Discussion Post: Week 13

We’re almost done with Presentation III. How have you adjusted to the unique challenges of presenting about yourself? Were you up to the task, or were there elements about your presentation that you’d change if you had the chance? What lessons will you take away from your presentation moving forward, both to Presentation IV and to your job interviews in the future?

Please remember that your group’s Presentation IV topic is due by the start of class on Tuesday. As long as at least one member of your team sends in your topic, you’re fine — but if multiple group members submit your topic, that’s fine, too. I don’t have any problem with receiving your topic more than once, as I’d much rather get the same topic from your group five times than not receive it at all. If there’s any doubt about whether your group’s topic has been submitted, well, you gather what the safest approach is.

Also, don’t forget that Self-Evaluation III is due at the start of class on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Break. I’m already working on getting the videos ready for you, and all of them will be posted to Blackboard no later than this Thursday, so you’ll have just as much time as always to review your presentation.

With that said, let’s get straight into the big news item of the week. As you’re surely already aware, Israel has been fighting with Palestinian forces for many years, with consistent hostility between the two groups. Last week, for instance, southern Israel was being pummeled by rockets from Hamas, the terrorist organization which controls the Gaza Strip, in addition to a few stray shells from Syria. In a major turn of events, however, Israel’s most recent air strike, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, was a successful assassination of Hamas’ military commander, Ahmed Jabari.

The Wednesday attack further destroyed over 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and the affiliated Islamic Jihad, which Israeli leaders hope will neutralize much of the long-range threat against their nation. Hamas, on the other hand, said that Israel “has opened the gates of hell,” and promised a vicious response. Hamas official Ismail al-Ashqar says that the organization plans to “burn Israeli cities” with attacks that may include suicide bombings similar to those employed by al Qaeda operatives.

Elsewhere, economic woes have been more of the focus. In Europe, mass anti-austerity labor strikes on Wednesday set police and protesters against one another. Unions and some non-union workers across Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, and France participated in a general strike against cost-cutting policies enacted to reduce national debt but which have been painful for workers. Portugal and Greece in particular are in the midst of a deep recession, with climbing unemployment rates and shrinking economic production despite the austerity policies. The U.K. is similarly facing recession, although their economy has not fallen nearly as much as that of other European nations, and the recent violent protests that have rocked members of the European Union have left the U.K. largely unscathed.

European Protests

Still, global stocks are shaky at best, with investors nervous about the economic turmoil abroad and the “fiscal cliff” in the U.S. The same is true of the American stock market, with shares edging downward last week despite positive quarterly reports from a few major players. The debate over the fiscal cliff continues to rage in Congress, with some wondering if the legislature should take on both the fiscal cliff — a set of massive tax hikes and substantial automatic spending cuts set to be introduced on January 1 — and the ever-closer national debt ceiling (a self-imposed “credit limit” of sorts) simultaneously. Fresh off his victory in the presidential election, President Obama has delivered his opening proposal: a $1.6 trillion tax hike over the next ten years. The proposal is based on the 2013 tax plan that Obama announced in February.

As the U.S. and others struggle with their economic woes, America also faces a very different sort of conflict. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election — you thought we were done talking about that, didn’t you? — the White House petition website, “We the People,” has been flooded with requests for states across the country to secede from the union.

Go ahead, check your calendar. Confirm that it’s not 1860. I’ll wait.

Back? Good.

Most of the secession petitions on the “We the People” website have come from individuals in decidedly conservative states like Texas and Louisiana. But a few, like Oregon and New York, are more of a surprise. At the time of this writing, secession petitions have come from almost every single state, with a recent count excluding only Nevada from that list.

Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, says that the blossoming nationwide interest in splitting from its federal government resulted from the country’s shift toward failed Marxist policies. As he put it,

The fact of the matter is that there cannot be a union between those that esteem the principles of Karl Marx over the principles of Thomas Jefferson. Here in Texas, we esteem those principles of Thomas Jefferson, that all political power’s inherent in the people. And what we have seen given on Tuesday was that a majority of the people in the United States, and the states in which they reside, esteem the principles of Karl Marx over those principles.

