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Shooting yourself in the foot in various programming languages

370 JCL<p>You send your foot down to MIS and include a 300-page document explaining exactly how you want it to be shot. Two years later, your foot comes …

Visual Basic

Want the Best Niçoise Salad? Stop Making it Like Everyone Else

I should love Niçoise salads. I <i>should</i>, but I usually don't. It's not the fault of the ingredients—I adore everything in them, from the tender string beans and potatoes to the boiled eggs, tomatoes, salty anchovies, and, when it's there, even the tuna. The problem is the half-assed way most people …

Unnecessary Medical Care: More Common Than You Might Imagine

It's one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don't need.<p>Women still get annual cervical cancer testing even when it's recommended every three to five years for most women. Healthy …

Health Care

Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?

When we read books, why do we forget so much of what we read, in only weeks or even days after we read it?<p>Coming across an article on this topic by Julie Beck in <i>The Atlantic</i> over the weekend, I found insight and even some consolation. I'm not the only one who forgets the plots of novels I've truly …

Education

How to Not Die in America 

On the second Tuesday in June, I start to feel fluish. If this is 2016 and I’m still a freelance writer, I’m losing money immediately on the …

Physiology

When a Medical “Cure” Makes Things Much, Much Worse

Examples abound in virtually every specialty, from cardiology to psychiatry to cancer care. Jerome Hoffman, an emeritus professor of medicine at …

Medicine

The Tyranny of Metrics

The quest to quantify everything undermines higher education.

Higher Education

Sex-Positive Icon Betty Dodson Courts #MeToo-Era Controversy

“If you’re going to drink yourself into a stupor, you’re just up for grabs.”<p>Betty Dodson’s office is in her bedroom. This seems appropriate. …

Gloria Steinem

This One Question Saved My Marriage

My husband, Trip, and I have been married for 14 years this year; we dated for five years before that. To be honest with you, he was one of the most …

Positive Thinking

A forgotten war technology could safely power Earth for millions of years. Here's why we aren't using it

The lifeblood of modern civilization is affordable, free-flowing energy.<p>It gives us the power to heat our homes. Grow and refrigerate food. Purify water. Manufacture products. Perform organ transplants. Drive a car. Go to work. Or procrastinate from work by reading a story about the future of …

Nuclear Energy

Feel Like a Third (or Fourth) Wheel at Home? There’s a Reason for That.

"Maternal Gatekeeping" is real. That doesn't mean it's anyone's fault.<p>By<p>Oct 13 2017, 4:11 PM<p>It’s one thing for dads to be jealous of fellow fathers …

Parenting

How Nations Recover

Recently I’ve been looking for examples of national comebacks — nations that were plagued by turmoil, inequality and polarization, but that managed to get their act together and emerge stronger than before.<p>I’ve been especially interested in the way Britain revived itself between 1820 and 1848. Its …

Black Lives Matter

5 signs it’s time for your relationship to end

There’s a reason Adele, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, [insert mega pop star of your choice here] have built massive careers singing about …

It’s Difficult to Talk About Soviet Food

Long after the Soviet Union collapsed, its cuisine—from the kitchens of Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and beyond—is resurfacing in the United States. …

Soviet Union
Employment

Benefits and Perks Tech Contractors Should Ask For

There was a time when tech contractors had to settle for meager benefits when compared to their “permanent employee” counterparts, but that’s no …

New Kids' Book Helps Girls Find a Date (Really)

I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes when I got the press release. The release of a new DC Superhero Girls graphic novel aimed at girls ages 6–12, called …

Parenting

Intimacy, infamy

England

HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now

Human resources has to be one of the greatest bait-and-switch professions one can join today. HR departments position themselves with a forward-facing fluffy image, whether improving the productivity of workers through training and development programs or perhaps righting the yawning inequality gap …

The Workplace

The Enlightenment Is Working

Don’t listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker.<p>For all their disagreements, the left and the right concur on one thing: The world is getting worse. Whether the decline is …

Profound

Tech Utopianism And Our Walled Gardens: Is It Time For A Jailbreak?

John Perry Barlow, who died last Wednesday at 70, was one of those unusual figures whose obituaries find no point of common agreement. An Internet evangelist who once wrote song lyrics for the Grateful Dead, Barlow was also a poet, activist, cattle rancher and corporate consultant, whose …

Grateful Dead
Feminism

The Only Work-Life Balance Formula That Actually Works

Achieving a better work-life balance requires doing a different kind of math.<p>Michael Fassbender was almost bouncing as walked by me on his way to the driver's meeting before the Ferrari Challenge Series at Daytona International Speedway. Spring in his step, smile on his face, fist bumping people he …

Michael Fassbender

Inside the world of Silicon Valley's 'coasters' — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work

On a sunny summer morning, a Facebook engineer woke up to go to work but felt ill, ran to the bathroom and threw up. "I thought I was getting sick," the engineer recalled.<p>It wasn't a virus or food poisoning. The engineer was having a bad reaction to the thought of going to work.<p>This person was …

Silicon Valley (TV Series)

What I learned about US healthcare when my kid was injured abroad

Photo: iStockphoto<p>When our family planned a three-month summer abroad, we congratulated ourselves on our <b>preparedness:</b> We’d fully checked off our</b> …

Physiology

Criminal Gangs Are Stealing Peanut Butter Cups—and You're Buying Them

Partner Content<p>By Peter Green<p>In Part I of The Darkest Web, that innocent snack you’re eating may be the tip of an international organized crime iceberg.<p>The thieves had it all planned. They’d created a fake shipping company and put in a bid to transport a trailer load of stolen peanut butter cups …

Crime

15 Paradoxes That Will Make Your Head Explode

"I know one thing," Socrates famously said. "That I know nothing."<p>It's a crucial insight from one of the founders of Western philosophy: You should …

Newly released Senate testimony debunks a key conservative theory on Trump and Russia

The big news Republicans didn’t want you to see.<p>The FBI was already investigating potential links between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government <i>before</i> they heard anything about Christopher Steele’s famous dossier on the matter. That’s the key takeaway from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn …

The Sierra OnLine Story

Jonathan talks with Ken Williams, co-founder of Sierra Games. We look at how a husband and wife team created one of the most powerful computer game …