“When you think about how we’re coming to depend on software for all sorts of intellectual chores, for finding information, for socializing you need to start worrying that it’s not giving us, as individuals, enough room to act for ourselves.”In his book, Carr cites an article that describes an experiment in which two groups were told to solve a puzzle by using a computer program. Half of the participants were given a “good” program that gave clues, was intuitive to use, and generally helped the user along.The other half tried solving the same puzzle, but with a program that wasn’t nearly as helpful.”The people who had the weakest software, who had to struggle with the problem, learned much more than the people with the most helpful software,” Carr said.”Months later the people who had the unhelpful software actually could remember how to do the puzzle, and the people with the helpful software couldn’t.”Carr said the experiment could suggest that as computer software becomes more user friendly, people risk losing the capacity to learn properly and retain information.Do you think technology is changing the way we’re thinking and learning? Do people rely too much on technology? Let us know.Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports. Internet and cellphone data service was unavailable throughout the country, making it impossible for news of the protests.
Notes on StaplesWhile there are a wide variety of upholstery and industrial staples, I’ve kept it simple and used a bargain staple gun and the smallest (shallowest) staple available at the mega mart home improvement shop. Ideally, if you can easily find them, staples that are 4mm (5/32″) long are ideal, but I’m in a small town and didn’t feel like going through the trouble/cost of special ordering, so I picked up some 6mm (1/4″) staples (Arrow JT21 214) that do the trick if you’re careful. Notes on AdhesivesI highly recommend Automotive Headliner Adhesive for this application, and the 3M version is pretty much the gold standard.
Let me pass on something I learnt from divorcing at 33, its important to be able to live alone and be single, if you worried about that, then all the more reason to do it. You learn a lot about yourself. Also at 22 you can easily find someone new when you are ready.
Our estimates are conservative in various ways. First, we assume no multiplier (Scott applies a negative jobs multiplier of 1.6 to the increase in the trade deficit). Second, our method assumes only the change in holdings of dollar reserves affects the exchange rate and increases our trade deficit.