Is Algebra Necessary? – The New York Times

As American students wrestle with algebra, geometry and calculus — often losing that contest — the requirement of higher mathematics comes into question.

Source: Is Algebra Necessary? – The New York Times

 

The main issue I’d take with targeting mid-level math in general is that each piece provides an important insight into how reality, in all her cold, unforgiving stubbornness, operates. Theorem proofs show that there exist things which can be conclusively proven in totality without room for opinion or shades of grey, and that the bar for such a proof is extremely high. Logic and discrete mathematics show how every argument can be boiled down to math and, used correctly, leads to better discussion by separating assumptions (shared and unilateral) from facts from opinions and moral goals, and can facilitate compromise.

Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized / Boing Boing

Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized

Source: Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized / Boing Boing

 

Is it good for society (i.e. all consumers) to have individuals (corporate or otherwise) who repackage goods (things you can own) into services (ethereal and ephemeral) in order to acquire power through control of said services?