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Talking Tech: Uberhaul

Talking Tech: Uberhaul

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04/13/2016

“On a snowy Paris evening in 2008, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp had trouble hailing a cab,” reads the “Our Story” section of a popular ride-sharing service’s website. It continues, “So they came up with a simple idea—tap a button, get a ride.” Indeed, tap a button is, more or less, all that one has…

Burning Issues: Living Civilly

Burning Issues: Living Civilly

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04/10/2016

As housing season kicks into gear once more and new waves of Hoyas find out, to their dismay, that they’ll be living in VCW next year, the last few people without roommates find themselves scrambling to complete the process that half the school started in January. Even compared to the hassle of the townhouse lottery,…

Lessons From Literature: Selfish Love

Lessons From Literature: Selfish Love

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04/01/2016

  “So long as one is happy, one can endure any discipline: it was unhappiness that broke down the habits of work … I became aware that our love was doomed: love had turned into a love affair—with a beginning and an end.” —The End of the Affair, Graham Greene   Graham Greene’s The End…

Burning Issues: Board to Death

Burning Issues: Board to Death

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03/25/2016

Last week a group of GU students crossed cultural lines and borders to give a public demonstration of why we can’t have nice things. It all started when Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), protesting human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories, erected a large series of boards commemorating “International Israeli Apartheid Week.” The boards…

Talking Tech: Let it Go

Talking Tech: Let it Go

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03/24/2016

On March 12, AlphaGo—a computer program developed by Google’s DeepMind project—won the third out of five matches in the game of Go against Lee Sedol. With two more matches remaining, it became clear that Sedol, the South Korean who is regarded as the best Go player in the world, was no match for AlphaGo. For…

The Round Table: Early Lives Matter

The Round Table: Early Lives Matter

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03/20/2016

In the wake of the announcement that Cecile Richards will be coming to Georgetown to speak at the behest of the Lecture Fund it seems that the abortion debate has once again come to rock our campus. I think that this presents a good opportunity to once more explain that the Catholic opposition to Planned…

Talking Tech: Right War, Wrong Battle

Talking Tech: Right War, Wrong Battle

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03/04/2016

“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” begins Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook in a February 16th release titled “A Message to Our Customers.” In this 1,100-word message, he builds a case for why his company will fight the US District Court order…

The Round Table: Do No Evil

The Round Table: Do No Evil

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03/03/2016

“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” – 2012 Democratic Party Platform “Courts should have the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases.” – 2012 Republican Party Platform…

Burning Issues: Rhodes Gone Wrong

Burning Issues: Rhodes Gone Wrong

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03/03/2016

On Feb 15th, students at the University of Cape Town, South Africa started a riot. They vandalized statues, set fire to college transports, firebombed a vice-chancellor’s office, and burnt several paintings in a protest to “decolonise” public education. The internet’s keen-nosed irony hounds quickly discovered that one of the paintings burned was by Richard Baholo,…

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