Several of these petitions have received the required 25,000 signatures within 30 days that, by the rules stated on the “We the People” website, will prompt the White House to review and respond to them. But they have also invited ample resistance. Many governors, including those in the Republican Party, explicitly rejected the notion of secession — including Texas Governor Rick Perry, who previously hinted that secession was an option — while several competing petitions now implore the Obama administration to deport those who promoted secession. Petitions “To strip the citizenship of everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them,” to “Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America,” and “To keep the U.S. United” have drawn several thousand signatures apiece. Others receiving a few thousand signatures ask the president “To peacefully allow the states that have asked to secede to do so and form their own NEW nation” and to “Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States.”

In short, the cry for secession is likely to be a bust, but it’s still important to witness the exasperation of such a large number of American citizens over the trajectory of our government.

While the supposed secession is unlikely to have any real effect, the fungal meningitis outbreak which has sickened well over 400 people and caused 32 deaths remains an ongoing problem. Both the New England Compounding Center (NECC) and the FDA have been under fire in recent weeks, with Congress grilling FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg about why her agency didn’t take action against the NECC for past violations when it had the opportunity years ago. After all, the FDA has investigated 12 separate complaints against the NECC since 2002. Hamburg responded that while the violations were “very serious,” her agency was obligated to defer to Massachusetts authorities, which allowed the NECC to continue its work.

Hamburg accepted her questioning, but Barry Cadden, owner and co-founder of the NECC, declined to testify before Congress, pleading the Fifth Amendment.

Given the number of aspiring pilots among my readers, I figured it was also worth bringing up the aviation industry’s trajectory. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the dangers on the horizon. New federal safety regulations set to begin next summer would require new pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of flight experience before being hired, a massive jump from the present requirement of 250 hours for first officers. (In fact, some note that a commercial pilot license can be earned with as few as 188 hours of flight time.) This alone would pose a challenge for airlines across the nation, but with a wave of aging captains about to hit the mandatory retirement age of 65, it presents the serious risk of an industry-wide pilot shortage. Further complicating matters is another new regulation that would increase the required rest time for pilots, which analysts believe will force airlines to increase their ranks by 5%. And then there’s the matter of pilots going overseas to work for companies that will pay handsomely for well-trained U.S. pilots.

When you put all of these factors together, it’s easy to see why some are concerned that we’ll face a crisis next summer. As one consultant put it, “We are about four years from a solution, but we are only about six months away from a problem.” It’s expected to hit small carriers the hardest, as they have traditionally taken on more new pilots and eventually funneled them to the larger corporations. When the new restrictions take effect, the major airlines are expected to ramp up their efforts to poach captains from the smaller companies, creating a void that they will be hard-pressed to fill.

In brighter news, Nintendo’s new game console, the Wii U, was released across the U.S. today. IHS Global Insight researchers projected that the Wii U will outsell its predecessor, the Nintendo Wii, in its first month and a half of sales. The researchers estimate that 3.5 million Wii U consoles will be off the shelves by the time we reach 2013, while only 3.1 million Wii consoles were sold within the same time period in 2006. However, others argue that while the Wii U may have a fast start — it’s already sold out of most stores across the country, and some are already reselling the console online for as much as $1 million — it is destined to fail in the long term, as the system lacks the broader entertainment features like video streaming and internet capabilities necessary to justify its price point ($299), which is higher than the Wii’s $249 release.

Either way, details continued leaking out in the days prior to the big release, like the meager 3 GB of available hard drive space on the basic Wii U — 4.2 GB of the overall 8 GB, a number we revealed last week, is consumed by firmware such as a critical backwards compatibility patch. Then there’s the external storage issue. While the Wii U supports the use of external hard drives with USB cables, those drives must be reformatted in order to work with the Wii U, which would delete all existing data. In order to be usable on a computer, the drive would again have to be reformatted. As you can see, any such drive would either be exclusively used for the Wii U or not usable on the system at all.

On the bright side, while Nintendo Gamecube games cannot be used with the Wii U, all Wii games will be playable with the aforementioned patch, and Virtual Console and WiiWare titles can also be carried over to the new system in a few simple steps, so past purchases won’t be lost. Still, the big story remains the new controller, which some commentators have already noted will allow them to play Wii U games in rooms without a TV. Others have focused on the system’s HD graphics and the second screen’s power consumption. However you look at it, there’s a lot to love, and a lot to hate, in the new Wii U.

