I’ve been on a deadline at work, so I haven’t been blogging much, but I’ve been thinking about a lot of things (and even writing a few random things).
A veblen good, what is it?
Keith Bradsher on trade with China:
The United States is buying $6 worth of goods from China for every $1 worth of goods it ships to China. With American imports from China climbing at a clip of nearly 30 percent a year, American exports to China would have to nearly triple each year just to keep the deficit from widening further.
So, if a developer is already familiar with one Algol-based language how much benefit will they receive from learning another Algol-based language? Most likely the developer will pick up a new syntax without learning any new core concepts. In general the benefit a developer receives from learning each additional programming language incrementally decreases. The benefit never actually reaches zero because either something new is learned or previously known concepts are reinforced. The maximum possible benefit is decreased when a developer learns a language similar to one he already knows.
(On another note, I am looking forward to having a great geekend; programming, sys admin, etc).
Comment on an article about our country’s loss of our technological edge:
While the article brings up some interesting points, we must keep in mind what the other 94% of our students are studying in university. Business and liberal arts. To a mathematics trained engineer these may seem like fluff but they are not, America practically invented modern economics and NO ONE can throw money around like we do. I think all we are seeing is a shift from an industrial powerhouse to a cultural one. We are becoming, contrary to the above opinions, a country of innovators which other countries simply haven’t figure out how to foster. Our students perform so badly at science and math because we drill them with creative writing, ethics exercises, communication and leadership skills. These are not bad things. We just need to find a way to get the math in too.
(Nice, but it sounds like the problem is ease of retraining. From a standpoint of business, if you are half-inclined towards technology, you should go into technology first and then eventually migrate into the softer side of it over time).
Gotta go, gotta watch movies!