Nobel left his fortune to a foundation to maintain the prizes and the entire point was to award people that helped mankind. Furthermore the award is called "Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel" not "The Nobel prize for economics". It was started by Sveriges Riksbank with a donation to the Nobel foundation. Everyone calls it the Nobel prize for economics because it's administered by the same foundation, its mission is the same and it's easier to say and for others to understand.
In my opinion pedantry for its own sake is a hallmark of reddit and it kind of chaps my ass that it seems to be cropping up more here.
It was not intended to be pedantry, though you are within your rights to see it as such. If you don't perceive a central bank with an interest in legitimizing a field of human endeavor for it's own interests as wrong.
As other articles have noted, there are many other fields that may be more deserving of a prize.
Given the economic damage that the recipients of the prize have caused, can we really say that it advances human knowledge in any other way than identifying what is wrong?
That is a very different impact than the majority of the other awards.
If you had lead with this instead of taking issue with the name I wouldn't have accused you of pedantry. That said, I am sorry for being so negative. I'd seen several instances of that sort of behavior in the prior days and I was more annoyed than I should have been.
One issue not being discussed is the revolving cost of having products out in the market and the cost of the next production run.
if your orders double from 20K units to 40K, your costs will roughly double, usually meaning that any profit made on the 20K is re-invested to make the 40K - usually plus additional capital.
So long as your production quantities double, you will not actually "have" any money (unless your FOB cost is north of four times sell price). Many companies cannot "realise" profit until orders stabilise.
My thoughts would be:
1) sponsor the private schooling of an orphan or disadvantaged child - if they get the grades you pay direct for the school and materials. (this system exists for most orphanages in most 2nd and 3rd world countries but you can start at home.)
2) International work camps for peace - fully volunteer organization and you get to see another country in a real way and do good work while doing so.
Meh. Either her content is substantially right or it's substantially wrong. Let's just debunk her theories if we don't believe her vs personally attacking her. This "She's a conservative activist from the heart of Koch!" is no different (or less offensive) than "She's a bleeding heart liberal from Berkeley!"
I have a limited amount of time in my life and no wish to spend it playing "spot the logical fallacy in every paragraph" with McArdle. I have found it more efficient to learn that she is a feckless human being who will lie (by omission and otherwise) and entirely ignore her than teasing out the truth in her writings, which would require reading in detail the primary sources she is allegedly summarizing as well as the ones she silently omits.
Calling ad hominem is well and good and something to keep in the back of your mind, but I tend to agree with Daniel Davies that "giving known liars the benefit of the doubt" is more likely to steer you wrong.
Am I misunderstanding something here - surely the information Snowden revealed is that the NSA is dumping EVERY electronic communication in a huge data dump all the time. Then they are saying "sometimes" they search for the wrong things in that archive?
Isn't the issue that they are archiving everything we do in the first place?
Yes, but this specific article is simply a matter of hanging someone with the rope they were given: Obama claimed abuses wasn't happening; NSA's own records shows they are.
While on one hand it's a bit of a side show to argue about this, it's also far more likely that people in general will see the problem if they see officials repeatedly being wrong or outright lying about abuses than to get them to accept there's an issue with "just" collecting the data.
The "just" collecting the data part of the problem is rarely seen as an issue with those who largely trust the government, as it is hard to get them to understand that even if the current government is ok, things can go rapidly downhill as they tend to write off any examples as too extreme or "can't happen here".
The best way of reigning this in, is unfortunately to focus on any too close for comfort abuses. E.g. if one found NSA staff stalking ex'es would likely get a far more furious response than NSA staff collecting data about large swathes of the population.
As a designer comfortable with my choice, I always saw design as the tool used to capture and manifest the dreams of others. This creativity is then placed in the view of the world to meet with brutal success, failure or mediocrity.
By definition, a designer must be public. They also must imagine themselves in everyone else shoes and use their creativity for others.
Artists, for me, are narcissistic. Trying to create only for themselves. And ideally, they should not care about the opinion of others.
I strongly believe that good design is harder, more professional and more demanding than art.
Having said that , and having started four businesses. I agree that start-ups are much more difficult.
A simple concern on this topic:
When my day to day life is public online:
a)strangers know when I am on vacation and my house is empty
b) given the standard misunderstandings amongst people - what they can check about what I am doing via online tools and it differs from what they expect - and they never have to let me know they know (a seed for massive misunderstandings)
Both a and b open my life to problems out of my control. Irrelevant of the life I am living. Thus the need for privacy.
While this Phillippines SMS mobile payment service looks superficially similar and 7 years older, it is much more tightly linked to existing financial infrastructure, including bank accounts (optional) and cards (required).
Kenya's M-Pesa only requires a mobile.
Both country services require registration with government ID documents.
In addition, what has been partly astonishing about M-Pesa is the incredibly rapid growth in its use. Within 8 months of its launch in April 2007, it had over 17 million subscribers (50% of the population), i.e. on average over 2 million subs per month for a non-Internet service!
Do you have many customers and do they identify you through the logo? You may have accumulated some good will in that case.
However, as you have not registered the mark, there is no legal history.
As it is too late to contest their registration, your options are limited. A legal professional will be able to give more detailed advice but from my unprofessional understanding you may be able to preserve your use of the mark by negotiation with the company or possibly using good will and prior use in court.
I do not think you can stop them doing anything however.