The popular video chat program Skype suffered a major security scare last week due to a critical vulnerability in Skype’s password reset system. As a Russian user outlined earlier this month, an unscrupulous individual could sign up for a new, disposable account, using the same E-mail address as an existing user. Then the third party could reset the password for any account associated with that E-mail address — in this case, the targeted account — thus yielding complete control over the original account with little more than an internet parlor trick.

Microsoft temporarily disabled the password reset function as their staff worked to fix the bug. And that might be the end of it, except for one key issue: this vulnerability was reported months ago. Dmitry Chestnykh, a programmer from Montenegro, noticed the issue back in August and reported it to Skype’s technical support staff. The response? “Please understand that all of us here at Skype take our customers’ privacy and confidentiality very seriously.” Feel free to question that claim, as so many other Skype users are right now.

Well, we may not be able to get our internet chat programs working properly, but we do know that giant robots are responsible for some of the greatest military victories throughout history.

You heard me. And so did the 5,700 Australian high school seniors who took their history exams last week. You see, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) exam featured a section devoted to the Russian Revolution, including a famous painting of the 1917 battle in which socialist revolutionaries overthrew their czar. Whoever made the exam apparently just grabbed the top result from a quick Google search and didn’t take a very close look at the picture. Check out the images below, and watch history transform (and roll out?):

Here's the original Nikolai Kochergin painting, 'Storming the Winter Palace on 25th October 1917,' depicting revolutionaries on the move.

...And the revolutionaries' secret weapon, the MAD-X Marauder Battlemech, turns the tide.

The doctored version, with its giant BattleTech mecha visible in the upper-left of the picture, is actually the first result for the painting on Google Images, so it’s easy to understand how the mistake was made. (I tried to find a copy of the real painting myself, and I still can’t locate a decently sized version without text covering the artwork. This is as close as I got.)

It’s also hardly the first incident of its kind. Consider, for instance, the Adan Harahap series of famous photographs with superheroes added to the mix. Unless you’re specifically looking for the fictional figures, it’s easy to overlook Spiderman and Darth Vader in the middle of some of the biggest battles of all time. With so many people getting so good at Photoshop, maybe we were just bound to rewrite history, too.

We can’t take the Winter Palace without heavy mech support, comrade.

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33 responses to “Discussion Post: Week 13”

  1. annadell57 says :

    I like reading the first section about world news. I think its so important to know what is going on, not only in the US, but worldwide. It is sometimes difficult for me with school and work to keep updated on what is happening overseas.

    I always love when Nintendo comes out with a new game console. Coming from a family of gamers, I am excited to try out the new system and see all the new changes. Although, it is pretty unlikely I’ll find $300 laying around; so, I am hoping a friend will invest. 🙂

  2. Garret Howard says :

    Presentation 3 went well, I feel like I didd pretty good. I suppose if I could go back and change something I would have been more specific in explaining how the courses that I have taken at Purdue are relevant to the job that I was trying to get. Doing this definitely will make me more comfortable if I have to do it in the future.

    Nintendo definitely needed to come out with a new system to compete better with the xbox 360 and PS3 in the graphics department. I will not be purchasing one but hopefully one of my friends does so that I can check it out.

  3. Zach Gerbner says :

    I read the Wall Street Journal article on the upcoming pilot shortage the day it was published, and I find it interesting how this problem is just now making it into the mainstream media, even though people in the industry have been talking about it for years. With the new law that states pilots will need 1500 hours to work at an airline, thousands will be discouraged, and not pursue their dreams of flying. At Purdue, if you do not work as a flight instructor, you will graduate with about 220 hours. If you do flight instruct, you can assume you will graduate with 400-600 hours. You can see the problem that students graduating from even a very well regarded aviation program, they will still need to build considerable flight time before working for an airline.

    While I personally am not worried about myself, as I know it will just take a little more work, but I will reach my goal, I am worried about what will happen to the industry. With a shortage of pilots, airlines will have to cut routes, and frequencies. Instead of a city getting 5 flights in regional jets, they may only get one or two in a larger aircraft. This not only limits the consumers choices, but it eliminates pilot jobs, as now only one aircraft is required to fly to a destination which five airplanes used to be needed. It is clear that the lawmakers did not put much thought into this situation, and now it is going to affect the traveling public, which just is not fair. I do believe though that over time, the problem will settle, and there will not be a pilot shortage, but I also believe the next 5 or so years are going to be a bit rocky.

