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Dashboard | Lanyrd December 31, 2012

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Sign in to Lanyrd with LinkedIn to get event recommendations and more based on your LinkedIn connections and professional profile. Also just launched: a new dashboard, a brand new homepage and a whole host of tools for better managing your Lanyrd profile.

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F-35 — a case study in deficient decision-making: Olive – thestar.com December 30, 2012

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The F-35 fighter plane is shaping up as the biggest fiasco in the history of military aviation. If anything’s to be gained from the monumental botch that is the costliest and most multi-functional military aircraft project ever attempted, the Joint Strike Fighter program from which the F-35 is derived should be taught at the Royal Military College and its peers worldwide. It is an epic case history of supplier over-reach on the part of defence contractors, and deficient decision-making by public policy makers.

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Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy – Democratic Underground December 30, 2012

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The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations knowledge p51; banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader p61.

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U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there – The Washington Post December 29, 2012

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Dropping her dream, she took an administrative position at her university, experiencing firsthand an economic reality that, at first look, is counterintuitive: There are too many laboratory scientists for too few jobs.

via U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there – The Washington Post.

What Doors Does a Ph.D. in History Open? – Manage Your Career – The Chronicle of Higher Education December 29, 2012

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The problem we faced—how to leverage a humanities Ph.D. into a meaningful nonacademic career—is a fate shared by thousands of Ph.D.’s. For years, universities have been producing Ph.D.’s far in excess of tenure-track openings. As undergraduate enrollments have grown, universities have hired more and more faculty members in part-time, temporary, low-paying jobs rather than create permanent tenure-track positions to meet the demand. According to the American Association of University Professors, 70 percent of teaching jobs at U.S. institutions are now non-tenure-track posts, and nearly 50 percent are part-time.

via What Doors Does a Ph.D. in History Open? – Manage Your Career – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Future of the Ph.D. – Manage Your Career – The Chronicle of Higher Education December 29, 2012

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Unless we are more accountable to our Ph.D. students, we will no longer attract the best and brightest to a profession that requires a commitment of a good chunk of someone’s young working life to train for a stressful, underpaid job that might not be available.

via The Future of the Ph.D. – Manage Your Career – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard – The Washington Post December 26, 2012

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FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard – The Washington Post.

Critical Theory and the Importance of Religious Studies | Bulletin for the Study of Religion December 19, 2012

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A common response to critical theory’s critiques of categories related to “religion” is that it undermines the rationale for the academic study of religion. If the categories do not exist, then what is the point of the field? Because people employ the categories strategically, promoting various interests, religious studies becomes more relevant as critical theory facilitates analysis of those strategic applications of the category.

via Critical Theory and the Importance of Religious Studies | Bulletin for the Study of Religion.

PiBorg – Control Robots from your Raspberry Pi | PiBorg December 18, 2012

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PiBorg – Control Robots from your Raspberry Pi

Welcome to PiBorg.org, a robotics control add on for Raspberry Pi.

If you don’t know about Raspberry Pi, you can find out about it here.

The PiBorg is an open source add on board capable of controlling two DC motors from your Raspberry Pi model B, with feedback from a potentiometer or incremental encoder, or without any feedback.

via PiBorg – Control Robots from your Raspberry Pi | PiBorg.

Raspberry Pi : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits December 18, 2012

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Adafruit’s goal to help the world learn & share electronics and computer programming continues with our new line of products made just for the Raspberry Pi®. What is the Raspberry Pi® ? A low-cost ARM GNU/Linux box.

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