he is here.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Isn’t This News? Nobody Expects The “Persian Jews”! Edition
Scoble's prediction is eerily similar to what I heard Tim Berners-Lee discuss during a meeting of his working group when I visited MIT, which was the 'semantic web.'
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Internet 3: Rise of The Machines
Is the sound really soft on this for anyone else? I have everything on max, but am having some trouble hearing.
11 months ago on PandoMonthly San Francisco with Mark Pincus: Post-Event Recap
A quote from our friendly neighborhood Trevor Gilbert, or is there a source for this?
11 months ago on The Truth Behind Talent Acquistions | PandoDaily
Great question, and one I don't have an answer to. I do, however, rather like the idea of an Entrepreneur's high school. Mostly, though, I would like to see the entire education system revamped to give kids many of the qualities an entrepreneur needs. Don't get me wrong, we still need people to work for established companies (well, some of them, anyhow). But imagine if everyone was willing and capable of being an entrepreneur. For one thing, the unemployment numbers wouldn't be nearly so high.
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