By the time the program is over, the total cost of the F-35’s three variants is expected to be a trillion dollars, even as the Air Force’s and Navy’s F-15s, F-16s, F/A-18s, and F-22s are likely to outlast the existence of manned air combat. Here are just a few of the many things we could’ve…
“Most programming doesn’t require a special brain, but it’s more frustrating and messier than anyone lets on. There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code. They rarely mention the tedium of getting your environment set up (which, trust me, even the nicest of your programmer friends don’t want to help you with, because that stuff is mad frustrating and nobody remembers how they did it).
…They don’t tell you that a lot of programming skill is about developing a knack for asking the right questions on Google and knowing which code is best to copy-paste. And they don’t let you in on a big secret: that there is no mastery, there is no final level. The anxiety of feeling lost and stupid is not something you learn to conquer, but something you learn to live with.”—Kate Ray, Technical Cofounder, Scroll Kit. TechCrunch, Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy. (via futurejournalismproject)
FCC chairman and former big telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler just said in a blog post that he’s won’t hesitate to use Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 if he has to. This is the authority the FCC uses to regulate telephone companies. It’s also a move that’s sure to please net neutrality advocates.
Or they can just do that now and really save us all a ton of trouble.
“When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.”—Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)
“See, things that used to be "conservative" ideas, like cap and trade or Obamacare or monetary stimulus, have become "liberal" ones, all while conservatives themselves have moved further and further right. That’s what happens when you view negotiation of any kind as an ideological betrayal — you abandon your ideology. You stop being the party of markets, and become the party of whatever-the-Democrats-are-against (and your donors are for).”—Everything You Need to Know About Politics Today, in 2 Paragraphs
“Silver says he does not get on well with political reporters but is friends with media entrepreneurs such as Gawker’s Denton and Andrew Sullivan, the prominent blogger. His generation shares that entrepreneurial ambition, he says. “It used to be that you would idolise the guy who graduated at the top of his class from Harvard, and now you idolise the guy who drops out of Harvard to run a business,” he smiles.”—Nate Silver: Big data’s biggest figure - FT.com (via brooklynmutt)
A quick story about Cleveland: When the nation was jolted earlier this year by the news that three women who went missing and were presumed dead had instead been kidnapped by the monster Ariel Castro and were now remarkably freed, I was asked to produce a wrap-up piece for the Daily News in Philadelphia. I had never heard of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus or Michelle Knight before the rescue, and I assumed that their disappearance had been ignored in the media.
But on a local level, that wasn’t true — for two of the women, Berry and DeJesus, their disappearance in a grim, forgotten urban wasteland was kept alive for years by reporters and columnists from the Plain Dealer writing repeatedly about the cases. In the clips, you sensed that the journalists were more aggressive at times than the authorities. I was jarred by one fact — that someone (presumably Castro) had used Berry’s cell phone to call her mother and say she was safe a week later, a call that was initially dismissed as a hoax and not confirmed by the FBI until seven months later, when the trail had grown cold. I learned that by reading the clip in the Plain Dealer, which was all over the story. When Berry finally broke free in May, she told her rescuers,"Help me, I’m Amanda Berry.”
In a city with an active and engaged news media, she knew those words would mean something. In the future, in Cleveland, I’m not so sure.