  4. Craig Jones says :

    I predict the Wii U system will be a big bust. There has not been any significant changes I feel that make it worth paying the $300 for it. If I wanted to drop that kind of money I would buy a PS3 or Xbox that is actually capable of doing anything. I am not saying I do not enjoy playing Wii games; they are the best for family gatherings, but if they are really going to try and compete with Sony and Microsoft then they are going to have to offer more features than just a controller.

    The biggest news not talked about in this post is Hostess filing for bankruptcy, and more importantly how crazy it is that people are rushing to the store to buy all the Hostess goods left. And even more crazy that people are selling these items on eBay. And even more crazy that people are paying $30 for a box of twinkies. Maybe I am just not a big enough Hostess fan, but this seems outrageous.

    • brianbritt says :

      Craig, thanks for mentioning the Hostess story. I must admit, that one caught me off-guard. I was out of state attending an academic conference over the weekend, so I had to finish this week’s post by Wednesday; hence why Hostess wasn’t mentioned.

      I appreciate it when you guys help to fill in the gaps like this, as I’m bound to miss a big story like this every once in a while!

  5. Tim Gleeson says :

    I haven’t presented yet, but there is indeed a difference in speaking about some topic and actually speaking about yourself. In an actual interview, perhaps it’s easier, but it is a rather odd position having to do it in front of fellow classmates.

    The pilot shortage issue as Zach mentioned is really only hitting the media heavily now. This has been an ongoing issue and worry for many of us in the industry for quite some time now. Law makers decided on the 1500 hour number as more of a knee jerk reaction that does not actually solve the problem. There is room for some adjustment in pilot training, but an arbitrary number does not make pilots any more qualified to fly for an airline necessarily. Most pilots are going to find the cheapest, easiest, and/or quickest way to accumulate this time and that likely means it will be doing flying like banner towing or flight instructing in single engine piston aircraft as opposed to gaining experience operating turboprop or turbojet aircraft in much more complex cockpits. As Zach mentioned, in the long run the industry will benefit, but we are in for several choppy years.

  6. kearstenolson says :

    I feel like the new Wii U will probably fail. Just as Sony tried to recreate the PSP with the vidya, Nintendo’s effort will ultimately fail with them not breaking into something undiscovered in the market already. Plus, without the added bonus of internet and streaming, they are losing an entire market of people who may have otherwise bought the console. Also not to rag on Nintendo but they’ll probably just re-release all of their games on the WiiU like they seem to for every console.

    Also I am surprised that Hostess going bankrupt wasn’t mentioned. Twinkies are already sold out everywhere.

  7. jhellman says :

    I’m okay with Presentation III so far, that’s to say I have presented yet. But I like listening to other peoples experiences and forte’s. Sucks about Greece and Portugal and it makes me feel extremely vain about not really thinking about other countries and their economies’. America’s not the only one that not doing so great in that department.

    I haven’t heard much about the new Wii at all and I’m weirdly not very interested. I used to play so many video games and now I feel like I’m growing out of them. Sigh…

  8. mmccune91 says :

    As a pilot I am no stranger to the 1500 hour rule. This just means I will just need to work a bit harder and longer to get where I want. The reasons behind this rule are what aggravate me more than the rule itself. The part that makes me angry is that this rule stemmed from a crash in which both pilots had well over 1500 hours. 1500 is just an arbitrary number that Congress is imposing. We all know that it is not quantity, but rather quality that matters. This is an issue that all of us in the aviation program can talk about for a long time, but the fact of the matter is that it’s here to stay, at least for now. I heard it said like this from an airline recruiter, “All its going to take is on congressman to not be able to catch a flight from their home airport because of the lack of pilots, and then this rule will start to change.” I would agree completely. Since congress is not made of people knowledgeable of the aviation industry, they will have to face the consequences of their decision before the realize they made a huge mistake.

