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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If You Major in STEM, it Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College

I am surprised by this.

I wonder, if the percentage of people actually working in Stem varies depending on the college?

Or is it mid-tier have as good, or actually better Stem programs?

Disclaimer - I am a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, which is a huge source of Engineering graduates, but in most measurements would be a mid-tier at best college overall. In Engineering, it's one of the top ones.

If You Major in STEM, it Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College - The American Interest

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Friday, January 15, 2016

The China Bubble

China's Bubble

There are so many articles out there about China's bubble. How it's the end of the world, and China is going to lead us into economic doom. This article is much more balanced, and points out how there are really two bubbles. One within China, the other the suppliers outside of China. From German high tech good, to raw materials from Australia and Brazil.

China does have a lot of challenges, but amazingly since Deng took power, China has prospered. I would not be against China, if I was a betting person.

The China Bubble - The American Interest

55 Comments, which add a lot to the discussion.

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Trio faces sentencing in Rowland Heights torture case

Wow. Sounds like something out of Lord of the Flies.

Note how some suspects left the country...

Trio faces sentencing in Rowland Heights torture case - Rowland Heights

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Monday, January 11, 2016

PhD's - Are they worth it?

Good question in Quora, if getting a PhD makes sense.

Am I crazy to leave a six figure salary to get a PhD in computer science?

The person had a 6 figure job with a BS and MS in statistics, and went back to get a PhD in Computer Science.

The person answered yes, but more for the intangibles.

My 2 cents:

If you want to teach College, you need a PhD. The key is you need to get a PhD from the right college and major, or you just wasted your time. Key things to look at are the drop out rate, hire rate, and expected salaries. From what I have read, there is a surplus of PhDs due to a system that has more supply, than demand.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

German robots to make first Adidas running shoes in 2016

Amazing how robots are automating more jobs that were previously done by people.

German robots to make first Adidas running shoes in 2016 - Yahoo News

History of Tennis Shoe Manufacturing from what I have heard. Basically manufacturing was moved as the wages increased from country to country.

Japan
Korea / Taiwan
China / Indonesia
Vietnam / Indonesia
Robots?

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Chinese first African Base

This surprises me...

China is building a base in Djibouti. The US has their main African base there. Djibouti is bordered by Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia. Not the nicest neighborhood.

And the US did protest against the Chinese base, but was ignored..

Chinese Military Building First Africa Base - The American Interest

China Comes to Djibouti - Foreign Affairs

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Hidden Costs of Solar Tariffs

The argument is basically tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels is going to cost US jobs, and the Solar Panels will just come from another country besides China.

My 2 cents. Chinese firms are selling below cost, because of over expansion. The result is a glut worldwide in Solar Panels. And there are subsidies on solar in the US, that with the current solar efficiency do not make economic sense. The largest Spanish Solar manufacturer just declared bankruptcy. A better use of the money for subsidies would be R&D, to increase the efficiency for solar panels and decrease battery cost that will eventually make solar have more economic sense.

Hidden Costs of Solar Tariffs - Bloomberg View

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