@amazon wants to give you ready-to-make meals that don’t require cold

Amazon.com is trying to be the king of food. Case in point, they are planning on using technology first developed for the US military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, reports Reuters. This could be a boon for the company.
Delivering meals would build on the company’s AmazonFresh service, which has been delivering groceries to customers’ homes for a decade. It could also complement Amazon’s planned $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods and Amazon’s checkout-free convenience store, which is in the test stage.
The pioneering food-prep tech, known as microwave assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS, was developed by researchers at Washington State University, and is being brought to market by a venture-backed startup called 915 Labs, based in Denver. The company explains how this works.
The method involves placing sealed packages of food in pressurized water and heating them with microwaves for several minutes, according to 915 Labs.
Unlike traditional processing methods, where packages are in pressure cookers for up to an hour until both bacteria and nutrients are largely gone, the dishes retain their natural flavor and texture, the company said. They also can sit on a shelf for a year, which would make them suitable for Amazon’s storage and delivery business model.

These are the top 10 best jobs in the us if tech isn’t your thing

Do you hate technology. These are the top 10 jobs per Glassdoor.com.

1. Physician: $187,876
2. Pharmacy Manager: $149,064
3. Patent Attorney: $139,272
4. Medical Science Liaison: $132,842
5. Pharmacist: $125,847
6. Enterprise Architect: $112,560
7. Physician Assistant: $112,529
8. Applications Development Manager: $112,045
9. Research & Development Manager: $111,905
10. Corporate Controller: $110,855

Verizon brings unlimited data back

Verizon is attempting to compete with sprint and the other data cariers.
Per Reuters: “The introductory plan, announced on Sunday, will give unlimited data to customers on smartphones and tablets on its 4G LTE network. It comes days after competitor Sprint Corp introduced a new unlimited data plan of its own” (2017.)
This was a quick turnaround from what one of the companies top leaders said.”We constantly look at… what’s out there. Unlimited is one of the things that some of our competition has at this point in time. That’s not something we feel the need to do,” Matthew Ellis, Verizon’s chief financial officer, told analysts during an earnings call on Jan. 24.

“But as I say, we continually monitor the market and we will see where we head in the future,” he added.

Verizon’s unlimited plan is $80 per month for unlimited data, talk and text for the first line and an additional $45 per line up to four lines. Apparently they saw a need.
If you have two lines you’ll pay $125 per month which will yield you a total of $1500 a year.
If you have 4 lines you will pay $215 per month which will give you a total of $2580. Note: none of this is with tax.

Game Of Thrones was just mentioned in an argument between the NYSE and SIFMA

How do you know that your show has transcended pop culture? When two money empires use it as a reason to argue about higher fees. That is what happened.
“In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission dated January 17, NYSE took aim at some of its biggest customers , and argued that the connectivity fee, which covers the costs of connecting to the NYSE data center, would not be a market data fee.

To make the point, NYSE likened the situation to having to buy a TV to watch “Game of Thrones,” saying that the cost of the TV and the cost for HBO content are separate.

“The mere fact that a User needs to have equipment and connections in place in order to be able to receive a market data feed within co-location does not convert the costs of such equipment and connections into market data fees, or convert the Previous and Current Proposals into market data filings. By way of analogy, to view ‘Game of Thrones’ one must buy a television and pay for a subscription to HBO, but that does not convert the cost of the television, or of any other necessary equipment or connection, into a fee for the HBO content” (business insider, 2017.) I don’t even know if this works but someone else replied.
“Now, SIFMA, a trade body, has responded with its own “Game of Thrones” reference. In a letter to the SEC dated February 6 , it said:

“Lord Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish would blush at the deception this analogy presents. Unlike HBO, NYSE controls the cost and terms of use for not only the market data, but also the connectivity fees, port fees, cross connect fees, and cage fees. The HBO content analogy would be akin to NYSE’s market data fees if HBO were also in a position to require the viewer to purchase from HBO the cable connection, the television, the television stand, the power cord, and the electricity, all in addition to the HBO subscription itself, and on the terms set solely by HBO.

“Further, and unlike subscribing to a television program, brokers are legally obligated to seek best execution for their customers. They are required to consider the likelihood that a trade will be executed and whether there is an opportunity to obtain a price better than what is currently quoted. There is no analogous legal requirement that television viewers subscribe to Game of Thrones” (business insider, 2017.)
I just find the HBO, and Game of Thrones references the best part about this argument. Oh and this little reminder you don’t need a tv to watch Game Of Thrones, you can use hbo go!

8 men own the same as 3.6 billion people

If we had a py chart that showed the wealth inequality of the world with green being the top richest people and red being the poorest people in the world the chart would be half red half green.
Per Reuters: “As decision makers and many of the super-rich gather for this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, the charity’s report suggests the wealth gap is wider than ever, with new data for China and India indicating that the poorest half of the world owns less than previously estimated.