  9. Garrett Rood says :

    Personally, I think that people wanted to succeed from the Union is a little ridiculous. To me it gives off the impression that they are sore losers. The point of democracy and voting is to give everyone a voice and sometimes you, or your party rather, may lose. It’s all just part of the process. To be honest I was not happy that George W. Bush got re-elected, granted I was not able to vote at the time, but still succeeding because of that seems a little over dramatic. Sometimes you just need to suck it up and deal in my opinion.
    On the topic of gaming though I noticed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II was not mentioned. It’s worth noting that this game grossed a ton of money and now the COD franchise has grossed more money than the Harry Potter movies and Star Wars, pretty cool. Within the first 24 hours COD BO II grossed some $500 million while the new Halo hit somewhere in the $200-$300 million range. I’m a crazy fan for COD so I thought this was pretty awesome.

  10. Tyler Durham says :

    For me as a pilot, the news about the pilot shortage has long been made aware to us in the aviation industry. The industry was long calling a shortage starting in December 2013 because of all the pilots needing to retire because of the 65 age limit. But, now that congress threw in this additional 1500 hours that we need to be able to fly for the airlines, the future is a very uncertain one at the time. Us as pilots shoud be happy and slightly scared I beleive. Good because once we get our 1500 hoursa we should be able to get a job ASAP. But, the time until we get 1500 hours upon graduation will probably be about 2 or more years for most pilots to obtain. Hopefully airlines wont cruble before us graduating can obtain a job, especially the regional carriers. I know there are people everywhere trying to get congress to change their mind about this rule, such as if you went to an accredited school such as Purdue University, or went threw flight school in the military that those pilots would only need 700 hours to be able to fly for the airlines. Hopefully something like this can happen for us students because this new limit is just redicoulos that congress has out into place.

  11. colinbyram says :

    The Benghazi and Iran wars are rather alarming, however I think it would be in the best interest of the US to stay neutral or avoid getting involved at all cost. Although I do not know a lot of background on the wars, I feel that they are rather pointless and unnecessary for anyone to get involved. The secession news is pretty bizarre and somewhat unrealistic, but I also can see that some people really do feel that strongly about the results of the election. I can somewhat understand how some people might be scared of the future of this country but I think its more important to focus on more productive ways to ensure a successful future for the country.
    Lastly, the pilot issue the country is soon to face is something that alarms me and i’m sure many others in the major. I see the need for safer regulations, however I feel that training or other solutions need to be considered before we make a jump to 1500hr requirement.

  12. Daniel Hudspeth says :

    It is important to constantly check facts and information found on the internet these days. Just like whoever generated the exams for the Australian students, many people are beginning to believe anything put on the internet. It is true that our history is being rewritten in these people’s minds, and this is very problematic. Information is a powerful thing, and has the ability to cause mass chaos. For instance, many people believe that the Mayans predicted the end of the world because of one theory that was circulated on the internet. However, other theories say otherwise; that it predicts the end of an era, and not necessarily the end of the world. The internet is beginning to distort true fact, and many people rely on the internet for much of their information. I’ve learned to always question what I’ve been told, and research any information that I can.

  13. Edward Dang says :

    So that’s why the patch was 5GB, it was installing emulation stuff. That’s pretty odd, maybe it was hard to finalize or something. Backwards compatibility is such a nice thing to do these days and it’s stupid to call it nice because it used to be common. The Wii U controller is very nicely light, even despite the ridiculous amount of features on it. Amazing what we can do with electronics these days.

  14. Brock Wolfe says :

    YAY..just what we need, another game to play so we don’t have to worry about the bleak future that has everyone in it’s sights. After the election, new job growth outlook..dismal after the announcement of yet another tax hike. I understand the government needs money to function, but does the government understand employers need some money for new hires also. It’s kind of like a catch 22, but if you are printing money money with no regard for the consequences anyway, why raise taxes?

  15. lukeshall says :

    The issue with the skype passwords sounds hilarious. It sounds like this Russian guy (who must be must), but apparently didn’t have to be that smart to figure out that the password issue is a big deal. He cared enough to report it and it looks like skype just sent an automated email back to him. Makes me never want to try to contact a big corporation or company ever again. This just shows that random people (a russian!) can find major flaws…

  16. Brandon Poindexter says :

    It just goes to show that war isn’t the answer to anything. We had a surplus of Federal money before Bush, and ever since 9/11 the world economy had been dwindling so much faster then it would have been if we had not gone to war.

