Tech Smorgasbord Archives - 12
Ph.D.s of the Stars
(who would have guessed?)
Brian May, guitarist for the rock group Queen, just completed a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Imperial College, London, where he began studies 40 years ago. His thesis: "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud."
John Cleese, of the Monty Python show and films, earned a law degree from Cambridge.
Bill Cosby earned a Ph.D. in education from UMass Amherst.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." star Robert Vaughn holds a Ph.D. in communications from USC.
Actor and former senator Fred Thompson hold a law degree from Vanderbilt.
William Sanderson, aka Larry of "Larry, Darryl and Darryl" fame from the Newhart Show, has a law degree from Memphis State.
The Year in Numbers
source: the Enquirer)
(no, not THAT Enquirer
|399 Dollars wanted by Amazon.com to buy Kindle e-book reader.|
|271 The total value of semiconductor revenues in billions of dollars this year, according to iSuppli.|
|154 Current Intel market capitalization in billions of dollars.|
|74 Number of days it took Apple to sell one million iPhones.|
|19.6 Current nVIDIA market capitalization in billions of dollars.|
|13 Age at which Nick Ciarelli started ThinkSecret site (closed recently following a legal dispute with Apple).|
|11 Number of companies acquired by Oracle in 2007.|
|1 Rating of AMD's Hector Ruiz in ranks of best-paid semiconductor bosses.|
Perks Received in 2007
(source: Electronic Design)
|Prof. Org. Dues||16%|
Changing Jobs in 2008?
(source: Electronic Design)
Top Reasons for Seeking
New Opportunities in 2007:
|Want to relocate||17%|
|Join a startup||13%|
Top States for Federal Procurement Spending
(2005, per capita)
(source: U.S. Census Bureau)
|$22,892||District of Columbia|
Top Patent Producing
States for 2006
|Total Patents Awarded|
Cellphones Now Required Equipment
|Waaaay back in the mid 1980s, colleges started requiring students to buy a PC - usually a model dictated by the school (for compatibility - we did not always have Windows). This caused quite a concern for many who did not want to spend $2k or more for something a $5 slide rule and a $1 pen could do. My alma matter, UVM, mandated an ATT 6300 and an IBM dot matrix printer (cannot recall the model). Total bill - $3,500. Yup, in 1987 dollars. Today, computers are issued at birth and most kids cannot use a pen, never mind a slide rule.|
Someday, people will look back and have the same memories of this announcement in today's news about Montclair State University (NJ) requiring all students to carry GPS-enabled cellphones. The cost: $420 a year for a base plan, which is bundled into the tuition bill.
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