Oxfam, which described the gap as “obscene”, said if the new data had been available before, it would have shown that in 2016 nine people owned the same as the 3.6 billion who make up the poorest half of humanity, rather than 62 estimated at the time.

In 2010, by comparison, it took the combined assets of the 43 richest people to equal the wealth of the poorest 50 percent, according to the latest calculations” (2017.)
The problem is the way capitalism is structured favors those at the top. Take Bill Gates (the world’s richest man) as an example.
Mr. Gates has seen his fortune rise by 50 percent or $25 billion since announcing plans to leave Microsoft in 2006, despite his efforts to give much of it away.
“If billionaires choose to give their money away then that is a good thing. But inequality matters and you cannot have a system where billionaires are systematically paying lower rates of tax than their secretary or cleaner,” Lawson said.
Per Reuters:”Oxfam bases its calculations on data from Swiss bank Credit Suisse and Forbes” (2017.)
For the record the eight richest men are: Bill Gates, Inditex founder Amancio Ortega, veteran investor Warren Buffett, Mexico’s Carlos Slim, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. What do you think?

College leads to more economic prosperity according to data – however we have a long way to go

What can a college degree get you? That question has been asked for many years now. Apparently one thing it can get you is more money. We have an economic canyon that deeply saddens me.
“Americans with no more than a high school degree have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record,” (abc news, 2017.)
In 2015 College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads which rose sharply from 1999 in which it was 51%.
Most of the new jobs and most of the gains goes toward college workers. What we are seeing is an us vs them idea. If you don’t go to college then you cannot make the best money and you are less valued. As someone who goes to college it makes me sad to think that those with just a high school degree cannot get better paying jobs.
This is nothing new but it is on the rise toward other social aspects. Education has become a dividing line that affects how Americans vote, the likelihood that they will own a home and their geographic mobility.
The dominance of college graduates in the economy is, if anything, accelerating. The question is where will this end? It cannot end good.
“The split is especially stark among white men. For middle-age white men with only high school degrees – the core of President-elect Donald Trump’s support – inflation-adjusted income fell 9 percent from 1996 through 2014, according to Sentier Research, an analytics firm. By contrast, income for white men in the same age bracket who are college graduates jumped 23 percent.
Long after the recession ended, many young college graduates struggled to find well-paying jobs in a slowly recovering economy, and stories about graduates working as coffee shop baristas abounded. But data collected by the New York Federal Reserve suggests that trend has faded as the economy has improved,” (abc, 2017.)
So, what can we do? If we use the ideas of President Obama’s first education secretary ARNE DUNCAN as a roadmap we might fix this. His ideas are perhaps radical.
In the paper The Threat of Educational Stagnation and Complacency, 2014, Mr. Duncan had a radical idea for high school. Why not link what students learn in high school to what colleges or employers need in a strong workforce mostly in the stem areas of study?
“President Obama promoted the need for high school redesign in the State of the Union in 2012. The President and I both want to see many more high schools develop real partnerships with colleges and employers. We want to expand STEM education that builds the skills employers are looking for. As a nation, our goal should be to see every student graduate with postsecondary credits or an industry-recognized certification. A high school diploma isn’t enough. I am looking forward to collaborating, with the Department of Labor, on the administration’s $100 million Youth CareerConnect competition. That competition seeks to incentivize more high schools to provide students with industry-relevant education and skills they need, (The Threat of Educational Stagnation and Complacency, 2014.) ___

read: The Threat of Educational Stagnation and Complacency BY ARNE DUNCAN From the U.S. Department of Education
Duncan Article.pdf

I hate these people – Manhattan couple haven’t paid rent on their $4,754-per-month apartment in almost SEVEN years

How can these people stay in their place with out paying rent? It is annoyingly simple according to them.
Digital content producers Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse have lived for free in their $4,754.02-per-month apartment on West 26th Street since 2010. Their lawyer claims: ‘They’re entitled to be there thanks to a law.
Bennett and Nourse don’t think they should have to pay because of Loft Law. Loft Law is designed to protect people living illegally in commercial or factory buildings The law was created to bring these buildings up to fire codes and to give rights and rent protection to the tenants.
New York State expanded Loft Law in 2010 when the couple was living month-to-month in the apartment. The leagle team that represents the landlord said this to the New York Post.
The lawyer representing 513 West 26th Realty LLC, Harry Shapiro, said: ‘They can stay if they pay.

‘The unit is legal… We really don’t want to evict them. We just want them to pay the rent. They’re getting all the services but the landlord got zippo. What do you think?