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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

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10 Questions To Ask A Financial Advisor

By Laura Shin <br>It’s not easy finding a financial advisor. After all, you have to trust this virtual stranger enough to reveal your financial situation – or hand your money over -- to him or her. But these steps can help you find the right fit.<p>Ask friends and family for referrals, says …

Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies' | Nafeez Ahmed

Industry expert warns of grim future of 'recession' driven 'resource wars' at University College London lecture<p>A former British Petroleum (BP) geologist has warned that the age of cheap oil is long gone, bringing with it the danger of "continuous recession" and increased risk of conflict and hunger.<p>…

Gigabit-Speed AC Wireless Routers Could Be One Of Your Smartest Home Tech Investments

If you’re like me, you are scrambling last minute to get your friends and family the latest tech gifts. You might be thinking about a new tablet, an iPad, game console, 2 in 1, or maybe even a smart watch. One gift that could be even more useful than all of those could be a new wireless router …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Why the US needs to fall out of love with home ownership

“The most tangible cornerstone that lies at the heart of the American Dream, at the heart of middle-class life,” Barack Obama declared in a speech this summer, is “the chance to own your own home.”<p>Politicians and pundits across the spectrum regard homeownership both as the best investment a family …

Android vs. iOS: The race has never been closer

The next stage of the smartphone wars has been set with the release of the iPhone 5S, which joins high-end phones like the HTC One, Galaxy S 4, and Moto X for the final battle — of 2013, at least. But in the big competition between iOS and Android, the choice is harder than ever, because the two …

The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico

On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, an unmarked SUV pulled into a gas station on the corner of a busy intersection. Detective Brian Sallee lifted a …

NSA broke privacy laws thousands of times a year

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Leaked documents not only show thousands of violations, but that many were hidden from Congress and FISA<p>Natasha Lennard<p>August 16, 2013 12:58pm (UTC)<p>Leaked top-secret government documents, provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden to the Washington Post, show that the NSA knew itself …

For Struggling PC Market, It's PC Gamers To The Rescue

IDC Insights Research dropped some doom and gloom earlier this year, reporting that Q1 2013 PC shipments were down a drastic 13.9% globally, compared to the same period in 2012. This represented the worst decline in the US since 2006, despite Windows 8 and some inspired hardware to accompany it …

Why did the Dreamcast fail? Sega's marketing veteran looks back

Tadashi Takezaki, these days, works at Sega in the position of "head of project implementation department, president's office," which doesn't describe very well the things he's been involved with since joining up in 1993. A veteran of Sega's marketing and PR department in Japan, Takezaki was …

How To Stay Super Motivated

There are two elements needed to succeed in business.<p>The first is a good strategy – making sure you’re heading in the right direction and focusing on the most valuable opportunities.<p>The second is how well you do your work. You must perform with speed, positivity, efficiency and drive to achieve …

What Happens When You Fire An AK-47 Underwater [Video]

It's a science lesson masquerading as a slow-motion video!<p>The AK-47 is an iconic assault rifle, popular among revolutionaries and known for its rugged, reliable design. Thanks to the team at Smarter Every Day and The Slow Mo Guys, the AK-47 is also a way to learn about physics! Underwater, the …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Fringe Factor: Most Young Immigrants Are Drug Mules

<b>Iowa: Most Young Immigrants Are Drug Mules</b><p>How do you tell a valedictorian from a drug mule? Look at their calves. At least that’s how Rep. Steve King …

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Admits He Made A Huge Mistake

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is finally admitting what everyone has been thinking: Microsoft made a huge mistake with the Surface RT tablet.<p>Last week, the company disclosed that it lost over $900 million on the low-selling tablet computer, and during an internal Microsoft event this week, Ballmer …

Nexus 7 finds Apple napping

Google has beat Apple at its own Retina-display-thumping game. Meet the Nexus 7, the eye-popping 323-pixels-per-inch wonder.<p>It is, in a way, the (rumored) iPad Mini Retina wrapped in Android 4.3.<p>Here's the deal: If you can find most of the apps you need on Google's Play Store and would like a small …

Life as a US drone operator: 'It's like playing a video game for four years'

"It is a lot like playing a video game," a former Predator drone operator matter-of-factly admits to the artist Omer Fast. "But playing the same …

In business, it’s actually a bad thing to be called smart

When I was a budding entrepreneur, recently having earned my PhD in astrophysics, people would often introduce me as a rocket scientist. At first I enjoyed the praise.<p>In time I found being called intelligent didn’t help me in business. By “in business” I mean in business roles with leadership and …

India Thought Jupiter and Venus Were Actually Chinese Spy Drones

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Chinese spy drone! Oh, and there's another one! That's what the Indian Army must've thought when they saw two …

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What Is The Most Catastrophic Error Made By An Intern At A Tech Company?

When I was 21, I almost lost several hundred million dollars by threatening to mutilate one of our customers.<p>In my senior year in college, I worked full time as an intern PM at NetApp. I spent most of that time at work being groomed and prepared to be a full PM, and given that my background was in …

'Inside' vs. 'outside' headphones: What's the difference?

The Velodyne vPulse is one of the best pair of $99 headphones I've ever listened to on the NYC subway, but it's not one I use at home or in any quiet space. Why's that?<p>The vPulse's overly generous bass turns me off at home, but it sounds perfectly balanced on trains, buses, cars, or planes. What …

Lumens and Lux: Light Words Explained in a Single Image

If you've ever tried to compare flashlights or lighting of any kind, you've probably been confronted with a bunch of confusing terms like lumen and …

The Physics Of Usain Bolt's Record-Breaking Sprint

Usain Bolt's historic 100m dash at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.<p>In 2009, at the World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt beat his own previous world record by 0.11 seconds, running a 9.58-second 100-meter dash. The record is getting more and more difficult to break, as it's history shows …

Anderson Silva's Rapid Return to Ring Sets Unnerving Precedent

In one fell swoop on July 6, Anderson Silva went from seemingly the most singularly dominant force in MMA history to man staring down the barrel of his mortality.<p>It was on that night, before a packed house at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, that Silva did something he had never done previously—lost in …

Pentagon: Who We're At War With Is Classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.”<p>So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.<p>At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked the Defense …

George W. Bush on Gay Marriage, Immigration, and Why Obama Kept His Terrorism Policies

President George W. Bush cautioned against criticizing gay couples, saying in an interview on "This Week" that you shouldn't criticize others "until …

Here's What I Learned About Amazon After Spending A Morning At Its Headquarters

The meetings with executives from each company were off the record, so I'm not going to repeat what they said.<p>However, I'll give my general impressions of each company after meeting some people, and walking around their campuses.<p>First up is Amazon. I only spent a half day with the company, so these …

Diversification: Why Not Put Everything in Whatever Will Go Up the Most?

The U.S. markets are doing well this year. Many other asset classes are not. The S&P 500 was up 16.9% at its peak on June 18. Then it dropped 2.9% in the last 10 days of the quarter. This gain in the U.S. markets has some people questioning the merits of a global portfolio. But the track record of …