In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators.
The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar (now owned by Disney) are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, and at times it reads like something lifted straight out of the robber baron era that produced those laws.
And don’t forget how H1B visa’s essentially limit immigrants ability to change jobs for a better salary and drive down non-immigrant wages with a lower salary employees.
I just read about this new bop.fm site that allows one to pass a single a single url and it’ll work across a bunch of players. Here’s an example:
Bastille – Pompeiihttp://assets.bop.fm/embed.js
Along similar lines, I also like Can I Stream which searches for videos and provides links to services like Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, etc.
Here is a table if you wanted to make a scale version of the solar system. It’s based on making the Earth a 1in sphere and then gives how far from the Sun each planet should be and how big of a ball to use for each planet.
This is from frink a programming language based on accurate representation of units. If you are into really nerding-out take a look at the unit data which describes lots of possible unit conversions.
|Name||Distance from Sun||Diameter|
|Sun||9 feet, 1.3 in|
|Mercury||378 feet, 8.8 in||0.383 in|
|Venus||707 feet, 7.6 in||0.95 in|
|Earth||978 feet, 4.5 in||1.0 in|
|Mars||1490 feet, 8.8 in||0.533 in|
|Jupiter||5090 feet, 3.7 in||11.221 in|
|Saturn||1 miles, 4068 feet||9.46 in|
|Uranus||3 miles, 2936 feet||4.012 in|
|Neptune||5 miles, 3011 feet||3.887 in|
|Pluto||7 miles, 1715 feet||0.178 in|
Scaled speed of light: 1.337 mph