    Aaah the Wii U. Well, i’ve never been a fan of Nintendo to be honest, so i am not much interested in it. As much as i see it as a soon-to-fail console, I thought the Wii would fail as well but look at it now. It might not be the best selling console in the world but its been selling well enough. So who know how the WiiU will do.

  17. Brandon Vath says :

    This “1500 hour rule” will affect me greatly, seeing as my career goal is to fly for an airline. From my understanding, Congress is the driving force behind this bill. Organizations familiar with the problem, such as the FAA, are not in favor of the bill due to its projected repercussions. The FAA understands the issues airlines and other companies will have with fulfilling pilot positions. Also, I believe that simply having 1500 hours will not necessarily make one a better pilot. I believe a balance of real world experience and proper training are the keys to becoming a safe pilot. If I wanted to, and had the proper funds, I could go rent a single engine plane and fly myself all day long until I reach 1500 hours. I do not see any benefit that would provide me. I feel all that will result from this debacle is more delays/cancellations and the potential for higher ticket prices. This is due to an increase in pilot pay/incentives in order to make more senior pilots stay with smaller airlines.

  18. Shalini Kannan says :

    I am extremely happy that I am finished with Presentation III. I definitely felt I could have done a better, and there were a couple instances where I slipped up in my speaking flow! My group is yet to actually come up with a plan on how we will be approaching Presentation IV, although we just formed our topic.
    The bombing and battles on the Gaza strip is extremely scary. I hope Israel and the Palestinian forces find peace soon.

  19. tbeach21 says :

    What a freakin mess. I suppose it’s been a while since our last civil war. I could go for another round. At least if we had a war here, we wouldn’t have to travel halfway around the world to get to the show. From most angles, I see secession as a ridiculous notion…. But then again, I can also see how the political scene is falling into disarray and things are becoming very weak and uncertain. States seceding from the union? Civil war? Probably not, but I won’t let my hopes down yet.

  20. liv4creativity says :

    It feels like we college kids live in a bubble especially when it comes to what is happening in the rest of the world. I know a little about what is happening with Israel and Gaza mainly from one of my Facebook friends who lives around that area. For the past week and a half, he has been posting various articles and comics about the war. I recently read how Hilary Clinton is headed over to that area to attempt some peace talks. I do not see this fray ending anytime soon especially with the track record of all countries involved.

  21. Garey Bogo says :

    As for presentation III, I believe that they were all great. Everyone seems to have different qualifications, backgrounds, and experience that they can easily talk about whether its at an interview or talking to a recruiter. Everyone also seems to have experience in talking about this information, whether it was a past presentation or interview.
    As for the new WiiU, I think its got a number of different pros and cons. The WiiU’s controller with the screen, I thought was pretty cool in being used with the console or using it as a separate screen. I still feel that Nintendo should worry less with different technologies and gimmicks, and focus on making high quality games.

  22. cnunan says :

    So I know I ranted a bit about the Wii U last week, but I hope it does well. I have always liked Nintendo. On another console related note, I read an article today about the projected sales this season. It seems kids these days don’t want game consoles anymore! They want iPads! I think it’s crazy how far the iOS systems have come and how much they currently dominate the market. It also makes me a little sad though at how much the younger generation is getting wrapped up in technology. If you ever see a group of kids together, it’s a solid guarantee that you will see at least one person on their phone, alienating themselves. I once even saw a father and young son out for dinner once; the son was just watching videos on an iPad the entire time, no conversation! I plan on being a lame dad who won’t be giving my kid a phone until they can drive.

  23. nlosande says :

    I’m tired of all the secession talk. I know that those involved are just trying to make a point and have their voice heard (something, by the way, I am 100% okay with) however, talking about secession is just ridiculous. The simple idea that you do not like who is in charge shouldn’t mean you should run away. We still need to all be able to work together to get fix our problems and get on the same page (something I would suggest the government also try to do), Need we all be reminded of what the “U” in USA stands for?

  24. tbanas says :

    Good luck to the states that want to branch off. They will have to erect fences, get a military, and a whole slew of other things. I realize the threat is pretty low that any state would actually secede, but I hope they know what it would mean if they did. If they could demonstrate how they could secede, then they would make an even bigger point. If only one state secedes though, the flag wouldn’t have to change because Puerto Rico may be joining us soon.

