Archive for December 31st, 2011
If you want to be in the top 20 percent of job applicants who get noticed and win interviews, you should be thinking about how to incorporate sales secrets into your job search strategy. John Kalusa is a nationally recognized writer who speaks about corporate sales, recruiting, and personal career management. With over 25 years of experience as a strategic recruiting, human resources, and sales and marketing management leader in start-ups and Fortune 250 companies, he’s well qualified to comment on what the hiring manager wants to see.
“80 percent of candidates don’t have a real chance of landing an interview because they don’t do anything to set themselves apart from the crowd,” says Kalusa. “After reviewing thousands of resumes and conducting nearly as many interviews, I’m amazed at how many people take an unfocused approach and send the same tired resume to every posting.”
Just looking at the co-hosts of the event in Iowa yesterday for the Republican presidential field offered a hint of what was to come.
The “Thanksgiving Family Forum” was organized and sponsored by three groups: the James Dobson-founded Focus on the Family, a religious right powerhouse known for its bizarre cultural agenda; the National Organization for Marriage, perhaps best known for its unintentionally hilarious anti-gay commercials; and The FAMiLY Leader, an Iowa-based group of extremists that put together “The Marriage Vow” for GOP candidates, which argued, among other things, that slavery wasn’t that bad for African-American families.
Despite — or more likely, because of — the radicals behind the forum, six GOP presidential hopefuls showed up to pander to the religious right voters, each vowing to be more pious than their rivals. The only two candidates who weren’t there were Mitt Romney, who declined an invitation, and Jon Huntsman, who wasn’t invited at all.
While some of the best-selling cars in the U.S. also top the most frequently stolen list each year because of their sheer numbers, another look at the statistics reveals which cars by percentage sold are the most likely to by targeted by thieves.
According to data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car most frequently stolen, based on the number of thefts per 1,000 vehicles sold during 2009, was the $92,000 Audi S8 sport/luxury sedan, with 8.81 thefts per 1,000 vehicles produced. That comes out to just two out of the 227 S8s that were sold in the U.S., so it’s hardly a widespread epidemic.
Still, NHTSA’s statistics prove the point that the flashiest cars on the road can also be the most popular — for the wrong reasons.
Forbes.com slideshow: Cars with the highest theft rates
The Ford Shelby Mustang GT had the next highest theft rate for 2009, with 8.61 vehicles per 1,000 stolen. Also in the top five were the sportiest variant of BMW’s midsize sedan, the M5 (7.58/1,000), retro-flavored Dodge Charger full-size sedan (6.47/1,000) and the no longer produced Honda S2000 roadster (5.60/1,000).
The remainder of the top 10 list of cars with the highest theft rates for 2009 included the midsize Mitsubishi Galant sedan (5.11/1,000), the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan (4.57/1,000), the Infiniti M luxury sedan (4.32/1,000) the Cadillac STS luxury sedan (4.28/1,000) and the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class luxury sport coupe (3.91/1,000).
Copyright law strikes a balance between private rights and public interests. Not everyone likes the balance the law sets. Copyright owners complain that it does not adequately protect them from infringement of their works. Critics contend that copyright law tilts too far in favor of the interests of copyright owners and does not safeguard the rights of consumers.
Yet because copyright law is public law—enacted by Congress, enforced where appropriate by the President, and interpreted and applied by the courts—there is plenty of opportunity to monitor the effects of the law and to debate the ways in which it should be reformed.
Increasingly, however, copyright law is being privatized. Its meaning and application are determined not by governmental actors but by private parties, and in particular by deep-pocketed copyright owners. Increasingly, the balance between private rights and public interests is set by private lawmaking.
copyfraudMy new book, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law, shows how copyright owners, unhappy with the scope of protections that Congress has given them, routinely grab more rights than they are entitled to under the law. They do this at the expense of consumers and of the public at large.
Think of corduroy and you get all sorts of visual images. Some might think of the greasy-haired 1970s-era stoners from movies like “Dazed And Confused” in their bell-bottomed light blue cords, while others might picture pipe-smoking preppy English professors who seduce grad students in a chocolate brown cord jacket with leather patches.
As disparate as both of those admittedly stereotypical descriptions seem, there is a common thread between folks who love corduroy according to fashion blogger and corduroy fan Brittany Martin.
“There is that ‘Dead Poets Society’ thing, but in a great way,” Martin told HuffPost Weird News. “I think corduroy appeals to people who want nostalgia and durability.”
They apparently also want a good time. At least on Nov. 11, which has been celebrated as “Corduroy Appreciation Day” since 2005 by a group called the Corduroy Appreciation Club.
Why Nov. 11? Well, when written out as 11/11, it resembles the familiar pattern of corduroy. Members consider this year’s Corduroy Appreciation Day to be the most important day in history because the number pattern 11/11/11 — or, as they prefer, 111111 — is the numerical pattern that most resembles the wales that give corduroy its unique look.
I’m talking about the ones you see on Facebook and make you want to go Dwight Schrute. For example, the one that inspired me to ask this:
“Don’t think about the past, it brings tears. Don’t think about the future, it brings fears. Live this moment with a smile and cheers.”
FALSE. Recognition of the past is actually beneficial, and living without plans or preparation is highly inadvisable, etc.
Your turn, Reddit.
Discrete mathematical structures form the foundation of computer science.
These structures are so universal that most research papers in the theory of computation, programming languages and formal methods present concepts in terms of discrete mathematics rather than code.
The underlying assumption is that the reader will know how to translate these structures into a faithful implementation as a working program.
A lack of material explaining this translation frustrates outsiders.
What deepens that frustration is that each language paradigm encodes discrete structures in a distinct way.
Many of the encodings are as immutable, purely functional data structures (even in imperative languages), a topic unfortunately omitted from many computer science curricula. Many standard libraries provide only mutable versions of these data structures, which instantly leads to pitfalls.