  25. Craig (@ctlocker) says :

    Like many stated above, I have been a Nintendo person since the first system, but I am not holding much hope for the Wii U to be anything special. The trend of video games and the path that Nintendo is following don’t seem to align. The Wii was fun for a night or when you have a group of friends together, but outside of that the Wii graphics fall flat and many of the popular titles are not available for Wii. The Wii U seems to be following the same path. I understand they are trying to do something different, but I don’t except to see much success. I am hoping it does well for Nintendo ‘s sake, but at the same time if it is a flop that just means they will have to come up with something better even sooner.

  26. Jae Hyeon Joo says :

    I didn’t have a chance to do presentation 3. I changed my schedule from Tuesday to Thursday, but my 3:30 Lab was running late. I was the first presenter for Thursday one. I missed that and I had a meeting on Tuesday.
    I totally missed it. There will be some penalty for that but I will try my best on presentation 3 on next Tuesday.

  27. jetblueberry says :

    AAAAAAH !the Wii U. Bought my old Wii second semester of my Freshman year, way back when. I really can’t wait to buy the Wii U as just today, I got to test one at the Castleton Square mall (alongside the lineup of Nintendo DS’) because Nintendo was hosting a promo booth. The console was nothing short of amazing and I really do enjoy the new controller and, as always with Nintendo, the price tag for the deluxe bundle is $349 (black and comes with 32GB of onboard memory). I guess I will wait until the initial buying rush is over and purchase one around February as my boyfriend and I agreed to go halvsies on one!

  28. Rachel Moore says :

    I can’t believe that so many people want to secede form the US. I’m not entirely happy with the way the government is going, but I still want to remain a citizen. The response to deport the people who signed the petition was was unreasonable. We have the right of free speech, and to send a petition. That gives them no right to try to deport people who speak out. I can’t see how secession would work. They would have to cut all ties with the US, so how would mail service, banks, and everything else that relates to the government work? That’s a major crisis waiting to happen. Hope that kind of talk ends soon. Last time secession came up, we had the civil war.

  29. mbruhn says :

    The new Wii U system will most likely be a bust in my opinion. In order to come out with a new system, major improvements from the previous system need to be made as well as some great new innovations. I don’t see any Nintendo system ever being better than the Nintendo 64 which is one of my favorite systems ever! I would much rather play classic Nintendo, Super Nintendo, or 64 any day of the week. I didn’t think the Wii was that impressive in the first place and see the Wii U following in the Wii’s footsteps.

  30. bwulf24 says :

    I think it’s a bit crazy that people are trying to secede from the union. I’m not sure how they think they will survive, the majority of the states are landlocked so if I was one of those states I would probably think twice because they would be mighty easy to blockade. Honestly I’m pretty disappointed that Obama was re-elected but even I think it’s absurd that people are trying this. Someone earlier made the comment that people are just being “sore losers” and I would have to agree with that, I “lost” but I get to cast my vote again in four years and then maybe I can get someone I like better in office. Until then I think its safe to say that he won’t make himself dictator and rule us for the rest of his life, so I think I’ll stick with the union, But hey, that’s just me.

  31. Zack Palazzo says :

    I know not everyone agrees with Obama’s policy, but asking to secede from the union is a little much. I bet that most of these people who signed the petition consider themselves “patriots”, but asking to sucede is pretty unamerican. Soemtimes Im not too sure about the direction of this nation

  32. Michael Frost says :

    I feel the Wii U will be highly popular as it really is the original GameCube combined with the Nintendo DS finally done right. The ability to have a map in your hands in certain games vs onscreen allows for a new way to play the game and going back to a more traditional controller setup is beneficial to getting some of the more hardcore gamers at least interested in the product. I feel the Wii U will fair much better than the original Wii in terms of popularity and already Nintendo has done a better job keeping them in stock unlike the original Wii back in 2006… But they are still purposely under stocking and the price is quite high for such small internal storage. Its also sad to see the end of GameCube game compatibility as well.

    The part on the teacher utilizing shopped picture for a test was also an interesting read… It hurts to see a mistake done like that but also the effective use of photoshop or another varient can be vary convincing these days.